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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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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!

Rep. Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin Stays in U.S. Senate Race

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Todd_Akin_portrait_275.jpgYesterday was a big day for anti-choice extremist Rep. Todd Akin, the candidate for U.S. Senate who said that pregnancies from "legitimate rape" rarely happen.

September 25 was the official deadline for Akin to drop out of the race for U.S. Senate. Many Republican leaders, including Mitt Romney, publicly called on Akin to step aside.

However, the deadline has come and gone. And Akin is still in the race!

Now it's up to us to get the word out to Missouri voters about Akin's extreme beliefs.

If his comments about "legitimate rape" weren't offensive enough, he also said that he believes that emergency contraception should be banned.

If you have friends who vote in Missouri, get the word out. Tell them to cast their vote to re-elect Sen. Claire McCaskill. Akin cannot be trusted to protect our rights - let alone understand basic biology.

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Rep. Todd Akin: Pregnancies from "Legitimate Rape" Rarely Happen

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Remember Rep. Todd Akin? He's the guy who wants to ban emergency contraception, totally, for everyone.

It gets even worse.

This weekend, an interviewer asked Rep. Akin why he would not support a woman's right to choose abortion in cases of rape. Akin's shocking response?

"From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist."

You've got to see it for yourself.

Rep. Akin's pro-choice opponent, incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, responded:

"As a woman and former prosecutor who handled hundreds of rape cases, I'm stunned by Rep Akin's comments about victims this morning. It is beyond comprehension that someone can be so ignorant about the emotional and physical trauma brought on by rape. The ideas that Todd Akin has expressed about the serious crime of rape and the impact on its victims are offensive."

Rep. Akin's comments went viral.

After the tremendous backlash, Akin's campaign tried to backtrack on his outrageous comments.

But we're not buying it.

Rep. Akin showed his true colors with his comment, and we will continue to remind Missouri voters about the stark choice they have to make on November 6.

Sen. Claire McCaskill or Rep. Todd Akin?

For women, and the men who care about them, the choice is crystal clear.

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Meet the Candidate Who Wants to Ban Emergency Contraception

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Who believes that emergency contraception (EC) should be banned "totally for everyone?"

Meet anti-choice Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO).

Rep. Akin recently won a tight Republican primary to challenge pro-choice Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri this November.

If you haven't heard of Rep. Akin before, you won't be able to forget him now. Days after his victory, he confirmed his extreme anti-contraception beliefs on a radio show.

HOST: I wanted to get to the actual morning-after pill. So are you saying that you would like that to be banned for everyone, or do you have exceptions for rape and incest?

AKIN: As far as I'm concerned, the morning-after pill is a form of abortion, and I think we shouldn't have abortion in this country. [...] The life of the mother, the situation there is one where what you want to do is optimize life, you try to save the mother's life, you try to save the child. [...]

HOST: Just to be clear, though, you would like to ban the morning after pill totally for everyone?

AKIN: Yeah. I think that is a form of abortion and I don't support it.

Clearly, Rep. Akin needs a refresher course in biology. EC is contraception - not abortion. If you are already pregnant, taking EC will not affect the pregnancy.

Rep. Akin's latest extreme statement against birth control is shocking, but not too surprising coming from the guy who has voted repeatedly to defund Planned Parenthood.

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Who's Funding the War on Women?

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Allow me to introduce the newest member of our anti-choice "Hall of Shame." In case you haven't heard of this guy yet, meet Sheldon Adelson.

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This billionaire casino magnate from Las Vegas has already given more than $35 million to groups attacking our pro-choice champions like Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo), and Jon Tester (D-Mont.).

NARAL Pro-Choice America fought to elect these pro-choice senators, who went on to defeat anti-choice incumbents in 2006. Now, Sheldon Adelson and his political "hit man," Karl Rove, are going after them with hundreds of thousands of dollars in attack ads.

Adelson and his wife have also pledged $10 million to the Romney Super PAC that is running attack ads to defeat pro-choice President Obama in November and support the anti-choice candidate Mitt Romney.

As long as billionaires like Sheldon Adelson try to buy elections, NARAL Pro-Choice America and our progressive allies will be calling them out and working to defeat their millions of dollars with our millions of voters.

You will not gamble with our rights, Mr. Adelson. They are not for sale.

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