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Tell Your Senators: #StopKavanaugh to #SaveRoe Digital Day of Action Toolkit

Tell Your Senators: #StopKavanaugh to #SaveRoe

Digital Day of Action Toolkit

Join the National Women’s Law Center for a national digital day of action on the Supreme Court nomination and threats to our health and rights on Wednesday, August 8th.

This year, the Senate’s August Recess falls on the week of Aug 6th-10th. That means Senators return to their home states to listen to us, their constituents, about the issues that matter most to us. This is a critical time for us to hammer home the message to our senators to oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. It’s vital that we lead first with what’s most at stake – namely our right and access to a safe and legal abortion and the Affordable Care Act. Our coalition has been fighting for these issues for decades, and we are uniquely positioned to come together during this August recess to tell our Senators: a vote for Kavanaugh is a vote against our access and right to a safe and legal abortion and against our health care. To that end, we are convening a digital day of action to accompany the many on-the-ground actions other groups are leading.

#DearSenators, #StopKavanaugh to #SaveRoe Social Media Video Campaign

From Aug 6th – 10th, tell your Senator why you’re calling on them to oppose Brett Kavanaugh on social media. Here are some of our top reasons:

  • A vote for Brett Kavanaugh is a vote to take away our right to a safe and legal abortion
  • Kavanaugh is anti-ACA and he could vote to allow insurance companies to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions
  • In employment discrimination cases, Kavanaugh has ruled against employees time and time again

Here’s how to participate:

  1. Record a video of yourself or a friend on your phone. Start by sharing your state and the names of your senators and then answer the following prompt:

#DearSenators, I need you to #StopKavanaugh to #SaveRoe because ______.

  1. Tag your senators on Twitter (here’s a list of senators’ twitter handles)
  2. Post the video on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtags: #StopKavanaugh to #SaveRoe
  • On Facebook, you can also go live and answer any questions your friends and family might have about Brett Kavanaugh (talking points below)
  • On Instagram, you have the option to create a dynamic story using the instagram story feature.
  • On Twitter, you can record a video on your phone and upload directly to your page.

#StopKavanaugh to #SaveRoe Twitter storm on Wednesday, August 8 from 3 to 4 PM ET

Hashtags: #StopKavanaugh #SaveRoe

We encourage people to use the video campaign to share their abortion stories during this twitter storm and tweet at your senators!

  • If you are from, AL, AK, ME, ND, IN, WV, be sure to tag your senators!

 Sample tweets

  • The majority can’t be ignored — and the numbers are on OUR side. The majority of us want to #SaveRoe. That’s why we are rising up to #StopKavanaugh — because we can’t trust that he’ll respect what the majority of us want: reproductive freedom.
  • Senators, we’re counting on you. To #StopKavanaugh, to #SaveRoe — to preserve the right to abortion not just for us, but generations to come. Too much is at stake to let Kavanaugh onto the highest court in our country.
  • 85% of voters do NOT want the Supreme Court to restrict access to birth control. A majority of people in this country want to #SaveRoe. Senators: Listen to what the people want. #StopKavanaugh
  • The threat to Roe v. Wade has never been greater — it’s time for all of us to step up to #SaveRoe and #StopKavanaugh.
  • Judge Kavanaugh has ruled in past cases to restrict women’s access to safe, legal abortion. He has argued that a boss’s religious beliefs override people’s access to health care. He DOESN’T belong on our Supreme Court. #SaveRoe #StopKavanaugh
  • Voters overwhelmingly want a Supreme Court justice to uphold abortion rights. Senators — listen to your constituents. #SaveRoe and #StopKavanaugh
  • Dear [insert senator handle here]: We’re counting on you #StopKavanaugh and #SaveRoe. We’re watching — don’t fail us.

 Messaging and Talking Points

  • Reproductive Rights
    • President Trump has repeatedly promised to nominate only justices to the U.S. Supreme Court who will overturn Roe v. Wade.
    •  Kavanaugh has argued for bosses overriding women’s access to birth control.
    •  Kavanaugh has ruled in favor of the government overreach to restrict women’s access to safe, legal abortion.
    •  With this nomination, women’s ability to make decisions about our own bodies and lives is at stake.
    •  Abortion opponents are already pushing cases challenging Roe through the lower courts, and at least 20 states are poised to immediately seek to ban abortion if Roe is overturned. If Roe is overturned, women of color and those struggling to make ends meet will suffer the most.
    • Since 2011, politicians have passed 401 new laws against abortion in 33 states across the country that shame, pressure, and punish women who have decided to have an abortion.
  • Health Care and the Affordable Care Act
    • The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is on the line. Trump promised to appoint a nominee who would dismantle the ACA.
    • Judge Kavanaugh has criticized the Affordable Care Act and could vote to allow insurance companies to deny coverage to people for pre-existing conditions.
    • Without the ACA’s protection for people with pre-existing conditions, we could be dragged back to the days when having a cesarean delivery or even receiving treatment for rape was considered a pre-existing condition that limited access to health insurance.
    • Being a woman could once again be considered a pre-existing condition and a reason to deny women health insurance coverage.

Key Polling Results to Use

  • Voters support abortion rights. Seven in ten are opposed to the Supreme Court restricting women’s constitutional rights, including abortion. This includes 87% of Democrats, 86% of Independents, and 54% of Republicans.
  • A majority of voters of all political leanings say it is important to them personally that a new Supreme Court justice rule to uphold women’s constitutional rights, including abortion (71% of Independents, 91% of Democrats, and 60% of Republicans).
  • Voters are twice as likely to support, rather than oppose, senators who vote for a nominee who would uphold Roe v. Wade. And voters are twice as likely to support a candidate for elected office who supports women’s rights on abortion.
  • More than 93 percent of voters want the Supreme Court to uphold laws that protect people with pre-existing conditions from being denied insurance coverage.
  • Eighty percent of voters are opposed to the Supreme Court ruling to restrict access to birth control.

Voters want full and complete answers from Kavanaugh on their individual rights and liberties. Eighty-seven percent of likely voters, including 82% of Republicans, said it was important to them that Kavanaugh discuss his beliefs on whether the Constitution protects the individual right of all people to make personal decisions about their bodies and relationships, including the right to use contraception and to have an abortion.