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Anti-Choice Politicians Respond to State of the Union Address

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Did you tune in last night for pro-choice President Barack Obama's State of the Union address?

small_2011_State_of_the_Union.jpgThe president outlined a pro-women strategy that included urging the House to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and an increase in the minimum wage, which would greatly help women and families.

Soon after he concluded his speech, Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivered their responses on behalf of the factions of the Republican party.

Want to know where these guys stand on choice?

Sen. Rubio certainly isn't shy about his extreme anti-choice views. He's called for the overturn of Roe v. Wade saying, "The right to life is a fundamental one that trumps virtually any other right I can imagine."

He also supported legislation that would allow bosses to deny their employees birth-control coverage under Obamacare. He even cast a vote against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act yesterday.

And in case there was any question about his position, Sen. Rubio began his response to the State of the Union address by restating his anti-choice views.

Can we get a glass of water with that?

Sen. Rand Paul also responded to the State of the Union address, and while he didn't touch on the state of women's reproductive freedom, we haven't forgotten his extreme anti-choice record.

Remember that time Sen. Paul tried to sneak a "personhood" amendment into a flood-insurance bill? And how could we forget when he threatened to permanently ban the District of Columbia from using its own funds to pay for abortion care for low-income women?

We're shaking our heads over here. These anti-choice politicians clearly didn't get the memo that the majority of Americans do not want to see Roe v. Wade overturned.

We trust that President Obama will continue to protect a woman's fundamental right to make decisions regarding her reproductive health. And I think we can all agree with his closing statement:

"This country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations; that our rights are wrapped up in the rights of others; and that well into our third century as a nation, it remains the task of us all, as citizens of these United States, to be the authors of the next great chapter in our American story."
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Who Will Represent Romney at the Republican National Convention?

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Mitt_Romney_at_2012_CPAC.jpgMitt Romney is only a few days away from accepting the Republican nomination for president.

Starting today, voters will hear from speakers who were selected to send a message about the kind of president Romney would be - and about the vision the Republican Party has for America.

The Republican Party had a chance to distance itself from Rep. Todd Akin's recent outrageous and offensive comment that survivors of "legitimate" rape rarely become pregnant.

Instead, the party put forward an extreme anti-choice platform that would support denying women access to abortion even in cases of rape or incest.

It should come as no surprise, then, that a slate of extreme anti-choice politicians will join Mitt Romney to represent what kind of president he'll be.

Tonight, you can catch "Transvaginal" Governor Bob McDonnell (R-Va.), chairman of the party's platform committee. Gov. McDonnell signed a forced-ultrasound measure into law earlier this year. That means that women in Virginia will be forced to get an ultrasound before they can access abortion care, even if it's medically unnecessary and even if it's against the woman's will.

Tomorrow, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will speak. In June, Sen. Paul tried to sneak a "personhood" amendment into a flood-insurance bill.

That's right - flood insurance.

Don't forget that "personhood" measures would outlaw abortion in almost all circumstances. They could ban several of the most common forms of birth control, restrict fertility treatments, and put an end to stem-cell research.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) will introduce Mitt Romney on Thursday night.

Sen. Rubio recently stated that banning abortion "is not an issue about denying anyone rights. This is an issue about protecting the rights of a human being to live - irrespective of what stage in development they may be."

Oh, the hypocrisy. Sen. Rubio was a driving force behind anti-choice senators' attempt to allow bosses to deny employees from receiving birth-control coverage - you know, so they can prevent unintended pregnancy in the first place.

These are just a handful of the politicians who will sing Romney's praises and send a message to American voters. Why don't you send a message back? Tell Gov. Romney and Rep. Ryan that you don't agree with their extreme anti-choice agenda.

They'll see just how out of touch they are with American women and their families on November 6.

Paid for by NARAL Pro-Choice America, www.ProChoiceAmerica.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

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A Little Sunshine from the Sunshine State

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If we gave away Emmys, Rep. Kendrick Meek's new ad, in which he touts his pro-choice values, would win hands down. As you know, Rep. Meek is the NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC-endorsed candidate in the three-way Senate race in Florida. It's a positive, forward-looking ad, so check it out


By the way, one of Rep. Meek's opponents, Charlie Crist, tried to challenge Meek's assertion that he is the only pro-choice candidate in the race. To catch up readers, Crist is the Independent candidate in this race and so he's trying to convince moderate voters that he's moderate on choice. Sorry, Charlie, your "reinvention" ain't going to fly, especially when you're all over YouTube describing yourself as "pro-life." Just sayin'. 

Paid for by NARAL Pro-Choice America, www.ProChoiceAmerica.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.
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Help Elect a Pro-Choice Congressman in Louisiana, Cedric Richmond

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Last week, the pro-choice community scored a victory in Florida. Rep. Kendrick Meek, who has a perfect pro-choice record with NARAL Pro-Choice America, won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. Meek's victory paves the way for a pro-choice pickup in the Sunshine State. Now he faces anti-choice candidates Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio (Rubio is also backed by the Tea Party) in the general election on November 2. 

Florida isn't the only Gulf Coast state with an exciting chance for a pro-choice pickup in Congress. In Louisiana, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC has endorsed state Rep. Cedric Richmond for U.S. House in the 2nd District. 

Richmond will face off against incumbent Republican Joseph Cao in the November election. Cao has never voted pro-choice while in Congress, and even voted for the Stupak-Pitts amendment to the health-reform bill. Cao wants to overturn Roe v. Wade and called abortion "a moral evil, at a par with slavery." 

The New Orleans area deserves an elected official who will stand up for a woman's right to choose--not try to eliminate it. Help elect Cedric Richmond to Congress - and make sure you know all about voting by mail, where your polling location is, and early voting - and score another pro-choice pickup in Louisiana. 

Paid for by NARAL Pro-Choice America, www.ProChoiceAmerica.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.
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NARAL Pro-Choice America *hearts* Kendrick Meek and So Should You!

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Elizabeth Shipp is the Political Director for NARAL Pro-Choice America.

In today's toxic political environment, it's sometimes hard to get excited about elections. With all the attacks and counter-attacks going on between the candidates and the parties, you wonder if anyone running for office deserves your support, right? Well, for pro-choice Floridians there's someone who will make you feel good about supporting his candidacy and he's giving you an easy (and almost free) way to do it.

Representative Kendrick Meek is running in the Democratic primary for the open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by anti-choice Republican Senator Mel Martinez. Kendrick Meek is pro-choice and has the congressional voting record to prove it. So, already, we here at NARAL Pro-Choice America are already excited about his senate race. Score one for Rep. Meek.

But, we also appreciate that Kendrick Meek is working to earn every supporter by doing something unheard of in previous U.S. Senate races in the state. Instead of just paying a fee to get his name on the ballot, Kendrick and his campaign team are traveling all over the state, collecting petition signatures from Florida voters. He needs to collect more than 100,000 signatures by noon on March 29 to qualify for the ballot and he's well on his way from what we've read. However, every signature counts and every signature sends a strong message to the folks who think campaign victories can simply be bought and paid for with a credit card. (Yes, Marco Rubio, I'm talking about you and your penchant for charging personal items to the taxpayers and Republican Party of Florida!)

There's one more reason we think Kendrick Meek is the best choice for the U.S. Senate. He's not afraid to talk about his pro-choice values - even in front of difficult audiences. At a Christian Family Coalition event, Rep. Meek explained that he was pro-choice to a crowd that would probably never be described as pro-choice. At that event, Kendrick Meek said, "Yes, I am pro-choice, but there are other issues that have to be addressed," he said. "I want you to understand that running for the United States Senate, I am running to be your senator, I am not running to be your pastor or your rabbi or whatever it may be."

The reporter covering the event noted that the line received no applause from the crowd. However, I can tell you that at NARAL Pro-Choice America, we cheered loudly enough for all of them.

If you live in Florida, here's what you can do to help. Go to the Meek campaign's website, download a petition, sign it and mail it to the campaign in time for all the petitions to be delivered by noon on March 29. And while you're at it, ask your friends and family in Florida to sign the petition, too. Let's send a strong message that Florida is proudly pro-choice and proudly supporting Kendrick Meek!


Paid for by NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC, www.prochoiceamerica.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.
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Florida is a big state. Have you seen it? It's huge. Certainly bigger than my home state of Maryland (Go Terps!). Florida is also a very important state for myriad political reasons. Florida Recount, anyone?

Florida also has a very important U.S. Senate election coming up in November, where pro-choice Rep. Kendrick Meek - endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC - will face anti-choice Crist or Rubio.

However, in order to get on the ballot, Meek needs to gather signatures. Never heard of that before? That's because it's never been done by a U.S. Senate candidate in Florida before. I think that's truly inspiring because it means that Meek will actually earn a spot on the ballot, instead of paying a fee for that right. In other words, it's entirely up to the people of Florida, which is how it should be. Read more on his web site.

The deadline for submitting petitions is noon on March 29, 2010.

Who wouldn't want to take part in a historic petition drive? I'm kinda jealous I don't live in Florida.

But no matter, I'm just going to make sure all my Floridian friends take a moment to visit the Meek web site, download a petition, and put Kendrick Meek on the ballot. I really hope you'll do the same. We can't miss out on this opportunity to take an anti-choice seat and turn it into a pro-choice seat!

If you have any questions, please call 305-655-3213 or 1-877-FL-4-MEEK (1-877-354-6335).


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