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Where is the Outrage Over Sexual Assault in the Military?

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Military woman salute_small.jpgUnbelievable.

In one week, three military officers in charge of preventing and addressing sexual assault were arrested on various sexual assault charges, including sexual harassment, stalking, and forced prostitution.

This highlights a startling trend: a recent Pentagon report estimates that 26,000 cases of sexual assault occurred in the military in 2012. These revelations have finally brought national attention to the widespread problem of sexual assault in the military.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called for an immediate re-evaluation of all sexual assault prevention officers and recruits. And President Obama has publicly condemned the epidemic levels of military sexual assault cases:

"Not only is it a crime, not only is it shameful and disgraceful, but it also is going to make and has made the military less effective than it can be. And as such, it is dangerous to our national security."

The national outrage is loud and clear. This story has the attention of our nation's leaders. So we have to ask: What do some of the most outspoken anti-choice politicians have to say?

Top anti-choice politicians Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) have yet to come out and denounce the horrible acts happening to women in the military. Their official government websites and social media pages don't have as much as a statement about how these assaults cripple our country and endanger Americans both in and outside the military.

The silence really says it all. Anti-choice politicians who refuse to take a stand for survivors of sexual assault contribute to the same victim-blaming and shameful silence that keeps women from reporting their sexual assaults in the first place.

This is not a problem to be buried and forgotten. No matter how much anti-choice politicians would prefer to look the other way.

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Headliners for the Annual Anti-Choice "March For Life"

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Anti-choice protestors from far and wide flooded the streets of Washington, D.C. to participate in the annual anti-choice "March For Life."

Several anti-choice members of Congress spoke at the march this year. Do any of these names ring a bell for you?

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Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), among his many accomplishments, masterminded 10 votes on choice in the last Congress! Among them were the "Let Women Die" bill, and an attempt to defund Planned Parenthood.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is infamous for trying to sneak a "personhood" amendment into a flood-insurance bill. Sen. Paul also filed several amendments to a bill that would have given the District of Columbia autonomy of its own budget, including one that would permanently ban the District from using its own funds to pay for abortion care for low-income women.

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Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) showed that pushing an anti-choice agenda is her top priority when she reintroduced a bill to defund Planned Parenthood - just two days into the 113th Congress.

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Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) co-chairs the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus and recently criticized the Roe v. Wade - the Supreme Court decision that recognized a woman's right to safe, legal abortion care.

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And Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), who also sits on the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, voted to ban health-insurance coverage for abortion care. He also criticized President Obama for being the "abortion president" on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

All in all, this is a pretty spectacular roundup of the most extreme anti-choice politicians who work every day to block a woman's right to access reproductive-health care.

Let these extreme anti-choicers know that you believe a woman's right to safe, legal, abortion care should be protected.

Show them their bullying tactics won't work by pledging your support for the last abortion provider in Mississippi.

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Delivering Your Petitions to Speaker John Boehner

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In case you haven't heard, this week the U.S. Senate took a huge step forward for women in the military when they adopted a provision sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) as part of the FY'13 Department of Defense authorization bill (DoD).

We're grateful that the Senate stood with rape survivors in the military. But now the bill will be conferenced with the version the U.S. House of Representatives passed in May that does not include the same language. That means it's up to House Speaker John Boehner to do the right thing for servicewomen -- and ensure that the provision lifting the ban stays in the final bill.

We asked you, our supporters, to send a strong message to Speaker Boehner and other anti-choice members of Congress to put the needs of sexual assault survivors in the military before their anti-choice agenda.

More than 26,000 activists signed our petition in just three days!

We took those signatures up to Capitol Hill today and delivered them directly to Speaker Boehner's office to let him know that denying reproductive-health care to servicewomen who are rape survivors is just plain wrong.

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Thank you, to everyone who contributed to this petition!

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A Special "Thank You" to a Pro-Choice Champion for Servicewomen

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468px-Jeanne_Shaheen,.jpgThis year's elections proved that Americans won't tolerate politicians who turn their back on rape survivors. No matter where you stand on the issue of legal abortion, it's just wrong to deny a woman who endured sexual violence access to reproductive-health care.

Under current law, military women are banned from using their military health-insurance plans to cover abortion care if they become pregnant as a result of sexual assault.

Today, the U.S. Senate took a big step toward finally paying military women the respect they deserve by adopting the language known as the Shaheen amendment in the FY '13 Department of Defense (DoD) authorization bill to lift this discriminatory policy.

Last week, President Obama marked his administration's support for lifting this ban.

Our own Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, applauded the Senate,

"Today, women in the military have come one step closer to winning protections they deserve for reproductive freedom and privacy. Denying our heroes access to complete reproductive-health care coverage not only discriminates against them but also endangers their health. Congress has an opportunity to protect and support those who selflessly serve our country. Now it's up to John Boehner to step up to this task."

But nobody has worked harder for military women than the author and namesake of the language, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D- N.H.).

Sen. Shaheen has been leading the charge to correct the current policy, which places an undue burden on the servicewomen who dedicate their lives to serving our country.

We thank Sen. Shaheen for her tireless work to end this unjust policy, and we're thrilled that the Senate stood with military women.

Now, the U.S. House of Representatives has the opportunity to end this cruel policy when they work with the Senate to approve the final version of the DoD authorization bill.

We need your help - send a strong message to Speaker John Boehner and anti-choice members of the House: We owe it to our military women to provide them with the health care they need in the tragic circumstance of sexual assault.

Stand By Rape Survivors in the Military

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military-woman.jpgOn November 6, voters went to the polls and decidedly shut down some of the most extreme and anti-choice candidates who were outspoken in their opposition to abortion care for survivors of rape or incest.

From Rep. Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin to Richard Mourdock to John Koster, candidate after candidate who showed zero compassion for rape survivors was shown the door. Clearly, these extreme anti-choice positions are completely out of touch with American values.

While we won these important victories at the polls, we're working to achieve one more win to show that Americans don't dismiss sexual-assault survivors - we stand up for them.

Current law denies women in the military who become pregnant as a result of rape from using their military health-insurance plan to cover abortion care.

The U.S. Senate is pressing to right this wrong and is poised to adopt the Shaheen amendment that would reverse the ban. However, Speaker John Boehner and other anti-choice leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives have blocked efforts to allow military women who are survivors of rape or incest to use their health-insurance plans to cover abortion services.

It's up to Boehner and the anti-choice majority in the House to stop putting politics before the health needs of servicewomen.

Stand with us and protect the rights and needs of our military women. Tell your lawmakers to support the Shaheen amendment and make sure that our servicewomen have access to the health services they need.

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And Now for Something Completely Different

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Today is my last day at NARAL Pro-Choice America, and this is my last entry here at Blog for Choice.

In the two years that I've been here, we've had some amazing moments: we rallied to restore sanity on the National Mall because politicians really do make crappy doctors.

When anti-choice forces took over the U.S. House of Representatives and seemingly could do nothing but attack choice, we responded with force and resolve, time and again.

We fought for no-cost birth control, and when President Obama came under fire from anti-contraception extremists, we had his back. And in less than three weeks, insurance coverage of birth control without a copay will become a reality.

From dressing up as Lady Liberty to knocking on John Boehner's door to making some very bad puns, there's never been a dull day at NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Now, our focus is turned to making sure President Obama is re-elected this November. We need a pro-choice president in the White House to protect our access to health care and put a stop to the War on Women.

Stay tuned to Blog for Choice to find out more ways you can get involved.

My time as a writer for Blog for Choice ends today, but my belief in the values of freedom and privacy continues.

Blog on!

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Woman Up?

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Anti-choice politicians have a problem.

They spent the last 16 months waging a War on Women, and now--crazily enough!--they're seeing that women voters just don't like what they're doing.

So do they:

a) Stop waging their War on Women.

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b) Pretend that the War on Women never existed in the first place, and come up with a new slogan to try to paper over the fact that they made attacking women's freedom and privacy one of their "highest legislative priorities."

Congratulations to everyone who picked answer b!

Meet "Woman Up!"

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Get it? It's kinda like "man up!" except it's for women.

"Woman Up" is the bright, new idea of the same anti-choice leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives who are leading the charge to wage the War on Women: Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), and Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

Here's a recap of all the "womaning up" these guys have done since taking power:

  • The U.S. House of Representatives held more choice-related votes in 2011 than in any year since 2000.
  • The House voted to defund Planned Parenthood and eliminate the Title X family-planning program. And Mitt Romney has vowed to do both of these things should he ever reach the White House.
  • Anti-choice lawmakers pushed the Blunt amendment, which could have allowed employers and corporations to block their employees from getting insurance coverage of birth control. Every Republican senator but one voted for this measure--and Gov. Romney voiced his support for it.
  • They held a House committee hearing with an all-male panel attacking birth control.
  • At the state level, these politicians enacted twice as many anti-choice laws in 2011 as they did in the previous year.

Hey, guys--it's not what you say, it's what you do that counts.

Tell Speaker Boehner and the leading anti-choice politicians that if they really want to "woman up," then they better stop their War on Women.

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Your Weekend in the War on Women

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How do you know that anti-choice politicians are waging a War on Women?

Because they have to keep denying that the War on Women is real.

On Friday, anti-choice House Speaker John Boehner claimed the War on Women that he started was "entirely created by my colleagues across the aisle for political gain."

Then, there was yesterday's clash on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Alex Castellanos, a former Romney campaign strategist, told Rachel Maddow there was no War on Women. Then he spent three minutes making huffy faces while she explained that there was.

You have to see it to believe it:

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

And speaking of the Romney campaign, here's a video roundup showcasing some of the anti-choice former governor's "greatest hits" on women's rights.

But, of course, there is no War on Women, right?

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Give Us a Break, Speaker Boehner

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How's this for chutzpah?

John Boehner, the anti-choice speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and mastermind behind the War on Women, went on the House floor today to say...there is no War on Women:

And now, now we are going to have a fight over women's health. Give me a break. This is the latest plank in the so-called War on Women. Entirely created, entirely created by my colleagues across the aisle for political gain.

So, Mr. Speaker, I guess we all just imagined the last 16 months. I guess we all just imagined that:

  • The U.S. House of Representatives held more choice-related votes in 2011 than in any year since 2000.
  • The House voted to defund Planned Parenthood and eliminate the Title X family-planning program. And Mitt Romney has vowed to do both of these things should he ever reach the White House.
  • Anti-choice lawmakers pushed the Blunt amendment, which could have allowed employers and corporations to block their employees from getting insurance coverage of birth control. Every Republican senator but one voted for this measure--and Gov. Romney voiced his support for it.
  • They held a House committee hearing with an all-male panel attacking birth control.
  • At the state level, these politicians enacted twice as many anti-choice laws in 2011 as they did in the previous year.

And I guess we imagined it when you said the "rape-audits" bill, which manipulates the tax code to advance anti-choice policies and could spur the IRS to audit rape and incest survivors who choose abortion care, was one of your "highest legislative priorities"?

Speaker Boehner, you can't deny a War on Women that you started.

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Happy 2012!

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Happy New Year!

One year ago today, I wrote my first post here on BlogForChoice--and oh, what a year it's been! As we ring in 2012, let's take a look back at the highs and lows of 2011.

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Last January, an anti-choice majority took control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Led by Speaker John Boehner, these politicians campaigned on a platform of creating jobs and growing our economy. But, once in office, they made attacking a woman's right to choose one of their "highest legislative priorities."

They pushed to redefine rape. (Public outcry forced them to drop this measure.) Then, they voted to approve a bill that manipulates the tax code to advance anti-choice policies and could spur the Internal Revenue Service to audit rape and incest survivors who choose abortion care.

Then, they voted to approve a measure that could make it impossible for a woman to talk with her doctor about medical abortion over the Internet. Then, they voted to allow hospitals to refuse to provide emergency abortion care even when it's necessary to save a woman's life!

You get the picture. Anti-choice politicians pulled a bait and switch on the American people, and spent 2011 waging a War on Women.

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Then, there's the other story of 2011: the story of pro-choice Americans who stood up and said, "Enough!"

They said "enough" in Mississippi, where voters overwhelmingly rejected a dangerous and far-reaching "personhood" measure.

They said "enough" to unaffordable birth control (one in three American women struggles with its high cost), and won a no-cost birth-control benefit under the health-reform law.

And it's this pro-choice energy we'll take into 2012, as we work to fight back against the War on Women and elect pro-choice candidates up and down the ticket this November.

In fact, we're already working. In two days, caucus-goers in Iowa will vote in the first contest of the 2012 presidential election. Learn more about the extreme records of the anti-choice Republicans vying to replace President Obama.

Yes, 2012 will be a busy year--but that's a good thing. When it comes to protecting a woman's right to make private medical decisions with her doctor, there's never a day off.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy 2012!

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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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Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 251 to 172 to pass H.R.358, the "Let Women Die" bill.

Major news media organizations, including The Associated Press, CBS News, Politico, The Hill, The Washington Independent, and RH RealityCheck, turned to NARAL Pro-Choice America for analysis of how this bill would harm women's health.

H.R.358 would allow hospitals to refuse to provide emergency abortion care even when it's necessary to save a woman's life!

And it effectively would ban abortion coverage in state health-insurance exchanges, denying this coverage to millions of women.

Before the House voted on H.R.358, pro-choice Rep. Lois Capps of California proposed adding language that would have fixed the provision that allows hospitals to refuse to provide abortion care when a woman's life is in danger. But the House rejected her proposal by a vote of 173-249! It's no exaggeration to say that any member who voted "no" on this motion voted to allow a hospital to refuse emergency abortion care to a dying woman.

While Speaker John Boehner and the anti-choice House leadership wasted the American people's time with the seventh and eighth outrageous vote to attack women's freedom and privacy this year, many of our pro-choice champions spoke out on the House floor against this bill.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the pro-choice House minority leader, compiled some must-see videos of pro-choice representatives voicing their opposition to H.R.358.

A huge shout-out goes to Reps. Rob Andrews of New Jersey, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Lois Capps and Judy Chu of California, David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Joe Crowley of New York, Susan Davis of California, Diana DeGette of Colorado, Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, Ted Deutch of Florida, Donna Edwards of Maryland, Eliot Engel of New York, Janice Hahn of California, Alcee Hastings of Florida, Rush Holt of New Jersey, Steny Hoyer of Maryland, Steve Israel of New York, Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, Barbara Lee of California, Carolyn Maloney of New York, Doris Matsui of California, Jim McDermott of Washington, Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, Jim Moran of Virginia, Jerrold Nadler of New York, Frank Pallone of New Jersey, Nancy Pelosi of California, Mike Quigley and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Jackie Speier of California, Betty Sutton of Ohio, Mike Thompson of California, Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts, Nydia Velázquez of New York, Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, and Henry Waxman and Lynn Woolsey of California.

How did your representative vote on the "Let Women Die" bill? We have the answer.

If your representative voted against this extreme attack, make sure to thank him or her for standing up for women's lives.

If your representative voted for the "Let Women Die" bill, he or she also needs to hear from you. Ask your member of Congress why waging a War on Women is more important than focusing on real priorities creating jobs.

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House Passes Seventh Anti-Choice Measure This Year

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The U.S. House of Representatives just voted 251 to 172 to pass H.R.358, the "Let Women Die" bill.

H.R.358 would allow hospitals to refuse to provide emergency abortion care even when it's necessary to save a woman's life!

And, it effectively would ban abortion coverage in state health-insurance exchanges, denying this coverage to millions of women.

The House has now voted seven times this year to take away a woman's ability to make private medical decisions with her doctor.

Seven times!

Don't they know that there's a jobs crisis going on?

While the American people are wondering what their elected representatives are doing to create jobs, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the anti-choice House leadership are devoting their time to waging a War on Women.

How does this create jobs?

I'll give you a hint: it doesn't.

It does show that Speaker Boehner and his anti-choice cohorts are mind-bogglingly out of touch with the American people's values and priorities.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said today's vote was yet another reminder of how playing politics with women's health and privacy is more of a priority for Speaker Boehner than the nation's real, pressing challenges:

Americans are facing real challenges, yet House Speaker John Boehner is ignoring the public's call for Congress to focus on jobs. Instead, he is coming up with new ways to give politicians more control over our personal, private decisions. The House's attacks on women's freedom and privacy are out of touch with our nation's values and priorities.

The good news is that 172 of our allies stood strong, and the Obama administration issued a strongly worded statement opposing H.R.358.

The bad news is that Speaker Boehner and the anti-choice House leadership have given no indication that they're going to stop their attacks on women's freedom and privacy. In fact, waging a War on Women seems to be a much higher priority for them than, say, creating jobs.

But here's the best news: there's an election coming up in 2012. And politicians who ignore the American people's priorities are going to have a pretty tough time explaining that to their constituents.

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Attacking Choice: The New Jobs Agenda

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Last fall, politicians campaigned on an agenda of creating jobs and growing our economy. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the anti-choice majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, said we needed to "be focused like a laser" on job growth.

So what have these politicians been up to? Let's look at the House's track record thus far in 2011.

In February, the House voted to eliminate all funding for Planned Parenthood, a declaration of 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 each year.

Also in February, the House voted to eliminate all funding for Title X, the nation's only family-planning program.

In April, anti-choice lawmakers exacted as their price for keeping the government open a budget bill that bans Washington, D.C. from using its own, locally raised funds to cover abortion care for low-income women.

In May, the House passed H.R.3, the outrageous "rape-audits" bill. H.R.3 manipulates the tax code to advance anti-choice policies and could spur the IRS to audit rape and incest survivors who choose abortion care.

Later in May, the House voted to dictate whether doctors and medical students can learn about providing abortion care.

And in June, the House passed a measure that could make it impossible for a woman even to talk with her doctor about medical abortion over the Internet or through videoconferencing.

Since January, the House has taken six votes that interfere with a woman's right to make personal, private medical decisions.

How many measures to create jobs has the House passed?

Zero.

Looks like Rep. Cantor's laser is really focused on attacking women's freedom and privacy.

And the anti-choice House leadership is not done yet.

This week, the House is scheduled to vote on H.R.358, the "Let Women Die" bill. H.R.358 would allow hospitals to refuse to provide abortion care even when it's necessary to save a woman's life!

The jobs agenda? Ha! That was so 2010.

Have you had it with these never-ending attacks? Tell your representative to put a STOP to this War on Women.

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Friday quiz time!

The employment figures for September came out today, and the numbers show that we've got some work to do. President Obama is traveling around the country urging Congress to take action to create jobs and grow our economy.

What is the anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives doing?

If you guessed scheduling a vote on yet another bill that attacks women's freedom and privacy, then you'd be correct!

We've learned that the anti-choice House leadership plans to hold a vote next week on H.R.358, introduced by anti-choice Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.).

You might remember this bill from earlier this year, when it was first introduced with language that would redefine rape and incest.

Public backlash forced sponsors to drop that provision from the bill, but, even without it, H.R.358 would still put women's health in serious jeopardy.

H.R.358 would allow hospitals to refuse to provide abortion care even when it's necessary to save a woman's life!

And, it effectively would ban abortion-coverage in state health-insurance exchanges, denying this coverage to millions of women.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, called the House leadership dangerously out of touch with our nation's priorities:

As President Obama is urging Congress to focus on creating jobs, anti-choice House leaders are promising to move an extreme anti-choice agenda. It is unfathomable that the House will vote on a bill that, among other egregious provisions, would allow a hospital to refuse a woman life-saving, emergency abortion care even if she will die without it. House Speaker John Boehner and other anti-choice politicians do not have a mandate to attack women's freedom and privacy. Lawmakers who vote for this bill will be forced to answer why attacking a woman's right to choose, even in emergency situations where her life is at risk, has apparently become the new jobs agenda.

Why, indeed?

If you're outraged that the House leadership keeps attacking women's health again and again, let your representative know. Tell your member of Congress to STOP the War on Women on the House floor.

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The Political Witch Hunt against Planned Parenthood

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Are anti-choice politicians in the U.S. House of Representatives obsessed with attacking birth control? Read, learn, and then take action!

Remember last spring, when House Speaker John Boehner and his anti-choice colleagues launched an all-out attack on Planned Parenthood and Title X, the nation's family-planning program?

Remember how these extremist politicians threatened to shut down the government over their demands to cut funding for birth control, cancer screenings, and other basic health care?

Well, they failed in their attempt to end all funding for Planned Parenthood and the Title-X program. And the public told pollsters that attacking birth control was not something it wanted.

Now, anti-choice Rep. Cliff Stearns of Florida's 6th Congressional District is demanding that Planned Parenthood turn over stacks of documents from every Planned Parenthood health center going as far back as 13 years!

The Boehner-Stearns political witch hunt begins--and it's time for Americans who value women's freedom and privacy to speak out once again.

This witch hunt has nothing to do with protecting women's health, and everything to do with harassing Planned Parenthood over the health care its centers provide to millions of Americans.

Yet again, politicians who campaigned on promises of limited government and a laser-like focus on jobs instead are devoting time and resources to attacking women's health care.

Enough is enough!

It's time to tell Speaker Boehner and Rep. Stearns to stop wasting our time and tax dollars on their political witch hunt.

Add your name to our letter telling them you've had it with these baseless and unending attacks on Planned Parenthood.

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NARAL Affiliates Take to the Hill

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After a weekend getting fired up to STOP the War on Women, NARAL Pro-Choice America's state affiliates went to Capitol Hill yesterday to meet with members of Congress from their states. They visited nearly 50 offices in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives!

NARAL Pro-Choice California staff had the opportunity to meet with pro-choice hero Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.).

They thanked Rep. Chu for being one of the leading voices against the War on Women. They also had the chance to talk with her about the dangers of anti-choice "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs) that mislead and deceive women.

And today, Rep. Chu signed on as a cosponsor to the Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women's Services Act!

This bill would stop CPCs from using false or misleading advertising to lure women into their storefront operations.

Staff from NARAL Pro-Choice Texas went to the office of pro-choice Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) to let him know that pro-choice Texans have got his back.

This kind of pro-choice visibility adds to our day-to-day communication with our allies on the Hill. We have channeled more than 550,000 messages to Congress opposing the War on Women--so lawmakers know the NARAL family has backup.

It's also important that our allies know we're holding Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his anti-choice cohorts in the House leadership accountable. These politicians claim to want less government interference in our lives, but it seems what they really want is government that's just small enough to fit in your bedroom or inside your medicine cabinet.

Kudos to our state affiliates for meeting with senators and representatives from their states.

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A Tale of Two Amendments

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Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an extreme amendment offered by anti-choice Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina that dictates what doctors and medical students can and can't learn about providing abortion care. 

In a story that quotes NARAL Pro-Choice America, The Associated Press calls the Foxx amendment "the latest in a series of anti-abortion measures pushed by the Republican majority."


The House Committee on Rules blocked an amendment from going to vote on Wednesday that would have allowed military rape victims to access abortion care through their government-provided health plans.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, called the House leadership's actions outrageous:

Apparently Speaker John Boehner and his allies believe that women who put their lives on the line for their country should face more obstacles than women stateside when it comes to making personal, private decisions. It is unconscionable.

Just when you thought the House leadership's attacks on women's freedom and privacy couldn't get any more extreme, they go and outdo themselves.

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Congratulations to pro-choice Rep.-elect Kathy Hochul for her decisive victory in yesterday's special election in New York's 26th Congressional District. NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC proudly endorsed Rep.-elect Hochul.

This special election for U.S. House of Representatives came as Speaker John Boehner and his anti-choice cohorts are waging a War on Women. The result should serve as a big wake-up call to those lawmakers who have made attacking women's health care one of their "highest legislative priorities."

Here's how Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, summed it up:

New York voters made a clear stand against Speaker Boehner's extreme and divisive anti-choice agenda by sending Kathy Hochul, a champion of the fundamental values of freedom and privacy, to Congress. Rep.-elect Hochul represents the district's mainstream views, and she knows that voters want Washington focusing on creating jobs and protecting Medicare, not attacking a woman's right to choose.

Rep.-elect Hochul will replace anti-choice former Rep. Chris Lee, who resigned in February

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The Man Behind the War on Women is Coming to...San Francisco?

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Amy Everitt is Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice California.

We can't believe it: Speaker John Boehner is coming to San Francisco.  

Yep, you heard that right. The guy who has called the War on Women one of his "highest legislative priorities" - the same guy who led the charge to defund Planned Parenthood and family-planning services - is coming to the Bay Area, the progressive center of the nation's most pro-choice state

And here at NARAL Pro-Choice California, we aren't going to let Speaker Boehner drop in for a fundraiser without hearing from our state's strong and vocal pro-choice majority.  

We hear a lot from Speaker Boehner and his anti-choice allies about keeping government out of our lives. Oh, please. These so-called "small-government" politicians want a government that's just small enough to fit into your bedroom or medicine cabinet.

We know that Speaker Boehner is somewhat new to the scene. He's only officially been in this position for less than six months. In case you aren't familiar with Boehner's extreme anti-choice record, let us fill you in. Here are the top three things that you need to know about Speaker Boehner, and why neither he nor his policies speak for us or reflect our values. 
  1. As speaker of the House, he has led the War on Women. 
    Despite campaigning with promises to focus on jobs and the economy, Boehner started off his term with legislation that tried to "redefine rape." He's also tried to defund Planned Parenthood and family planning services, ban coverage of abortion in the new health-care system, and impose tax penalties on millions of Americans whose private insurance plans include abortion coverage. Thankfully, our state's insurance commissioner, Dave Jones, wrote a letter opposing one bill that, if enacted, would jeopardize insurance coverage of abortion for millions of women in our state and across the country

  2. He has a long anti-choice record.
    Even before becoming speaker, Boehner cast 142 votes on abortion and other reproductive-rights issues, and voted anti-choice every time. That includes voting twice to deny federal funding of abortion care to survivors of rape and incest.

  3. He has worked to revive the failed policies of the Bush era.
Boehner wants to repeal the health-care reform law, which would jeopardize free prenatal care and the promise of no-cost birth control for women in our state. He also wants to return to Bush-era 'abstinence-only-until-marriage' programs in our schools.

In addition to Boehner, Reps. Jeff Denham, Wally Herger, Dan Lungren, and Tom McClintock - all of whom voted for H.R.3 and are supporters of the War on Women--are scheduled to be at the event.

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