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Erika West is the Political Director at NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Right now, we're seeing anti-choice politicians launch some of the worst attacks on our reproductive freedom, including going after women's access to birth control, taking away insurance coverage of abortion and passing regulations that are closing clinics all over the country. If we're going to protect and even expand reproductive freedom, we have to win at the ballot box in November.
That's why we're posting a new blog series called "Races to Watch." We'll highlight competitive races across the country featuring pro-choice and anti-choice candidates. Please check back often for the latest on these key races, and 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.
A couple of weeks ago, we scored a victory for reproductive freedom when NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC-endorsed candidate Emily Cain won in the Democratic primary in Maine's 2nd congressional district. She soundly defeated her anti-choice opponent Troy Jackson with 72 percent of the vote.
Cain's strong pro-choice values make her best positioned to advocate for Maine women and families in Washington and she has a track record that shows we can count on her to get the job done. She's the youngest woman to ever serve as Maine's House Minority Leader and knows the importance of breaking down barriers. Since she was elected to the State House in 2005, Cain has been dedicated to fighting to protect access to reproductive-health care. One of her biggest fights was to preserve funding for women's health care services, including cancer screenings, birth control and STI testing at Planned Parenthood, which benefit 10,000 Maine residents each year.
Cain is no stranger to working to stop anti-choice attacks - which is experience she is going to need when she goes to Washington. In 2011, she spoke out against a bill that would have created an unnecessary waiting period on women seeking abortion services. And at a town hall, Cain called for Maine politicians to stop interfering in reproductive health decisions and said politicians "should not hinder a woman's ability to make important choices about her body and her health."
While we are excited that she won her primary, she now faces anti-choice Bruce Poliquin in November. Poliquin has already been endorsed by the National Right to Life Committee and was endorsed by both the anti-choice Christian Conservation League of Maine and Concerned Women for America in 2012 when he ran for the Senate. Poliquin stated that he believes that, "at conception, a life has begun, and that is a life that should be protected." His anti-choice position was a key factor in his primary win against mixed-choice Kevin Raye. Numerous church leaders rallied their congregations in support of Poliquin and his abortion stance during the primary.
Poliquin's position is clearly out of touch with the values held by the constituents of Maine's 2nd congressional district.
Cain and Poliquin are vying for the open seat created when pro-choice Rep. Michael Michaud announced his run for governor this year. We're lucky to have another pro-choice leader on the ballot to fill his shoes and we need every pro-choice voter engaged in order to win in November. Today, our pro-choice allies in the U.S. House are outnumbered - and with Boehner at the helm, the House has moved bill after bill aimed at making it impossible for women to get the reproductive-health care they need. The people of Maine's 2nd district deserve a pro-choice leader who shares their values and Emily Cain has proven that she can deliver. Now, let's deliver the pro-choice vote in November for Cain and secure another win for reproductive freedom!
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NARAL Pro-Choice America's ad about anti-choice politics in health-care reform is running on cable TV stations in Richmond, Va., Raleigh, N.C., the Bangor and Portland markets in Maine, and in multiple markets in Michigan and other state markets that air in Rep. Stupak's congressional district.
Kirsten Suhr is the Associate Director of Communications for Online Strategies at NARAL Pro-Choice America.
I was disappointed to see the results of the Georgia senate race. But thanks to everyone who campaigned and voted for Jim Martin. Let's not forget we still made some terrific gains this year!
A whole slew of interesting choice-related articles and blog posts have come up in the past few days. Here are some of my favorites.
- Washington Post: The Checkup: Does Abortion Traumatize Women? - A new examination of previous studies found the most scientifically accurate ones didn't find a correlation between abortion and depression.
- Bangor Daily News: Battle Looms on Access to Birth Control - Maine may soon face a battle over teens' access to contraception.
- CBS News: Why Won't South Dakota Ban Abortion? - Interesting examination into why the SD abortion ban ballot measure failed. NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota and other pro-choice groups in the state did a lot of voter education work on this issue.
- Reuters: FDA rule change boosts access to morning-after pill - Report finds it's easier for women to get Plan B now that it's available without a prescription. But...
- The Consumerist: Walgreens Jerks You Around When You Try To Buy Plan B - Author reports on his girlfriend's experience getting Plan B at a Walgreens in Mississippi.
- Kirsten Moore at RHRealityCheck: Principled Choices - "I believe President-elect Obama can teach us all a thing or two about respecting the choices that other people make in their lives and carrying that respect through into our public policies."
- Nancy Keenan in The Huffington Post: The Pro-Choice Future Caught on Video: What is free.will.power? - NARAL Pro-Choice America's president talks about our new campaign.
Have you seen any good ones I missed? Feel free to leave a link in the comments. Enjoy!