Preserve Funding for Women’s Reproductive Healthcare

Target: Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader

Goal: Don’t take funding away from abortion providers.

States can now choose to defund healthcare providers that also offer abortion services. This is due to Trump’s reversal of an Obama-era rule that preserves funding for these essential services.

The Congressional Review Act allowed Republican lawmakers to reverse the rule that President Obama put in place late in his presidency. The bill was passed in the Senate when Mike Pence broke a tie vote. Democrats were largely against the measure, claiming that it was a thinly veiled attempt to defund Planned Parenthood and healthcare organizations that provide abortion services.

The Obama-era rule specified that local and state governments had to provide federal funding for contraceptive and fertility services to healthcare providers without factoring in whether those providers also performed abortions. Republican lawmakers say that states should be given the power to decide how to distribute federal funds, but this is a clear attempt to give states power to withhold funding from abortion providers. Sign the petition below to voice your opposition to this decision.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator McConnell,

Donald Trump recently signed a bill that targets funding for healthcare providers that perform abortions. This bill reversed Obama-era protections for healthcare funding and was passed in the Senate only when Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote in its favor. Passing a measure that was so heavily opposed that it required a tiebreaker is inherently problematic and goes against the spirit of bipartisanship that should exist in Congress.

This bill is a clear attempt to give states the right to defund Planned Parenthood based on personal religious beliefs regarding the ethics of abortion (which, as you’re well aware, is a legal procedure in the United States, and one that should be judged only by women undergoing said procedure).

I urge you to work in the Senate against any future attempts to defund healthcare providers who offer abortion services and use your position to protect and promote women’s healthcare across the United States. Reproductive heath is under near-constant threat from Republicans in Congress, and this should absolutely not be the case. I ask you to keep this in mind.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

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3 Comments

  1. Not signing this petition. Why should Planned Parenthood, which brings in hundreds of millions of dollars per year, be funded by American taxpayers?? Many people are against abortion, which is what Planned Parenthood mainly does, and don’t want their tax dollars paying for the murder of innocent babies.
    If women want actual health care – not abortions – there are other organizations they can go to.

  2. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    why full of lies? enough of this misogyny business already! you dont refuse service to women!

    • I am not lying about anything; I am not a misogynist; and the “services” include the brutal slaughter of a mother’s baby inside her womb – something that many people do not want their tax dollars to go to.

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