Michelle Obama: Stand up for birth control!

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"First Lady Michelle Obama, please make a public stand supporting access to no-cost birth control for all women.

The medical community agrees that no-cost birth control is essential preventive care that will help women and children live healthier lives. As the most ardent supporter of policies that promote healthier Americans, it makes sense for you to weigh in on these preventive health care guidelines."
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Protect access to birth control for all women!

Dear Friend,

Last week, the White House signaled that President Obama may be dangerously close to caving to anti-woman activists and blocking access to birth control for millions of women.1

CREDO has already delivered over 100,000 petition signatures to President Obama, and activists like you have made over 1,600 calls to the White House asking that President Obama protect access to birth control for all women by refusing to overturn the guidelines he approved that require insurance coverage for birth control with no co-pays.

The fact that the president has not yet granted a loophole to deny free birth control to millions of women is a direct result of calls and petition signatures from activists like you.

But we need to increase the pressure — and one way is to reach out directly to First Lady Michelle Obama to ask her to come out in support of the existing guidelines that make no-cost birth control available as part of healthcare reform and in opposition to any changes that would restrict access to birth control for millions of women.

Ask First Lady Michelle Obama: Make a public stand supporting access to no-cost birth control for all women. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

If President Obama caves to the demands of the radical anti-contraception activists, certain employers like universities and hospitals that have a religious affiliation will be allowed to prevent their female students and employees from having access to the same health care as every other woman in America.

Although Michelle Obama does not usually weigh in on her husband's policy decisions, she has been a vocal supporter of programs that help promote healthy living — including her campaigns to take on childhood obesity and promote nutritious eating.

The medical community agrees that better access to birth control means healthier women and children — And Kathleen Sebelius, the director of HHS, said that providing birth control at no cost to women should be like "covering flu shots."2

Access to no-cost birth control is a fundamental aspect of helping women live healthier lives. And as the most ardent supporter of policies that promote healthier Americans, it makes sense for the First Lady to weigh in on these preventive health care guidelines.

Ask First Lady Michelle Obama: Support access to no-cost birth control for all women. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

What's more, before her husband was elected president, Michelle Obama worked as an administrator of a large hospital in Chicago — so she knows how important it is for hardworking nurses and other women health care workers to have the access to full preventative care, no matter who their employer might be.

The anti-woman lobby is small but incredibly powerful. We know that President Obama has had private meetings with leaders from extremist and anti-woman U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops who are pressuring him to restrict access to birth control. There is already a religious exemption that covers churches and other places of worship from offering birth control as part of health insurance. This new push to radically broaden that exemption is nothing more than a thinly veiled attack on contraception.

It would be an immensely powerful move for the First Lady to come out in support of no-cost birth control for women. Her endorsement of the current rules would help provide an even stronger balance to the anti-woman forces who are already lobbying the President.

Ask First Lady Michelle Obama: Support access to no-cost birth control for all women. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Thank you for speaking out in support of protecting women's health.

Ali Rozell, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. "In Press Conference, Carney Reveals White House Just. Does. Not. Get. It. on Contraceptive Coverage," Jodi Jacobson, RH Reality Check, 11-30-2011.
2. "New U.S. rules require insurance coverage for contraception," N.C. Aizenman, The Washington Post, 8-1-2011.


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