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Aug222018

What’s at stake? Women’s health!

#WhatsAtStake? Women’s Health! 

It’s a busy week of action for women’s health advocates, with press conferences, social media actions, town hall meetings, forums and rallies taking place across the country:
  • Raising Women’s Voices joined other women’s health groups Tuesday in a #PreExAtStake day of action – part of a national Women’s Week of Action to call attention to what’s at stake with the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. 
  • Tomorrow from 2 to 3 p.m., we will co-host a #130MillionStrong Twitter chat designed to explain how the 130 million Americans who have pre-existing conditions are threatened by the Kavanaugh nomination, a pending lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that could make its way to the Supreme Court and by new “junk” health insurance plans that can exclude the coverage we need.
  • This week is also Reproductive Justice Week of Action, organized by Black women’s organizations, including RWV’s partner, the Black Women’s Health Imperative.
  • And on Sunday, NARAL ProChoice America, MoveOn and more than 30 other organizations are calling for a national day of action, “Unite for Justice,” to oppose the Kavanaugh nomination.
Need a guide to the action, and how you can get involved? Read on!
 
 

Female Senators Join Women’s Week of Action 

We were there for a press conference in Washington Tuesday at which U.S Senators Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York discussed why the Kavanaugh nomination threatens access to affordable health care, especially for women of color. 

A lawsuit led by Texas and 19 other Republican-led states to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could make its way to theSupreme Court. Confirming Kavanaugh to the court could mean a ruling that sends us back to pre-ACA times when women were routinely charged higher premiums or denied coverage for things like seeking treatment for domestic or sexual violence, having a cesarean section birth or being pregnant.
 
“Imagine how many women would have to choose between paying for the care that they need or paying their rent if Kavanaugh gets on the court and slashes these protections. We cannot let that become a reality,” said Sen. Duckworth, shown at the microphone. Eliminating key health care protections could put the more than 67 million women and girls with pre-existing conditions at risk. 
 
After the press conference, we dropped off letters voicing strong opposition to the confirmation of Kavanaugh at the offices of Senators whose votes on the nomination are considered key. These include Susan Collins of Maine, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IndianaHeidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Doug Jones of Alabama. 
 
We kept the action going by joining in a #PreExAtStake Twitter storm on social media. Today (Wednesday, August 22), there will be a Women United Will #StopKavanaughevent in front of the Supreme Court from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and accompanying activity on social media, using the hashtag #StopKavanaugh.
 
Join us for more social media action on Thursday!
 
 
You can join the social media action tomorrow (Thursday) from 2 to 3 p.m. when Raising Women’s Voices will co-host a #130MillionStrong Twitter chat about what’s at stake for the 130 million people with pre-existing conditions. We’ll be discussing the protections that people with pre-existing conditions gained from the ACA and how those are threatened by the Texas lawsuit, the SCOTUS nomination and the new  short-term “junk” health plans that will soon come on to the market.
 
Reproductive Justice Week of Action Is Underway!
 
In Our Own Voice is incredibly excited to work alongside its strategic partners, including the Black Women’s Health Imperative, for Reproductive Justice Week of Action (RJWOA) from August 20th - 26! Black women leaders hosted in-state congressional visits on Tuesday, August 21, and will lead a national Twitter chat today (Wednesday) from 1pm-2 pm to highlight their work and that of their partners. Follow them, and join in, by using the hashtag #BlackWomensRJ.
 
Each of the partner organizations will host unique events, such as town halls and community forums. The goal is to bring together community activists, state legislative champions and community members to celebrate our accomplishments and discuss pressing reproductive justice issues. The Black Women’s Health Imperative will release an op-ed during RJWOA discussing Black maternal health, participate in the national twitter chat, host American University students on Thursday, August 23, for a half day of RJ and policy 101 and support other actions.
 
In Our Own Voice is also sponsoring many RJ week of action events across the country including our Raising Women’s Voices regional coordinators in Louisiana,Women With a Vision; Texas, The Afiya Center; Tennessee, SisterReach; and Pennsylvania, New Voices Pittsburgh.
 
The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, in partnership with All* Above All, Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity (URGE), National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, In Our Own Voice: Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, National LGBTQ Task Force and allies are also planning Fight for Reproductive Justice - #StopKavanaugh Day of Action on August 23rd to voice opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Reproductive Justice Week of Action ends on Sunday, August 26, which is also Women’s Equality Day. Partners will host or participate in events around the power of the Black woman’s vote or the ongoing #SaveSCOTUS fight.

 
On Sunday, August 26, Unite for Justice! 

Get out your megaphones and prepare your signs for Sunday, when there will be rallies in cities across the country as part of a National Day of Action opposing the SCOTUS nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. The activities are being organized by NARAL Prochoice America, MoveOn and other organizations. Our RWV regional coordinators across the country are promoting and participating in their local rallies, where they’ll highlight the threat Kavanaugh’s nomination poses to their constituencies. 
 
Want to know if there is an event planned near you and how you can get involved?Go here and type in your zip code to find out. Can’t join in person? Join a #StopKavanaugh online action on Sunday instead, like the Stop Kavanaugh Twitter storm our Charleston-based regional coordinator, WV FREE is hosting.  If there isn’t an event planned near you, get creative and follow the lead of our Massachusetts coordinator, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, which is encouraging members to host house parties on Sunday to talk about what’s at stake for women with Kavanaugh’s nomination.

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