Abortion is health care.

Repeal the Helms Amendment.

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Hey President Biden, your budget must be free from Helms because abortion is essential health care

It is past time to end policies like the Helms Amendment that are anti-rights and rooted in racism and colonialism. U.S. assistance programs should provide access to quality, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care services for all people, including access to safe, legal and accessible abortion care.

President Biden can act now by ensuring that his budget is free from abortion restrictions, including the Helms Amendment.

Join us in a TWITTER STORM on Wednesday, 19 May at 3:00 PM EDT to call upon the Biden Administration to unveil a budget that is free from Helms and all abortion funding restrictions.

What’s the Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act? It is legislation that removes the Helms Amendment from statute and replaces it with proactive language stating that U.S. funding shall be used to provide comprehensive reproductive health-care services and information, including abortion services, training, and equipment. The Bill was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 9, 2021, in commemoration of International Women’s Day, by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and bill co-leads Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Norma Torres (D-CA) and Marilyn Strickland (D-WA).

HANDLES:

Sponsor: Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL): @janschakowsky

Original cosponsors

  1. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA): @RepBarbaraLee
  2. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA): @RepSpeier
  3. Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA): @RepPressley
  4. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO): @RepDianaDeGette
  5. Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA): @NormaJTorres
  6. Rep. Marilyn Strickland (D-WA): @RepStricklandWA

Organization handles:
@GlobalJusticeC,  @IpasOrg, @popconnect,@SRHRforAll, @UltraViolet

Others:
@WhiteHouseGPC @OMBPress @POTUS

HASHTAGS:

Main Hashtag: #RepealHelms  

Secondary Hashtags #Reprojustice #HelmsHurts

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Congress must pass spending bills free from Helms and all abortion funding restrictions

If the US wants to be a leader in promoting #SRHR then Congress must pass spending bills free from all abortion funding restrictions, including the racist and harmful #HelmsAmendment. 

The Helms Amendment prevents millions of individuals around the world from being able to exercise their #reprorights, including abortion, & deprives them of the care they want and need. We urge Congress to act NOW & pass spending bills free from abortion funding restrictions.

President Biden – To be a champion of SRHR your budget must be free from Helms

Hey @POTUS! It’s time to keep your word and make the US a champion of #SRHR. You can act NOW by making sure your budget is free from abortion funding restrictions, including the racist #HelmsAmendment

US policies deny millions of people access to #reprohealth services, including abortion, and cause countless maternal deaths. @POTUS can change this by ensuring the presidential budget is free from the #HelmsAmendment. It is time for the US to be a leader in #reprojustice

Repeal Helms now! Pass the Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act

If the US wants to promote #SRHR and stop people dying from unsafe abortions, Congress must act NOW and pass the Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act.  It is time for the US to stop controlling Black & brown bodies through US dollars. #RepealHelms.

The Helms Amendment is a direct impediment to reducing maternal deaths due to unsafe abortions, empowering women, promoting gender equality & upholding #humanrights. Congress must  pass the Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act & #RepealHelms 

The Helms Amendment is: 

  • Anti-maternal health
  • Anti- empowering women
  • Anti- gender equality
  • Anti- #humanrights

Congress must pass the Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act & prove that the U.S. is anti-Helms. #RepealHelms 

FACT: For nearly 50 years, #HelmsAmendment has denied Black & brown people living overseasaccess to abortion services. It is time to tear down racist US policies: We urge Congress to pass the Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act & #RepealHelms.

Abortion is Health Care- Repeal the Helms Amendment

Annually, there are more than 35 million unsafe abortions worldwide that lead to millions of injuries & tens of thousands of preventable maternal deaths. The #HelmsAmendment exacerbates this crisis. It is time for change. It is time to #RepealHelms because #AbortionIsEssential

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It is time to #RepealHelms

Everyone—including people in low-to-middle income countries—has a right to comprehensive #SRH care,including access to abortion services. We urge @POTUS to ensure the budget is free from abortion restrictions because abortion is health care. #RepealHelms

If the US were to #RepealHelms, globally there would be 17,000 fewer maternal deaths & 12 million fewer women who have abortion-related complications requiring medical treatment each year. #HelmsHurts gu.tt/HelmsImpact

Shout out  to Bill sponsors


Thank you @Janschakowsky @RepDianaDeGette @RepSpeier @RepBarbaraLee @RepPressley @NormaJTorres @RepStricklandWA for moving to repeal the Helms Amendment that has harmed communities around the world. Everyone deserves the safety and dignity of basic health care- abortion is health care #RepealHelms
It is time to #RepealHelms

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We urge President Biden to support the reproductive health and rights of people living overseas. 

U.S. policies like the Helms Amendment are anti-rights and rooted in racism and colonialism. It is time for U.S. assistance programs to provide access to quality, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care services for all people, including access to abortion care.

President Biden can act now by ensuring that his budget is free from abortion restrictions, including the Helms Amendment.

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If the US is serious about promoting and protecting sexual and reproductive rights, the Biden administration must:

  1. Ensure the budget is FREE from abortion funding restrictions, including the Helms Amendment.
  2. Urge Congress to pass the Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act

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Have you noticed that more and more people are saying that abortion is health care?  

We have! 

So let’s make that happen. We urge the Biden administration to ensure the budget is free from all abortion funding restrictions. And, to take it one step further—so everyone can access abortion services, no matter where they live—Congress should repeal the Helms Amendment.

 After all, we all deserve the right to make fundamental decisions about our health and body.