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Headliners for the Annual Anti-Choice "March For Life"


Anti-choice protestors from far and wide flooded the streets of Washington, D.C. to participate in the annual anti-choice "March For Life."

Several anti-choice members of Congress spoke at the march this year. Do any of these names ring a bell for you?


Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), among his many accomplishments, masterminded 10 votes on choice in the last Congress! Among them were the "Let Women Die" bill, and an attempt to defund Planned Parenthood.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is infamous for trying to sneak a "personhood" amendment into a flood-insurance bill. Sen. Paul also filed several amendments to a bill that would have given the District of Columbia autonomy of its own budget, including one that would permanently ban the District from using its own funds to pay for abortion care for low-income women.


Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) showed that pushing an anti-choice agenda is her top priority when she reintroduced a bill to defund Planned Parenthood - just two days into the 113th Congress.


Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) co-chairs the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus and recently criticized the Roe v. Wade - the Supreme Court decision that recognized a woman's right to safe, legal abortion care.

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And Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), who also sits on the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, voted to ban health-insurance coverage for abortion care. He also criticized President Obama for being the "abortion president" on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

All in all, this is a pretty spectacular roundup of the most extreme anti-choice politicians who work every day to block a woman's right to access reproductive-health care.

Let these extreme anti-choicers know that you believe a woman's right to safe, legal, abortion care should be protected.

Show them their bullying tactics won't work by pledging your support for the last abortion provider in Mississippi.

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Quick, where's your go-to place for calling out anti-choice extremism and hypocrisy? NARAL Pro-Choice America, of course!

Earlier today, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, joined pro-choice activists in Southwest Chicago to pay a little visit to the district office of Rep. Dan Lipinski, an anti-choice Democrat.

Rep. Lipinski is one of the biggest cheerleaders for the War on Women. He's voted in lockstep with House Speaker John Boehner to defund Planned Parenthood, compromise rape survivors' confidential medical records, and take away insurance coverage for abortion care.

 Today, Rep. Lipinski heard loud and clear that his constituents do not want these extreme attacks on women's health.

Illinois was just the first stop on NARAL Pro-Choice America's tour to call out key members of the House and hold them accountable for taking votes that harm women and families.

Back here in Washington, The Hill recently reported that 24 lawmakers signed on to a bill written by Rep. Michael Grimm of New York that would repeal a tax on tanning salons.

In case these politicians missed the hypocrisy inherent in this position, Nancy sent them a friendly letter

We don't have a position on the tanning tax. But we are curious about how the same lawmakers who decry tax increases could be okay with supporting a bill that takes tax credits away from small businesses. We would hate for them to be unaware of this contradiction. As we all know, there's nothing worse than a politician who says one thing and then does another.

Awaiting a response from these representatives in 3...2...1...

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Meet Some Heroes (and a Zero) in Illinois!


Members of Congress will be back in their districts next month. This means that we, the people they were elected to represent, have a great opportunity to let them know what we think about the War on Women going on in Washington. 

The Chicago area is home to some great pro-choice champions who have been standing up and speaking out against the War on Women. 

These pro-choice lawmakers include Reps. Bobby Rush (IL-01), Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL-02), Luis GutiƩrrez (IL-04), Mike Quigley (IL-05), Danny Davis (IL-07), and Jan Schakowsky (IL-09).

NARAL Pro-Choice America is holding a reception with these pro-choice heroes in Chicago on Wednesday, June 8.

Dues-paying members are invited, because we want to thank you, too, for helping us fight back against the War on Women. If you're not a member, don't worry: you only need to contribute $10 to become one

These representatives fight day in and day out for women's freedom and privacy. Help us let them know we've got their backs!

At the same time, the Chicago area is also home to one of the biggest cheerleaders for the War on Women: anti-choice Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski. 

Rep. Lipinski needs to hear loud and clear that his constituents do not want these extreme attacks on women's health.

We would love for pro-choice Illinoisans to join Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, for a petition delivery at Rep. Lipinski's district office on Friday, June 10.

Make sure your voice is heard!

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The "Rape-Audits" Bill: How They Voted


Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.3, the extreme "rape-audits" bill, by a vote of 251-175.

Before the vote, we took a close look at eight representatives. So how did these eight vote? 

ALL eight of them voted for H.R.3 and the War on Women: 

Rep. Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) 
Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25) 
Rep. Mark Critz (PA-12)
Rep. Chris Gibson (NY-20)
Rep. Nan Hayworth (NY-19)
Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-7)
Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3)
Rep. Heath Shuler (NC-11)

These eight representatives are going to have some serious explaining to do the next time they meet their constituents. 

They're going to have to explain why they have not passed one single bill that would create jobs, yet have made waging a War on Women one of their "highest legislative priorities."

At the same time, many of our pro-choice champions in the House spoke out against this far-reaching attack on women's freedom and privacy.

Special thanks go out to Reps. Rob Andrews of New Jersey, Karen Bass of California, Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Bruce Braley of Iowa, Lois Capps of California, Judy Chu of California, John Conyers of Michigan, Joseph Crowley of New York, Susan Davis of California, Diana DeGette of Colorado, Ted Deutch of Florida, Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Eliot Engel of New York, Anna Eshoo of California, Sam Farr of California, Jim Himes of Connecticut, Maurice Hinchey of New York, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington, D.C., Reps. Rush Holt of New Jersey, Steny Hoyer of Maryland, Barbara Lee of California, Sander Levin of Michigan, Nita Lowey of New York, Carolyn Maloney of New York, Jerrold Nadler of New York, Nancy Pelosi of California, Gary Peters of Michigan, Mike Quigley of Illinois, Laura Richardson of California, Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Louise Slaughter of New York, Jackie Speier of California, Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts, Peter Welch of Vermont, and Lynn Woolsey of California.

If your representative voted for this attack on women's health, he or she needs to hear from you

And if your representative stood up for women and voted no, make sure you send them your thanks

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House to Vote on "Rape-Audits" Bill Tomorrow!


We're at a critical moment in the War on Women. 

Tomorrow, the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a floor vote on H.R.3, the extreme "rape-audits" bill introduced by anti-choice Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey. Tax experts say that this anti-choice bill could force sexual-assault survivors who choose abortion care to prove the assault occurred to the Internal Revenue Service.  

A recent article in Mother Jones also raises new questions about the bill's rape-related provisions.

Speaker John Boehner and other members of the anti-choice House leadership have made this dangerous bill one of their "highest legislative priorities." And now, they're about to reward their extreme anti-choice base.

There are eight representatives we're watching closely. The following three lawmakers defeated pro-choice incumbents in the 2010 elections:

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25) 
Rep. Chris Gibson (NY-20)
Rep. Nan Hayworth (NY-19)

The next two lawmakers claim to be moderates when it comes to a woman's right to choose, but, can they be counted on to oppose Boehner's extreme agenda? 

Rep. Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) 
Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-7)

And the final three are anti-choice Democrats who are co-sponsors of the "rape-audits" bill:

Rep. Mark Critz (PA-12)
Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3)
Rep. Heath Shuler (NC-11) 

These eight lawmakers need to know that their constituents are watching them, and that we'll remember how they voted on the War on Women when the 2012 elections roll around.

If you live in one of these districts, make sure you contact your member of Congress! 

(Rep. Gibson is my representative, and I've already let him know that if he votes for the War on Women, he'll be looking for a new job after the next election.)  

We don't have a moment to lose: contact your representative now! Make sure that these politicians know that we, the people, do not want this 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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The war on contraception continues.

On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 240 to 185 to eliminate all funding for Planned Parenthood. This vote was a declaration of war on contraception, cancer screenings, and other basic health-care that family-planning centers, such as Planned Parenthood, provide to millions of American women and men.

Before the vote, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued a challenge to so-called "moderate" representatives:

Politicians who campaigned on the promise of focusing on jobs and the economy need to be held accountable if, at the first possible opportunity, they join with John Boehner to launch a full-fledged war on contraception.

These six representatives failed the test: 

Rep. Chris Gibson of New York
Rep. Nan Hayworth of New York 
Rep. Leonard Lance of New Jersey
Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia
Rep. Steve Stivers of Ohio

When push came to shove, each of them voted in lockstep with Boehner and the anti-choice House leadership, and against women's health. 

Independent voices in Congress? Willingness to stand up to the House leadership? Laser-like focus on jobs and the economy? 

Guess not.

Apparently, these alleged House "moderates" are more interested in taking away women's access to birth control and cancer screenings than in creating jobs or growing the economy. 

(Birth control for horses is a different story: the House voted unanimously to approve that!)

But you don't have to wait until 2012 to make your voice heard. Congress is recessing this week, and members are returning to their districts to meet with constituents. Let your representative know how outraged you are that the House voted to attack Planned Parenthood! 

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Anti-Choice Politicians Seek to Redefine Rape


Note: This post discusses rape and sexual assault. 

Earlier this month, anti-choice leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced H.R. 3, the extreme "Stupak on Steroids" bill. The "Stupak on Steroids" bill is a kitchen-sink attack on women's ability to make personal, private medical decisions, but one of its many dangerous provisions is particularly cruel: it seeks to redefine rape.

Several federal laws, most notably the Hyde amendment, bar access to abortion care for low-income women who rely on the federal government for their health care, with exceptions only to preserve the woman's life or if the pregnancy results from rape or incest.

Mother Jones reports that the "Stupak on Steroids" bill would limit the rape exception only to cases of "forcible rape," a definition that does not currently exist in federal law. Survivors of date rape, rape involving drugs or alcohol, or statutory rape would not be eligible for abortion coverage under "Stupak on Steroids":
If a 13-year-old girl is impregnated by a 24-year-old adult, she would no longer qualify to have Medicaid pay for an abortion.

The Daily Beast talked with Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, about the attack, noting that the chilling effect of "the bill will send a message to all women that certain kinds of sexual assault don't count as rape at all." 

The "Stupak on Steroids" bill is one of the farthest-reaching assaults on women's freedom and privacy that we've seen. As Donna Crane, our policy director, said, the way it would treat survivors of sexual assault is "unbelievably cruel and heartless."

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