Monday, May 21 - Fight for Women’s Healthcare / Protest the Domestic Gag Rule / Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: Protect Women’s Healthcare from the Trump-Pence Domestic Gag Rule

Defunding Planned Parenthood has been a years-long mission of the Republican Party and was a high priority promise of the Trump 2016 campaign. Now, in the months leading up the 2018 midterm elections, Trump may follow through on his campaign promise by implementing a "domestic gag rule" through Executive Order. Similar to the "global gag rule" that cuts funding to international aid organizations providing abortion services, this "domestic gag rule" policy would make any health clinic in the United States providing abortion services or education ineligible for Title X Family Planning funds.

The Hyde Amendment already bans federal money from going towards abortion services. Instead, Title X funds go to helping over 4 million Americans, most of whom are at or below the poverty level, receive vital services such as cancer screenings, pap smears, birth control, and STD testing. Cutting off Title X funds would devastate the operation of dozens of health clinics across the country and lead to millions of vulnerable women losing access to their primary health providers. Patients will also have their full scope of medical options kept from them, as physicians will not even be permitted to verbally mention abortion services.

The presence of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providing health clinics has led to the overall decrease in the number of abortions by providing contraception. The Guttmacher Institute estimates that for every federal dollar spent on contraception, the government saves five dollars on pregnancy treatment. A "domestic gag rule" will reverse this positive trend, and put the health of millions of women at risk.

Call on your MoCs to speak out against this travesty of a policy and fight to protect women’s healthcare.

Call Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Find your Representative

Script: Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm a constituent in the {ZIP CODE} and member of Indivisible. I'm calling to express my opposition to the Trump administration's potential "Domestic Gag Rule" and ask that {MoC} publicly condemn such a policy. Cutting off funds to women's health clinics because they educate patients of their full reproductive options is reckless, and would also threaten access to cancer screenings, birth control, and STD testing for millions of women across the country. Thank you for your time and attention.

Action via 5calls.org

  

Action 2: Protest the Trump-Pence Domestic Gag Rule on Thursday

Everyone, regardless of their race, of their income, or where they live, deserves the best medical care and information available. Under the Trump-Pence domestic gag rule, they won’t get it. 

Join Planned Parenthood in protest this Thursday to send a clear message to the Trump-Pence Administration that this rule is unacceptable!

When: Thursday, May 24 from noon to 1 p.m.
Where: US Department of Health & Human Services (233 N Michigan Ave.)
RSVP Here

Action via Planned Parenthood
 

Action 3: Listen to the Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Every Sunday, Indivisible Chicago members Tom Moss and Dan Nelson release a new episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast. It’s a great way to keep up with the latest news about the Indivisible movement on a local level and to stay plugged in to upcoming efforts around the city.

This week, we welcome registered nurse and Obama administration adviser Lauren Underwood. She’s taking on Republican Randy Hultgren for Congress in Illinois 14. Also, Better Government Association (BGA) attorney Matt Topic talks to host Tom Moss about how citizens can become government watchdogs. Learn more at the upcoming BGA training session this Wednesday.

Give it a listen here, and subscribe via iTunes to follow along with new episodes.

Daily Actions Editor