There’s a new way to take a stand for women. Have you seen this?
The campaign has already drawn some high-profile supporters including Kevin Bacon, Sandra Bernhard, Billy Crudup, Olympia Dukakis, Jenna Fischer, Caroline Kennedy, Lisa Kudrow, Tea Leoni, Audra McDonald, Oliver Platt, Martha Plimpton, Amy Poehler, Kyra Sedgwick, Sarah Silverman, Meryl Streep and Louis Zorich.
If the past year-and-a-half proved anything, it is that the conservative movement is more focused than ever on turning back the clock on women’s rights. And despite what the Romney-Ryan ticket may say, it is clear that their administration would pick up where Congressional Republicans left off–by trying to redefine rape, cut off access to contraception and push personhood as a means to re-criminalize abortion.
Instead of sitting back and waiting to see what happens next, the Center for Reproductive Rights is going on the offensive with a new campaign that “Draws the Line” on attacks against reproductive freedom. In the last year alone CCR has helped block extremist attacks on women’s access to health care in Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma and North Dakota.
The gender-neutral campaign calls on men and women across the country to fight back against these attacks by signing a Bill of Reproductive Rights. The Bill of Reproductive Rights provides the rest of us a chance to join together and let lawmakers know women deserve equal protection under the law. In fact, our Constitution demands it. The Bill of Reproductive Rights states:
We the people of the United States hereby assert the following as fundamental human rights that no government may deny, and that our governments at every level must guarantee and safeguard for all.
1. The right to make our own decisions about our reproductive health and future, free from intrusion or coercion by any government, group, or individual.
2. The right to a full range of safe, affordable, and readily accessible reproductive health care—including pregnancy care, preventive services, contraception, abortion, and fertility treatment—and accurate information about all of the above.
3. The right to be free from discrimination in access to reproductive health care or on the basis of our reproductive decisions.
If reproductive freedom is important to you– if you have a sister, a daughter, a wife or female friends, add your name to the growing list of supporters and sign the Bill of Reproductive Rights. Without sending a clear and consistent message that women’s lives matter the assaults on those lives by the forced-birth movement of the right will continue unabated.
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