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Former Gov. Mitt Romney is in favor of lots of things: Jet Skis, outsourcing, offshore tax havens.
But one thing he's definitely not in favor of is a woman's right to make personal, private medical decisions.
Romney supports defunding Planned Parenthood and actually backed a law that outlaws abortion -- even in cases of rape and incest.
Paid for by NARAL Pro-Choice America, www.ProChoiceAmerica.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.
With a long weekend coming up, people are heading outdoors, chilling and grilling with friends and family, maybe going to the beach to cool off.
Do you know what you'll say if one of your friends or family members asks you why you're supporting President Obama? You never know when talk of the presidential election will come up - but trust us, you don't want to miss the chance to talk about voting pro-choice.
Now, I don't mean the Uncle Marvins of the world--there will always be people who simply don't share our values of women's freedom and privacy.
I'm talking about people who are firmly pro-choice, but, for one reason or another, aren't yet committed to supporting President Obama this year.
Research shows that highlighting the president's pro-choice record helps persuade these voters to support his re-election.
You can let your friends know about some of President Obama's accomplishments:
- In his first week in office, President Obama rescinded the global gag rule. That was the anti-choice policy that canceled U.S. family-planning funds to many overseas health centers and denied the world's poorest women birth control.
- President Obama repealed the worst provisions of the controversial, last-minute Bush policy known as the Federal Refusal Rule. The regulation could have allowed entire health-care corporations to refuse to provide medical services--including, potentially, birth control.
- President Obama signed legislation fixing the birth-control price crisis at college health centers and clinics across the country.
- President Obama signed legislation increasing family-planning funding for American women and cut failed "abstinence-only" programs.
- President Obama won passage of the Affordable Care Act, a.ka. Obamacare. Obamacare will ensure that nearly all women get insurance coverage of birth control without a copay.
- President Obama also pledged to veto two far-reaching anti-choice bills, the "Rape Audits" bill and the "Let Women Die" bill.
President Obama's pro-choice record is clear--that's why he received the endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC.
And if you can't remember these details, that's okay. Talk about the importance of keeping government out of personal, private decisions like abortion. Tell them that President Obama believes that this decision should be up to women and their families with their doctor - and that he'll always stop anti-choice attacks.
Have this conversation with your friends. It could end up making the difference in November.
Paid for by NARAL Pro-Choice America, www.ProChoiceAmerica.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.
Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, today announced that her organization's political action committee proudly endorses President Obama's bid for a second term.
NARAL Pro-Choice America's independent expenditure operation released this new video highlighting President Obama's dedication to women's health and families:
President Obama has been a tireless leader for women's reproductive health, and NARAL Pro-Choice America will engage its one-million member activists and the pro-choice community to support him in this upcoming election.
Paid for by NARAL Pro-Choice America, www.ProChoiceAmerica.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.
Remember Tom Corbett?
He's the anti-choice governor of Pennsylvania who had this to say about women who don't want a forced ultrasound:
I don't know how you make anybody watch. You just have to close your eyes.
Think Gov. Corbett might want to "clarify" or walk back those remarks?
Here he is doubling down:
And, of course, Gov. Corbett is a huge supporter of Mitt Romney.
Ever wonder what sort of anti-choice policies Romney would push as president?
Just...close your eyes.
Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, talks with Rachel Maddow about the awkward position anti-choice politicians like Virginia's "Governor Ultrasound," Bob McDonnell, are in, having taken extremist positions on abortion and women's health and now desperately trying to spin their way back to acceptability.
Watch as Nancy spells out the reasons voters can't trust politicians like McDonnell, who is on the list of possible vice-presidential running mates for Mitt Romney:
Last week, Rush Limbaugh launched an on-air attack on Sandra Fluke, the law student who testified before Congress about the importance of birth control to women's health. Limbaugh called Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute," and spent three days making disgusting and misogynistic comments about her.
Limbaugh's sponsors are jumping ship: already, more than 25 have abandoned his show, and the number looks to keep growing.
If ever there was a time to stand up for basic decency and against hate speech, this is it.
So what do presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have to say about the situation?
Romney wouldn't call for Limbaugh to apologize and cowardly said "it's not the language I would have used."
Santorum brushed off the issue by saying, "an entertainer can be absurd."
Not the language you would have used? Then what sort of language would you have used, Mitt?
And, Rick, an all-male panel attacking women's access to contraception is absurd. Calling a woman who speaks out for women's health a "slut" and a "prostitute" is hateful and sickening.
These two men want to be president of the United States--the most powerful person in the world--and they can't even stand up to Rush Limbaugh?
Tell Mitt and Rick that they don't stand for women. Make sure they know that by refusing to denounce Limbaugh, they failed Sandra and all women who use birth control.
Ted Miller is the director of communications and online advocacy strategies for NARAL Pro-Choice America
In advance of tonight's CNN debate, it's important to set the record straight on where Rick Santorum stands on birth control.
As Santorum continues to attack President Obama's contraceptive-coverage policy, the media should not let him describe himself as supportive of birth control and family-planning services.
Last week Santorum tried to distance himself from a billionaire supporter's suggestion that women put aspirin pills between their knees as a form of contraception. He also tried to distance himself from his own statements and votes on family planning.
Santorum recently told CNN, "My position is birth control can and should be available."
Others in the media have repeated this statement and similar claims in a way that gives voters the impression that Santorum supports contraception.
That is not the case.
Santorum also has said, "One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country. It's not okay. It's a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be."
Santorum Voted Against Family Planning Six Times While Serving in Congress
For instance, on two occasions in the Senate, Santorum voted against legislation that would have prevented unintended pregnancy by investing in insurance coverage for prescription birth control, promoting family-planning services, implementing teen-pregnancy-prevention programs, and improving awareness about emergency contraception.
[Source: Murray motion to waive Budget Act to allow vote on Murray/Reid prevention-package amendment to "Partial-Birth" Abortion Ban Act, S.3, 3/11/03; Clinton/Reid amendment to FY'06 Budget Resolution, S.Con.Res.18, 3/17/05.]
If Elected President, Santorum Vows to Defund Family-Planning Program
In June 2011, Sen. Santorum signed the anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List's "Pro-Life Leadership Presidential Pledge," in which he pledges, among other things, to defund Planned Parenthood.
Pledge language: [To] advance pro-life legislation to permanently end all taxpayer funding of abortion in all domestic and international spending programs, and defund Planned Parenthood and all other contractors and recipients of federal funds with affiliates that perform or fund abortions;
Effect: Anti-choice groups use the framework of public funding to conceal the even more far-reaching elements of their agenda. In anti-choice terms, "ending taxpayer funding of abortion" means:
- Defunding Planned Parenthood, thus cutting off funding for preventive services like contraception and cancer screening;
On Sunday, hundreds of pro-choice bloggers and activists took to the Internet to share the ways in which they planned to help elect pro-choice champions this year.
This morning, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC took one key step toward making 2012 a year of pro-choice victories at the polls.
NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC is proud to endorse 20 of the greatest champions of choice in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Rep. Lois Capps
Rep. Judy Chu
Rep. Barbara Lee
Rep. Nancy Pelosi
Rep. Jackie Speier
Rep. Henry Waxman
Rep. Diana DeGette
Rep. Rosa DeLauro
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Rep. Mike Quigley
Rep. Jan Schakowsky
Rep. Donna Edwards
Rep. Steny Hoyer
From my home state of New York:
Rep. Joe Crowley
Rep. Steve Israel
Rep. Nita Lowey
Rep. Carolyn Maloney
Rep. Jerry Nadler
Rep. Louise Slaughter
Rep. Gwen Moore
These 20 pro-choice heroes have consistently stood up against the anti-choice House leadership's War on Women.
In addition, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC proudly endorses two other pro-choice champions from the House who will take their support of women's freedom and privacy to the U.S. Senate:
Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Rep. Shelley Berkley of Nevada
Here's what Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said at a breakfast honoring these pro-choice leaders:
Our priority is to elect pro-choice champions and defeat opponents of women's freedom and privacy. We are prepared for campaign battle in 2012 and will mobilize our one million member activists in support of candidates who will stand with our allies in countering legislative attacks on a woman's right to choose.
Twenty-two pro-choice champions, and 22 more ways we'll stop the War on Women in 2012.
Ashli, Affiliate and National Programs Department at NARAL Pro-Choice America
2011's political landscape was littered with legislative attacks on reproductive health so vicious that they constituted a War on Women. We all know that we need to elect more pro-choice candidates to ensure that we don't have a repeat of 2011.
With pressing issues such as unemployment, the growing disparity between the wealthy and poor, and our failing education system, the barrage of anti-choice legislation was not only impractical, but downright insulting. Hopefully, Americans saw right through the disingenuous talking points and false flags, and now understand the anti-choice agenda that lawmakers are really pushing - an attempt to roll back women's rights to pre-Roe times.
In 2012, anti-choice legislators need to lose their jobs. This is an exciting election year and I have already started planning how I can most effectively get pro-choice candidates elected.
Number 1: Bombard my social media profiles with news and donation pages for my favorite pro-choice rock stars even to the chagrin of my non-political friends.
Number 2: Send the same pro-choice rock stars a check. Even if it is not substantial, it can really help with their campaign.
Number 3: Who doesn't like yard signs? They're like bumper stickers but for your yard.
Number 4: Phone bank, phone bank, phone bank!
Number 5: Vote for said pro-choice candidates. Duh.
Number 6: Bring other pro-choice voters with me to vote.
These are just a couple ways that I am going to support pro-choice candidates.
The possibilities are endless and campaigns can always use more volunteers...to phone bank!
So, in 2012, make sure you support people who will turn around and support you.
Travis, Affiliate and National Programs Department at NARAL Pro-Choice America
Q: What will you do to help elect pro-choice candidates in 2012?
This election cycle I will be celebrating my 10,000th pro-choice conversation. What does that mean? Over the course of my still brief career as a pro-choice advocate, I have participated in dozens of canvassing events for pro-choice candidates, made thousands of calls for those same candidates, and organized several events supporting our community.
Each of these opportunities has brought me face-to-face with voters who soon will decide what happens in 2012. These voters are people like Dahlia, whom I met going door-to-door in northern Virginia in October '08 for pro-choice candidate Barack Obama.
Dahlia was undecided about who she would be supporting for president that year. She's a moderate voter, busy as a single mom with two kids, and generally didn't see much difference in her choices for president. I walked her through both candidates' records on choice. In a year where she was split on who she would support, choice became the issue that pushed her to commit to voting for Obama before I left her doorstep.
Almost four years later, as I was watching the reality TV show "Who Wants to be America's Next Anti-Choice Presidential Candidate" (aka GOP primary debates), I wondered who from the pro-choice community would make it to Dahlia's door this year to engage her in this critical election.
These one-on-one conversations may not be the sexiest way to support pro-choice candidates who stand with us, but they are the tried and true way to win elections. There is no better strategy than a good message and a strong ground game. We have the facts and public opinion on our side. It is now a matter of how committed we are to strapping on our boots and engaging our neighbors, friends, and family to protect and elect pro-choice political allies.
Get involved today
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Today is the day--Blog for Choice Day 2012! If you haven't signed up to blog yet, there's still time.
We want your thoughts in answering this question: What will you do to help elect pro-choice candidates in 2012?
It's an important question to ask today--the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that recognized a woman's constitutional right to choose safe, legal abortion.
The next president could nominate enough Supreme Court justices to determine the future of Roe v. Wade and women's constitutional right to choose for decades to come.
As a member of the Millennial Generation--the largest and most diverse generation in our nation's history--the idea that we could lose the rights our parents fought hard to win is truly shocking. We grew up with Roe v. Wade as the law of the land, and our generation is more pro-choice than the country overall. In fact, younger men are even more pro-choice than younger women.
Our challenge this year is to connect our personal values to what's going on in the political sphere--in the White House, Congress, the courts, and statehouses nationwide.
Here's how it works: we take our pro-choice values to the ballot box--and we take our friends, too, and our friends' friends. We send pro-choice champions to Congress, and a pro-choice president to the White House. We create a government that reflects the American people's values and priorities: that women's personal, private medical decisions should be made by women and their doctors--not politicians, not government.
Now, you might be saying, "Thomas, is that all I have to do? Just go out and win a bunch of elections? How do I even start?"
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
How do you elect pro-choice champions up and down the ballot?
One conversation at a time.
Let me tell you about a friend of mine. She strongly believes that decisions about abortion and birth control are too important--too deeply personal--to be left up to politicians. But, she also doesn't see what elections have to do with it. She finds politics distasteful, and is planning to stay home this November.
So, instead of talking about politics, we talk about birth control. The copay for her prescription has been going up, and it's getting to the point where she can no longer afford it.
I bring up the new no-cost birth control policy under the health-care law--starting in August, her insurance will cover her birth control without a copay.
Furthermore, the Obama administration resisted pressure from anti-contraception groups to allow many employers, including universities and hospitals, to refuse to cover birth control.
The administration's action ensures millions of women will have access to contraception coverage.
Pretty awesome, huh?
But, wait: if an anti-choice president takes office in January, we might be looking at the end of the health-care law. Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.)--the current frontrunner for the Republican nomination--says the whole health-care law "must be repealed."
Sayonara, no-cost birth control!
So, whether or not my friend can continue to afford her prescription depends on who wins the presidential election. Politics doesn't get more personal than that.
Think about it: we all have that friend. And we all have a conversation waiting to be had. It doesn't have to center around Supreme Court decisions or who's leading in what poll. It's just a chat that connects what's going on in our lives with what goes on in Washington and state capitals.
And that conversation, multiplied by millions of pro-choice Americans in millions of living rooms, is how we win elections.
I'll be having this conversation a lot this year. Will you?
In light of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's status as frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at some of Mitt's greatest hits on choice. (Pun intended.)
And it turns out that Gov. Romney likes attacking a woman's right to choose almost as much as he likes firing people:
- "I am pro-life and I support pro-life legislation.... I think the Roe v. Wade one-size-fits-all approach is wrong." (October 2007)
- "Absolutely"--Romney's answer when asked if the repeal of Roe v. Wade would be a good day for America. (May 2007)
- "Absolutely"--Romney's answer when asked if he would have supported a constitutional amendment that would have established the definition of life at conception. (October 2011)
- "Eliminate Title X family planning programs benefiting abortion groups like Planned Parenthood." (November 2011)
- "Do I believe the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade? Yes, I do." (January 2012)
So, does Gov. Romney, in his own words, give us a sense of how he'd attack choice?
Each ad accuses the other candidate of favoring abortion rights in some way.
Would that it were so!
NPR asked Donna Crane, policy director at NARAL Pro-Choice America, to comment on the ads:
The idea that either of these candidates is in any way remotely pro-choice would be laughable, if it weren't actually so dangerous for women. It really is preposterous.
Crane also responded to the charge that, as governor, Romney implemented a program that covered abortion care:
So if the charge is does Massachusetts care for its low-income women, then yes, guilty as charged. Massachusetts has a good policy in that regard. But it's not attributable one way or another to Mitt Romney.
Want a little fact to go with all this campaign nonsense? Check out all the Republican candidates' bad records on choice.
New Hampshire voters go to the polls today in the first primary of the 2012 presidential election. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is widely expected to win the Republican contest.
Who is Romney really? Well, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, takes a look into Romney's record on contraception over at The Huffington Post. The news ain't so pretty:
Gov. Romney, who has taken a commanding lead in polls, seemed flabbergasted to be asked a question at Saturday's GOP presidential debate about the right to contraception. He called it "an unusual topic," and said that he "can't imagine a state banning contraception."
An unusual topic? I wish I could say it was. Even though 98 percent of American women use birth control at some point in their lives, attacking the right to contraception has become anything but unusual for anti-choice politicians, including Romney.
Let's take a moment to review the facts. As governor, Romney vetoed a bill giving rape survivors information about and timely access to emergency contraception. Fortunately, the Massachusetts state legislature voted to override Romney's veto...
The last week of December is typically a slow news week. That's why the news-o-sphere shook on December 29 when Kelly Clarkson (America's first "Idol") blogged that she would vote for Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) if he won the Republican nomination.
Kelly, Kelly! Clearly, she didn't know a thing about him--and her Twitter followers let her know about Paul's record on choice. During his long tenure in the House, Rep. Paul voted anti-choice 93 times out of 106 occasionshe even supported an extreme "personhood" measure in the '80s!
We love you, Kellybut Ron Paul? Just walk away.
Paid for by NARAL Pro-Choice America, www.prochoiceamerica.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.
Have you ever wanted to ask any of the Republican candidates currently vying to challenge President Obama a question?
Well, two back-to-back debates being held in New Hampshire this weekend give you a chance to review their records and play citizen reporter.
Tomorrow, January 7 at 9 p.m. EST, the candidates will debate on ABC. Yahoo! is co-sponsoring the debate--and is inviting Americans to submit a question to the candidates. Send in your "choice" questions to Yahoo!, or post them on Twitter with the hashtag #NHdebate.
Then, on Sunday, January 8 at 9 a.m. EST (yes--a.m.), the candidates will appear again on NBC. This debate is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Union-Leader and Facebook.
If you're on Facebook, RSVP for the debate and ask your questions!
When it comes to their out-of-the-mainstream position on choice, these candidates have some explaining to do! Help hold their feet to the fire.
Mr. Romney, why did you veto a bill that would have improved women's access to emergency contraception?
Mr. Santorum, tell us why you oppose allowing women to use contraception.
There's so much more, so have at it!
Caucus-goers in Iowa voted last night in the first contest of the 2012 presidential election. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney emerged the victor of the Republican caucuses.
Romney has repeatedly vowed to govern as an anti-choice president. Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said that Gov. Romney's anti-choice views are out of touch with our nation's values and priorities:
Romney has pledged to support policies that would undermine women's freedom and privacy at every turn. He might have scored points with a very narrow segment of voters in one state, but, if Romney becomes the nominee, he will have to start explaining those views to voters in battleground states during the general election. We will make sure that Romney's extreme views--and his flip flops on this issue-- are a liability.
You can read more about Romney's bad record on choice here.
Finishing a mere eight votes behind Romney in Iowa was former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. Santorum used his time in the Senate to champion the extreme anti-choice movement. Find out more about his record here.
While the voting in Iowa was close, one thing is clear: whoever emerges as the Republican nominee will be a stark opponent of a woman's right to choose.
It's January, and that means that it's getting to be time for one of my favorite events of the year--Blog for Choice Day!
Yes, Sunday, January 22 will be the seventh annual Blog for Choice Day.
And since 2012 is such an important election year, our Blog for Choice Day question this year is: What will you do to help elect pro-choice candidates in 2012?
What you write is up to you. Just be sure to sign up now so we can get in touch with you and add your blog to our list.
If you don't maintain a blog or personal website, you can still participate through Facebook or Twitter. Post the Blog for Choice Day graphic on your Facebook wall. Update your status with your plans to elect pro-choice candidates. Tag your tweet with #Tweet4Choice.
January 22 is less than three weeks away! Sign up today to make this another successful year!
Happy New Year!
One year ago today, I wrote my first post here on BlogForChoice--and oh, what a year it's been! As we ring in 2012, let's take a look back at the highs and lows of 2011.
Last January, an anti-choice majority took control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Led by Speaker John Boehner, these politicians campaigned on a platform of creating jobs and growing our economy. But, once in office, they made attacking a woman's right to choose one of their "highest legislative priorities."
They pushed to redefine rape. (Public outcry forced them to drop this measure.) Then, they voted to approve a bill that manipulates the tax code to advance anti-choice policies and could spur the Internal Revenue Service to audit rape and incest survivors who choose abortion care.
Then, they voted to approve a measure that could make it impossible for a woman to talk with her doctor about medical abortion over the Internet. Then, they voted to allow hospitals to refuse to provide emergency abortion care even when it's necessary to save a woman's life!
You get the picture. Anti-choice politicians pulled a bait and switch on the American people, and spent 2011 waging a War on Women.
Then, there's the other story of 2011: the story of pro-choice Americans who stood up and said, "Enough!"
They said "enough" in Mississippi, where voters overwhelmingly rejected a dangerous and far-reaching "personhood" measure.
They said "enough" to unaffordable birth control (one in three American women struggles with its high cost), and won a no-cost birth-control benefit under the health-reform law.
And it's this pro-choice energy we'll take into 2012, as we work to fight back against the War on Women and elect pro-choice candidates up and down the ticket this November.
In fact, we're already working. In two days, caucus-goers in Iowa will vote in the first contest of the 2012 presidential election. Learn more about the extreme records of the anti-choice Republicans vying to replace President Obama.
Yes, 2012 will be a busy year--but that's a good thing. When it comes to protecting a woman's right to make private medical decisions with her doctor, there's never a day off.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy 2012!
The "personhood amendment," granting legal rights to human embryos, might have seemed to be a political nonstarter after voters in Mississippi, arguably the most conservative and anti-abortion state in the nation, rejected such a proposal last month. But the idea has not faded in the Republican primaries.
Oh, no, it has not.
Next Tuesday, December 27, Republican presidential aspirants Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum will attend a special radio forum hosted by Personhood USA, the extreme anti-choice group pushing these "personhood" measures nationwide.
Memo to candidates: when 58 percent of voters in a state that has one of the worst grades on choice think something's too extreme, it's probably too extreme.
Speaking of 58 percent, that's also the percent of Virginians who oppose a proposed "personhood" bill that anti-choice lawmakers in the Old Dominion have made the first new bill of the opening legislative session.
But it looks like extreme isn't taking a break for the holidays.
P.S. And, if you're around on December 27, please consult our website for info on the presidential candidates.