There is an immediate need for letters to the editor, letters and calls to Senators Toomey and Casey, and to your Congresspeople concerning the demise of the ACA.
Our calls and messages must be in the hands of the legislators by Monday March 19th. If you decide to write, post cards are preferable. Letters to the editor must be written as soon as possible and should not exceed 150 words.
If we table at our churches this Sunday and on Sunday, March 18th, and collect the post cards or papers, it would be best to have someone hand deliver the stack to their local offices to ensure timely delivery.
Consider taking your cell phone to church and asking people to make calls during coffee hour.
All PA Congressmen should be contacted, however three are crucial: Rep. Fitzpatrick, Rep. Dent, and Rep. Murphy from the Pittsburgh area. If you are a constituent of any of these three, please contact them now.
Talking points are below, and remember personal stories are crucial.
Two of the most restrictive abortion bills in the nation, SB 3 and HB 77, will be voted on by the House Health Committee. If they pass, Pennsylvania first in the nation in punishing couples facing severe fetal anomalies.
We would like to place as many calls as possible to all of the House Health Committee members. If you happen to be a constituent of one of the representatives be sure to highlight that. If not, you can say: “I am calling because when the Health Committee takes a vote, it represents all Pennsylvanians and I want to add my voice.” Then add one talking point from the attached list.
Please contact your PA State Senator about one good bill, plus one bad proposal that are circulating:
SB 209 – is the bill to close the loophole concerning background checks for long gun private sales. Currently, if a pistol is sold privately, the sale has to go through a background check at a Federally licensed gun store. Long guns can be sold privately without a background check. This bill would simply close that loophole.
SB 224 – A bill to eliminate PA’s background check system, PICS (Pennsylvania Instant Check System). The bill claims that it is redundant to have PICS when NICS (the National Background Check System) can serve the same function, and save PA lots of money. We disagree.