Friday, November 20, 2009

Activist Friday!

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with my fellow students about the Stupak/Pitts Amendment. This amendment, which has been with us since the 7th of this month, seems to not been on the radar of many of my colleagues. True-we are all busy, but this is serious! And scary! And affects us as well as our patients.

After our discussions, my peers were appalled and outraged! They were ready to fight this.

This is what we need-this power and energy….especially from those that aren’t normally raising their voices on issues. Let’s harness this energy and use it for good.

So on this Friday, I encourage you all to talk to 3 people about the Stupak/Pitts Amendment and how it can affect our patients and millions of women in this country.

Call your senators and congresspeople about this issue! Encourage them not to support it. (It’s not scary to call-I promise! The person on the other line is usually in their low 20s.)

The Senate’s version of their healthcare bill came out Wednesday night and has milder abortion restrictions than the House bill. But at some point, after the Senate has voted, the House and Senate will have to merge this bill into one. The Stupak/Pitts Amendment must be left out.

Now let’s get to work!

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