MONDAY 01/29/18

FEDERAL:

***URGENT - THE SENATE VOTE IS TODAY!***

OPPOSE A FEDERAL 20-WEEK ABORTION BAN

TODAY, the Senate will vote on S. 2311, the Senate version of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Having already passed in the House in October, the bill would impose a federal ban on abortion procedures after 20 weeks of gestation. The law is based on the false argument that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks; scientists have concluded fetal pain only occurs in the third trimester (28 weeks), at which point abortions are generally prohibited.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that only 1.3% of all abortions take place after 20 weeks and usually occur because of severe fetal anomalies or maternal health risks. Twenty-week abortion restrictions not only endanger women's health but also criminalize doctors who are trying to make the best and safest medical decisions for their patients. These deeply personal and emotional decisions should be between a woman and her doctor and not involve politicians playing games with partisan agendas and junk science.

While 17 states have already passed their own versions of 20-week abortion bans, this bill aims to impose the unconstitutional restriction on women's reproductive rights on the entire country.

SCRIPT for Senate:

Hi, my name is _____ , from zip code _______. I'm calling to express my opposition to S. 2311, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This ban is not only unnecessary and unconstitutional, but it jeopardizes women’s health and violates their constitutional and human rights. It is based on pseudo-science, and undermines the patient-doctor relationship. I strongly urge Senator ______ to vote against this bill. I will be watching closely to see if my Senator will vote for or against women's rights. Thank you.

Background:

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/370992-gop-goes-on-offense-with-20-week-abortion-vote

 

Senator Richard Burr

Washington, DC: (202) 224-3154

Winston-Salem: (336) 631-5125

 

Senator Thom Tillis

Washington, DC: (202) 224-6342

High Point: (336) 885-0685

 

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STATE: 

Tell Governor Cooper to reconsider Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit:

Friday, NC DEQ granted a permit to Duke Energy to begin the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, which has been opposed by many residents and environmentalists. This fracked-gas pipeline would cross (and possibly contaminate) hundreds of rivers streams, and wetlands and affects rural communities composed mostly of African Americans and Native Americans. In addition natural gas produces methane, which contributes to climate change more than carbon dioxide.

Call/email Governor Cooper to oppose this decision.

 

Background:

https://deq.nc.gov/news/press-releases/2018/01/26/state-issues-major-water-permit-atlantic-coast-pipeline-project

 

SCRIPT:

Hi, my name is ________, from zip code _______. I am disappointed that your Department of Environmental Quality granted a key permit to Duke Energy to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. I urge you to reconsider the decision and to hold more public hearings studying the economic feasibility of ACP as well as considering alternative routes that does not specifically target indigenous people, people of color, or rural areas. Thank you.

 

Gov. Roy Cooper: 919-814-2000 or email: https://governor.nc.gov/contact-governor-cooper