The Bush administration is apparently
looking to start yet another assault in the continuing war on reproductive
rights and family planning services by proposing sweeping new restrictions
on recipients of health-related federal funding.
Now is the time to use your voice and
tell the administration that this blatant undermining of family values
will not stand. Ignoring the voice of 90 percent of the electorate is
an outrage and our leaders should know. Click here to send a letter to Secretary Leavitt and
demand that these draft regulations never come to fruition.
Although the Bush Administration couches
the restrictions in the language of anti-discrimination, pro-family
planning members of Congress and the overwhelming majority of Americans
see these regulations for what they really are: an attempt to prevent
American families from acquiring the family planning services to which
they are entitled.
These regulations are an insult both
to state sovereignty and the voters themselves. The restrictions could
invalidate state laws everywhere from New York to California that are
designed to protect women’s access to affordable, safe contraceptives.
They could invalidate laws that require insurance companies to provide
coverage for contraceptives, or those that require hospitals to distribute
EC to rape victims as part of regular treatment in the emergency room
— common-sense, compassionate laws that have overwhelming public support.
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Nine out of ten Americans support federal
funding to provide access to family planning services for low-income
and uninsured people, and yet the Bush administration is doing its best
to see that the will of the people is disregarded.
These draft regulations present a pressing
and urgent threat to the state of public health in America, and I urge
both Congress and the American people to act quickly and decisively
in rejecting this attack on women and families.
We must not let the conservative right-wing
fundamentalists stand in the way of good health. Send your letter to the administration today!