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The Senate adjourned last night, making it official — congress is officially on August recess until September. And lawmakers — especially Republicans who voted for the failed Trumpcare bill last month — aren’t sticking around Washington, D.C. to take their time off. Your members of Congress are likely back home in your district.

Why August Recess Matters

When members of Congress go home, they have to answer for their positions on women’s health and rights at their town halls, public appearances, and even at the corner store. This is the time to thank your lawmaker if they OPPOSED Trumpcare and stand with Planned Parenthood. And if your lawmaker voted in FAVOR of Trumpcare, tell them that their vote to defund Planned Parenthood and take away health care from millions of families is unacceptable.

5 Ways You Can Advocate for Reproductive Rights This Recess

Here are the top five ways you can drive the #IStandWithPP message home while your members of Congress are nearby.

 

1. Attend Your Senators’ and Representatives’ Events

Attending your lawmakers’ town halls or public events lets you advocate for reproductive rights during recess face-to-face with them and fellow constituents. Who knows — maybe something like this will even happen.

 

2. Meet Your Member of Congress

It’s entirely possible that your member of Congress won’t be holding any public events during the recess. You can still request an in-district meeting with your congressperson by reaching out to a scheduler. In your meeting, let them know that you won’t stand for attacks on women’s health.

 

3. Call Your Member of Congress

If you can’t make it in person, call your congressperson or senator on the phone. You can find each lawmaker’s phone number on their official website. If you aren’t able to actually speak with them directly, it’s still helpful to speak with staffer or leave a message. Our call tool makes it super easy to get in touch with your lawmakers.

 

4. Write a Letter to the Editor

While your Member of Congress is on recess, they are certainly reading your local newspaper. Submitting a letter to the editor is a powerful way to get on their radar and send the message that you won’t stand for attacks on women’s health. Use our step-by-step guide to submitting a letter to the editor.

 

5. Attend a Planned Parenthood Event Near You

Planned Parenthood supporters across the nation are hosting and attending events. You can use this tool to find one in your area by entering your zip code.

 

And before you call, write, or attend...

Make sure you know how your lawmaker voted on Trumpcare.

Alabama:

Shelby (R-AL), Yea
Strange (R-AL), Yea

Alaska:

Murkowski (R-AK), Nay
Sullivan (R-AK), Yea

Arizona:

Flake (R-AZ), Yea
McCain (R-AZ), Nay

Arkansas:

Boozman (R-AR), Yea
Cotton (R-AR), Yea

California:

Feinstein (D-CA), Nay
Harris (D-CA), Nay

Colorado:

Bennet (D-CO), Nay
Gardner (R-CO), Yea

Connecticut:

Blumenthal (D-CT), Nay
Murphy (D-CT), Nay

Delaware:

Carper (D-DE), Nay
Coons (D-DE), Nay

Florida:

Nelson (D-FL), Nay
Rubio (R-FL), Yea

Georgia:

Isakson (R-GA), Yea
Perdue (R-GA), Yea

Hawaii:

Hirono (D-HI), Nay
Schatz (D-HI), Nay

Idaho:

Crapo (R-ID), Yea
Risch (R-ID), Yea

Illinois:

Duckworth (D-IL), Nay
Durbin (D-IL), Nay

Indiana:

Donnelly (D-IN), Nay
Young (R-IN), Yea

Iowa:

Ernst (R-IA), Yea
Grassley (R-IA), Yea

Kansas:

Moran (R-KS), Yea
Roberts (R-KS), Yea

Kentucky:

McConnell (R-KY), Yea
Paul (R-KY), Yea

Louisiana:

Cassidy (R-LA), Yea
Kennedy (R-LA), Yea

Maine:

Collins (R-ME), Nay
King (I-ME), Nay

Maryland:

Cardin (D-MD), Nay
Van Hollen (D-MD), Nay

Massachusetts:

Markey (D-MA), Nay
Warren (D-MA), Nay

Michigan:

Peters (D-MI), Nay
Stabenow (D-MI), Nay

Minnesota:

Franken (D-MN), Nay
Klobuchar (D-MN), Nay

Mississippi:

Cochran (R-MS), Yea
Wicker (R-MS), Yea

Missouri:

Blunt (R-MO), Yea
McCaskill (D-MO), Nay

Montana:

Daines (R-MT), Yea
Tester (D-MT), Nay

Nebraska:

Fischer (R-NE), Yea
Sasse (R-NE), Yea

Nevada:

Cortez Masto (D-NV), Nay
Heller (R-NV), Yea

New Hampshire:

Hassan (D-NH), Nay
Shaheen (D-NH), Nay

New Jersey:

Booker (D-NJ), Nay
Menendez (D-NJ), Nay

New Mexico:

Heinrich (D-NM), Nay
Udall (D-NM), Nay

New York:

Gillibrand (D-NY), Nay
Schumer (D-NY), Nay

North Carolina:

Burr (R-NC), Yea
Tillis (R-NC), Yea

North Dakota:

Heitkamp (D-ND), Nay
Hoeven (R-ND), Yea

Ohio:

Brown (D-OH), Nay
Portman (R-OH), Yea

Oklahoma:

Inhofe (R-OK), Yea
Lankford (R-OK), Yea

Oregon:

Merkley (D-OR), Nay
Wyden (D-OR), Nay

Pennsylvania:

Casey (D-PA), Nay
Toomey (R-PA), Yea

Rhode Island:

Reed (D-RI), Nay
Whitehouse (D-RI), Nay

South Carolina:

Graham (R-SC), Yea
Scott (R-SC), Yea

South Dakota:

Rounds (R-SD), Yea
Thune (R-SD), Yea

Tennessee:

Alexander (R-TN), Yea
Corker (R-TN), Yea

Texas:

Cornyn (R-TX), Yea
Cruz (R-TX), Yea

Utah:

Hatch (R-UT), Yea
Lee (R-UT), Yea

Vermont:

Leahy (D-VT), Nay
Sanders (I-VT), Nay

Virginia:

Kaine (D-VA), Nay
Warner (D-VA), Nay

Washington:

Cantwell (D-WA), Nay
Murray (D-WA), Nay

West Virginia:

Capito (R-WV), Yea
Manchin (D-WV), Nay

Wisconsin:

Baldwin (D-WI), Nay
Johnson (R-WI), Yea

Wyoming:

Barrasso (R-WY), Yea
Enzi (R-WY), Yea

Ready? Let's go!

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