What is Compassionate Care? It’s a bill in Hawaii’s legislature to ensure that all survivors of sexual assault receive information about and access to emergency contraception when they visit an emergency room. Right now, there is no clear and consistent policy across hospitals in Hawaii to ensure that women receive this care—leaving many women every year vulnerable to unintended pregnancy as a result of a sexual assault.
Last year, our supporters took over 1,500 actions on Compassionate Care, including petition signatures, legislative testimony, and emails to key members of the legislature, and they helped push our efforts further than ever before. We got very close to passing the bill last year, but ultimately did not succeed.
This year, it’s more important than ever that we increase our efforts, and a great way to do that is by showing up. We want to show Hawaii’s legislators that our community cares about sexual assault survivors, and that we believe that all children in public schools deserve access to comprehensive, fact-based, medically accurate sexuality education.
So, for the first time in our history, we’re holding a lobby day, co-sponsored by the Hawaii Women’s Coalition, on Tuesday, January 22, 2013—the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. We’ll be participating in a press conference, legislative visits, eating lunch, and then sign-waving to commemorate Roe.
Follow this link to register & reserve your free t-shirt no later than January 3: http://is.gd/lobbyday. Invite your friends, family, and colleagues to attend—the more, the merrier.
If you live on a neighbor island & can’t make it to Oahu, but would like to participate, we’ll be collecting photographs of supporters to share with neighbor island legislators to show your support. Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about our virtual lobby day for our friends on the neighbor islands.
Happy holidays, and mahalo for your support.
Here’s a sample of my work on 2013 Hawaii legislative advocacy. Sign up if you’re interested!