Daily Archives: May 3, 2017

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Thank you, Sen. Blumenthal, for calling on Trump to stop and reverse his anti-woman agenda

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal: You are a hero and a champion for women.

The Connecticut chapter of the National Organization for Women applauds and thanks you for leading the effort in which 31 Senate Democrats sent a letter today to President Trump, calling on him to reverse his harmful anti-woman agenda and, instead, prioritize women’s access to health care, employment opportunities, and education domestically and around the world.

The senators reminded Trump that the ongoing threat his administration poses to reproductive rights and economic security has motivated women and men nationwide, and warned him that he can no longer ignore this groundswell.

“During the relatively short time since your inauguration, women and their families have been under a constant and unprecedented attack,” wrote the Senators. “While women have succeeded in fighting back against key aspects of your agenda thus far, there is no question that your leadership threatens to roll back decades of progress on women’s health and rights, as you have taken even standard Republican policies to a new and devastating extreme.”

In the letter, the Senators called it unacceptable that the Trump administration has caved to the most extreme anti-women’s health special interests by supporting defunding Planned Parenthood, including provisions in the Republican plan to repeal the ACA that harm women and their families specifically, reinstating an expanded version of the harmful global gag rule, working to fill the government with anti-choice voices, nominating to the Supreme Court a justice who could put Roe v. Wade at risk, signing a resolution eliminating important protections in the Title X family planning program, and much more.

“If your administration began to listen to the people it represents, you would reverse your harmful agenda and start to prioritize women’s access to health care, employment opportunities, and education domestically and around the world,” concluded the Senators. “We call on your Administration to do just that, and put the lives of women and working families ahead of ideological and partisan attacks.”

Click here to read the letter in its entirety, and please share this post if you agree!

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CT NOW ACTION ALERT: Ask your legislator to support SB 586!

It is imperative that before the current Connecticut General Assembly session ends in June, our state legislators vote to support Senate Bill 586: An Act Expanding Health Benefits for Women, Children and Adolescents.

If Congress votes to repeal the ACA and replace it with the latest version of the AHCA – something that could take place any day – states would be allowed to slash essential health benefits like maternity care, and insurers would be allowed to charge people with pre-existing conditions excessively high amounts for coverage.

We need our state legislators to take action on SB 586 IMMEDIATELY, which for Connecticut residents would protect essential preventive, and other health services, that currently exist in the ACA.

Contact your state representative and state senator today, and tell them you want SB 586 passed before the end of the session.

Shared by the Connecticut Coalition for Choice — of which CT NOW is a proud member — reasons for passing SB 586: An Act Expanding Health Benefits for Women, Children and Adolescents include:

  • In Congress, politicians have been working overtime to rip healthcare away from Americans, eliminate no co-pay birth control for 55 million women, and shut down Planned Parenthood. Together, these policies would be devastating to women’s health care in this country.
  • The fact that the House ACA “repeal-replace” effort has failed to date, does not mean that opponents of the ACA won’t continue to attempt to muster the votes for a repeal. They’re considering planning alternatives that include eliminating essential preventive benefits including maternity care, and establishing “high risk pools”— among other cutbacks.
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, has broad regulatory authority to negatively impact aspects of the ACA including the essential preventive benefits, whether or not Congress votes.  Price has worked for years to defund Planned Parenthood and does not support the contraceptive benefit.
  • A contraceptive equity bill in Connecticut is a critical step to ensure access to contraception without copays, whether or not the ACA is repealed.  This bill is important both for the health and financial well-being of the women of Connecticut.
  • No single state bill can replace all of the reform measures provided under the AC, including preventive care without cost sharing. This bill is a critical step. We are grateful to have bipartisan support from both the Connecticut Senate and House.

Let’s do this NOW!

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