Friday, February 18, 2011

[SDCPJ] Rally for Abortion Rights! This Wednesday, 5-7PM, San Diego Federal Building, Downtown

Most of you have probably received alerts from Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Pro-Choice Democrats about Congress's vote today to bar Planned Parenthood and other public reproductive health clinics from "Title X" Federal Funding...  and many of you have probably seen me chattering my reaction about it on facebook.

Together with a few partners, I've organized a rally in response for this Wednesday from 5-7PM at the Federal Building downtown. 

I hope to see lots of folks there...  We can't take this attack on the right to abortion and access to basic sex education and reproductive healthcare without a fight!

--Cecile


What:
Rally to defend abortion rights and federal funding for the public's access to reproductive education and care.

Where:
San Diego Federal Building
Corner of Broadway & 1st Ave
Downtown San Diego
(Recommended parking at nearby Horton Plaza, 2 hours free with validation)

When:
Wednesday, February 23 · 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Why:
Congress voted on Friday to bar Planned Parenthood and other public reproductive health clinics from Federal Funding.  We can make no mistake: This is a deliberate and not--so-subtle attack on public funding for abortions and also the rights of individuals and families to have access to the most basic family planning care (sex education, reproductive exams, STD testing, access to condoms, birth control methods, the morning after pill, cancer screenings, and more).  When honest sex education, reproductive rights, and access to abortion are under attack, we must fight back.

Please bring your signs and be ready to chant for women's and men's reproductive rights!

RSVP & share on facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1872614217360&id=1301301976#!/event.php?eid=103494303063832

Here's more from Planned Parenthood:

"We are facing the most dangerous legislative assault on women's health and Planned Parenthood in our 95-year history. It is an attack on all progressive health care, service, and advocacy organizations that aim to provide vital care and services to women and men across this country. Americans want their elected leaders focusing on fixing the economy and creating jobs, not pushing an extreme ideological agenda that would take away health care from women.

..."Instead of focusing on improving the economy and creating jobs, House leadership is pushing an extreme ideological agenda through three bills and budget cuts in the continuing resolution that would take away health care from women.

"These bills are a three-pronged assault on women's health. They would eliminate critical access to affordable health care and family planning services for millions of Americans."

  • Representative Mike Pence (R-IN) has introduced the "Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act" (H.R. 217), which would strip federal family planning funding from health care providers that also provide abortion care with private funds. This bill would  have a devastating impact on rural and women's health by denying Planned Parenthood health centers across the country federal funding (through the Title X family planning program) for preventive care, including family planning, annual exams, lifesaving cancer screenings, contraception visits, and testing and treatments for sexually transmitted infections. Learn more.
  • Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) has introduced the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" (H.R. 3), which would take away insurance coverage for abortion from millions of women. Learn more.
  • Representative Joe Pitts (R-PA) has revived the failed Stupak abortion ban from two years ago under the guise of a "Protect Life Act" (H.R. 358). The bill would cut off millions of American women from the private health insurance coverage they have today by effectively banning abortion coverage in state-based health insurance exchanges established under the health care law. Representative Pitts's bill would also prohibit states from ensuring that women have access to information about how to get access to abortion services. Learn more.
  • The House Leadership's FY 2011 continuing resolution proposes to completely eliminate the Title X family planning program, which has connected millions of  American women with health care since Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1970. Learn more.











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