Topic

reproductive rights

19 petitions

Update posted 4 weeks 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
7,085 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to YouTube

Bring Back Safe2Choose's YouTube Channel!

Safe2Choose is an organization that is committed to providing safe abortion care and accurate information on abortion using recent, unbiased scientific studies. Their mission "is to promote safe abortion by facilitating access to abortion pills."  In January of 2018, the Safe2Choose YouTube account was shut down based on " repeated or severe violations of community standards." It was  stated that the account "encourages or promotes violent or dangerous acts that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death." (*) Safe2Choose has since attempted and failed appealing the account's shut down.  The alleged video that triggered the account suspension is still allowed for viewing on both Facebook and Twitter. (watch here) Along with Safe2Choose's account suspension, several other pro-choice organizations including Women on Web, Women on Waves, Colectivo de Salud Feminista, and comohecerseunaborto.com has faced YouTube's censoring on their channels as well.  Millions of women every year seek safe abortion services, and according to the World Health Organization,25 million unsafe abortions take place every year, as a result, 46,000 die and millions more are left with severe complications.* Women will be seeking abortion and information on abortion no matter what, so, why make it harder for us to get accurate information?  YouTube, please do not leave women seeking information in the dark, leaving them to turn to inaccurate, harmful information that can have life-threatening consequences. Stand with women and restore Safe2Choose's account!   * WHO study: Women die from unsafe abortions    (*) WHO study on medical abortion is SAFE for women to do at home without medical supervision: Read here     

Jane Doe
54 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to United States Senate

Fight and Stop S.217, The Personhood Bill of South Carolina

The bill in question is Senate Bill 217 – the Personhood Act. This bill gives fertilized eggs all the legal protections as a living person. If this bill passes, a fertilized egg will obtain constitutional protections, thus putting the legal rights of woman second. Tragically in today’s society, sexual predators are all around us. Now, imagine a 13-year-old girl becomes the victim of a heinous sexual assault crime in South Carolina and, in turn, tragically gets pregnant. Presently, this young girl would have the right to have an abortion; however, what would happen if the Personhood Act of South Carolina is passed? Simply, this right would be taken away, and almost all abortions in the State of South Carolina would be deemed illegal. Due to the recent traction that the Personhood Bill has gained, many individuals and groups have begun to initiate a public effort against it. One group that has begun to take action is Planned Parenthood South Atlantic. On January 1, 2015, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic formed due to the merger of Planned Parenthood Health Systems and Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina with the intent to provide abortions to women and support a woman's choice. Planned Parenthood South Atlantic is a branch of the National Planned Parenthood Organization that began in Brooklyn in October 1916 and has collectively grown to become the leading provider of women’s health and sexual education in the United States.  Vicki Ringer, Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, said that the main way to terminate the proposed law is through education. Vicki and her team are doing everything in their power to educate lawmakers and the public about what this harmful bill means for reproductive care, and how it violates the existing law in South Carolina. Planned Parenthood had public events such as Women's Voices, Women's Lives Speak-out where supporters and individuals with first-hand experience using Planned Parenthood shared their stores. Events such as this have helped rallied support against the bill. In an effort to support Vicki, her team, and the fight against the Personhood Bill, I ask that you sign this petition to show your support for a women's right to make her own decisions about her own body. If you are interested in reading and learning more about this issue, please investigate the links below!!  https://www.postandcourier.com/news/bill-outlawing-dismemberment-abortions-in-south-carolina-moves-forward/article_71377e82-1d5e-11e8-aa1c-bf5bcb9cd87d.html If you are interested in reading the actual proposal, and the drafted bill, click the link below!! https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/217.htm    

Tom Haug
44 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Linda Coleman-Madison, Bill Hightower, Billy Beasley, Slade Blackwell, Dick Brewbaker, Paul Bussman, Clyde Chambliss, Cam Ward, Quinton Ross, Trip Pittman, Vivian Figures, Harri Smith, Bobby Singleton, Rusty Glover, Phil Williams

Stop Forced Adoption in Alabama

Kimberly Rossler decided to place her son for adoption before he was born. She signed a pre-birth consent but was allowed to change her mind. She changed her mind and let everyone know. The prospective adoptive mother found other way in the legal system to gaining custody of the baby. Now, Kimberly is in a long legal battle to get her son back. Here is the story.  Kimberly became pregnant with a sweet baby boy and chose to work with an adoption agency called Adoption Rocks in Alabama. They matched her up with K, who planned to adopt the baby. Kimberly then signed a pre-birth contract with K which is a contract that is signed prior to the birth of the baby and the prospective adoptive parent agrees to become financially responsible for the baby. The problem is that this practice has the prospective adoptive parent giving money to the pregnant mother. Giving money in exchange for a baby, no matter how organized or technical is human trafficking. Kimberly went through counseling and decided to raise her son. She informed the director of Adoption Rocks and was dismissed. She informed K, who acknowledged the change of plans. You see, pre-birth contract allows for a mother to change her mind before and after birth. The problem is that since money is involved, it is used to guilt the mother into proceeding with the adoption. The director also told Kimberly that as long as she took her baby home from the hospital then the adoption would not be finalized. Kimberly did both. She notified all parties involved prior to birth that she was keeping her baby and she took her baby home. Once baby was born, Kimberly took him home and raised him. However, K and Adoption Rocks tracked them down and went to court and lied to a judge about Kimberly's ability to raise her son. They went to a juvenile court and did not say that this was a failed adoption. Without evidence, the juvenile judge ordered police to take  without any warning. Since this happened, the opposing party hastried to get Kimberly arrested, accusing her of violating gag orders, and lying to a judge by saying the Kimberly was running the Bring Baby Home facebook page, which is not true. They are trying everything to prevent Kimberly from getting her son back. Please sign this petition so other families will not have to deal with this barbaric law. Pre-birth consent leaves to many loopholes for abuse of the legal system. There is a  facebook page, Bring Baby  Home where you can see update. Please also look up other unethical adoptions and custody battles including Baby Jameka Clemons, Baby Camden and his mother Carrie, and the Rob Manzanares case.      

Vicky Medina
1,668 supporters