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The Fight for Choice Continues in the States

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Voters sent a resounding pro-choice message this year when they rejected anti-choice politicians who opposed everything from birth-control coverage to abortion exceptions for rape survivors.

Unfortunately, some anti-choice politicians clearly didn't get the message.

In Texas, anti-choice politicians are pushing legislation that would make it more difficult for women to access medical abortion care, a safe way for women to terminate an early pregnancy. Anti-choice politicians and organizations also are trying to ban abortion late in a pregnancy, a tactic especially harmful to women who face heart-breaking complications.

The state is also continuing its fight in the courts to defund family-planning providers, including Planned Parenthood.

Fortunately, anti-choice politicians in two other states backtracked —for now— on their legislative attacks.

We celebrated a victory when Ohio Senate President Niehaus announced that the legislature would not vote on bills aiming to effectively ban abortion before most women even know they are pregnant and defund Planned Parenthood during the lame duck session.

And in Virginia, overwhelming opposition to a proposed "personhood" measure helped convince Sen. Steve Martin, Chairman of the Senate Education and Health Committee, to pull the bill from the committee's agenda. It's good news, but it's not the end. In fact, anti-choice politicians in that state have already pre-filed bills for 2013, including one that would slash insurance coverage of birth control.

Don't expect this to be the last thing we hear about choice in Ohio and Virginia. But, when politicians continue to push their extreme anti-choice agenda, pro-choice women and their allies will push back even harder.

Personal, private medical decisions should be made by a woman and her doctor - not by politicians.

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Anti-Choice Sneak Attack in Ohio

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Imagine you're an anti-choice state legislator. You want to introduce extreme anti-choice bills, but every time you do this, people wonder why you're focusing on attacking women's health care instead of creating jobs and growing the economy. So what do you do?

How about sneaking your anti-choice attack into a budget bill at the last minute, without any public commentary? And then turning your phone off so that you don't have to hear from your outraged constituents?

That's exactly what the anti-choice leadership of the Ohio state Senate did yesterday. The senators inserted language into the budget bill that would ban abortion care in all hospitals that receive state money.

Here's what Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, had to say about this outrageous legislative maneuver:

It is obvious that Ohio Senate leaders know this move is shameful; they waited until the eleventh hour to launch this attack so that no public testimony opposing these dangerous measures could be heard. They've even stopped answering their phones.

It's just further evidence that anti-choice politicians will advance their War on Women by any means necessary. Kudos to NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio for catching them in the act. 

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