Reproductive Rights for the Holidays
This week, we give thanks for all of our NJ-08 for Progress members, especially those who joined us at City Hall for our Reproductive Rights Meet-Up, with special thanks to our cosponsors NJ Abortion Access Fund, North NJ National Organization for Women and Planned Parenthood of NJ, and to feminism superheroine, The Vagilante!
At NJ-08 for Progress, our focus on reproductive rights and justice continues with more Congressional actions and in-person opportunities for the end of November.
1. Tell Rep. Albio Sires to Continue Supporting Reproductive Rights
The Do No Harm Act would restrict people & businesses from using religious freedom as an excuse to violate laws like the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and the Violence Against Women Act.
Call Rep. Sires or use our Citizen Response Form to encourage him to join fellow NJ Democrats Payne, Pascrell, Norcross, Pallone and Watson-Coleman in cosponsoring the Do No Harm Act.
2. Two Events Next Week!
On Tuesday, November 28, our friends at Planned Parenthood are hosting an Activist Night from 7-9 pm in Hoboken. Celebrate PP-endorsed candidates in the recent election and the hard work of volunteers, and explore 2018 advocacy priorities.
And wrap up Reproductive Rights months with a celebration of the impact of women in art at the Brooklyn Museum on Thursday, November 30 at 6:30 pm. Tour Roots of the Dinner Party: History in the Making with NJ-08 for Progress’s own, Assistant Curator Carmen Hermo. Learn more and RSVP here.
3. Stop the Heartbeat Protection Act
Rep. Steve King, R-IA, has introduced the Heartbeat Protection Act, which would make it illegal for doctors to perform an abortion if the fetus has a detectable heartbeat. This occurs as early as 6 weeks into a pregnancy, when most women do not even know they are pregnant. Doctors performing such procedures would face up to 5 years in prison.
Tell Rep. Karen Handel of Georgia, the one female GOP member on the House subcommittee, that this bill violates the fundamental principles of Roe v. Wade, and is a damaging, dangerous regulation of women's health. You can also call Rep. Handel at 202-225-4501.