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  1. SunlessNick
    SunlessNick November 19, 2009 at 1:09 pm |

    Does anyone know of a petition that can be signed by people outside the US?

  2. Heather Freeman
    Heather Freeman November 19, 2009 at 3:06 pm |

    The thing that gets me about the whole “abortion rider” proviso –

    Pro-lifers have long decried the hypothetical woman who uses abortion as birth control. Such a setup enables those women and only those women (assuming any actually exist) to get abortions.

  3. Michael Hussey
    Michael Hussey November 19, 2009 at 8:20 pm |

    The provider clause is in the bill.

    PROVIDER CONSCIENCE PROTECTIONS.—No individual health care provider or health care facility may be discriminated against because of a willingness or an unwillingness, if doing so is contrary to the religious or moral beliefs of the provider or facility, to provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions.

    I would love to see this shit stripped from the final language.

  4. Evrybdy44
    Evrybdy44 November 20, 2009 at 8:17 pm |

    The idea that a govt provided or assisted healthcare option could have a choice on the funding of a completely LEGAL procedure is mind boggling!

  5. SunlessNick
    SunlessNick November 21, 2009 at 11:54 am |

    In answer to the question I asked, Planned Parenthood sent me this:

    http://www.ppaction.org/campaign/future?rk=tpNz%5fYEqIPKIE

    It let me sign it from the UK, so other non-US users should be able to do so too.

  6. southern students for choice-athens
    southern students for choice-athens November 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |

    SunlessNick, it would be good if you could also encourage letter-writing among your fellow citizens in the English-language media in your country, both on the internet and off, that is read by Americans, both tourists and expatriates. The latter are especially worth targeting, as they are people who have established some sort of residency in a different country from that which they hold citizenship, in this case America, but they can (and often do, with motivation) vote absentee and otherwise participate politically in their country of citizenship while residing in another country.

    Expatriates are often well-educated (or still in college, a lot of expatriates are college students) or professionals who are working in a different country, maybe for a short period of time. There’s a long history of this especially in some professions, like medicine, for example, which has the term for expatriate doctors who either are highly specialized or who are doing some sort of humanitarian/charity work.

    You can google “locum tenens” for more information about this, and add your country to get more information about that. If they tend to concentrate in one area (probably a big city) that might be an especially good city to get letters to the editor on these issues.

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