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Petitioning Senator Dianne Feinstein and 47 others
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Dianne Feinstein
Senator
Barbara Boxer
Senator
Chris Murphy
Senator
Tom Carper
Senator
Bill Nelson
Senator
Mazie Hirono
Senator
Brian Schatz
Senator
Tom Harkin
Senator
Dick Durbin
Senator
William Cowan
Senator
Ben Cardin
Senator
Barbara Mikulski
Senator
Angus King
Senator
Susan Collins
Senator
Carl Levin
Senator
Debbie Stabenow
Senator
Amy Klobuchar
Senator
Claire McCaskill
Senator
Max Baucus
Senator
Jon Tester
Senator
Cory Booker
Senator
Robert Menendez
Senator
Martin Heinrich
Senator
Harry Reid
Senator
Charles Schumer
Senator
Sherrod Brown
Senator
Ron Wyden
Senator
Jack Reed
Senator
Tim Kaine
Senator
Patrick Leahy
Senator
Patty Murray
Senator
Maria Cantwell
Senator
John Rockefeller
Senator
Tammy Baldwin
Senator
Mark Udall
Senator
Kay Hagan
Senator
Jeff Merkley
Senator
Mark Warner
Senator
Tom Udall
Senator
Mark Begich
Senator
Sheldon Whitehouse
Senator
Bernie Sanders
Senator
Michael Bennet
Senator
Jeanne Shaheen
Senator
Kirsten Gillibrand
Senator
Al Franken
Senator
Christopher Coons
Senator
Richard Blumenthal

Tell pro-choice senators: Stop the extremist attack on women

14,542
Supporters

If you think we have a solid pro-choice majority in the Senate, think again.

It's up to the Senate to stop the attacks on women now that the House has passed two bills to defund family planning services — shamefully wiping out federal funding for Planned Parenthood's non-abortion health care for women. And not only that but the redefinition of rape is still on the table and anti-choice Republicans are pushing a bill that would allow hospitals to let pregnant women die rather than perform life-saving abortions.

We cannot take for granted our ability to stop these bills in the Senate. Anti-choice forces in the Senate now out-number pro-choice Senators 46-40. We need 41 votes to sustain a filibuster of the anti-woman, anti-choice bills coming out of the House. And what's more, we need 41 pro-choice Senators who are willing to go toe-to-toe with the extreme hard right majority. At the end of this fight one side will have to blink.

Tell pro-choice Senators: Filibuster any bill that introduces new restrictions on abortion or defunds Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest provider of reproductive health care to women. 

What's more, there will be enormous pressure on pro-choice members of the Senate to pass the Continuing Resolution on the Budget without stripping provisions to defund Planned Parenthood. In the health care reform fight, this is exactly how the Stupak Amendment was able to pass the House — women were thrown under the bus in order to get a majority vote for what was considered a "must pass" bill. Back then, conservatives in the Senate prevailed practically without a fight. And now, post-election, we are left with a shrinking pro-choice caucus in the Senate and facing a much bigger threat to women's health and the right to choose. It's scary.

If recent history is our guide, it will most likely the rightwing, anti-choice forces in the Senate who at the defining moment will refuse to back down. But it doesn't have to be that way. If there is a massive show of support we can help pro-choice Senators draw a line in the sand and stop the attacks on women.

Now is the time for pro-choice Senators to use hardball tactics to stop Republicans and anti-choice Democrats from making the House's extremist attack on women into the law of the land. We failed to stop Republicans along with conservative Democrats in the House from advancing radical bills to dramatically restrict women's access to abortion and other forms of reproductive healthcare. The Senate can be our firewall. But we need at least 41 pro-choice Senators to refuse to cave and filibuster.

Tell pro-choice Senators: Draw a line in the stand and do whatever it takes to block any bill that introduces new restrictions on abortion or defunds Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest provider of reproductive health care to women.

The Senate is our firewall. Lines must be drawn. The time is now to take urgent action and stop the attacks on women.


Letter to
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Senator Barbara Boxer
Senator Chris Murphy
and 45 others
Senator Tom Carper
Senator Bill Nelson
Senator Mazie Hirono
Senator Brian Schatz
Senator Tom Harkin
Senator Dick Durbin
Senator William Cowan
Senator Ben Cardin
Senator Barbara Mikulski
Senator Angus King
Senator Susan Collins
Senator Carl Levin
Senator Debbie Stabenow
Senator Amy Klobuchar
Senator Claire McCaskill
Senator Max Baucus
Senator Jon Tester
Senator Cory Booker
Senator Robert Menendez
Senator Martin Heinrich
Senator Harry Reid
Senator Charles Schumer
Senator Sherrod Brown
Senator Ron Wyden
Senator Jack Reed
Senator Tim Kaine
Senator Patrick Leahy
Senator Patty Murray
Senator Maria Cantwell
Senator John Rockefeller
Senator Tammy Baldwin
Senator Mark Udall
Senator Kay Hagan
Senator Jeff Merkley
Senator Mark Warner
Senator Tom Udall
Senator Mark Begich
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Senator Bernie Sanders
Senator Michael Bennet
Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Senator Al Franken
Senator Christopher Coons
Senator Richard Blumenthal
Filibuster any bill that introduces new restrictions on abortion or defunds Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest provider of reproductive health care to women.