Dear MoveOn member,
Today, we're releasing a powerful new ad. "We Won't Go Back," with Lisa Edelstein, star of the hit TV show "House," is a hard-hitting portrayal of where the Republican war on women's health will lead if it's not stopped.
From a bill attempting to redefine rape to gutting access to reproductive health care, Republicans have made anti-woman and anti-choice legislation a top priority this year.1
The new ad calls out the Republican efforts for what they are: an attempt to send women back to the back alley. But far too few people even know about their efforts. So to stop them, we've got to get this ad out far and wide, and make sure voters see just what Republicans are trying to do.
To get the ad on the air on national television, we need to raise $160,000. Can you chip in $5 today? Just click here to see the ad and donate:
Women's rights leaders have warned that the Republican effort would be a radical, far-reaching rollback of women's rights. 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
One bill would effectively prevent women from purchasing insurance that includes abortion coverage in the new insurance exchanges even if they're using their own money. Experts warn this type of restriction could lead to insurance companies dropping abortion coverage entirely.4 The same bill would also levy a tax on small businesses and individuals who purchase insurance coverage that includes abortion.5
Republicans have a real chance of passing these bills—unless we sound the alarm right away. Can you help us get this new ad on the air? Just click here to donate and watch the new ad:
Thanks for all you do.
–Kat, Michael, Lenore, Tim, and the rest of the team
1. "'Forcible Rape' Language Remains In Bill To Restrict Abortion Funding," Huffington Post, February 9, 2011
"Abortion Funding Showdown Escalates," CBS News, February 8, 2011
"Extreme Abortion Coverage Ban Introduced," Center for American Progress, January 20, 2011
3. "Extreme Abortion Coverage Ban Introduced," Center for American Progress, January 20, 2011
"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
5. "Extreme Abortion Coverage Ban Introduced," Center for American Progress, January 20, 2011
6. "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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