October 10, 2012 — The Center for Reproductive Rights on Tuesday launched a new campaign called Draw the Line that calls on voters to sign a "Bill of Reproductive Rights" to support legal access to abortion and contraception, the Huffington Post reports.
The online petition states that "fundamental human rights" include the right to make decisions about reproductive health without "intrusion or coercion by any government, group or individual"; the right to "accurate information" and "safe, affordable, and readily accessible reproductive health care," including abortion, contraception, fertility treatment, pregnancy care and preventive services; and "[t]he right to be free from discrimination in access to reproductive health care or on the basis of ... reproductive decisions."
CRR plans to present the petition to Congress and the president (Bassett, Huffington Post, 10/9).
While the campaign does not target any specific political or advocacy group, its message echoes the "war on women" charge leveled at conservatives by supporters of reproductive rights, according to The Hill's "Healthwatch."
Several celebrities -- including Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Meryl Streep and Amy Poehler -- are featured in online videos supporting the campaign.
"Every day, the opponents of our fundamental reproductive rights are passing laws designed to take those rights away," Streep says in one video, adding, "They're shutting down doctors and clinics across the nation. They're making it nearly impossible for millions of women to get the essential health care they need" (Viebeck, "Healthwatch," The Hill, 10/9).
Debra Ness, publisher & president, National Partnership
Andrea Friedman, associate editor & director of reproductive health programs, National Partnership
Marya Torrez, associate editor & senior reproductive health policy counsel, National Partnership
Melissa Safford, associate editor & policy advocate for reproductive health, National Partnership
Perry Sacks, assistant editor & health program associate, National Partnership
Cindy Romero, assistant editor & communications assistant, National Partnership
Justyn Ware, editor
Amanda Wolfe, editor-in-chief
Heather Drost, Hanna Jaquith, Marcelle Maginnis, Ashley Marchand and Michelle Stuckey, staff writers
Tucker Ball, director of new media, National Partnership