How do you get started?
Because members of Congress want to hear from their constituents, it is relatively straightforward to set up a meeting. We’ve broken it down into 5 simple steps:
1. Go by yourself, gather a group of friends who support reproductive freedom, or let us know you’re willing to be connected with members in your district!
3. Click on the name identified as your elected to go to their website.
4. Call the number for the office location closest to you, identify yourself as a constituent, and ask to schedule a meeting during the August recess.
5. Download the WHPA fact sheet and go lobby your member of Congress!
Tips for the meeting:
You should use the meeting to connect with your representative and convey why reproductive freedom and this bill are important to you.
During the meeting, you should be prepared to tell a brief personal story about your connection to this issue, why it motivated you to meet with your representative, and why this Supreme Court case underscores the need to pass WHPA.
Your job is to put a human face on your issues, not to be a political expert!
What do you do once the meeting is over?
Once your meeting is complete, fill out this report back form.
It is used by our government relations team to confirm that we have the votes we need to pass legislation and so that we can follow up with offices to thank them for their support and/or answer any questions.
Other asks you could make in your meeting:
In addition to asking your member of Congress to commit to voting YES on the Women’s Health Protection Act, you could ask them to support one other federal bill.
If you’re interested in making two asks, you can choose a second ask out of the choices below based on other issues important to you:
1. Support the Black Maternal Health MOMNIBUS (H.R.959), which is a package of 12 bills that seek to remedy the severe racial and other disparities in maternal health and mortality in the United States.
2. Support the HEAL for Immigrant Families Act (H.R. 3149), which supports access to healthcare for immigrant communities.
3. Support the Do No Harm Act (H.R. 1378), which clarifies that another federal law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, was enacted to protect the constitutional rights of religious minorities and it cannot be misused to discriminate, undermine access to health care, or otherwise harm others.