(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released a new video urging Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to drop his pledge to continue the fight against contraception in the U.S. House of Representatives. On the same day an amendment offered by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) to allow employers to cut off preventive coverage for their employees was defeated in the U.S. Senate, Speaker Boehner told reporters, “I think it’s important to win this issue.”
One week later, on International Women’s Day, all twelve Democratic women Senators sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner calling on him to rescind his pledge to push forward with efforts to restrict women’s access to contraception. Speaker Boehner has yet to respond.
Senator Murray has since led the charge on Twitter, with the help of groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood, asking Speaker Boehner to #DropThePledge. The video released today calls on viewers to join these efforts.