A Critical Time to Pay Congress a Visit

By Brett Copeland

League of Young Leaders Co-Chair

No deal: It’s what we heard on Tuesday as House Leadership left the White House. We are coming down to zero-hour on the budget (or at least until the next Continuing Resolution). House Republicans have made it clear they’re willing to slash and burn whatever they can—no matter how many women and families it harms.

So, Pro-Choice Lobby Day on Capitol Hill comes at a critical time. Anti-choice leaders have moved not only to defund Planned Parenthood but also totally eliminate valuable Title X funding for family planning services. With more of the budget on the chopping block, there’s no telling what’s next.

That’s why a coalition of Pro-Choice supporters will be in the halls of Congress, talking to Representatives, Senators and their staff. We must ensure that our voice is heard loud and clear by anti-choice lawmakers who have shown they will say and do almost anything to erode fundamental reproductive human rights (including subjecting survivors of rape and incest who choose abortion care to audits by the Internal Revenue Service).

So what can you do?

If you’re in DC, Virginia or Maryland and can take off work, there’s still time to register to lobby. We’ll have on-site training as well as events throughout the day to keep you fed and on the move.

If you’re in DC, Virginia or Maryland and can’t take off work, you can always join us during our lunchtime rally on the National Mall.

But don’t worry—if you can’t do either of those things, but still want to help, visit NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Webpage—you can help sponsor our efforts on Lobby Day, make calls from home or, heck, buy a t-shirt.

We would also love to have you join us at our League of Young Leaders (LoYL) happy hour following lobby day. RSVP to get the full details.

The more people we have standing up and declaring that we’re Pro-Choice and proud of it, the better chance we’ll have at making an impact.

I’ll be there.

Will you?


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