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Celebrating No-Cost Birth Control for Women Across America

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The first phase of President Obama's contraceptive-coverage policy is in effect!

What does this mean for women? One in three women struggles with the cost of birth control - but all that is about to come to an end. Preventive-health services -including birth control, breastfeeding support, and screening for gestational diabetes- are now available without a copay.

This is a huge step forward in women's health. But we aren't sitting back and relaxing.

Why? Because this important policy is under attack in Congress and across the country.

Yesterday, anti-choice politicians compared Obama's contraceptive-coverage policy to the attack on Pearl Harbor and 9/11. That's outrageous!

Yesterday, in celebration of this huge advancement for women, and to counter attacks on this fantastic policy, our affiliates hosted local events in Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, and Virginia.


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In Minneapolis, Minnesota, our fabulous activists held a visibility event thanking President Obama for making this important advancement for women possible. Linnea House, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, stood up for women during a TV appearance.

In Concord, New Hampshire, birth-control supporters gathered outside Rep. Charles Bass' office to trumpet the new policy. Bass has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and its birth-control policy.

In Columbus, Ohio, activists gathered outside of anti-choice Sen. Rob Portman's office to show him that his constituents support the contraceptive-coverage policy. Sen. Portman has been a high-profile opponent of birth control.

Our pro-choice activists must have been loud, because Ohio News Network and Progress Ohio covered the event.

Activists in Portland, Oregon gathered for a "Walk for Women's Health." Special guests included Senate Majority Speaker Diane Rosenbaum, state Representative Lew Frederick, and state Representative Elisa Kenny-Geyer.

In Richmond, Virginia, birth-control advocates took to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's office. Cuccinelli unsuccessfully challenged the constitutionality of the health-reform law - including the important birth-control policy - in court.

Watch our activists and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia in this great TV interview.

Let's have a big round of applause for these star activists, and especially for pro-choice President Obama who made this historic improvement for women possible.

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Some Good News Out of New Hampshire

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Last week, I told you that members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, led by anti-choice Speaker William O'Brien, had been busy, busy beavers pushing a slew of anti-choice bills.

Well, now some good news: the state Senate put the brakes on O'Brien's anti-choice agenda and rejected two bills that would have restricted women's access to reproductive-health care.

Elizabeth Hager, chairwoman of NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire PAC, said the Senate's votes were a clear sign that New Hampshirites are fed up with attacks on choice:

Today's votes are a clear rejection of the foolish crusade Speaker O'Brien has led this legislative session to restrict women's reproductive healthcare.

Like the majority of New Hampshire voters, we believe medical decisions should be made between a patient and her doctor, without governmental interference--and we're glad to see the New Hampshire state Senate agrees!

This legislative session has been marred by attacks on women's health and privacy, but today's votes signify a return to the Granite State's long, proud tradition of trusting women to make their own personal, private healthcare decisions in consultation with their doctors, family, and faith.

Bravo, NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire, for leading the fight to defeat these bad bills.

As we celebrate this victory, it's important to remember to stay on guard. Speaker O'Brien and his anti-choice cronies aren't done pushing their anti-choice agenda.

You can monitor the latest from the Granite State on Twitter by following the hashtag #EndOBriensFoolishness.

NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire will be ready to respond whenever attacks on choice arise.

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NH House Passes Three Anti-Choice Bills in a Month

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Wonder what New Hampshire's House of Representatives has been up to over the past month?

If you said it passed one or two bills restricting a woman's right to choose, sorry--you're underestimating the anti-choice politicians in the Granite State.

In the past month, the New Hampshire House has passed three anti-choice bills.

These bills will now go on to the state Senate, which is under anti-choice control.

NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire has been leading the fight against these bills, and will mobilize to try to defeat them in the Senate.

The Granite State is a perfect example of how just one election can have devastating consequences for women's health. In 2011, New Hampshire received a grade of A- in our Who Decides? report. The Granite State had a history of strong bipartisan support for the right to choose.

In 2012, after anti-choice extremists spent a year pushing their agenda in both houses of the legislature, New Hampshire's Who Decides? grade fell to a B-.

And with a flurry of attacks on women's freedom and privacy, New Hampshire's grade on protecting pro-choice values could fall even further.

Fortunately, New Hampshire has a pro-choice governor, John Lynch. Last year, Gov. Lynch vetoed a dangerous parental-involvement mandate.

Unfortunately, anti-choice lawmakers in the New Hampshire House and Senate were able to override the governor's veto and enact a law endangering young women's health and safety anyway.

New Hampshirites are fed up with attacks on choice, and politicians pushing this extreme agenda are in for some serious trouble come this November.

Changing the New Hampshire legislature is an example of how we can end the War on Women, state by state.

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Last week, the U.S. Senate rejected the Blunt amendment, which would have allowed bosses to block their employees from getting insurance coverage for birth control.

But, anti-choice politicians in the Granite State couldn't just accept the U.S. Senate's word. On Wednesday, the New Hampshire state House passed a bill that would allow employers to refuse to cover contraception for employees.

Fortunately, New Hampshire women are not ones to let politicians attack their health-care coverage.

NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire led a rally outside the statehouse in Concord to stand up against these attacks on contraception.

Activists handed out Bayer aspirin--a reference to comments by a Rick Santorum supporter suggesting that women put Bayer aspirin between their knees as contraception.

Special props to everyone who braved the New Hampshire winter to stand up for coverage of birth control!

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Blog for Choice Day: Ann McLane Kuster

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Ann McLane Kuster is a candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in the 2nd District of New Hampshire and an adoption attorney in Concord, N.H.

For the past 25 years as an adoption attorney, I have represented women - from age 14 to 40, from junior high school to juniors in college, from living in cars to the most prestigious neighborhoods - who face unplanned pregnancy. Every time, with hundreds of women, year by year, I witnessed the courage, compassion and conviction that women across the country face every day.

Thanks to the United States Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, these women have the choice - the personal, private and legal choice - about their reproductive health and their future.

There is more we can do. I applaud President Obama this week for standing up for women across the country. Thanks to health reform, women across the country with private insurance can get birth control without paying anything out of pocket. This lets women make the health care decisions that are right for them and puts every one of us in charge of our own reproductive health. I know firsthand how painful the choices are, and these are the steps that will prevent so many women from having to face this challenge.

The extreme positions being advocated by the far right will roll back the clock on women's rights and access to the healthcare they need. We need to be on the side of progress and less government interference in people's personal lives, so women will be able to make the choices that fit in their lives.

As an adoption attorney, a mother, a daughter and a friend, I will work every day here in New Hampshire - and in the United States Congress - to honor women everywhere and their right to freedom of choice. I hope you will join me and together, we will be heard and our legal rights will be protected!

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The Lowdown on Romney and Birth Control

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New Hampshire voters go to the polls today in the first primary of the 2012 presidential election. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is widely expected to win the Republican contest.

Who is Romney really? Well, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, takes a look into Romney's record on contraception over at The Huffington Post. The news ain't so pretty:

Gov. Romney, who has taken a commanding lead in polls, seemed flabbergasted to be asked a question at Saturday's GOP presidential debate about the right to contraception. He called it "an unusual topic," and said that he "can't imagine a state banning contraception."

An unusual topic? I wish I could say it was. Even though 98 percent of American women use birth control at some point in their lives, attacking the right to contraception has become anything but unusual for anti-choice politicians, including Romney.

Let's take a moment to review the facts. As governor, Romney vetoed a bill giving rape survivors information about and timely access to emergency contraception. Fortunately, the Massachusetts state legislature voted to override Romney's veto...

Read more at The Huffington Post.

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Have you ever wanted to ask any of the Republican candidates currently vying to challenge President Obama a question?

Well, two back-to-back debates being held in New Hampshire this weekend give you a chance to review their records and play citizen reporter.

Tomorrow, January 7 at 9 p.m. EST, the candidates will debate on ABC. Yahoo! is co-sponsoring the debate--and is inviting Americans to submit a question to the candidates. Send in your "choice" questions to Yahoo!, or post them on Twitter with the hashtag #NHdebate.

Then, on Sunday, January 8 at 9 a.m. EST (yes--a.m.), the candidates will appear again on NBC. This debate is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Union-Leader and Facebook.

If you're on Facebook, RSVP for the debate and ask your questions!

When it comes to their out-of-the-mainstream position on choice, these candidates have some explaining to do! Help hold their feet to the fire.

For instance:

Mr. Romney, why did you veto a bill that would have improved women's access to emergency contraception?

Mr. Santorum, tell us why you oppose allowing women to use contraception.

There's so much more, so have at it!

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Ninety-eight percent of American women use birth control at some point in their lives.

Think about that. Ninety-eight percent. There's no TV show that's watched by 98 percent of American women, no sports team that can count on 98 percent of the population as its fans. In an age of polarization, there is perhaps nothing so universally used and accepted as birth control.

This week, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that, as medical experts advised, newly issued insurance plans must cover the full range of FDA-approved contraception without a copay. In a country where one in three women finds it difficult to pay for birth control, Secretary Sebelius' decision was a victory for women's health and common sense.

The reaction from right-wing politicians and commentators? You'll have to see (or read) it to believe it.

On Monday, Rep. Steve King of Iowa spoke out against birth control on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. He called the new no-cost birth control regulations "bizarre," "Orwellian," and said that they would make us "a dying civilization":


Bill O'Reilly of Fox News doubted the importance of no-cost birth control, saying, "Many women who get pregnant are blasted out of their minds when they have sex. They're not going to use birth control anyway."


In June, New Hampshire's Executive Council voted to cut off state funding for family-planning services at Planned Parenthood, forcing the state's six clinics to stop providing birth control.

Councillor Raymond Wieczorek expressed his feelings on women who use contraception:

If they want to have a good time, why not let them pay for it?

Not to be outdone, the commissioners of Ravalli County, Montana are threatening to reject Title-X funds, putting nearly 500 residents' access to birth control, cancer screenings, and other care at risk.

But no problem, according to Commissioner Matt Kanenwisher:

In my mind, pregnancy is not a disease state. An unplanned pregnancy doesn't make it anymore so. You can say it's a social problem, and you can argue there is a role for government to take some action in that. I don't believe that's the case.

Back in the world of "fair and balanced," Sandy Rios, vice president of Family PAC Federal and another Fox News contributor, had this to say:

Is the White House out of their mind? Does the West Wing not know what the left wing is doing? We're $14 trillion in debt and now we're going to cover birth control, breast pumps, counseling for abuse? Are we going to do pedicures and manicures as well?


Let's review what they oppose...again.

Insurance plans will cover contraception without a copay--improving women's access to family-planning services and thereby reducing the need for abortion.

As more of these anti-contraception extremists speak, I'm confident it will spur even more Americans to side with us. Do you agree?

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Somehow, the prospect of women using birth control has caused a giant conniption fit among right-wing politicians and commentators. (And 98 percent of American women use contraception at some point in their lives.) 

From politicians in Montana and New Hampshire to Bill O'Reilly and his concerns over women who are "blasted out of their minds," the right wing has gone into an apoplectic rage over birth control.


Is the White House out of their mind? Does the West Wing not know what the left wing is doing? We're $14 trillion in debt and now we're going to cover birth control, breast pumps, counseling for abuse? Are we going to do pedicures and manicures as well?

Thanks to ThinkProgress for sharing Ms. Rios' comments. 


One in three American women struggles with the high cost of birth control at some point in her life, and the United States has a far higher unintended-pregnancy rate than other industrialized countries.

Making family-planning services available at no cost will help millions of women prevent unintended pregnancy and thereby reduce the need for abortion.

You'd think they'd be for that. 

But I guess not. 

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Birth Control Battle in Big Sky Country

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Another state, another set of politicians trying to block women's access to birth control. 

Last month, it was New Hampshire, where a member of the state's Executive Council quipped, "If they want to have a good time, why not let them pay for it?"

Now, NARAL Pro-Choice Montana tells us that the commissioners of Ravalli County, Montana are threatening to shut down the county's family-planning clinic, which women depend on for access to birth control, cancer screenings, Pap smears, and other basic health care. 

The clinic receives federal funding through Title X, the nation's family-planning program. If the county commissioners follow through on their threat to reject these funds, the program will probably be eliminated. 

But that's not a bad thing according to Commissioner Matt Kanenwisher

In my mind, pregnancy is not a disease state. An unplanned pregnancy doesn't make it anymore so. You can say it's a social problem, and you can argue there is a role for government to take some action in that. I don't believe that's the case.

Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) doesn't share Commissioner Kanenwisher's backwards views on women's health. Yesterday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that newly issued insurance plans must cover the full range of FDA-approved contraception without a copay starting next year.  

In the meantime, the Ravalli County commissioners will meet again on Thursday to discuss whether to reject the Title X funds. 

Politicians like Commissioner Kanenwisher remind us why no-cost birth control is so important for all American women. 


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One More Word on New Hampshire

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As reported here on Blog for Choice, the New Hampshire Executive Council voted last month to reject a contract with Planned Parenthood, forcing the state's six clinics to stop providing birth control.

Councilor Raymond Wieczorek summed up his thoughts on women who use contraception:

If they want to have a good time, why not let them pay for it?

The Executive Council met again last Wednesday, and could have overturned its previous vote to defund Planned Parenthood.

But...it didn't. The Executive Council let stand its previous decision, putting women's health in jeopardy and putting the state at risk of losing federal dollars.

The lengths to which these anti-choice politicians will go are astounding!

Fortunately, NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire was there to answer back. Check out their rally at the State House in Concord:






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More on that New Hampshire Executive Council

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Our affiliate, NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire, gave us an update to yesterday's post on the Executive Council, whose vote to reject a contract with Planned Parenthood forced the state's six clinics to stop providing birth control.

In particular, one council member's comments about women who use contraception struck a nerve with many of our readers here at Blog for Choice:

If they want to have a good time, why not let them pay for it?

I know it's called the Granite State, but that doesn't mean that its politicians need to be stuck in the Stone Age. 

The Executive Council will meet again tomorrow, and could reconsider its vote to defund Planned Parenthood. If you live in New Hampshire, take action through our affiliate.

And not a moment too soon: Nick Toumpas, New Hampshire's commissioner of health and human services, said that cuts to family-planning funding put the state at risk of losing federal dollars.

So tomorrow will be a test of how far these politicians want to take their attacks on women's health care.





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Another state, another attack on women's health care. The latest outrage comes from New Hampshire, where the state's Executive Council last month rejected a contract with Planned Parenthood

The result: the Granite State's six Planned Parenthood clinics have now stopped providing birth control.

But that's no problem, according to Raymond Wieczorek, one of the council members who voted to end the contract. He had this to say about women who use contraception:

If they want to have a good time, why not let them pay for it?

As a reminder to Councilor Wieczorek, 98 percent of American women use birth control during their lifetime. And one in three will struggle with the high cost of prescription contraception.

Comments like these send your blood pressure to Mt. Washington-level heights? As NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire counters Wieczorek's comments on the ground, there's something you can do about it.




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The War on Women is blazing its way through the states.

Dennis Daugaard, the anti-choice governor of South Dakota, is expected to sign a bill that forces women to submit to an in-person lecture at an anti-choice crisis pregnancy center (CPC) before accessing abortion care. 

On top of all that, South Dakota's bill also requires that a woman wait a minimum of 72 hours before obtaining care, which is now the longest waiting period in the entire nation. In a rural state like South Dakota, this could mean a forced delay of days or even weeks, compelling women to undergo later abortion care that poses increased health risks.

Alisha Sedor, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota, called the bill an unbelievable intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship:

South Dakota politicians have now made our state the first in the country to pass such a far-reaching bill that disrespects the doctor-patient relationship and turns women's health care into a game of government mandates. Politicians want to tell women who they can talk to before making a profoundly personal medical decision. It is hard to out-do insurance companies and HMOs when it comes to being told what doctor you can see or where you can access medical care, but the legislators behind this bill are doing just that.

The Mount Rushmore State is no stranger to extreme laws that interfere with a woman's right to make personal, private medical decisions. In the last five years, the state legislature has passed two near-total bans on abortion care.

Fortunately, South Dakota voters care more about women's freedom and privacy than their politicians do. They rejected two abortion bans in 2006 and 2008, respectively. 

With 15 state governments now under total anti-choice control, other states could pass copycat laws forcing women into CPCs. That's why NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation and our network of state affiliates are touring the country to expose the dangerous practices of CPCs

The CPC tour makes its next stop in Portsmouth, N.H., with a screening of 12th & Delaware next Monday. Space is limited, so sign up for the event today!
 

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It's been a busy day in the states. Choice-related bills are being considered in Ohio, New Hampshire, and New York City. When it comes to their effect on women's freedom and privacy, these bills range from good to bad to downright atrocious.

First, the good news.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of NARAL Pro-Choice New York, the New York City Council just passed a bill that requires anti-choice Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) to adhere to truth-in-advertising standards. 

CPCs are fake clinics that are often staffed by anti-choice activists who mislead and lie to women about abortion and birth control. The primary reason they exist is to dissuade women from choosing legal abortion care. 


Kudos to NARAL Pro-Choice New York, and to the New York City Council for standing up for a woman's right to receive medically accurate information!

Now on to some bad news.

NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire is reporting that a bill imposing a dangerous parental-involvement mandate just got one step closer to passage. This bill would require young women who seek abortion care to tell their parents or go to court, even if they come from homes with physical and emotional abuse.

Pilar Olivo, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire, said the bill would jeopardize young women's health and safety, noting that "if a young woman has been raped, she should get to decide who she gets to talk to first."

New Hampshire's previous parental-involvement mandate was repealed in 2007 by pro-choice Gov. John Lynch and a bipartisan coalition of New Hampshire legislatorsNARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire will continue to fight this dangerous bill.

Now on to the Buckeye State, which wins today's award for biggest anti-choice side show.

Anti-choice state legislators in Ohio recently introduced a bill that could ban abortion care before a woman even knows she's pregnant.

Today, the Ohio House Health Committee held a hearing on the bill, during which anti-choice lawmakers called on a fetus to "testify." At the same time, the committee's chairman barred testimony from women who have chosen abortion care. (I guess women don't have anything to say in the matter.)

Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, called the hearing a media stunt

It is clear that this committee is more interested in making headlines than discussing how to improve women's access to health care or create good jobs in our state. This bill could entangle Ohio in an expensive legal fight, and is out of touch with our state's values and priorities.

It is beyond disappointing that the committee won't allow video testimony so they can hear from women who have made the profoundly personal decision to terminate a pregnancy. The politicians behind this bill refuse to acknowledge what Ohioans understand: Every woman's situation is different, and it's unacceptable for anti-choice lawmakers to think they should make the personal, private decisions that belong to women and their doctors.

Kudos to NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio for standing up to anti-choice politicians and their backwards priorities. 

Thanks also to NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, which is standing up against anti-choice Gov. Scott Walker's attempts to bring his own War on Women to the Badger State.

And a shout-out to our entire network of state affiliates, who fight to protect women's freedom and privacy in statehouses and city councils across the country. 


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Commemorating Roe in New Hampshire

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Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, was in the Granite State yesterday to commemorate the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. She spoke at several events in Concord that were hosted by NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire. In attendance was a "who's who" list of New Hampshire's key pro-choice supporters, activists, and political leaders, including Gov. John Lynch, former Reps. Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter, and 2010 congressional candidate Ann McLane Kuster.


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Keenan used the events as an opportunity to thank grassroots pro-choice activists, and to bring NARAL Pro-Choice America's work in Washington out to supporters in the states. She highlighted the disconnect between the public's priorities and what we're seeing from anti-choice lawmakers in Washington, Concord, and state capitals throughout America:

There's no question that the 2010 elections were a referendum on voters' frustration with the economy, but anti-choice lawmakers in New Hampshire and across the country are using the outcome as an excuse to attack choice. I am honored to join with NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire and its supporters in standing up for the pro-choice values of freedom and privacy.

New Hampshire received an A- grade in the 2011 Who Decides? report, and has a history of strong bipartisan support for the right to choose. But anti-choice gains in both houses of the state legislature could threaten New Hampshire's pro-choice status. 

Pilar Olivo, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire, warned of the dangers that the new legislature could bring:

This change in our political landscape could open the door to more political interference in our personal, private decisions or jeopardize young women's health and safety.

Both Keenan and Olivo praised Gov. Lynch for his strong support of a woman's right to choose. New Hampshire is lucky to have the firewall of a pro-choice governor; 29 states now have anti-choice governors, and 15 states have an anti-choice legislature and governor.

Keenan said that while the political landscape nationwide is hostile to choice, these challenges bring opportunities. Pro-choice Americans have a new opportunity to talk about our pro-choice values, and engage our neighbors about the need to protect a woman's right to make personal, private medical decisions. 

The values of freedom and privacy are a fundamental part of New Hampshire's social fabric and the nation's. From the chilly villages of the still north, to the halls of Congress, and all across America, NARAL Pro-Choice America and our network of state affiliates are working to protect these values. 
 


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What Grades Does Your State Get on Choice?

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NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation today released the 20th edition of Who Decides? The Status of Women's Reproductive Rights in the United States, the nation's most comprehensive report on choice-related legislation and laws. This year's report features the voices of the Millennial Generation, the largest and most diverse generation in our country's history.

The new Who Decides? comes amidst a changed legislative landscape. Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, said the public will be surprised to see lawmakers in Washington, D.C. and in statehouses across the country pursue an aggressive anti-choice agenda that they did not ask for in last November's elections:

My sincere hope would be for legislators to focus on the country's pressing challenges rather than undermining a woman's right to choose, but the outlook is not promising. Anti-choice lawmakers, in their words and actions, are pushing for a wave of proposals that would open the door to more political interference in the doctor-patient relationship. This agenda is out of step with our country's priorities.

In the 2010 elections, anti-choice forces picked up 42 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and six seats in the U.S. Senate. There are now also 15 states with fully anti-choice governments (both a majority of the legislature and the governor are anti-choice). That's up from 10 last year!



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NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation held an event this afternoon to launch the 20th edition of Who Decides?. We were joined by pro-choice coalition partners and members of the news media. Nancy Keenan highlighted the report's key findings.

Donna Crane, policy director at NARAL Pro-Choice America, gave an overview of what we can expect from Congress and the states in the next year. She drew special attention to a new law in Nebraska that bans abortion at 20 weeks, without an adequate exception for threats to a woman's health, for cases in which the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest, or for cases of fetal anomaly. The law targeted Dr. LeRoy Carhart, whose practice is located in Nebraska. Anti-choice groups are threatening to pass copycat laws in other states in 2011. 


New Hampshire received an A- grade in the new Who Decides?, and has a history of strong bipartisan support for the right to choose. But anti-choice gains in both houses of the state legislature could threaten New Hampshire's pro-choice status. Olivo said that, as recent as yesterday, legislative leaders had vowed to pass a parental-involvement mandate that could jeopardize the health and safety of vulnerable teens.  A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers repealed a similar measure in 2007. That law had been the focus of a court challenge that went to the U.S. Supreme Court.

NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire will work closely with pro-choice Gov. John Lynch to make sure that a woman's right to make personal, private medical decisions doesn't go the way of the Old Man of the Mountain.



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Anti-Choice Politicians Can't Handle the "Truce"

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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels recently called for a truce on social issues. (That means choice.) Even more recently, lawmakers in the Hoosier State ignored him. 

Just this week, anti-choice politicians in Indianapolis were abuzz with ideas on how to attack a woman's right to choose. One anti-choice leader was rather blunt about his intentions:

We all recognize the focus will be on education and budget issues. We will not neglect those responsibilities. But we can multitask.

Oh, that's rich. Political intrusion into private decisions is the new multitasking. Apparently, it's an epidemic as anti-choice lawmakers in Montana, New Hampshire, and other states roll out their plans to attack choice. The same people who campaigned on so-called "limited government" are racing to be the first ones to give politicians more control over our personal, private decisions. Perhaps they're figuring out that creating jobs is hard, and that the only way for them to pacify their right-wing base is by attacking choice.

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The "Snap, Crackle, Pop" of the Anti-Choice Extremist Movement

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Sarah Palin, Tom Coburn, and Rick Santorum Walk Into a Senate Race. We wish this line were the beginning of a lame joke, but it's not. Anti-choice Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire completed the right-wing "trifecta" as her campaign touted its endorsement from these three "leaders."

One of our colleagues (Do you know Beth Shipp?) aptly described this trio as the "Snap, Crackle, Pop" of the anti-choice movement.

Snap Crackle and Pop

Please know that we mean no disrespect to the Rice Krispies® brand; but the description just makes total sense, and thus we are morally obligated to include it.

Whatever happens in Ayotte's primary, voters in the Granite State have a pro-choice option in the general election, Rep. Paul Hodes, the NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC-endorsed candidate. Go, Hodes!

 

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Ann McLane Kuster for Congress: The Only Pro-Choice Candidate

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NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC has endorsed Ann McLane Kuster in the race for New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district. Kuster is a fully pro-choice candidate and has a long history of working with NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire. She faces off against Katrina Swett in the Democratic primary, next Tuesday, September 14

If you live in New Hampshire's 2nd district, make sure you know where your polling location is and how to vote absentee, because this is one primary you can't miss. Registered Democrats and undeclared voters are eligible to vote in the Democratic primary. 

The Granite State has a tradition of electing commonsense pro-choice leaders. Gov. John Lynch, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, and Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Paul Hodes are strong supporters of a woman's right to choose. (Rep. Hodes is vacating his House seat to become New Hampshire's next pro-choice U.S. senator.) In Congress, Ann McLane Kuster will follow Rep. Hodes as another strong voice for choice. 

Annie's opponent, Katrina Swett, has a mixed record on the right to choose. She has supported abortion bans and parental-notification laws--like the one a bipartisan coalition of New Hampshire lawmakers repealed in 2007. Swett has never received endorsements from national pro-choice groups in any of her previous runs for federal office. 

In the Democratic primary for New Hampshire's 2nd district, the choice is clear: Ann McLane Kuster is the only fully pro-choice candidate. New Hampshire got an A- grade in NARAL Pro-Choice America's 2010 Who Decides? report, and pro-choice values are as New Hampshire as maple syrup and Mt. Washington. Annie's running a grassroots campaign across the 2nd district in support of these values.  

Stand up for pro-choice New Hampshire, and vote for Ann McLane Kuster on Tuesday, September 14

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