Tues 4/18: Rally for Reproductive Rights in Pennsylvania

Right-wing Pennsylvania lawmakers, emboldened by Trump and the regressive federal agenda, are trying to roll back reproductive rights in Pennsylvania.

Please join us on Tuesday, April 18 in Harrisburg for a lobby day and 1PM rally on the front steps of the state Capitol to let our legislators know that we will not allow them to play politics with women’s lives in Pennsylvania. Register here. Click “going” and share on Facebook here.

So far this year, radical right-wing lawmakers have introduced state bills to:

*Force women to carry unviable pregnancies to term, despite the medical risk and psychological trauma, and for no reason other than a handful of lawmakers’ personal beliefs (SB3)

*Force physicians in Pennsylvania to risk arrest for a third-degree felony for providing patients standard care, including safe legal abortion (SB3)

*Deprive thousands of Pennsylvania women of access to affordable reproductive healthcare services like family planning and STI screenings, despite the public health disaster, just to continue a political obsession with attacking Planned Parenthood (SB300)

We have a message for these lawmakers: We won’t go back. We won’t be forced back into an era where women with money had access to safe and legal care, while more vulnerable women were forced to take matters into their own hands. Constitutional rights should not be reserved for the rich. Women and families should make medical decisions, NOT politicians.

Currently awaiting a vote in the Pennsylvania House Health Committee (alongside companion bill HB77), SB3 has made national headlines because it is one of the most extreme, and cruel, abortion restrictions in the country. Its supporters have greased the bill through the Senate, despite robust opposition from medical experts and doctors, by repeatedly refusing to allow the public or doctors from having input on the chamber floor.

We refuse to be silenced and we won’t be ignored.

For those interested in lobbying before the rally. Schedule your own appointment by calling your representative and requesting a meeting. We will have a table in the Rotunda with information about SB3 and SB300. (You can find your legislators here.)

At 1PM, we will rally on the front steps of the Capitol. Invite friends & bring signs! We will hear from champions for women’s rights and women’s heath in the Pennsylvania Legislature, doctors and the public.

Rally for Reproductive Rights is co-sponsored by Indivisible NW Philadelphia, Tuesdays with Toomey, the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health & the Women’s Law Project.

The Women’s Law Project is the only public interest law center in Pennsylvania devoted to advancing the rights of women and girls.

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