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Senate Race Watch: Montana

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While everyone is waiting with bated breath for the presidential election, we aren't forgetting the importance of the U.S. Senate elections.

The Senate is critical in the fight to defend the right to choose, so we must protect every senator who fights for women's freedom and privacy. Right now, there are only 40 reliably pro-choice votes in that chamber. It takes 41 to block bad legislation.

Back in 2006, NARAL Pro-Choice America's PAC was thrilled to endorse Montana Sen. Jon Tester for election. We're excited to stand with him again in 2012 as he runs for re-election!

NK_phonebank_Tester_MT.jpgNancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, joined volunteers to make calls in support of Sen. Jon Tester!

Sen. Tester has proven to be a pro-choice leader time and again. He's voted against defunding Planned Parenthood which would deny millions of Americans access to contraception, cancer screenings, and other basic medical care.

He also voted against a spending bill that would cut funding for contraception and cancer screenings, and eliminate family-planning programs for the world's poorest women.

Right now, Sen. Tester is locked in a tight race against an anti-choice opponent Rep. Denny Rehberg (R). Rep. Rehberg has a terrible record on choice.

In 2011, Rep. Rehberg voted twice to defund Planned Parenthood. He also voted to allow hospitals to deny emergency abortion care to women who could die without it.

These extreme anti-choice policies are completely out of touch with the needs and values of Montana women.

This race is personal for NARAL Pro-Choice America. When our own Nancy Keenan ran for Congress in 2000, she was narrowly defeated by Rehberg.

If you have friends in Montana, urge them to vote for the pro-choice candidate who will fight for women's freedom and privacy: Sen. Jon Tester.

Paid for by NARAL Pro-Choice America, www.ProChoiceAmerica.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

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Standing Up for Women, Montana Style

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The great state of Montana has a proud pro-choice tradition. The Treasure State has two pro-choice U.S. senators, Max Baucus and Jon Tester, and it received an A- grade in last year's Who Decides? report.

But Rep. Dennis Rehberg, Montana's lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives? Not such a treasure. He's been a loyal foot soldier in House Speaker John Boehner's War on Women.

Fortunately, pro-choice Montanans are not ones to keep quiet in the face of attacks on their freedom and privacy.

Julianna Crowley, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Montana, wrote an op-ed in The Montana Standard blasting Rep. Rehberg's attacks on a woman's right to make personal, private medical decisions:

As a woman who would be directly affected by the anti-choice policies Rep. Rehberg supports, I am offended and disappointed that Rep. Rehberg dismisses freedom and privacy -- two values that we Montanans hold dear.

Rep. Rehberg's actions reflect his lack of respect for women's ability to make private medical decisions with our doctors.

Recently, Rep. Rehberg cosponsored and voted for H.R.358, the "Let Women Die" bill. Shockingly, H.R.358 would allow hospitals to refuse to provide a woman emergency, lifesaving abortion care, even if she will die without it. In addition, the bill would ban insurance coverage of abortion in state health-insurance exchanges, denying abortion coverage to millions of women.

Montanans need to let Rep. Rehberg know that his obsession with attacking choice--at the expense of addressing our economic challenges--is out of touch with our values and priorities.

Thanks, Julianna, for spreading the word on Rep. Rehberg's terrible record!

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