Our chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, just sent an email on the dangerous effort by House Republicans to "wage a war on women's health and freedom" through the incorrectly named Protect Life Act. Read the chair's email, watch her video message, and find out how you can fight back against the Republican-led attack on women's rights:
Guess what House Republicans are focused on.
Are they pushing through legislation to get Americans back to work? No. Are they fighting to improve our education system? Nope. Perhaps they're too busy repairing America's roads and bridges, making vital investments in infrastructure? Wrong again.
They're using their majority in Congress to wage a war on women's health and freedom.
Last week, they passed the Protect Life Act, which is curiously named since it does precisely the opposite. This bill would override core patient protections and allow hospitals to legally deny life-saving treatment to women.
You read that right: It would actually allow hospitals to let women die without treatment.
I spoke out against this bill last week in Congress, and I recorded a message for you, too.
If this bill were to become law, it could mean the difference between life and death. Just ask my colleague, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who testified earlier this year about needing an emergency late-term abortion.
She told us, "I was pregnant, I was miscarrying, and I was bleeding. If I had to go from one emergency room to the next, who knows if I would be here today."
This is a bill that would deny women in Jackie's position critical care and put their lives in danger.
Democrats will be on the front line -- fighting back and holding Republicans accountable -- from now until next November. The Women's Leadership Forum will support that work at every step, and we need you to join the fight.
This latest bill is just one more example of why we Democrats do what we do. We work to protect the rights of women, children, and families when others won't. And we focus on the issues that middle-class families are concerned about.
If Republicans truly care about protecting life, they can work with the Democrats to rebuild our nation's economy, put Americans back to work, and improve everyone's lives.
But instead, we get this -- a bill that does nothing to address the financial crisis or create jobs, but only serves to rile up their base and chip away at women's rights. And they think they'll get away with it.
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