Stop S.184, A Major Anti-Abortion Bill, From Passing in the Senate
H.R. 7, misleadingly called the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” has just passed the House. Now S.184 might pass the Senate.
What proponents of this anti-choice legislation are not telling you is that NO federal funding has actually gone to abortion services since 1976, because of the anti-woman Hyde Amendment that prevents any federal dollars from covering abortion services for low-income women.
In fact, 75% of women seeking abortions in the US are poor or low-income women. The severe restrictions that are already in place disproportionately impact low-income women, young women, and women of color.
H.R.7 takes these restrictions even further – also limiting access to anyone who receives their health insurance through the federal government. This includes federal employees, military service members, incarcerated people, Native Americans who use Indian health service facilities, and people insured through Medicaid.
Here’s how you can take action to ensure that S.184 (the Senate version of H.R.7) does not pass the Senate:
Call your elected officials (read on to learn how)
Calling your elected officials can seem intimidating, but it’s actually a lot easier than you think! Calling puts the pressure on your representative to act in real time. At the end of the day a representative’s calls are counted up and can be used to influence their vote on an issue. Why? Because representatives know that if they don’t act on the concerns of their constituents, it could impact their ability to get reelected. Calling your representative may not seem like that a big deal, but flooding the phone lines with your concerns is critical to how a democracy works.
Who do I call?
Your U.S. Senators:
- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: (212) 688-6262 or (202) 224-4451
- Senator Chuck Schumer: (212) 486-4430 or (202) 224-6542
What happens when you call?
Most likely an intern or receptionist will answer the phone.
You can then say the following script:
Hi, my name is ____________ and I’m a constituent in [your zip code]. I do not need a *response. I’m calling because I oppose S.184 that is misleadingly titled the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017.” [If the issue has directly impacted you or those you know, now would be a good time to share a little bit about that.] Thank you for your hard work!
*If you want a response the person on the phone will take down your contact information and enter you into the response database.
THAT’S IT! YOU DID IT! THANK YOU FOR ACTING NOW!We need to ensure S.184 does not pass the Senate – call your U.S. Senators and tell them to block this bill!