Posted: September 20, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized
#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.
Posted: August 9, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized
Mainstream GOP Senator Susan Collins joins a long line of Republicans who will not support Donald Trump’s Presidential bid.
Click below to read the Senator’s Opinion piece in the Washington Post:
Collins says, “Some will say that as a Republican I have an obligation to support my party’s nominee. I have thought long and hard about that, for being a Republican is part of what defines me as a person. I revere the history of my party, most particularly the value it has always placed on the worth and dignity of the individual, and I will continue to work across the country for Republican candidates. It is because of Mr. Trump’s inability and unwillingness to honor that legacy that I am unable to support his candidacy.”
Sound off here – as mainstream Republicans are you supporting Mr. Trump? Are you considering voting the former GOP Governors, Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, who are running on the libertarian ticket this year? Maybe voting for Hillary Clinton or writing in – we want to hear your thoughts!
Remember RMC is hard at work on the Congressional and State level, pushing for vital family planning programs and supporting mainstream, Pro-Choice Republicans running for the US House and Senate. You can support our efforts by going to http://www.GOPChoice.org and making a donation today!
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (Evan Vucci/AP)
The writer, a Republican, represents Maine in the Senate.
I will not be voting for Donald Trump for president. This is not a decision I make lightly, for I am a lifelong Republican. But Donald Trump does not reflect historical Republican values nor the inclusive approach to governing that is critical to healing the divisions in our country.
When the primary season started, it soon became apparent that, much like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Mr. Trump was connecting with many Americans who felt that their voices were not being heard in Washington and who were tired of political correctness. But rejecting the conventions of political correctness is different from showing complete disregard for common decency. Mr. Trump did not stop with shedding the stilted campaign dialogue that often frustrates voters. Instead, he opted for a constant stream of denigrating comments, including demeaning Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) heroic military service and repeatedly insulting Fox News host Megyn Kelly.
With the passage of time, I have become increasingly dismayed by his constant stream of cruel comments and his inability to admit error or apologize. But it was his attacks directed at people who could not respond on an equal footing — either because they do not share his power or stature or because professional responsibility precluded them from engaging at such a level — that revealed Mr. Trump as unworthy of being our president.
My conclusion about Mr. Trump’s unsuitability for office is based on his disregard for the precept of treating others with respect, an idea that should transcend politics. Instead, he opts to mock the vulnerable and inflame prejudices by attacking ethnic and religious minorities. Three incidents in particular have led me to the inescapable conclusion that Mr. Trump lacks the temperament, self-discipline and judgment required to be president.
The first was his mocking of a reporter with disabilities, a shocking display that did not receive the scrutiny it deserved. I kept expecting Mr. Trump to apologize, at least privately, but he did not, instead denying that he had done what seemed undeniable to anyone who watched the video. At the time, I hoped that this was a terrible lapse, not a pattern of abuse.
The second was Mr. Trump’s repeated insistence that Gonzalo Curiel, a federal judge born and raised in Indiana, could not rule fairly in a case involving Trump University because of his Mexican heritage. For Mr. Trump to insist that Judge Curiel would be biased because of his ethnicity demonstrated a profound lack of respect not only for the judge but also for our constitutional separation of powers, the very foundation of our form of government. Again, I waited in vain for Mr. Trump to retract his words.
Third was Donald Trump’s criticism of the grieving parents of Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq. It is inconceivable that anyone, much less a presidential candidate, would attack two Gold Star parents. Rather than honoring their sacrifice and recognizing their pain, Mr. Trump disparaged the religion of the family of an American hero. And once again, he proved incapable of apologizing, of saying he was wrong.
I am also deeply concerned that Mr. Trump’s lack of self-restraint and his barrage of ill-informed comments would make an already perilous world even more so. It is reckless for a presidential candidate to publicly raise doubts about honoring treaty commitments with our allies. Mr. Trump’s tendency to lash out when challenged further escalates the possibility of disputes spinning dangerously out of control.
I had hoped that we would see a “new” Donald Trump as a general-election candidate — one who would focus on jobs and the economy, tone down his rhetoric, develop more thoughtful policies and, yes, apologize for ill-tempered rants. But the unpleasant reality that I have had to accept is that there will be no “new” Donald Trump, just the same candidate who will slash and burn and trample anything and anyone he perceives as being in his way or an easy scapegoat. Regrettably, his essential character appears to be fixed, and he seems incapable of change or growth.
At the same time, I realize that Mr. Trump’s success reflects profound discontent in this country, particularly among those who feel left behind by an unbalanced economy and who wonder whether their children will have a better life than their parents. As we have seen with the dissatisfaction with both major- party nominees — neither of whom I support — these passions are real and the public will demand action.
Some will say that as a Republican I have an obligation to support my party’s nominee. I have thought long and hard about that, for being a Republican is part of what defines me as a person. I revere the history of my party, most particularly the value it has always placed on the worth and dignity of the individual, and I will continue to work across the country for Republican candidates. It is because of Mr. Trump’s inability and unwillingness to honor that legacy that I am unable to support his candidacy.
Posted: July 19, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized
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.
Posted: June 27, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized
Republican Majority for Choice Applauds Historic Supreme Court Ruling
Reaffirming the Constitutional Right to Privacy and Personal Freedom.
For Immediate Release
July 27, 2016
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
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 Representatives
Posted: June 24, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized
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/