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Anti-Choice Senator: No Talking about Abortion on the Internet

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Stop me if you've heard this one: an anti-choice politician, instead of focusing on creating jobs, sticks an attack on women's freedom and privacy onto an unrelated piece of legislation.

Seems to be a theme, huh?

Anti-choice Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) just filed an anti-choice amendment to a bill related to agriculture, transportation, housing, and other programs. The DeMint amendment could bar discussion of abortion over the Internet and through videoconferencing, even if a woman's health is at risk and if this kind of communication with her doctor is her best option to receive care.

Under this amendment, women would need a separate, segregated Internet just for talking about abortion care with their doctors.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, called Sen. DeMint's actions outrageous:

What about a woman experiencing a high-risk pregnancy who is talking with her doctor through video conferencing? Under Sen. DeMint's extreme plan, if abortion came up in that doctor-patient conversation, the woman and her physician would have to go to a separate communications system. He's calling for an abortion-only version of Skype. It is impractical, ridiculous, and, most importantly, bad for women in rural or remote areas who would not be able to discuss the full set of options with their doctor.

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.358, the "Let Women Die" bill. The House has now voted on more anti-choice measures this year than in any year since 2000.

And now, anti-choice senators are saying, "Me, too!"

The U.S. Senate could vote on the DeMint amendment as early as today. And even though we have strong pro-choice leaders in the Senate, only 40 out of the 100 senators are fully pro-choice.

Stand up today: call your senators at 202-421-3121 and tell them to oppose the DeMint amendment (#768) to H.R.2112.

It's an important reminder that pro-choice Americans must always be vigilant in standing up for our values of freedom and privacy.

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