Dear MoveOn member,
Big news: Thanks in part to you and the 581,053 others who signed the "Redefining Rape?" petition, the Republicans are back-pedaling from their attempt to redefine rape.1 Your support made a real difference.
But this legislation is still terrible for women. Rep. Carolyn Maloney called it "the deepest attack on a woman's right to choose in my lifetime."2 Expert Jessica Arons said it would "accomplish the unstated end of making abortion as difficult to obtain as possible without actually criminalizing it."3
Among other things, the bill would effectively prevent women from using their own money to purchase insurance that includes abortion coverage in the new insurance exchanges. Experts warn this could lead to insurance companies dropping abortion coverage entirely.4
And it's only one part of the Republicans' attack on women's health. A second bill would allow hospitals to let a pregnant woman die rather than perform the abortion that would save her life.5
It's reprehensible. We can't let the GOP force women back into the back alley. You stood up against the disgusting "forcible rape" provision—now can you stand together to tell Congress to oppose these attacks on women's right to choose by signing the petition below?
The petition says: "Stop the GOP war on women's health. Please oppose the bills that would restrict abortion coverage and erode a woman's right to choose."
On Tuesday, local MoveOn members in "We Won't Go Back to the Back Alley" T-shirts will deliver your petitions during a hearing on Capitol Hill. Anti-choice activists are sure to be out in full force at the hearing, so we need a huge stack of names to show Congress and the news media that voters won't stand for this attack.
These GOP bills are a full-throated attack on women's reproductive freedoms. Their legislation would:6
- Effectively ban abortion coverage in the new health insurance exchanges even if people pay for coverage with their own money.
- Impose tax penalties on small businesses that pay for health plans that cover abortion and people who pay for abortion care.
- Force the District of Columbia to impose all of the above laws, instead of letting the city decide its own laws.
- Permanently ban abortion care for women insured by the government.
Will you sign the petition today and stand up for a woman's right to choose?Don't let the GOP send us back to the back alley. Sign the petition and share with your friends today:
Thanks for all you do.
–Kat, Eli, Milan, Carrie, and the rest of the team
1. "House Republicans drop controversial 'forcible rape' language," CNN, February 3, 2011
2. "Democratic Reps. Unimpressed With New House Abortion Bill," Talking Points Memo, February 3, 2011
3. "Extreme Abortion Coverage Ban Introduced," Center for American Progress, January 20, 2011
4. "An Analysis of the Implications of the Stupak/Pitts Amendment for Coverage of Medically Indicated Abortions," The George Washington University Medical Center, School of Public Health & Health Services, November 16, 2009
"Study: Stupak Amendment Will Eliminate Abortion Coverage 'Over Time For All Women,'" Talking Points Memo, November 18, 2009
"A Quick Note on the 'No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,'" Mother Jones, January 20, 2011
"Extreme Abortion Coverage Ban Introduced," Center for American Progress, January 20, 2011
5. "New GOP Bill Would Allow Hospitals To Let Women Die Instead Of Having An Abortion," Talking Points Memo, February 4, 2011
6. "Extreme Abortion Coverage Ban Introduced," Center for American Progress, January 20, 2011
7. "New GOP Bill Would Allow Hospitals To Let Women Die Instead Of Having An Abortion," Talking Points Memo, February 4, 2011
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