Today's Action Item is a call to our congresspeople concerning a woman's basic right to reproductive healthcare, and the right to decide when and how to start a family. House Republicans today are holding a hearing with the intention of dismantling an Obama-era rule that prohibits states from withholding federal family-planning dollars from health clinics, including Planned Parenthood affiliates, just because they also provide abortions. Of course, federal money already cannot be used to fund abortions. But the elaborate rationale Republicans are using to justify their long-dreamed defunding of Planned Parenthood is that, if the organization is deprived of government money to fund its OTHER services, it would be forced to use its privately raised funds to subsidize contraceptives, PAP smears, mammograms, STD tests, counseling, etc. ... and there'd be no private money left to cover abortions.
A number of red states -- and congressional Republicans as well -- want the federal family-planning money provided under Title X to go ONLY to facilities that don't provide abortions. (Just for reference: Planned Parenthood affiliates currently receive about 10% of federal family-planning dollars, yet perform more than one-third of all such non-abortion services nationwide. Many of Planned Parenthood's 700 clinics nationwide don't provide abortions at all, and abortions represent only 3% of PP's total services.) President Obama's rule, which only went into effect last month, forbids states from taking such a step. Now Republicans want to undo that rule, in part as an opening salvo toward their promise to defund Planned Parenthood completely.
Let's call our congresspeople and encourage them to take a strong stand in favor of government funding for family planning and women's reproductive health services. Let's demand that they oppose House Joint Resolution 43, and stop the Republicans' underhanded attempts to deprive women and families of vital healthcare.
Hello my name is _______. I am one of Rep. ____________ constituents in _______________, California. I'm calling to ask her to vote “NO” on House Joint Resolution 43. The federal government already bans funding for abortion services, and family-planning clinics nationwide obey that rule. It's wrong to deny funding to clinics for their other services, which are vital to the health and well-being of women and families nationwide, just because those facilities also offer abortions that are paid for 100% with private money.