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With the midterm races heating up, anti-choice Senate candidates are scrambling to win over female voters by throwing their support behind over-the-counter birth control.

Really? These guys have each supported policies that make it harder for women to access birth control, and suddenly think birth control is the best thing ever? Clearly, they're just trying to win votes before November.

In Colorado, Cory Gardner endorsed letting bosses deny employees insurance coverage for birth control when he described the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling as "the right decision."

It's no surprise he took this position - he sponsored a federal bill that would have done the very same thing. He's currently a co-sponsor of a federal personhood bill that would ban common forms of birth control and he's voted against giving emergency contraception to rape survivors.

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Thom Tillis in North Carolina came down firmly in support of letting bosses deny birth control coverage to employees in the Hobby Lobby ruling, and said, "The American people are the clear winners."

But that's just the beginning: he supports personhood and said the state should be able to ban birth control.

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Ed Gillespie isn't fooling anyone in Virginia. He also sided with bosses over employees in the Hobby Lobby decision.

But Gillespie's record goes back years. As the chair of the Republican National Committee in 2004, he was in charge of the Party Platform that explicitly called for a personhood amendment to the Constitution, and he's defended efforts to ban federal funding to Planned Parenthood for birth control and cancer screenings

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In Minnesota, Mike McFadden stayed in step with his anti-choice peers by celebrating the Hobby Lobby decision. But he took his offensive views to a whole new level when he claimed that birth control wasn't a health care issue. MN Mike McFadden_small.jpg

Newsflash, GOP: female voters aren't buying it. On Election Day, these politicians will learn the hard way what they should have figured out a long time ago: they can run for office saying they support women, but they can't hide from the records voters deserve to see. We'll be holding them up to the light until November.

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Race to Watch: Colorado Senate

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David de la Fuente is the Political Assistant at NARAL Pro-Choice America.

This is the latest edition of our blog series "Races to Watch." Through this series, we'll highlight competitive races across the country featuring pro-choice and anti-choice candidates. Please share our posts with pro-choice friends who will support our candidates. When we know the stakes and we vote together, we change the game.


MarkUdall-Senate_Portrait_small.jpgSenator Mark Udall (D-CO) is many things. He is an avid mountaineer. He's a craft beer enthusiast (Colorado is the largest beer producing state in the country after all). He is a husband and volleyball dad. This all makes Sen. Udall a really likeable guy. But it's what he does everyday for Colorado women and families that makes him a cherished ally and leader who deserves our support. Sen. Udall believes that women and families should have the resources, education, and support to make the best decisions and thrive at all points in our reproductive lifetimes.

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC has proudly endorsed Sen. Udall because of his long history of fighting for women's reproductive health. His leadership is even more important now in the post Hobby Lobby world. Just days after the Supreme Court's decision, he worked with fellow senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) to introduce the "Not My Boss's Business" Act to prevent employers' religious beliefs from trumping the religious liberty and reproductive rights of their employees. Udall stated, "My common-sense proposal will keep women's private health decisions out of corporate board rooms, because your boss shouldn't be able to dictate what is best for you and your family." Unfortunately, Republican leaders blocked the bill. But we know that this set-back won't stop Sen. Udall from continuing to push for women's access to birth control.

Sen. Udall is running for reelection this November and faces stiff opposition from anti-choice Congressman Cory Gardner (R-CO). Gardner originally said he wasn't going to run, which allowed other less prominent Republicans to run - but then changed his mind 9 months later, forcing all others to drop out. It seems changing his mind about things and leaving people without options is a specialty of Gardner's.

Gardner has also built a reputation as an anti-choice congressman. In 2008 and 2010, Gardner actively supported "personhood" ballot initiatives in Colorado when he was running for office. But since announcing his statewide campaign, Gardner has changed his mind again and opposes the latest initiative, Colorado Amendment 67, which could ban all abortion in cases of rape and incest, as well as most common forms of birth control.

Gardner claims he "opposes" Amendment 67 because of newfound concerns that it would restrict women's access to birth control. But come on. His only concern is about getting women to vote for him! This is the same man who supported the Hobby Lobby decision and is still a cosponsor of a federal "personhood" bill that would ban abortion in cases of rape or incest as well as most common forms of birth control. Guess he hasn't changed his mind on that one yet.

We can't trust Cory Gardner to stick to his word, but you can count on him to stick it to Colorado women and families.

The decision couldn't be clearer, which is why NARAL Pro-Choice America is fully supporting Sen. Mark Udall this November. Coloradans need someone in the Senate who will always protect women's reproductive health care -- not someone who tries to win pro-choice votes in Colorado while pushing anti-choice legislation in Washington, D.C.

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

Female Voters Say "No" to Hobby Lobby Logic

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NMBBA Sign.jpgIt's been five weeks since the Supreme Court ruled in Hobby Lobby that bosses could deny their employees insurance coverage for birth control - and the blow back is picking up speed across the country.

Female voters have had enough of the attacks on our basic health care. A majority said they won't vote for candidates who side with Hobby Lobby, with a full 71 percent saying that politicians who are rolling back access to birth control have their priorities all wrong. Instead of taking away contraceptive coverage, lawmakers should work to pass legislation to improve access to women's health care.

Pro-choice legislators are leading the charge to fix the Hobby Lobby decision. They've introduced bills in New York, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia to keep bosses from taking away birth control coverage, and even more pro-choice bills are in the works.

But that's not all. Pro-choice members of Congress are also making it a top priority to fix the Hobby Lobby decision. They've introduced the "Not My Boss's Business" Act in both the U.S. Senate and House, and Majority Leader Reid fast-tracked it to try to undo the damage. We came just two votes short. Two votes! We'd have won in the Senate if it weren't for Mitch McConnell and his cronies who think that women should have to pay twice for their birth control.

Members of Congress are back to their states now for the congressional August recess, and we plan to hold politicians who sided with Hobby Lobby accountable for blocking the "Not My Boss's Business" Act, but we need your help!

Want to help us ask them why they keep attacking health care that only women need? Sign up to join the 7 in 10 pro-choice community.

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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