Thanks for Making Our First Google Hangout a Great Success!
Yesterday, we hosted our first ever pro-choice #AskNARAL Google Hangout featuring Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, Vice President for Policy Donna Crane, and Political Director Erika West. The hangout was moderated by our Director of Public Affairs and recent honoree of Planned Parenthood's Defenders of Choice, Samantha Gordon.
In case you missed the opportunity to tune in, watch our hangout below:
Our friends and activists submitted so many fantastic questions to #AskNARAL about choice-related issues and our strategy to go on offense - we didn't have time to answer them all!
Here are few questions we didn't have a chance to address in our live hangout:
We're working to expose anti-choice "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs) for lying to and shaming women who are seeking accurate information about their full range of reproductive-health options. We recently held an online week of action in partnership with the Feminist Majority Foundation to call out CPCs and we worked with our affiliate NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota to hold a CPC accountable for distributing misinformation and lashing out at a pro-choice student organizer who criticized it in Minnesota. Several of our state affiliates have produced top-notch reports analyzing CPCs. Be sure to check out our Exposing Fake Clinics Tumblr and website for more information on CPCs.
#AskNARAL Do you expect abortion rate to drop now that birth control has no co-pay on health insurance plans?-- American Spirit (@Mearthe) February 10, 2014
We all share the goal of preventing unintended pregnancies and reducing the need for abortion. Studies show time and again that when women have access to contraception, the rates of unintended pregnancies, and therefore demand for abortion care, decreases.
As a movement, we all need to do a better job of empowering pro-choice individuals from all ethnic and economic backgrounds. One way we're working to increase diversity in the pro-choice movement is by helping to elect pro-choice men and women of color who can bring their unique experiences and knowledge of diverse communities into the political sphere. We will continue to highlight a diverse set of voices so that, together, we can enact pro-choice policies that help protect and expand reproductive rights in all communities.
Visit our state affiliates' pages to learn more about work in the states and how you can get involved in protecting choice in your community.
#AskNARAL how do we engage the lgbt community in this issue? Though it may not affect their lives personally, this issues are related, no?-- Lalita Russ (@lalitachiarra) February 10, 2014
All people should have the right to decide when, whether and with whom to have children, so our issues relate very closely. We support marriage equality and we will fight with our LGBT allies to ensure politicians stay out of our private lives and decisions.
#AskNARAL Is there an rough estimate of amount of taxpayer money spent defending unconstitutional anti-choice bills at the state level?-- American Spirit (@Mearthe) February 10, 2014
Check out a great article published last month that breaks down the cost of defending anti-choice measures for five states.
We're working on expanding reproductive access both at the state and federal levels. We've celebrated a pro-choice win in California, where the governor signed legislation that increases the number of medical professionals who can provide early abortion care. And states like New York and Washington are making women's health and equality part of their agenda this year by introducing measures to protect and expand women's access.
As an organization, we don't litigate, but we do work closely with groups that do, including our coalition partners, and we support many national and local initiatives to stop anti-choice attacks in the states and protect women's reproductive freedom across the country.
We can't thank you enough for making our #AskNARAL hangout a great success and for submitting so many important questions about choice.