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Congressional Recess Guide:

How to Engage Your Members of Congress When They're Back Home

Here are tips about how to get your members of Congress on record about abortion rights while they're in your home state over recess. 

What Is Congressional Recess?

A few times each year, Congress goes on “recess.” That means members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate take a break from their work on Capitol Hill and head to their home states. They answer to their constituents and interact with them face-to-face at town halls and other public appearances.

This is a perfect time for you to hold your member of Congress accountable for their positions on reproductive rights — in person.

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Indivisible created a powerful toolkit for congressional recess, which has been adapted for Planned Parenthood supporters.

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Want guidance on what to do during congressional recess? Read below to learn about key tactics, such as birddogging members of Congress who oppose reproductive rights.

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Recess Organizing Tactics

Birddogging Officials Who Oppose Reproductive Rights

Protesting at District Offices

Asking Questions at Town Halls

Why Is Congressional Recess Important Now?

In June 2022, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey — taking the right to abortion away from millions of Americans. This is the culmination of a 50-year crusade to end safe and legal abortion.

But lawmakers hostile to sexual and reproductive health rights aren't stopping there. They’ve made it clear that they intend to take away more of our rights, including access to contraceptives, marriage equality, and same-sex relationships.

It's critical to hold elected officials accountable for restricting or banning access to abortion and other essential rights.

That’s where you come in.

Sample Script

Check out our list of example questions to ask members of Congress while you're out birddogging. Get their position on abortion on record!

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Make Your Voice Heard

Congress is in recess until Sept. 6 — until then, members are in their home states and districts.

This is a critical moment for constituents to tell their elected officials: Abortion and birth control must be protected. Access to essential health services must be restored.

Policymakers and judges have escalated attacks, not only on abortion rights, but on LGBTQ+ rights, contraception, and other fundamental rights. Send the message that their policies are out of step with the 80% of Americans who want abortion to be legal. An impassioned backlash across the country will support state fights, like those in Kansas or Michigan.

During recess, our movement will organize to engage directly with elected officials to get them on the record about abortion. At parades, town halls, and more, abortion rights advocates will remind lawmakers and the country: WE WON’T BACK DOWN.

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