Breaking News: Chance to safeguard birth control and cancer screenings for low income Americans. PLEASE Act NOW!

The US House is poised to overturn a rule that protects more than 4 million people who rely on Title X, the nation’s family planning program.

The existing rule ensures state politicians cannot block access to Title X family planning care at a certain health centers, including Planned Parenthood.

We just received word that a growing block of mainstream Republican leaders are uncomfortable with this maneuvering and that there is a chance to delay this vote.

Title X is meant to ensure that every person, regardless of where they live or how much money they make, has access to preventive reproductive health care, including lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, STI testing and treatment, and well-woman exams.

The battle to safeguard this rule will be won or lost in the Republican caucus so we need to mobilize common sense Republicans and Independents NOW.

Take Action NOW!

Call the US House at (202) 224-3121 –ask to be connected to your Representative and tell them that:

As a Republican I stand for my party’s long history of putting common sense solutions first. I am asking my Representative to delay the vote on House Joint Resolution 43, and ensure that no recipient of Title X grants is prohibited from participation based on anything other than ability to provide high quality family planning services. Title X has proven effective in lowering the rates of unintended pregnancy, teen pregnancy and abortion in our nation – goals we must all support. Please ensure that low income women have access to the most qualified providers of preventive care, including Planned Parenthood.

Click here to support RMC – our opposition is well funded and we need to fight fire with fire. Help ramp up our lobby, grass roots and social media efforts with your donation of $25, $50, $100 or more. 

A few key faces about Title X: 

Title X is a federal grant program dedicated to preventive family planning and reproductive health services for low-income patients – it has nothing to do with abortion.

In recent years the contraceptive care delivered by Title X–funded providers helped women avoid 1.2 million unintended pregnancies, which would have resulted in 586,000 unplanned births and 403,000 abortions.

Without the contraceptive care provided by these health centers, the U.S. rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion would have been 35% higher, and the teen pregnancy rate would have been 42% higher.


Republicans Support Prevention Programs!

Check out this new polling released by The National Campaign to prevent Teen and Unintended Pregnancy. It shows broad Bi-Partisan public support for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program, the Personal Responsibility Program (PREP), and the Title X Family Planning program:

* 85% of adults (including 75% of Republicans and 89% of Democrats) support current federal efforts to prevent teen pregnancy through the evidence-based TPP Program and PREP.

* 75% of adults (including 66% of Republicans and 84% of Democrats) support Title X, the federal program that provides free or low cost birth control to those making $30,000 a year or less.

These programs were targeted to be zeroed out by some in the GOP but are programs that actually lower the rate of teen and unintended pregnancy leading to fewer abortions and financially savings for families and taxpayers. For more on the polling click here http://thenationalcampaign.org/res…/survey-says-january-2017

These are the types of programs RMC will be championing this year. Thank you for your calls and emails and stay tuned for our new action agenda coming to you soon. We need you to help us get Congress to support proven effective preventive programs that work.


RMC Election Update & Statement

The results are in and we want to congratulate key mainstream Republicans who won their re-election bids.  US Senator Lisa Murkowski was re-elected in Alaska and will be a critical voice in the Senate and an important line of defense for our limited government ideals.  We congratulate Congressman Charlie Dent on his win in Pennsylvania. His leadership as the Chair of the mainstream Tuesday Group Caucus is now more important than ever.  We also congratulate New Jersey Congressman Rodney Frelinghysen on his re-election; his role in GOP leadership will be a vital voice for putting solutions first.

There are also over two dozen Republicans with whom RMC and our partners have been working to gain support for preventive care programs like Title X and the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.  With GOP control of the House, Senate and White House we must ensure that more Republican voices understand these programs are key for millions of women and families having access to basic reproductive information, contraception and care.

Donald Trump has scored an historic victory in the Electoral College for which he should be congratulated. Like many across the nation we greet today with concern, but also with hope that President elect Trump will reach out to all Americans to be part of the process of healing our divided nation, an opportunity we welcome.

In his election night speech, President elect Trump pledged to fight for every single American to have the opportunity to realize their full potential.  This sentiment must extend to finding solutions for economic and social issues that affect all Americans from all backgrounds and all socio-economic means.

It’s clear voters responded to Donald Trump’s declarations that Washington is broken.  With the results confirmed, we must look to the future. Now is the time for thoughtful review, not hasty actions that could have irrevocable results.  As a Republican organization focused on limiting government control of personal choices, we urge President elect Trump to stand by his call for common ground over hostility.  We hope to see a President who will be the outside of the box leader many expect and bring new groups to the table to begin that common ground work.


What are you going to do, Susan?

Check out our National Co-Chair Susan Bevan’s latest opinion piece running in the Huffington Post. Frustrated by the degradation of our political system and the discourse in this Presidential cycle, she answers the question “What are you going to do, Susan?”

Susan explains her position in this Presidential election and the hope that real Republicans can work together to get our party back on track. The piece also outlines how RMC has been steadfastly focused on our legislative and education efforts AND on supporting the mainstream Republicans running for Congress. These Congressional leaders are now more important than ever, as they will ensure there will be balance of power in our government. 

“We can all yell, show our outrage and demand better from our Party — and we should — but we need to do more. As a life-long Republican, I believe that when my Party is so off track, it is not my role to follow blindly but to call out what is wrong, support those who stand on principle and push hard to get us back onto the right path. I have not abandoned my Party; the chosen GOP candidate has abandoned the principles that I, and so many Republicans, hold dear.

Take a moment to read the full piece and let us know your views!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-bevan/what-are-you-going-to-do-_2_b_12489720.html

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Happening Now!

#Campaign4CommonGround Back in Congress!

As you read this message the RMC Team is back on Capitol Hill having one our most important meetings this year.  The Presidential election may hold the headlines but Congress is back in session and vital votes, impacting important programs, are happening right now.

We are bringing the facts about our #Campaign4CommonGround top priority, funding for The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP), to dozens of members of Congress.

Take a look below at some of the key TPPP facts.  This program is perfectly in line with core Republican values of opportunity and support for American families.  TPPP is socially AND fiscally responsible, providing opportunity for teens AND saving taxpayer dollars>

With the help of our members we were able to restore the funding levels in the Senate budget proposal but it has been zeroed out in the House proposal.  This is where your voice and RMC’s work can make all the difference.

Thanks to your past support RMC is mobilized to fight for this important, evidence based, program.

If you have not already donated to RMC this year, now is the time!  Programs like TPPP are being considered NOW. We need your help to keep the pressure on — Click here to make your donation today – thank you.

Overview of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) planning programs:
Reducing teen pregnancy can not only save billions in tax dollars; it can reduce poverty, increase educational achievement and workforce competitiveness, and improve health and social outcomes for children, women and families. Moreover, unplanned pregnancy is the cause of the vast majority of the nation’s abortions; thus, reducing teen and unplanned pregnancy reduces abortion. Recognizing that Congress faces tough budget decisions, a modest investment in proven approaches to reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy that also strengthen our economy is more important than ever.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP)

·      It is estimated that teen childbearing costs taxpayers at least $9.4 billion annually.

·      In the US roughly one in four girls will become pregnant before the age of 20.

·      This equates to more than 600,000 teen pregnancies per year.

·      30% of teen girls who have dropped out of high school cite pregnancy/parenthood as a key reason.

·      Fewer than 2% of those who have a child before age 18 attain a college degree by age 30.

However, there is good news to report –since TPPP and one other evidence-based program began in 2010, the U.S. teen birth rate has declined 29%, a drop twice as large as in any other four-year period.

·      Investing in teen pregnancy prevention reduces public spending and abortion while improving economic competitiveness and the health and wellbeing of families.

·      The estimated savings in 2010 alone due to the substantial decline in the teen birth rate between 1991 and 2010 was $12 billion.

·      TPPP meets teens where they “are” with the information they need to succeed.  The program ensures that communities have the flexibility to choose an approach that reflects their needs and values.

·      Evidence-based models include those that focus on abstinence alone, abstinence and contraception, parent-child communication and/or youth development.

·      A new round of 81 grants awarded across the nation in FY 2015 are contingent on continued appropriations.

·      These grants are expected to serve 1.2 million teens—twice as many as the first round of five-year grants—while focusing intensely on the most at-risk youth.

·      Accordingly, the TPPP program is a sound investment. TPPP represents just .06% of the total LHHS appropriations for FY 2016.

·      Further, evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs enjoy broad public approval: 83% of adults overall (92% of Democrats and 75% of Republicans) support TPPP.