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Anti-choice groups take over White House website

From NARAL Pro-Choice America:

"The attack on women’s access to no-cost birth control just went up a very big notch.

Anti-choice groups are fast collecting signatures on a petition on the White House website calling on the administration to rescind its new birth-control coverage policy.

The White House has committed to responding to every petition that collects 25,000 signatures, and our opponents are close to reaching this number.

Help us counter their anti-contraception petition. We started our own petition, expressing support for every woman’s right to get her contraception covered.

Please add your name to our petition on the White House “We The People” website to show that pro-choice support far outnumbers opposition.

Here’s how it works. Please note that you will need to create an account on WhiteHouse.gov.

1. Go to our petition: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/!/petition/stand-strong-support-new-no-cost-birth-control-policy/HM8jg7Y4

2. Sign in if you already have an account. If you don’t have an account already, click “Create an Account” and fill out your information.

3. Check your email. Look for an email with the subject line “Almost done! Verify your WhiteHouse.gov account.” Click the link in that email to verify your account and sign in. It may takes a few minutes to receive this email.

4. Click “Sign This Petition.”

5. You’ve signed it! You can use the links on the next screen to share the petition with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or email.

What we’re seeing is a coordinated effort to deny women coverage for basic family-planning services. Last week, the Susan G. Komen Foundation decided to discontinue providing grant money for cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood. Now, anti-contraception forces have launched a multi-million dollar campaign to overturn the new no-cost birth control policy. 

The good news is that – as you know – pro-choice Americans like you pulled together and convinced Komen to reverse course. You made that victory possible. We must continue to work together and defeat this next attempt to take away women’s birth-control coverage.

Thank you so much for adding your name

Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America”

Stand Strong in Support of New No-Cost Birth Control Policy

Obama wants your input

From MoveOn:

"Today, President Obama gives his State of the Union address, and we have a question for him: When will he open a federal investigation into Wall Street bank fraud that caused the housing crisis?

The White House has set up several ways for people to ask President Obama questions for the State of the Union. They’ll have staff watching these feeds all day, and it’s critical he hears from as many of us as possible. That’s why we’re asking you to take just a few moments to ask the president on Facebook and Twitter whether he’ll step up to the plate and investigate big bank fraud.

Ask on Facebook
You can post your question directly on the White House Facebook wall, or comment on one of their State of the Union posts.

Ask on Twitter

The State of the Union is watched by millions, and it’s an opportunity for the president to announce bold progressive policies that help the 99%. President Obama should use his speech tonight to announce a federal investigation and finally hold the big banks accountable.

Without federal action, there’s a strong risk that banks could get away with just a slap on the wrist. Yesterday, a meeting between HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, state attorneys general, and the five biggest mortgage servicers was held in Chicago. The banks were trying to negotiate a settlement that would give them broad immunity and let them off the hook for the fraud that caused the housing market collapse.1

Thanks to the pressure from hundreds of thousands of MoveOn members who signed the petition asking the president to investigate, held events across the country, and made phone calls to the White House, those talks have stalled once again.2 But that’s not enough.

We need to keep the pressure on President Obama to take a strong stance and open a federal investigation into the banks’ wrongdoing. And we need to make sure he knows that we have his back if he stands up for the 99% against Wall Street fraud.

Can you ask the president when he’ll open a federal investigation into the wrongdoing of Wall Street banks?

Ask on Facebook

Ask on Twitter

Thanks for all you do.

–Elena, Stefanie, Laura, Steven, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. “Protests intensify as mortgage settlement nears,” Reuters, January 23, 2012 
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/23/us-usa-housing-settlement-idUSTRE80M1XO20120123

2. “Iowa AG Miller Claims No Foreclosure Fraud Settlement This Week,” Firedoglake, January 23, 2012 
http://news.firedoglake.com/2012/01/23/iowa-ag-miller-claims-no-foreclosure-fraud-settlement-this-week/

"MoveOn, Color Of Change Demand Obama To Investigate Wall Street Banks, Housing Crisis," Huffington Post, January 19, 2012 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/19/moveon-obama-wall-street_n_1216752.html

FOUND THE OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PETITION TO STOP ACTA.

moriartistry:

https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/end-acta-and-protect-our-right-privacy-internet/MwfSVNBK

(Source: moteycwm)

solarillustrator:

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VETO the SOPA bill and any other future bills that threaten to diminish the free flow of information http://wh.gov/DfY

Sign and pass it on!

Ask the First Lady to stand up for birth control!

From CREDO Action:

Last week, the White House signaled that President Obama may be dangerously close to caving to anti-woman activists and blocking access to birth control for millions of women.

CREDO has already delivered over 100,000 petition signatures to President Obama, and activists like you have made over 1,600 calls to the White House asking that President Obama protect access to birth control for all women by refusing to overturn the guidelines he approved that require insurance coverage for birth control with no co-pays.

The fact that the president has not yet granted a loophole to deny free birth control to millions of women is a direct result of calls and petition signatures from activists like you.

But we need to increase the pressure — and one way is to reach out directly to First Lady Michelle Obama to ask her to come out in support of the existing guidelines that make no-cost birth control available as part of healthcare reform and in opposition to any changes that would restrict access to birth control for millions of women.

Ask First Lady Michelle Obama: Make a public stand supporting access to no-cost birth control for all women.

If President Obama caves to the demands of the radical anti-contraception activists, certain employers like universities and hospitals that have a religious affiliation will be allowed to prevent their female students and employees from having access to the same health care as every other woman in America.

Although Michelle Obama does not usually weigh in on her husband’s policy decisions, she has been a vocal supporter of programs that help promote healthy living — including her campaigns to take on childhood obesity and promote nutritious eating.

The medical community agrees that better access to birth control means healthier women and children — And Kathleen Sebelius, the director of HHS, said that providing birth control at no cost to women should be like “covering flu shots.”

Access to no-cost birth control is a fundamental aspect of helping women live healthier lives. And as the most ardent supporter of policies that promote healthier Americans, it makes sense for the First Lady to weigh in on these preventive health care guidelines.

Ask First Lady Michelle Obama: Support access to no-cost birth control for all women.

What’s more, before her husband was elected president, Michelle Obama worked as an administrator of a large hospital in Chicago — so she knows how important it is for hardworking nurses and other women health care workers to have the access to full preventative care, no matter who their employer might be.

The anti-woman lobby is small but incredibly powerful. We know that President Obama has had private meetings with leaders from extremist and anti-woman U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops who are pressuring him to restrict access to birth control. There is already a religious exemption that covers churches and other places of worship from offering birth control as part of health insurance. This new push to radically broaden that exemption is nothing more than a thinly veiled attack on contraception.

It would be an immensely powerful move for the First Lady to come out in support of no-cost birth control for women. Her endorsement of the current rules would help provide an even stronger balance to the anti-woman forces who are already lobbying the President.

Ask First Lady Michelle Obama: Support access to no-cost birth control for all women.

Thank you for speaking out in support of protecting women’s health.

Ali Rozell, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets”

It all comes down to the White House

From MoveOn.org / NARAL Pro-Choice America:

"Can you imagine if your employer were allowed to tell you your insurance plan couldn’t cover contraception?

Opponents of no-cost birth control are working hard to make this happen.

Anti-contraception groups, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, are leading the charge against the health-care law’s requirement that women receive access to prescription birth control with no copay.

We need to stand strong in support of no-cost birth control. Please send your emergency message to the White House today.

In the past few weeks, bishops have mobilized thousands of people to demand a policy that allows certain religious employers to opt out of the requirement to cover birth control at no cost.

If the anti-birth-control forces succeed, many women who work for a corporation—like a hospital or a university—will be denied no-cost birth control. I’m talking about professors, nurses, and administrative staff who rely on their employer for their insurance—just like millions of us.

Birth control is basic health care for women. It’s so integral to mainstream culture that 98 percent of women use birth control at some point in their lives. That’s nearly all women.

Shouldn’t women who happen to work at a Catholic hospital or religious college have the same access to affordable birth control that millions of other women soon will have?

Please tell the White House that all women—regardless of their employer—should benefit from no-cost birth control.

The Obama administration is being flooded with letters from people who oppose birth control, so your message today will make a big difference.

My best,

Nancy Keenan

President, NARAL Pro-Choice America”

It all comes down to the White House

From NARAL Pro-Choice America:

"Can you imagine if your employer were allowed to tell you your insurance plan couldn’t cover contraception?

Opponents of no-cost birth control are working hard to make this happen.

Anti-contraception groups, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, are leading the charge against the health-care law’s requirement that women receive access to prescription birth control with no copay.

We need to stand strong in support of no-cost birth control. Please send your emergency message to the White House today.

In the past few weeks, bishops have mobilized thousands of people to demand a policy that allows certain religious employers to opt out of the requirement to cover birth control at no cost.1 

If the anti-birth-control forces succeed, many women who work for a corporation – like a hospital or a university – will be denied no-cost birth control. I’m talking about professors, nurses, and administrative staff who rely on their employer for their insurance – just like millions of us.

Birth control is basic health care for women. It’s so integral to mainstream culture that 98 percent of women use birth control at some point in their lives. That’s nearly all women.

Shouldn’t women who happen to work at a Catholic hospital or religious college have the same access to affordable birth control that millions of other women soon will have?

Please tell the White House that all women – regardless of their employer – should benefit from no-cost birth control.

The Obama administration is being flooded with letters from people who oppose birth control, so your message today will make a big difference.

My best,

Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America


1 - “Health secretary criticizes anti-abortion advocates for opposing birth control access,” The Florida Independent, October 6, 2011”