Enact a Constitutional Amendment to protect Reproductive Freedoms in all U.S. states and territories
  • Petitioned President of the United States

This petition was delivered to:

President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Enact a Constitutional Amendment to protect Reproductive Freedoms in all U.S. states and territories

    1. Hannah Miyamoto
    2. Petition by

      Hannah Miyamoto

      Honolulu, United States

The achievements of Margaret Sanger (1879-1966) (see picture) are the most important reason you can buy condoms, read sexual information, or get health services from Planned Parenthood. The last decade of her life was spent raising money to develop the contraceptive Pill that you, your wife, or girlfriend probably take every day.

Unfortunately, reproduction freedom opponents are working just as hard to take away your rights. While some of the new laws being passed are direct attacks on abortion rights, intended to bring the issue back before the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court (most of whom were appointed by the two President Bush’s), most of the hundreds of other laws whittle away at the freedoms of a small number of women.

Thus anti-abortion rights activists want to steal your rights one by one until you realize, too late, that you cannot get an abortion because it is too costly, or it will take so long that your health will be in danger. Some of these laws could literally kill you--just as pregnancy used to kill thousands of women every year--because anti-abortion rights activists don’t care if you die. Already, the chance an American woman will die during childbirth has more than doubled since 1987, and African-American women are more than four times as likely to die while giving birth than white women.

If killing women wasn’t important enough, the Republican-led drive to abolish reproductive freedoms is keeping Americans from getting jobs, because anti-abortion activists care more about stopping abortion than restoring jobs and the economy, and Republicans care more about pleasing anti-abortion activists than putting Americans back to work. Republicans even publicly insist that defeating Obama is their “No. 1 Priority;” if they beat Obama, forget about your rights!

Rather than keep “playing games” with anti-abortion rights activists for the next 10, 20, 100 years, in literally every state and territory—as they want--the Margaret Sanger Reproductive Freedoms Amendment (RRA) (see below) would strike down all laws taking away your access to abortion, birth control, and sexual health information.

While passage of the Reproductive Freedom Amendment may seem impossible, 2013 is the best chance for guaranteeing abortion rights in all 50 states since the U.S. Supreme Court partially protected your rights to abortion and birth control in 1973. Passage of the Reproductive Rights Amendment will require a 2/3 majority in the House and Senate, followed by approval in 38 states. Governors and President Obama have no direct role.

Pushing for the Reproductive Rights Amendment would also give reproductive freedom supporters a reason to care enough about the 2014 elections to help get sweeping pro-choice majorities elected to the House, Senate, and state legislatures.

For these reasons, please sign this petition to let your U.S. Representative and Senator that you want them to vote for a constitutional amendment to protect your reproductive rights and freedoms.

 

Note about the photo: In 1929, when Boston police  threatened to stop any meeting at which Sanger spoke, she stood on stage with a gag over her mouth while a friend read her speech. (photo: Planned Parenthood)

 

MARGARET SANGER REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOMS AMENDMENT

Section 1. Congress shall make no law denying or abridging the reproductive freedoms of the People, nor any state or combination of states, territories, and Indian tribes.

Section 2. The right of persons in the United States to control their reproduction shall not be denied or abridged by the United States, any State, or combination of states, territories, and Indian tribes.

Section 3. The freedom of females to decide the disposition of their reproductive organs and biological processes within and without their bodies shall be supreme and inviolable, and no one may interfere with that freedom for any reason, under color of law or otherwise. 

Section 4. No person shall be denied the freedom to learn about reproduction, control over reproduction, or sexuality, regardless of age or topic.

Section 5. No person shall be denied the freedom to receive information, devices, medications, and other substances and access to methods for reproductive control through purchase, gift, or lending.

Section 6. No tax, fee, levy, license, differential tax treatment, or other charge or restriction shall be levied upon information, devices, medications, substances, insurance, and services for reproductive control and the exercise of sexuality, other than one levied by a jurisdiction upon the sale or use of merchandise and services generally.

Section 7. The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain freedoms over human reproduction, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the People, male, female, and others alike.

Section 8. While this article is self-executing and inviolable, Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation consistent with this article.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Callie Ray LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      the responsibility of raising a child falls upon the woman- as numerous divorce and child custody disputes will affirm (another travesty, but not the topic here). if the court will award a mother custody unless glaring threats to the child's well-being are present, should the court not also award a woman the power to decide whether or not she brings a child into the world to begin with? childbirth is irrefutably a woman's experience, and irrefutably requires a willing male participant. being responsible for the consequences of a decision should include birth control, because that IS taking responsibility.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Alloy Lemessy HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      To maintain the freedom that is our right under the constitution of Trinidad and Tobago

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Charles Starbuck TUCSON, AZ
      • 3 months ago

      The only way to guarantee a woman's undisputed right to control her own body now seems to be by constitutional amendment.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Barbara Reed POUGHKEPSIE, NY
      • 3 months ago

      Women are in charge of their own bodies. No man nor women nor government should have the right to tell me what to do with my body. Period.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Darione Powell BOOTHVILLE, LA
      • 6 months ago

      I am a young woman , and as a young woman I believe that it should be completely up to me how my sexual life will occur, my number of children, and how i would like to keep myself protected and safe.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the Change.org API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.