Scared About Reproductive Rights? Stand Up for Them!

Lauren Salmiery

For the millions of women who access contraception through their insurance plans (including 800,000 women who receive benefits through Catholic hospitals), the threat of Trump’s deeply misogynistic administration looms as the first day of his presidency draws closer. What will the president-elect do to women’s healthcare? How harshly will he attack abortion access? Will we still be able to access birth control, or do we need to look into other options before his presidency begins?

The threats to reproductive health care and rights are real, so it’s more important than ever that you act now to protect reproductive rights!

1. Start a conversation about reproductive rights in your community.
One of the most important things that we can do as advocates of reproductive rights is to have conversations with those in our community who may not be as well informed. This could mean engaging with your friends over coffee, or bringing up the conversation over Thanksgiving dinner. Worried about how to respond to family members who might not agree with you? Check out tips for navigating reproductive rights conversations at the dinner table here.

2. Use social media to support reproductive rights activists and organizations
By sharing news articles, graphics, and tweets through social media, you are participating in 21st century grassroots advocacy. This is a great way to engage and inform your friends and family, while supporting the critical work of advocacy organizations, like ours. Following a variety of reproductive health organizations will also help you stay informed on the most recent topics of discussions and publications in the community. Here is a graphic about birth control access that you can share on Facebook and one about reproductive freedom for Retweeting on Twitter.

3. Call your representatives and ask them what they will do to protect reproductive rights.
There is so much you can do to push your elected representatives and senators to support reproductive rights. As a constituent, you can pick up the phone and call them, whether they are newly elected or an incumbent. Letting your representative’s office know that you are concerned about a certain issue will bring it to the forefront of their agenda. When the grassroots organize to call their Representative’s office and denounce attacks on reproductive healthcare, change begins to take shape. You can learn how to call your elected official’s office here, and read a script sample below!

Courtesy of “We’re His Problem Now."
Courtesy of “We’re His Problem Now.”

4. Donate to Population Connection Action Fund.
Now more than ever, advocacy groups are in need of your support. The new administration has threatened to slash funding for reproductive healthcare, appoint anti-choice justices, and silence the voices of those who are standing up for what is right. By donating to organizations like Population Connection Action Fund, you are promising to support our campaigns to protect access to reproductive healthcare for all women.

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