(PRESS RELEASE) The Center for Reproductive Rights today released a new PSA featuring celebrity supporters Stanley Tucci (“The Hunger Games,” “The Devil Wears Prada”), Morena Baccarin (“Homeland), Mehcad Brooks (“True Blood,” “Necessary Roughness”), Whitney Cummings (“Whitney,” co-creator of “Two Broke Girls”) and Lizz Winstead (co-creator of “The Daily Show,” comedian, and author of Lizz Free or Die) in support of the organization’s Draw the Line campaign.
Draw the Line launched in October 2012 with the goal of collecting signatures from men and women around the country for the Bill of Reproductive Rights as a way to demonstrate that the majority of Americans support safe access to healthcare for women.
In addition to the PSA, entitled “Forward,” the Center’s President and CEO Nancy Northup released an open letter to President Barack Obama urging him to prioritize reproductive rights in his second term.
“Today, we are calling on President Obama to live up to his promise to fight for quality and affordable health care for all women,” said Northup. “The rights of women—and their ability to exercise them—now depend on where they live, and whether their state legislatures have been overrun by politicians hostile to women, doctors, and the rights of both.
“This is a crisis of constitutional proportions. Action by the federal government is needed right now.
“It’s time to move reproductive rights forward and to draw the line against those bent on sending women’s rights hurtling back into the past.”
The Center also announced today that Nancy Northup and actress Martha Plimpton, star of Fox’s “Raising Hope” and founder of A is For, will travel to Capitol Hill in early June to meet with key members of Congress about the relentless assault on women’s reproductive rights in this country. Since January, nearly two dozen laws have passed in states across the nation choking off access to vital reproductive health care—including the two earliest and most extreme abortion bans ever.
Since the launch of the Draw the Line campaign, more than 200,000 signatures have been collected on the Bill of Reproductive Rights from across all 50 states.
To join the conversation online, supporters should use the hashtag #DrawTheLine.
About the Center for Reproductive RightsThe Center for Reproductive Rights is a global legal advocacy organization that fights to ensure reproductive rights are treated as fundamental human rights. You can find the Center on Facebook at Facebook.com/ReproductiveRights and on Twitter at Twitter.com/ReproRights.