Protect Women From Draconian Abortion Bans

Target: Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senate Majority Leader

Goal: Allow women access to abortions and other reproductive choices nationwide.

Texas made headlines by ushering in the most restrictive abortion law in the nation. Under this law, women would be banned from having an abortion after six weeks: a point at which many women do not even know they are pregnant. The dictate makes no exceptions for rape or incest. Perhaps the most galling part of this backwards law is its so-called “deputizing” of citizens to pursue lawsuits or other legal actions against any woman or any healthcare provider who tries to ensure reproductive rights. Theoretically, a rapist could sue his victim if she tries to terminate her pregnancy. Even a person who has no association with a pregnant woman or has no knowledge of the circumstances of her choice can force her into the courtroom to “punish” her.

With other states reportedly looking to follow suit, this travesty reinforces one important point: the assault on reproductive freedom is not ending anytime soon. In the absence of decisive action, millions of women stand to lose their agency and their right to make their own decisions about an issue that will hugely impact the rest of their lives. After the Supreme Court declined to block this precedent-breaking law from going into effect, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered some hope for a more durable solution. The Speaker announced that the House of Representatives would soon vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act. The proposal introduced by Congresswoman Judy Chu would protect reproductive healthcare at the national level. This legislation is crucial because it would invalidate any state law that attempts to chip away at the right to reproductive freedom established in Roe v. Wade.  Both women and healthcare providers would be safeguarded from arbitrary restrictions imposed on them by lawmakers.

Sign the petition below to urge Senate support of this important bill that could define women’s healthcare for generations.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Schumer,

Speaker Pelosi characterized it as “a flagrantly unconstitutional assault on women’s rights and health.” Congresswoman Judy Chu aptly labeled it “an invasion of privacy and an invasion of American freedom.” The Texas law that would effectively end 90 percent of abortions in Texas is an “assault” and an “invasion” by politicians who like to claim they value personal freedom and condemn government overreach.

Much debate has swirled around the role of the Supreme Court in this case and in future decisions regarding abortion. The pivotal role Congress could and should play is often lost or forgotten. With a federal law, the attempts of opportunistic state politicians trying to control the lives of their constituents would come to a halt. The Women’s Health Protection Act proposed by Congresswoman Chu provides the most immediate and effective avenue for enshrining reproductive rights into law.

Please follow Speaker Pelosi’s lead by introducing and advocating for this crucial piece of legislation as soon as possible. In addition, support a simple majority vote procedure to eliminate the threat of another obstructive and destructive filibuster.  The future of women’s health may depend on your actions.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Jonathan Butler


6 Comments

  1. So somehow otherwise intelligent, caring people think that it’s all right to MURDER your baby because you were too frigging lazy to use birth control! This is one instance where the democratic party is just so full of shit that it’s unbelievable.

  2. These women know there is no such thing as condoms!!! If they choose not to get pregnant, then they should keep their legs closed!!!

  3. WAY TO GO TEXAS! GOD BLESS YOU!!

  4. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    Unintended pregnancies do happen, Frank. Even when birth control is used. In the early weeks you’re just destroying fertilized cells, not viable beings.

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