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Rep. Barbara Lee: Time to end the Hyde Amendment

The war on women isn’t over.

Nearly every day, there is a new unconscionable attack designed to restrict access to abortion. The oldest of these attacks is the Hyde Amendment, which Congress adds each year to strip women of their fundamental right to access all of their health care options. The amendment prevents women who receive their health insurance through the federal government from receiving abortion coverage.

It is clear that these attacks have one goal: preventing women, especially low-income women and women of color, from making the best health care decision for themselves and their families. This needs to stop.

Today, we start pushing back. Today, we make it clear that every woman has a right to make her own health care decisions, especially with such an important decision as whether to become a parent.


Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, and Diana DeGette, introduce EACH WOMAN ACT

Just introduced new bill to ensure poor women can access their constitutional rights to reproductive care


Politicians should NEVER be allowed to interfere in a woman’s personal health decisions or restrict her choices because of income

No matter how a woman is insured she should have the right to make her own decisions

EACH woman, every option
With the just-introduced but long overdue EACH Woman Act – sponsored by Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) -- every woman will be allowed to make the choices in her pregnancy that are best for her and her family, without interference from lawmakers. This policy is supported by a majority in our country. For the AAPI community, this is a no-brainer— the majority of AAPIs believe a woman’s decision to get an abortion is a private matter, not one for political interference. Under the EACH Woman Act, insurance coverage of abortion will no longer be a political pawn in Congressional floor debates, or subject to the moral doctrines of anti-choice legislators.


Life’s most personal decisions – such as when to become a parent – should be just that. But far too often politicians interfere in this most personal decision by banning insurance coverage for abortion care.

That’s why I introduced the EACH Woman Act. It ensures health coverage of abortion for every woman regardless of what she earns or where she lives. Essentially, this bill would repeal Hyde Amendment provisions that prevent a woman from accessing all of her health care options just because she is poor.


Martin Sheen to Host and Narrate Siegelman Film

We are happy to announce that Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now, The West Wing) is now attached to the Killing Atticus Finch project as narrator and host.

“We are honored to have such a venerated actor and activist as a key part of both our fundraising efforts and film production. Mr. Sheen has one of the most recognizable voices in the world, and will add a powerful ring of truth to the travesty of justice involved in Gov. Siegelman’s case,” said Steve Wimberly, the film’s director.

With Mr. Sheen’s involvement, the film project,Killing Atticus Finch, is building momentum. The film's producers, Academy Award winner, Maria Forio, and accomplished actor and activist, Mimi Kennedy, hope to raise enough money in the coming weeks to go directly into production.

To see our updated trailer with Martin Sheen go to Killing Atticus Finch - WATCH THE TRAILER.


WEEKLY ADDRESS: The Affordable Care Act is Here to Stay

Source: White House

In this week's address, the President called the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act a victory for hardworking Americans across the country, whose lives are more secure because of this law. The Affordable Care Act is working, and it is here to stay. So far more than 16 million uninsured Americans have gained coverage. Nearly one in three Americans who was uninsured a few years ago is insured today. The uninsured rate in America is the lowest since we began to keep such records. With this case behind us, the President reaffirmed his commitment to getting more people covered and making health care in America even better and more affordable.

Read more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/06/27/weekly-address-affordable-care-act-here-stay

Five years ago, we finally declared that in America, health care is not a privilege for a few, but a right for all. And this week, after more than fifty votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law; after a Presidential election based in part on preserving or repealing this law; after multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court, we can now say this for certain: the Affordable Care Act still stands, it is working, and it is here to stay.

On Thursday, when the Court upheld a critical part of the Affordable Care Act, it was a victory for hardworking Americans all across this country whose lives are more secure because of this law. This law means that if you’re a parent, you can keep your kids on your plan until they turn 26. If you’re a senior, or an American with a disability, this law gives you discounts on your prescriptions. You can’t be charged more just because you’re a woman. And you can’t be discriminated against just for having a pre-existing condition.

This law is working exactly as it’s supposed to – and in some ways, better than we expected it to. So far more than 16 million uninsured Americans have gained coverage. Nearly one in three Americans who was uninsured a few years ago is insured today. The uninsured rate in America is the lowest since we began to keep such records.

The law has helped hold the price of health care to its slowest growth in 50 years. If your family gets insurance through the workplace, not through the Affordable Care Act, you’re paying about $1,800 less per year on average than you would be if trends before this law had continued – which is good for workers and it's good for the economy.

The point is, this is not some abstract political debate. For all the misinformation campaigns, and doomsday predictions; for all the talk of death panels and job destruction; for all the repeal attempts – this law is helping tens of millions of Americans. This isn’t just about Obamacare. This is health care in America.

With this case behind us, we’re going to keep working to make health care in America even better and more affordable, and to get more people covered. But it is time to stop refighting battles that have been settled again and again. It’s time to move on.

Because as Americans, we don’t go backwards, we move forwards. We take care of each other. We root for one another’s success. We strive to do better, to be better, than the generation before us, and we try to build something better for the generation coming behind us. With this behind us, let’s come together and keep building something better right now.

This couple waited to get married over 50 years and today they can make their love official.


Adorable couple together for 55 years marry as Texas AG blasts Supreme Court ruling


WaPo: Bernie Sanders packs thousands into a Denver gymnasium

Bernie Sanders, who’s emerged as Hillary Rodham Clinton’s chief rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, drew an estimated 4,500 people to the University of Denver on Saturday night for what appeared to be one of the largest political rallies of the 2016 cycle.

Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist senator from Vermont, delivered a fiery speech in a packed university gymnasium, where he decried the greed of the billionaire class, saying it is “destroying this nation.” Besides the more than 3,000 people in the gym, others listened in an adjacent atrium, where speakers were set up, and on a nearby lacrosse field, where the speech was streamed on the scoreboard, according to those on the scene.

The extraordinary turnout was the latest evidence that Sanders, 73, has tapped into the economic anxiety of the Democratic electorate. In recent weeks, his crowds have swelled, and his poll numbers have been on the rise, particularly in New Hampshire, the nation’s first primary state.

Sanders touched on familiar themes during his speech, which was streamed live on social media sites Saturday night. He called the nation’s current minimum wage of $7.25 “a starvation wage.” He lamented that the United States does not guarantee medical leave and vacation time. He derided a trade deal being pushed by President Obama, and he urged that more be done to combat climate change.


Overflow crowd--biggest for any candidate yet this year--greets @BernieSanders in Denver. Remind me why he can't win?

Some pics from Denver: John Frank, The official crowd est. for Sanders event: 4,800 to 5,000

Thanks to the more than 5,500 Coloradans who came out to our Denver town hall last night. http://bernie.to/denver-turnout


massive, overflow crowds to support Bernie Sanders #2016 at town hall in denver, co tonight.

overflow crowd outside!!!

(not sure if this is Denver too)

8,000 RSVP’d online to see @BernieSanders in Denver. Look at this pic from @People4Bernie - and an overflow crowd

This is the view from @BernieSanders' #Denver stage. LOOK AT THAT CROWD!! No joke. There are THOUSANDS. #FeeltheBern


BernieSanders event over 5000 in packed house in Denver listening to Neil Young's Old Man Take A Look At My Soul!!!


The official crowd est. for Sanders event: 4,800 to 5,000 -- the largest since his May campaign kickoff.
John Frank
Denverpost political reporter and craft beer writer.

Sen. Bernie Sanders At Drake

The Occupied Tent - Captured Live on Ustream

Big crowd for our town hall meeting this evening in Des Moines, Iowa.(pics)great tweet from

Bill McKibben's twitter
Since Bernie Sanders can't possibly ever in any way win, it's odd so many people turned out to see him tonite in IA



in Des Moines- Healthcare is a right of all people and we have to go forward with a Medicare for all single payer program."

Republicans cut pell grants by $90 million, then they provided huge tax breaks to the top.

Iowans still filing in to see @BernieSanders speak here in Des Moines! It's a full house!

One of many standing O's for Bernie tonight! He covered a LOT of important issues very thoughtfully.



Sen. Sanders heard from a marine Friday night in Des Moines
-Former US marine & veteran of Iraq drove 6 hours to hear Bernie in Des Moines today!

To have an idea of what tonight's crowd for @BernieSanders has been like

Sen.Sanders: Family Values Agenda

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) details his family values agenda.
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