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An Eventful 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade!

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This week, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, zipped all over town to talk about the importance of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that recognized that women have the fundamental right to safe and legal abortion care.

CNN was her first stop of the day. Nancy had a spirited conversion with CNN's Carol Costello about the current state of the pro-choice movement, and our continued work to protect women's reproductive freedom.

Nancy also, joined by Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore (D), spoke with Thomas Roberts on MSNBC about how the fight for choice has now moved to the states.

Nancy also discussed choice at the state level with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow:

"It's no longer about the legality which was the battle of Roe, making abortion legal in this country. It has now become a debate and a fight around access...This is the most extreme pressure on women, that the ultimate decision is not with her, it is with a politician here in Washington, D.C., or in the state Capitols."

But that's not all. Nancy also sat down with Gwen Ifill on PBS NewsHour to debate the future of choice with Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of anti-choice group Americans United for Life.

The celebration of Roe continued when Nancy released an op-ed via CNN affirming the significant role Millenials will play in protecting a woman's right to choose:

"During the past two presidential elections, we have seen Millennials' ability to exercise their power, speak up and change the fabric of our nation. Many are speaking up online, in the voting booth, at the grass-roots level and in the hallways of our organizations. They are telling their stories and charting their own path, but it is critical that we create pathways to broaden and build a new conversation about protecting women's reproductive health."

We know that these last four decades have challenged us to stand our ground against anti-choice extremists who work every day to overturn of Roe v. Wade - or at least render it meaningless. But we're not alone: 70 percent of Americans believe that Roe should remain intact.

With your help, we will work to ensure reproductive rights don't become a thing of the past.

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Ariz. Legislators Go Off on Constituents

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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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Ariz. Legislators Go Off on Constituents

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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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An Open Letter to Herman Cain

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Dear Mr. Cain,

Leading in the polls for the Republican nomination for president can be tiresome, can't it?

After your interview with CNN's Piers Morgan earlier this month, people were a little confused about your stance on a woman's right to choose.

Then you issued this clarifying statement:

Yesterday in an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN, I was asked questions about abortion policy and the role of the president.

I understood the thrust of the question to ask whether that I, as president, would simply "order" people to not seek an abortion.

My answer was focused on the role of the president. The president has no constitutional authority to order any such action by anyone [emphasis added]. That was the point I was trying to convey.

As to my political policy view on abortion, I am 100 percent pro-life. End of story.

Let's start with the things we agree on: you are 100 percent opposed to a woman's right to choose abortion care--even in cases of rape or incest--and have made that position clear on numerous occasions. End of story.

But that part about the president having "no constitutional authority" to interfere with the private decisions a woman makes with her doctor? That's where I'm forced to disagree with you.

The president has tremendous power over reproductive-health policy in the United States.

In fact, NARAL Pro-Choice America published The Powers of the President: Reproductive Freedom and Choice, a helpful guide that can provide you with insight on why your earlier statement is wrong.

Here are just a few of the powers you would have as President Cain:

  • The power to appoint federal judges, including Supreme Court justices. 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.
  • The power to appoint cabinet and other executive-branch officials. Each of these appointees wields significant power over reproductive freedom and health. For example, the FDA commissioner is responsible for approving new contraceptives and medical-abortion options--or, conversely, stalling them, as previous appointees by anti-choice presidents did.
  • The power to issue executive orders. For example, previous anti-choice presidents imposed the global gag rule on overseas health centers, and the Federal Refusal Rule, which allowed health-care corporations to refuse to provide or refer for abortion care and a broad range of other health-care services.
  • The power to approve or veto legislation. Anti-choice forces currently control the U.S. House of Representatives, and have passed extreme, anti-choice bills, including H.R.358, the "Let Women Die" bill. While the Senate currently is under pro-choice leadership, only 40 senators can be counted on as reliably pro-choice votes. The president could be the deciding factor in whether these outrageous attacks on women's freedom and privacy become law.

As this presidential race continues, I'm sure that you will continue to be asked questions about the powers and responsibilities of the office you seek.

Thus, I invite you to read The Powers of the President for more details. It's only four pages long, making it the perfect travel companion to all those debates.

Warm regards,

Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

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

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CNN brings the story:

Kansas prosecutors have brought murder and assault charges against the man suspected of killing Wichita physician George Tiller, whose women's clinic was a frequent target of protests against abortion.

Scott Roeder, 51, is being held without bail on a first-degree murder charge and two counts of aggravated assault stemming from Tiller's shooting death Sunday morning, Sedgwick County District Judge Ben Burgess said.

Burgess set a preliminary hearing in the case for June 16.

Police have not disclosed a possible motive in Tiller's killing, but associates said Roeder was a regular among the anti-abortion protesters who routinely gathered at his Wichita clinic, Women's Health Care Services.

I've got a great opportunity for all of you pro-choice activists... this time, courtesy of CNN. On Friday (tomorrow), Sen. McCain will be on CNN and they are accepting questions and political commentary on video. From CNN:

Here's your chance to join the political discussion. We want to hear about the political topics and hot-button issues that are most important to you.

Send us your questions and political commentary on video, and be sure to keep them clear and concise. Your videos could be used on air -- and your views a part of the best political team on TV.

Senator John McCain, Republican presidential candidate, will be a guest Friday and you can ask him a question yourself. What issues matter most to you? Do you want to know more about what kind of president he would be? Submit your questions today, and be sure to keep them clear and concise. We'll pick the best ones to be used on air.

Here at NARAL Pro-Choice America, we think this provides an awesome opportunity to ask McCain about his dubious position on birth control. I mean, after ALL the drama surrounding Carly Fiorina's tragic lack of understanding of her candidate's birth-control record, the subsequent media fall out (eight-second silence, anyone?) when reporters asked McCain about health insurance covering Viagra and not birth control, and the ominous rejection of NARAL Pro-Choice New Mexico volunteers from a McCain town hall in Albuquerque... WE STILL HAVE YET TO GET AN ANSWER FROM MCCAIN ON WHERE HE STANDS!

So, please go submit your question for McCain and ask him (in your own words, if you like):

Senator McCain, when asked whether you agreed with Carly Fiorina that insurance companies that cover Viagra should also cover birth control, you said you weren't sure and would get provide an answer.  Well, it's been two weeks and we still haven't heard why you voted against this very proposal.  Will you now please tell us whether or not you think birth control should be covered by insurance companies that also cover Viagra?

And then, if you're so inspired, please visit our YouTube page to upload the video you submitted to CNN so you can share it with all of pro-choice America!

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