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25 days to protect women's health

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From Louise Melling, Director

ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project

25 days to protect women's health

Take actio now at:

http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=k3a_IbRo0Z7SVVBeO7D0Zg..

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Dear ACLU Supporter,

George W. Bush has launched a new assault on birth control and reproductive freedom.

Late last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed regulations that could seriously undermine access to basic reproductive health services -- including birth control and abortion.

Instead of striking a careful balance between individual religious liberty and patients' access to reproductive health care, the Bush administration has taken patients' rights and their health care needs out of the equation.

We have less than 30 days to stop these new rules from being enacted. Take a stand now:

http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=yMv-AVPGFHEVPObUoyAt1A..

The rule leaves open the possibility that -- based on religious beliefs -- institutions and individuals can deny women access to birth control. It also permits individuals to refuse to provide information and counseling about basic heath care services. And it expands existing laws by permitting a wider range of health care professionals to refuse to provide even referrals for abortions.

Act fast to protect access to basic care for the millions of Americans who depend on federally funded health care services. Go to:

http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=gxRgk7unk5LC50GHc9IlsA..

This far-reaching proposal doesn't need congressional approval. But, it can't go forward without allowing for public comment. That's where you come in.

Tell the Department of Health and Human Services to stop efforts to block women's access to basic reproductive health services. Submit your comments now:

http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=vTtJKFXviNlyCJRjY8snFw..

The public comment period on these insidious regulations is open until September 20.

That's all the time we have to generate a massive public outcry. Take action now:

http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=PmEg-iHBGoUOHA0bz-BiXQ..

At a time when more and more Americans are either uninsured or struggling with the soaring costs of health care, the federal government should be expanding access to important health services, not undermining existing protections or interfering in programs that have successfully provided services for years.

Please act right now. The deadline on public comments is fast approaching, and we have to generate intense opposition to these dangerous regulations. After you take action, please forward this email to your friends and family who care about equal access to health care.

Thanks for standing with us.

Sincerely,

Louise Melling, Director

ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project


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