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.
Rep. Lois Capps
Rep. Judy Chu
Rep. Barbara Lee
Rep. Nancy Pelosi
Rep. Jackie Speier
Rep. Henry Waxman
Rep. Diana DeGette
Rep. Rosa DeLauro
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Rep. Mike Quigley
Rep. Jan Schakowsky
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
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.
Paid for by NARAL Pro-Choice America, www.ProChoiceAmerica.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.
Well yesterday, Rep. Speier joined hundreds of our pro-choice activists for a lobby-day mobilization call. She reminded all of us that this debate is not about abstract legislative deals. The policies behind the anti-choice attacks will have a negative effect on our sisters, our cousins, our friends, our neighbors--the women important to us.
In addition to hearing Rep. Speier's inspiring comments, participants also heard from Ted Miller, communications director at NARAL Pro-Choice America; Donna Crane, our policy director; and Elizabeth Shipp, our political director.
To listen to the call and hear Rep. Speier's inspiring story and NARAL Pro-Choice America's speakers, right click this link
and select "Save Target As..." to download and save it.
Thank you to Rep. Jackie Speier and all of the activists who joined us on this call. If you couldn't make it, we hope you listen to the call
Reps. Moore and Speier shared deeply personal stories
about times when they relied on the reproductive-health services that organizations such as Planned Parenthood provide:
Kudos to Reps. Speier and Moore for sharing their stories, and to the hosts of The View for inviting them on the show.
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.
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.
The anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives continues to wage its war against contraception.
The same people who promised a jobs agenda are now focused on blocking women's access to contraception, cancer screenings, and other basic health care that family-planning centers, such as Planned Parenthood, provide to millions of American women and men.
Thank you, Rep. Speier, for your bravery in sharing this deeply personal story.
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