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Did you know that 7 in 10 Americans believe in a woman's right to choose? You might be shocked to learn that even though the majority of Americans are pro-choice, our values aren't represented in Congress.

Right now, only 4 in 10 members of Congress share our pro-choice values!

Imagine all of the ways we could improve access to reproductive-health care if anti-choice politicians weren't running the show.

Here are 7 things we could do if 7 out of 10 members of Congress were pro-choice:

  1. Protect and expand reproductive rights for all women and families - today and for future generations - by passing forward-looking, proactive legislation. If we had more pro-choice champions representing our values, we could make dangerous anti-choice restrictions a memory of the past.
  2. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is my personal hero. Wouldn't it be great if we had even more Supreme Court justices like her? Hobby Lobby bosses would have been told that women can't be denied birth control coverage. With 7 out of 10 pro-choice Congress members we'd be able to easily confirm Supreme Court nominees who we could count on to protect women's reproductive freedom and not rule to discriminate against women.
  3. The Supreme Court is important, but don't forget about the hundreds of judges who rule every day whether access to safe abortion care remains protected. Last year, we were so happy to hear about a federal judge in Indiana who prevented politicians in the state from withholding Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood. This decision goes a long way for thousands of women who many otherwise not be able to access health care. With more pro-choice champions in Congress, we could confirm more judges who would rule based on justice, not their personal agendas.
  4. Insurance should cover abortion. Period. That's why we'd fight to ensure that abortion care is covered for women who get their health care from the government. We could roll back bans on abortion care for women in the military, the Peace Corps, federal employees, and even women who live in D.C.
  5. We'd pass the Women's Health Protection Act into law to put a stop to anti-choice states that are closing clinics and making it impossible for some women to access abortion care.
  6. Support legislation that teaches the facts about sex - and how to stay safe and prevent pregnancy - to teens. It's time to put science back into sex education, stop with the shaming, and fund programs that work. With pro-choice elected officials fighting for pro-choice policy change, we could end ineffective, and often inaccurate, abstinence-only programs that do more harm than good for young people.
  7. And of course, we'd have no problem stopping extreme anti-choice measures, like the one that banned abortion coverage in Obamacare.

These victories would just be the beginning.

If we elect a Congress that looks like the rest of America, we'll have champions who will fight for a country where all women can have the freedom to decide their own destinies, including when, how, and with whom to start a family.

Look, this isn't going to be easy, but we can make this dream a reality if the pro-choice majority refuses to stay silent. Join the community of 7 in 10 pro-choice Americans to help us win. And share our graphic on Facebook to help get the word out:

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Peace Corps Volunteers: On Their Own?


distressed_small.jpgEvery year, thousands of Americans volunteer for the Peace Corps.

These volunteers represent our country by doing important work around the world, risking their health and safety to provide essential aid abroad. Sadly, these heroic volunteers don't even have the same health-care coverage as government employees have here at home. Right now, if a woman serving in the Peace Corps is raped and needs abortion care, she's on her own.

While women in the military have access to this essential service, abortion coverage is completely banned for women volunteers serving in the Peace Corps who become pregnant from rape or if they face life-threatening complications during pregnancy.

One Peace Corps volunteer, Mary Kate Shannon, had to confront this injustice after surviving her second sexual assault while serving abroad. The Peace Corps couldn't provide funding for abortion care, but they did offer to provide federally-funded parenting classes:

"I felt betrayed...I felt like it was a decision that was going to be made for me. I wasn't in a place financially where I felt like I could pay for it."

Nobody should be forced to go through what Mary Kate experienced. So we're getting the word out and working to secure essential reproductive freedoms for these women. Peace Corps volunteers deserve the same respect, support, and health coverage as other citizens serving our nation abroad.

Help fix this injustice by telling your senators to cosponsor the Peace Corps Equity Act and support equal treatment for our volunteers overseas.

The Peace Corps Equity Act would ensure that Peace Corps volunteers have the unconditional abortion coverage and support they deserve in the most difficult of circumstances.

Help us send a message to Congress that protecting Peace Corps volunteers' health is the right thing to do - anything less is unacceptable.

Winning insurance coverage for abortion in these tragic circumstances is just the first step. We won't stop fighting until insurance plans cover abortion just like any other medical services - for all women.

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Last night, pro-choice U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) debated anti-choice opponent Gabriel Gomez in the lead up to the general election on June 25.

Voters learned three critical new facts about Gabriel Gomez's anti-choice position:

  1. Gomez would vote for anti-choice Supreme Court nominees that could set the wheels in motion for the overturn of Roe v. Wade.
  2. Gomez's campaign dismissed women's contraceptive coverage as just "inside baseball." That's a quaint way off laughing off one of the most important and hotly-debated women's issue of the last year.
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  4. Gomez supports forced-waiting periods for women getting abortion care, saying "I don't think that's too much to ask." Tell that to women who have to drive hundreds or even thousands of miles to the nearest abortion provider, as well as pay for child care, a hotel room, and transportation costs.

Gomez said repeatedly that he wouldn't change laws around abortion. Doesn't he realize that U.S. senators vote on abortion-related issues all the time?

Last night's debate showed that Gabriel Gomez is completely out of touch with the very people he hopes to represent and cannot be trusted to protect their best interests. It's clear that Gomez would not work to protect and expand women's reproductive freedom. Instead, he could likely add unnecessary restrictions to burden women seeking reproductive-health services and abortion care.

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC-endorsed Rep. Markey, on the other hand, trusts Massachusetts women and has a pro-choice record that spans more than three decades. That's why Rep. Markey is the only candidate women and their families in Massachusetts can trust to protect their freedom and privacy in the most personal of circumstances - not anti-choice politicians like Gabriel Gomez.

If you have friends in Massachusetts, make sure they know how dangerous Gabriel Gomez would be for women's reproductive freedom. When they head to the polls, they'll know who to vote into the Senate on June 25 - pro-choice Rep. Ed Markey.

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Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault in the Military


Servicewoman_small.jpgDays after news broke that the Air Force officer overseeing the service's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program was arrested on charges of sexual assault, a Pentagon report was released showing that there were an estimated 26,000 cases of sexual assault in the military in fiscal year 2012 - a six percent increase over 2011.

It's reprehensible that this officer could have perpetuated the very same act that he's supposed to be working to end.

How we treat our service members reflects on us as a society. That's why we're working hard to make sure that our service members have the same rights as citizens here at home.

We celebrated a victory last year when Congress enacted the Shaheen amendment, which lifted the ban on sexual-assault survivors using their health insurance to pay for abortion services.

We've also been working with amazing pro-choice champions in Congress like Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who introduced the Military Access to Reproductive Care and Health for Military Women (MARCH) Act which would repeal the ban on women in the military using their own money for abortion care overseas.

It's unacceptable that military women who sacrifice so much for our country are blocked from making the most personal of reproductive-health decisions.

We're optimistic that more political leaders will make ending sexual assault and ensuring service women's reproductive rights a priority. Because even one sexual assault is too many.

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Congress Votes to Support Rape Survivors in the Military


Today, Congress voted to lift the law banning servicewomen who survive sexual assault and become pregnant from using their military health plan to cover abortion care!

We couldn't be happier that Congress put the needs of our servicewomen before personal agendas. It was the right thing to do.


This policy win would not have been possible without the leadership of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), who authored the repeal in the FY13 DoD bill.

NARAL Pro-Choice America has been working on this issue for more than 15 years, and we couldn't have achieved this important victory without your help.

We're also grateful to President Obama, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. These leaders all voiced their support of the Shaheen amendment, and marked their commitment to rape survivors in the military.

We also can't forget the 98 senators who voted for the Fiscal Year 2013 Department of Defense (DoD) authorization bill containing the Shaheen amendment.

We hope Congress will keep fighting to make sexual assault in the military a thing of the past. Until that happens, it is good to know that politicians aren't turning their backs on servicewomen who find themselves in these tragic circumstances.

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President Obama Stands with Servicewomen


We need your help to end an egregious policy that impacts women in the military who have survived a rape.

We've been working hard to make sure that military women who are survivors of rape or incest can get abortion services covered using their military health insurance. Anti-choice law currently bans them from doing so, and they must pay the cost themselves.

The U.S. Senate is poised to lift this ban.

And today, pro-choice champion President Obama confirmed his administration's support for overturning the ban (see page four of this PDF).

We're so thankful that the person we call Mr. President stands with women, and especially with the women who dedicate their lives to serving our country.

We owe it to our servicewomen to make sure they can get the health services they need in the tragic case of sexual assault.


Help us end this horrible policy -- send a strong message to lawmakers.

Stand with our servicewomen and tell Congress to put the needs of rape survivors in the military ahead of their extreme anti-choice agenda.

Fifty-Five Shocking Anti-Woman Votes in Congress Exposed


220px-Henry_Waxman.jpgLast week, ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Henry Waxman (D - Ca.), published a report documenting all of the anti-woman and anti-choice votes held by leaders of the U.S. House Representatives since January 2011

The report details 55 votes - all shamelessly anti-woman.

Here are just a few highlights/lowlights:

Our own Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, was featured in the report:

"From the 'Let Women Die' bill to IRS rape audits to attempts to defund family-planning programs, Americans have seen an unprecedented number of attacks on women's health in recent months. Rep. Waxman's report documents the lengths to which this Congress has gone in trying to dismantle reproductive freedom - and will serve as a clarion call to every American woman who cares about her rights."

Rep. Waxman's report further exposes how anti-choice leaders in Congress are waging a War on Women.

We're not going to let these anti-woman politicians vote our rights away. On November 6, we'll show them that they won't get away with their anti-woman agenda.

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PA Quarter.jpg Do you live in Pennsylvania? Then you must be planning on voting pro-choice in your state's congressional primaries next Tuesday, April 24.

Well, we've got your one-stop shop to find out where all the candidates stand on a woman's right to choose!

It's the NARAL Pro-Choice America primary voter guide.

You can get the scoop on all the candidates--Republican and Democratic--for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. You can find out which candidates received an endorsement from NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC, and learn important information about how and where to vote.

Our primary voter guide makes it easy to vote pro-choice down the line!

Don't live in Pennsylvania? Don't worry. We'll be updating our voter guide as each state holds its primaries.

The voter guide makes it easy to vote pro-choice in every race, in every state.

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Time for Congress to Answer Constituents' Questions


The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are on recess for the next two weeks.

That means your lawmakers are back in their states and/or districts and ready to hear from you!

If your lawmaker has been standing up against the War on Women, congratulations! Thank him or her for standing up for women's health.

But what about those politicians who have spent their time in Washington launching attacks on women's freedom and privacy?

Here are some questions you can ask them:

  1. Should bosses and corporations be allowed to deny their employees insurance coverage of birth control?
  2. Should politicians who don't have medical licenses get to overrule the medical decisions women make with their doctors?
  3. Presidential candidates like Mitt Romney want to defund family-planning programs and clinics, including Planned Parenthood. Do you?

A lot of politicians in Washington have been saying yes to all three questions. Now, it's time to hold them accountable!

If you see that your member of Congress is holding a public event and he or she has been part of the War on Women, show up and ask one of our questions.

Then let us know how it went by emailing

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We hope that women who live in rural communities and rely on telemedicine to stay healthy don't need access to medical abortion care.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment on June 16 that could make it impossible for a woman to even talk with her doctor about medical abortion over the Internet and through videoconferencing.

Who's behind this terrible idea? Anti-choice Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). Rep. King has been quite active this year, attacking women's rights at every turn. This is just the latest in his War on Women.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, had this to say about today's vote:

It is impractical, ridiculous, and, most importantly, bad for women in rural or remote areas who would not be able to discuss the full set of options with their doctor.

Have you ever used telemedicine? Do you live in a rural area and can speak to how a ban like this would affect you? Please share your story! Your personal story can help us show members of Congress how disastrous a policy like this could be for women who need to keep open all their options for talking to their doctor.

You Oughtta Be in Pro-Choice Pictures


Anti-choice senators are preparing to move the War on Women forward with legislation that will deny women access to everything from birth control to cancer screenings to the right to choose safe, legal abortion.

But we, the people, are standing up and saying STOP!

Show Congress you're fighting back by joining our photo petition.

It's easy to do. Just follow these steps:

  1. Make a sign. Make a sign from scratch or download and print out our sign.
  2. Take a picture of yourself holding the sign. You can use your camera, a webcam, or even a photo from your phone is fine!
  3. Email your picture to  - a unique address that will automatically upload your photo to NARAL Pro-Choice America's Flickr site. (You can use the subject line to give your photo a title and the body to add a description.)
  4. Make sure your friends are involved, too! Get the word out on Facebook and Twitter
Pro-choice Americans from every corner of the country are telling Congress to STOP the War on Women! 

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Just when you thought the attacks on women's health couldn't get any more extreme, the anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives opened up a new front.

More media outlets are reporting that H.R.3, the dangerous "Stupak on Steroids" bill, could subject survivors of rape and incest who choose abortion to audits by the Internal Revenue Service:

These outrageous "abortion audits" would place the burden of proof on the woman:

Under standard audit procedure, a woman would have to provide evidence to corroborate facts about abortions, rapes, and cases of incest, says Marcus Owens, an accountant and former longtime IRS official. If a taxpayer received a deduction or tax credit for abortion costs related to a case of rape or incest, or because her life was endangered, then "on audit [she] would have to demonstrate or prove, ideally by contemporaneous written documentation, that it was incest, or rape, or [her] life was in danger," Owens says. "It would be fairly intrusive for the woman."

This shocks the conscience. Members of the anti-choice House leadership campaigned on promises of less government intrusion in our personal, private lives. Now these same politicians are making it so that rape survivors will have to relive their horrifying experiences with an agent from the IRS.

As extreme as this "Stupak on Steroids" bill is, it now has 221 co-sponsors--more than enough votes to pass the House!

We're calling on the co-sponsors of H.R.3 to explain to their constituents why they want to give the IRS authority to audit rape survivors. In particular, we're focusing on these seven representatives:

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle of New York
Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin
Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania
Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois
Rep. Dan Lungren of California
Rep. Steve Stivers of Ohio
Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan

If you live in one of these members' districts, call your representative. Ask why he or she wants the IRS to conduct abortion audits of rape survivors.

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Your Logistical Guide to the April 7 Lobby Day


So, hopefully you're as psyched as I am for pro-choice lobby day on Thursday, April 7 in Washington, D.C.

With the anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives ramping up its War on Women, the whole pro-choice movement is standing together and saying STOP. So if you haven't signed up yet, be sure to do so now!

We'll meet with our representatives--pro- and anti-choice members alike--to let them know what we, the people, think of these extreme, anti-choice attacks. It's going to be epic!

But now you're probably saying, "Thomas, I'm fired up and ready to go, but where do I go?"

Good question. Fortunately, we've got a pro-choice lobby day page up and ready to help you navigate.

We'll be meeting in the morning on Thursday, April 7 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building right next to the Capitol. 

We're also organizing buses from cities along the East Coast. Check out our lobby day page for signup information.

If you're taking Amtrak, Union Station is only a few blocks from the Capitol. 

If you're taking the Washington Metro, go to the Union Station stop on the Red line or Capitol South stop on the Blue and Orange lines.

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Anti-Choice Bill Subjects Rape Survivors to IRS Audits


The anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives is waging a War on Women, and the attacks keep getting more extreme. 

Mother Jones is reporting that H.R.3, the dangerous "Stupak on Steroids" bill, could subject survivors of rape and incest who choose to terminate their pregnancies to audits by the Internal Revenue Service.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, which helped break this story, called the bill a callous assault on women's freedom and privacy:

This bill gets more outrageous and insulting by the day. Not only would a woman have to describe her sexual assault to the police, but she could then be forced to relive that horrifying experience with an agent from the IRS. The 221 members of Congress who signed their names to this egregious bill must explain to their constituents why they want to give the IRS authority to audit rape survivors.

Why, indeed?

It's yet another way these anti-choice politicians are pushing for more government intrusion in our personal, private lives--not less. 

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The report featured NARAL Pro-Choice America's Nancy Keenan, and used our research to develop maps showing which states are most likely to see attacks on women's freedom and privacy. Nancy talked about how the changed political landscape will affect women's ability to make personal, private medical decisions.

The CBS Evening News is not the only leading media organization that is turning to NARAL Pro-Choice America for in-depth analysis. The New York Times, NPR, Politico, and the Associated Press have all cited our research in recent stories on anti-choice legislation in Congress and the states.

Politicians who campaigned last fall on promises of job creation, fiscal responsibility, and "limited government" have now turned around and made attacking a woman's right to choose a top priority. NARAL Pro-Choice America is working overtime getting the word out that these attacks mean more government interference in our personal, private lives, not less.

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What Grades Does Your State Get on Choice?


NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation today released the 20th edition of Who Decides? The Status of Women's Reproductive Rights in the United States, the nation's most comprehensive report on choice-related legislation and laws. This year's report features the voices of the Millennial Generation, the largest and most diverse generation in our country's history.

The new Who Decides? comes amidst a changed legislative landscape. Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, said the public will be surprised to see lawmakers in Washington, D.C. and in statehouses across the country pursue an aggressive anti-choice agenda that they did not ask for in last November's elections:

My sincere hope would be for legislators to focus on the country's pressing challenges rather than undermining a woman's right to choose, but the outlook is not promising. Anti-choice lawmakers, in their words and actions, are pushing for a wave of proposals that would open the door to more political interference in the doctor-patient relationship. This agenda is out of step with our country's priorities.

In the 2010 elections, anti-choice forces picked up 42 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and six seats in the U.S. Senate. There are now also 15 states with fully anti-choice governments (both a majority of the legislature and the governor are anti-choice). That's up from 10 last year!

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NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation held an event this afternoon to launch the 20th edition of Who Decides?. We were joined by pro-choice coalition partners and members of the news media. Nancy Keenan highlighted the report's key findings.

Donna Crane, policy director at NARAL Pro-Choice America, gave an overview of what we can expect from Congress and the states in the next year. She drew special attention to a new law in Nebraska that bans abortion at 20 weeks, without an adequate exception for threats to a woman's health, for cases in which the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest, or for cases of fetal anomaly. The law targeted Dr. LeRoy Carhart, whose practice is located in Nebraska. Anti-choice groups are threatening to pass copycat laws in other states in 2011. 

New Hampshire received an A- grade in the new Who Decides?, and has a history of strong bipartisan support for the right to choose. But anti-choice gains in both houses of the state legislature could threaten New Hampshire's pro-choice status. Olivo said that, as recent as yesterday, legislative leaders had vowed to pass a parental-involvement mandate that could jeopardize the health and safety of vulnerable teens.  A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers repealed a similar measure in 2007. That law had been the focus of a court challenge that went to the U.S. Supreme Court.

NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire will work closely with pro-choice Gov. John Lynch to make sure that a woman's right to make personal, private medical decisions doesn't go the way of the Old Man of the Mountain.

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Politico Previews Upcoming Attacks on Choice


What do the numbers 29 and 15 mean when it comes to the debate over choice?

The article showcases NARAL Pro-Choice America's analysis of the sort of anti-choice attacks we can expect in Congress and in state legislatures in 2011. 

Anti-choice forces are feeling so emboldened by the outcome of November's elections that they called an emergency conference last week to plot their attacks. You can be sure that NARAL Pro-Choice America and our affiliate network will be fighting their extreme agenda every step of the way

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The political establishment is all abuzz about what could be in the GOP's new "Contract for America." One question that is yet unanswered is whether this manifesto will explicitly threaten safe, legal abortion and other reproductive-health services. 

An official with the anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List said Rep. Mike Pence's comments calling for the inclusion of such policies in the contract at last week's so-called "Values Voters Summit" gave her "certification that the whole base is included in the document."

Whether choice is mentioned explicitly is beside the point. Anti-choice leaders have made their intentions clear. Just ask ex-House Majority Leader Dick Armey, who last week told a room full of reporters that, if his allies take over the House, anti-choice attacks will follow.

Pro-choice Americans have been down this road before. The 1994 Contract with America did not include any specific anti-choice proposals, but that didn't stop politicians from taking aim at women's freedom and privacy. 

In fact, in the year after anti-choice forces gained control of Congress in the 1994 election, there were 37 separate floor votes on choice-related issues--the highest number of votes in NARAL's recorded history. The consequences for a woman's right to choose were devastating. In one year alone:
The list of destruction from 1995 goes on and on:
  • The House voted against funding to protect clinics threatened by violence. 
  • The House voted to impose the "global gag" rule on health clinics abroad, which would block the world's poorest women's access to birth control and other essential health care.
  • The House voted to deny state-funded abortion services for low-income women in cases of rape and incest.
  • And Congress slashed funding for overseas family-planning services.
If the House changes hands, anti-choice Rep. John Boehner could become the speaker. Since first joining the U.S. House of Representatives in 1991, Boehner has cast 142 votes on abortion and other reproductive-rights issues. All 142 were anti-choice. He even voted to de-fund programs that provide women access to birth control and cancer screenings. 

So, a "Boehner House" could try to:
  • Impose the Stupak amendment on the health-reform law, which would effectively ban abortion services for women in the new system. They could repeal the health-reform law, which improves women's access to contraception and pre-natal care services.  
  • Move a bill written by anti-choice Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey with more than 170 cosponsors (including Rep. Boehner) that would, among many things, impose a tax on Americans with private insurance plans that include abortion coverage. (Keep in mind, 87 percent of private plans include such coverage.)
  • Reinstate the abortion ban on low-income D.C. residents by usurping the ability of elected city leaders to decide how to spend local funds. 
  • Reinstate the failed "abstinence-only" programs that censored discussion of contraception or condoms.
  • Cut funding for family-planning programs, both here at home and overseas.
There is one key difference between 1995 and today. Fifteen years ago, voters didn't have the
context of what a House under anti-choice control would mean for a woman's right to choose. 

Sadly, America's pro-choice majority cannot change what happened in 1995. That's history. Yet, by voting for candidates--challengers and incumbents--who share our pro-choice values on November 2, we can help write the future. It is up to American voters to stop anti-choice politicians from fulfilling a dangerous contract with their extreme base that will have devastating consequences for women and families.  

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Some irony for your Thursday afternoon...I meant to mention it days ago when it happened, but there's been so much crazy, it was hard to keep up! Apologies.

Anyway, the Politico reported on a pre-9/12 rally on The Hill saying:

Attendees, many of whom railed against Obama's health care reform push, carried signs reading, "Who owns your body? You or your government?"

I'm sorry - what now?

It's a hypocrisy many pro-choice activists are familiar with: Anti-choice extremists say they don't want the government making decisions about what they choose to do with their personal health, and yet they have spent the majority of this summer demanding a new nationwide abortion ban in the private health-insurance market. If these anti-choice extremists, who include some members of Congress, get their way, women could lose coverage for abortion care, even if their private health-insurance plan already covers it! How in the world does that give people control over their body?

It's as frustrating as it is wrong.

Call Congress today to make sure they know that you strongly urge your representative to oppose any attempts to take away abortion coverage from women who already have it.

The last myth-busting installment of brings us this doozy of a claim: Anti-choice members of Congress have not been allowed to change the bills to limit abortion coverage in the new system. That's so wrong, I don't even know where to start...except for going to the truth.

FACT: On July 30, lawmakers (from both sides of the abortion debate) who serve on a key House committee voted for a compromise that allows each insurance plan to decide whether to provide coverage for abortion. It also separates public tax dollars from private funds, thus keeping bans on public funding for abortion services in place. As pro-choice advocates, we find this action regrettable since it singles out abortion from other health-care services, but apparently it was necessary to stop anti-choice politicians from continuing to use health-care reform to attack a woman's right to choose.

So now you have the top three ways to rebut the health-care myths you've been hearing about abortion:

and this post makes three!

Please spread this knowledge far and wide. When we see stories popping up on how anti-choice politics could derail health-care reform, we must remain vigilant and fight back.

Please help us spread the truth! Link to this blog post on Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter, or email the text below to your friends and family.

We only have two weeks until Congress returns from recess at home (perhaps you've heard about the town halls), so there's never been a more important time to get the truth out.

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