Guide to Approaching Lawmakers – Rachel Sabbath

How can we approach lawmakers about international maternal health
and family planning?

One way to influence elected representatives is by having members of the social action/social justice committee join an advocacy organization’s action center. Many of the organizations listed have action centers that provide form letters and will help congregants directly contact representatives. Links to action alerts, petitions and upcoming events can also be passed on to the congregation through the newsletter, bulletin board, or special tabling.

Use the congregational newsletter, website and bulletin board to encourage congregants to contact their elected leaders on issues of international sexual and reproductive health.

Take the time to meet with the Congress members and Senators who represent the majority of people in the congregation. Invite them or members of their staff to a meeting at the congregation.

In all communications, let elected leaders know that you are a person of faith. For example, you may want to include the following statement in your correspondence:

“As a person of faith, I am responding to the crisis of maternal mortality worldwide. My religious tradition affirms that life is sacred; it celebrates the divinely bestowed blessings of generating life and assuring that life can be sustained and nurtured. I am committed to supporting efforts to achieve spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being for all, including their reproductive and sexual health.”

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