Today, thousands of women and men from across the country are meeting with legislators and rallying on the National Mall for Stand Up for Women’s Health Lobby Day. Amidst an increasingly tense political climate, they will speak out with one voice—urging Congress to support women’s health and women’s reproductive rights.
Take the opportunity to add your voice to theirs. Show your support for women’s health and reproductive services by attending local events, signing petitions and contacting your legislators or local media. A suggested letter follows below, which can also be used as talking points for bulletins, letters to the editor or social media posts.
I am contacting you today in honor of Stand Up for Women’s Health Lobby Day. I urge you not to support the series of anti-choice legislation currently in Congress, including the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (HR 3), the Protect Life Act (HR 358) and the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (HR 217). These acts would limit access to important women’s health and family planning services and deprive women of their right to make health care decisions privately, in consultation with medical advice, and in accordance with their own religious, moral and ethical values.
Hadassah opposes any attempts to restrict, through state administrative regulations, legislation, or court action, the right to reproductive choice and/or use of family planning programs delivering any and all services. Hadassah urges chapters to join in coalitions with freedom of choice advocacy groups, participating as full members in pro-choice activities.
– Hadassah Reproductive Choice Policy Statement, July 1992
Over the last couple of weeks, the onslaught of anti-choice and anti-family planning legislation has continued to move through Congress. Hadassah has joined forces with its coalition partners to stand up for women’s health and women’s reproductive rights.
On April 7, 2011, thousands of women and men will gather in Washington for the Stand Up for Women’s Health Lobby Day. The day will be packed with briefings, interfaith lobby training, a rally on the National Mall, opportunities to meet with legislators and more.
Hadassah is working closely with the National Council for Jewish Women (NCJW) and strongly supports their new campaign Voices for Reproductive Choices. Sign up to secure your spot in the NCJW Voices for Reproductive Choices delegation. Registrants will receive important event updates as April 7 approaches, so RSVP today! Buses will be available to transport some attendees to D.C. from key cities around the country. For local delegation information and arrangements, contact the NCJW group or office in your area. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Can’t make the trip to D.C.? Show your support for women’s health and reproductive services by attending local events, signing petitions, and contacting your legislators via phone, fax, email or social media!Date: 3/28/2011