January 9, 2017
Thank you for your support last year and leading into 2017! We are grateful for your commitment to advancing the sexual health and rights for all people whether through your engagement, expertise, advocacy, or contributions to SIECUS.
In the first week of 2017 alone, we’ve already seen just how critical this commitment will be to protect policies and resources that support a sexually healthy nation.
Since the swearing-in of the 115th Congress on January 3, the Senate Majority introduced a Budget Resolution setting in motion the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act while making toothless promises to replace it in 2–3 years. And just this past Thursday, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan confirmed that these efforts will include attempts to defund health care at Planned Parenthood.
Additionally, with nearly two-thirds of the state legislative sessions already underway, we know the fights are also closer to home. Already in Kentucky, we’ve seen the advancement of an anti-abortion bill in their Senate and in Missouri, a bill has been introduced to prohibit transgender students from using the restroom consistent with their gender identity.
We know these attacks on sexual and reproductive health and rights are nothing new, but their frequency and intensity will continue in the coming months.
Join us in our resolve to fight even harder to protect the sexual health and well-being for all by staying informed, spreading the word, and making sure your voice is heard. Sharing emails like these, responding to future action alerts, and following SIECUS on Facebook or Twitter for timely updates is a great start to building our collective knowledge and power.