Comment against the abortion gag rule

Official action for Tuesday, June 5

We have our regular Resist Trump Tuesday rally and weekly meeting today. You can find more details at the end of this message. We hope to see you there!

Last month, Trump announced an abortion gag rule. This rule would block Planned Parenthood and other agencies providing abortions from receiving Title X funding. It would also prevent agencies receiving Title X funding from referring for an abortion unless the patient expressly states that she has already decided to terminate her pregnancy. This terrifying bill is finally open for formal comment--let’s flood the Department of Health and Human Services with comments against it!

Comment here:
https://www.federalregister.gov/…/compliance-with-statutory…

Example talking points:

  • The rule is designed to remove Title X federal funding from important family planning clinics, like Planned Parenthood. Since Planned Parenthood’s other source of funding is Medicaid, the rule would hit those without health insurance particularly hard. This is especially troubling for the 18 states that still haven’t expanded Medicaid.
  • “A new analysis from the Guttmacher Institute estimates that there are 103 counties in the United States where Planned Parenthood is the only provider of publicly funded contraceptives. In an additional 229 counties, Planned Parenthood serves the majority of women who are low-income and qualify for government help paying for birth control” (Sarah Kliff, Vox). Women around the country, especially those of low-income, are dependent on Planned Parenthood for family planning--the exact healthcare need Title X is supposed to protect!
  • The rule would prevent doctors at other Title X funded organizations from referring their patients to abortion clinics unless the patient initiates the conversation and states that she has already decided to terminate her pregnancy. This jeopardizes women’s lives and destroys patient-doctor trust.

Background:
https://www.nytimes.com/…/politi…/trump-abortion-limits.html
https://www.vox.com/…/trump-abortion-planned-parenthood-def…
http://www.bioethics.net/…/the-land-of-the-gagged-and-the-…/
http://thehill.com/…/385678-anti-abortion-groups-call-on-tr…


Events Today

Resist Trump Tuesday, feat. Vets4Peace and Physicians for Social Responsibility
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: The Federal Building, 915 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
https://www.facebook.com/events/896261063897726/

Come hear Dan Gillman, President of Vets4Peace: Local Chapter 92 who will speak on the federal budget, cutting military spending, and the threat of privatizing the VA.

We are also proud to welcome speaker Lilly Addams from Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), which has been working for more than 50 years to create a healthy, just and peaceful world for present and future generations. PSR is the U.S. affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, a non-partisan federation of national medical groups in 64 countries that share the common goal of creating a more peaceful and secure world freed from the threat of nuclear annihilation.

Immediately following our rally, we will meet with Sen. Murray's and Sen. Cantwell’s staff from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Lilly Addams will be joining our meeting to ask our Senators to co-sponsor legislation to eliminate first strike nuclear capability as well as banning "low yield" nukes.

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Weekly Meeting
7-9 p.m.: Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
https://www.facebook.com/events/1657913504287897/?event_time_id=1657913667621214

This meeting venue is wheelchair accessible, and can be reached by King County Metro buses 7, 14, 27, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.


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