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Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, appeared on MSNBC's "Politics Nation with Al Sharpton" to discuss the trial of Kermit Gosnell:

"As a new president of a pro-choice organization, I want more media scrutiny on this case. Because that's the only way we're going to turn these anti-choice extremists' crocodile tears into policies that actually protect women by not throwing up obstacles for them getting safe, legal abortion care."

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, stopped by MSNBC this morning to talk with Thomas Roberts about the ongoing trial of Kermit Gosnell:

"I think the American people join me and [NARAL Pro-Choice America] in being outraged that this man was able to operate for years, preying on poor women who desperately needed safe and clean medical services...I get up and go to work every single day to make sure women get the care that they need and aren't driven into back alley abortion providers like Kermit Gosnell."

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Ilyse Hogue Plays "Hardball" with Chris Matthews on Gosnell Trial


Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, stopped by MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" to talk about the controversial trial of Kermit Gosnell:

"There is no one more outraged than me personally, and certainly our organization works every single day to make certain that women are not victimized by people like Dr. Kermit Gosnell. What we need is safe and legal access to medical care for women seeking abortion. The thing that has allowed the people like Gosnell to continue is unnecessary restrictions on women going to the safe clinics with reputable medical care."

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As we say again and again, anti-choice politicians clearly didn't learn their lesson from the 2012 War on Women. As a result, those politicians are launching wave after wave of legislative attacks on choice in the states this year.

These range from "personhood" legislation and unnecessary and burdensome TRAP regulations to unconstitutional outright abortion bans.

Far from chastened by their setbacks last fall, the anti-choice movement has redoubled its efforts and will clearly stop at nothing to take women's advancements in reproductive health back to the Middle Ages.

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, stopped by MSNBC to talk with Thomas Roberts about current anti-choice attacks in the states:

"What we're seeing is a disturbing pattern. Women in America are living in two vastly different realities. Some places where they actually have the full range of reproductive choices that allow them the independence and autonomy that we define as uniquely American, and others where [anti-choice politicians] are saying 'No, you're a second-class citizen, and you're not allowed to make the choices that men would make between them and their doctors.' What we know as women, is that we are people and we will fight for our choices, and we'll fight to make these choices with our families and with our doctors."

What these anti-choice politicians try to forget is that advocates for women have the values of freedom and privacy on our side.

Seven in 10 Americans support Roe v. Wade, and when politicians try to get between women and their doctors, women will make their voices heard.

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An Eventful 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade!


This week, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, zipped all over town to talk about the importance of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that recognized that women have the fundamental right to safe and legal abortion care.

CNN was her first stop of the day. Nancy had a spirited conversion with CNN's Carol Costello about the current state of the pro-choice movement, and our continued work to protect women's reproductive freedom.

Nancy also, joined by Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore (D), spoke with Thomas Roberts on MSNBC about how the fight for choice has now moved to the states.

Nancy also discussed choice at the state level with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow:

"It's no longer about the legality which was the battle of Roe, making abortion legal in this country. It has now become a debate and a fight around access...This is the most extreme pressure on women, that the ultimate decision is not with her, it is with a politician here in Washington, D.C., or in the state Capitols."

But that's not all. Nancy also sat down with Gwen Ifill on PBS NewsHour to debate the future of choice with Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of anti-choice group Americans United for Life.

The celebration of Roe continued when Nancy released an op-ed via CNN affirming the significant role Millenials will play in protecting a woman's right to choose:

"During the past two presidential elections, we have seen Millennials' ability to exercise their power, speak up and change the fabric of our nation. Many are speaking up online, in the voting booth, at the grass-roots level and in the hallways of our organizations. They are telling their stories and charting their own path, but it is critical that we create pathways to broaden and build a new conversation about protecting women's reproductive health."

We know that these last four decades have challenged us to stand our ground against anti-choice extremists who work every day to overturn of Roe v. Wade - or at least render it meaningless. But we're not alone: 70 percent of Americans believe that Roe should remain intact.

With your help, we will work to ensure reproductive rights don't become a thing of the past.

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Michigan Politicians Launch New Legislative Attacks on Choice


While all eyes were focused on the fight over collective bargaining, the Michigan legislature decided that attacking choice was their next big agenda item.

These measures could make it much harder for Michigan women to get abortion care in their state. Women who live in rural areas and lower-income women will be hardest hit if these bills become law.

Anti-choice lawmakers are pushing the following bad ideas:

  • Three bills that would ban insurance coverage of abortion by all health plans sold in the state of Michigan, including private insurance plans women purchase with their own money--with no exceptions for rape or incest;
  • A bill that would allow hospitals to refuse to provide or pay for medical services to which they object--which threatens the availability of birth control and abortion services; and
  • A bill that would place unnecessary and burdensome requirements on doctors and clinics that provide abortion, and would also ban abortion care via telemedicine--a restriction that would especially hurt women in Michigan's rural areas.

Fortunately, the media is starting to the story. Earlier this week, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, spoke with Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC's "Politics Nation" about the anti-choice attacks.

There is no question that these anti-choice measures are bad for women.

These bills are completely out of touch with Americans' priorities. It will be up to anti-choice Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) to decide whether he will stand with women and protect their right to choose, or let politicians dismantle a woman's right to safe, legal abortion care.

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Rachel Maddow Covers "Obama Defectors" Strategy


We were so excited to hear The Rachel Maddow Show describe our "Obama Defectors" strategy this weekend!

In case you missed it, check it out here:

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We expect the presidential election to be close. That's why we're microtargeting more than 330,000 pro-choice women in battleground counties who voted for President Obama in 2008, but who are not likely to vote for him in November.

Our election work will give these voters the facts about Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's extreme anti-choice agenda - and urge them to cast their vote for pro-choice President Obama on November 6.

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Last night, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, went on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show."

In her first televised interview since announcing her departure at the end of the year, Nancy spoke with Rachel about the need to allow a new generation to take the reins of the pro-choice movement:

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Thank you, Nancy!

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Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, talks with Rachel Maddow about the awkward position anti-choice politicians like Virginia's "Governor Ultrasound," Bob McDonnell, are in, having taken extremist positions on abortion and women's health and now desperately trying to spin their way back to acceptability.

Watch as Nancy spells out the reasons voters can't trust politicians like McDonnell, who is on the list of possible vice-presidential running mates for Mitt Romney:

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Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, appeared on MSNBC's "Jansing & Co." this morning to support President Obama's policy ensuring that all women can get contraceptive coverage without a copay.

Right now, anti-contraception politicians are pushing legislation that would allow any employer--even Taco Bell--to deny its employees coverage of birth control.

Nancy pointed out how extreme this attacks are, given that 99 percent of American women (including 98 percent of Catholic women) use birth control at some point in their lives:

Women should not have to ask their bosses' permission to access basic health care like contraception!

Tell your lawmakers to stand strong against any attacks on birth control!

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Yes, you read that headline right.

On MSNBC's "Jansing & Co." this morning, conservative commentator Eric Metaxas debated Donna Crane, policy director at NARAL Pro-Choice America, about President Obama's decision to ensure millions of American women have insurance coverage of contraception.

Metaxas called contraception and women's health "side issues"--and then likened the no-cost birth-control rule to the rise of Nazi Germany in the 1930s:

In [my] book, you read about what happened to an amazingly great country, called Germany. I'm half German. Uh, in the early '30s, little things were happening where the state was bullying the churches. No one spoke up. In the beginning, it always starts really, really small. We need to understand as America, as Americans, if we do not see this as a bright line in the sand, if you're not a Catholic, if you use contraception, doesn't matter. Because eventually, this kind of government overreach will affect you. If we don't speak up, we're gonna be in trouble.

You have to see it to believe it! (The comments about Nazi Germany begin at 5:46):

By the way, Mr. Metaxas, a new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute shows a majority of Catholics support the Obama administration's decision.

As Donna said on MSNBC, churches are exempt from this policy. As a result of the president's decision, millions of women, including nurses, janitorial staff, and college instructors, of all religious backgrounds, will get access to contraception--and they will not have to ask their bosses for permission.

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Nancy Keenan Talks about Romney, "Personhood" on MSNBC


Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) is a master of insincerity.

He talks out of both sides of his mouth so often that people wonder where he stands on a woman's right to choose.

Mitt Romney opposes a woman's right to choose.

Last night, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, went on MSNBC's "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" to set the record straight:

Gov. Romney even voiced his support for a state constitutional amendment that would have established the definition of life at conception, which is what the "personhood" measure on the ballot in Mississippi this Tuesday would do.

These "personhood" measures ban abortion care, and could outlaw in vitro fertilization and most types of birth control.

Gov. Romney also supports eliminating all funding for Planned Parenthood and Title X, the nation's family-planning program.

As Nancy said, Americans want a president with conviction and authenticity. They won't get either in Mitt Romney.

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Speaking Out about How CPCs Mislead College Women


Last week, NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina Foundation released the findings from its 12-month investigation of so-called "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs) in the Tarheel State.

The report got a ton of coverage from major news media organizations, and Carey Pope, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina Foundation, went on "PoliticsNation with Rev. Al Sharpton" to discuss it.

And today, Rachel Witkowski, a student at North Carolina State University, wrote a letter to the editor of the Raleigh News and Observer pointing out how CPCs target college women:

After reading the full report by NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina Foundation, I was unsettled to learn that within 25 miles of every public university campus in North Carolina there is at least one CPC. Since many of my friends are also college students, I worry that if they were looking for guidance when facing an unintended pregnancy they would instead be given misinformation by a CPC. I am concerned that women who go into these clinics seeking help might be influenced by the false information presented.

No woman should ever be lied to or misled while seeking help. Overall I am extremely relieved to see that the truth about these centers has come to light thanks to this article, and hope the General Assembly considers legislation to regulate the troubling practices of CPCs.

Thanks, Rachel, for getting the word out.

And we agree with you: North Carolina's General Assembly should put a stop to deceptive and misleading practices.

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On Monday, NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina Foundation released the findings from its 12-month investigation of so-called "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs) in the Tarheel State.

The report has gotten a ton of coverage from major news media organizations.

Last night, Carey Pope, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina Foundation, went on MSNBC's "PoliticsNation with Rev. Al Sharpton" to talk about how these fake clinics often mislead women about their health-care options:

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Thanks, Carey, for getting the word out!

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Get the Scoop on Virginia from Rachel Maddow


Earlier this year, the commonwealth of Virginia enacted a far-reaching TRAP law, or Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers.

TRAP laws are unnecessary and burdensome regulations on abortion providers--but not other medical professionals. They're an obvious attempt to drive doctors out of practice and make abortion care more expensive and difficult to obtain.

Virginia's Department of Health is expected to announce today draft rules for the implementation of the new TRAP law. These rules could jeopardize women's access to safe, legal abortion and other reproductive-health care in the state.

Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, went on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show last night to speak out against burdensome regulations:

If you live in the Old Dominion, check with NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia for ways to take action to protect access to safe, legal abortion care in Virginia.

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Speaking Out for No-Cost Birth Control on MSNBC


Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, went on MSNBC's NewsNation with Tamron Hall this afternoon. 

She was there to speak out in support of no-cost birth control. A panel of experts at the Institute of Medicine recommended that all health-insurance plans cover birth control.

Check out what she had to say:

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The Donald's Right to Privacy


Donald Trump is considering a run for the presidency.

That could be the punchline right there, but wait: there's more!

In an interview yesterday, MSNBC's Savannah Guthrie asked Trump his opinion on the constitutional right to privacy:

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When it comes to understanding constitutional law, it seems The Donald is more of an apprentice than an expert. That's why he was "curious" about this line of questioning.

"Curious"? Really? Check out our fact sheet and you'll see why Savannah Guthrie would ask Donald Trump this question

One must wonder why the public (which overwhelmingly supports the right to privacy) would want to know what someone who is reportedly considering a run for the White House thinks about this. Could it be because the president nominates judges who rule on privacy-related cases? 

We say yes. 

One thing we know is that The Donald will keep talking--so come back here for more coverage of his answers to choice-related questions. 

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The murder of Dr. George Tiller in his church on May 31, 2009, caused great sadness and profound anger for all of us who hold the values of women's right to privacy dear. This heinous murder made headlines at the time, but we must be vigilant in making sure Americans don't forget.

One journalist has not allowed the story to be forgotten: Rachel Maddow. She just announced that she'll air an hour-long documentary on the murder of Dr. Tiller and the latest developments in the investigation. "The Assassination of Dr. Tiller" will broadcast on Monday, October 25 at 9 p.m. ET on MSNBC

Dr. Tiller was a tireless advocate for reproductive health who urged society to "trust women" to make the personal, private decisions that are best for them and their families. Anti-choice extremist Scott Roeder was convicted of Dr. Tiller's murder, and a grand jury is investigating whether Roeder acted with accomplices.

We hope you tune in to MSNBC on Monday, October 25 at 9 p.m. ET to watch Rachel Maddow's documentary. 

Did you hear the latest from the mouth of Rep. Bart Stupak? In an article in the Detroit News, Rep. Stupak actually said:

"We are in contact with senators to make sure our language holds. The other side is playing with fire," added Stupak.

This guy is unbelievable, and here at NARAL Pro-Choice America, we're doing everything we can to make sure that his threat does not go unanswered.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, has appeared on multiple news programs this week to outline NARAL Pro-Choice America's efforts to stop the Senate from adding the anti-choice Stupak-Pitts language (as passed in the House) to its health-reform bill.

Here's a quick highlight reel of Nancy's appearances on "Andrea Mitchell Reports," MSNBC's "Dr. Nancy," "Morning Meeting with Dylan Ratigan," and HLN's "The Joy Behar Show:"

You can also view the entire clip of the segment she did on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews:"

But wait! There's more! If you're into podcasts and NPR - and who isn't? - then you should definitely check out Nancy's spot on Talk of the Nation.

Finally, we have a new microsite that we're really excited for you to check out. It's called:

While you're there, be sure to sign our petition asking Sen. Reid to stand firm against attempts to attack women's access to insurance coverage for abortion.

At the time we published this blog post, we were at 35,786 signatures and counting... so be sure to check out the site and add your name to the petition!

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NARAL Pro-Choice America President Nancy Keenan was on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" this afternoon. She talked about the effects of the Stupak-Pitts amendment to the health-care reform bill, and how we are going to keep fighting.

Watch it here:

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