Women’s Rights: Action Items for Week of March 20, 2017

1. Urge your senators to oppose the nomination of Neil Gorsuch

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Gorsuch’s appointment would be a step backward, not just for women, but for all workers. Gorsuch has embraced the idea that a corporation has religious beliefs that are more important than workers’ access to health care. You are right to wonder how a corporation — a man-made entity created by people (usually lawyers) filing a bunch of documents with the state — can have religious beliefs. Here’s the answer: It can’t. Companies have no soul. They do not sit in the pews with you on Sundays. They do not kneel in prayer with you to give thanks. Yet in the eyes of Neil Gorsuch, corporations’ so-called religious beliefs are more important than workers’ access to fair and equitable health care. It is with this twisted logic that he supported a judicial decision that exempted a company from including contraception in the health insurance provided to its workers. American families deserve better.

2. Urge your representatives to vote NO on HR 490

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HR 490 “the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017” is effectively a total ban on abortion — nationwide. This bill would prevent a doctor from performing an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected. For many women, this means that by the time they know they are pregnant, an abortion with not be legal. Desperate and without a safe procedure available to them, many women will take extreme measures to abort their pregnancies. If you care about the lives of women — your girlfriends, your sisters, your daughters — urge your representatives to vote NO on HR 490.