Women Who Rely on the Military for Their Health Care Deserve
Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage
and Family Planning Counseling:
Support the Access to Contraception for
Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act
The Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act of 2014 ensures that all
servicemembers and their dependents who rely on the military health care system have comprehensive contraceptive
coverage and family planning counseling. Access to this basic preventive health service will benefit servicemembers,
their families, and the military broadly.
What is and how did the Religious Freedom
Restoration Act (RFRA) come into being?
RFRA places religious tenets above the rule of law. The use of RFRA by the
Congress, the Supreme Court and the White House threatens and is well on its
way to destroying U.S. democracy.
The Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon vs.
(1990), is a
United States Supreme Court
determined that the state could deny unemployment benefits to a person fired for
violating a state prohibition on the use of
peyote, on the job, even though the use of the drug was
part of a religious ritual. The Court ruled although states have the
power to accommodate
otherwise illegal acts done in pursuit of religious beliefs, they are not
to do so.
by Toni Van Pelt
OPPOSE TITLE I PORTABILITY TO PRIVATE SCHOOLSStates Should Not Have the Option to Authorize Federal School Vouchers
Turning Title I into a Voucher Harms Students in Poverty and Public Schools Recognizing the compounded impact of poverty on student learning, Congress designed Title I to fund public schools with high concentrations of students in poverty. Under the program, high-poverty districts and schools benefit from increased federal investment by taking advantage of “economies of scale” to combine resources for school-wide services and whole school reforms targeted at economically and academically needy groups of students. Allowing the funds to instead “follow the child” to that student’s private school, regardless of whether the school needs those funds, dilutes the funds, stretches the dollars thinner, and diminishes the effectiveness of the funding. Furthermore, tuition at a private school will far exceed the amount of a Title I voucher. It is unlikely, therefore, that students in poverty will be able to use the voucher to attend a private school. Taxpayer Money Should Support Public Schools Not Private Schools Open and non-discriminatory in their acceptance of all students, American public schools are a unifying factor among the diverse range of ethnic and religious communities in our society. Public schools are the only schools that must meet the needs of all students. They do not turn children or families away. They serve children with physical, emotional, and mental disabilities, those who are extremely gifted and those who are learning challenged. Vouchers undermine these goals by taking taxpayer money out of the public school system and funneling it to private schools.
D.C.’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination ActApril 2015• The D.C. Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act of 2014 (RHNDA) is about basic fairness. People should be judged at work based on their performance, not on their personal, private reproductive health care decisions. Everyone should have the ability to make private health decisions including whether, when, and how to start a family, without fear of losing their jobs or facing retribution from their employers. • The RHNDA was passed by the D.C. Council to protect employees and their families from discrimination. Members of Congress who are not accountable to the residents of the District should not interfere with D.C.’s local laws.• Freedom of religion and belief is a core American value. Religious freedom protects the right to both believe and act on religious beliefs, but does not authorize actions that discriminate against or harm others. Bosses are entitled to their religious beliefs, but that does not mean that they can use those beliefs to discriminate against their employees based on their personal reproductive health care decisions.