Resist NOW: Week of October 6
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
•Trump is continuing to wage his war against women. The New York Times reported that the administration is rolling back federal requirements for employers to cover birth control, citing reasons of “moral importance.” Sounds pretty hypocritical to us, considering that the crux of this policy revolves around limiting a woman’s autonomy over her own body, not to mention her access to healthcare. It’s clear the Trump administration is interested in supporting the personal interests of employers over the public health of millions of women.
• In another move that could put women’s health and lives at risk, the House passed a 20-week abortion ban this week and not surprisingly, the White House is fully behind it. The Trump administration released a statement of supportlast Tuesday, “applauding the House” for working to “secure pro-life protections.” Though it may be unlikely to garner 60 votes in the Senate, the bill has strong support from anti-abortion groups.
• In a recent memo, Jeff Sessions mandated that the Justice Department assert that transgender people are not protected under a civil rights law that prevents discrimination on the basis of sex. As a result, the Justice Department can no longer side with transgender plaintiffs in lawsuits concerning workplace discrimination citing the Civil Rights Act.
HOW TO TAKE ACTION
It’s more important NOW than ever to fight back against sexist policies. Here’s what you can do:
1. Call the White House directly:
Tell the Trump administration that limiting access to birth control is harmful and discriminatory to women and a short-sighted policy that will result in more unintended pregnancies. Contact the White House directly through the comments line and tell President Trump that you won’t stand for these kinds of policies!
2. Loop in your Senators, too:
Then, take the conversation to your Senators and let them know that you expect them to be voting NO on the Senate’s version of H.R. 36, which bans abortion after 20 weeks in direct violation of Roe v. Wade. Contact your Senators here.