27 September 2010

Help NLIRH Ensure Contraception is Prevention in Health Reform Law

Coverage for contraception is still on shaky ground as the health care reform laws are beginning to be enacted. The US Department of Health and Human Services is currently in the process of determining what “preventive services” means, and birth control is one of the most hotly contested arenas. For you and the women you love, this means that women still have to fight for the right to fair and equitable health care in this country. And with the backlash against health care reform growing, we all need to support the work of our colleagues at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) who fight to bring systemic and lasting change through the new law.

Help them in their quest. Call your representatives to demand that prevention is defined to include birth control.
NLIRH makes it easy: learn who to contact and what to say from their site. For more information, read their Contraception is Prevention: Birth Control and the New Health Care Law, fact sheet [pdf]. Ensuring that contraceptives are included in basic preventive care is fundamental to securing all women’s right to health.

The Ms. Foundation’s continued support to NLIRH, ensures that the health of women and families is a focus of major policy decisions on Capitol Hill. NLIRH was one of only three reproductive justice organizations invited by the Obama Administration’s transition team to participate and contribute recommendations for the President’s reproductive rights agenda. Since then, NLIRH has led coalition efforts to shape real change through health care reform implementation.

Help us support organizations like NILRH that are doing amazing work advocating for reproductive health for population that are often underrepresented at policy and decision-making tables. Join the movement for reproductive justice and help us support reproductive justice organizations led by women of color!

Before December 1, 2010, your contributions to our reproductive justice work will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling your impact. Donate Now – Double Your Impact

Sunny Daly
Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager
Ms. Foundation for Women

Photo by Elizabeth Rappaport, march for immigration reform (detail), Washington, DC, March 2010.

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