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President Obama Stands with Servicewomen


We need your help to end an egregious policy that impacts women in the military who have survived a rape.

We've been working hard to make sure that military women who are survivors of rape or incest can get abortion services covered using their military health insurance. Anti-choice law currently bans them from doing so, and they must pay the cost themselves.

The U.S. Senate is poised to lift this ban.

And today, pro-choice champion President Obama confirmed his administration's support for overturning the ban (see page four of this PDF).

We're so thankful that the person we call Mr. President stands with women, and especially with the women who dedicate their lives to serving our country.

We owe it to our servicewomen to make sure they can get the health services they need in the tragic case of sexual assault.


Help us end this horrible policy -- send a strong message to lawmakers.

Stand with our servicewomen and tell Congress to put the needs of rape survivors in the military ahead of their extreme anti-choice agenda.

Heading to the Democratic National Convention


Kristin Koch is the deputy director of communications for online advocacy strategies for NARAL Pro-Choice America

Bright and early tomorrow morning, I'll be sharpening my driving skills for a trip down to Charlotte, NC. Oh yes, my iTouch is fully charged.

I'm heading down with a team from NARAL Pro-Choice America for the Democratic National Convention!


We couldn't be more excited to be there in person as President Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination and delivers his speech on Thursday.

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC endorsed President Obama because he believes that women - not politicians - should be able to make personal, private health-care decisions, including whether to have an abortion. And he's worked to improve women's health and pledged to defend against anti-choice legislative attacks as president.

His opponent, Mitt Romney, would take that choice away from women. Oh, and he'd take away no-cost birth control, let your boss deny you birth-control coverage, and "get rid of" Planned Parenthood.

That's why 2012 is a pivotal year for the issue of choice. By re-electing President Obama, we will move one step closer to ensuring that abortion remains legal and accessible for American women.

So what will the NARAL Pro-Choice America team be up to at the Convention?

For starters, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, will speak to the delegates and a nationwide audience when she addresses the Convention.

Throughout the week, we'll visit state delegations to talk with delegates about what's at stake for choice this election. A lot of different progressive issues are important to the delegates, and we'll make sure that women's freedom and privacy stays a priority.

And on Wednesday, pro-choice movers and shakers from Montana are hosting an event called the Big Sky Celebration to honor Nancy Keenan. We are thrilled to be joined by special guest Jim Messina, Obama for America Campaign Manager.


I'll be sharing updates about all the ways we're keeping women's freedom and privacy a priority at the Convention.

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We've got great news! Today, a "personhood" measure in Colorado failed to qualify for the ballot in November.

Colorado voters defeated a "personhood" measure in 2008 by a three-to-one margin, and then again in 2010.

That's probably because Colorado voters know "personhood" measures are so extreme that they could ban abortion, outlaw most modern forms of contraception, and could even restrict in vitro fertilization and stem-cell research.

Last November, Mississippians overwhelmingly rejected a "personhood" measure that would have outlawed abortion care under all circumstances.

So where do the candidates running for the highest office in the nation stand on extreme "personhood" measures? Let's look at the contrasting positions of President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney.

President Obama, who has been a steadfast champion of women's freedom and privacy, opposes "personhood" laws.

Following the defeat of the "personhood" ballot measure in Mississippi, the White House issued the following statement:

"The president believes that extreme amendments like this would do real damage to a woman's constitutional right to make her own health care decisions, including some very personal decisions on contraception and family planning."

Where does Mitt Romney stand on "personhood" laws?

When asked if he would have "supported a constitutional amendment that would have established the definition of life at conception?" Romney replied, "Absolutely."

So let's get this straight.

Romney supports "personhood" measures that would ban abortion, most modern forms of contraception, and even restrict fertility treatments.

President Obama unequivocally opposes "personhood" laws because they "would do real damage to a woman's constitutional right to make her own health care decisions."

The difference between these candidates couldn't be clearer.

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Celebrating No-Cost Birth Control for Women Across America


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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Spreading the Word on Romney's Anti-Choice Record


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Former Gov. Mitt Romney is in favor of lots of things: Jet Skis, outsourcing, offshore tax havens.

But one thing he's definitely not in favor of is a woman's right to make personal, private medical decisions.

Romney supports defunding Planned Parenthood and actually backed a law that outlaws abortion -- even in cases of rape and incest.

Check out this powerful new ad from the Obama campaign highlighting just how bad a President Romney would be for women.

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Next week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and its anti-choice allies will kick off their "Fortnight for Freedom."

What in the Dickens is a "Fortnight for Freedom"?

Well, a "fortnight" is an old-fashioned word for 14 days, or two weeks.

And "freedom" in this context doesn't mean women's freedom and privacy. (Sillies!) It means employers' freedom to deny birth-control coverage to their employees.

So, for the next two weeks, anti-choice groups will hold rallies attacking President Obama's no-cost birth-control policy in particular and insurance coverage of contraception for women in general.

"Fortnight for Freedom" makes me think of a time when women wore corsets, couldn't vote, and didn't get much say over their lives.

It's not exactly a forward-looking message, but it's no surprise coming from the folks who participated in the all-male birth-control panel.

Here's what the bishops hope to achieve with their rallies: pressure Congress to repeal the policy requiring insurance companies to cover contraception without a copay.

If you use birth control or know someone who does (and 99 percent of American women do), tell Congress not to give in to these extreme demands.

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Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, today announced that her organization's political action committee proudly endorses President Obama's bid for a second term.

NARAL Pro-Choice America's independent expenditure operation released this new video highlighting President Obama's dedication to women's health and families:

President Obama has been a tireless leader for women's reproductive health, and NARAL Pro-Choice America will engage its one-million member activists and the pro-choice community to support him in this upcoming election.

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It's National Women's Health Week, and here at Blog for Choice, we're sharing stories about how Obamacare helps women get quality, affordable health care.

The Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, allows young Americans to stay on their parents' health-insurance plan until age 26. That's great news for Susan in Florida and her daughter:

My daughter is currently under my husband's insurance, even though she's almost 25. She was a college student for six years and started working on a part-time basis, only to receive medical benefits whenever she is put on to full time. With her medical problems, the Affordable Care Act has been a blessing!

Obamacare truly is a blessing for Susan's daughter and other young people.

(As an aside, I turned 26 on Saturday. While I've got health insurance through NARAL Pro-Choice America now, there was a time after college when I did rely on my parents' health-insurance plan--and I needed it.)

Three cheers for Obamacare!

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This week is National Women's Health Week, an opportunity to recognize the need for women to have control over their own health care and family-planning decisions.

And now, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a Obamacare, we have a lot to celebrate when it comes to women's health.

Just how does Obamacare benefit women? Each day this week, we'll share a story here at Blog for Choice about how the law helps real women get quality, affordable health care.

Today, we're focusing on the no-cost birth control policy, which will give women near-universal contraceptive coverage. Let's hear from Amanda in Ohio:

At the age of 23 I was a working professional, but still unable to afford the cost of insurance. (At that time, young people stopped being covered by their parents' insurance soon after their college graduation.) Although I was working full-time as an intern to further my career, my employer did not cover my insurance, nor could I afford to pay it. Hence, I was not on birth control for two years before I decided to return to grad school. The institution I attended mandated that students without health care purchase insurance through the school, which I did. However, the full cost of birth control was not covered and I could not afford the monthly co-pay. At this point, I had been off birth control for at least three years.

During the spring of my first year of grad school, I experienced a ruptured ovarian cyst. The pain associated with this was excruciating, beyond anything I have experienced before in my life. It actually felt like an organ had burst inside of me. I could barely walk, or even think, I was in so much pain. A friend rushed me to the emergency room, where I underwent eight hours of testing (x-rays, ultrasounds, etc.) before they could figure out what had happened since the amount of fluid and tissue from the ruptured cyst was so great. After the painful ordeal and recovery, I had to visit an ob-gyn where I learned that being on birth control actually prevented the formation of cysts. I subsequently went on birth control, though it meant I had to borrow money to pay for the copay.

Although I followed protocol and contacted my insurance prior to going to the emergency room, they still would not pay because I did not go to the university health center, which is not equipped for emergency situations. If it took a hospital eight hours to diagnose and treat me, I wonder how a health center without emergency treatment capabilities would have fared?

The insurance company still refuses to cover the service and the $5,000 has been in dispute for years, while negatively impacting my credit and ability to apply for loans.

Basically, because I could not afford insurance or birth control copay as a young woman in my early and mid twenties, (that would have prevented cysts from developing), I now face thousands of dollars of debt, bad credit, and a diminished quality of life as a result.

The new policy will prevent this situation from happening to other young women who dream of having both a professional career and a healthy body. I don't think that is too much to ask...

Fortunately for women like Amanda, Obamacare means that insurance plans will cover the medicine they need without a copay.

Unfortunately, anti-choice politicians like Mitt Romney are fighting tooth and nail to make it harder for women like Amanda to get the health care they need. They're pushing for the Supreme Court to overturn the health-care law, and if that doesn't work, they'll try to repeal it in Congress.

That would have devastating consequences for women like Amanda.

Check back here at Blog for Choice every day this week to read more personal stories!

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I just got back from the Supreme Court.

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This week, the justices are hearing arguments on challenges brought by private plaintiffs and state governments that want to overturn the health-care law that President Obama signed into law two years ago.

If they succeed, all of our work to make near-universal coverage of birth control for women a reality will be undone.

That's why hundreds of pro-choice Americans rallied in front of the Supreme Court this morning. We were there to protect our health care from extremists who want to take it away.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said that women stand to lose a lot if the Court strikes down the law:

The attacks on the health-reform law are targeting women in the same way as the legislative attacks on contraception and ugly rhetoric that have made headlines in the last month. If the court strikes down this law, better coverage of prenatal care and contraceptives for millions of women could disappear. Insurance companies could go back to charging women more money for health-care services than men. That's why we must stand with President Obama and women across this country in supporting this important law.

The health-reform law is a big deal for millions of Americans.

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Two years ago today, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law.

Every day this week, Blog for Choice is sharing a story from someone who has benefited from this landmark health-reform law.

Today's story comes from Alison in Washington:

Thanks to the new health care law, I was able to stay on my parents' health insurance plan after college. If the law is repealed and I am no longer able to be on their health insurance, I don't know if I will be able to cover all of the costs for my health care.

The health-reform law is a big deal for women like Alison. They're the ones who would lose if it were overturned.

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This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on President Obama's policy ensuring that all women can get contraceptive coverage without a copay.

The hearing featured an all-male witness panel that attacked insurance coverage of birth control.

Before the hearing, the committee's chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), refused to let a female law-school student to testify about the importance of birth control.

But let's leave the testimony to the experts--the eight men who want to take away women's contraception-coverage.

To draw attention to this farce of a hearing, several congresswomen on the committee walked out in protest.

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said the hearing was being run "like an autocratic regime."

While women were cut out of the hearing, they did make their presence known outside the committee room. A group of NARAL Pro-Choice America employees joined pro-choice lawmakers for a press conference to highlight Rep. Issa's outrageous behavior in forbidding women from testifying at a hearing on birth control!

Are you appalled by what happened this morning? Let Rep. Issa know: (202) 225-3906 or tweet @DarrellIssa.

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Students Speak Out to Protect Birth Control


As politicians in Washington attack insurance coverage of birth control (and with guys like Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Tom Price not thinking that's a problem), America's students are speaking out.

Yesterday, our state affiliates worked with students at more than 20 colleges and universities to organize in a campus day of action to stand up for President Obama's policy ensuring that all women can get contraceptive coverage without a copay.

They collected petition signatures in support of birth-control coverage, educated their peers about the ongoing legislative attacks on contraception, and rallied to bring visibility to the issue.

For many of these students, contraception coverage is a personal issue. One in three women struggles with the high cost of birth control at some point in her life--a burden that disproportionately affects younger women. College-aged women stand to save thousands of dollars over their lifetimes because of President Obama's policy.

Don't let anti-contraception extremists take away your access to basic health care. Tell your lawmakers to stand strong against any attacks on birth control!

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Anti-contraception politicians say the darnedest things.

Yesterday, I told you about Sen. Ron Johnson's claim that "any woman can get free contraceptives."

Now, ThinkProgress brings us this gem from Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.).

Naturally, Rep. Price opposes President Obama's policy ensuring that all women can get contraceptive coverage without a copay. He also voted to defund Planned Parenthood and eliminate funding for contraception three times in 2011, so his anti-contraception record is consistently sad.

But that's no big deal, he says, because there's "not one" woman in America without access to birth control:

Actually, 1 in 3 American women struggles with the high cost of birth control at some point, but Rep. Price claims to have never met even one woman who couldn't afford this basic health care.

Are you a woman who has struggled to afford her birth control? Or do you know someone who has?

Then tweet @RepTomPrice to let him know.

Or, give Rep. Price a call at his office in Marietta, Ga. to introduce yourself: (770) 565-4990.

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Radio Ads Supporting Insurance Coverage of Birth Control


On Friday, President Obama received widespread praise for reaffirming his commitment to ensuring that all women can get contraceptive coverage without a copay

Unfortunately, extremists in Congress don't want women to have access to insurance coverage of birth control at all--even though 99 percent of American women (including 98 percent of Catholic women) use birth control at some point in their lives.

Anti-choice Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), one of the leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives, said there were "absolutely" enough votes in the House to allow any company--even Taco Bell--to deny its employees coverage of birth control.

That's why today NARAL Pro-Choice America launched radio ads in four media markets mobilizing Americans in support of birth-control coverage.

If you live in Denver, Colo.; Orlando, Fla.; Madison, Wis.; or Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C., you might hear this message on the radio.

And the ads couldn't come a moment too soon: right now, anti-choice Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) is trying to insert an attack on birth-control coverage into a transportation bill.

Tell your lawmakers to stand strong against any attacks on birth control!

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Earlier today, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring that all women can get contraceptive coverage without a copay.

Members of Congress praised the president's policy to make sure that women get seamless coverage of birth control through their health plans.

Here are some of the elected officials who tweeted or posted their praise for the policy online:

Sen. Barbara Boxer of California
Rep. Lois Capps of California
Rep. Judy Chu of California
Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey
Sen. Pat Leahy of Vermont
Rep. Barbara Lee of California
Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri
Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland
Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin
Sen. Patty Murray of Washington
Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California
Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada
Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire

Thanks to them for standing up for the 99 percent of American women (including 98 percent of Catholic women) who use birth control at some point in their lives!

President Obama spoke today about his administration's new policy ensuring that insurance plans cover birth control without a copay.

The president reaffirmed his commitment to making sure that women of all faiths who work at religiously affiliated hospitals, universities, and service organizations can get contraceptive coverage.

The New York Times, Politico, Mother Jones, Talking Points Memo, and The Huffington Post turned to NARAL Pro-Choice America to find out what this means for the 99 percent of women--including 98 percent of Catholic women--who use birth control at some point in their lives.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said President Obama's policy ensures that women get seamless coverage of contraception through their health plans:

Today's announcement makes it clear that President Obama is firmly committed to protecting women's health. Unfortunately, some opponents of contraception may not be satisfied. These groups and their allies in Congress want to take away contraceptive coverage from nurses, janitors, administrative staff, and college instructors--and that agenda is out of touch with our country's values and priorities. We will continue to fight on every front to support women's access to birth control as politicians in Washington, D.C. try to take it away.

Indeed, there are politicians and activists who don't want women to have access to insurance coverage of birth control, period.

As my colleague Jen mentioned yesterday, one of these extremists said Taco Bell should be allowed to deny its employees access to basic health care.

Right now, anti-contraception politicians in Washington are pushing multiple attacks on women's access to birth-control coverage.

Anti-choice Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) is trying to stuff one of these attacks into a transportation bill.

Tell your lawmakers to stand strong against any attacks on birth control!

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President Obama's decision requiring that insurance plans cover birth control without a copay will benefit millions of women. Ninety-nine percent of American women--including 98 percent of Catholic women--use contraception at some point in their lives, yet one in three struggles with its high cost.

Now, as a result of the president's decision, millions of women, including nurses, janitorial staff, and college instructors, of all religious backgrounds, will get access to contraception--and they will not have to ask their bosses for permission.

But when I turn on my TV, I see pundits talking not about how this decision is a tremendous victory for women's health, but about what it means for the president's re-election.

"How does this affect his campaign? How will it play with Catholic voters?"

Well, as one of those Catholic voters--and as the son of an employee of a Catholic college--I'm thankful President Obama stood up for my family's health.

And, going by recent polling, I'm not alone.

A poll out yesterday from the Public Religion Research Institute shows that 58 percent of Catholics believe that employers should be required to provide their employees with health-care plans that cover contraception.

Fifty-five percent of Americans agree that "employers should be required to provide their employees with health-care plans that cover contraception and birth control at no cost."

Surprising? Well, it shouldn't be, considering that 99 percent of women (and 98 percent of Catholic women) use birth control.

Rachel Maddow explained last night how attacking Americans' access to contraception is not a smart political move:

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And yet, legislation has been introduced in Congress that could take away birth-control coverage from millions of women.

Here's a word of advice to politicians: you can attack something that 99 percent of American women use, but when you do, you do so at your own risk.

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Here's a study in contrasts between President Obama and one of the men who want to replace him: anti-choice former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.).

President Obama's administration recently announced its final policy on no-cost birth control, ensuring that millions of women will get access to contraception--and they will not have to ask their bosses for permission.

The White House resisted extraordinary pressure from anti-contraception groups. These forces wanted to allow many employers, including universities and hospitals, to refuse to cover birth control to women who work as nurses, custodians, professors, and administrative staff.

But the Obama administration is staying strong and standing behind its decision to support women's basic health care.

Now let's take a look at Gov. Romney: after winning the Florida primary last night, he vowed to take away insurance coverage for birth control.

He also promises to repeal the entire health-care law that makes no-cost birth control available in the first place.

And Gov. Romney vowed to defund Planned Parenthood, writing that he would "eliminate Title X family planning programs," which include federal funding for birth control and cancer screenings.

(Title X, by the way, is our nation's only dedicated family-planning program, and has enjoyed strong public support ever since it was enacted under President Nixon in 1970.)

So, here's a recap.

President Obama:

  • He signed the health-reform law.
  • His administration implemented a policy of near-universal insurance coverage of birth control, one of the greatest achievements for women's health care in a generation.
  • His administration stood up to anti-contraception extremists who wanted to deny this important benefit to millions.

Gov. Romney:

  • He wants to eliminate the rule requiring insurance coverage of birth control.
  • He wants to repeal the health-reform law.
  • He wants to defund a program that provides millions of low-income Americans with access to birth control.

Quite the difference.

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Last week, the Obama administration announced its final policy on no-cost birth control.

The Obama administration resisted pressure from anti-contraception groups. These groups wanted to broaden the refusal rule in a way that would have allowed many employers, including universities and hospitals, to refuse to cover birth control.

As a result of the administration's decision, millions of women will get access to contraception--and they will not have to ask their bosses for permission.

This decision by the White House is a big deal--98 percent of women use birth control at some point in their lives, yet one in three struggles with its high cost.

Please take a moment to thank the Obama administration for standing up for women's access to birth control.

You can bet the White House is getting an earful from the anti-contraception forces that had pushed to allow bosses who oppose birth control to deny their employees access to this option.

Now, they need to hear from the other 98 percent of Americans.

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