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Delivering Your Petitions to Speaker John Boehner


In case you haven't heard, this week the U.S. Senate took a huge step forward for women in the military when they adopted a provision sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) as part of the FY'13 Department of Defense authorization bill (DoD).

We're grateful that the Senate stood with rape survivors in the military. But now the bill will be conferenced with the version the U.S. House of Representatives passed in May that does not include the same language. That means it's up to House Speaker John Boehner to do the right thing for servicewomen -- and ensure that the provision lifting the ban stays in the final bill.

We asked you, our supporters, to send a strong message to Speaker Boehner and other anti-choice members of Congress to put the needs of sexual assault survivors in the military before their anti-choice agenda.

More than 26,000 activists signed our petition in just three days!

We took those signatures up to Capitol Hill today and delivered them directly to Speaker Boehner's office to let him know that denying reproductive-health care to servicewomen who are rape survivors is just plain wrong.

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Thank you, to everyone who contributed to this petition!

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NARAL Affiliates Take to the Hill


After a weekend getting fired up to STOP the War on Women, NARAL Pro-Choice America's state affiliates went to Capitol Hill yesterday to meet with members of Congress from their states. They visited nearly 50 offices in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives!

NARAL Pro-Choice California staff had the opportunity to meet with pro-choice hero Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.).

They thanked Rep. Chu for being one of the leading voices against the War on Women. They also had the chance to talk with her about the dangers of anti-choice "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs) that mislead and deceive women.

And today, Rep. Chu signed on as a cosponsor to the Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women's Services Act!

This bill would stop CPCs from using false or misleading advertising to lure women into their storefront operations.

Staff from NARAL Pro-Choice Texas went to the office of pro-choice Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) to let him know that pro-choice Texans have got his back.

This kind of pro-choice visibility adds to our day-to-day communication with our allies on the Hill. We have channeled more than 550,000 messages to Congress opposing the War on Women--so lawmakers know the NARAL family has backup.

It's also important that our allies know we're holding Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his anti-choice cohorts in the House leadership accountable. These politicians claim to want less government interference in our lives, but it seems what they really want is government that's just small enough to fit in your bedroom or inside your medicine cabinet.

Kudos to our state affiliates for meeting with senators and representatives from their states.

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Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Boehner's Door


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"Knock, knock."

"Who's there?"

"44,377 pro-choice Americans telling House Speaker John Boehner to STOP the 'rape-audits' bill, that's who!"

NARAL Pro-Choice America teamed up with and EMILY's List to STOP H.R.3, the extreme "Stupak on Steroids" bill.

A whopping 44,377 people from NARAL Pro-Choice America alone signed a petition against this dangerous legislation, which could spur the Internal Revenue Service to audit rape and incest survivors who choose abortion care

We felt Speaker Boehner should hear what we, the people, think about this War on Women, so we decided to pay him a little visit.

We're heading over to his office on Capitol Hill this morning to deliver the petitions. We'll post updates of our delivery live via Twitter and Facebook.

John Boehner and his anti-choice allies are quickly learning that there will be a steep price to pay in 2012 for making the War on Women one of their "highest legislative priorities."

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Today's the day! Right now, thousands of activists - from Tempe to Boston - are pouring into Washington, D.C. They're coming by the busload to tell their representatives to STOP the War on Women at our pro-choice lobby day and rally.

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If you can't make it to our nation's capital today, we still need you to match our presence in the halls of Congress with hundreds of calls, posts, and tweets. Find out more about what you can do on our website.

Here are three steps to taking action:
  1. Call the Capitol switchboard at 443-503-4917. Tell them where you're from and ask to speak with your representative.
  2. Tell the staff person who answers the phone that you're a constituent, and say:

    As a constituent, I urge you to stop the War on Women by voting against H.R.3, H.R.358, and attacks on family planning.
  3. Then, tell your friends - and find out how you can spread the word about the War on Women.
Your calls, emails, tweets, and Facebook posts to Congress could not be happening at a more important time: tomorrow, a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on H.R.3, the "rape audits" bill.

We want to hear how you plan to get involved today. Leave a comment, and we'll choose 10 people at random to receive a free lobby day T-shirt!

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Keep up with Lobby Day here on BlogforChoice, on our Facebook page and on our Twitter feed. Check the hashtag #Rally4Health to follow the conversation. We'll be covering the lobby day and rally live from Capitol Hill throughout the day. 

We can't wait to see you (or read your posts and tweets). Together, we will end the War on Women! 

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Don't Tread on D.C.

In 2009, President Obama and a Congress under pro-choice control lifted the discriminatory rule that prohibited Washington, D.C. from spending its own local funds on abortion care, giving the District the same right that all states have.

Now, this progress is at risk--and we're joining forces with our friends at DC Vote in standing up for the women in a community where many NARAL Pro-Choice America employees live. 

Here's the background: Congress has the authority to overrule the decisions of the District of Columbia's locally elected city council. 

And the people of D.C. don't even have a say in what goes on in Congress: they have no senators, and their lone voice in the U.S. House of Representatives, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, doesn't get a vote. Talk about taxation without representation!

With the House under anti-choice control, these limitations on their rights have severe consequences for D.C. women's freedom and privacy. 

The House has passed a budget bill that would prohibit D.C. from spending its own locally raised funds to help low-income women access abortion care. 

That's right: Congress is telling D.C. taxpayers what they can and can't spend their money on!

We must make sure our friends in the Senate do not allow the House's attack on women in D.C. to stand.

That's why we're supporting our friends at DC Vote in their Senate Advocacy Day on March 29.

They're meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Capitol Hill to send the Senate a message: don't tread on D.C.! Sign up to join them. If you can't make it, please call your senators. 

Stand with DC Vote and Del. Holmes Norton, and tell the Senate to stop treading on D.C.

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With the anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives hammering away at women's health care, it's nice to be able to report some good news on a Friday afternoon.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, called the repeal a victory for patients:

The language published today reaffirms the principles of protecting the doctor-patient relationship by repealing the most onerous and intrusive parts of Bush's last-minute refusal rule. As the Obama administration seeks to protect women's access to birth control, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are preparing to vote for a bill that would eliminate funding for family-planning services nationwide. This is yet another example of why elections matter. When we elect people who value women's health and privacy, women win.

As the House wages war on women's health, it's nice to have a pro-choice president!

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