For the past month, we have been aware that the Bush administration was planning to release a rule that would limit the rights of patients to receive complete and accurate birth control and other reproductive health information and services. With your help, we did all we could to stop the president from going through with the threat to release the new rule. But Bush was intent on delivering this "gift" to his extreme anti-choice supporters before he left office. Yesterday was their lucky day.Here is the actual text of the proposed rule change. Please read it and familiarize yourself with it in order to effectively combat it.
You can bet that anti-choice activists are thrilled that President Bush made good on his promise to them. This rule will allow them to (among other things - ed.)receive federal funds for so-called "crisis pregnancy centers" — anti-choice facilities whose purpose is to deceive and dissuade women from accessing birth control and abortion information and services.
We've got a fight on our hands — and it's a big one. We have 30 days to dispute the rule with everything we've got. That includes you. It is during crises like the one happening now when your support for Planned Parenthood and the people it serves is most needed. We need your emergency contribution. We're launching a massive campaign immediately. Click here to help.
Also, leave a comment on Secretary Leavitt's blog (try to be respectful - I know it's hard!), sign an on-line petition at HillPac (Sens. Clinton and Murray have been fighting this thing tooth and nail), and head over to MoveOn.org to take action.
This is outrageous and pathetic and we must make our voices heard LOUD and CLEAR.