This June, the Wisconsin assembly passed two terrible anti-choice bills, AB 216 and AB 217. These bills are now expected to pass the Senate, which will be in session November 5-14. The first bill, AB 216, would prohibit state employees from receiving insurance coverage for abortion services. It would also allow religious organizations to refuse contraception coverage to their employees under their insurance plans. The second bill, AB 217, would allow the mother, father, or grandparent of an “unborn child” to sue physicians that perform certain types of abortions. You can read more about the bills here.
If these two bills pass, Wisconsin women will have to tackle even more obstacles in order to access abortion services and affordable birth control.
I have already contacted some of our amazing student leaders in Wisconsin to spread the word about these two bills and the implications they have for Wisconsin women; if you are in the Wisconsin area, here are some great ways that you can take action:
- Arrange a call-in where students gather together and call Wisconsin representatives to tell them that you do not support these bills.
- Send an e-mail to your student Listserv with a draft e-mail opposing the two bills so that students can send this e-mail to their legislators.
- Perform class pitches or create fliers to tell other students about the bills and their negative implications for Wisconsin women.
- Arrange a group visit to the office of your representative to take a stand against the bill.
- Take photos of students on campus with signs saying “I Stand against AB 216 and AB 217” and post them online as well as e-mailing them to your legislator.
Call me at (703) 522-2214 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get involved in the fight for Wisconsin women’s rights and create a plan of action.