Tell Your Senators Not to Wage War Against Women
In the coming weeks,
the Senate will be considering several pieces of legislation that the
House has already acted on – many of which include provisions that
undermine the health and rights of women and young people. Please call
and tell your Senators to:
EVERY VOICE AND VOTE COUNTS. Call the Capitol Switchboard today at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Senators.
Urge them to support UNFPA, oppose the Gag Rule, and support robust
funding for international family planning. Let them know you are proud
to have the United States as a partner and leader of the global
community to support the health and rights of women and young people
around the world. Call even if you think they already share your views – they need to hear from you.
- Support UNFPA: The UN
Population Fund is a global partner working with national governments to
ensure access to essential reproductive health services including
family planning, end harmful traditional practices against women and
girls, and protect human rights. Yet, some in Congress have a
long-standing opposition to UNFPA’s mission: empowering women and young people. They want to end UNFPA and what it stands for.
- Oppose the Global Gag Rule: Reinstating the policy
blocks funds for organizations to provide family planning services if
that organization also participates in public debate about or refers
patients for abortion services. This policy harms women and lessens the
positive impact of investments being made. Different Presidents have
gone back and forth imposing and rescinding the policy – and now some in
Congress want to put this misguided policy into law, which the Senate
should block; and
- Support International Family Planning Funding:
Times are tough and budget cuts need to be made – but not on the backs
of the world’s poorest people, and not for basic health programs
critically needed by women and young people. The House has made huge cuts
to family planning programs (25% from FY2011) – disproportionate cuts
compared to other global health programs (9% from FY2011).