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Stephanie Budrus is the Development and Organizing Fellow at NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri

CallOutCPCs condoms birth control.png"I was told that women's bodies were for having babies and that birth control was turning girls into guinea pigs for science." - Leah, CPC investigator

"I got a pamphlet telling me to be 'respectful but firm' in refusing my boyfriend sex - after all, he's just 'wired to want it.'" - Paige, CPC investigator

"I was locked in a room with a woman and a Bible and hit with the question: 'Honey do you know how to get to Heaven?'" - Stephanie, CPC investigator

These statements are something I would never hope to hear about anywhere outside of a bizarre episode of Leave it to Beaver or the Twilight Zone. But they were made in modern-day St. Louis, Missouri inside anti-choice facilities that are funded, in part, with taxpayer dollars.

Unfortunately, these sexist, medically inaccurate, and ideologically charged "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs) are not anomalies and they're not confined to historically conservative regions such as the Midwest - they're everywhere. Masquerading as medical offices that provide the full range of reproductive-health services, CPCs lurk behind compassionate billboards and friendly faces ready to subject women to scare tactics, deception, and humiliation.

Last week, we fought back.

NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri's contributions to the CPC Week of Action have been exciting, innovative, and predominantly Missourian. Coming from the "Show Me" state - we showed CPCs a few things last week.

We showed CPCs that we've see the lies on their websites, that we've read the lies in their literature, and that we have heard the lies they tell women in person. We showed them that we're on to them, and that we aren't afraid to expose them.

Our Campus Reps have shown college students across the state the harmful impacts of CPCs through informational campaigns, tabling, chalking, and making noise on campuses. We've shown them 12th & Delaware, a documentary that shows how far anti-choice activists will go to push their agenda. Our student activists are taking a stand against policies that allow social-work students to fulfill their practicum hours at CPCs by showing university administrators the harm caused by these facilities. We're also working hard on college campuses to show school administrations that allowing CPCs to advertise in the student newspaper is not as "apolitical" or equitable across viewpoints as they believe it to be.

Amid all of the work we're doing to show the true colors of CPCs, we've set aside some time to show real health facilities how thankful we are for the work that they do. Our campus reps and student activists have revamped our clinic-escort program and are leading trainings at the end of the month to recruit new members to stand with us and to stand with women - by literally standing between them and anti-choice protestors.

We're very excited to have participated in all of the events last week - and we can't wait to show you what we've got up our sleeve in the coming months!

Learn more about NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri.

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Rep. Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin Stays in U.S. Senate Race


Todd_Akin_portrait_275.jpgYesterday was a big day for anti-choice extremist Rep. Todd Akin, the candidate for U.S. Senate who said that pregnancies from "legitimate rape" rarely happen.

September 25 was the official deadline for Akin to drop out of the race for U.S. Senate. Many Republican leaders, including Mitt Romney, publicly called on Akin to step aside.

However, the deadline has come and gone. And Akin is still in the race!

Now it's up to us to get the word out to Missouri voters about Akin's extreme beliefs.

If his comments about "legitimate rape" weren't offensive enough, he also said that he believes that emergency contraception should be banned.

If you have friends who vote in Missouri, get the word out. Tell them to cast their vote to re-elect Sen. Claire McCaskill. Akin cannot be trusted to protect our rights - let alone understand basic biology.

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Anti-Choice Missouri Lawmakers Override Health-Care Coverage for Women


Extreme anti-choice state lawmakers are at it again!

Last night, the Missouri legislature overrode Gov. Jay Nixon's (D-Mo.) veto of a far-reaching anti-choice bill that will now go into effect.

This law will allow bosses to refuse to cover birth control, abortion, and other health-care services in their insurance plans based on their personal beliefs. Women who work at these organizations may no longer receive comprehensive health-care coverage.

This is the furthest-reaching of any recent state bill on this topic.

When Gov. Nixon vetoed the bill in July, he delivered a strong rebuke against its intent to deny contraceptive-coverage to women. Watch his great remarks:

We've seen this kind of political interference in women's birth-control coverage at the federal level, too.

Earlier this year, another Missouri native, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), proposed an extreme amendment to allow corporations and insurance companies to refuse to cover birth control and other essential health-care services, including maternity care, HIV/AIDS screenings, mammograms and cancer screenings.

Fortunately, U.S. senators stood up for women and defeated the notorious Blunt amendment.

Keep up to date on what's happening in Missouri by following NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri on Facebook and Twitter. They are on the front lines, and we applaud them for doing everything they could to stop this attack on women's birth-control coverage.

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Rep. Todd Akin: Pregnancies from "Legitimate Rape" Rarely Happen


Remember Rep. Todd Akin? He's the guy who wants to ban emergency contraception, totally, for everyone.

It gets even worse.

This weekend, an interviewer asked Rep. Akin why he would not support a woman's right to choose abortion in cases of rape. Akin's shocking response?

"From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist."

You've got to see it for yourself.

Rep. Akin's pro-choice opponent, incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, responded:

"As a woman and former prosecutor who handled hundreds of rape cases, I'm stunned by Rep Akin's comments about victims this morning. It is beyond comprehension that someone can be so ignorant about the emotional and physical trauma brought on by rape. The ideas that Todd Akin has expressed about the serious crime of rape and the impact on its victims are offensive."

Rep. Akin's comments went viral.

After the tremendous backlash, Akin's campaign tried to backtrack on his outrageous comments.

But we're not buying it.

Rep. Akin showed his true colors with his comment, and we will continue to remind Missouri voters about the stark choice they have to make on November 6.

Sen. Claire McCaskill or Rep. Todd Akin?

For women, and the men who care about them, the choice is crystal clear.

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Meet the Candidate Who Wants to Ban Emergency Contraception


Who believes that emergency contraception (EC) should be banned "totally for everyone?"

Meet anti-choice Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO).

Rep. Akin recently won a tight Republican primary to challenge pro-choice Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri this November.

If you haven't heard of Rep. Akin before, you won't be able to forget him now. Days after his victory, he confirmed his extreme anti-contraception beliefs on a radio show.

HOST: I wanted to get to the actual morning-after pill. So are you saying that you would like that to be banned for everyone, or do you have exceptions for rape and incest?

AKIN: As far as I'm concerned, the morning-after pill is a form of abortion, and I think we shouldn't have abortion in this country. [...] The life of the mother, the situation there is one where what you want to do is optimize life, you try to save the mother's life, you try to save the child. [...]

HOST: Just to be clear, though, you would like to ban the morning after pill totally for everyone?

AKIN: Yeah. I think that is a form of abortion and I don't support it.

Clearly, Rep. Akin needs a refresher course in biology. EC is contraception - not abortion. If you are already pregnant, taking EC will not affect the pregnancy.

Rep. Akin's latest extreme statement against birth control is shocking, but not too surprising coming from the guy who has voted repeatedly to defund Planned Parenthood.

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Romney Vows to "Get Rid of" Planned Parenthood


Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) has vowed before to defund Planned Parenthood and eliminate Title X, the nation's only dedicated family-planning program.

So it should come as no surprise that he had this to say yesterday:

Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that.

Birth control? Cancer screenings? Pap smears? Women's wellness visits?

"President" Romney would get rid of all that.

Romney was in Missouri yesterday, and NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri gave him a warm, "show-me" welcome:

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Mitt, thanks for reminding us exactly where you stand on women's health.

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Before the weekend comes, and the pending SCOTUS-palooza takes hold, I wanted to take advantage of the calm before the storm and keep you up-to-date with that latest goings on in the states. There's so much wackiness, craziness, and drama, all of which puts the health of women at risk. So much so, that the Center for American Progress Action Fund dedicated an entire Progress Report to the abortion wars stateside.

BTW - Fake bonus points and a virtual high-five will be rewarded to the first person who figures out the reason behind the ordering of the states in the update.

Florida: The Florida Legislature used all kinds of legislative shenanigans to pass an anti-choice bill, and it's now up to Gov. Charlie Crist to sign or veto it. Yep - that Gov. Crist. Naturally, Rep. Kendrick Meek and other pro-choice Florida state lawmakers encouraged Crist to veto the bill that basically trades women's dignity and privacy for a cheap election-year victory. We are mobilizing thousands of our supporters in the Sunshine State, so please take a moment to help us by sharing this news with your friends in Florida to help spread the word about why this bill is so bad for women.

Pro-Choice Progress in Pennsylvania: Looking for a sign of pro-choice progress? Who isn't? There's a bill moving forward in Pennsylvania that would ensure all public schools teach comprehensive sex education that is age-appropriate and medically accurate.

Tennessee Can't Catch a Break: We're sad to report that, in addition to the horrific and devastating flooding going on in Nashville and surrounding areas, politicians have made this week even worse by taking away choices from women. This week, Tennessee became the second state to ban insurance coverage of abortion in the exchange that will be established under the new health-reform law. The law prohibits abortion coverage even in cases of life endangerment, rape, and incest. We're outraged by this unfortunate news, how about you?

Mighty Missouri: At least there's some great news coming from Missouri. The anti-choicers failed to get a so-called "personhood" measure on the November ballot. Our colleagues at NARAL Pro Choice Missouri worked hard to fight this:

Clearly, "personhood" provisions are much too extreme for Missourians. Voters in Missouri value privacy and each person's ability to make their own health decisions. Anti-choice tactics like this one would make drastic, unnecessary changes to current law. Pro-choice and pro-privacy Missourians wisely rejected this proposal and will do it again should any more outrageous attacks on women's health surface.

A huge round of applause goes out to our friends at NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri and their allies.

Oklahoma, Okay... Sorta: Oklahoma women caught a break this week... at least for now. A new anti-choice law is on hold pending the results of legal challenges in the courts. This is good news, because it sounds like the law was really traumatic for some women. Check out this article to learn more.

The Drama Continues in Kansas: Last week, anti-choice forces in the House fell two votes short of reversing the governor's veto of an anti-choice bill. As we all know, a lot can change over a weekend - and it did. The House voted again, and this time they managed to overturn the veto. The bill then went to the Kansas Senate, where the veto override failed by one vote. Stay tuned for more Sunflower-State drama, and check out this article for more info.

Montana Columnist Says What??: Yesterday, a really, really egregious opinion ran in the Helena Independent Record. In it, columnist Randy Rickman basically says that the recent anti-choice bill from Oklahoma (see above) is a good thing. Just how bad? Well, read this excerpt:

Will understanding the full impact of an abortion, up front, mean there will be more consultation and soul searching before making a decision? Probably so. And if that decision is made only after evaluating all the information, won't that be a better decision?

Look - we know that women accessing abortion care have thought about their decision. They have the thoughtfulness and the intelligence to make private medical decisions without a state-mandated script or a viewing of an ultrasound against their will. So clearly, this bill serves no other purpose than to shame and demean women for making a decision that some lawmakers in Oklahoma would like to take away from women altogether. It is not about informing women of their options. The law's intent is to intimidate women from exercising their right to choose while questioning their decision-making. NARAL Pro-Choice Montana is on the case, and is working on responding via letters and other options, like Twitter and Facebook.

That's all for this week. Rest up, pro-choice nation. Something tells me that next week will be a doozy!

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