reproductive health

16 petitions

Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to U.S. State Legislators

No Tax On Tampons: Stop Taxing Our Periods! Period.

Aunt Flo is one helluva house guest. She can be painful, messy, and just keeps coming back each month. And, oh yeah, expensive! As anyone who menstruates knows, dealing with a period is a monthly necessity—and a costly one at that. Women spend upwards of $70 a year on sanitary products like tampons and pads. What’s worse, across the U.S., a whopping forty states increase the financial burden of menstruation by charging sales tax on these essential items. Not taxed: a bag of chips. Taxed: a box of tampons. WHAT?! Check out the above map to see if your state is one of the forty that taxes your purchase of tampons, pads, and menstrual cups. For anyone who has a period, these items are a necessity—not an option, not a luxury item—and should be treated as such. Eliminating the Tampon Tax is simply the FAIR and EQUAL thing to do. Change is possible! This summer, Canada made history when its Parliament voted unanimously to eliminate a national tax on menstrual products. Across the pond and down under, women in the U.K. and Australia are insisting their governments do the same. A global movement is underway! Sign this petition, share it with your friends—and let the forty state legislatures that profit from your period know that you won’t stand for it. Join Cosmopolitan in the national movement to Axe the Tampon Tax! #TamponsForAll

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf and Cosmopolitan Magazine
72,011 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Department of Health and Human, HHS Secretary Alex Azar

Reject Trump's Domestic Gag Rule

The Trump administration just introduced a gag rule that will ban clinics like Planned Parenthood which receive Title X funding from providing or even referring their clients to abortion services. This is the worst attack yet on our reproductive rights, and it could impact 4 million people  – many of whom are my family and loved ones. I relied on Planned Parenthood when I had a pregnancy scare at age 20. Luckily I turned out not to be pregnant – but their services helped me navigate what was a tense situation. I believe everyone should have access to the kind of non-judgemental and warm care I received that day. The administration is portraying this gag rule as an attempt to further separate government money from abortion services but the truth is clinics have never been allowed to use government funds to perform abortions. This is a direct attack on marginalized women and Planned Parenthood, which serves 41% of patients who get care through Title X-funded health services. Title X is critical for the health of low-income families. These patients are disproportionately low-income people of color and this gag rule will deny them access to birth control, STI testing and treatment, and cancer screenings. This gag rule is so outrageous it even bans clinics from mentioning abortion on their website. Abortion is not a bad word. It is a safe procedure that should remain legal. I can’t stand by and watch people I love lose access to these life-saving services. We know that enormous social pressure has caused Trump to change his mind before, so will you rise up for women’s right to reproductive healthcare? Add your name to demand that Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar reject Trump’s ban.

Elsa Mata
7,173 supporters
Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to J. Craig Gordon, Nan Orrock, John Lewis, David Ralston

Eliminate Sales Tax for Feminine Hygiene Products in Georgia

Every woman knows the struggle of being forced to spend her hard earned money on feminine hygiene products, but we must do so because staying locked away to bleed for the duration of our periods is not an option (much like being born female).   Although there is not a specific tax solely for feminine hygiene products, the sales tax that exists on them classifies these products as non-essential items. Yeah, totally don't even need the things, I'll just bleed on all over my house, your house, the office, the grocery get the picture. The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals states that a female will menstruate 450 times throughout her lifetime, yet these are still non-essential items. Georgia even considers candy a grocery item that is exempt from sales tax. I love candy as much as the next person, but I need tampons. More importantly, these taxes only make these essential items less affordable for girls and women of low income. Even worse, feminine hygiene products (or any hygiene product) cannot be purchased with food stamps. These barriers only contribute to the endless cycle of young girls and women being held back by their periods.  According to BBC, "Minnesota, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania do not tax sanitary products." NPR adds that the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that feminine hygiene products met the state's definition of "medical appliances" and were exempt from the tax. A review of the case can be found here. In order to remove the stigma against menstruation and the inaccessibility of feminine hygiene products for many females, I am asking you all to help bring this issue to the attention of our government. This may seem like a small and meaningless battle to some, but for many women struggling to make ends meet, the cost of these necessary items is a huge burden and every cent saved on these products matters. This is one way our government can show they are committed to making changes that support gender equality and reproductive health. Let's bring this to the attention of Georgia lawmakers and ask them to reconsider the taxes placed on these very essential items. If you are tired of spending more money than necessary on your period or are an ally supporting our fight, please sign and share this petition to show your support! Thank you!

Reiny E.
916 supporters
Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Paul D. 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  

Remy Converse
238 supporters