Wednesday, May 29 - Pass the RHA / Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: URGENT - Tell Senators to Pass the Reproductive Health Act

Thanks to your hard work, the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) passed the Illinois House yesterday, and now moves to the Senate. With the session ending soon, the bill could be coming up for a vote TODAY. Without the Reproductive Health Act (RHA), when Roe is overturned (not if) Illinois could have:

  • Lack of insurance coverage for abortion care and birth control

  • Mandatory spousal consent for abortion

  • 24-hour waiting periods

  • Bans on assisted reproductive techniques like in vitro fertilization (IVF).

The Reproductive Health Act (RHA), House Bill 2495, is all that stands between the women of Illinois and anti-choice extremists wanting to ban safe, legal abortion. Tell your senator to support this bill TODAY! Time is running out!

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling because I want you to support and vote YES on the Reproductive Health Act.

Extreme politicians are introducing, and right-wing anti-choice people are supporting, unconstitutional bills with one goal - to ban safe, legal abortion. With the current make-up of the Supreme Court and new threats to safe, legal abortion it is critical that Illinois lead in ensuring reproductive freedom is a reality for ALL Illinois women! Women’s rights are under attack and we need you to whatever you can to make sure this bill passes. Thank you.

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Action 2: Tell Senators to Renew the Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), landmark legislation first passed with bipartisan support in 1994, had it’s funding expire on February 15 after Congress failed to include it in the compromise federal spending bill passed the day before. The VAWA was initially set to expire last September, however Congress approved short-term stopgap funding legislation while negotiations continued.

The act establishes and funds the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women and provides funding for the investigation and prosecution of domestic and other interpersonal violence, stalking, and sexual assault. On April 4, House Democrats passed a reauthorization bill, H.R. 1585 that would not only reauthorize funding for VAWA's existing programs but also establish new policies to help abuse victims remain in stable housing, expand red-flag laws to block people convicted of dating abuse or stalking from accessing guns, and broaden protections against abuse for Native American women.

The Senate must act quickly to restore funding for crucial programs while also modernizing the legislation to be more inclusionary and expansive of protections

  • Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506

  • Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to support, H.R. 1585, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, to ensure the continuation of crucial programs protecting people from domestic violence. I also fully support the expansion of the act to include:

(pick 2-3 reasons important to you):

  • including protections for transgender individuals,

  • broadening protections for Native American women,

  • helping abuse victims remain in stable housing,

  • expanding red-flag laws to block people convicted of dating abuse or stalking.

Thank you for all your hard work answering phones.

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