Meryl Streep Invites all Americans to Protect Women’s Rights & “Draw The Line”
Hollywood heavy hitters join the Center for Reproductive Rights today and take on GOP efforts to end abortion and stop the Obama administration’s birth control mandate in the US.
In a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign supported by an online Bill of Reproductive Rights petition, Meryl Streep and a slew of other celebrities call on all Americans to protect every woman’s fundamental “human right” to safe reproductive health care.
The idea they say is to “draw the line” and block anti-choice politicians from turning back the clock on the reproductive rights of American women.
“Every day, the opponents of our fundamental reproductive rights are passing laws designed to take those rights away,” says Meryl Streep in her powerful PSA.
“They’re shutting down doctors and clinics across the nation. They’re making it nearly impossible for millions of women to get the essential healthcare they need.”
In a separate PSA, Six Degrees of Separation star Kevin Bacon and Closer actress Kyra Sedgwick join the conversation on the findametal rights of women, along with Lisa Kudrow, Tea Leoni, Amy Poehler and Sarah Silverman.
“Over the last few years, the increasingly relentless and hostile nature of the attacks on women’s reproductive rights have been on full display—underscoring just how critical it is for Americans to take action and demand these rights be recognized as fundamental,” notes Nancy Northup, president and CEO at the Center for Reproductive Rights.
“It’s time that a women’s right to safe and accessible reproductive health care be safeguarded from the political tactics of those who seek to chip it away. It’s time for women and men to send a strong message to lawmakers across the country that we are drawing the line.”
The Bill of Reproductive Rights states:
We the people of the United States hereby assert the following as fundamental “human rights” that no government may deny and that our governments at every level must guarantee and safeguard for all.
- The right to make our own decision about our reproductive health and future, free from intrusion or coercion by any government group or individual.
- The right to a full range of safe, affordable and readily accessible reproductive health care (services) including pregnancy care, preventive services, contraception, abortion and fertility treatment – and accurate information about all of the above.
- The right to be free from discrimination in access to reproductive health care or on the basis of our reproductive decisions.
The Center for Reproductive Rights is a powerful international organization fighting for freedom of choice and the reproductive rights of women across the globe. The Center can be located on Facebook at: Facebook.com/ReproductiveRights and on Twitter at: Twitter.com/ReproRights
According to their mission statement, “reproductive freedom lies at the heart of the promise of human dignity, self-determination and equality embodied in both the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” The Center claims to be working toward a time when that promise is enshrined in US law and throughout the world.
Originally posted on October 10, 2012 @ 4:36 am