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Pro-Choice Volunteers Will Knock Doors to Elect Markey

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We were all shocked and horrified when we learned about the Boston Marathon bombings last week. In the NARAL Pro-Choice America office, each of us checked in on friends and family from the area and tried to come to grips with what had happened.

While we'll keep the families affected by the attacks in our thoughts and prayers, we know that the best way to move forward is to get back to our normal activities and not let the attacks change our day-to-day freedoms.

Right now, that means we're back to politics as usual - electing men and women who believe that it's not the government's role to tell women whether, when, and with whom they should start a family.

Two candidates are about to face off in the Democratic primary for the Senate special election to fill Secretary of State Kerry's former Senate seat in the great state of Massachusetts. We've gone all-in to see that Rep. Ed Markey - and not anti-choice Rep. Stephen Lynch - comes out a winner.

In fact, we have a team on the ground right now that's getting ready to make calls and knock on doors in pockets of the state where voter turnout will be critical.

Starting today and through the primary on April 30, we plan to hold conversations with thousands of pro-choice voters - voters who may sit out this election unless they hear from us. And with recent polling showing that not only is the race tightening up, but that anti-choice Rep. Lynch is even leading among likely independent voters - contacting them is vital.

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Why is this race so important? Rep. Lynch has voted to deny servicewomen access to abortion services and against President Obama's health-reform law, which will increase women's access to family-planning services, contraception, and maternity care.

We can't take a chance - we must send someone to the Senate who we can count on 100 percent to protect and expand women's access to reproductive-health care, from birth control to abortion.

If you or someone you know can volunteer with us, sign up today. As you can imagine, it's going to take hundreds of people volunteering thousands of hours to go door to door. But it will be worth it - these neighbor to neighbor conversations are the most effective way to educate and turnout voters.

Our team can't wait to get started! Keep up with their activities by following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

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