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08/15/2013 01:24 pm ET | Updated Oct 15, 2013

A Letter to Men Who Trust Women

Hey, your support for Men Who Trust Women is really important.

Reproductive health's now center-stage in political debates and legislation.

Men really can, should, and do play an important role in all of this. Unfortunately, there are bad actors out there who oppose choice, and they often speak up to dominate the national conversation about women's health. I feel that we should treat everyone like we want to be treated, and that means everyone gets a break.

Men Who Trust Women is really making a difference though. A new national initiative of the Silver Ribbon Campaign to Trust Women, Men Who Trust Women, is the real deal. They're a vibrant and growing national network that really has their feet on the ground. They provide a unique opportunity for prominent men to play a visible, supportive, and influential role as allies for women's rights to make decisions about their health.

Your support for this Initiative's critical. In the U.S., the Declaration of Independence tells us that we're all equal under law, and I'm talking about following through with that.

The majority of the U.S. public strongly supports the right to reproductive health care, including access to affordable contraception and legal abortion. This is something that's really important. But, here's the deal, opponents in state legislatures and in Congress continue to aggressively legislate away access to basic reproductive health care, with real consequences for our health and our democracy. States have passed laws banning abortion after only six weeks. Our Peace Corps members do not have access to coverage for abortion, and the military folks are only covered in rare, exceptional cases.

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Please join us as a Member of Men Who Trust Women, along with other prominent supporters, including Chip Conley (founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality and author), Howard Dean, M.D. (former Governor and presidential candidate), and Vinod Khosla (respected Venture Capitalist). We know that reproductive rights and democracy are essential to our own lives as family members, friends, colleagues, and we welcome this opportunity to speak out as leaders and express our views. It's just the right thing to do; and a nerd's gotta do what a nerd's gotta do.

If you're able, please take the opportunity to contribute your financial support. It's important to take a public stand for reproductive rights. You can donate online at Men Who Trust Women - Donate.

Joe Brenner, National Coordinator of Men Who Trust Women, will contact you to discuss the Initiative's strategic program. We really appreciate all your support. It's not altruism, it just feels right.

Thanks!
Craig Newmark