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Senate Race Watch: Montana

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While everyone is waiting with bated breath for the presidential election, we aren't forgetting the importance of the U.S. Senate elections.

The Senate is critical in the fight to defend the right to choose, so we must protect every senator who fights for women's freedom and privacy. Right now, there are only 40 reliably pro-choice votes in that chamber. It takes 41 to block bad legislation.

Back in 2006, NARAL Pro-Choice America's PAC was thrilled to endorse Montana Sen. Jon Tester for election. We're excited to stand with him again in 2012 as he runs for re-election!

NK_phonebank_Tester_MT.jpgNancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, joined volunteers to make calls in support of Sen. Jon Tester!

Sen. Tester has proven to be a pro-choice leader time and again. He's voted against defunding Planned Parenthood which would deny millions of Americans access to contraception, cancer screenings, and other basic medical care.

He also voted against a spending bill that would cut funding for contraception and cancer screenings, and eliminate family-planning programs for the world's poorest women.

Right now, Sen. Tester is locked in a tight race against an anti-choice opponent Rep. Denny Rehberg (R). Rep. Rehberg has a terrible record on choice.

In 2011, Rep. Rehberg voted twice to defund Planned Parenthood. He also voted to allow hospitals to deny emergency abortion care to women who could die without it.

These extreme anti-choice policies are completely out of touch with the needs and values of Montana women.

This race is personal for NARAL Pro-Choice America. When our own Nancy Keenan ran for Congress in 2000, she was narrowly defeated by Rehberg.

If you have friends in Montana, urge them to vote for the pro-choice candidate who will fight for women's freedom and privacy: Sen. Jon Tester.

Paid for by NARAL Pro-Choice America, www.ProChoiceAmerica.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

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