Buckle your menstrual belts, friends. We're in for a long ride of increased attacks on abortion rights. Luckily, we are loud, determined, and NOT backing down.
1) CALL OHIO GOV JOHN Jon Kasich! The Ohio Senate just added an amendment to HB493 - a bill dealing with reporting of child abuse - to prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected (usually around 6 weeks). The amendment was introduced at the last minute and passed in violation of Senate rule. This restriction goes far beyond the current 24 week limit, and is certainly unconstitutional. The state will have to spend millions of taxpayer dollars defending a law that even Republicans agree has little chance of succeeding in the court.
Call Governor John Kasich and ASK HIM TO VETO THE BILL: (614) 466-3555.
"I am calling to request that Gov. Kasich not sign HB493, due to the dangerous and unconstitutional fetal heartbeat amendment. This is an extreme and unnecessary attack on women, especially because it does not include an exception for victims of rape and incest. Gov. Kasich condemned Donald Trump's verbal attacks on women; he needs to condemn this attack as well."
2) The Texas Department of State Health Services just published the final rules on fetal and embryonic tissue burial, which will require health care facilities that perform abortions to bury the fetal remains instead of disposing of them in a sanitary landfill like other forms of biological medical waste. This serves NO medical benefit and does nothing but impose yet another undue burden on Texans seeking abortion care. It is highly likely that this will be struck down by the courts, but we still must speak up.
Call Gov. Greg Abbott (512) 463-1782 (512) 463-2000
“I am calling to tell Gov. Greg Abbott that the new fetal tissue burial rules set forth by Dept. of State Health Services are cruel, unnecessary, and unacceptable. This does nothing for the health of women, and only places another undue burden on clinics who perform constitutionally protected health services. This is a waste of time, as it will surely be struck down by the courts, like your other sham laws struck down just five months ago.”
3) SUPPORT ABORTION ACCESS IN OHIO AND TEXAS! Make a donation to:
Founders Women’s Health Center http://www.founderswhc.com/ (Central Ohio)
The Lilith Fund https://www.lilithfund.org/portfolio/donate/ (Texas)