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One Year Since Wendy

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It's been one year since Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis' historic 13-hour filibuster to stop politicians from pushing through a draconian anti-choice bill during a special legislative session.

Ever since Wendy's epic stand, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas has been working with allies on the ground to make sure women can continue to access abortion and reproductive-health care in the Lone Star state. But the energy we saw in Texas from activists standing up to join Wendy one year ago has spread far beyond Texas.

We've seen pro-choice champions in Congress and state legislatures across the country fight back against anti-choice politicians who will do whatever it takes - even breaking their own rules - to make it next to impossible for women and families to get the health care they need.

Anti-choice Sen. Lindsay Graham tried to use the anniversary of the conviction of the illegal back-alley butcher, Kermit Gosnell, to ramp up support for his national 20-week abortion ban. But Sen. Richard Blumenthal stood up to Sen. Graham and talked about how a ban would endanger women's lives and criminalize doctors.

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Sen. Barbara Boxer joined him and talked about how the bill would drive women to rogue doctors or leave women with no choice by to try to self-abort. (One study in Texas showed that 7 percent of women who seek abortion care have already tried.) Sen. Harry Reid also called out Sen. Graham for using the debate to win votes.

In Michigan, when anti-choice politicians pushed legislation that would require women to buy a separate insurance plan for abortion care, even women who have been raped, state Sen. Gretchen Widmer spoke out and bravely shared her personal story of sexual assault for the very first time in public.

In Oklahoma, Republican state Rep. Doug Cox had it when fellow Republicans tried to ban coverage for emergency contraception for people who rely on Medicaid for their insurance. He bravely wrote an editorial and asked, "What happened to the party that I joined?" When these same politicians tried to push Texas-style restrictions, he condemned them for being "prejudiced against women."

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Pro-choice lawmakers are not just speaking out and refusing to stay silent - they're pushing legislative strategies to expose the true agenda behind the flood of medically unnecessary anti-choice restrictions.

Oklahoma state Rep. Constance Johnson stood up to "personhood" legislation in her state.

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The legislation could ban abortion and common forms of birth control by introducing a measure to ban "non-procreative ejaculation." Constance said:

"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."

Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner introduced legislation to require men to seek counseling before accessing Viagra to expose just how ridiculous it is for anti-choice politicians to assume that women who choose abortion haven't given that decision enough thought.

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But pro-choice elected officials aren't the only people standing up for women's reproductive freedom. Pro-choice activists across the country have taken to the streets and to state capitals in masses to protest legislative attacks.

NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina helps organize rallies for "Moral Monday" to protest the GOP's extreme attacks, including laws to make it harder for people to vote, to weaken environmental protections, to cut funding for health care, and to close all but one of the state's reproductive-health clinics that provides abortion care. Thanks to thousands of progressive North Carolinians coming together week after week for months in different cities across the state, with hundreds arrested, these protests made national headlines.

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In Missouri, pro-choice people organized a 72-hour people's filibuster to protest an extreme anti-choice bill that would require women to wait three days and make multiple visits to the single abortion provider within the state in order to get abortion care.

Not only are our champions exposing hypocrisy and holding anti-choice politicians accountable for restricting women's access to health care, but they're protecting and expanding reproductive freedom. In Congress, they've introduced the Women's Health Protection Act to wipe away all the unnecessary obstacles that are designed to make it impossible for women to get the reproductive health care they need.

When we speak out, our voices become a roar that cannot be ignored. Sen. Wendy Davis showed the nation that there are hundreds of thousands of pro-choice people who won't put up with the anti-choice agenda any longer, and she, along with all of our pro-choice champions, inspired so many people to take a stand for reproductive freedom for the very first time.

How will you use your voice?


If anyone had any doubt that America's pro-choice majority is fired up and ready to STOP the War on Women, then they should have seen what I just saw on the National Mall.

Thousands of citizen activists in purple and pink t-shirts gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol, and rallied against the extreme, anti-woman agenda brewing in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, gave a boisterous speech. She fired up a crowd that had traveled from all over the country to be here, and sent John Boehner and his anti-choice cohorts a strong message. We, the people, have had enough of the bait-and-switch that puts attacks on women's freedom and privacy ahead of creating jobs and growing the economy.

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, spoke out against the attacks on community-health clinics that many American women rely on as their sole provider of health care.

Top pro-choice members of Congress rallied the troops. Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Barbara Boxer of California, Patty Murray of Washington, and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey promised that the pro-choice leadership in the U.S. Senate would STOP the War on Women.

Sen. Schumer said the Senate would never, never, never accept eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood and the Title X program. Then, he said it again, just to make sure folks far and wide could hear him.

Some of our strongest pro-choice champions in the House spoke. Reps. Diana DeGette of Colorado, Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, and Louise Slaughter of New York promised that they would never stop fighting attacks on women's health.

Pro-choice activists from the entertainment community spoke out too. Amy Madigan and Ed Harris stood up with their teenage daughter, Lily, and made it clear that they were fighting for her rights.

David Eigenberg (Steve from "Sex and the City") and Connie Britton (of "Friday Night Lights" fame) said the attacks on women's health care were attacks on us, and our sisters, daughters, wives, mothers and partners.

Leading coalition partners voiced their support. Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Humans Rights, made it clear that an attack on a woman's right to choose is an attack on human rights. Period.

Bravo to them, and to all the pro-choice Americans who came out to show their strength. They're back in the congressional office buildings now, making sure their representatives get the message: STOP the War on Women.

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And they're off!

The anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives is kicking off its extreme "Stupak on Steroids" agenda with a key committee hearing this afternoon. At 4 p.m. today the Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution will hold a hearing on H.R.3, the "Stupak on Steroids" bill introduced by Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey.

Among many egregious provisions, this bill would force millions of American families to pay more taxes if their health plan covers abortion care, jeopardizing abortion coverage in the private market. About 87 percent of insurance plans on the market currently offer abortion coverage.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, has submitted written testimony to the subcommittee detailing how the "Stupak on Steroids" bill would restrict women's ability to make personal, private medical decisions. We'll be monitoring this hearing closely, and provide more information here at Blog for Choice after it happens.

Today's hearing is just the first game in an anti-choice double-header. At 1 p.m. tomorrow, the Energy and Commerce health subcommittee will hold a hearing on H.R.358, which was introduced by Rep. Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania. This bill would allow hospitals to refuse to provide abortion care even when it's necessary to save a woman's life!.

Creating jobs and getting the economy back on track? Pffff--that's so 2010! 

Speaker John Boehner called attacking a woman's right to choose one of his "highest legislative priorities," and these hearings show us he means it.

Fortunately, pro-choice allies in the House and Senate are standing up to fight the dangerous "Stupak on Steroids" agenda. Senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Barbara Boxer of California, Al Franken of Minnesota, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, and Patty Murray of Washington held a press conference this morning calling on the anti-choice House leadership to focus on jobs and the economy--not attacking women's health and privacy.

And Rep. Lois Capps of California wrote an op-ed in Politico this morning calling on the House leadership to stop its attacks on choice. 


 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Pass the mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and I hope you're having a wonderful day with close family and friends.

When I think about Thanksgiving, the importance of family, and what I'm thankful for, I also think about you. I consider each and every one of our supporters to be part of the NARAL Pro-Choice America family, and I am so thankful that you are standing with us.

We make women's lives better - just look at what we accomplished in the last year:


We should be proud of these achievements. It took all our energy, smart thinking, and hard work to win so much for women.

No matter what challenge we face, we keep fighting because we're protecting our right to privacy and our freedom to choose.

Believe me, there will be more challenges in the next few years. Anti-choice John Boehner, the incoming speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, already has threatened to attack women's access to abortion care and other reproductive-health services. We will work to stop his extremist "Stupak on Steroids" bill and other attempts that would allow politicians to take away women's freedom and privacy.

But before we prepare for what's to come, today is about being thankful for what we have. Tell us in the comments what you're thankful for and who the important people are in your life.

And again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your steadfast support.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Tell Boehner: We're Watching You

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Thank you to the millions of pro-choice Americans who voted yesterday. Our determination and passion makes losing the U.S. House of Representatives to anti-choice politicians all the more difficult. 

We heard some of these candidates campaign relentlessly on the issue of smaller government. But when it comes to a woman's right to choose, these same anti-choice politicians want the government interfering with women's most personal, private medical decisions.

It's time for America's pro-choice majority to draw a line in the sand. Anti-choice activist John Boehner is likely to become speaker of the House. Send him and his anti-choice allies a message: we're watching you. We're not going to sit around while you and your extreme cohorts attack our right to choose.

And while the news from the House was a downer, we won several key races yesterday, and kept the Senate out of anti-choice control.

There are also several races that are still too close to call. We'll keep you posted on the outcome and how you can help in the near future. 

We look forward to working with our pro-choice leaders, and know we can count on them to oppose attacks on abortion, birth control, and sex education. 

The next two years will be difficult. But, no whining allowed, just raw determination to never stop fighting for a woman's right to choose. 

With determination,

Nancy



 


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Barbara Boxer: Help Send a Pro-Choice Star Back to the Senate!

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When it comes to leaders who stand up to protect a woman's right to choose, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California is in a league of her own. Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, describes her as "the brightest star in the galaxy of pro-choice leaders in our country." 

And Sen. Boxer's list of accomplishments is impressive: She was at the forefront of the fight in the Senate to overturn the global gag rule. When Bush-administration politicos tried to block Plan B® from being sold over the counter, Sen. Boxer helped ensure that women had access.  

Right now, Sen. Boxer's locked in a tough race with anti-choice multi-millionaire Carly Fiorina. Fiorina is endorsed by Sarah Palin and the extreme Susan B. Anthony List PAC, and even supports overturning Roe v. Wade

But Sen. Boxer is not backing down! Here's what she had to say about the stakes in this race:

Make no mistake about it: a woman's right to choose is on the ballot in California this year. ...My opponent's position on Roe v. Wade is more extreme -- and this is important -- more extreme than any California senator or governor of either party in decades.

When it comes to protecting choice, Sen. Boxer is a fighter. And right now she needs us to stand and fight with her. We've urged 80,000 of our activists in California to get to the polls, and our Google and Facebook online ads about her race have been seen more than 2.6 million times. Find out what you can do to take action. If you live in California, find out how and where to vote.  Vote November 2 for pro-choice star Sen. Barbara Boxer.

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


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Voter Education in Key Races

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Vote for Pro-Choice Sen. Barbara BoxerThis election cycle, we're taking our ads to the Internet.

If you live in California, Florida, or Pennsylvania, you may have seen our ads like the one on the right for pro-choice Senate candidates Sen. Barbara Boxer (CA), Rep. Kendrick Meek (FL), or Rep. Joe Sestak (PA).

We're placing these ads on the favorite websites of progressives, young feminists, and other women including Facebook, Daily Kos, Salon.com, Jezebel, and, my personal fave, Cake Wrecks.

We also have short ads for these candidates running before videos on key websites. You can check out the video ads at the end of this post.

In addition, we're educating voters on Google about pro-choice candidates in key House races: Dr. Ami Bera (CA-03), Dan Seals (IL-10), and Cedric Richmond (LA-02).

So far, our ads have been shown more than five million times, and they'll reach millions more people before Election Day. And every person who clicks learns more about the candidates' positions on choice.

With more people fast-forwarding through TV commercials with their DVR and getting their news online, our geo-targeted ads are a cost-effective way to reach pro-choice voters.

Here are the video ads. They're only 15 seconds each, so be sure to watch them all!

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The Stars Shine Brightly for Barbara Boxer

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Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, visited Los Angeles this week. Her trip included a stop yesterday at a news conference featuring pro-choice leaders from the entertainment industry (more in a moment, we promise). They joined forces in support of Sen. Barbara Boxer. 

Nancy introduced Sen. Boxer, whom she described as "the brightest star in the galaxy of pro-choice leaders in our country"-- an introduction that, according to the Los Angeles Times, made the three-term senator visibly emotional.

And speaking of stars, we're all very jealous that Nancy met with a number of celebrities at the Boxer news conference. Amy Brenneman, Alfre Woodard, Maria Bello, Amy Madigan (a member of NARAL Pro-Choice America's board of directors whom we totally love) and David Eigenberg (he of Steve fame from "Sex and the City") were all on hand to show their support for the Senate's top pro-choice champion. 

Trivia Time: Which of these stars campaigned alongside Nancy in Wisconsin in support of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama?  (Answer here.)

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

Re-Elect Sen. Barbara Boxer, a Real Pro-Choice Hero!

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NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC proudly endorsed a true pro-choice champion of the Senate: Sen. Barbara Boxer of California

Sen. Boxer was first elected in 1992 at a time when there were only two women out of 100 senators. Since then, she has been a fierce advocate for a woman's right to choose:

·         She was at the forefront of the fight in the Senate to overturn the global gag rule.

·         She fought against the Federal Abortion Ban, and sponsored the Freedom of Choice Act to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law.

·         She voted against George W. Bush's anti-choice judicial nominations, including the nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.

·         And when Bush-administration politicos tried to prevent Plan B® from being sold over the counter, Sen. Boxer fought to ensure women's access--and won.     

This election, Sen. Boxer is being challenged by multi-millionaire Republican Carly Fiorina, who is unabashedly anti-choice. She calls herself "a real pro-life candidate" and has been endorsed by anti-choice heavy weights Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, and the National Right to Life Committee. Fiorina even supports overturning Roe v. Wade. And with her vast personal wealth, she can spend whatever it takes.

Californians have a clear-cut decision this November 2: pro-choice Sen. Barbara Boxer, or Palin's choice, Carly Fiorina. If you live in California, find out how to register to vote (the deadline is October 18), where your polling place is, and how to vote by mail.  Vote this November 2, and send pro-choice champion Sen. Barbara Boxer back to Congress.

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