George sent me this in an email earlier today. Not sure why I didn't get it, since I am a moveon member, but I'll worry about that later. Maybe. Probably not.
Dear MoveOn member,
Can you imagine living in a place where birth control is considered an "abortion" and health insurers won't cover it? Where even rape victims are denied emergency contraception?
It seems unbelievable, but the Bush Administration is quietly trying to redefine "abortion" to include birth control. The Houston Chronicle says this could wipe out dozens of state laws that protect women's reproductive freedom and protect rape victims.1 Access to basic health care for millions of women would be jeopardized. And it's being pushed as a "rule change"meaning, it doesn't need congressional approval.
Can you sign an emergency message to Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, whose department is considering this rule change right now? Tell him: "Contraception is NOT abortion. The Bush Administration's proposal to change the definition of abortion and reduce women's access to birth control must be stopped."
Clicking here will add your name to this message:
The best way to beat back this proposal is to show Secretary Leavitt massive public outragethat's why today we're launching this petition jointly with Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Together, we'll deliver every signature to Leavitt. You can help add to our momentum by forwarding this message to friends.
Here's what some others are saying about this proposal:
The draft regulation would define birth control as abortion...it could deny access to critical family planning for women across the country.Letter signed by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and 26 other senators.2
The draft rule could void laws in 27 states that require insurance companies to provide birth control coverage for women requesting it [and] laws in 14 states requiring that rape victims receive counseling and access to emergency, day-after contraceptives.Houston Chronicle editorial3
The administration needs to stop playing word games with women's health and state clearly they will reject any regulations that will undermine women's access to basic health care.Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.4
[It's] a spectacular act of complicity with the religious right... RH Reality Check, Information and Analysis for Reproductive Health5
The birth control pill, the IUD, and emergency contraception might all become unavailableillegalas a result.Brigid Riley, executive director of a Minnesota teen pregnancy prevention organization6
Can you help send a loud message to Secretary Leavitt that birth control is NOT abortion? Clicking here will sign your name:
Thanks for all you do.
–Nita, Laura, Patrick S., Adam G., and the rest of the team
Seriously, I am so over this reproductive rights issue. 97% decisions being made by men. I'm a man and I think we should have much less say in the matter. Of course, these are the men who still believe in capital punishment.
I encourage you to sign the petition.
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I didn't read it because it's just too many words that aren't going to entertain me, but I got its gist and signed your petition, you petitionist. Back in the day, I was a Women's Studies minor in college. Much to my mother's chagrin.
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