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Population Institute Launches “Halt the Assault” Campaign

April 20th, 2012 |

Please see review this new effort from the Population Institute. See: http://www.populationinstitute.org/halttheassault

To get involved, click here: http://www.populationinstitute.org/halttheassault/pledge

Population Institute Launches “Halt the Assault” Campaign

Responding to the escalating political attacks on contraception and reproductive health, the Population Institute today launched a campaign aimed at halting the assault.  In unveiling the new effort, Robert Walker, President of the Population Institute, said, “Isn’t it time for all us-women and men-to let our political leaders know where we stand.  When leading political figures like Rick Santorum are talking about the “dangers of contraception,” and others, like South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, assert that “women don’t care about contraception,” it’s time for average Americans to stand up for reproductive health and rights.”

“It’s not just the political rhetoric that should concern us,” Walker warned, “family planning clinics in Texas and elsewhere are shutting down because states are slashing their support.  While the vast majority of Americans-women and men-support government programs that improve a woman’s access to contraceptives and reproductive health care, social conservatives mistakenly believe that they don’t care enough to speak out against these attacks on women and their reproductive health.”

“Everyone,” Walker said, “needs to speak out, whether it’s sending an email to a legislator, posting to their Facebook wall, attending a rally, or just telling Rush Limbaugh to get lost. In the weeks and months ahead, we will be looking for opportunities for people to make their voices heard.”

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Family planning clinics are being forced to close, and leading politicians are warning about the “dangers” of contraception. Rush Limbaugh calls a Georgetown University student a “slut” and a “prostitute” because she believes that insurance companies should be required to cover birth control. State legislatures are passing laws designed to harass women who have chosen to terminate a pregnancy. Presidential aspirants want to eliminate Title X, the federal program that provides low-income women with access to contraceptives and screenings for breast and cervical cancer. And now South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley says that women don’t care about contraception.

Everyone, regardless of their gender, should care about reproductive and health rights.

I pledge to encourage my friends -women and men- to speak out against efforts to restrict access to contraceptives and family planning clinics.

 

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