Actions on federal policies and legislation take many forms. For pending legislation and budget matters, calls to Senators and Representatives make a difference. For executive and administrative rules, calls to federal agencies and public comments on the Federal Register can make the difference. (As this excellent article from Rewire explains, federal law requires government agencies to accept "public comments" on administrative changes.) Other federal policy changes give wide latitude to the states, letting them implement anti-choice laws and policies if they want. In these situations, calls to your governor and state elected officials can make a difference.
- Call your Representatives and Senators about the blatantly unconstitutional abortion bans in HR 36/S 2311. Tell them that you oppose these bills and the GOP's incessant attack on abortion rights.
- The HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) continues to deny unaccompanied minors access to abortion. Call ORR and tell them you oppose the Trump administration's new policy of blocking abortion access for young immigrant women in their care is dangerous and unlawful. Read about the ACLU's successful suit to let a 17-year old immigrant get the abortion she wanted and the shameful tactics ORR's staff used to try to deny her rights. Read here about how ORR continues its unlawful practices.
Office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Mary E. Switzer Building
330 C ST SW
Washington DC 20201
- Call your House Representative and urge him/her to co-sponsor the Protect Access to Birth Control Act, which would nullify Trump’s rules that effectively eliminated the contraceptive coverage mandate and require employers to continue to provide access to birth control.
- Urge your Representative and your Senators to protect funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. Ask your Representative and your Senators to work with Congressional leaders to ensure at least $108 million is included for program in the 2018 appropriations bill covering the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This is the funding amount recommended by the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee earlier this year.