Tell Them gears up for 2012

As the South Carolina Legislature resumes its legislative session, we at Tell Them, a member of the SC Progressive Network, are excited to begin a new year.

Tell Them reached a significant milestone in 2011 when the network grew to more than 10,000 members. Our focus on prevention has resonated with mainstream South Carolinians committed to creating a stronger, healthier state.

Over the past few months, we have made numerous updates to the Tell Them website in order to better facilitate direct communication between our members and our elected officials.

It now has a variety of new features, including:

  • Young People’s Bill of Rights: Tell Them believes that every young adult in South Carolina deserves the right to uncensored reproductive health education and access to services. We have developed 9 key rights that we strive to protect.
  • Get Local: Visit your regions’ page to learn more about the issues currently impacting your community and the actions you can take to have your voice heard.
  • Learn the Facts:  Use this new section get the facts about the economics of teen pregnancy, access to reproductive healthcare, comprehensive sex education, and more.

We will be using this new website, expanded field support, outdoor and print advertising and social media to educate the public, and ultimately lawmakers, about serious threats to basic individual rights.

One of these very real threats in South Carolina is the H. 3408 – The “Refusal of Care” Act, also known as the “Freedom of Conscience” Act. This legislation would give health care professionals the legal right to put their moral and religious beliefs before the health and well-being of their patients. You can also download some examples of how this legislation will affect patients in South Carolina. Our top priority this session is defeating the passage of this bill, and we need your help to be successful.

Click here to take action now on H. 3408.

It’s going to be a busy year for Tell Them and one we hope you will want to share with us.

1 comment on this post.
  1. Becci:

    H. 3408, the Refusal of Care Act, has been sent back to subcommittee!

    Tell Them members worked through the night and sent nearly 700 emails in 16 hours, asking members of the Senate Medical Affairs Committee to send H. 3408, the Refusal of Care Act, back to subcommittee for further review, research and debate.

    This morning, members of the Senate Medical Affairs Committee did just that.

    Tell the Senate Medical Affairs Committee to vote “No” on H. 3408

    H. 3408, the Refusal of Care Act (also called the Freedom of Conscience Act), will go before the subcommittee next Thursday, January 26th. We need to pack the room again and show that there is strong opposition to this bill. If you are interested in attending, please let us know.

    Until then, please continue to send a message to the Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee and telling them to “Vote No” on this intrusive bill.

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