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Daily Action: Demand Congress Fix Trump's Birth Control Sabotage

CONTACT: 
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300
Sen. Kamala Harris
DC: (202) 224-3553
LA:  (213) 894-5000
Rep. Julia Brownley: 
DC: (202) 225-5811
Thousand Oaks: (805) 379-1779
Rep. Ted Lieu:
DC: (202) 225-3976
LA: (323) 651-1040
Rep. Steve Knight:
DC: (202) 225-1956
Simi Valley: (805) 581-7130

Sample Script:
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Senator/Representative ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to urge the Senator/Representative to call for legislation specifically restoring the contraceptive mandate that President Trump is attempting to weaken via executive order this week. Trump must not be allowed to sabotage a key element of the Affordable Care Act to suit the Christian right's extremist ideology -- particularly considering that the mandate has helped millions of women take control of their reproductive health. Trump's outrageously broad definition of "religious freedom" must not be allowed to supersede the Constitution and the law of the land. Thank you!


BACKGROUND
On Friday Trump announced plans to roll back the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate, potentially risking access to birth control coverage for millions of women. The mandate requires that insurers cover female contraceptives without charging a co-pay, and has made birth control affordable for millions of American women. Trump, however, is undermining the mandate as a way to curtail women’s healthcare and rights, and simultaneously continue his sabotage of the ACA (see last week's action).

In its poorly decided Hobby Lobby ruling in 2014, the Supreme Court gave exemptions to certain organizations with religious objections to birth control -- houses of worship, certain religiously affiliated hospitals and universities, and "closely held" private companies. Trump goes much further, making the exemption available to all employers -- including large, publicly traded, for-profit companies -- on the basis of not merely religious beliefs, but less-dogmatic “moral convictions.” It makes the mandate optional for religiously affiliated organizations, and it creates an exemption for health insurance companies that have religious or moral objections to providing birth control.