Protecting abortion access, keeping VAWA going, and stopping immigration discrimination: Civic action to-do list for 4-15-19

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3. Reproductive justice includes the right to determine whether to continue a pregnancy. Yet the states are moving quickly and furiously to make abortion access all but impossible.

In a nutshell: The Women’s Health Protection Act (S. 510 and H.R. 1322) would limit states' ability to impose restrictions on abortion – such as regulations that close clinics, restrict abortion after the first six weeks of pregnancy, and ban abortion even in cases of rape and incest.

Take Action: Contact your Representative and SenatorsIf they co-sponsored this bill when it was introduced in 2013, thank them and ask them to sign on again in 2019. If not, ask them to sign on now. And if they won’t – let them know you’ll remember their choice when you are casting your ballot in the next election!


2. Although the House passed The Violence Against Women Act of 2019 - HR 1585 – it has not yet been introduced in the Senate. It is past time for the Senate to act!

In a nutshell: The Senate has the opportunity to pass a VAWA with important enhancements that protect and support survivors of gender based violence. An essential first step is introducing the bill!  

Take Action: Contact your Senator and ask them to help ensure that a strong VAWA that mirrors HR 1585 is introduced!


1. Over the past two years, the Administration has attempted to implement multiple Muslim and refugee bans. These bans contributed to a dramatic drop in the admission of refugees of all faiths, with Muslim refugees disproportionately impacted. The Muslim bans have also kept countless families needlessly separate.

In a nutshell: The No Ban Act has been introduced in both chambers of Congress. This bill will repeal all versions of the Muslim Ban authorized through executive order over the past two years, and will amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit discrimination based on religion.

Take Action: Ask your Member of Congress to support the No Ban Act!