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Breakfast of Pro-Choice Champions!


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.

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From California:

Rep. Lois Capps 
Rep. Judy Chu 
Rep. Barbara Lee 
Rep. Nancy Pelosi 
Rep. Jackie Speier 
Rep. Henry Waxman

From Colorado:

Rep. Diana DeGette

From Connecticut:

Rep. Rosa DeLauro

From Florida:

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

From Illinois:

Rep. Mike Quigley 
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

From Maryland:

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

From Wisconsin:

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,, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

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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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And they're off!

The anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives is kicking off its extreme "Stupak on Steroids" agenda with a key committee hearing this afternoon. At 4 p.m. today the Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution will hold a hearing on H.R.3, the "Stupak on Steroids" bill introduced by Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey.

Among many egregious provisions, this bill 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.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, has submitted written testimony to the subcommittee detailing how the "Stupak on Steroids" bill would restrict women's ability to make personal, private medical decisions. We'll be monitoring this hearing closely, and provide more information here at Blog for Choice after it happens.

Today's hearing is just the first game in an anti-choice double-header. At 1 p.m. tomorrow, the Energy and Commerce health subcommittee will hold a hearing on H.R.358, which was introduced by Rep. Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania. This bill would allow hospitals to refuse to provide abortion care even when it's necessary to save a woman's life!.

Creating jobs and getting the economy back on track? Pffff--that's so 2010! 

Speaker John Boehner called attacking a woman's right to choose one of his "highest legislative priorities," and these hearings show us he means it.

Fortunately, pro-choice allies in the House and Senate are standing up to fight the dangerous "Stupak on Steroids" agenda. Senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Barbara Boxer of California, Al Franken of Minnesota, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, and Patty Murray of Washington held a press conference this morning calling on the anti-choice House leadership to focus on jobs and the economy--not attacking women's health and privacy.

And Rep. Lois Capps of California wrote an op-ed in Politico this morning calling on the House leadership to stop its attacks on choice. 


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Pro-choice Rep. Lois Capps sets the record straight on Rep. Stupak's ridiculous claims about his anti-choice amendment to the health-care-reform bill in a post on RH Reality Check. Here's an excerpt:

On Wednesday, December 9th, the New York Times published an op-ed by Congressman Bart Stupak in which he makes misleading claims about the Stupak-Pitts Amendment in the House Health Care Reform bill. Here, Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA), author of the Capps Amendment, provides a reality check to the claims in that op-ed.

Stupak Claim: Our amendment maintains current law, which says that there should be no federal financing for abortion.

Reality: The Stupak-Pitts Amendment goes well beyond current law by contracting access to abortion services and is in no way the simple extension of the Hyde Amendment its proponents claim. It dramatically restricts consumers' ability to purchase comprehensive health plans that include coverage for abortion services in the health exchange. In contrast the Capps Amendment, which was included in the original version of the House bill, continued the prohibition of federal funding of abortion services, but did so without restricting insurance coverage of this legal medical procedure when it is paid for with private funds. Reputable third parties, like a recent study from George Washington University, have found that the Stupak-Pitts Amendment would restrict coverage of abortion services even when paid for entirely with private funds.

Read it in its entirety at RH Reality Check.

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