Petition to Paul Ryan
Tell Republicans we won’t allow them to defund Planned Parenthood
House Speaker Paul Ryan recently announced that Republicans will introduce legislation to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood provides healthcare to millions of women who could not otherwise afford it. Congressional Republicans have attempted to eliminate Planned Parenthood’s funding for years. They claim their effort is about their party’s opposition to an organization that provides abortion services. But this isn’t about abortion. Planned Parenthood uses federal funds to provide basic health care, cancer screenings and other preventative care check-ups for low-income women and college students. There is also a law called the Hyde Amendment that strictly prohibits the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortion procedures. Planned Parenthood, therefore, does not use one dime of the federal funds it receives to perform abortions. And the Republicans know it. Bottom line, this effort is about controlling women. Period. It's risking the health of women, especially poor and working-class women, by creating a situation where they don’t have access to essential preventative healthcare. Many thousands of women will get sick and many of them will die. This Republican effort is wrong on every level -- and it must be stopped. I’ve never been much of an activist, but the outcome of our election last November motivated me to get involved with every issue that means something to me. Supporting vital healthcare access for every woman should mean something to every American. It’s time for people of conscience to stand up and say NO to this assault on women’s health. Supporting this petition will help send that message. Please sign and share today!
Petition to Jeff Denham
Petition to Request: Rep. Jeff Denham to support the funding of Planned Parenthood.
We the undersigned are requesting that Congressman Denham support funding of Planned Parenthood and the medical services it provides.
Petition to Bruce Rauner
Make HB40 Illinois Law
House Bill 40 is a bill proposed to have the ability to use Medicaid to fund abortions. It has passed through the Illinois House and Senate, but Rauner plans to veto it. If Rauner vetoes HB40 he will deny low income women the option of an abortion.
Petition to Richard Blumenthal
Stop the defunding of Planned Parenthood
I am a junior at Naugatuck High school. As a junior I must complete my Civic Action Project where I identify an issue or problem that matters to me, connect it to public policy, then take “civic actions” to try to impact my selected issue/problem. I chose to complete my Civic Action Project on stopping the defunding of Planned Parenthood. As of January 6th, 2017, “H.R. 354: Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017” was assigned to a congressional committee. If politicians in Congress succeed in “defunding” Planned Parenthood they would cause a national health disaster. Millions of Planned Parenthood patients would lose access to the preventive care they’ve relied on. Such as- cancer screenings; birth control; and STD testing and treatment, including HIV tests.
Petition to Paul Ryan, Donald Trump, United States Supreme Court
Stop the Defunding of Planned Parenthood Now!
The defunding of Planned Parenthood would adversely impact millions of women nationwide by limiting their access to affordable reproductive health care services. Planned Parenthood health centers provide: birth control for 2 million people over 4 million STD tests and treatments over 360,000 breast exams over 270,000 Pap tests Without access to such services, this would increase the number of unintended pregnancies and self-induced abortions. President Trump stated that "funding (for Planned Parenthood) can stay if abortion goes." The 1977, Hyde Amendment ALREADY PROHIBITS THIS: it dictates that federal Medicaid funds can only be used to fund abortions in cases of rape, incest, or to protect the life of the mother. Abortion accounts for only 3% of the services it provided in 2014 Although abortion only comprises a small fraction of organization’s services, the GOP has used the procedure as a pretext to launch a despicable smear campaign. Without access to safe abortions, women will be susceptible to health complications and maternal death. Prohibiting abortion DOES NOT decrease the number of abortions performed; it simply forces women to resort to more dangerous methods. For example, nationwide search rates for self-induced abortions spiked 40 percent in 2011, when states around the country implemented 92 new abortion restrictions Abortion rates DO NOT decrease with stricter laws. If we want to protect women and their children alike, we must find a common ground in reducing unintended pregnancies and self-induced abortions. Consider this: A lower rate of poverty and improved access to health care are associated with education and a lower rate of abortion. Also, unintended pregnancies may be reduced by providing no-cost contraception. Planned Parenthood addresses these findings: 1.5 million receive sex education and outreach Free birth control for 2 million people Through such services, Planned Parenthood has prevented an estimated 579,000 unintended pregnancies. Six in 10 women who access care from a family planning health care center like Planned Parenthood consider it their main source of health care. Defunding Planned Parenthood would hit the people who rely on federal insurance and public health programs most- people who already face barriers such as: people of low income people of color people who live in rural area With the defunding of Planned Parenthood, at least 2.5 million people a year would lose access to the services that Planned Parenthood offers. We must TRUST women in their reproductive choices. We must PROTECT women by providing them with safe options. Please sign this petition if you believe that Planned Parenthood should continue to receive funding for its services that protect women and their health rights. Sources https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4000282/ http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/08/05/429641062/fact-check-how-does-planned-parenthood-spend-that-government-money https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/blog/how-federal-funding-works-at-planned-parenthood https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/issues/health-care-equity/title-x http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2016/03/07/home_abortion_google_searches_spike_when_legal_abortion_restrictions_increase.html