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Pro-Choice Friends: 
Below are links to sign four different online petitions to protect women’s reproductive rights and rights to abortion in the health care reform legislation.  The following four links are from Population Connection, CREDO, National Organization of Women, / NARAL, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

—– Original Message —–
From: John Seager, President
Sent: Friday, November 13, 2009 1:34 PM
Subject: Tell Harry Reid: Protect Women’s Access to Health Care

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The basic right of women to make their own health care choices is under direct attack.

Last Saturday, a majority of the US House of Representatives voted to deny abortion coverage to millions of American women by passing the anti-choice Stupak-Pitts amendment to the health care bill.

The Senate must stop this disaster now.

The Senate vote could be very close. The outcome is unpredictable as I’m writing to you. 

So, please sign our petition to the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid.  Let Senator Reid know that the Stupak abortion ban must not be included in the health care bill.

And please make a generous donation to Population Connection today so we can fight this and other critically important battles.

If it becomes law, the Stupak ban will prevent millions of women from using their own money to purchase health plans that include abortion coverage.

We must stop Stupak.

The time is now.

Thank you.

John Seager, President

—– Original Message —–
From: Laura Scher, CREDO Action
To: Gregory Wright
Sent: Friday, November 13, 2009 2:11 PM
Subject: Send a coat hanger.


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Send a coat hanger.

Did these Democrats forget what happens when women are denied access to abortion?

We’re furious.

In a backroom deal brokered to get the votes necessary to pass the House health care bill, one amendment was allowed an up-or-down vote on the floor. That amendment, the Stupak amendment — which passed on a vote of 240 to 194 — is the most serious assault on abortion rights in a generation.

What’s more, according to, 20 of the 64 Democrats who joined Republicans to pass the measure are nominally pro-choice.

Sign the petition, send a coat hanger.

Why did pro-choice Democrats vote to approve the Stupak amendment? We’re telling these 20 Democrats — all men — to reconsider their vote and urge Congressional leadership to do everything they can to ensure the health care bill that comes out of committee does not take us back to an era of coat hangers and back alley abortions.

Sign our petition and we’ll send a coat hanger to the 20 formerly pro-choice Democrats who voted to take away women’s rights.

If the Stupak amendment is allowed to stand, it would ban private insurers who participate in the insurance exchange created by the health care bill from covering abortion as a part of women’s reproductive health care. Tens of millions of women would be affected.

These 20 formerly pro-choice Democrats need to hear that it is NOT ok to throw women under the bus when it comes to passing health care.

Back in 1992, Working Assets helped its members send coat hangers to Congress. Now, 17 years later, it’s time to do it again.

Please sign the petition, send a coat hanger, and tell your friends about CREDO’s campaign.

Laura Scher, CEO of CREDO Mobile
Michael Kieschnick, President of CREDO Mobile
Becky Bond, Political Director of CREDO Action

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—– Original Message —–

Sent: Friday, November 13, 2009 11:00 AM
Subject: Vote Against ‘Hyde on Steroids’

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TAKE ACTION:  Tell Your Senators to Vote Against ‘Hyde on Steroids’

The Senate may be voting on a “Hyde on steroids” amendment similar to Stupak-Pitts that would prevent millions of women from obtaining insurance coverage for abortion under health care reform. Floor debate begins next week, and senators are being pressured to accept this outrageous evisceration of Roe v. Wade in order to get reform legislation passed. It is not acceptable to achieve health care reform by pushing women back to the back alleys. The Senate must not adopt this House-passed amendment that would expand the Hyde Amendment (which prohibits federal funding of abortion, except in cases of rape, incest and threat to a woman’s life). Please tell your senators Stupak-Pitts is not status quo and it is not okay.

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The Senate will soon begin floor debate on the most important health care legislation (S. 1796) in decades. Women have much to gain from both Senate and House bills, which end insurance industry abuses and extend coverage to millions currently uninsured, but we are not willing to pay for this with an accompanying rollback of women’s fundamental and constitutional rights. Several senators who oppose abortion rights are said to be planning to offer an amendment like the sweeping abortion prohibition offered by Reps. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and Joseph Pitts (R-Penn.) and adopted by the House on Nov. 7.

Reportedly, Sens. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Bob Casey (D-Penn.) may offer a version of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment to be attached to the Senate bill. That means, in all likelihood, if the Senate adopts this harmful amendment, it will remain in the final Senate-House conference bill and become law. Alternatively, a modified variation of Stupak-Pitts could be incorporated into the bill. Either way, millions of women lose — big time.

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The Stupak-Pitts amendment explained:

  • The ban on abortion coverage in insurance would apply to both the proposed public option and to private health insurance plans sold in the new regional health insurance exchanges. It is estimated that some 36 million uninsured persons would be purchasing insurance policies through new exchanges and would be eligible for federal affordability subsidies.
  • Health insurers may not sell plans that cover abortion to customers who are paying without a subsidy, if even just one person who is receiving the federal affordability credits (the subsidy) were to purchase a plan. In other words, even if you are paying 100 percent of your insurance costs, abortion coverage would not be available in your plan if anyone with affordability credits joins the same plan.
  • Women may purchase a separate abortion “rider” for coverage, though many doubt that these riders would be offered by the insurance companies.
  • Small companies (fewer than 100 employees) would also likely purchase health insurance through the exchange, but if any of their employees received affordability credits no abortion coverage could be included.
  • Eighty-seven percent of employer-based insurance plans now cover abortion services, but if employers withdraw coverage and send their employees to the health insurance exchanges, those employees would likely lose abortion coverage under these new prohibitions.

There may be a modified version of this harmful amendment that is included in the Senate health care reform bill that will be debated next week. We want to make sure that Stupak-Pitts language is not used and that no variation of this harmful amendment is passed. Please send a message to your senators that you oppose any restrictions on insurance coverage of abortion. Thank you for all the work you do for women’s rights.

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—– Original Message —–

Sent: Friday, November 13, 2009 6:18 AM
Subject: Stop Abortion Coverage Ban
Dear Greg,

The House of Representatives passed health-reform legislation that included an anti-choice amendment that will seriously jeopardize women’s access to abortion – making it virtually impossible for private insurance companies that participate in the new health system to offer abortion coverage to women.

This would have the effect of denying women the right to use their own personal, private funds to purchase an insurance plan with abortion coverage in the new health system.

We must stop health-care reform from being enacted with this ban!

Sign our petition calling on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to stand firm against a ban on abortion coverage for women in the new health system.

Bob Fertik

NARAL Pro-Choice America
Dear Activist,

NARAL Pro-Choice America

The House passed an anti-choice measure that would essentially eliminate insurance coverage for abortion in the new system.

Help us fight back and stop the ban on women’s insurance coverage for abortion.  

Add your name to our petition to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid by 12 noon (EST) on Friday, November 13.

Anti-choice politics shouldn’t trump women’s health in Congress. It’s unacceptable.

Yet that’s what happened when the House passed the last-minute anti-choice Stupak-Pitts amendment to its health-reform bill.

We cannot let this attack stand in the Senate.

Sign our petition calling on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to save abortion coverage and ensure that the same ban is not included in the Senate’s bill.

I can’t stress this strongly enough: we must win in the Senate to keep millions of women from losing their private insurance coverage for abortion in the new health-care system.

A vote to ban insurance coverage for abortion in the new system will come down to the wire, so we must call on Majority Leader Reid to stand strong against this attack from the outset.

We need to deliver our petitions to Majority Leader Reid by the end of the week before the bill is brought to the floor, so add your name by 12 noon (EST) on Friday, November 13.

Here is what will happen if the Senate adopts the same Stupak-Pitts amendment that passed in the House bill:

  • It will be virtually impossible for private insurance companies that participate in the new system to offer abortion coverage to women.

  • This would have the effect of denying women the right to use their own personal, private funds to purchase an insurance plan with abortion coverage in the new health system—a radical departure from the status quo. Presently, more than 85 percent of private insurance plans cover abortion services.

We must win in the Senate. That’s why we need to fight back today.

Stand up for women’s access to abortion and sign our petition to Majority Leader Reid.

Thank you for standing with us during this fight.

My best,

Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America


—– Original Message —–
From: “Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood” <>
Sent: Friday, November 13, 2009 12:58 PM
Subject: Stopping the Stupak amendment
Don’t let the anti-choice Stupak amendment become law.
Dear Gregory,

You’re furious, and we hear you. Tens of thousands of Planned
Parenthood supporters have expressed disappointment, sadness,
and anger since the House adopted the anti-choice Stupak
abortion ban to its health care reform bill.

Believe me, I’m just as angry as you are. And I want to take the
outrage that supporters of women’s health are feeling and turn
it into action. If we join together, we can still stop the
Stupak ban and other efforts to undermine choice. The first step
is simple, but it will be effective: sign our petition to
President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Reid, and Speaker

If the Stupak ban becomes law, it will outlaw private abortion
coverage for millions of women and prohibit coverage in the
public option. That means that millions of women who currently
have abortion coverage will lose it — and millions more will be
locked out of the comprehensive coverage they have long
deserved, even if they are paying for the entire cost out of
pocket. It will be the most far-reaching restriction of abortion
access in decades. We have to stop it now.

Take action to stop the Stupak ban before it’s too late. Click
here to sign our petition:

When you speak out, lawmakers listen. On Sunday, I asked Planned
Parenthood supporters to contact President Obama and ask him to
stand up for women — and more than 30,000 of you answered the
call. The next day, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to
women’s health and stated plainly that Congress must pass a
health care reform bill that does not impose any further
restrictions on women’s ability to choose a health plan that
meets all of their health care needs, including abortion care.

Now, our focus turns to the Senate. We are demanding that Senate
Majority Leader Harry Reid ensure that language similar to the
Stupak ban does not become part of the Senate bill. Help us make
it clear that the Senate must protect women’s access to complete
reproductive care, including abortion.

Those of us who support women’s health and right to choose must
come together and demand that women be treated fairly under
health care reform. We need to tell our leaders — including
President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, and Speaker Pelosi —
that women must decide for themselves what kind of insurance
coverage they can buy and what kind of health care they need.
Anything less is unacceptable.

Please, sign our petition right now

and know that this is just the first step in what will surely be a long fight
for women’s health. Over the coming weeks, I’m going to ask you for
help again and again. And on December 2, thousands of supporters
will gather at the Capitol to speak with one voice and tell our
leaders: health care reform must protect access to abortion
coverage. I hope you’ll stand with us, today and throughout this
crucial campaign.

Thank you so very much for all you do for the women, men, and
teens who rely on Planned Parenthood.


Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

P.S. This fight will continue to stretch our resources in every
way. If you can help with a contribution, we promise to put it
to good use. Thank you.

(C)2009 Planned Parenthood(R) Federation of America, Inc.

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