Episode 23 Action Items

Want to get involved in policies affecting sex education?

Find out what your local school district policy is related to sex ed, and find out if these policies are actually being enacted in your schools!

Access resources through Advocates for Youth and SEICUS.

Check out the Guttmacher Institute for more information on sex education around the country.

Find out what you school board policy for sex education is. Run for school board! Let your school board members know why sex education is important to you.

Make sure your Senators and House representatives know you care about funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and PREP, and that you would like them to continue as they were founded 8 years ago. You can also let them know that you’re tired of money being wasted on abstinence related programs that aren’t effective. Go to town halls! Contact legislators at 202-224-3121 at the Capitol Switchboard.

Most importantly, vote on November 6th! Let’s make comprehensive sex education the new norm!

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Episode 22 Action Items

Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court would be disastrous for reproductive rights around the country.

Call your Senators and urge them to stand up and save Roe! You can write op-eds, blog posts, letters to the editor, and social media posts using the hashtags #SaveSCOTUS #ProtectRoe #WhatsAtStake and #StopKavanaugh. Contact the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

You can also write a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee—all letters written to them become searchable public record.

Go to your Senator’s town halls before the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation vote and urge them to vote no.

Find mobilization efforts in your area that are put on by organizations like NWLC and Indivisible. These include protests, events, rallies, and demonstrations.

Follow Center for Reproductive Rights on Twitter and Facebook.

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Episode 21 Action Items

Worried about the future of Title X in the United States? You should be. Take part and start by talking to policymakers and members of congress. You can call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or find your Senators and House members on social media! Use the hashtag #NoGagRule and tell everyone how you feel about Trump’s proposed domestic gag rule. 

Get in touch with local representatives (mayor, governor, state legislator, etc) and highlight the importance of family planning in your community!

Google Title X and look up health centers near you. You can donate, leave a card, or volunteer.

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Episode 20 Action Items

At just 18, Meghla Akter wants to help other girls and boys who may be facing early and child marriage. Interested in learning more about Meghla's work? Check out the VICE article The Teenager Fighting Against Child Marriage in Bangladesh. You can also check out World Vision

If you want to learn more about child marriage rates in Bangladesh, check out Girls Not Brides' info page here. You can also visit Girls Not Brides for information on child marriage throughout the world. 

Use the hashtag #EndChildMarriage on social media and spread the message that it is far past time the practice of child marriage comes to a close. 

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Episode 17 Action Items

If you’re concerned about child marriage around the world, call your member of congress and tell them that this is an issue that is important to you. The Capitol Switchboard is 202-224-3121. 

S. 1171, The Keeping Girls in School Act, is a bill in the Senate that works to describe the barriers to a girl’s education, including SRHR barriers. The House will hopefully introduce the same or similar bill soon. Contact your House representatives and urge them to do so. 

Foreign assistance funding is very much at risk, and this includes funding that goes towards ending child marriage and supporting adolescent girls. Let your members of congress know that you support increased funding for foreign assistance. 

Follow CARE on Facebook and Twitter in order to stay updated on their child marriage work. 

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Episode 16 Action Items

Follow Planned Parenthood Federation of America on Facebook and Twitter.

Sign up to be a part of a core group of activists, supporters, and patients who fight to defend reproductive rights, expand access to health care, and protect those who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers for care with Planned Parenthood Defenders Program

You can also join Planned Parenthood’s email list to get regular updates on the reproductive health fight. 

Currently, the ‘domestic gag rule,’ is under a public comment period. You can file a public comment through Planned Parenthood here! 

You can also keep track of all the actions the Trump Pence Administration is taking to attack reproductive health and rights at Tracking Trump!

And as always, contact your members of Congress and tell them why comprehensive reproductive health and rights access around the world is important to you. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

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Episode 15 Action Items

Concerned about the fate of PEPFAR and its far-reaching global health benefits?

Contact your member of Congress! Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committee will decide funding levels for a range of programs soon, including PEPFAR. Tell them that you support global health funding for HIV/AIDS, PEPFAR, and reproductive health!

Here’s a list of Senators and House Members on the Committee on Appropriations.

Support the Global Health Empowerment and Rights (HER) Act, and tell your members of Congress to do the same! For more information on the Global HER Act, click here for the House and here for the Senate.

Follow Planned Parenthood on Twitter and Facebook!  

For more information on the Global Gag Rule, check out the fifth episode of RePROsFightBack!

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Episode 14 Action Items

Want to learn more about reproductive health and the LGBTQ+ community? 

Here's a link to National LGBTQ Taskforce's Queering Repro Justice Toolkit

Check out the National LGBTQ Taskforce's report Rethinking LGBTQ Policy Series: Policy Recommendations for Gun Violence Prevention Using a Racial, Disability, and LGBTQ Justice Framework to learn more about gun violence within the LGBTQ community. 

Follow The National LGBTQ TaskForce on Twitter and Facebook .

Follow Candace Bond-Theriault on Twitter.

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Episode 13 Action Items

Want to learn more about sex worker’s access to healthcare?

Check out Amnesty International’s Report, Sex Workers at Risk: A Research Summary on Human Rights Abuses Against Sex Workers.  

You can also check out CHANGE’s report, All Women, All Rights: Sex Workers Included.

Follow Advocates for Youth on Facebook  and Twitter here.

Follow Preston Mitchum on Twitter here, or email Preston at preston@advocatesforyouth.org.

More From Amnesty International:

Body Politics: A Campaign Toolkit.

An overview of Amnesty’s policy on the rights of sex workers, including case studies and links. 

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Episode 12 Action Items

A health care provider’s religious beliefs should never determine the care a patient receives. Are you concerned about religious refusals and what it means for the healthcare of people around the country?

Let your Senators and Representatives know that you oppose refusals by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

Follow National Women’s Law Center on Twitter and Facebook and stay up to date with their information on religious refusals.

Check out these pieces on religious refusals to learn even more:

Trump is Using Judicial Nominations to Advance His Anti-Woman, Anti-LGBTQ Agenda

Refusals to Provide Health Care Threaten the Health and Lives of Patients Nationwide

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Episode 11 Action Items

It is National Black Maternal Health Week! It is incredibly important to lift up organizations that work to address these issues. Many programs are largely led by women of color that want to ensure black women and other women of color have positive birth experiences.

Follow Black Mamas Matter on Facebook and Twitter.

Follow National Birth Equity Collaborative on Facebook .

Follow Jamila’s organization, Center for American Progress on Facebook and Twitter.

Share your stories on Twitter and Facebook, spread the word and increase awareness of black women’s maternal health using #BlackMamasMatter, #BlackMaternalHealthWeek and #BMHW18!

Get out and vote in the primaries and the general election! Support women running for office in your state, and those who support reproductive health and rights.

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Episode 10 Action Items

Interested in helping to combat female genital mutilation/cutting?

Follow Population Council on Facebook and Twitter for updates on their fight against FGM/C. Check out Population  Council’s compendium of FGM/C data here .

You can also follow Tostan on Facebook and Twitter.

Still want to do more? Visit change.org to find FGM/C petitions to sign. Here are some to get you started: 

End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting by 2030: Invest in Research, and Support in Asia

End Female Genital Mutilation in India

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Episode 9 Action Items

Want to learn more about gender-based violence? Check out Amnesty International’s 2017/2018 report here

Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and tell your Senators and Representatives what gender-based violence means to you. Contact your state representatives, too!

For more information on the International Violence Against Women Act, click here for the Senate and here for the House of Representatives.

Follow Amnesty International on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on their progress combating gender-based violence! 

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Episode 8 Action Items

When a person crosses a border, they still carry fundamental human rights- like the right to a full range of health care, including reproductive health and family planning.

Feeling particularly inspired after this week’s RePROsFightBack episode? Sign the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health’s petition calling for Scott Lloyd’s removal as Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Follow the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health on Twitter @NLIRH and on Facebook at National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Use the hashtag #LloydMustGo and #JusticeforJane to share your thoughts on social media.

Head on over to http://www.1in3campaign.org and check out Advocates for Youth’s 1 in 3 Campaign, where people share their abortion stories freely. This year's campaign was #JusticeForJane themed.

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Episode 7 Action Items

UNFPA provides critical health services in over 150 countries, including family planning, pre & post natal care, and HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention. U.S. support for UNFPA over the last 45 years has embodied what remains true today: investing in the health and rights of girls and women – and empowering them to plan their families and their futures – yields direct returns to the U.S.

Call your Senators and Representatives and let them know how important funding for UNFPA really is! Write a letter or call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

 You can also use the hastag #FundUNFPA and share your thoughts, stories, or some of our sample tweets on Twitter!

Keep up to date with UNFPA’s campaigns, missions, and news by following @UNFPA on Twitter and UNFPA on Facebook.

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Episode 6 Action Items

Attacking abortion access won’t make abortion disappear, but it will make the procedure unsafe, put women’s lives at risk, and cause extreme health disparities.

Contact your federal and state legislators! 20-week abortion bans and Heartbeat bans often appear at the federal level, but legislation surrounding admitting privileges and TRAP laws are state-based. To contact Congress, call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or write a letter.

Follow Dr. Jamila Perritt on Twitter @reprorightsdoc, and follow Physicians for Reproductive Health on Twitter @prhdocs and on Facebook at Physicians for Reproductive Health.

Push back against abortion stigma and shame by telling your story! Join Advocates For Youth’s 1 in 3 Campaign Speakout and be an abortion storyteller. The Speakout will be airing on www.1in3campaign.org on February 27 at 1pm.

You can also tweet your abortion story using #ShoutYourAbortion and access other stories here: https://shoutyourabortion.com/

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Episode 5 Action Items

Women and girls around the world have a right to comprehensive health care, and that includes reproductive health services.

Make Congress more aware of the dangers of the expanded Global Gag Rule! Contact your representatives and tell them to co-sponsor H.R. 671- The HER Act, and tell your senators to co-sponsor S. 210- The Global Health, Empowerment and Rights Act. You can find more information about the Global HER Act here: http://www.genderhealth.org/the_issues/us_foreign_policy/global_her_act/.

Follow Center for Health and Gender Equity on Facebook and Twitter @genderhealth, and use the hashtag #TrumpGlobalGag on Twitter to share your thoughts!

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Episode 4 Action Items

There’s no question that access to birth control is currently under attack. Double check your insurance policy and make sure your personal birth control method is covered. If it isn’t covered or you have reason to believe you might lose coverage, contact CoverHer (NWLC) at 1-866-745-5487 or find more information here: https://nwlc.org/coverher/.

Let your representatives and senators know that you oppose the rollback of the ACA’s birth control benefit by writing a letter or calling the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.

You can also use the hashtags #HandsOffMyBC and #LicensetoDiscriminate when sharing your opinion and telling your story online!

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