|Tell the Senate: Don’t defund Planned Parenthood|
|The petition to the Senate reads:
“Protect women and access to reproductive health care by blocking all attempts to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood.”
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It’s on. Trump and right-wing Republicans have launched a full-scale attack to defund Planned Parenthood.1
On Monday, Republicans introduced a bill that would dismantle parts of the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood through a legislative process called “reconciliation.” That means the bill can’t be filibustered and just needs a simple majority in the Senate to become law.2
This is the fight that we have been bracing for. We need 51 senators to refuse to wage war on America’s women and defend the millions of people who depend on Planned Parenthood every year. We must speak out louder than ever before and demand that senators hold the line against this anti-woman attack.
When they try to defund Planned Parenthood, right-wing extremists are putting the lives of millions of people, primarily low-income people of color, at risk. More than 2.5 million people rely on Planned Parenthood every year to access life-saving health care like cancer screenings, birth control, STD testing and treatment, and abortion. Most Planned Parenthood patients are low-income and for many, Planned Parenthood is the only health center that provides reproductive health services in their area.
Opposition to Republican-led attacks on health care is growing. Recently, thousands of people urged Congressional Republicans to protect the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid and Planned Parenthood in local town halls across the country. Concerned constituents showered right-wing extremists like Sens. Tom Cotton and Chuck Grassley with boos and jeers.3,4 Both senators left their town halls early.
It’s clear that Republicans are feeling the pressure. Trump just offered Planned Parenthood a desperate compromise: It can keep federal funding if it abandons its values and stops providing abortions. Federal funds already do not pay for abortion. With this ridiculous “offer,” Republicans are trying to shift the blame for an incredibly unpopular policy to Planned Parenthood and save face with their extremist, anti-woman base.
Now it is time for every single member of the Senate to hear from constituents who know that protecting Planned Parenthood is key to keeping health care accessible and affordable for all. Add your name now.
Here’s what it will take to win. Democratic leader Sen. Chuck Schumer has to make sure there’s a firm Democratic firewall. That includes Sen. Joe Manchin, who has previously voted to defund Planned Parenthood. At least two Republicans also need to stand with women and against their party’s misogyny by refusing to defund Planned Parenthood. That’s within our reach.
Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski are so far declining to approve a bill with the Planned Parenthood provision in it.5 If there is enough grassroots’ support, more Republicans may join them.
CREDO is Planned Parenthood’s biggest corporate donor, and our members sent $164,334 to Planned Parenthood and its affiliates in 2016. We need to make sure our support is just as strong now. CREDO is all in for Planned Parenthood. Are you? Demand that the Senate refuse to approve any bill that will cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood now. Click the link below to sign the petition.
Thank you for standing up for women’s rights,
Nicole Regalado, Campaign Manager
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