Congress only has a few more weeks to take action on critical pieces of legislation before the New Year, so join us Nov. 19 for “WEtweet Wednesday”! We’re tweeting at members of Congress to support important women’s health legislation before this session ends. Here’s how you can get involved — it’s super easy; we promise.
How to WEtweet
Just go to www.wetweet.org/ppact to pick from Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s top legislative issues. We’ll give you a ready-made tweet on that issue. All you need to do is enter your zip code and hit “send” to tweet at your senators and representatives. Tweets include:
- #FamilyPlanning keeps Americans healthy & saves money, @[your member of Congress' handle]. Protect #TitleX! WEtweet.org #WEmatter @PPact
- Fund #sex ed so young people get accurate #sexualhealth info, @[your member of Congress’ handle]. WEtweet.org #WEmatter @PPact
- Servicewomen need same access to #contraception w/o copays as other women, @[your member of Congress' handle]. WEtweet.org #WEmatter @PPact
- Peace Corps volunteers need equal access to safe #abortion care, @[your member of Congress' handle]. #PCEA WEtweet.org #WEmatter @PPact
Our Messages to Congress
These tweets promote policies that Planned Parenthood Action Fund believes are the most important for women’s health and rights during the remainder of the current Congress. They call for senators and representatives to support:
Title X Family Planning Funding
A new report from the Guttmacher Institute found that every dollar invested in publicly funded family planning services saved $7.09 in Medicaid and other public expenditures that otherwise would have been needed. We’re calling on Congress to increase funding for Title X, a preventive care program for low-income men and women. Title X’s funding has been severely cut in recent years.
We're urging Congress to fund medically accurate, age-appropriate sex education, including programs that help reduce teen pregnancy and prevent the spread of STIs. We're also calling on Congress to discontinue funding for ineffective, abstinence-only-until-marriage programs that do not help young people delay the onset of sexual intercourse, do not help reduce risk-taking behaviors, and frequently include misinformation.
Equitable Abortion Coverage for Peace Corps:
Peace Corps volunteers should have the same access to safe, legal abortion care as they would with any other federal job. In particular, we’re asking Congress to give Peace Corps volunteers parity of abortion coverage with other federal workers in cases of rape, incest, and life-endangering pregnancies.
Birth Control Coverage for Servicewomen & Dependents:
We're telling Congress that military servicewomen need the same access to contraception without copays as other American women with health insurance. That’s why we’re asking for contraception coverage for all military personnel and their dependents.
The Partnership for Women and Families created the WEtweet tool and spearheaded the WEtweet Wednesday Day of Action to tell Congress that women matter. Help us send the message that #WEmatter!