CALL NOW – Women’s Rights and Lives Are on The Line

By Erin Matson, NOW Action Vice President

TAKE ACTION:

Please call your Representative RIGHT AWAY and tell her or him to vote NO on the anti-abortion, anti-woman Stupak Amendment. Then forward this message to everyone you know who supports women’s rights!

Here’s what’s going on:

The House is debating the health reform bill as I write, and a final vote will be later this evening. There will be only TWO amendments allowed before the final vote:

The Republican alternative to the bill that’s on the floor The Stupak, Ellsworth, Pitts, Smith (NJ), Kaptur and Dahlkemper amendment that would drastically restrict women’s access to legal abortion services.

Every NOW member and all women’s rights supporters should call their Representatives immediately with a short message: I am a constituent / donor / voter /supporter of (name your congressperson) and I’m calling to urge you to please vote AGAINST the upcoming Stupak amendment. This amendment is a direct effort to curtail women’s access to reproductive health care. Your vote today will determine my vote next November!

The general number, 202-225-3121 is jammed, so go here to find the direct line to your Member: http://www.capwiz.com/now/dbq/officials/. If the Washington, DC office is busy, find your congressperson’s district office number at this same link.

According to the American Public Health Association, “The Stupak amendment would prohibit the ‘public option’ created in the legislation from covering abortion services. In addition, the amendment would prohibit any individual receiving subsidies for their insurance premiums from purchasing a plan that offers abortion services. The amendment could significantly impact lower and middle-income women who are not able to afford to purchase separate supplemental coverage for abortion services.”

At the Healthcare for America Now blog ( http://blog.healthcareforamericanow.org/2009/11/07/call-today-to-defeat-the-stupak-anti-abortion-amendment/ ), there is a list of Members who need phone calls the most. If your Representative is on this list, call their DC and/or district offices and hit redial until you get through:

Leans pro-choice but needs shoring up:

Arcuri (D, NY-24) – 202-225-3665
Bean (D, IL-08) – (202) 225-3711
Bishop, S. (D, GA-02) – (202) 225-2203
Boswell (D, IA-03) – (202) 225-3806
Butterfield (D, NC-01) – (202) 225-3101
Cardoza (D, CA-18) – (202) 225-6131
Chandler (D, KY-06) – (202) 225-4706
Cooper (D, TN-05) – 202-225-4311
Costa (D, CA-20) – 202-225-3341
Doyle (D, PA-14) – 202-225-2135
Edwards, C. (D, TX-17) – 202-225-6105
Etheridge (D, NC-02) – (202) 225-4531
Gordon (D, TN-06) – (202) 225-4231
Kratovil (D, MD-01) – (202) 225-5311
Langevin (D, RI-02) – (202) 225-2735
McMahon (D, NY-13) – (202) 225-3371
Michaud (D, ME-02) – 202-225-6306
Minnick (D, ID-01) – (202) 225-6611
Neal (D, MA-02) – (202) 225-5601
Nye (D, VA-02) – (202) 225-4215
Obey (D, WI-07) – (202) 225-3365
Owens (D, NY-23) – (202) 225-4611
Ruppersberger (D, MD-02) – 202-225-3061
Ryan, T. (D, OH-17) – 202-225-5261
Salazar (D, CO-03) – 202-225-4761
Space (D, OH-18) – (202) 225-6265
 
Unknown:
Biggert (R, IL-13) – 202-225-3515
Carney (D, PA-10) – (202) 225-3731
Castle (R, DE-AL) – 202.225.4165
Cuellar (D, TX-28) – 202-225-1640
Davis, A. (D, AL-07) – (202) 225-2665
Dent (R, PA-15) – 202-225-6411
Ellsworth (D, IN-08) – (202) 225-4636
Frelinghuysen (R, NJ-11) – (202) 225-5034
Kirk (R, IL-10) – 202-225-4835
Lynch (D, MA-09) – 202-225-8273
Pomeroy (D, ND-AL) – (202) 225-2611
Snyder (D, AR-02) – (202) 225-2506
Tanner (D, TN-08) – (202) 225-4714
Visclosky (D, IN-01) – (202) 225-2461
 
Leaning anti-choice:
Altmire (D, PA-04) – 202-225-2565
Barrow (D, GA-12) – (202) 225-2823
Berry (D, AR-01) – (202) 225-4076
Boccieri (D, OH-16) – (202) 225-3876
Bright (D, AL-02) – (202) 225-2901
Capito (R, WV-02) – 202.225.2711
Donnelly (D, IN-02) – (202) 225-3915
Hill (D, IN-09) – (202) 225-5315
Jenkins (R, KS-02) – (202) 225-6601
Kildee (D, MI-05) – 202-225-3611
Lance (R, NJ-07) – (202) 225-5361
Lee, C. (R, NY-26) – (202) 225-5265
Matheson (D, UT-02) – (202) 225-3011
Mollohan (D, WV-01) – (202) 225-4172
Ortiz (D, TX-27) – (202) 225-7742
Paulsen (R, MN-03) – (202) 225-2871
Perriello (D, VA-05) – (202) 225-4711
Rahall (D, WV-03) – (202) 225-3452
Ross (D, AR-04) – (202) 225-3772
Spratt (D, SC-05) – (202) 225-5501
Wilson, C. (D, OH-06) – (202) 225-5705

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