Important birth control vote could be postponed until after holidays

Like women needed more road blocks!

I’ll let Planned Parenthood explain:

… 136 representatives and 28 senators have gone on record saying that birth control should be made affordable for the low-income women and students affected by the recent price hike. So far, so good, right?

But the thing is — birth control isn’t very helpful when you take it 11 months late. Women need access to birth control NOW. You know it, we know it — but the congressional leadership, Majority Leader Reid and Speaker Pelosi, needs one more push from you to make sure this gets done before Congress closes up shop for the holidays.

Right now, leaders in Congress are pushing to adjourn this session as soon as possible. If Congress goes home without fixing this mistake, millions of women will have to wait until 2008 for affordable birth control — we must tell Congress that’s unacceptable.

Here’s how you can make sure Majority Leader Reid and Speaker Pelosi use their leadership to ensure this problem is fixed before the end of the year.

  1. Call Majority Leader Reid and Speaker Pelosi by dialing 800-965-4701 and asking for their offices.
  2. Identify yourself as a pro-family planning voter.
  3. Ask to leave messages for Majority Leader Reid and Speaker Pelosi.

Say something like this:

“I want to thank Majority Leader Reid / Speaker Pelosi for his/her support for family planning. It’s crucial that Congress address the birth control pricing crisis and restore affordable birth control before adjourning. I urge the Majority Leader / Speaker to ensure that the problem is fixed in the Medicare bill — and that affordable birth control is restored before Congress goes home for the holidays.”

One question puts this issue in crystal-clear perspective: What if Congress passed a law that made the price of your groceries go up by 900 percent? There would be an instant uproar …

— Emmily

One thought on “Important birth control vote could be postponed until after holidays

  1. I think it is particularly awesome that you provide readers an easy, step-by-step method on how to make a difference by calling Congress. Signing petitions and sending e-mails/letters is one thing, but actually leaving a voice mail makes at least me feel more empowered and hopeful that it will make a difference. And it is surprisingly easy to get in touch with the Capitol! I think many people have the heart to want to make a difference about issues such as this, but really have no idea where to begin, and you have made that simple for them.

    Another women’s rights issue has come to my attention: It’s about a 20 year old women who was working for a US contractor in Iraq, then drugged and gang-raped by her co-workers. Because it was a US contractor in Iraq, they are neither under US or Iraq law, and so have gone unpunished. Sadly, I think this kind of thing happens a lot.

    For more info., please visit: http://www.jamiesfoundation.org/index.htm
    or watch this youtube clip (can just watch 2:40 to 5:22 to get the main summary):

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