The GOP Convention officially kicked off and has already kicked women and family planning to the curb.

Mr. Trump’s VP pick, Gov. Mike Pence, is one of the most anti-choice and anti- family planning leaders in the nation, and the GOP Platform is the most socially extreme yet. Beyond the typical language calling for a Constitutional amendment banning all abortion, the platform condemns stem cell research and fact-based sex education and pushes for largely ineffective abstinence until marriage.

Come on GOP, it’s time to put solutions first. If you want to condemn abortion rights, then at least support solutions that are working to lower teen and unplanned pregnancy. At least recognize the very real ECONOMIC impact that family planning decisions have on all American families and on taxpayers.

While our nation spends $9.4 BILLION dollars on teen pregnancies each year (the majority of which are unplanned), we know that a small investment in the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program has helped lower the rate of Teen Pregnancy by 29%. We also know that Medicaid pays for 48% percent of all births in the U.S. The average national cost for one Medicaid-covered birth is $12,770, while the annual per-client cost for publicly funded contraceptive care is estimated to be only $239.

Is it any wonder that this is the scene from today’s “Women for Trump” Event? Fewer than twenty people attended!

Family planning issues ARE economic issues and the GOP is missing a huge opportunity to stand up for what is working and stand up for the American families for which they claim to be fighting.
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5-3 Supreme Court Victory

Republican Majority for Choice Applauds Historic Supreme Court Ruling
Reaffirming the Constitutional Right to Privacy and Personal Freedom.

For Immediate Release
July 27, 2016
Contact: 202-629-1300/202-320-1209

WASHINGTON, DC – The Republican Majority for Choice National Co-Chairs Susan Bevan and Candy Straight released the following statement applauding today’s 5-3 Supreme Court decision in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt striking down an over-burdensome and unconstitutional Texas law limiting abortion.

“Today’s historic decision is a victory for women and for all American families. As Republicans, we value a minimally intrusive government, are dedicated to the protection of individual liberties, and opposed to governmental infringement of those liberties. Today the Supreme Court guaranteed the right of women to make deeply personal and significant decisions without unwarranted interference by the state.”

“We applaud our nation’s highest Court for more than four decades of reaffirming reproductive choice is protected by the Constitution. By overturning burdensome regulations, the Court held that access to safe, effective and readily available reproductive health care must be protected. The 5-3 ruling is the most significant decision from the Supreme Court on abortion in decades and should serve as a wake up call to anti-choice extremists that misguided laws aimed solely at limiting access to family planning will not stand.”

The following current and former Republican officeholders joined RMC in filing an amicus brief before the Supreme Court in this case which outlined that ideologically motivated legislation designed to deny individual rights is antithetical to the Republican philosophy that only through small, less intrusive government will individual rights be honored and preserved.

The Honorable Nancy Johnson – Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of Connecticut
The Honorable Constance Morella – Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of Maryland
The Honorable Claudine Schneider – Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of Rhode Island
The Honorable Christopher Shays – Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of Connecticut
The Honorable Richard Zimmer – Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of New Jersey
The Honorable William Weld – Former Governor of Massachusetts
The Honorable Christine Todd Whitman – Former Governor of New Jersey
The Honorable Carolyn Allen – Former Member of the Arizona Senate Former Member and Majority Leader of the Arizona House of Representatives
The Honorable Steve Cloud – Former Member of the Kansas House of Representatives
The Honorable Elizabeth Coulson – Former Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
Representative Sarah Davis – Current Member of the Texas House of Representatives
Representative Kathy Hawken – Current Member of the North Dakota House of Representatives
The Honorable Lucile P. Hicks – Former Member and First Assistant Minority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate
Former Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
The Honorable Brian Lees – Former Member and Minority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate
The Honorable Becky Morgan – Former Member of the California Senate
Senator Richard Ross – Current Member and Assistant Minority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate
Former Member of the Massachusetts House
of Representatives
Senator Diane Snelling – Current Member of the Vermont Senate
The Honorable Richard Tisei – Former Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, 
Former Member and Minority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate
The Honorable Daniel B. Winslow – Former Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
The Honorable Corinne Wood – Former Lieutenant Governor of Illinois Former Member of the Illinois House of RepresentativesSCOT.jpgunspecified.png


The surprising history of abortion in the United States

Today, as we await a U.S. Supreme Court decision in what’s been called the biggest choice related case to hit the high court in two decades take a look at this informative article about the history of the right to choose in the US. http://www.cnn.com/…/hea…/abortion-history-in-united-states/

 

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Victory in the US Senate.

Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2017 spending draft, which included maintaining funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) at $101 million and the Title X Family Planning Program at $286.5 million. 

That’s right, RMC’s top priority family planning measures gained strong Republican support with all but one GOP Committee member voting in our favor!  

Remember Title X and TPPP are PREVENTIVE programs that lower the rate of untended pregnancy, teen pregnancy and abortion AND save taxpayers billions of dollars in related costs.  Click here for RMC fact sheets. 

Because of your support we have been able to send the RMC Team to meet with a record number of Congressional lawmakers. Your support helped us bring the undeniable facts and figures directly to decision makers –clearly it’s working! 

We want to thank you for sticking with us and ask that you consider donating to help us keep this momentum moving — click here and send your vital support to RMC today. 

We also ask for your help in thanking key GOP Committee members for ensuring Bi-Partisan support for vital family planning measures.  Take a look at the list below and send your email or make your call today.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: click here for the email contact form or call (202) 224-2541
Senator Susan Collins: click here for the email contact form or call (202) 224-2523
Senator Mark Kirk: click here for the email contact form or call 202-224-2854
Senator Lisa Murkowski click here for the email contact form or call (202)-224-6665
Click here for a full list of Committee Members. 

This victory is huge but it is just the first step in a long budget process –we can’t afford to let this momentum slide and will be back on the Hill immediately meeting with Senators and House appropriators.


Solutions First!

Sending our kudos and thanks to Melinda Gates for her dedication to ensuring all women have access to birth control. “I have really gone all in on family planning,” she said. If a woman has voluntary access to contraception and can choose when she becomes pregnant, “you don’t commit her to a life of poverty.”

Programs like the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and Title X Family Planning are top priorities for RMC. These programs focus on education, information, prevention and planning as was to curb unintended pregnancy and abortion rates.

We’d love to have your support and hope you’ll consider joining our next lobby day in Washington DC, we need more common sense voices to help us put solutions first! Join RMC for invitations and information about out upcoming events! http://www.gopchoice.org/act/

Read more about Gates efforts here – http://www.recode.net/2016/6/1/11832986/melinda-gates-contraception-philanthropy


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