Monday, October 30, 2017

CALL TO STOP THE ASSAULT ON WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Monday, October 30, 2017
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STOP THE ASSAULT ON WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM
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#NoAbortionBan
#WomensRights

The GOP has doubled down on its efforts to destroy women’s rights to reproductive freedom. Zealots in the House recently passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), which bans abortion after 20 weeks, based on disproven theories that a 20-week fetus can feel pain. The Senate bill (S. 1922) already has 46 sponsors (which means they only need 4 more votes to pass) and has been referred to committee.
The GOP is now pushing to criminalize abortions once the embryo has a heartbeat, usually at 6 weeks. This is before many women even know they are pregnant and well before they could learn if the pregnancy is progressing normally. The Heartbeat Protection Act (H.R. 490), yet another attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade, is heading for a committee hearing on Wednesday.
The Trump Administration has applauded these moves, which are in line with HHS’s new strategic plan that defines life as “beginning at conception.”
Reproductive rights are human rights. Women’s rights to exercise personal autonomy in matters concerning their healthcare are being gravely threatened. We must oppose the GOP’s relentless efforts to return our country to the era of back-alley abortions.

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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE
(or leave a message after hours)**

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATORS WYDEN AND MERKLEY
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am very concerned about the GOP’s relentless efforts to curtail a woman’s right to choose. The House recently passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), which bans abortion after 20 weeks. Senator Graham has just introduced companion legislation in the Senate (S. 1922). Now the House is considering the Heartbeat Protection Act (H.R. 490) that would criminalize abortion at 6 weeks, before many women even know they are pregnant. Please do everything you can, including a filibuster, to ensure that these bills never make it to the President’s desk. Women’s rights to reproductive freedom are in your hands. Thank you.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR REPRESENTATIVES BLUMENAUER, BONAMICI, DEFAZIO, SCHRADER AND WALDEN
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am very concerned about the GOP’s relentless efforts to curtail a woman’s right to choose. The House recently passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), which bans abortion after 20 weeks, based on disproven theories that a 20-week fetus can feel pain. Now the House is considering the Heartbeat Protection Act (H.R. 490) that would criminalize abortion at 6 weeks, before many women even know that they are pregnant. Please do everything you can to kill this unconstitutional bill. Women’s rights to reproductive freedom are in your hands. Thank you.”

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**ACTION 2: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**
Share this post with friends and family. Help them call their Members of Congress

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**PHONE NUMBERS**

SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129

SENATOR WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691

CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010
 
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
 
CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300
 
CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,  
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609
 
CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100
 

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