End the lies

Every day in America, women in search of vital health services are deceived by fake women’s health centers masquerading as abortion clinics. At today’s meeting, we learned that even here in San Francisco, women who need contraception or abortions are tricked by misleading advertising into visiting fake “health” clinics, where they are told outright lies about their options.

Now, the FACT Act, which requires these facilities to post basic information about the medical training (or lack thereof) of their staff, is under attack, and the Supreme Court is about to hand down a decision about whether California can regulate these fake women’s health centers. This is the first abortion-related case to be decided under this court.

Meanwhile, the “domestic gag rule” attack on Title X is moving forward nationally, forcing real medical providers to lie by omission about abortions, while loosening restrictions on fake health centers so they can continue to push anti-choice lies and propaganda. No policy this extreme has ever been implemented in the United States before — and the consequences could be devastating. Many patients — a significant number of whom are people of color — would be cut off entirely from reproductive care.

We’re facing a huge threat to reproductive freedom. We need to fight like our rights and lives depend on it, because they do.


TWO THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Sign up to attend a rally at City Hall, hosted by NARAL Pro-Choice California, on the day of the Supreme Court decision, and share the link with your friends.

Send a public comment to the Department of Health and Human Services, demanding they drop the gag rule. Get talking points here.


STAND UP SF AND THE 2018 ELECTIONS


Today, we discussed with Stand Up SF members how we can best use our time between now and November. Without a Democratic majority in Congress, we will continue to hear from our representatives that there isn’t much we can do to stop the GOP from continuing to erode our rights, so Indivisible national is urging all groups to focus on activities that will flip seats.

Among our members, there was a broad consensus that getting out the vote is crucial right now, and should even take precedence over our MoC visits for the moment. Leadership will be discussing our next steps and will keep you posted. Meanwhile, if you have thoughts on this issue, your voice is welcome at policy@standupsf.net


RECENT ACTIONS


Read our report from our 6/6 action with Senator Harris’ office. Find other action reports, talking points, and more in our Public Library.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team in Tracy
Canvassing is the most effective way to get Democratic votes! Join us:
Saturday, June 16
11am – 4pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201
Tracy CA
REGISTER NOW and we’ll follow up with details.

Brown Bag Brunch with Feinstein Staff
Tuesday, June 19
10:30am – 11:30am
301 Mission Street, lobby area – note new address!
REGISTER NOW

Fireside Chat with Pelosi Staff
Wednesday, June 27
6pm – 7pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St.
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