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Breakfast of Pro-Choice Champions!

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On Sunday, hundreds of pro-choice bloggers and activists took to the Internet to share the ways in which they planned to help elect pro-choice champions this year.

This morning, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC took one key step toward making 2012 a year of pro-choice victories at the polls.

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC is proud to endorse 20 of the greatest champions of choice in the U.S. House of Representatives.


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From California:

Rep. Lois Capps 
Rep. Judy Chu 
Rep. Barbara Lee 
Rep. Nancy Pelosi 
Rep. Jackie Speier 
Rep. Henry Waxman

From Colorado:

Rep. Diana DeGette

From Connecticut:

Rep. Rosa DeLauro

From Florida:

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

From Illinois:

Rep. Mike Quigley 
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

From Maryland:

Rep. Donna Edwards 
Rep. Steny Hoyer

From my home state of New York:

Rep. Joe Crowley 
Rep. Steve Israel 
Rep. Nita Lowey 
Rep. Carolyn Maloney 
Rep. Jerry Nadler 
Rep. Louise Slaughter

From Wisconsin:

Rep. Gwen Moore

These 20 pro-choice heroes have consistently stood up against the anti-choice House leadership's War on Women.

In addition, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC proudly endorses two other pro-choice champions from the House who will take their support of women's freedom and privacy to the U.S. Senate:

Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Rep. Shelley Berkley of Nevada

Here's what Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said at a breakfast honoring these pro-choice leaders:

Our priority is to elect pro-choice champions and defeat opponents of women's freedom and privacy. We are prepared for campaign battle in 2012 and will mobilize our one million member activists in support of candidates who will stand with our allies in countering legislative attacks on a woman's right to choose.

Twenty-two pro-choice champions, and 22 more ways we'll stop the War on Women in 2012.

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

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Anti-Choice Lawmakers Continue to Tread on D.C.

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Anti-choice leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives just won't stop their War on Women. Their continued target: women in Washington, D.C. 

This spring, as part of the budget agreement, they reinstated a ban on Washington, D.C.'s ability to use locally raised funds to cover abortion care for low-income women. When they did this, 28 women were affected in only 24 hours. These women who struggle to make ends meet were set to receive financial assistance for abortion care through Medicaid. But less than a day before their appointments, each woman was told that she would have to raise hundreds of dollars in a matter of hours.     

Now, these same anti-choice politicians want to extend the unacceptable D.C. abortion ban for another year. 

Imagine having your destiny changed on a whim by an anti-choice politician on Capitol Hill. It is outrageous that the same politicians who advocate for "smaller government" are interfering in both D.C.'s local affairs and women's personal, private medical decisions. 

See Donna Crane, our policy director, explain the negative effects the D.C. abortion ban has on real women:


Fortunately, Washington, D.C. is represented in the House by a true pro-choice champion, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. She's leading the fight to stand up for D.C. women and recently gave a shout out to the more than 19,000 NARAL Pro-Choice America activists who have called on the House to stop the attacks

Unfortunately, just yesterday a House committee rejected an amendment offered by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) to lift this unfair ban. Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), and José Serrano (D-N.Y.) all spoke out in favor of Rep. Lee's amendment, but they were outnumbered by anti-choice colleagues. 

Anti-choice Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) spoke in opposition to the amendment. She said she found it ironic that supporters of the amendment previously had voted against allowing people to use their own money to have the USDA inspect horses, but were now arguing on behalf of Washington, D.C.'s ability to spend its local dollars on abortion care.  

Rep. Lee responded, "These are not horses, these are women--and primarily women of color." 

Thank you, Rep. Lee! 

  

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