Wednesday, November 18, 2009

sign Senator Boxer's Stop the Stupak Amendement petition

photo: On June 29, 2009 Senator Boxer spoke @ the Feminist Majority Foundation in Los Angeles. Senator Boxer addressed FMF interns and staff as well as the Women’s Political Committee.

I received this email message from US Senator Barbara Boxer today:

Ten days ago, the US House of Representatives passed the Stupak Amendment, which would be one of the biggest setbacks to women's health in recent decades — unless we stand together and stop it.

That's why we are launching a petition, because women must not be denied access to safe and legal medical procedures.

You know I will be there speaking out on this issue at every stage of the process and everywhere I can. But as the details of the Senate's health care bill are worked out, we need to be sure that all our voices are heard clearly on this issue.

Join me by signing the petition and help build pressure to remove the discriminatory, extreme, anti-choice Stupak Amendment from the final health care reform bill!

Petition Text:

We the undersigned oppose inclusion of the Stupak Amendment in any health care reform legislation because it would be one of the biggest setbacks to women’s health in recent decades.

The Stupak Amendment overturns a difficult and delicate compromise that has held firm for decades: Women can use their own private funds for legal reproductive health care procedures, but federal funds cannot be used for abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or to protect the life of the mother.

The Stupak Amendment discriminates against women by taking away health coverage they already have — and tells women who participate in the new health insurance exchange that they can’t even use their own funds to buy a policy that includes abortion coverage.

The Stupak Amendment is discriminatory, extreme, and just plain wrong.

We urge the defeat of any effort to include this amendment in the final health care reform bill sent to President Obama.

In friendship,
US Senator Barbara Boxer

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