Republican Members of Congress (MoCs) are continuing their radical attacks on reproductive rights by moving forward with a bill that blocks access to abortions before most women even know they’re pregnant. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice scheduled a hearing for November 1, 2017 to discuss the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 490).
The “Heartbeat Bill” effectively bans all abortions starting six weeks into a pregnancy by making it a crime for a physician to knowingly perform an abortion without determining "whether the fetus has a detectable heartbeat," "without informing the mother of the results," or "after determining that a fetus has a detectable heartbeat." The sole exception to the ban is for an abortion which is medically necessary to save the life of the woman—ignoring a woman’s psychological state, even in instances of rape or incest.
Your MoC needs to hear from you that the Heartbeat Bill is a horrifying, extreme attack on reproductive health and a woman’s right to choose. Tell your MoC to stand up for women and families, and oppose the Heartbeat Bill.
SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT
Caller: Hello! My name is [name] and I’m from [part of state]. I’m calling to ask that the [MoC] to oppose the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 490).
Staffer: Thanks for calling. I do not know [MoC] position on the Heartbeat Protection Act OR [MoC] strongly supports the Heartbeat Protection Act.
Caller: I am saddened to hear that. The Heartbeat Bill blocks access to safe abortions before most women even know they’re pregnant. It is a vicious attack on the rights of women and families. How can [MoC] condone/support such a radical policy position?
Staffer: I’m not sure, but I can pass on your thoughts.
Caller: Yes please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let [MoC] that [his/her] constituents think this bill is unacceptable and extreme.
Caller: Hello! My name is [name] and I’m from [part of state]. I’m calling to ask [MoC] to oppose the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 490).
Staffer: Thanks for calling. [MoC] strongly opposes the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017.
Caller: Great, I’m glad to hear that. We must maintain access to safe and affordable abortions for all women in [part of state]. I appreciate [MoC]’s support.
Staffer: Thanks. I can pass your thoughts on to the [MoC].
Caller: Thank you very much and thank you for your support.