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 The editors of "Cosmopolitan" magazine
Tell your readers the truth about Martha McSally
(Photo: What an honest representation of McSally's record would look like on the cover of "Cosmo.")Helen Gurley Brown, the long-time editor of “Cosmopolitan,” famously transformed it from a staid family magazine to a frank (sometimes brazen) advice manual for the modern, single career woman. In 2014, then-editor Joanna Coles expanded Cosmo’s scope to politics, “researching political candidates so you don’t have to.” She announced that only politicians who support the best interests of Cosmo readers (including equal pay, access to abortion, gun control and affordable health care) would receive the magazine’s endorsement. Based on that criteria, the only way you’d expect to see Rep. Martha McSally featured on Cosmo’s web site is in a big red warning to steer clear. McSally has a long track record of opposing the very policies that Cosmo says are deal-breakers: She blocked consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act, after promising her district that she’d vote for it because it was “the right thing to do.” She voted repeatedly to cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood, sending her spokesman out to justify it with the misleading, inflammatory claim that Planned Parenthood was “harvesting baby organs.” She’s opposed to legal abortion, except in cases of rape, incest and to save the life of the mother. She voted to ban abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation. She has argued that universal background checks for gun purchases would be “absolutely unconstitutional.” She’s also a co-sponsor of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would effectively override laws in states which deny gun permits to convicted stalkers, boyfriends convicted of domestic abuse, and/or those with restraining orders. (McSally has taken this unpopular position in spite of her own reported history as the victim of stalking.) She voted for the AHCA, which would have gutted Medicaid funding, even as Medicaid covers a majority of the births in Arizona. The AHCA would also have allowed states to strip maternity care, infant care and mental health care (used more often by women) from the list of essential health benefits, which means that women would have to pay more - a lot more - to get that coverage. Moreover, 45,000 people in McSally’s district stood to lose their insurance coverage altogether if the AHCA had passed the Senate. In other words, McSally is exactly the kind of politician that Cosmo’s editors say they want voted out of Congress. But when given the opportunity to expose her record and educate their readers, what did they do? They ran a glowing profile of McSally written by McSally herself, in which she shamelessly depicts herself as an advocate for the women of her district, in spite of all her votes to the contrary. Cosmo provided no fact-checking, no context - just the stage where McSally could brandish her smoke and mirrors unchallenged. That was a great disservice to their readers - one that needs to be corrected. We, the undersigned, are asking the editors of Cosmo to run a follow-up piece on Rep. McSally which accurately informs their readers of the many ways her voting record fails to meet Cosmo’s own standards.
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.