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Chelsea Gelbart is the millennial fellow at NARAL Pro-Choice California

"Forcible rape." "Masturbating" fetuses. Over the past few years, the anti-choice rhetoric coming out of politicians' mouths has gotten crazier and crazier.

Unfortunately, what many people in 'blue' states like New York, Oregon, Massachusetts, and California don't realize is that this isn't just a problem for places like Texas. It's everyone's problem -- in everyone's state.

Recently in California, State Assemblymember Donald Wagner (R-Irvine) wondered why women weren't showing up at hearings for a bill to expand abortion care, dragging their children behind as "evidence" that they weren't able to terminate their unwanted pregnancies. Unbelievable.

And he's not unique. Right now, an anti-choice candidate is running in a special election for California Senate District 16. His name is Andy Vidak, and he represents the same Tea Party views as politicians like Michele Bachmann and Todd Akin who support defunding family-planning services. Vidak wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would eliminate Obamacare's no-cost contraception coverage benefit.

His opponent, pro-choice candidate Leticia Perez, is dedicated to expanding access to local and affordable reproductive-health care. She stands with California women and families and supports a women's right to make personal medical decisions without government interference.

Even in traditionally 'blue' states like California, we must work tirelessly to keep anti-choice politicians out of our personal, private decisions. If you want to help, check out Leticia's website and like her on Facebook to find out ways that you can get involved.

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