CORE MESSAGE: We all have a basic human right to the information and resources we need to make healthy decisions for ourselves, our families, and our communities about sexuality, reproduction, and gender. Our elected officials have a responsibility to shape policies that remove the barriers that stand in the way.
- Lead with values. Dignity, voice, self-determination, equality.
- Emphasize healthy decisions. Underscore that we should all be empowered to make decisions about our bodies, health, and sexuality for ourselves, our families, and our communities.
- Frame access to services, care, information, and programs as basic human rights. Supporting families and women means protecting their right to services and infor- mation. Protecting these rights means recognizing all families, ensuring freedom from discrimination, and protecting other rights, including housing, education, and health care.
Clearly outline a role for government. Government paves the way for the promotion and protection of our human rights. Government, comprised of people who represent us, re- moves barriers such as discrimination and interference, while also investing in the services and information we need to make health decisions.
- The ability to make healthy decisions, including whether or not to have a child, is a basic human right.
- But the ban on Medicaid funding for abortions creates an often insurmountable barrier for low-income women.
- It’s the government’s responsibility to remove barriers that stand in the way of each and every one of us to exercise our basic human rights.
- Call your representative to demand a repeal of the Hyde Amendment.