3-2-1: Religious Exemptions, Roe v. Wade's 45th, and Bipartisan Solutions
3. Religious Exemptions Equal Discrimination
Every person should be guaranteed the right to healthcare without the veil of religious interpretation. Through a new proposed rule and the creation of the “ Conscience and Religious Freedom Division ” in the Department of Health and Human Services, the Administration is creating protections for health care providers allowing them to deny reproductive health care to women and medical care to transgender people. The ongoing campaign to twist the idea of religious freedom to justify discrimination goes against the constitutional provision of the separation of church and state and the foundations of our country. Use the hashtags#PutPatientsFirst and #RxforDiscrimination on Twitter and Facebook to stand up against widespread discrimination in health care!
2. Celebrate the 45th Anniversary
We must continue to uphold a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion affirmed by the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade . In recent years we have seen an onslaught of attacks on women’s reproductive health, most recently the passage of H.R. 4712 . This bill threatens medical professionals with criminal penalties and undermines their ability to act in the best interest of their patients. Together we must combat the attacks on reproductive health and continue fighting for safe, affordable abortion access for all women. Get the latest facts in NARAL's new report, " The Insidious Power of the Anti-Choice Movement ," and call your Senators to make sure they vote NO on S. 220 .
1. Bipartisan Solutions
Elected officials must put aside ideology and work together to ensure long term government funding, comprehensive immigration reform, disaster relief, and other critical priorities. On Friday, the U.S. Senate was unable to come to a compromise to avert a government shutdown . As Congress passes yet another short term spending bill to keep the government open, it is essential to keep up the calls for bipartisanship and collaboration. Contact your elected officials and demand they put partisanship aside and work in the best interest of all Americans.
And for you...
If you're in the D.C. area, join JWI February 15th at Arena Stage for a special performance of "Sovereignty," a new play about a young Cherokee lawyer fighting to restore her Nation’s jurisdiction and defend the constitutionality of the 2013 Violence Against Women Act in the U.S. Supreme Court.