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The Department of Health and Human Services is quietly trying to redefine "abortion" to include birth control. This would effectively end health insurance coverage for the pill and potentially block emergency contraception for victims of rape.
 
Newspapers are reporting that dozens of state laws protecting reproductive rights will be threatened by this move. A letter signed by 28 senators warns: "The draft regulation would define birth control as abortion...it could deny access to critical family planning for women across the country."
 
This "rule change" doesn't need congressional approval. The only way to prevent it is to pressure HHS directly. Please send this message to Secretary Mike Leavitt and his deputy chief of staff today.

Letter to
Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt
Deputy Chief of Staff, Department of Health and Human Services Greg Morris
I am outraged that the Department of Health and Human Services is trying to redefine "abortion" to include birth control. This would effectively end health insurance coverage for the pill and potentially block emergency contraception for victims of rape.
 
Newspapers are reporting that dozens of state laws protecting reproductive rights will be threatened by this move. A letter signed by 28 senators warns: "The draft regulation would define birth control as abortion...it could deny access to critical family planning for women across the country."
 
This is unacceptable. Please fulfill your commitment to sound health policy based on science and not cave to the special interests behind this latest maneuver.