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Jul112019

RWV speaks out while court debates ACA

We’re speaking out about the Texas lawsuit’s threat to the ACA!

Raising Women’s Voices and many of our regional coordinators joined national organizers in a TweetStorm this week to protest and raise awareness about the Texas v. United States lawsuit threatening to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The suit, brought by Attorneys General from Texas and 17 other conservative states, was argued before an Appeals Court in New Orleans on Tuesday.

Raising Women’s Voices explained how the lawsuit, if successful, could end Medicaid expansion and other provisions of the Affordable Care, including protections for consumers with pre-existing conditions, and required coverage for maternity care and contraception. We were joined by The Afiya Center, Consumers for Affordable Healthcare, Consumer Health First, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, New Jersey Citizen Action, New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health and WV Free.

With over a hundred tweets and retweets, Raising Women’s Voices and our team of regional coordinators helped the hashtags #WhatsAtStake and #TXvUS trend in DC and #ProtectOurCare trend nationally.

Kate Ende of Consumers for Affordable Healthcare, our Maine regional coordinator, spoke about the threats from the lawsuit: “The importance of keeping the ACA in place at the Federal level cannot be overstated. Despite Maine’s new protections, more than 80,000 Mainers would still likely lose coverage...We know that thousands of Mainers benefit from the ACA…We must contact our policy makers and let them know we want to protect our care.”

The press conference also featured State Senator David Miramant and Representative Thom Harnett. Ende (shown second from left in photo below) was also featured in an article posted on Maine Public about the impact of the lawsuit.

During the press conference, a presenter read a statement by Representative Donna Doore, who is battling cancer for the third time and was too weak to attend, because of radiation treatment. Her prepared statement on the importance of the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions: “The very idea that people like myself and millions of other Americans with pre-existing conditions would not be able to obtain insurance coverage under the ACA or other venues is ridiculous.” Her statement and the messages of others in attendance can be watched here.

Community Catalyst, one of three national organizations that co-coordinates Raising Women’s Voices, participated in a press conference in Boston. Community Catalyst’s Associate Director of Policy, Eva Marie Stahl (shown speaking in photo below) declared: “We come together today to send a clear message. The Affordable Care Act is worth fighting for. And we will do whatever it takes to ensure the progress we’ve made remains. There is too much at stake to do anything different.”

Community Catalyst was joined by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who is fighting alongside Attorneys General from 16 other states to defend the ACA from the Texas lawsuit challenge. “The good news is there are people in this fight,” she said. “I am really proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with my colleagues from many other states who are standing up for the basic principle that healthcare is a right and that no American should be unfairly denied from the access to the care they need.”

This fight is not over! What can you do? The Texas lawsuit is likely to make its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. We need to keep on influencing the public dialogue, so justices will feel wary about completely overturning the ACA. Be sure to share your own content that includes stories and highlights #WhatsAtStake. You can check out Community Catalyst’s TX v US Advocacy Guide for social content and graphics.

Trump’s more-than-a-gag rule on hold for now

Federally funded family planning clinics are able to continue providing comprehensive reproductive health services, including giving their clients information about abortion, for now. On July 3, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated an earlier ruling from a three-judge panel that allowed the rules to go into effect. The appeals court said that it will reconsider the request by more than 20 states and several health organizations to declare the new rules invalid. If the earlier decision had been allowed to stand, federally funded clinics would have had to stop providing referrals to abortion providers, or remodel their clinics to create physically separate spaces for abortion counseling. In addition, the new rules would allow the administration to give family planning grants to clinics that do not provide the full range of contraceptive methods, such as the Obria Group, religiously-affiliated clinics that only provide instruction in natural family planning. The appeals court has not announced when it will hear arguments about the case, but for now at least, clinics still have funding to provide the full range of contraceptive methods and information about all reproductive health services.

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