If you'd like to keep government from coming between women and their doctors, drop by the federal courthouse in downtown Sioux Falls at lunchtime Thursday. NARAL and Planned Parenthood are rallying to support basic health care for women. Remember: men in Washington and in Pierre are using their power to make women second-class citizens in the doctor's office and in insurance plans.

Here's the press release from NARAL and PP:

Health Advocates Gather to Ask Senator Johnson to Help Protect Access to Birth Control

Thursday, February 23, 2012, local women’s health advocates will gather at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Sioux Falls to urge Senator Tim Johnson to continue to support women’s access to health insurance that covers birth control, regardless of where they work. Advocates from NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota and Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota will thank Senator Johnson for his consistent efforts to “Let Women Speak” – a reference to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing last week on the new women’s contraception policy where the makeup of the panel was all-male and opposed to birth control coverage.

Anti-contraception politicians in Congress are acting to limit women’s access to birth control coverage and other women’s preventive health care. Recently, the White House issued a new policy to ensure women get insurance coverage of birth control without a copay. Employees at religious entities like Catholic universities and hospitals which choose to opt out will receive coverage through their health insurer. However, opponents of women’s access to birth control continue calling for an even more far-reaching exemption that would allow corporations and insurance companies to not only deny access to birth control, but to any essential health care service, including maternity care, HIV/AIDS treatment, mammograms, and cancer screenings.