Weekly Call-to-Action

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CONTACT Your Elected Officials 

Call your (FEDERAL) US Senators & Representative, and your (STATE) Senators & House Leadership.

Please add their contact information to your smart phone for easy anytime access.  Find them here. Or send a text to 520-200-2223 with your zip code (only) in the message, and you will get an instant reply with all your Federal and State representatives names and phone numbers, making it very easy to add them to your phone contact list.

 

Here is this week’s Call-to-Action tool with scripts at
FEDERAL & STATE LEVELS
March 12-19, 2017
FOCUS THIS WEEK:  
   

1)     Repeal of the ACA with the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is moving at a fast pace – the bill already was pushed through two House committees in two days along party-line votes.  Because the independent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has not been able to rate the bill, we do not know the cost or how many people will be covered.  Despite that lack of critical information, the House seems determined to get it to the floor for a full House vote the week of March 20th.  The AHCA is still at the top of our list for calls this week…even if you have called many times before. You can read BCWAC formal position paper on AHCA here.
Background: The AHCA highlights would:
  • Totally change Medicaid. Traditional Medicaid will be put into a per capita cap plan, meaning funding cuts and no additional funds if an epidemic breaks out or recession hits again causing people to lose their jobs and health insurance. This is very bad for state budgets, seniors without assets, disabled, and kids. Nearly 50% of births in US are currently covered under Medicaid.
  • Phase out Medicaid Expansion that helped millions get health coverage in states like PA who implemented it.  Medicaid and CHIP combined provide coverage to over 2.8 million, or 1 in 5 Pennsylvanians almost half of whom are children.  20% of opioid dependent people use Medicaid to help recover from their addiction.
  • It blocks people on Medicaid from using their insurance at Planned Parenthood health centers, threatening access to care for millions of people.
  • Gives a flat amount of subsidy between $2,000 and $4,000 based on age rather than income that doesn’t come near to the support in the ACA.
  • People who go without health insurance for even just a couple of months – something that often happens to women who take time off work to care for newborns, family members, and other loved ones – could see 30% premium increases.  That increase goes to insurance companies.
  • Eliminates Essential Health Benefits (EHB) in insurance plans including mental health parity, addiction treatment, maternity, and prenatal care.  Also all the preventative care that the ACA included without co-pay like birth control, cancer screenings, flu shots, and annual physicals.
  • Increases the cost of insurance plans greatly for older adults.
The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center has looked at the bill’s impact on PA and it is VERY worrisome.  Below are some highlights: http://thirdandstate.org/2017/march/analysis-effects-house-gop-health-care-plan-pennsylvania
  • The reduction in federal spending in Pennsylvania on the Medicaid expansion will be roughly $4 billion per year.
  • Traditional Medicaid will cost Pennsylvania another $10 billion to $15 billion over ten years or $1.1 billion to $1.5 billion per year.
  • Tax credits under the Republican plan, unlike those under the ACA, do not increase as the cost of insurance goes up.
  • Would cost Pennsylvania at least 40,000 jobs, not only in the health care field but in other areas as well.
  • Estimates that there will be at least 4,000 premature deaths per year in Pennsylvania when the program is fully implemented in 2025.
Call Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and Senator Toomey.

Script:  My name is _______________, and I am a constituent at (zip code).  I am a Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling about the American Health Care Act.  I am furious that Congress is going forward with this bill without knowing how much it will cost and how many people will be covered.  We all need a full side-by-side comparison of the bill with the ACA on cost, coverage, and impact on state budgets to make a good decision.  That takes thoughtful deliberation not political expediency. Until we have that, it is irresponsible to have any votes.   I insist that you do not vote for the AHCA without full public discussion.  From what I have learned so far, turning traditional Medicaid into a per capita cap program and phasing out Medicaid Expansion will gravely harm working families, children, seniors, and people with disabilities.  This is unacceptable.

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Feb 26 – March 5
FOCUS THIS WEEK:  FEDERAL

1) A leaked draft of the GOP’s Affordable Care Act replacement was published this week and it is alarming. Call Senator Toomey, Senator Casey, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick about your concerns about the draft repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

 

Script:  My name is _______________, and I am a constituent at (zip code).  I am a Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling about the leaked draft the GOP is discussing to replace the Affordable Care Act. Specifically, this plan as leaked this week would eliminate subsidies for people to afford to obtain health insurance coverage in the individual market and phases out Medicaid expansion that has been so critical for working lower income Americans many of whom are women supporting their families. The vulnerable poor and even middle class will once again be hurt the most by this plan and the wealthy, who can afford health insurance, will gain the most.  This is unacceptable.
Details: Draft GOP ACA replacement plan would
  • Eliminate subsidies based on individual’s income
  • Eliminate all the ACA taxes
  • Significantly roll back Medicaid spending with a cap and give states money to create high risk pools for people with pre-existing conditions
  • Phase out Medicaid Expansion by 2020 leaving states with the problem of health coverage for lower income workers.
  • Carve out Medicaid reimbursement to Planned Parenthood for general health screenings like STD and family planning services like birth control. (Medicaid does NOT cover any abortion services for the poor since the Hyde Amendment passed in 1976 with the exception for rape, incest, or danger to the life of the mother.  Wealthy women have always been able to access legal abortions.)
  • Eliminate the individual mandate
  • Give tax credits based on age rather than income between $2000-$4000 that would benefit the wealthy and harm the poor
  • Leave the decision of mandatory or essential plan benefits to the state.
There is only one single revenue generator to pay for the plan; Republicans are proposing to cap the tax exemption for employer sponsored insurance at the 90th percentile of current premiums. That means benefits above that level would be taxed. In the ACA that was called the “Cadillac Tax.”
FACT: More than 20 million people are covered by the two major components of the ACA law: expanded Medicaid and subsidized private health insurance that the GOP alternative attacks.

There has not been a cost review by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) of this or any GOP draft plan yet.

2.) Ask Senator Toomey when he will be holding town hall meetings? Constituents would like live, public meetings around the state rather than a last minute announcements of a telephone town hall call that can be carefully screened.  People want to share their concerns and respectfully ask questions in order to participate in government by the people as stated in the Constitution.

FOCUS THIS WEEK: STATE
1.) CALL your PA Representative: “I’m ____________.  I am a constituent and a Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling to ask you to do all you can to stop the passage of either of the two anti-choice bills currently in the PA House Health Committee: SB3 and newly introduced HB77.  Both these bills would harm women and their ability to access the best care for problem pregnancies discovered after 19 weeks, add huge expense to their care, and the bills will compromise physician’s ability to give the best and safest care to their patients.   In short, SB3 & HB77 punishes women for having a problem pregnancy.  That is not acceptable.”
Details: Both bills
  • Criminalize pregnancy termination after 19 weeks (ultrasounds are done in the 20th week when abnormalities of the fetus are uncovered);
  • Criminalize the use of a procedure known as dilation and evacuation (D&E). D&E is a commonly used, medically tested, safe procedure. It is often used to address miscarriages. The bills do not offer a safe alternative procedure;
  • Leave the only exception-”death of the pregnant woman or the substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function” undefined and requires a second physicians concurrence;
  • Additionally, HB 77 requires the pregnancy termination to be performed in a hospital, while stipulating that the physician performs the abortion “in a manner which provides the best opportunity for the unborn child to survive.” HB 77 also requires a second physician to be on hand to take “all reasonable steps necessary to preserve the child’s life and health.”
2.)  CALL your PA Representative:  “I’m ____________.  I am a constituent and a Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling about the PA Budget proposal by Governor Wolf in his address and the ongoing hearings in the General Assembly that started last week. I am in agreement with a larger investment in education at all levels and especially with the expanded pre-K program for more low income children which will help them gain learning skills early on and enable their moms to more easily balance work and family.  I think it is important for PA to support human services including assisting those with opioid addiction and intellectual disability. I am concerned about the impact on the PA budget if the GOP in Washington eliminates Medicaid Expansion and subsidies this year that currently make health insurance accessible for almost three million Pennsylvanians including 20% of opioid substance users.

I ask you to fight hard for quality education funding from toddler through higher education, affordable access to health care, and fully funded programs that work to help women and their families climb out of poverty to economic security.  Budgets are moral documents that reflect the values of our state and invest in our future.”

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Week ending February 26th
SB3 and HB77 Update  
We thought SB3 was a bad anti-choice bill, then along came HB77 this week. The anti-choice SB3 was fast tracked in 4-session days to pass the Senate on Feb 8 (32 – 18) and was sent to the House Health Committee this week. Introduced on Feb 21st by Rep Kathy Rapp from Northwest PA was HB77 with one Bucks County co-sponsor, Rep Craig Staats from Upper Bucks.  It is also in the House Health Committee, with a male chair and minority chair.  Also sitting on that committee is Rep Frank Farry (Bucks County) and co-chair of the Women’s Health Caucus, and Representatives Kevin Boyle and Pam DeLissio, both from Phila/MontCo. If HB77 were to pass, it would be one of the most restrictive reproductive laws in the nation.

ACTION ALERT: Now is the time to call and/or visit your PA Representative about these outrageous bills and urge them to vote NO on these anti-choice bills which will harm women and families.
Details: HB77 includes
  • “Medical consultation and judgment” required,
  • Abortions limited to less than 20 weeks (note: ultra sound done at 20-weeks is when fetal abnormalities are usually discovered).
  • Abortion is performed in a hospital using a procedure “which provides the best opportunity for the unborn child to survive” and a second physician present to take control of the fetus upon complete extraction for “medical care to preserve the life and health”.  (Assumes that means a C-section.)
  • Outlaws D&E procedure with two physicians making judgment for life or death of the mother exceptions.
  • Physician is charged with third degree felony if s/he violates this ban.
FOCUS THIS WEEK: FEDERAL

1) Call to thank Senator Casey for supporting the Affordable Care Act.
2) Call Senator Toomey and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick about your concerns about the Affordable Care Act and health care for all.
Script:  My name is _______________, and I am a constituent at (zip code).  I am a Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling about the transition to a new US health care program.  I am very concerned about the new program being proposed by some House Republicans which lacks specific numbers, not only dollar figures but the numbers of people who would lose insurance once their tax credits or savings credits run out.  The vulnerable, poor, and middle class will definitely experience illness, in many cases, with no medical attention under such a plan. This will cost all of us.
My other concern is this: major changes must be completed responsibly without hurting the 21 million citizens directly affected. This takes time and patience on your part.  While you are working toward a new plan, those insured by the Affordable Care Act need to know that all parts of the Affordable Care Act will stay in place.  If you “kick out” parts of the Affordable Care Act for your own purposes and publicity, you will also be “kicking out” the most vulnerable people.  Many would suffer and some would die if you don’t safeguard their healthcare.  We demand you keep the current health program in place in the interim.  Repealing the Affordable Care Act without agreement on an adequate replacement program which is affordable for all your constituents and supported by the public would be irresponsible. Do not fail your constituents.
FOCUS THIS WEEK: STATE
Following Governor Wolf’s address in early February, Budget Hearings begin in the Appropriation Committee on February 21.  They will be live streamed at pabudget.com.
1) Call your PA State legislators at their home office until March 13.  Call Quinn at her local and Harrisburg numbers. She will be in Harrisburg some of that time as she is on the Appropriation Committee.
SCRIPT: I’m ____________.  I am a constituent and a Partner of the Bucks County Womens Advocacy Coalition calling about the PA Budget proposal by Governor Wolf. I am in agreement with a greater investment in education at all levels and especially the expanded pre-K program for more children in low income households. This will allow children to gain learning skills early and it will enable their moms to more easily balance work and family.This is essential for PA families.
It is also important for PA to support human services including assisting those with opioid addiction and with intellectual disability. I also agree that restructuring government agencies is one way to encourage greater efficiency and lower spending. Thank you.
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FEB 12-18, 2017
CALL TO ACTION AT FEDERAL LEVEL
1) Send a message through Senator Toomey’s website that, despite the overwhelming opposition by his constituents, you want to go on record as greatly disappointed with his recent vote in support of Congressman Price for Secretary of HHS with his record to (1) dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA); (2) privatize Medicare and gut the Medicaid program; (3) restrict comprehensive reproductive health care; (4) oppose LGBTQ equality; and (4) erode individual religious liberty that threatens the health, well-being, and autonomy of millions of individuals and families.
2) Call Senators Casey and Toomey with the urgent message to vote NO on the nomination of Andy Puzder for Secretary of Labor.
Script: My name is _________, and I am a constituent and Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling about Andy Puzder who has a long history of putting corporate profits over the welfare of working people, especially women. Women are nearly 2/3 of the minimum wage earners. In investigating this man, I discovered that over the course of his career, he opposed raising the minimum wage, paying overtime to managers earning modest salaries, passage of the Affordable Care Act, and a number of state law protections for workers. He authored, as an anti-abortion activist, a Missouri law that defined life as beginning at conception in order to set the legal precedent to challenge Roe v. Wade at the Supreme Court. He led a company that has repeatedly violated wage and hour laws. According to a Department of Labor investigation, 60 percent of Carl’s Jr.’s and Hardee’s restaurants had at least one wage and hour violation. It is clear that Mr Puzder is not interested in the welfare and economic security of workers including women, which is the mission of the Dept. of Labor.
NOTE: The confirmation hearing for Andy Puzder is scheduled for February 14th. Senator Toomey’s new Philadelphia line # (215) 241-1090 was answering calls as of Monday Feb 13th. 
3) Ask Senator Toomey when he will be holding town hall meetings during their recess starting February 20th?
  
CALL TO ACTION AT STATE LEVEL: 
*STATE (PA) Elected Officials - Please add your PA Senator’s and Representative’s contact information to your smart phone for easy access.  Find them here:
1) Anti-Abortion Bill SB3 unfortunately passed the PA Senate after three hours of debate with no public hearings by a vote of 32-18. Please call state Senator McIlhinney to thank him for his NO vote on SB3 in support of women to have a choice of care and to allow doctors to make recommendations based on their expertise without fear of being criminalized.
Please call Senators Greenleaf, Tomlinson, and Mensch to express your deep disappointment in their vote supporting SB3.  This bill outrageously restricts doctors to properly and safely treat their patients and deprives women of a choice in their care. It restricts the option to abort from 24 to 19 weeks and allows no exceptions for rape, incest, health of the mother or fetus.  Only 1.2% of abortions happen after the 20thweek and the vast majority of them are for health reasons of the mother or fetus.  Politicians are not physicians qualified to make professional judgments on the health care and private decisions of women.  This crosses boundaries and punishes women, families and physicians for terminating pregnancies no matter what the circumstances or reason.
NOTE: This bill goes to the PA House soon and we will be advocating against it there next.  At this writing it has not yet been assigned to a House committee.
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Call to Action FEB 5-11, 2017

1)  Call or send a message through Senator Toomey’s website that, despite overwhelming opposition by his constituents, you want to go on record as GREATLY disappointed with his vote in support of:

  • Senator Sessions for Attorney General despite his history of opposition to reproductive care for women, LGBTQ equality, Violence Against Women Act, and expanding access to the ballot.
  • Representative Price for Secretary of HHS with his record to (1) dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA); (2) privatize Medicare and gut the Medicaid program; (3) restrict comprehensive reproductive health care; (4) oppose LGBTQ equality; and (4) erode individual religious liberty that threatens the health, well-being, and autonomy of millions of individuals and families.

We expect a vote on Price midweek and urge representatives to vote NO.

2) Call Senators Casey and Toomey with the urgent message to reject the nomination of Andy Puzder for Secretary of Labor.  My name is _________, and I am a constituent and Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling about Andy Puzder who has a long history of putting corporate profits over the welfare of working people, especially women.  In investigating this man, I discovered that over the course of his career, he opposed raising the minimum wage, pay overtime to managers earning modest salaries, passage of the Affordable Care Act, and a number of state law protections for workers.  He authored, as an anti-abortion activist, a Missouri law that defined life as beginning at conception in order to set the legal precedent to challenge Roe v. Wade at the Supreme Court.  He led a company that has repeatedly violated wage and hour laws. According to a Department of Labor investigation, 60 percent of Carl’s Jr.’s and Hardee’s restaurants had at least one wage and hour violation.  It is clear that Mr Puzder is not interested in the welfare and economic security of workers including women, which is the mission of the Dept. of Labor.
NOTE: The confirmation hearing for Andy Puzder is scheduled for February 14th.
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UPDATE on the extreme anti-abortion bill SB3 which sprung up last Friday: it was rushed from the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday without hearings or the author of the bill attending the meeting to answer questions, and pushed through for a third consideration in the Senate. All of this despite the early threat by Governor Wolf that he will veto this bill.
We sent a letter to all four Senators from Bucks County on 2/7/17 which you can read here  http://www.bcwac.org/advocacy/current-bills/   Hundreds of calls were made by BCWAC and Planned Parenthood volunteers. On Wednesday, the bill passed the Senate by a vote of 32-18 with PA Senator McIlhinney voting no.
What’s next?  The bill goes to the House committee and, if approved, through 3-considerations by the full House where it will likely pass. Contact your PA House representatives and urge them to vote no on this bill.

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Focus this week, beginning Monday, January 30:

1)  Call Senators Casey and Toomey this week regarding the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. Script: My name is _____ and I am a constituent of Senator [NAME] and a Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition. I urge Senator [NAME] to delay the approval of Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama to be the next Attorney General. Sessions’ record on civil rights was bad 30 years ago when he failed to be nominated to the federal bench, and it has not improved since. Jeff Sessions has harmful views about issues important to me, like opposing reproductive care for women, LGBTQ equality, DV and expanding access to the ballot.

Background: Sessions provided woefully incomplete information to the Senate Judiciary Committee about his record.  Urge the U.S. Senate to delay his confirmation hearing until all relevant information about his record has been submitted and analyzed.

NOTE: Sen. Casey announced he would vote against Sen. Sessions.  Please thank him.

2)  Call Senators Casey and Toomey to urge rejection of the nomination of Rep. Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Script: My name is _____ , I am a constituent and Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling to urge my Senator to reject the nomination of Rep. Tom Price for Secretary of HHS. Rep. Price’s record against critical health care programs and protections against discrimination clearly illustrates his nomination to lead Health and Human Services (HHS) threatens the health, well-being, and autonomy of millions of individuals and families. I oppose his nomination given his efforts to (1) dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA); (2) privatize Medicare and gut the Medicaid program; (3) restrict comprehensive reproductive health care; (4) oppose LGBTQ equality; and (4) erode individual religious liberty.

3)  Call Senators Casey and Toomey with the urgent message to reject the nomination of  Andy Puzder for Secretary of Labor Script:  My name is _________, and I am a constituent and Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling about Andy Puzder who has a long history of putting corporate profits over the welfare of working people, especially women. In investigating this man, I discovered that over the course of his career, he opposed raising the minimum wage, pay overtime to managers earning modest salaries, passage of the Affordable Care Act, and a number of state law protections for workers. He authored, as an anti-abortion activist, a Missouri law that defined life as beginning at conception in order to set the legal precedent to challenge Roe v. Wade at the Supreme Court. He led a company that has repeatedly violated wage and hour laws. According to a Department of Labor investigation, 60 percent of Carl’s Jr.’s and Hardee’s restaurants had at least one wage and hour violation. It is clear that Mr. Puzder is not interested in the welfare and economic security of workers including women which is the mission of the Department of Labor.

4Call Senators Casey and Toomey with the urgent message to reject the nomination of  Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.  Script: My name is _______ and I am a constituent of Senator [NAME] and a Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition. I am calling to let the Senator know that I would like him/her to oppose the appointment of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. DeVos and her family heavily lobbied the Michigan legislature to shield the charter school industry from greater oversight. She pushes for-profit charter schools and online schools. The children in our public schools deserve a champion who will increase their opportunities for a strong education.  I want my tax dollars used for education for all children. Betsy DeVos is not committed to the mission of the Department of Education nor is she qualified to serve as Secretary of Education.

NOTE: Sen. Casey announced he would vote against Betsy DeVos.  Please thank him.

 

Ongoing calls about BCWAC priorities and principles to Congressman and U.S. Senators

HEALTH CARE

Script for Democrats/History of Agreement on Issue: I’m ______ ______, a constituent and Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling to thank Senator Casey for supporting the Affordable Care Act and his interest in improving it rather than repealing it. If the ACA is overturned, over 21 million will lose their health insurance. This is particularly important for women who need access to care in their reproductive years. I want the Senator to do all he can to block attempts to repeal the ACA. 

Script for Republicans/History of Agreement on Issue: I’m ______ ______, a constituent and Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling to ask Senator Toomey/ Congressman Fitzpatrick to support the Affordable Care Act and work to improve it rather than repeal it. Over 21 million Americans count on Medicaid expansion and the marketplace plans for insurance.  It is particularly important for women who often work in jobs that do not offer employer health care and need preventative care during their reproductive years. I want the Senator/Congressman to vote against repealing the ACA without an alternative plan in place that improves the ACA and lowers cost. That is irresponsible and dangerous.

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Pennsylvania Elected Officials

Call your State Senator/Representative, Senate leadership, and House Leadership with these scripts.

Please add your PA Senator’s and Representative’s contact information to your smart phone for easy access. Find them here.

Focus this week, beginning January 30:

1) Redistricting – Call your State Senator and Representative asking them to co-sponsor bills that support the recommendations of the Fair Districts PA Coalition.

 

Ongoing calls about BCWAC priorities and principles to State Senator and State Representative

NURSE PRACTITIONER

Script for Democrats/History of Agreement on Issue: I’m ________ ______, a constituent and Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling to request that Representative Davis/Galloway/Warren be a co-sponsor of the Nurse Practitioner bill being introduced by Representative Jesse Topper (memo #625) to give full practice authority to licensed nurse practitioners in PA. The proposed bill would require nurse practitioner to practice for 3-years and 3,600 hours under a collaborative agreement with two physicians, as they do today, before getting their full practice authority license. (See BCWAC 1/25/17 eNewsletter for details.)

Script for Republicans/History of Agreement on Issue: I’m ________ ______, a constituent and Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling to request that Senator ______/Representative ______ be a sponsor of the Nurse Practitioner bill being introduced by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (memo #42) and Representative Jesse Topper (memo #625) to give full practice authority to licensed nurse practitioners in PA. The proposed bill would require nurse practitioner to practice for 3-years and 3,600 hours under a collaborative agreement with two physicians, as they do today, before getting their full practice authority license. (See BCWAC 1/25/17 eNewsletter for details.)

NOTE: Senator McIlhinney, Rep. Farry, Watson, and DiGirolamo have signed on as co-sponsors.  PA Senator Mensch signed on as a co-sponsor last year but needs to sign on this session.

 

FIREARM SAFETY: GUNS AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ABUSERS

Script for Democrats/History of Agreement on Issue: Not applicable on House side yet.

Script for Republicans/History of Agreement on Issue: I’m ________ ______, a constituent and Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling to request that Senator  _____________ be a co-sponsor of Senator Tom Killion’s domestic violence homicide prevention bill memo requiring all convicted domestic abusers and defendants subject to active Protection from Abuse (PFA) orders to promptly and safely surrender their guns to authorities. Currently they can relinquish their guns to anyone and they are easily accessed.

 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Script for Democrats/History of Agreement on Issue: I’m ________ ______, a constituent and Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling to request that Representative Davis/Galloway/Warren support Rep. Petrarca’s Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth bill. Right now girls and boys in PA who are sexually exploited by traffickers become re-victimized in the juvenile justice system when they are arrested and prosecuted for prostitution and other crimes they may have committed while being sexually exploited. The bill affirms that there is no such thing as a child prostitute. This bill also offers services of help to the child victims. (See additional information in the 1/26/17 eNewsletter)

Script for Republicans/History of Agreement on Issue: I’m ________ ______, a constituent and Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling to request that Senators McIlhinney/Mensch/Tomlinson support Sen. Greenleaf’s Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth bill. Right now girls and boys in PA who are sexually exploited by traffickers become re-victimized in the juvenile justice system when they are arrested and prosecuted for prostitution and other crimes they may have committed while being sexually exploited. The bill affirms that there is no such thing as a child prostitute. This bill also offers services of help to the child victims. (See additional information in the 1/26/17 eNewsletter)

 

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