In the last four years alone, states including Texas, Utah and South Carolina have enacted over 250 new restrictions on access to safe and legal abortion - all under the guise of “protecting” women’s health. In response to years of relentless assaults on women’s health, safety, and constitutional rights, the Act for Women Campaign is urging support of the Women’s Health Protection Act - federal legislation that would not only counter TRAP laws, but enforce and protect the right of every woman to decide for herself whether to continue or end a pregnancy, regardless of where she lives.
The Act for Women action toolkit, available for download from www.actforwomen.org, suggests the following ways to engage with the campaign and raise awareness and support for the legislation:
- Write a letter to the editor about the Women’s Health Protection Act
- Attend a Town Hall meeting and ask about the Women’s Health Protection Act
- Connect the Women’s Health Protection Act to your state work
- Schedule an in-district lobby visit to discuss the Women’s Health Protection Act
- Amplify the voices of your state and local lawmakers
- Use the hashtag #ActforWomen online
Additionally, on Monday, June 20th, PBS will air “TRAPPED,” a highly praised documentary by filmmaker Dawn Porter, who we heard interviewed today, about the abortion access crisis in America. The Center for Reproductive Rights, a member of the Act for Women Campaign, is encouraging all to spread the word and/or host a watch party.
While the primary focus of the Act for Women Campaign is maintaining access to safe and legal abortion care, the campaign recognizes that the fight does not end there, saying…
“Women of color, young women, transgender and gender non-conforming persons, low-income people, and immigrant communities often encounter additional barriers to obtaining health services. The campaign supports and encourages parallel efforts to remove all obstacles to accessing affordable, non-discriminatory, and quality sexual and reproductive health care.”
So, if protecting access to reproductive healthcare is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about how to support the Women’s Health Protection Act via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.
Resolve to make the choice each day that can never be taken away: the choice to fight back.
Learn more about the Act for Women Campaign and the Women's Health Protection Act at http://www.actforwomen.org
Download the Act for Women Campaign Tools & Resources http://www.actforwomen.org/tools-and-resources/
Find out where and how to watch "TRAPPED," the documentary at http://www.trappeddocumentary.com
Use the hashtag #ActforWomen on social media and tweet at your congressperson to urge them to support the Women's Health Protection Act.
Follow the Center for Reproductive Rights on Twitter @ReproRights
Hear the segment in context:
Episode #1020: "A right delayed is a right denied"
Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman