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There are so many things I love about Thanksgiving - cuddling with my dog, watching the parade on television, eating a LOT of food, and seeing my baby cousin Izco. There is, however, one thing I don't love about Thanksgiving: when my conservative relatives start grilling me about politics. And after this year's election results, it'll only get worse. 

I'm sure this isn't just happening at my dining room table. When your favorite Uncle Sal starts pretending he's an expert in reproductive-health care and rattling off right-wing talking points, here are a few things you can say. 

Uncle Sal: "We should repeal the Affordable Care Act."

Yup, we've heard this a few times. And it probably won't be the last. 

Your response: The Affordable Care Act has expanded health care access for millions of people. People can now get basic preventive care, like annual well woman visits, vaccines, blood pressure and diabetes screenings, mammograms, colonoscopies, and STI and HIV testing, with no co-pays or out-of-pocket expenses. 

But the Affordable Care Act didn't stop there - it also made it easier for people to get health insurance. Millions of people can no longer be denied coverage because of "pre-existing" conditions, like being pregnant or a victim of domestic violence. That means so many more can see a health care provider when they need to instead of waiting until things get so bad they're headed to the emergency room. And it means being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition. Awesome! 

Women have saved a whopping $483 MILLION on birth control alone, which doctors agree is basic health care. When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby this summer, they held that corporations can deny women coverage for basic health services. And Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was right when she said in her dissent that this was a decision of "startling breadth" which would open the door to allowing extremists to opt out of almost any law they find incompatible with their religion. 

Uncle Sal: "What are you so worried about? President Obama can still veto things, so just calm down." 

Your Response: Yes, Obama can veto bills, but that won't stop anti-choice politicians from taking away women's access to reproductive health care. For starters, anti-choice politicians control a majority of state legislatures and governor seats across the country, where they can enact extreme laws that shut down clinics, force women to be subjected to waiting periods and invasive ultrasounds, and ban abortion before many women know they're pregnant. Recent polling shows that 7 in 10 Americans are pro-choice. Passing anti-choice laws is a huge waste of time and taxpayer money! 

Uncle Sal:  "Nice try, but the voters have spoken: they aren't pro-choice." 

Your Response: Actually, recent polling after the election showed that 78 percent of Americans believe the government should not restrict abortion access. We saw anti-choice politicians running away from their values and running on ours to win. And when put to the test, voters in Colorado and North Dakota defeated two extreme anti-choice measures. 

The Republicans in Congress were not elected to enact an anti-choice agenda - they were elected to get things done, and we're going to hold them to that by watching their every move and making sure they keep the economy moving in the right direction. 

Where is the Outrage Over Sexual Assault in the Military?

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Military woman salute_small.jpgUnbelievable.

In one week, three military officers in charge of preventing and addressing sexual assault were arrested on various sexual assault charges, including sexual harassment, stalking, and forced prostitution.

This highlights a startling trend: a recent Pentagon report estimates that 26,000 cases of sexual assault occurred in the military in 2012. These revelations have finally brought national attention to the widespread problem of sexual assault in the military.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called for an immediate re-evaluation of all sexual assault prevention officers and recruits. And President Obama has publicly condemned the epidemic levels of military sexual assault cases:

"Not only is it a crime, not only is it shameful and disgraceful, but it also is going to make and has made the military less effective than it can be. And as such, it is dangerous to our national security."

The national outrage is loud and clear. This story has the attention of our nation's leaders. So we have to ask: What do some of the most outspoken anti-choice politicians have to say?

Top anti-choice politicians Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) have yet to come out and denounce the horrible acts happening to women in the military. Their official government websites and social media pages don't have as much as a statement about how these assaults cripple our country and endanger Americans both in and outside the military.

The silence really says it all. Anti-choice politicians who refuse to take a stand for survivors of sexual assault contribute to the same victim-blaming and shameful silence that keeps women from reporting their sexual assaults in the first place.

This is not a problem to be buried and forgotten. No matter how much anti-choice politicians would prefer to look the other way.

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Anti-Choice Politicians Respond to State of the Union Address

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Did you tune in last night for pro-choice President Barack Obama's State of the Union address?

small_2011_State_of_the_Union.jpgThe president outlined a pro-women strategy that included urging the House to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and an increase in the minimum wage, which would greatly help women and families.

Soon after he concluded his speech, Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivered their responses on behalf of the factions of the Republican party.

Want to know where these guys stand on choice?

Sen. Rubio certainly isn't shy about his extreme anti-choice views. He's called for the overturn of Roe v. Wade saying, "The right to life is a fundamental one that trumps virtually any other right I can imagine."

He also supported legislation that would allow bosses to deny their employees birth-control coverage under Obamacare. He even cast a vote against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act yesterday.

And in case there was any question about his position, Sen. Rubio began his response to the State of the Union address by restating his anti-choice views.

Can we get a glass of water with that?

Sen. Rand Paul also responded to the State of the Union address, and while he didn't touch on the state of women's reproductive freedom, we haven't forgotten his extreme anti-choice record.

Remember that time Sen. Paul tried to sneak a "personhood" amendment into a flood-insurance bill? And how could we forget when he threatened to permanently ban the District of Columbia from using its own funds to pay for abortion care for low-income women?

We're shaking our heads over here. These anti-choice politicians clearly didn't get the memo that the majority of Americans do not want to see Roe v. Wade overturned.

We trust that President Obama will continue to protect a woman's fundamental right to make decisions regarding her reproductive health. And I think we can all agree with his closing statement:

"This country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations; that our rights are wrapped up in the rights of others; and that well into our third century as a nation, it remains the task of us all, as citizens of these United States, to be the authors of the next great chapter in our American story."
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Every Decision Has a Story: the Roe v. Wade 40th Anniversary Dinner

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Last night, NARAL Pro-Choice America hosted our Roe v. Wade 40th anniversary dinner. This year's event was particularly special, with Nancy Keenan giving her final address and Ilyse Hogue making her first speech as president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

As Ilyse said:

"Women are thinking bigger thoughts and dreaming bigger dreams for our families and for our futures than ever before. But we cannot do that unless our foundational rights are secured. And those foundational rights will not be secure until we challenge our political leaders to match policy to the real lives of real women today."

Check out a few of the great photos from the event:


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Ross Mathews of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and E!'s hit late-night talk show, Chelsea Lately, was our emcee for the evening, and had everyone laughing away:

"Am I crazy? It's 2013, not 1913, right? Let's get real. We are all here tonight because we share a deep common value: a belief in women's freedom and privacy."

This year's event theme was "Every Decision Has a Story." We introduced our new campaign Choice Out Loud, and shared its first initiative, "40," a stop-motion film of 40 pro-choice faces photographed by an incredible range of advertising, fashion, editorial and news photographers.

Stories were front and center this year. Dana Weinstein shared a heartbreaking story about receiving the diagnosis of a severe fetal abnormality late in her much-wanted pregnancy. Dana explained how difficult it was to get the care she needed. Ever since her tragic experience, Dana has been a courageous advocate for protecting a woman's right to choose:

"I am deeply grateful to NARAL and the women and men just a generation before mine - many of whom are in this room tonight - who fought for decades to gain abortion rights. Your support of the pro-choice movement made it possible for me to have a choice about what was right for my family. And now, it is my generation and the ones that follow that need to raise our voices, become involved, and actively join this fight."

Of course we know that electing pro-choice leaders is the best way to protect this right. That's why we were thrilled to have scores of pro-choice members of Congress in the room including Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D - IL), who introduced Nancy Keenan.

Our surprise guest is also working hard to protect choice for women. President Barack Obama sent a video thanking Nancy Keenan and NARAL Pro-Choice America, and welcoming Ilyse Hogue to the organization. Watch it here:

Our keynote speaker, Stephanie Cutter, deputy director of the 2012 Obama campaign, spoke about the importance of political action and the challenges that lie ahead. She thanked Nancy Keenan for her dedicated work over the last eight years and welcomed Ilyse Hogue:

"It was the way we responded, rose up and rallied together that made this past year so remarkable. It was the fact that we didn't just make this a question of choice; it was a question of respect and independence. It wasn't just political, it was personal.

Ilyse, as you grab the torch that is being passed to you, I know you'll be bringing with you a unique understanding of the power of grassroots organizing and the power of our voices. And I want you to know that we have your back."

The audience agreed with thunderous applause.

We couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity to hear remarks from such an amazing group of pro-choice leaders and activists. And we're ready to take on the anti-choice challenges that lie ahead.

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Meet the Winners of Our Hall of Fame and Shame 2012!

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It's that time of year again, and we're here to announce the winners of our annual Hall of Fame and Shame contest!

obama-profile.jpgWe tallied your votes, and this year's winner of NARAL Pro-Choice America's Hall of Fame is: President Barack Obama!

From securing no-cost birth-control coverage, to battling out anti-choice presidential candidate Mitt Romney for re-election, to standing with survivors of rape in the military, it's been a big year for our pro-choice president.

We thank President Obama for his hard work protecting women's access to abortion and birth control.

We know that for every pro-choice superstar, there's an anti-choice extremist trying to take away women's reproductive-health care. And that person is the newest member of our anti-choice annual Hall of Shame: Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO).


Todd_Akin_portrait_275.jpgYou may remember Akin's famous gaffe about "legitimate rape," which set off a chain reaction of outrageous comments from other extreme anti-choice candidates.

The backlash from Rep. Akin's comment just goes to show that when politicians try to get between a woman and her doctor, pro-choice voters will find a way to legitimately shut that whole thing down.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Hall of Fame and Shame contest!

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Nancy Keenan Joins Panel at the Center for American Progress

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This week, we headed to the Center for American Progress where Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, spoke on the panel about "Women's Political Power in 2012."

The panel featured some truly inspiring women: Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO); Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI); Stephanie Cutter, deputy manager of the Obama campaign; and Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress.

The panelists discussed the vital role women played in re-electing pro-choice President Barack Obama, and the significance of electing more women to Congress this year.

As you may remember, NARAL Pro-Choice America's electoral strategy was designed to reach "Obama defectors," women who voted for President Obama in 2008 but were not yet committed to voting for him again in 2012. And as we predicted in our model, women made all the difference in the election.


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But even though we saw great wins for women and pro-choice candidates this election cycle, anti-choice lawmakers clearly didn't get the memo.

This year, women showed up at the polls and shut down some of the most extreme anti-choice candidates. Still, Keenan reminded us that the fight against anti-choice legislation continues on the state level:

"We have twenty-one states in this country that are led by an anti-choice governor, House, and Senate. Twenty-one states. That means there's no one to protect women from the worst legislation politicians can imagine and draft. So, the fact is we all have to stay involved. We have a job to do."

We've already seen extreme anti-choice legislation pop up in several states post-election, and we're ready to take them head-on.

Thank you, Nancy, for contributing to this panel of amazing women who work every day to protect women's freedom and privacy.

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Celebrating New Pro-Choice Faces in the U.S. Senate and House!

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The verdict is clearly in: 2012 was a great year for choice at the polls!

Of course, we couldn't be prouder of President Barack Obama.

But you may not know that many other NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC-endorsed candidates won their races.

This cycle, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC contributed more than $709,000 to federal candidates and committees. These contributions top the PAC's totals in 2010 and almost double them from 2008! We're a people-powered PAC, so that means that our members stepped up big time.

What did these contributions mean for our PAC-endorsed candidates? As of today, 79 of the 105 U.S. House and Senate candidates that NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC endorsed and contributed to have won their races.

On top of all that good news, we are thrilled to welcome 43 new pro-choice faces to Congress! Of these incoming members, 23 women and men represent pro-choice pickups - candidates who defeated mixed or anti-choice members.

We welcome all the new pro-choice advocates:

U.S. Senate:
Chris Murphy (D-CT)
Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
Angus King (I-ME)
Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

U.S. House of Representatives:
Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01)
Krysten Sinema (AZ-09)
Ami Bera (CA-07)
Scott Peters (CA-52)
Eric Swalwell (CA-15)
Julia Brownley (CA-26)
Tony Cardenas (CA-29)
Gloria Negrete McLeod (CA-35)
Raul Ruiz (CA-36)
Mark Takano (CA-41)
Alan Lowenthal (CA-47)
Elizabeth Esty (CT-05)
Alan Grayson (FL-09)
Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
Lois Frankel (FL-22)
Joe Garcia (FL-26)
Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02)
Tammy Duckworth (IL-08)
Brad Schneider (IL-10)
Bill Foster (IL-11)
Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
John Delaney (MD-06)
Joseph Kennedy III (MA-04)
Dan Kildee (MI-05)
Dina Titus (NV-01)
Steven Horsford (NV-04)
Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01)
Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02)
Donald Payne, Jr. (NJ-09)
Michelle Lujan-Grisham (NM-01)
Grace Meng (NY-06)
Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08)
Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)
Dan Maffei (NY-24)
Joyce Beatty (OH-03)
Beto O'Rourke (TX-16)
Joaquin Castro (TX-20)
Pete Gallego (TX-23)
Marc Veasey (TX-33)
Suzan DelBene (WA-01)
Derek Kilmer (WA-06)
Denny Heck (WA-10)
Mark Pocan (WI-02)

We welcome them, and look forward to working together to ensure a woman's right to choose!

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Help Protect Family-Planning Programs for Low-Income Women

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398px-Paul_Ryan_official_portrait_2.jpgWe're still celebrating pro-choice President Barack Obama's re-election to the White House. But our work protecting a woman's right to choose is far from over.

Mitt Romney's running-mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), may not have won the vice presidency, but he was re-elected to his House of Representatives seat in the 113th Congress. Now he has the chance to take his anti-choice agenda to the big budget fight that starts this week.

This is Paul Ryan's next best chance to cut funding for social safety net programs, like the federal family-planning program that provides cancer screenings, maternity care, and affordable birth control for millions of women and families.

You would think that after last week's elections lawmakers like Ryan would have gotten the message that Americans are tired of their legislative attacks on abortion and birth control.

But anti-choice groups are vowing to redouble their efforts!

Stand with us to protect the programs that women and families need the most. Make sure your lawmakers know that you don't agree with these attacks on women's health and privacy.

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Voters Have Spoken: Anti-Choice Politicians Are Out!

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We couldn't have asked for a more amazing election night!

President Obama will spend four more years in the White House defending women's freedom and privacy, and many NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC-endorsed candidates emerged victorious!

But, remember all those guys who recently said some horrible things about whether rape survivors should have access to abortion care? Well, pro-choice voters spoke out yesterday and sent them all packing.

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When it came to anti-choice Rep. Todd Akin's campaign against pro-choice incumbent Claire McCaskill for the Senate seat, voters in Missouri legitimately shut that whole thing down.

Anti-choice Richard Mourdock lost his bid to represent Indiana in the U.S. Senate. Clearly, his defeat was something voters "intended to happen."

Rep. Joe Walsh lost a tight race against pro-choice Tammy Duckworth in Illinois. Rep. Walsh doesn't believe in life-saving abortion care. That's why, Mr. Walsh, pro-choice voters were hard-pressed to "find one instance" where voting you back into office seemed like a good idea.

John Koster lost his congressional campaign in Washington state. Instead, voters stood with pro-choice advocate Suzan DelBene, and sent a clear message: Hey, Koster, pro-choice Americans vote their values, it's "an election thing!"

Last night's elections clearly show that pro-choice voters will not allow out-of-touch, anti-choice politicians to represent them in office. We know, however, that these politicians aren't going to give up and we can expect attempts to dismantle our reproductive rights in Congress, the states, and the courts. But we will meet these challenges - and fight them - every step of the way.

Thank you for voting your pro-choice values, electing pro-choice candidates to office, and making sure President Barack Obama has four more years in the White House!

Pro-Choice Voting Tools are a Text Message Away!

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Barack_Obama_wiki.jpgTomorrow, November 6, is the day we need you to head to the polls to re-elect pro-choice President Obama and vote for pro-choice U.S. Senate and House candidates in your state!

If you're not sure where to get started, don't worry. Everything you need to vote pro-choice is just a text message away.

For starters, make sure you know where to vote. Find out where your polling place is located by texting VOTE to 49609.

Then be sure you know where your federal candidates stand on choice. Even if you're standing in line to vote and you forget, just take out your phone and text GUIDE to 49609. Follow the instructions to get the choice positions of your federal candidates.

Make sure to tell your friends about these tools. They couldn't be easier to use, and with the elections just a day away, it is so important that voters have everything they need to vote for pro-choice champions across the country.

Stand with us on November 6 and help President Barack Obama and other pro-choice candidates ensure a woman's right to freedom and privacy.

Paid for by NARAL Pro-Choice America, www.ProChoiceAmerica.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

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A Shout Out to First-Time Voters!

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Ali Tweedt is a member of NARAL Pro-Choice America's communications and online advocacy strategies department.

We can hardly believe that election day is less than two weeks away.

This year, many pro-choice Americans will be voting for the very first time! We couldn't be more excited for all the pro-choice 18 to 22-year-olds who were too young to vote in the previous election, but will now get to vote for our pro-choice champion, President Barack Obama.

These Millennials have the chance to rock the pro-choice vote - and we definitely need their help on November 6.

When I voted for the first time in 2008, access to abortion and contraception weren't being attacked like they are today. I remember feeling so lucky to be able to use my political voice and vote for a candidate I knew was going to be a champion for choice and equality.

Lena Dunham, writer of the HBO show "Girls," talked about her first time voting in a new ad for the Obama campaign. Check it out!

President Obama has demonstrated his leadership time and again, standing with women and their families, and I am so thrilled that first-time voters will get the same opportunity to use their pro-choice voices and vote!

We cannot forget what's at stake in this election. Under a Romney-Ryan administration, women could lose their most basic rights:

We're working to make sure that Millennials know that Mitt Romney is bad for women and their families. And come election day, we hope Millennials will vote for a person who has fought for women and our freedom and privacy.

For all those pro-choice people who just turned 18, use your political voice on November 6. Vote for the candidate who has stood with women, and trusts us with our personal health-care decisions: President Barack Obama.

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Nancy Keenan Talks Extreme Anti-Choice Politicians with Rachel Maddow

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Our own Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, stopped by The Rachel Maddow Show last night to talk about the recent slew of outrageous anti-choice comments from the campaign trail.

Most recently, we heard Richard Mourdock, who is running for Senate in Indiana, say that pregnancy resulting from rape is "something that God intended to happen."

But that's not all. Rep. Paul Ryan has called rape just another "method of conception." And Rep. Todd Akin drew national attention by claiming that pregnancy rarely occurs from a "legitimate rape" because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

Check out the interview:

Romney has not withdrawn his endorsement of Richard Mourdock. In fact, the only candidate that Mitt Romney has supported in a campaign ad is Mourdock. Has Romney told Mourdock to take down the ads? No.

President Obama spoke out against Mourdock's comments on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in front of millions of viewers: "This is exactly why you don't want politicians - mostly male - making decisions about women's health care decisions." His campaign released its own ad so that voters know where the Romney-Ryan ticket stands.

This is certainly not the first time Romney has failed to stand with women. When Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke "a slut," Romney simply said: "It's not the language I would have used."

Romney's refusal to withdraw his endorsement shows voters that he is anything but moderate on choice.

As Nancy Keenan stated, "The American public is not stupid. And I think they're going to see through [the Romney-Ryan ticket] and understand that there's only one person who supports a woman's right to choose, and that's President Barack Obama."

We are horrified by these anti-choice comments and appalled that Romney refuses to withdraw his endorsement for Mourdock.

On November 6, make sure you support the candidate who trusts women to make their own personal decisions: pro-choice President Barack Obama.

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Final Debate: Foreign Policy is Still a Women's Issue

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We hope you tune in for the final presidential debate!

Romney_and_Obama.jpgThe candidates will discuss foreign policy tonight. "So what does that have to do with a woman's right to choose?" you might ask.

Many people might not realize that the person in the White House has power over how funding is allocated to family-planning programs overseas.

Mitt Romney and President Obama hold vastly different positions on this issue.

In his first week in office, pro-choice President Obama rescinded the global gag rule. This anti-choice policy cancels U.S. family-planning funds to many overseas health centers and denies the world's poorest women birth control.

President Obama also refunded the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which former President Bush defunded for seven years. The UNFPA's mission is: "to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect."

Mitt Romney has threatened to reinstate the global gag rule. He also picked a running mate who has repeatedly voted against international family-planning programs.

On November 6, voters will remember that foreign policy is very much a women's issue.

And we'll be voting for the pro-choice candidate who believes that women overseas should have access to critical health care: President Barack Obama.

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Anti-Choice Mitt Romney Lies Again in New Ad

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Did you hear Mitt Romney lie about contraception during this week's presidential debate?

He told undecided voters that he believes all women should have access to contraception.

Romney's lies don't stop there. The next day, Romney's campaign released an ad that claims he's moderate on abortion and birth control.

Come on, Mitt, really? You think we're buying this?

Mitt Romney has a lot of explaining to do because the list of his anti-choice threats is longer than Felix Baumgartner's jump from space.

  1. He vows to eliminate Obamacare, and with it, the no-cost birth-control policy.
  2. Romney wants to let bosses deny their employees a health-care plan that covers birth control.
  3. He threatens to defund Planned Parenthood and said, "Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that." This plan would cut off access to birth control and breast-cancer screenings for millions of women.
  4. Romney threatened to cancel Title X family-planning programs, which provide essential health care to millions of low-income women.
  5. Romney supports policies that would outlaw abortion in almost all cases, even in cases of rape, incest or when a woman's health is in danger.
  6. Romney promised to appoint Supreme Court justices that would support overturning Roe v. Wade.

We're not going to let Romney get away with lying to women and their families.

Right now, our own ad that tells voters the truth about Mitt Romney's anti-choice agenda is running in Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Watch it:

We know that when voters learn the truth about Mitt Romney's anti-choice position, they'll be that much more likely to vote for our pro-choice president, Barack Obama.

This is why we're making a huge effort to reach "Obama defectors," pro-choice women who voted for President Obama in 2008 but are not yet committed to voting for him again. Clearly, these are the very same women who Romney is trying to reach.

This election is more important than ever. We don't want a president who lies about supporting the right to choose, but then turns around and promises to defund Planned Parenthood.

That's why we're heading to the polls on November 6 to re-elect our pro-choice champion, President Barack Obama!

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Nancy Keenan: Remember the Real Mitt Romney on November 6

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Tonight is the second presidential debate - and it might be the last time voters get to hear Mitt Romney talk firsthand about his views on women's access to abortion and reproductive-health care.

Romney has made a sport of playing both sides. One minute he tries to hide his anti-choice views, and the next his campaign reinforces them.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, writes about this very important issue over at The Huffington Post.

Her message? Women need to remember the real Mitt Romney come November 6:

Overturning Roe v. Wade is part of Romney's agenda. The next president could nominate enough Supreme Court justices to determine the future of Roe. And Romney has said, "I hope to appoint justices for the Supreme Court that will follow the law and the constitution. And it would be my preference that they reverse Roe v. Wade..."

Blocking women's access to birth control is also part of his agenda. Romney has said he would eliminate Title X family-planning programs.

This election, voters will be faced with a clear choice: an administration that will protect women's privacy and personal health-care decisions, or one that allows politicians to make those choices for them.

We saw Mitt Romney tell lie after lie about his policy proposals at the first presidential debate. And now he is doing it again on the campaign trail. Women and their families need to know the truth about the Romney-Ryan ticket. And, those who want an end to the War on Women need to vote for President Obama, whose leadership supports, rather than threatens, their reproductive rights.

Check out the rest at The Huffington Post!

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Heading to the Presidential Debate in New York!

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The next presidential debate is tomorrow night, and you can bet that NARAL Pro-Choice America will be there to represent the pro-choice pride of our million activists and members!

So what do we have planned?

We're joining with NARAL Pro-Choice New York at their rally before the presidential debate.

Similar to our outreach in the hours leading up to the debate in Denver, we plan to work with NARAL Pro-Choice New York to connect with thousands of attendees and other people outside the debate to urge them to support pro-choice President Obama.

Our team made a big impact in Denver! Check out our photos from the last debate:


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We're traveling across the country because it's critical that we keep the issue of choice front and center between now and Election Day.

Voters need to know that beyond vowing to fire Big Bird, Mitt Romney supports banning abortion in almost all circumstances, would "get rid of" Planned Parenthood, and would repeal Obamacare, which will provide millions of Americans with essential health care and no-cost birth-control coverage.

We're getting the word out that everyone who believes that it should be up to women - and not politicians - to make personal health-care decision needs to vote for President Obama. Keep up with us during the next debate in real time. "Like" us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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The Romney-Ryan Ticket Threatens the Future of Abortion Rights

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When Vice President Joe Biden took Rep. Paul Ryan to task for his extreme position on abortion, especially for rape survivors, we stood up and cheered him on:

I guess he accepts Gov. Romney's position now, because in the past he has argued that there was - there's rape and forcible rape. He's argued that in the case of rape or incest, it was still - it would be a crime to engage in having an abortion. I just fundamentally disagree with my friend.

Biden spoke for pro-choice Americans when he insisted, "I do not believe we have a right to tell women that they can't control their bod[ies]. It's a decision between them and their doctor."

Nancy Keenan, NARAL Pro-Choice America president, blasted Rep. Ryan for not being up front with voters with his extreme views:

He refused to say whether American women should be worried about the future of their reproductive freedoms if he and Gov. Romney win the White House. Let me be clear: The Romney-Ryan ticket is extremely dangerous to women's health and Americans should be very concerned about the future of women's health and rights if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan win on November 6.
Check out the graphic we made celebrating Vice President Joe Biden standing up for a woman's right to choose, and share it with your friends:

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Rep. Paul Ryan's anti-choice debate responses further drove home that we cannot let the Romney-Ryan ticket win the White House.

On November 6, we'll be voting for the candidate who represents American voters and their pro-choice values: President Barack Obama.

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We have fantastic news!

A new study shows that free birth control does indeed reduce unintended pregnancies and, therefore, the need for abortion.

This study comes as millions of women are starting to see the benefits of no-cost birth control under the Affordable Care Act - aka Obamacare.

These positive results further demonstrate the benefits of no-cost birth control. It is one of the greatest advancements for women in a generation! It makes sense right? When birth control is affordable, you'd think that more women will use it and, therefore, avoid unintended pregnancy altogether.

But wait - there are still plenty of politicians who are living in another century and want to make it harder for women to get birth control. The U.S. House of Representatives has voted more than 30 times to repeal the health-care law.

And Mitt Romney is one of the biggest opponents of no-cost birth control and Obamacare. He's threatened to repeal it on "day one."

That is why it is so important for us to keep the Romney-Ryan ticket far, far away from the White House. If we don't re-elect pro-choice President Obama on November 6, we could be saying good-bye to near-universal birth-control coverage for women.

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How to Talk to Your Friends about Mitt Romney

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Wednesday night's presidential debate has everyone buzzing about the candidates: extreme anti-choice Mitt Romney and pro-choice President Barack Obama.

Mitt_Romney_by_Gage_Skidmore_6.jpgThe only way we're going to continue to protect women's freedom and privacy and improve health-care services for women and families is by re-electing President Obama. You know that, we know that, but, unfortunately, there are still some critical voters who do not plan to vote for him on November 6.

We believe this election can be won by getting these undecided voters to stand with the president. That's why we plan to contact 380,020 voters who we consider to be "Obama defectors" - pro-choice women who supported Obama in 2008 but aren't committed to voting for him yet - in 25 counties in nine battleground states. These women can make the difference in what is likely to be a very close election.

But we need your help to reach every one of these pro-choice voters. Think creatively - are any of your friends, neighbors, colleagues, or classmates pro-choice and not yet planning to vote for Obama?

Here are the top five things you should tell your friends about the Romney-Ryan ticket:

  1. Romney says he supports overturning Roe v. Wade.
  2. Romney said, "Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that." Romney's plan would cut off access to birth control and breast cancer screenings for millions of women.
  3. Romney and Ryan have supported policies that would outlaw abortion in almost all cases, even in cases of rape, incest or when a woman's health is in danger.
  4. Ryan supported redefining rape so that it would be harder for many rape survivors to get the medical care they need.
  5. Ryan voted to allow hospitals to refuse emergency abortion care to women who could otherwise die without it.

The Romney-Ryan ticket's extreme anti-choice agenda couldn't be clearer. And we're not going to let them shy away from their outrageous positions.

Talk to your friends, and they'll see that they cannot trust Mitt Romney with women's health and privacy.

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What You Don't Pay, Thanks to President Obama!

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Don't forget to tune into the presidential debate tonight!

Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama will answer questions about the economy, health care, and the role of government.

Have you heard Mitt Romney's campaign claim that women don't care about birth control, and that birth control isn't an economic issue?

The thing is, birth control is an economic issue. And President Obama understands that.

We created this graphic to highlight the stark difference between these two candidates when it comes to making birth control affordable. Many women will no longer have to take out their wallet when they pick up their birth-control prescription at the pharmacy thanks to President Obama's no-cost birth control policy. If Mitt Romney's elected? He's threatened to take away this great preventive benefit.

Make sure to share it with your friends:

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We'll be live tweeting the debate tonight, so be sure to follow @NARAL for updates.

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