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Blog for Choice Day: Ann McLane Kuster

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Ann McLane Kuster is a candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in the 2nd District of New Hampshire and an adoption attorney in Concord, N.H.

For the past 25 years as an adoption attorney, I have represented women - from age 14 to 40, from junior high school to juniors in college, from living in cars to the most prestigious neighborhoods - who face unplanned pregnancy. Every time, with hundreds of women, year by year, I witnessed the courage, compassion and conviction that women across the country face every day.

Thanks to the United States Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, these women have the choice - the personal, private and legal choice - about their reproductive health and their future.

There is more we can do. I applaud President Obama this week for standing up for women across the country. Thanks to health reform, women across the country with private insurance can get birth control without paying anything out of pocket. This lets women make the health care decisions that are right for them and puts every one of us in charge of our own reproductive health. I know firsthand how painful the choices are, and these are the steps that will prevent so many women from having to face this challenge.

The extreme positions being advocated by the far right will roll back the clock on women's rights and access to the healthcare they need. We need to be on the side of progress and less government interference in people's personal lives, so women will be able to make the choices that fit in their lives.

As an adoption attorney, a mother, a daughter and a friend, I will work every day here in New Hampshire - and in the United States Congress - to honor women everywhere and their right to freedom of choice. I hope you will join me and together, we will be heard and our legal rights will be protected!

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