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March 22, 2017

Please Act Now - Save the ACA and Medicaid: Health Care is a Human Right

Last week President Trump and the Republican Party released their plan (Trumpcare) to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Their plan guts the ACA, slashes Medicaid, and will result in 52 million people being uninsured over the next 10 years. Many of these people will be kicked off Medicaid, no longer able to afford health care, or unable to comply with new mandatory work requirements. And while ensuring that low­-income people are unable to access affordable health care, Trumpcare supports the very wealthy as well as drug and insurance companies through massive tax cuts.

NAPW is asking you to take action to resist and refuse not only the plan but the callous disregard for human life and dignity that it represents. Health care is a human right.

While NAPW's work focuses on the rights and health of pregnant women (and we know that pregnant women's health needs including abortion have never been fully incorporated into the concept of primary health care), we need to fight to preserve health care for all people at all stages of life. Our fact sheet explains how Trumpcare targets Planned Parenthood and impacts pregnant women in particular.

Tomorrow, Thursday March 23rd, is the seventh anniversary of the ACA and the day that House representatives are scheduled to vote on Trumpcare. That is why we are asking you to take action right away -­­ in whatever way you can -­­ to express your opposition to this dangerous plan: make phone calls to or meet with your legislator, participate in town halls, use social media to express how this will harm you and your family, or join one of the many actions that are happening around the country.

These resources will help you identify actions you can take: Raising Women's Voices, HCAN, ResistanceNearMe.org, All Above All.

If you are in the New York City area, join us for a brief action on Thursday, March 23rd at 11:30 am. We will gather on 1st Avenue and East 33rd Street to demonstrate our opposition to the plan and the health emergency it will create for millions of people. We will be carrying a banner saying: Trumpcare: Making Healthcare Unavailable for Millions Again! Please be on time: this action will be very brief.

We say again ­- resistance matters wherever you are. Please act now to save the ACA and Medicaid: Health Care is a Human Right!

March 7, 2017

Celebration and Resistance

To say that 2017 has been off to an intense start is a gross understatement. We are very proud though of the activism and commitment we are seeing everywhere.

Thank you to everyone who participated in a Women's March ­- and a special thanks to those of you who carried NAPW "Knocked Up ­- Fight Back" signs. NAPW filled our bus to Washington, DC with more than 50 people. NAPW supporters also marched in New York City; Buffalo, NY; Indianapolis, IN; and Lexington, KY.

In 2017 NAPW is continuing to define and connect issues. Our commentary about the Purvi Patel victory: We Lose When We Divide Arrests of Pregnant Women Into Good and Bad Ones explains why people concerned primarily with protecting the right to choose to have an abortion must also be committed to defending the civil and human rights of all pregnant women including drug­-using women.

In addition, NAPW was the organization that defined the issues and framed the outcome of the Anna Yocca case in Tennessee involving the arrest of a woman who allegedly used a coat hanger to attempt to have an abortion. While the plea in the case did not set a precedent, it did expose how easily the existing criminal justice system can be manipulated and misused by prosecutors intent on undermining women's human rights.

Moreover, as a result of our efforts, journalists are reporting the serious criminal justice implications of outlawing abortion (The dangerous fallout of making abortion illegal is already happening) and challenging the claim that arresting pregnant women will somehow help them access needed medical care (In an Alabama jail, pregnant addicts find little sympathy, and less treatment).

We can also celebrate the dismissal of all criminal charges in Georgia against Kenlissia Jones. Ms. Jones had been arrested in 2015 for allegedly taking the drug misoprostol to end her pregnancy outside of a medical setting. NAPW has been advocating for Ms. Jones from the beginning. She was originally arrested for "malice murder." When that charge was dropped, a criminal charge of possession of a dangerous drug (misoprostol) remained. Ms. Jones is now cleared of all charges. In deciding not to proceed with the possession charge, the county prosecutor explained that "to go forward would require extensive litigation and almost certain appellate action for a relatively minor misdemeanor."

Most recently, NAPW is back from the 7th Annual Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice Conference. Held each year in Norman, Oklahoma, this conference proves that there are reproductive and social justice activists everywhere in this nation. This year, NAPW made sure that each of the hundreds of participants had a copy of INDIVISIBLE: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda with this list of suggestions for what activists can do. We hope that you will read both of these documents and be inspired to take action.

NAPW believes that the fight for justice includes preserving what we have - while we also fight for more. Resistance, wherever you are, matters.

To continue our ongoing resistance, the NAPW office will be closed on Wednesday, March 8th in solidarity with the International Women's Strike also known as a Day Without Women. We hope you will join us in whatever way you can - by staying home from work, reducing or eliminating your economic involvement or wearing red. Learn more about this important day including what events are being held in your city
at https://www.womenstrikeus.org/ or https://www.womensmarch.com/.