The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled that Ohio can defund Planned Parenthood because the organization performs abortions. In response, national prochoice organizing project #VOTEPROCHOICE’s co-founder Heidi Sieck issued the following statement: “Today we are one step closer to becoming a forced birth nation”
“Oklahoma State Senator Joseph Silk is trying to turn America into a forced birth nation. State Senator Silk just introduced legislation to make abortion a felony homicide punishable by life in prison — this is unconscionable and we cannot let this stand” - statement from #VOTEPROCHOICE co-founder Heidi Sieck
“The confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh is a fight for the moral compass of our nation and the kind of government we want to have for generations to come. We must learn from the mistakes of 1991, when both Republicans and Democrats shamed, demeaned, and ignored Anita Hill for speaking up about sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas,” said Heidi Sieck, coalition organizer and cofounder of #VOTEPROCHOICE.
“Conservatives on the Senate Judiciary Committee have scheduled confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh on September 4 — 6 before the next Supreme Court session starts on October 1. Their goal is clear: to confirm this Supreme Court Justice so they can control our bodies, to let this President get away with anything, and to change the course of our country for generations to come. We cannot let them win.”
We must fight to protect reproductive freedom as if our lives depend on it—because they do. The end of Roe v. Wade will not mean an end to abortion—only an end to safe abortion. We have seen what happens when abortion is illegal: lives are lost, bodies are mangled, families are destroyed, and most of all, women are controlled. The upcoming midterm elections will be a referendum on reproductive freedom and control. Every elected representatives must stand with the 72% of Americans who support the right to choose, or they can stand on the wrong side of history--and be voted out come November.”
NowThis interviewed #VOTEPROCHOICE's CEO + Co-Founder Heidi Sieck on Justice Kennedy's announcement that he is retiring & what this means for Roe v Wade.
NowThis interviewed CEO + Co-founder Heidi Sieck on our need for Reproductive Freedom in America
Since Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court in 1973, reproductive rights have been losing ground on every front. In 2017 alone, 19 states adopted 63 new restrictions on abortion rights and access. States have enacted 401 abortion restrictions since January 2011. The last seven years account for 34% of the 1,193 abortion restrictions enacted by states since the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in Roe v. Wade. 58% of American women of reproductive age now live in a state considered either hostile or extremely hostile to abortion rights.