Urge Your Members of Congress to Support Life-Saving Legislation

Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act

Until President Biden rescinded it, the Global Gag Rule banned U.S. assistance for health care providers who even mention the word abortion. As a result, clinics closed. People were forced to seek unsafe abortion procedures, with sometimes deadly consequences. And communities were left stranded without access to comprehensive reproductive health care.

We must make sure that a future president can never unilaterally impose this policy again. That’s what the Global HER Act does. It blocks such a reimposition and provides needed stability to health care providers and the people in vulnerable communities around the world who they serve. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) reintroduced the Global HER Act in the House on March 28, 2023, and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) reintroduced it in the Senate on March 30, 2023.

Please call on your members of Congress today and urge them to co-sponsor the Global HER Act (H.R.1838 and S.1098) to permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule!

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Abortion Is Health Care Everywhere Act

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced a bill in their respective houses of Congress on March 22, 2023, that would repeal the Helms Amendment and allow U.S. foreign assistance to fund safe abortion in countries where it’s legal.

Passed in 1973 and reauthorized every year since, the Helms Amendment prohibits any U.S. foreign aid from being used for safe abortion under any voluntary circumstance. The Abortion Is Health Care Everywhere Act is the first bill to repeal Helms since its introduction nearly 50 years ago. In a world where 23,000 women die every year from unsafe abortion, Helms is bad health policy and bad foreign policy.

Please ask your members of Congress to co-sponsor the Abortion Is Health Care Everywhere Act (H.R.1723 and S.929) to end the Helms Amendment!

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Support UNFPA Funding Act

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Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA)

On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court ended the constitutional right to abortion in the United States when it overturned Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

That’s why Congress needs to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), more urgently than ever before. WHPA will codify the federal right to abortion, preventing state governments from imposing onerous and unnecessary restrictions on a safe, common, and often necessary medical procedure.

The House of Representatives passed WHPA (H.R.3755) in September 2021; the House passed an updated post-Roe version of WHPA (H.R.8296) in July 2022. Now the Senate must pass WHPA as well.

Tell your senators to vote for WHPA (S.4132) to re-establish federal protections for abortion rights and access!


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Increase International Family Planning Investment

Expanding access to family planning services is one of the most important and effective ways to improve global health, ease poverty, increase opportunity, and preserve resources. And it’s central to ensuring human rights.

Stagnant funding at just over $600 million, the Covid-19 pandemic, and worldwide inflation have stressed health care providers everywhere. U.S. funding has been inadequate for decades—undermining our key global priorities. Indeed, the funding high point occurred in 2010 and has not only failed to keep pace with inflation, but has fallen by more than $100 million. In fact, if our funding level in 2010 had simply risen with inflation, we would be providing nearly $1 billion today. But that still would fall short of the need.

Few investments bring the kind of return in terms of improved maternal and child health, expanded economic development, increased stability, and resource conservation that family planning does.

Tell your members of Congress to support providing $1.74 billion for international family planning programs!

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Right to Contraception Act

The Right to Contraception Act enshrines a federal right for all Americans to obtain and use the contraceptives that best meet their needs. The bill prohibits any requirement that impedes the provision of contraceptives or contraception-related information, as well as health care providers or facilities that administer contraception and related information. It further bars any limitation that hinders access to contraceptives or contraception-related information. If enacted, this bill will apply to both the federal and state governments. Neither the federal government nor any state government would be able to enforce any law that conflicts with this act after the date of its enactment.

Despite the enormous benefits that access to contraceptives has brought to people, especially women and girls, across the United States and around the world, extremist politicians and activist organizations are prepping an assault on access. On May 21, 2024, the Republican candidate for President said that he “will take a look at” restricting access to birth control. The radical Project 2025 — a right wing wish list for a Republican president — has contraceptive access in its crosshairs. Congress needs to act now to protect this fundamental right.

Tell your senators to support access to contraception for all by co-sponsoring S.1999!

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