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It's March, which means it's Women's History Month!

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis became a household name overnight when she took an epic stand against extreme anti-choice politicians in her state. There are so many pro-choice champions that few are ever recognized for their hard work and dedication to protecting women's reproductive freedom. That's why this year, we're recognizing some amazing heroines of the pro-choice movement that stood up to anti-choice attacks in their states, and work tirelessly to protect and expand women's access to reproductive-health care, birth control, and abortion services.

In New Mexico, we recognize Dolores Huerta, a worker's and women's right activist who was a key figure in battling the first city-wide abortion ban proposed in Albuquerque. In an ad produced by NARAL Pro-Choice America, Advocates for Youth, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and Young Women United, Dolores said:

"I am Dolores Huerta, New Mexican, and Catholic mother of eleven. Women are the only ones who should make decisions about their bodies. We cannot allow others to interfere in our lives. Decisions about abortion belong with a woman, her family, and her doctor. I have fought for working people all of my life. Join me and defend the rights, dignity and the respect of all women and families."

Huerta has been fighting for civil rights for more than six decades. She recently received our Champion of Choice Award. Check out this video of her acceptance speech:


In Massachusetts, we recognize Attorney General Martha Coakley, whose office defended the state's pro-choice buffer zone law at the Supreme Court, which NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts supported strongly. This law protects patients and medical professionals from being harassed and intimidated by anti-choice protestors who mob reproductive-health clinics.


Attorney General Coakley released a statement after the buffer zone oral arguments and said:

"I am proud that Massachusetts passed the buffer zone law to help people access reproductive health care free from harassment... I thought the justices asked insightful questions about the constitutional balance that this law must, and we believe does, strike. I am hopeful that they will conclude that the buffer zone statute appropriately protects speech, health care access, and public safety, and should remain law."

In Oklahoma, we're like to recognize Rep. Constance Johnson who led the charge against recent legislative attacks in her state.

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When politicians in the Oklahoma state legislature pushed for extreme anti-choice "personhood" legislation that would ban abortion care with no exception for survivors of rape or incest and could also ban in-vitro fertilization, Sen. Johnson fought back.

Sen. Johnson introduced her own tongue-in-cheek bill to ban "non-procreative ejaculation" and expose the hypocrisy of anti-choice politicians who would endanger women's health:

"As a woman and a 31-year veteran of the legislative process in Oklahoma, I am increasingly offended by state law trends that solely focus on the female's role in the reproductive process. With Oklahoma's new, never-before-experienced Republican majority, we are seeing enactment of more and more measures that adversely affect women and their rights to access safe medical procedures when making reproductive-health care decisions."

In New Hampshire, we recognize former NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire board member and co-chair of the New Hampshire Reproductive Rights legislative caucus, state Rep. Candace White Bouchard.

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Year after year, Rep. Bouchard stands up to legislative attacks on choice and received NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire's Champion of Choice award in 2012. Rep. Bouchard co-sponsored the New Hampshire buffer zone bill and was lauded by her pro-choice peers when she bravely refused to allow an anti-choice colleague to speak against abortion to the full House on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Over in Michigan, we must recognize Michigan Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer who took a stand and bravely shared her own personal story of sexual assault to fight the anti-choice "rape insurance" bill in Michigan. She spoke out against her extreme anti-choice colleagues, saying:

"As a legislator, a lawyer, a woman and the mother of two girls, I think the fact that rape insurance is even being discussed by this body is repulsive, let alone the way it has been orchestrated and now shoved through the legislature."Those of you on the other side of the aisle are all too happy to be puppets in this offensive game impacting women's lives... This is by far one of the most misogynistic proposals I've ever seen in the Michigan legislature."

You can watch state Sen. Whitmer's testimony below:


In California, we recognize state Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, who authored a law in 2013 that expands access to safe abortion care in the Golden State.


This new law, which NARAL Pro-Choice California organized around to help pass, will increase the number of medical professionals, including midwives and nurses, who can provide early abortion care.

We honored Asm. Atkins in our 23rd edition of Who Decides? The Status of Reproductive Choice in the States for her amazing work protecting and expanding women's reproductive rights in California.

We know that the brave work of these pro-choice heroines would have been possible without contributions from pioneers and advocates of women's reproductive rights. That's why we'd like to recognize former Missouri state Sen. Harriet Woods for being a trailblazer in politics. Sen. Woods' political career spanned more than three decades. She served in the Missouri legislature with just a handful of women in the 1980s and went on to become the first, and so far the only, female Lieutenant Governor of Missouri.


Sen. Woods' loss in a tight race for U.S. Senate against incumbent John Danforth led to the creation of the pro-choice democratic non-profit EMILY's List. From 1991-1995, Sen. Woods served as the president of the Women's Political Caucus and continued her work fighting for women alongside NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri until she passed away in 2007.

As we recognize pro-choice heroines of the past we also look to the future and to up-and-coming pro-choice leaders who are just getting started on their paths to protecting women's freedom and privacy. New pro-choice supporters and activists pop up every day across the country. They're the ones who will lead the charge and make sure women continue to have access to comprehensive reproductive-health care and abortion access.

That's why we're also we recognizing NARAL Pro-Choice California PrivacyPAC-endorsed California state senate candidate Sandra Fluke.

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Fluke garnered national attention when she was denied the right to testify at the now-infamous all-male panel on birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Fluke has since dedicated her career to social justice and public advocacy. She recently attended NARAL Pro-Choice America's San Francisco Power of Choice Luncheon as a special guest and panelist.

We're so thankful to have pro-choice champions defending women's reproductive freedom in every state. These elected officials, along with countless others, work every day to make sure women have safe, legal, access to all of their reproductive options.

In honor of Women's History Month, we recognize and thank these elected officials for their service and for not backing down to anti-choice legislative attacks across the country.

Thanksgiving_small.jpgWho doesn't love Thanksgiving? So many things to look forward to: family, friends, and most importantly, food.

But sometimes at the Thanksgiving table we can't avoid those political discussions that go from awkward to even more awkward if curmudgeonly "Uncle Marv" won't stop running his mouth about how we need to pass a 20-week abortion ban.

Uncle Marv may not realize how dangerous an abortion ban can be for women's health, but luckily you're armed with the facts. That's why you can help educate Uncle Marv about why voters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, resoundingly voted down a proposed 20-week ban.

Here are some quick facts about later abortion care and later abortion bans you can use at Thanksgiving:

  • Less than two percent of abortion care occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy .

  • And many of those women who do choose later abortion must make the heartbreaking decision to end a much-wanted pregnancy after a tragic diagnosis. Dana is one of these women. Later into her pregnancy, Dana found out that her pregnancy had a severe fetal anomaly and decided to end her pregnancy - the decision her and her husband felt was best for their family. You can even show Uncle Marv this video of Dana telling her story.

  • Many later abortion bans, including the failed ban in Albuquerque and those in a number of states, have no exceptions for survivors of rape or incest.

  • Anti-choice groups are actually trying to ban abortion outright, regardless of a woman's health or circumstances. Later abortion bans are just one way they're trying to do this.

Even in Congress, politicians like Sen. Lindsey Graham, who introduced a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks for women nationwide, are spending taxpayer dollars push a bill that endangers women's lives instead of fixing real problems like education, the economy, or climate change.

Hopefully, talking about the dangers that real women face if later abortion bans are passed will open up Uncle Marv's mind to consider facts he hadn't been aware of before. You may not agree on everything, but you can help him understand why defeating these bans is essential to protecting women's health and safety.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Did you see voters that in November Albuquerque gave the boot to a ballot measure that would have banned abortion care after 20 weeks? This win is a big deal: extreme anti-choice forces threw everything they had into the fight...and they lost big time.

Take a look at our Buzzfeed that explains how 20-week bans on abortion hurt women and what some pro-choice members of Congress are doing to stop them in their tracks.


Respect ABQ women_small.pngIn announcing his 20-week abortion ban bill, Sen. Lindsay Graham said, "Nothing bad is going to happen." But we know at least one thing will happen! Women will be robbed of the right to make decisions for themselves. Politicians have no place making decisions for women about why, how or when they have children.

This ban is part of a larger strategy to criminalize abortion. Twelve states have passed similar laws. And for the first time, a city may ban later abortion this month.

Anti-choice extremists aligned with Operation Rescue have moved into Albuquerque to ban abortion. This is the very same group that terrorized Dr. Tiller for years before he was murdered in his church in Wichita. When they arrived in New Mexico, they wasted no time targeting abortion providers outside of their homes for harassment.

When they couldn't stop these providers through intimidation, they moved to the next phase in their plan: passing an abortion ban. Unfortunately, they collected enough signatures, and on November 19, Operation Rescue's dangerous 20-week abortion ban will be on the ballot.

That's why we're fighting back against this dangerous measure on the ground in Albuquerque.

We deployed our staff to join with NARAL Pro-Choice New Mexico to call and knock on doors to turn out voters now that early voting is underway.

And in partnership with National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Advocates For Youth, and Young Women United (YWU), a Respect ABQ Women partner, from today through Election Day, we're running radio ads to defeat the ban. Our ads featuring civil rights activist Dolores Huerta who hails from New Mexico, will reach 100,000 people in Albuquerque!

The more people hear this ad, the better chance we'll have of stopping these dangerous attacks on women's reproductive health and freedom in Albuquerque. Listen to our radio ads, and share it with your friends in Albuquerque:

Sponsored by Respect ABQ Women/Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. NARAL Pro-Choice America, 1156 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

This week, Missouri State Sen. Brian Nieves went far beyond other anti-choice politicians in revealing his ignorance about a woman's personal and private decision to seek abortion care.

He said that a life-saving abortion is just a "matter of convenience:"

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It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that Sen. Nieves' claim is not only blatantly false, but has extremely dangerous implications. One of the reasons we fight so hard to protect a woman's right to choose is because a woman's life can depend on her accessing abortion care.

Women like Jamie, who are unable to carry a pregnancy to term because of medical complications, would die if denied abortion care. And women like Beverly know firsthand how access to abortion care can be crucial to saving a woman's life - she would have lost her mother from pregnancy complications if a doctor had not performed a life-saving abortion, which was illegal in the days before Roe v. Wade.

It's outrageous that Sen. Nieves is so quick to dismiss life-saving care as a "matter of convenience." Apparently, protecting a woman's health and safety is inconvenient for this anti-choice extremist.

We all remember last month when thousands of pro-choice activists flooded the Texas capitol in solidarity with Sen. Wendy Davis to stop an extreme anti-choice bill that would close almost 90 percent of abortion clinics across the state.

I've been to my fair share of rallies, and as an added bonus of standing up for reproductive freedom I've seen some innovative, creative, and sometimes comedic signs.

But when Tuesday Cain's hand-made sign went viral, anti-choice activists went after her, calling the 14-year old "ugly," a "degenerate," and "whore."

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Fortunately, the story does not end there. Tuesday stood up to anti-choice bullies and spoke out:

"I don't think [supporting a woman's right to choose] makes me -- or any other 14-year-old girl who agrees with me -- a whore. It simply makes us people. People who believe that abortion should be safe, legal and accessible for women. People who believe women should be in control of their bodies and should not ever have to put their lives at risk so that we don't go backwards in women's rights in this country.

Normally, I prefer to look up to adults as role models. But what is happening in Texas right now it's hard to find adults who I want to look up to. I'm not going to let someone calling me a whore stop me from fighting for what is right for all women. I'm not going to let the bullies win in the fight over women's bodies."

We couldn't agree more.

While it's disgusting to see anti-choice bullies shame young women for supporting women's reproductive freedom, at least the battle for women's health in Texas has cast a spotlight on what anti-choice politicians and their allies are really trying to achieve: taking away a woman's ability to decide whether and when to start a family.

In their efforts to ban abortion, anti-choice politicians in the Texas legislature recently passed an extreme bill that could close nearly 90 percent of abortion clinics across the state.

Once the bill goes into effect, the drastic reduction in clinics will eliminate family-planning services, reproductive-health care, and cancer screenings for many low-income families who may have no other options to access care. The bill will also have devastating consequences for women's access to abortion services.

Now, medical experts fear that women in Texas may desperately turn to unsafe options, including attempting abortion care themselves. Some may even cross into Mexico to obtain medication abortion, which could be very dangerous if taken without consultation from a doctor.

But some anti-choice public figures couldn't care less about women's safety. After the vote in Texas, Erick Erickson of Fox News tweeted that "liberals" should "bookmark" the website of a coat hanger production company!

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It's disgusting that Erickson would make light of the real and tragic danger of unsafe abortion procedures.

Sorry, Erick, this is no joke.

Unsafe abortion care cost many young women their lives before Roe v. Wade, and women still die from unsafe abortion services all over the world.

We know that extreme anti-choice restrictions - like the ones in Texas - do not reduce the need for abortion, they only make it more dangerous. That's why it is so important for women to have safe, legal access to abortion without government intrusion, and to make clinics as safe as possible - not close them down.

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We were deeply disappointed to hear that, despite thousands of pro-choice Texans rallying at the Capitol in opposition to extreme anti-choice legislation, the Texas House of Representatives passed a bill that would close down all but five abortion clinics across the state and ban abortion care after 20 weeks - even in the most heartbreaking of circumstances.


We've seen the anti-choice in politicians Texas stoop to a new low by resorting to cheating tactics and changing the rules to force this dangerous legislation into law. Texas grabbed the nation's attention during Sen. Wendy Davis' 13-hour filibuster and we'd like to share a first-hand account of that experience, from Heather McLeod of Austin, Texas, who stood in the Capitol that night:

"The gallery was full, as was the auditorium where the proceedings were being streamed. Hallways and elevators and stairwells buzzed with activity.

Suddenly an urgent "Shhhhhhhh!" passed from person to person in the group closest to the television. The roar of the bustling room dropped to a hush. This had been the third point of order and the sound was back on. I could feel our collective hearts drop. Sustained. They had killed the filibuster, grasping at absurd straws in an effort to silence Wendy Davis and all of us. I was aware here of the beginning of a certain level of unity--focused, bold, determined--that would come to define the rest of the night. As far as we knew, the filibuster had been broken, which meant the bill would pass, and our reproductive freedom was about to be ripped out from under us.

Crowding onto the terrazzo of the rotunda, surrounded by stately portraits and the soft white glow of the building's interior, our voices began to rise. Louder and louder we grew, until we were chanting as one: "Shame! Shame! Shame! Shame!" The force of passion in the building could have lifted the roof off, not to mention the sheer volume of sound. It grew into one neverending cry of outrage in between chants, until a group of state representatives appeared on the west side of the second floor balcony. I recognized Dawnna Dukes, Senfronia Thomas, and Borris Miles. They were telling us that it wasn't over. The senators were appealing the ruling. They were pleading with us to wait quietly. They motioned dramatically with their hands: "Wait here. We'll be back." It was around this time that we learned that all entrances to the Capitol had been locked due to the crowd's unrest, and no one was allowed in or out. We sat down on the floor of the rotunda. The temperature in the room had started to rise. Food and water were brought in and passed around. We waited, texted, checked social media.

As 11:00 approached, the mood in the room grew tense. We weren't sure what was happening in the gallery. We began counting down. People inside began getting to their feet again until we were all standing.

At 11:42 we began to hear cheering from upstairs and someone appeared at the railing of the highest balcony yelling hoarsely at us to start making noise. Around this same time came the news of Senator Van de Putte's powerful question. Our supporters in the gallery had disrupted the session by standing and cheering and they were refusing to stop.

If we could hear the couple hundred of them shouting, they would certainly be able to hear one or two thousand people in the center of the building. Like a match had been lit, the rotunda exploded in an uprising of sound that swelled above us to a chill-inducing, ear-splitting pitch. "WEN-DY! WEN-DY! WEN-DY!" "WHOSE HOUSE IS IT? OUR HOUSE! WE WON'T GO BACK!" "OUR BODY! OUR CHOICE!" We screamed and clapped and cheered as if our lives depended on it. Our freedom certainly did. The sound seemed to hang in the air above us and feed back, ringing out the power of hundreds and hundreds of voices screaming for equality.

Midnight came and went. Dozens of troopers entered the gallery and began physically removing people while confusion set in downstairs. It appeared a vote had happened, albeit illegally, and that nothing would be settled by night's end. A sizable crowd was gathered outside the Capitol when we left. We witnessed some dramatic arrests being made.

I got home shortly after 2:00 a.m. and learned then that, amazingly, the bill was dead. Dewhurst had ultimately been forced to concede to the objectivity of the clock. Here in Texas we are used to losing these battles, so the next morning dawned with a kind of hope and pride we haven't felt in a long time. But within 24 hours, Rick Perry called another special session. But something has changed in a huge number of us: we are tired, really tired, of being devalued, threatened, and ignored. We will not stand by while our most personal rights are stripped away.

We have woken up."

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, discussed new anti-choice legislative attacks across the country and politicians' cheating tactics on "Hardball with Chris Matthews."

"[Anti-choice politicians'] goal has remained the same: to outlaw abortion as well as women's other reproductive choices...What's more interesting is how they're resorting to do it. These politicians in Texas and North Carolina, and I'm from Texas as well, know that they don't have popular support on their side, and so they're resorting to cheating, changing the rules, doing these things under the dark of night.

I think women have had enough. That's what we're seeing in Texas and in North Carolina. We're getting calls from national members everywhere asking "what can we do?" This is it, this is enough. We will support Texas, we will support North Carolina, and we will get these folks out of office that are driving these extreme policies that are bad for women, and bad for our families."

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Pro-Choice Texans Call Out Cheaters


cheater_small.jpgThe Texas Legislature is still in the spotlight after Sen. Wendy Davis' epic stand led the way to a "People's Filibuster," where hundreds of pro-choice Texans rallied at the capitol and ensured that an extreme anti-choice bill did not pass.

But instead of respecting democracy, Gov. Rick Perry and his anti-choice allies in the Texas legislature have resorted to manipulating the rules, cutting off debate, and ignoring the clock so that they could pass extreme anti-choice legislation.

We asked pro-choice Texans across the state to voice their own opinions about Gov. Perry's cheating tactics by writing a Letter to the Editor of their local paper. The Letters to the Editor are the most frequented section of the paper, and we've already seen a few printed!

Here's one Letter to the Editor featured in the Weatherford Democrat:

As children, we're taught that cheating is against the rules, plain and simple. As adults, many of us work to instill this value in children. We want them to play fair, and follow the rules even if it doesn't go their way. As the old adage goes, "Cheaters never win." Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst and their allies in the legislature must have missed this lesson. And Texas women could pay the price. Perry and Dewhurst have resorted to cheating and deception to push their abortion bill that will hurt the health of many women across the state.

We demand that Gov. Perry and Lt. Gov. Dewhurst stop changing the rules. Cheating is no way to make laws for Texas. If the governor and his allies can't pass a law fairly under the rules, we can't let them cheat their way to victory. Here in Texas, cheaters never win.

Janell Jenkins, Garland, Texas

Anti-choice politicians in Texas and across the country must be held accountable for their unacceptable behavior that could cheat women out of their rights. Would you consider writing to your local paper?

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Something truly extraordinary happened this week that electrified our community. Pro-choice Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) took an epic stand for women's reproductive freedom and refused to be bullied or silenced by anti-choice politicians in the legislature.

Sen. Davis chose to filibuster a bill, S.B. 5, which would have banned abortion care after 20 weeks and shut down all but five abortion clinics across the state of Texas. She was not allowed to sit, drink, eat, or even lean on the podium at any time for the 13 hours she needed to run out the clock and prevent a vote before the special session ended.

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Sen. Davis withstood numerous attempts by her anti-choice colleagues to silence her. Proponents of the bill also attempted to silence the voices of the hundreds of pro-choice supporters who filled the Texas Capitol. In the end, the bill was officially defeated when the session ended at midnight without a vote.

I tuned into the live-stream late Tuesday night, and was both mesmerized and horrified at how far anti-choice politicians would go to ram through such a dangerous measure for women's health. State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte (D) drove the point home when she said:

"At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?"

Sen. Van de Putte's question was like a match to a fuse. Pro-choice supporters in the Capitol immediately began to cheer with support. The cheer became a roar. And they didn't stop cheering until time ran out and the session ended without a vote on S.B. 5.

The defeat of S.B. 5 was a resounding victory for pro-choice women and men across the nation. Sen. Davis' efforts were nothing short of incredible, and her stand reminds us that elected officials can do more than just vote to fight back against the most extreme anti-choice politicians. Sign our Thank You note to Sen. Wendy Davis for not backing down to anti-choice bullies.

Showing just how far anti-choice politicians are willing to go, Gov. Rick Perry (R) has already called for a second special session to advance this bill again. He also showed his true colors and took it to a personal level by stating that Sen. Davis should "[learn] from her own example":


Sen. Wendy Davis and pro-choice supporters across the country are ready to fight back against his extreme agenda.

Who's with us?

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Texas Lawmakers' Vote Will Close Most Abortion Clinics


Texas_small.jpgIn Texas, anti-choice politicians are trying with all their might to pass new restrictions that will shut down reproductive-health clinics across the state.

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas has been in the Capitol fighting back with hundreds of pro-choice activists from across the state. Yesterday, they were on the House floor with hundreds of activists in a "People's Filibuster" to show how dangerous this legislation would be for women's health and safety.

So far, over 700 people from all over the state have signed up to testify against the bill. Hundreds of these citizens' testimony was casually disregarded as "repetitive" by Rep. Byron Cook in an effort to rush a vote in his House committee. Despite this, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas' monumental effort to restore transparency to the democratic process has temporarily blocked the House from voting on the anti-choice package.

Anti-choice Gov. Rick Perry (R), who made headlines by proudly slashing critical family-planning funding in 2011, personally made sure these anti-choice restrictions were part of the agenda for a special session after legislators failed to pass them during the regular session.

If these restrictions become law, all but five abortion providers in the entire state will likely be forced to close. Low-income women and their families, already struggling to access quality care, will be forced to travel huge distances or not receive care at all.

Don't expect anti-choice politicians to stop at these restrictions - they are also scheming to ban abortion after 20 weeks.

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed anti-choice Rep. Trent Franks' (R-AZ) unconstitutional bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks for all women, nationwide.

Anti-choice politicians advanced their extreme agenda to take away every woman's right to choose when they passed this dangerous legislation, 228-196.

We thank all of our pro-choice champions for speaking out and opposing this anti-choice legislation that puts politics before women's safety.

It's critical that we hold anti-choice members of Congress accountable for their inexcusable vote. Remember: anti-choice politicians are working to ban abortion altogether. They will continue pushing anti-choice legislation in Washington and around the country until they've accomplished that goal.

How did your representative vote on the 20-week abortion ban?

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Rep. Aderholt (R-AL)
Rep. Alexander (R-LA)
Rep. Amash (R-MI)
Rep. Amodei (R-NV)
Rep. Bachmann (R-MN)
Rep. Bachus (R-AL)
Rep. Barletta (R-PA)
Rep. Barr (R-KY)
Rep. Barton (R-TX)
Rep. Benishek (R-MI)
Rep. Bentivolio (R-MI)
Rep. Bilirakis (R-FL)
Rep. Bishop (R-UT)
Rep. Black (R-TN)
Rep. Blackburn (R-TN)
Rep. Boustany (R-LA)
Rep. Brady (R-TX)
Rep. Bridenstine (R-OK)
Rep. Brooks (R-AL)
Rep. Brooks (R-IN)
Rep. Buchanan (R-FL)
Rep. Bucshon (R-IN)
Rep. Burgess (R-TX)
Rep. Calvert (R-CA)
Rep. Camp (R-MI)
Rep. Cantor (R-VA)
Rep. Capito (R-WV)
Rep. Carter (R-TX)
Rep. Cassidy (R-LA)
Rep. Chabot (R-OH)
Rep. Chaffetz (R-UT)
Rep. Coble (R-NC)
Rep. Coffman (R-CO)
Rep. Cole (R-OK)
Rep. Collins (R-GA)
Rep. Collins (R-NY)
Rep. Conaway (R-TX)
Rep. Cook (R-CA)
Rep. Cotton (R-AR)
Rep. Cramer (R-ND)
Rep. Crawford (R-AR)
Rep. Crenshaw (R-FL)
Rep. Cuellar (D-TX)
Rep. Culberson (R-TX)
Rep. Daines (R-MT)
Rep. Davis (R-IL)
Rep. Denham (R-CA)
Rep. DeSantis (R-FL)
Rep. DesJarlais (R-TN)
Rep. Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
Rep. Duffy (R-WI)
Rep. Duncan (R-SC)
Rep. Duncan (R-TN)
Rep. Ellmers (R-NC)
Rep. Farenthold (R-TX)
Rep. Fincher (R-TN)
Rep. Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
Rep. Fleischmann (R-TN)
Rep. Fleming (R-LA)
Rep. Flores (R-TX)
Rep. Forbes (R-VA)
Rep. Fortenberry (R-NE)
Rep. Foxx (R-NC)
Rep. Franks (R-AZ)
Rep. Gardner (R-CO)
Rep. Garrett (R-NJ)
Rep. Gerlach (R-PA)
Rep. Gibbs (R-OH)
Rep. Gibson (R-NY)
Rep. Gingrey (R-GA)
Rep. Gohmert (R-TX)
Rep. Goodlatte (R-VA)
Rep. Gosar (R-AZ)
Rep. Gowdy (R-SC)
Rep. Granger (R-TX)
Rep. Graves (R-GA)
Rep. Graves (R-MO)
Rep. Griffin (R-AR)
Rep. Griffith (R-VA)
Rep. Grimm (R-NY)
Rep. Guthrie (R-KY)
Rep. Hall (R-TX)
Rep. Harper (R-MS)
Rep. Harris (R-MD)
Rep. Hartzler (R-MO)
Rep. Hastings (R-WA)
Rep. Heck (R-NV)
Rep. Hensarling (R-TX)
Rep. Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
Rep. Holding (R-NC)
Rep. Hudson (R-NC)
Rep. Huelskamp (R-KS)
Rep. Huizenga (R-MI)
Rep. Hultgren (R-IL)
Rep. Hurt (R-VA)
Rep. Issa (R-CA)
Rep. Jenkins (R-KS)
Rep. Johnson (R-OH)
Rep. Johnson (R-TX)
Rep. Jones (R-NC)
Rep. Jordan (R-OH)
Rep. Joyce (R-OH)
Rep. Kelly (R-PA)
Rep. King (R-IA)
Rep. King (R-NY)
Rep. Kingston (R-GA)
Rep. Kinzinger (R-IL)
Rep. Kline (R-MN)
Rep. Labrador (R-ID)
Rep. LaMalfa (R-CA)
Rep. Lamborn (R-CO)
Rep. Lance (R-NJ)
Rep. Lankford (R-OK)
Rep. Latham (R-IA)
Rep. Latta (R-OH)
Rep. Lipinski (D-IL)
Rep. LoBiondo
Rep. Long (R-MO)
Rep. Lucas (R-OK)
Rep. Luetkemeyer (R MO)
Rep. Lummis (R-WY)
Rep. Marchant (RTX)
Rep. Marino (R-PA)
Rep. Massie (R-KY)
Rep. Matheson (D-UT)
Rep. McCarthy (R-CA)
Rep. McCaul (R-TX)
Rep. McClintock (R-CA)
Rep. McHenry (R-NC)
Rep. McIntyre (D-NC)
Rep. McKeon (R-CA)
Rep. McKinley (R-WV)
Rep. McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Rep. Meadows (R-NC)
Rep. Meehan (R-PA)
Rep. Messer (R-IN)
Rep. Mica (R-FL)
Rep. Miller (R-FL)
Rep. Miller (R-MI)
Rep. Miller (R-CA)
Rep. Mullin (R-OK)
Rep. Mulvaney (R-SC)
Rep. Murphy (R-PA)
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Rep. Renacci (R-OH)
Rep. Ribble (R-WI)
Rep. Rice (R-SC)
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Rep. Roe (R-TN)
Rep. Rogers (R-AL)
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Rep. Rohrabacher (R-CA)
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Rep. Rooney (R-FL)
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Rep. Simpson (R-ID)
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Rep. Smith (R-NE)
Rep. Smith (R-NJ)
Rep. Smith (R-TX)
Rep. Southerland (R-FL)
Rep. Stewart (R-UT)
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Rep. Thompson (D-CA)
Rep. Thompson (D-MS)
Rep. Tierney (D-MA)
Rep. Titus (D-NV)
Rep. Tonko (D-NY)
Rep. Tsongas (D-MA)
Rep. Van Hollen (D-MD)
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Rep. Veasey (D-TX)
Rep. Vela (D-TX)
Rep. Velázquez (D-NY)
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Rep. Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
Rep. Waters (D-CA)
Rep. Watt (D-NC)
Rep. Waxman (D-CA)
Rep. Welch (D-VT)
Rep. Wilson (D-FL)
Rep. Woodall (R-GA)

Not Voting
Rep. Bonner (R-AL)
Rep. Campbell (R-CA)
Rep. Hunter (R-CA)
Rep. Larsen (D-WA)
Rep. Markey (D-MA)
Rep. McCarthy (D-NY)
Rep. Pascrell (D-NJ)
Rep. Rogers (R-KY)
Rep. Schock (R-IL)
Rep. Yarmuth (D-KY)

*Italicized names denote party crossovers

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Standing Up for D.C. Women


Earlier this month, I told you about a new proposed abortion ban that specifically targets women in our nation's capital.

And when anti-choice Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) held a hearing on the bill, he didn't even allow Washington, D.C.'s elected representative, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, to testify against it!

Today, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, spoke out at a news conference against these attacks on D.C. women's freedom and privacy.

She joined Rep. Norton, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, and other civil- and reproductive-rights leaders to amplify their opposition to anti-choice proposals that would undermine the ability of women in the city to make personal, private medical decisions with their doctors.


Nancy said that no woman's constitutional right to choose should depend upon her ZIP code or her income:

Unfortunately, too many members of Congress disagree with this core value--and they're using Washington, D.C. as a testing ground to interfere in the personal, private decisions that women make with their doctors. We have seen what happens to women in this city when some members of Congress try to play mayor or councilmember.

And since Rep. Franks is acting like D.C.'s mayor, some D.C. residents decided they'd take their problems to him.

Rats? Potholes? Let "Mayor Franks" take care of it!

Tell your representative to oppose attacks on D.C. women.

Tell me if this sounds familiar.

This afternoon, a key subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a hearing on an anti-choice bill. The bill in question was introduced by anti-choice Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona, who's also the subcommittee's chairman.

When a pro-choice elected woman requested to testify at the hearing, Rep. Franks told her NO.

What am I talking about?

Is it the all-male birth-control panel that excluded Sandra Fluke?

Is it a hearing on the "Arrest Grandma Act"?

Nope. It's a brand-new attack on women's freedom and privacy that combines some of the "greatest hits" of the past three months.


Rep. Franks is pushing a bill to ban abortion care at 20 weeks in Washington, D.C., without consideration for the woman's situation, including cases of rape, incest, or fetal anomaly.

(Hear one family's tragic story that makes clear just how cruel this sort of law really is.)

Why does a representative from Arizona get to do this?

Because the District of Columbia is not a state, and opponents of choice have long used it as their anti-choice proving ground. Rep. Franks' bill is a top priority of the anti-choice National Right to Life Committee and continues the anti-choice legacy of undermining home rule in Washington, D.C.

And the pro-choice woman who wanted to testify at the hearing? That's Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, whom D.C. citizens elected with 89 percent of the vote.

Rep. Norton is not allowed to vote on the House floor, and now, thanks to Rep. Franks, she's not allowed to speak out on a bill that will affect the women in her district, either.

Rep. Franks, by the way, got exactly zero percent of the vote in D.C., since he's from Arizona. But I guess he thinks he knows what's best for D.C. women.

Tell your representative enough is enough: stop the War on D.C. Women.

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Ariz. Legislators Go Off on Constituents


Our member activists are not ones to keep quiet when politicians attack women's freedom and privacy.

So when Adena Bank Lees of Tucson received a NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona alert about a far-reaching bill to ban abortion care moving forward in the Arizona legislature, she asked her lawmakers to oppose it.

You won't believe how her state representative responded.

Terri Proud

Arizona state Rep. Terri Proud used her state email account to send Adena a shocking and inappropriate note:

Personally I'd like to make a law that mandates a woman watch an abortion being performed prior to having a "surgical procedure"... I have no intentions of clearing the conscience of the living - I will be voting YES.

When Adena wrote back to tell Rep. Proud how offensive it was for her to treat a constituent this way, Rep. Proud sent another email, stating:

You're kidding, right?

These personal attacks by some anti-choice Arizona legislators toward their own constituents are nothing to joke about.

Jack W. Harper

If Rep. Proud's actions weren't enough, another state representative, Jack Harper, sent an email to a pro-choice constituent from his state email address calling her a "baby killer."

In the face of unbelievable actions by elected officials, kudos to Adena Bank Lees and all pro-choice Arizonans with the courage to speak their minds.

As for Reps. Proud and Harper, they bring shame to their home state.

Meanwhile, a groundswell of activism is taking place on Facebook against politicians who are practicing medicine without a license.

We highlighted four "Gyno-Governors," and this morning, CNN picked up on it:

"In every generation there are moments when the activism reaches a new level, and I think we're seeing that because of the vile rhetoric from anti-choice politicians and radio show hosts," said NARAL Pro-Choice America spokesman Ted Miller.

"What they didn't count on, or what they may have underestimated, is just how out of touch this agenda is with the country's values and priorities."

Read the full story here.

Seems the politicians waging their War on Women didn't count on women fighting back.
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A Webinar on the War on Women!


Today, NARAL Pro-Choice America held a press webinar with reporters, bloggers, and key supporters to discuss the unprecedented wave of attacks on women's freedom and privacy in Congress and the states. You can watch a video and check out the slides for yourself (download the PDF or view them below).

You will hear the voices of Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Donna Crane, our policy director. 

We were also honored that Ohio state Rep. Nickie Antonio, a pro-choice member of the state legislature, joined us to share her experience of fighting against anti-choice attacks. She spoke firsthand about the dire consequences that the 2010 elections have had for women in the Buckeye State. 

Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, talked about one bill that could ban abortion care before a woman even knows she is pregnant.

We'd love to get your feedback on the webinar. Please leave a comment to let us know what you think. 

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Kansas Enacts Far-Reaching Abortion Ban


Yesterday, Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas signed extreme anti-choice measures into law

Like many politicians in other states, Kansas legislators have clearly abandoned their promise to focus on jobs and the economy to advance a ban that directly interferes in a woman's relationship with her doctor. Bans like this one could deny needed care to women with wanted pregnancies who experience heart-breaking complications, such as a fetal anomaly. This extreme bill is out of step with the values and priorities of Kansas voters.

Kansas is one of the 11 states in which an anti-choice governor replaced a pro-choice one after the 2010 elections. So, as we've said before, elections matter. 

From Washington to Topeka, anti-choice politicians are making government just small enough to fit in your bedroom or inside your medicine cabinet. 

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Two Percent Is How You Talk About Milk, Not Women


Last year, Nebraska enacted a far-reaching ban on abortion care. This abortion ban is another example of political intrusion in the doctor-patient relationship, and hurts the woman whose wanted pregnancy experiences heart-breaking complications, such as a fetal anomaly or a cancer diagnosis. In these situations, abortion may be the only way to protect the woman's health or ensure she can have children in the future.

One Nebraska family is speaking out about a tragedy they faced that makes clear just how cruel this law really is: 

Many thanks to Danielle and Robb Deaver for their bravery in sharing this heart-breaking personal story.

Despite the tragic consequences Nebraska's law has for families in that state, lawmakers in at least seven other states are considering copycat bans on abortion care

In Minnesota, anti-choice politicians tried to downplay the effects that their proposed abortion ban would have on everyday people. Anti-choice state Sen. Warren Limmer was particularly dismissive of women who face situations like Danielle Deaver's, noting that their cases make up only two percent of abortions:  

If it's only 2 percent then the other side of the argument really shouldn't have a whole lot to worry about.

Linnea House, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, set the record straight about Sen. Limmer's callous and cavalier attitude toward women's health:

I know that we Minnesotans are proud of our agricultural heritage, but I must remind you that 2 percent is how we talk about milk, not women...

As a woman and as a mother, I do worry. A lot. It's what we do. And when I read about women, and their lives, dismissed in such a way, I worry that you don't understand what is at stake...

So, Senator Limmer, please remember, when you make references to 2 percent of women, you're talking about our sisters, our nieces, our friends, and our neighbors. You could even be talking about ME.

Hear, hear!

I assure you that nothing as extreme that violates that basic fundamental right -- and it is a Constitutional right as established by the United States Supreme Court -- will be enacted with my signature. It will not happen here in Minnesota.

Kudos to Gov. Dayton, Linnea, and NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota for fighting to protect women's health and lives in the North Star State. 

And a special mark of shame goes to Sen. Limmer and all the other politicians who believe they are more qualified to make personal decisions than the women and families in a tragic situation. They put an extreme agenda before the needs of women and their families.

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