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Kristin Koch is the deputy director of communications for online advocacy strategies for NARAL Pro-Choice America

What a night! Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, rocked the Democratic National Convention last night - it was electrifying to be in there in person. You have to watch:

Nancy made important points about what it means to be pro-choice, what's at stake in this election, and praised President Barack Obama as our pro-choice champion. She emphasized the importance of making sure our friends, our neighbors, and our families understand the critical nature of this election and the importance of supporting our pro-choice president in the November election.

It was truly inspiring to see speaker after speaker talk about why this election matters so much to women. Women leaders drove home this same message even away from the cameras.

Yesterday morning, delegates and activists were wowed by the lineup of speakers at the Women's Caucus. Talk about hearing from accomplished, tough-as-nails, smart women!

These pro-choice leaders got the room on its feet again and again:

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Donna Brazile, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett, EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock, Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards, actor Ashley Judd, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, birth-control advocate Sandra Fluke... and our own Nancy Keenan.

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One thing is crystal clear: we must re-elect President Barack Obama if we're to protect women's freedom and privacy for generations to come.

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Breakfast of Pro-Choice Champions!


On Sunday, hundreds of pro-choice bloggers and activists took to the Internet to share the ways in which they planned to help elect pro-choice champions this year.

This morning, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC took one key step toward making 2012 a year of pro-choice victories at the polls.

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC is proud to endorse 20 of the greatest champions of choice in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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From California:

Rep. Lois Capps 
Rep. Judy Chu 
Rep. Barbara Lee 
Rep. Nancy Pelosi 
Rep. Jackie Speier 
Rep. Henry Waxman

From Colorado:

Rep. Diana DeGette

From Connecticut:

Rep. Rosa DeLauro

From Florida:

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

From Illinois:

Rep. Mike Quigley 
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

From Maryland:

Rep. Donna Edwards 
Rep. Steny Hoyer

From my home state of New York:

Rep. Joe Crowley 
Rep. Steve Israel 
Rep. Nita Lowey 
Rep. Carolyn Maloney 
Rep. Jerry Nadler 
Rep. Louise Slaughter

From Wisconsin:

Rep. Gwen Moore

These 20 pro-choice heroes have consistently stood up against the anti-choice House leadership's War on Women.

In addition, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC proudly endorses two other pro-choice champions from the House who will take their support of women's freedom and privacy to the U.S. Senate:

Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Rep. Shelley Berkley of Nevada

Here's what Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said at a breakfast honoring these pro-choice leaders:

Our priority is to elect pro-choice champions and defeat opponents of women's freedom and privacy. We are prepared for campaign battle in 2012 and will mobilize our one million member activists in support of candidates who will stand with our allies in countering legislative attacks on a woman's right to choose.

Twenty-two pro-choice champions, and 22 more ways we'll stop the War on Women in 2012.

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Passing the Torch of Women's Leadership


Last week, I had the honor of attending a panel discussion at the Women's Leadership Forum in New York City.

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It was great to see so many women who are trailblazers and valued colleagues: Gloria Steinem, Maria Elena Perez, Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood, and Stephanie Schriock of EMILY's List.

The fantastic and tireless Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) moderated the discussion.

First Lady Michelle Obama delivered an inspiring keynote address. The first lady gave multiple examples of what's at stake as our country prepares for another presidential election. She called the audience to action, and paid tribute to Gloria Steinem's tenacity by asking people to consider what our country would be like for women if Steinem had given up at any point in fighting for women's rights. When it comes to issues important to women, Mrs. Obama reminded everyone that we have to be equally tenacious.

The first lady has been a tremendous advocate for women and girls in the White House. We're lucky to have an administration that makes standing up for women's rights one of its highest priorities.

Now, I've been working in the pro-choice movement for more than 30 years, and one thing I've learned is never to underestimate the power of a story. Every one of us in the room on Tuesday has a deeply personal story we can share--whether it's about ourselves, a friend, a mother, sister, or loved one.

But, it's not good enough for us just to share our stories--we also have to listen. A generation of women has grown up with Roe v. Wade as the law of the land. They have stories to share, too--and the women of my generation have a responsibility to listen to and learn from them.

The good news is that the women of the Millennial Generation--those born after 1980--are more pro-choice than the country as a whole. But the right to choose means something different for them than what it means for women who came of age in the '60s and '70s. That's a good thing. And it's natural that the pro-choice movement will change to reflect these women's experiences and priorities. After all, by 2020, the Millennial Generation will account for 40 percent of eligible voters.

So, as I salute all the amazing pioneers at the Women's Leadership Forum, I look forward to speaking with--and listening to--the up-and-coming generation of pro-choice leaders.

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Pro-Choice Representatives Stand Up to War on Women


Pro-choice members of the U.S. House of Representatives are standing up and saying "stop" to the anti-choice leadership's War on Women

Let's give three cheers for the pro-choice representatives on the House Judiciary Committee who spoke out yesterday against H.R.3, the extreme "Stupak on Steroids" bill.

Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the committee's ranking member, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York led the charge against the "Stupak on Steroids" bill. Rep. Nadler called the bill, which manipulates the tax code to advance an extreme anti-choice agenda, "an unprecedented attack on women, families, and their rights under the Constitution."

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida called out an earlier version of H.R.3 that would have redefined rape as a "violent act against women." Although the bill's sponsors caved to public pressure on that issue, H.R.3 still poses a grave threat to women's access to critical care.

Reps. Zoe Lofgren of California and Hank Johnson of Georgia voiced their opposition to the anti-choice leadership's attacks on women's health care. 

This amendment was rejected.

Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois proposed an amendment to ensure that women could access insurance that covers their reproductive-health needs. 

This amendment was rejected. 

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas proposed an amendment that would have protected a woman's access to abortion care in situations where it's necessary to protect her health. 

This amendment was rejected.

Rep. Judy Chu of California proposed an amendment clarifying that hospitals may not allow women in need of life-saving abortion care to die. 

This amendment was also rejected.

Kudos to these representatives for standing up to fight against the anti-choice House leadership's War on Women.

And some extra-loud jeers to two of the most strident anti-choice members of the committee, Reps. Dan Lungren of California and Trent Franks of Arizona, who belittled women's personal, private medical decisions

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Fortunately, many pro-choice champions in the House stood up against this 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. They deserve our recognition and thanks. 

Special thanks to Rep. Jackie Speier of California for bravely sharing her own story. Rep. Speier will appear on ABC's The View tomorrow to talk about her experience. 

Thanks to Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, who pointed out that these attacks fall disproportionately on low-income women and women of color. She said that the anti-choice leadership's attempt to eliminate family-planning funding showed "utter contempt for poor women and poor children."

Thank you to other pro-choice representatives who stood up to defend women's health care against the anti-choice onslaught, including Rep. Lois Capps of California, Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida, Rep. Judy Chu of California, Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee, Rep. Susan Davis of California, Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois, Rep. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington, D.C., Rep. Rush Holt of New Jersey, Rep. Jessie Jackson, Jr. of Illinois, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee of Texas, Rep. Barbara Lee of California, Reps. Nita Lowey and Carolyn Maloney of New York, Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington, Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard of California, Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Rep. José Serrano of New York, Rep. Betty Sutton of Ohio, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, Rep. Henry Waxman of California, Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont and Rep. Lynn Woolsey of California.

We rely on them and other champions of choice to stand up for our right to make personal, private medical decisions.

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