We can make New York State
a Reproductive Rights Sanctuary
– But Not Without Your Help!
We Know Donald Trump intends to overturn Roe v. Wade. He confirmed that again on 60 Minutes, when he promised to appoint only â€œpro-lifeâ€ (sic) judges to the U.S. Supreme Court who will overturn Roe and make abortion a â€œstatesâ€™ rightsâ€ issue again. Trump has surrounded himself with extremists, beginning with picking the most ardent anti-choice governor as his running mate, Mike Pence, and Congressman Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services who espouses the false claim that abortion causes cancer. Pence, as governor, signed a law requiring all fetuses, from abortions and miscarriages, be buried, and outlawed abortions sought because of fetal abnormalities. In Congress, Pence joined Price in voting to defund Planned Parenthood, and against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay and Equal Pay Acts. These men, together with the newly-minted anti-choice majority in Congress, are leading the charge to destroy womenâ€™s healthcare nationally.
But WCLA – Choice Matters is ready and we know what to do. Having assessed the impact of the 2016 elections and the real horrors to be thrust upon us by the Trump Administration and the ultra-reactionary Congress, WCLA – Choice Matters is ready to arm its supporters with a very pro-active winning strategy.
We must make New York State a Sanctuary Reproductive Rights!
We must demand that NYS Governor Cuomo and the Senate join the Assembly to Pass:
1.Â The Reproductive Health Act
â™¦ NYSâ€™ abortion law is out-of-date. â™¦ It doesnâ€™t provide the full constitutional protection guaranteed by Roe or 21st century medical care. â™¦ 53% of NYÂ counties have no abortion clinics. Â Â â™¦ Abortion is still in the penal code. â™¦ If a woman’s health is at risk or something goes wrong in her pregnancy after 24 weeks, she must seek care outside of NY because State law doesn’t allow a doctor to provide abortion coverage.
2. The Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act (CCCA)
â™¦ This bill would protect and expand access to contraceptive coverage without a co-payment; and â™¦ It wouldÂ increase access to emergency contraception.
3. A Budget that Funds Reproductive Health Care
â™¦ The NYS budget must protect the coverage gains we have; and â™¦ It must safeguard womenâ€™s health providers, including Planned Parenthood, from defunding attacks that are guaranteed to come as Trump and his Congress do away with Obama Care.
Moving Forward – 2017:
â™¦ Â Choice Matters isÂ organizing telephone and writing campaigns to targeted NYS Senators who are acting as roadblocks. They need to be with us or get out of our way. We have already reached out to the Governor.
â™¦ Â We are using our now-famous ProChoice IDEA â€“ identification, education and activation â€“ to expand our Outreach Program.Â We identify voters who will vote only for candidates who are pro-choice and are willing to cross party-lines to do so. We add those pro-choice voters to our database. We send everyone in our database, free-of-charge, our ProChoice newsletter/voting guide. All we ask is that they vote, and they do! (As of January 1, 2016 we expanded this outreach to NYS Senate District #9 and helped deliver a pro-choice victory to Todd Kaminsky in April!)
â™¦ Â We are writing, facebooking and tweeting. We are all over the web and have promised to give Trump a run for his money on twitter.
â™¦ Â We are organizing outreach events at temples, churches and community centers. If young voters donâ€™t understand this issue, how can they know what is at stake?
â™¦ Â We are also organizing house parties. These are small gatherings to explain what is happening and what we can do. (Please, if you can host a house party, let us know!)
But, at the end of the day, it comes back to money. We need your financial support. Money pays for our outreach which is only limited by what we raise, not our energy or strategy.
We have been able to succeed because of our proven strategy and your contributions .Please donate today!