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Public Policy Participation and Political Action 



Current Events Statement: 


Pennsylvania State Legislators Attack Abortion Rights


January 22, 2022 marks the 49th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v Wade guaranteeing women’s Constitutional right to abortion. According to our friends at Planned Parenthood, Pennsylvania state legislators proposed nine anti-abortion bills in 2021. You can read them at the link below. Click on each bill number to read it and see its sponsor(s): 

https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/planned-parenthood-pennsylvania-advocates/legislative-center/legislation/current-legislation?emci=7a6ab909-321a-ec11-981f-501ac57ba3ed&emdi=26bb1223-491a-ec11-981f-501ac57ba3ed&ceid=16096602

PFC condemns any and all attempts to restrict women’s dignity and reproductive autonomy. We urge everyone to contact their state legislators, especially if you live in a sponsor’s district, to strongly oppose these bills. You can locate your state legislators at this link. Scroll down to Find My Legislator:

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/

Legislators tell us that personal contact and phone calls are the most effective ways to communicate with them about proposed legislation. Personal letters are very good as well. You can also post on your legislators’ social media and through their Contact Me link on their websites.

Want to do your part? Take Action Now! 


Each month PFC's PPPC focuses on a different issue and we need YOUR help!  


Tips and links for contacting your legislators: 

  1. Calls from constituents and a follow-up letter/fax containing your contact information are more effective than blanket emails. Send "snail-mail" to local locations, the screening process in Washington D.C. takes several months.  

  2. Keep it short and to the point, no longer than one page. Focus on specific legislation when applicable and be clear about who you are and what you want from the start.

  3. Make it personal and mention if you have voted for them or donated to their campaign. 

  4. Remember, they represent YOU.


Find your PA legislators here: 

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/


Find your US legislators here:

https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials 

https://www.toomey.senate.gov/contact/email-senator-toomey 

https://www.casey.senate.gov/contact/


Find your local government here:

Allegheny County Council

These actions are directly related to our Mission and an important part of meeting our Committee's goals.

Your time and attention to this is much appreciated.

Not sure who represents you?  Use the links below to find out!

Pennsylvania State Representation- Pennsylvania General Assembly Website

Federal Representation- govtrack.us Website


Want MORE ways to take action!?! See the action pages of our national affiliates: 

Freedom From Religion Foundation - Action

American Humanist Association - Key Issues

American Atheists - State Legislation Tracker


Our work: Public Policy Participation and Political Action

PFC identifies areas and issues within local government and local institutions where PFC can and should contribute a perspective and viewpoint on behalf of our stakeholders. We seek to have a seat at the table to represent and communicate the evidence-based, humanist and non-theist beliefs of our members regarding local issues and actions. Beyond the local arena, we seek to keep our members informed about national and international policy and legislation likely to be important to them. At all levels of government, PFC seeks to facilitate participation by its members, by electronic, voice or personal communication with legislators and other leaders. PFC facilitates this participation within the the legal limitations of our non-profit 501(c)(3) status.

Some of the policies we promote include:

  • Promotion of separation of Church and State across the board;
  • Promotion of evidence based public policy in general and of specific evidence-based policies when the public conversation is being heavily influenced by non-evidence based beliefs ie religious dogma.


If you would like to get more involved with PFC's Public Policy Participation Committee, please email the Public Policy Committee chair.

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