Women's Healthcare

$5 For A Safe Birth in Yemen

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Your DGB for today is to send a couple of dollars to the UNFPA

https://www.unfpa.org/delivering-world-where-every-childbirth-safe.

With the holidays, the recent elections and the ongoing chaos of the Trump administration it’s easy to overlook the goings-on outside the U.S. border (and we didn’t even mention the border situation). DGB-ers, the situation in Yemen is dire. After years of civil war, sanctions from Saudi Arabia and an unstable government the country is on the very brink of famine. You can read more about it here:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29319423

A safe birth kit assembled by the UNFPA can provide sterile supplies to local midwives and volunteers for only $5. These kits can and do save the lives of delivering mothers. Make your donation here:

https://give.friendsofunfpa.org/campaign/safe-birth-even-here-yemen/c214153?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Carousel&utm_term=Engaged&utm_content=Safe_Birth_Kit&utm_campaign=Yemen

Grab your PayPal or debit card information and help a mother give birth safely.


Ring The Shame Bell

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Your DGB for today is to shame a Democratic Congressman.

This week, in an unadulterated pander to anti-choice elements, the GOP introduced a Senate bill that banned ALL abortions past 20 weeks of gestation. Knowing full well that the bill itself would be aborted more quickly than an illegitimate Trump fetus, the bill served to out Senators who are unwilling to take a stand against the restriction of abortion access. The vote fell mostly along party lines with Collins and Murkowski once again proving that they are the only Republican Senators that have a lick of sense. Three Democrats, however, decided to break ranks and vote for the ridiculous bill and one actually co-sponsored it. Today we are calling them out and want your help in ringing the shame bell. The party doesn’t need spineless DINOs that slither under the radar to stay in office.

Perpetrator 1: Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN). You can call him out Twitter, Facebook or contact him at his office. Keep in mind that DINO Joe also has an A rating from the NRA and only 30% from the Human Rights Commission. He is up for re-election in 2018 and we are wondering if we will even be able to tell the difference if a Republican unseats him this fall.

Perpetrator 2: Senator Bob Casey (D-PA). Tweet or Facebook him here, his contact information is here.

Perpetrator 3: Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV). Pin him down at Twitter, Facebook or at this office. While you’re at it, tell him we saw him trying to give Trump a standing ovation during the SOTUA.

Perpetrator 4: House co-sponsor of the bill, Rep. Dan Lipinski. You can Tweet, Facebook or yell at him via phone at one of his offices available here. The best thing you can do for the country however is to support his opponent in the upcoming Democratic primary. Her name is Marie Newman and she’s a pro-choice progressive who is already getting endorsements from within the party.

 

Can You Believe We Have to Fight this Again?

Your DGB for today is to contact Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-6), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and tell him we won’t tolerate advancement of H.R. 586: the Sanctity of Human Life Act.

The 115th Congress is already hard at work drafting offensive legislation, and recently Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA-10) introduced H.R. 586, the newest iteration of a “personhood” bill. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee last week, this proposed law would declare that “each human life begins with fertilization, cloning, or its equivalent, at which time every human has all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood,” thus threatening women’s legal ability to access not only abortions, but any birth control method that disrupts the implantation of a fertilized egg (such as an IUD or even the birth control pill), as well as assisted fertility treatments, such as IVF. While such bills have failed in the past, it is important to take each one seriously. We cannot take the defeat of this bill for granted.

 

You’ll contact Rep. Goodlatte by phone in his D.C. office at (202) 225-5431, using your own or this DGB suggested script:

 

Hello, I am calling you today to urge you to protect the personhood of adult American women by opposing H.R. 586.

 

or via Twitter, using this format:

 

.@RepGoodlatte Abort this radical anti-woman bill. #HR586

 

 

Plan B for Everybody

Your DGB for today is to go out and buy some Plan B birth control. We are totally serious. We understand not all can afford to do this grab, but if you can, please do. If you can afford to buy two, get one for a friend; sharing is caring.

With Republican’s current plans to defund Planned Parenthood and overturn the ACA, women’s healthcare is looking gloomy. We have no idea how easily people will be able to access birth control, so be proactive and help yourself and your circle by having an emergency Plan B on hand.

DGB has two options for you to purchase. Use your Amazon Smile account to buy here for $25.00 or go to this website and download and print a coupon (you will need a computer to do this) that will get you $10 off Plan B at a local retailer.

It doesn’t matter what gender you are, if you cannot get pregnant, or if you think you may never need this. Think of it as part of a progressive disaster kit. Thankfully, Plan B has a shelf life of four years, so it will last just as long as Trump’s regressive anti-woman presidency.

 

Support Women's Health

 

Your DGB for today is to find out which clinics in your community offer free or discounted women’s health services and donate money or time to them. Often these clinics have specific needs, so it’s a good idea to check out their website or contact them to see what those are.

To find local women’s health clinics use Needy Meds, an online resource of free or sliding scale medical services. Simply enter your zip code, and read the description of services offered to find low cost health care providers available to women in your area.

DGB is run by women, and access to health care (including reproductive rights) is a critical issue for us. The incoming Trump administration has been open about plans to cut funds to many women’s health clinics across the country. Changes to the ACA may also reduce access to birth control.

O'Neill Institute - 3 Ways the Trump Administration May Undermine Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice in the U.S. and Abroad

Many clinics that offer free or discounted reproductive health services have seen a spike in demand for birth control, especially IUDs.

NPR - Spike in Demand for Long Acting Birth Control Strains Clinic Budgets

These clinics need our support right now in order to continue to provide key services to women in their communities. After the election, we saw an awesome increase in donations to Planned Parenthood, but many other clinics have not seen equal support. We need to spread out our donations to all clinics in order to reach women throughout the country. Many areas are served by local clinics instead of Planned Parenthood.