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Found on Shakesville today.

Secretary Michael O. Leavitt
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201

Dear Mr. Secretary:

It has come to our attention that the Department of Health and Human Services may be preparing draft regulations that would create new obstacles for women seeking contraceptive services.

One of the most troubling aspects of the proposed rules is the overly-broad definition of "abortion." This definition would allow health-care corporations or individuals to classify many common forms of contraception – including the birth control pill, emergency contraception and IUDs – "abortions" and therefore to refuse to provide contraception to women who need it.

As a consequence, these draft regulations could disrupt state laws securing women's access to birth control. They could jeopardize federal programs like Medicaid and Title X that provide family-planning services to millions of women. They could even undermine state laws that ensure survivors of sexual assault and rape receive emergency contraception in hospital emergency rooms.

We strongly urge you to reconsider these regulations before they are released. We are extremely concerned by this proposal's potential to affect millions of women's reproductive health.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely yours,
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
Senator Patty Murray


Clinton and Murray: Hell No

I sent thank you emails to both Senators this afternoon.

Comments

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aphephobia
Jul. 18th, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
Good on you for sending thankyou emails-- I imagine they'll cop some shit for it. I think it's a great idea anyway-- we can write them when they're NOT doing the right thing, but praising them and thanking them when they do is, well, positive reinforcement. I feel like doing the same even though I'm not in Australia. (I once wrote to the local ALP rep and thanked him for not giving Right To Life a "satisfactory response in relation to the problem" (their words, on one of their fliers during election season one year).)

(And... a sidenote-- are you finding it weird being pro-choice and pregnant? I remember a HEAP of people assuming that I was anti-abortion and all the rest of it when I was-- it was THE weirdest thing ever. Like, "erm, pro-choice means I'm making the choice to have a kid, but I don't have the right to make that choice for anyone else..." I used to hang out on parenting boards and would see people making icons of pictures of their kids and things like "THIS is why I'm pro-life" underneath it and my eyes would just ROLL. :/ )
aphephobia
Jul. 18th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
*America, not Australia. *headdesks*
kebechet
Jul. 18th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
And... a sidenote-- are you finding it weird being pro-choice and pregnant?

Oddly, that's one of the few things I haven't gotten redass about lately. LOL!


Like, "erm, pro-choice means I'm making the choice to have a kid, but I don't have the right to make that choice for anyone else..."

Exactly. I firmy believe in a human being's right to choose, whether it be the choice to have a child, to use contraception, or terminate a pregnancy. I don't feel that I have any right to judge someone's decisions in the matter. It seems to strange that people would find pregnancy and a pro-choice stance to be mutually exclusive. XD
squeeful
Jul. 18th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
That's because people make the asinine assumption that pro-choice is pro-abortion and that being pro-abortionchoice would mean they wanted to terminate any pregnancy they had and by extension any child they have now.

Can we go back to teaching logic in schools please?
butcherbaby
Jul. 19th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
people making icons of pictures of their kids and things like "THIS is why I'm pro-life" underneath it

i would have responded with icons showing homeless & abused children, crackbabies, horrid birth defects, and battered women after rape with the caption "THIS is why i'm pro-choice".

i also find it ironic that the people who most loudly decry the choices of birth control and abortion are usually also the ones screaming about all the women and kids on welfare that are eating up their tax dollars.
aphephobia
Jul. 20th, 2008 05:39 am (UTC)
i also find it ironic that the people who most loudly decry the choices of birth control and abortion are usually also the ones screaming about all the women and kids on welfare that are eating up their tax dollars.

I know!!! If only they saw the irony. :(
alicia_stardust
Jul. 18th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
Yay for Clinton and Murray.

I still can't believe this shit, though. =(
maystone
Jul. 18th, 2008 12:29 pm (UTC)
I saw it on Shakesville, too, and I tried to send them email, but it's just not set up for Americans living out of the country. Boo. It's not like we're still not intensely interested and upset about what's going on back home.
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