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Feb 23, 2012

Women voters outnumber men by millions.1 Maybe Republicans should have thought of that before launching "the most comprehensive and radical assault on women's health in our lifetime," according to House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi.2

Republicans are challenging President Obama's plan to provide free contraception coverage to women through their health insurance.3 And on Friday, House Republicans passed another bill stripping all federal funding from Planned Parenthood, which would block access to vital breast and cervical cancer screenings.4 Their actions will cost the lives of countless women if we don't stop them.

We've proved we can do just that, by working with progressive allies to prevent devastating funding cuts to Planned Parenthood in the past.5 

Republican attacks on women's health are almost too many to mention, but here are some of the lowlights:

  • 'Let Women Die' Bill. House Republicans passed a bill that would allow hospitals that receive federal funds to deny patients access to abortion procedures, even if such a procedure is necessary to save a woman's life.6 
  • Contraception. Just last week, Republican Congressman Darrell Issa chaired a hearing on President Obama's plan to provide contraception coverage to women, but blocked all testimony from women's health advocates.7
  • Redefining Rape. In a bill to prevent taxpayer funding for abortions, House Republicans tried to redefine rape as "forcible rape" only, which would exclude statutory rape and women who are drugged or verbally threatened.8
  • Forced Ultrasound. Republicans in the Virginia legislature have just passed a bill requiring women to have an invasive vaginal probe ultrasound before they're permitted to have an abortion.9 

These attacks won't stop until those who lead them are made to pay a political price. 

Thanks for all you do.

–Elena, Amy, Laura, Carrie, and the rest of the team

P.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has announced that the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee will convene to hear from one woman whose testimony was blocked by Congressman Issa, but Republican Dan Lundgren is refusing to allow her testimony to be recorded for public view.10 

Sources:

1. "Gender Differences in Voter Turnout," Center for American Women and Politics, November 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=271386&id=36071-8424909-aUgiuex&t=5

2. "Pelosi: GOP Offers The 'Most Comprehensive And Radical Assault On Women's Health In Our Lifetime,'" Think Progress, February 10, 2012 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=271387&id=36071-8424909-aUgiuex&t=6

3. "Republicans to Continue Effort to Block Obama Contraceptive Rule," Bloomberg Businessweek, February 14, 2012 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=271412&id=36071-8424909-aUgiuex&t=7

4. "Planned Parenthood Funding Blocked In House Vote," Huffington Post, February 18, 2012 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=271388&id=36071-8424909-aUgiuex&t=8

"The GOP's 10 Most Extreme Attacks On A Woman's Right To Choose An Abortion" Think Progress, December 27, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=271220&id=36071-8424909-aUgiuex&t=9

5. "Komen decision illustrates political battle over Planned Parenthood," NBC Politics, February 3, 2012 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=271389&id=36071-8424909-aUgiuex&t=10

6. "House GOP Proposes So-Called 'Let Women Die' Bill That Lets Hospitals Deny Life-Saving Care," Think Progress, October 12, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=271390&id=36071-8424909-aUgiuex&t=11

"The GOP's 10 Most Extreme Attacks On A Woman's Right To Choose An Abortion" Think Progress, December 27, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=271220&id=36071-8424909-aUgiuex&t=12

7. "Rep. Darrell Issa Bars Minority Witness, a Woman, on Contraception," ABC News, February 16, 2012 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=271406&id=36071-8424909-aUgiuex&t=13

8. "Legislative proposal puts abortion rights supporters on alert," The Washington Post, February 1, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=271391&id=36071-8424909-aUgiuex&t=14

9. "Anti-abortion bills spark heated debate in Virgina," CBS News, February 15, 2012 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=271410&id=36071-8424909-aUgiuex&t=15

10. "House Democrats To Hear Birth Control Testimony From Woman Rejected By GOP," The Huffington Post, February 21, 2012 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=271407&id=36071-8424909-aUgiuex&t=16 

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Posted: Sep 7, 2009 12:07pm
Aug 11, 2009



The White House, Washington


Dear Friend, 

Anyone that's watched the news in the past few days knows that health insurance reform is a hot topic — and that rumors and scare tactics have only increased as more people engage with the issue. Given a lot of the outrageous claims floating around, it’s time to make sure everyone knows the facts about the security and stability you get with health insurance reform. 

That’s why we’ve launched a new online resource —WhiteHouse.gov/RealityCheck — to help you separate fact from fiction and share the truth about health insurance reform. Here's a few of the reality check videos you can find on the site: 
There's more information and a number of online tools you can use to spread the truth among your family, friends and other social networks. Take a look: 

Health Insurance Reform Reality Check

We knew going into this effort that accomplishing comprehensive health insurance reform wasn't going to be easy. Achieving real change never is. The entrenched interests that benefit from the status quo always use their influence in Washington to try and keep things just as they are. 

But don't be misled. We know the status quo is unsustainable. If we do nothing, millions more Americans will be denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions, or see their coverage suddenly dropped if they become seriously ill. Out-of-pocket expenses will continue to soar, and more and more families and businesses will be forced to deal with health insurance costs they can’t afford. 

That's the reality. 

Americans deserve better. You deserve a health care system that works as well for you as it does for the status quo; one you can depend on — that won't deny you coverage when you need it most or charge you crippling out-of-pocket co-pays. Health insurance reform means guaranteeing the health care security and stability you deserve. 

President Barack Obama promised he'd bring change to Washington and fix our broken, unsustainable health insurance system. You can help deliver that change.Visit WhiteHouse.gov/RealityCheck, get the facts and spread the truth. The stakes are just too high to do nothing. 

Thank you, 
David 

David Axelrod 
Senior Advisor to the President 

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Posted: Aug 11, 2009 12:23pm
Jul 29, 2009
www.ConsumersUnion.org

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Dear Eric,

Do you have fresh lettuce in your fridge?

Last Wednesday, a company recalled romaine lettuce in 29 states due to salmonella. Much of that lettuce was already in people's homes. Did you know about the recall effort so you could check on your greens? Probably not.

It's time we stop relying on unreliable recalls and start to prevent food poisoning up front. The Food Safety Enhancement Act will do that, but we need your Representative to vote FOR it this week, before Congress goes on its recess!

The House could vote THIS AFTERNOON or tomorrow. Act now!


Look at your cell phone
Now look at your phone bill. Ugh! Why can’t you take your phone to another company to get a better deal? Tell Congress to stop the giant telecom companies from holding your phone hostage.

Parties for health reform
Congress is headed home in August, and members need to hear about fixing health care, not just ignoring it. We’re looking for activists to hold house parties (we have tips and help here) where your guests write letters about getting real solutions to their problems.

Has your credit card deal changed?
We’re hearing banks are changing credit card deals before the new reform law takes effect. If your card terms are being messed with tell us about it here so we can know about any new tricks to fight against.

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