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Arizona Rep. Trent Franks (R) is capitalizing on the trial of Kermit Gosnell by attempting to push a bill through Congress that would ban abortion after 20 weeks for women in Washington, D.C.. Rep. Frank's proposed abortion ban contains no exceptions to protect a woman's health or her future ability to have children.

Rep. Franks wants to make it even harder for low-income women to access abortion care in the most heartbreaking of circumstances. Restricting access for abortion doesn't actually change a woman's decision to end her pregnancy. The restrictions do, however, make it more likely that she'll consider taking desperate measures, or be forced to seek out unsafe providers like Kermit Gosnell.

Let's get this straight - Rep. Franks is trying to impose his anti-choice agenda on women in D.C. who did not elect him as their representative. But that doesn't matter, since Rep. Franks apparently thinks he's the one anti-choice politician to rule them all...

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"King" Franks has tried this before, and we defeated that bill in 2012. His abortion ban would truly endanger the health and future of low-income women in D.C. by limiting their reproductive options.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see how dangerous this proposed abortion ban would be for women and their families. And it completely contradicts efforts to protect women's health.

To make matters worse, anti-choice Utah Sen. Mike Lee (R) jumped on the intrusive bandwagon and recently introduced his own Senate version of the 20-week abortion ban in D.C.

Last year, the District's only representation in Congress, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, was denied the right to testify in opposition to the bill.

It's going to take all of us speaking out to make sure Congress hears our opposition to these overreaching bans on abortion. Please help us protect women in D.C. and voice your pro-choice values to your lawmaker.

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Standing Up for D.C. Women

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Earlier this month, I told you about a new proposed abortion ban that specifically targets women in our nation's capital.

And when anti-choice Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) held a hearing on the bill, he didn't even allow Washington, D.C.'s elected representative, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, to testify against it!

Today, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, spoke out at a news conference against these attacks on D.C. women's freedom and privacy.

She joined Rep. Norton, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, and other civil- and reproductive-rights leaders to amplify their opposition to anti-choice proposals that would undermine the ability of women in the city to make personal, private medical decisions with their doctors.

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Nancy said that no woman's constitutional right to choose should depend upon her ZIP code or her income:

Unfortunately, too many members of Congress disagree with this core value--and they're using Washington, D.C. as a testing ground to interfere in the personal, private decisions that women make with their doctors. We have seen what happens to women in this city when some members of Congress try to play mayor or councilmember.

And since Rep. Franks is acting like D.C.'s mayor, some D.C. residents decided they'd take their problems to him.

Rats? Potholes? Let "Mayor Franks" take care of it!

Tell your representative to oppose attacks on D.C. women.

Tell me if this sounds familiar.

This afternoon, a key subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a hearing on an anti-choice bill. The bill in question was introduced by anti-choice Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona, who's also the subcommittee's chairman.

When a pro-choice elected woman requested to testify at the hearing, Rep. Franks told her NO.

What am I talking about?

Is it the all-male birth-control panel that excluded Sandra Fluke?

Is it a hearing on the "Arrest Grandma Act"?

Nope. It's a brand-new attack on women's freedom and privacy that combines some of the "greatest hits" of the past three months.

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Rep. Franks is pushing a bill to ban abortion care at 20 weeks in Washington, D.C., without consideration for the woman's situation, including cases of rape, incest, or fetal anomaly.

(Hear one family's tragic story that makes clear just how cruel this sort of law really is.)

Why does a representative from Arizona get to do this?

Because the District of Columbia is not a state, and opponents of choice have long used it as their anti-choice proving ground. Rep. Franks' bill is a top priority of the anti-choice National Right to Life Committee and continues the anti-choice legacy of undermining home rule in Washington, D.C.

And the pro-choice woman who wanted to testify at the hearing? That's Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, whom D.C. citizens elected with 89 percent of the vote.

Rep. Norton is not allowed to vote on the House floor, and now, thanks to Rep. Franks, she's not allowed to speak out on a bill that will affect the women in her district, either.

Rep. Franks, by the way, got exactly zero percent of the vote in D.C., since he's from Arizona. But I guess he thinks he knows what's best for D.C. women.

Tell your representative enough is enough: stop the War on D.C. Women.

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This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on President Obama's policy ensuring that all women can get contraceptive coverage without a copay.

The hearing featured an all-male witness panel that attacked insurance coverage of birth control.

Before the hearing, the committee's chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), refused to let a female law-school student to testify about the importance of birth control.

But let's leave the testimony to the experts--the eight men who want to take away women's contraception-coverage.

To draw attention to this farce of a hearing, several congresswomen on the committee walked out in protest.

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said the hearing was being run "like an autocratic regime."

While women were cut out of the hearing, they did make their presence known outside the committee room. A group of NARAL Pro-Choice America employees joined pro-choice lawmakers for a press conference to highlight Rep. Issa's outrageous behavior in forbidding women from testifying at a hearing on birth control!

Are you appalled by what happened this morning? Let Rep. Issa know: (202) 225-3906 or tweet @DarrellIssa.

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We just got back from Capitol Hill, where the anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives continues to target women's freedom and privacy. These politicians are currently meddling in Washington, D.C.'s local affairs by pushing to extend the unacceptable D.C. abortion ban.


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Our Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents D.C. in the House and is leading the fight to stand up for D.C. women. Del. Norton is a tireless champion both of a woman's right to choose and Washington, D.C.'s right to manage its own local affairs.

Thank you, Del. Norton!

Next, we had a message to pass on to some of the anti-choice politicians who have made attacking D.C. women's right to choose a priority.

Their constituents back at home are wondering why their representatives are focused on interfering in women's personal, private medical decisions, instead of creating jobs and growing our economy. 

We delivered more than 5,800 petitions from pro-choice Americans in 27 targeted districts calling on the House to stop playing politics with D.C. women's health.

Anti-choice politicians may think they can tread on Washington, D.C., but Americans across the country are fighting back!





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Anti-Choice Lawmakers Continue to Tread on D.C.

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Anti-choice leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives just won't stop their War on Women. Their continued target: women in Washington, D.C. 

This spring, as part of the budget agreement, they reinstated a ban on Washington, D.C.'s ability to use locally raised funds to cover abortion care for low-income women. When they did this, 28 women were affected in only 24 hours. These women who struggle to make ends meet were set to receive financial assistance for abortion care through Medicaid. But less than a day before their appointments, each woman was told that she would have to raise hundreds of dollars in a matter of hours.     

Now, these same anti-choice politicians want to extend the unacceptable D.C. abortion ban for another year. 

Imagine having your destiny changed on a whim by an anti-choice politician on Capitol Hill. It is outrageous that the same politicians who advocate for "smaller government" are interfering in both D.C.'s local affairs and women's personal, private medical decisions. 

See Donna Crane, our policy director, explain the negative effects the D.C. abortion ban has on real women:


Fortunately, Washington, D.C. is represented in the House by a true pro-choice champion, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. She's leading the fight to stand up for D.C. women and recently gave a shout out to the more than 19,000 NARAL Pro-Choice America activists who have called on the House to stop the attacks

Unfortunately, just yesterday a House committee rejected an amendment offered by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) to lift this unfair ban. Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), and José Serrano (D-N.Y.) all spoke out in favor of Rep. Lee's amendment, but they were outnumbered by anti-choice colleagues. 

Anti-choice Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) spoke in opposition to the amendment. She said she found it ironic that supporters of the amendment previously had voted against allowing people to use their own money to have the USDA inspect horses, but were now arguing on behalf of Washington, D.C.'s ability to spend its local dollars on abortion care.  

Rep. Lee responded, "These are not horses, these are women--and primarily women of color." 

Thank you, Rep. Lee! 

  

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The War on (D.C.) Women

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Today, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, joined with several of Washington, D.C.'s elected leaders--including Mayor Vincent Gray, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Councilmembers Muriel Bowser, Michael Brown, and Mary Cheh, and other local officials--to speak out about the D.C. abortion ban's negative effects on women.


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Nancy had this to say at the press conference:

Once again, the so-called "small-government" politicians are interfering in D.C.'s local affairs as well as women's personal, private medical decisions. 

So, the question today for all of us who are frustrated with the current landscape is, "What's next?"

As a national organization that helps elect pro-choice candidates and fights to advance pro-choice policies, we know that we must change who sits in the House of Representatives.  

We will fight until no woman's right to choose is dependent on her ZIP code or income.

Kudos to everyone who came out to say, "Don't Tread on D.C. women!"


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Late Friday night, congressional leaders and the White House reached a budget agreement that keeps the government running.

Anti-choice leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives had threatened to shut down the U.S. government if their demands to defund Planned Parenthood and the Title X family-planning program were not met. 


This entire process has exposed just how far the anti-choice House leadership is willing to go to attack women's freedom and privacy. They are even willing to take our country to the brink of a government shutdown over issues that are unrelated to the budget deficit or other fiscal matters.

The good news from the budget deal is that funding for Planned Parenthood and other family-planning programs was saved. 

Special thanks go out to President Obama, pro-choice leaders in Congress, and, especially, the thousands pro-choice of Americans who lobbied their lawmakers on Thursday to stop the War on Women

It was your efforts that stopped a handful of anti-choice extremists from taking away millions of Americans' access to affordable contraceptive services, cancer screenings, and other basic health care.


NARAL Pro-Choice America worked hard to get this dangerous and unfair ban repealed in 2009. Now, Congress is back to telling D.C. taxpayers what they can and can't spend their own money on! 

Washington, D.C.'s elected officials expressed their outrage that D.C. women's health continues to be a target for anti-choice attacks. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Vincent Gray and other local leaders will be at a rally to protest the D.C. abortion ban. 

Meet outside the Hart Senate Office Building at 2nd & Constitution Avenues N.E. at 5 p.m. today to get your voices heard. Thanks to our friends at DC Vote for helping to organize this event.

We'll fight to change the choice-related composition of the House of Representatives so that we can repeal this discriminatory measure again.
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Don't Tread on D.C.

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In 2009, President Obama and a Congress under pro-choice control lifted the discriminatory rule that prohibited Washington, D.C. from spending its own local funds on abortion care, giving the District the same right that all states have.

Now, this progress is at risk--and we're joining forces with our friends at DC Vote in standing up for the women in a community where many NARAL Pro-Choice America employees live. 

Here's the background: Congress has the authority to overrule the decisions of the District of Columbia's locally elected city council. 

And the people of D.C. don't even have a say in what goes on in Congress: they have no senators, and their lone voice in the U.S. House of Representatives, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, doesn't get a vote. Talk about taxation without representation!

With the House under anti-choice control, these limitations on their rights have severe consequences for D.C. women's freedom and privacy. 

The House has passed a budget bill that would prohibit D.C. from spending its own locally raised funds to help low-income women access abortion care. 

That's right: Congress is telling D.C. taxpayers what they can and can't spend their money on!

We must make sure our friends in the Senate do not allow the House's attack on women in D.C. to stand.

That's why we're supporting our friends at DC Vote in their Senate Advocacy Day on March 29.

They're meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Capitol Hill to send the Senate a message: don't tread on D.C.! Sign up to join them. If you can't make it, please call your senators. 

Stand with DC Vote and Del. Holmes Norton, and tell the Senate to stop treading on D.C.

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Rather than worrying about jobs and the economy, the anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives is devoting two days to attacking women's health care.

Yesterday afternoon, the Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution held a hearing on H.R.3, the "Stupak on Steroids" bill introduced by Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey

The committee's anti-choice leadership brought in two "expert" witnesses. The first was Richard Doerflinger, associate director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops. (Whether Mr. Doerflinger was called as an expert on women or on medicine, I'm not quite sure.) The second was Cathy Ruse from the Family Research Council.

Ruse and Doerflinger tried their best to downplay just how extreme H.R.3 is, casting it as merely a continuation of existing policy. Their claim couldn't be farther from the truth, so let's get to the facts:

  1. This bill is not about public funding. Federal law is clear: federal funding of abortion is forbidden, except in very narrow circumstances. 
  2. The legislation would force millions of American families to pay more taxes if their health plan covers abortion care, jeopardizing abortion coverage in the private market. About 87 percent of insurance plans on the market currently offer abortion coverage.
  3. The bill jeopardizes the ability of private citizens to use their own dollars to purchase abortion coverage in the new health system, and levies harsh financial penalties on businesses and families who choose comprehensive insurance coverage.

Don't be fooled: The ramifications of deciding that the tax code is 'public funding' are huge and completely wrong.These anti-choice activists' plan is clear: to end insurance coverage for abortion and make it as difficult as possible for any woman -- under any circumstances -- to access abortion care. Doerflinger made this clear when he admitted that his organization does not support any exceptions for survivors of rape or incest, period.

Before the hearing, some of our pro-choice champions spoke out against the "Stupak on Steroids" bill at a press conference. Kudos to Reps. Judy Chu of California, John Conyers of Michigan, Jerrold Nadler of New York, Mike Quigley of Illinois, Maxine Waters of California, and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington, D.C. for standing up for women's health and privacy.


The hearings continue at 1 p.m. today! Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, and our affiliate network submitted written testimony to the Energy and Commerce health subcommittee in opposition to H.R.358, the Pitts bill, which among other things allows hospitals to deny women life-saving care.

NARAL Pro-Choice America will closely monitor how this hearing unfolds. 


 

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