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Where is the Outrage Over Sexual Assault in the Military?


Military woman salute_small.jpgUnbelievable.

In one week, three military officers in charge of preventing and addressing sexual assault were arrested on various sexual assault charges, including sexual harassment, stalking, and forced prostitution.

This highlights a startling trend: a recent Pentagon report estimates that 26,000 cases of sexual assault occurred in the military in 2012. These revelations have finally brought national attention to the widespread problem of sexual assault in the military.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called for an immediate re-evaluation of all sexual assault prevention officers and recruits. And President Obama has publicly condemned the epidemic levels of military sexual assault cases:

"Not only is it a crime, not only is it shameful and disgraceful, but it also is going to make and has made the military less effective than it can be. And as such, it is dangerous to our national security."

The national outrage is loud and clear. This story has the attention of our nation's leaders. So we have to ask: What do some of the most outspoken anti-choice politicians have to say?

Top anti-choice politicians Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) have yet to come out and denounce the horrible acts happening to women in the military. Their official government websites and social media pages don't have as much as a statement about how these assaults cripple our country and endanger Americans both in and outside the military.

The silence really says it all. Anti-choice politicians who refuse to take a stand for survivors of sexual assault contribute to the same victim-blaming and shameful silence that keeps women from reporting their sexual assaults in the first place.

This is not a problem to be buried and forgotten. No matter how much anti-choice politicians would prefer to look the other way.

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CPAC: Anti-Choice Speakers to Watch


presenter_small.jpgThe Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is back in town, and you know what that means - some of the most extreme anti-choice and anti-woman politicos in the country will be taking the stage.

In keeping with this year's theme, "America's Future: The Next Generation of Conservatives," CPAC will feature speakers that the organizers hope will resonate with Millennials. Here are just a few of some of the worst anti-choice speakers:

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) will take the stage as a keynote speaker this year. Sen. Rubio reintroduced the "Arrest Grandma Act" and just this week he called for a complete repeal of Obamacare, including the no-cost birth-control policy that guarantees affordable access to contraception to millions of American women.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is no stranger to anti-choice tactics. He even tried to sneak a "personhood" amendment that would ban abortion in almost all cases into a flood-insurance bill.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) voted to defund Planned Parenthood and to allow private employers to refuse to cover birth control or any service required under the health-reform law for virtually any reason.

Guess who else made the list of speakers Millennials should watch at CPAC...

None other than 2012's anti-choice vice-presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

Rep. Ryan has been candid about his extreme anti-choice views.

Rep. Ryan wants to ban all abortion care, with no exception for rape or incest. He also cosponsored forced ultrasound legislation and the "Let Women Die" bill. And his latest budget plan would repeal Obamacare, which would have a huge negative impact on women and families.

In case CPAC organizers hadn't made their anti-choice agenda clear enough, they have also secured Students for Life president Kristan Hawkins to speak during the conference.

Clearly the folks running CPAC don't want to accept the facts. Sixty-one percent of Millennials are pro-choice and these anti-choice speakers do not speak for them.

Keep an eye on our Twitter feed @NARAL for more news and updates on CPAC.

Help Protect Family-Planning Programs for Low-Income Women


398px-Paul_Ryan_official_portrait_2.jpgWe're still celebrating pro-choice President Barack Obama's re-election to the White House. But our work protecting a woman's right to choose is far from over.

Mitt Romney's running-mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), may not have won the vice presidency, but he was re-elected to his House of Representatives seat in the 113th Congress. Now he has the chance to take his anti-choice agenda to the big budget fight that starts this week.

This is Paul Ryan's next best chance to cut funding for social safety net programs, like the federal family-planning program that provides cancer screenings, maternity care, and affordable birth control for millions of women and families.

You would think that after last week's elections lawmakers like Ryan would have gotten the message that Americans are tired of their legislative attacks on abortion and birth control.

But anti-choice groups are vowing to redouble their efforts!

Stand with us to protect the programs that women and families need the most. Make sure your lawmakers know that you don't agree with these attacks on women's health and privacy.

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Nancy Keenan Talks Extreme Anti-Choice Politicians with Rachel Maddow


Our own Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, stopped by The Rachel Maddow Show last night to talk about the recent slew of outrageous anti-choice comments from the campaign trail.

Most recently, we heard Richard Mourdock, who is running for Senate in Indiana, say that pregnancy resulting from rape is "something that God intended to happen."

But that's not all. Rep. Paul Ryan has called rape just another "method of conception." And Rep. Todd Akin drew national attention by claiming that pregnancy rarely occurs from a "legitimate rape" because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

Check out the interview:

Romney has not withdrawn his endorsement of Richard Mourdock. In fact, the only candidate that Mitt Romney has supported in a campaign ad is Mourdock. Has Romney told Mourdock to take down the ads? No.

President Obama spoke out against Mourdock's comments on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in front of millions of viewers: "This is exactly why you don't want politicians - mostly male - making decisions about women's health care decisions." His campaign released its own ad so that voters know where the Romney-Ryan ticket stands.

This is certainly not the first time Romney has failed to stand with women. When Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke "a slut," Romney simply said: "It's not the language I would have used."

Romney's refusal to withdraw his endorsement shows voters that he is anything but moderate on choice.

As Nancy Keenan stated, "The American public is not stupid. And I think they're going to see through [the Romney-Ryan ticket] and understand that there's only one person who supports a woman's right to choose, and that's President Barack Obama."

We are horrified by these anti-choice comments and appalled that Romney refuses to withdraw his endorsement for Mourdock.

On November 6, make sure you support the candidate who trusts women to make their own personal decisions: pro-choice President Barack Obama.

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The Romney-Ryan Ticket Threatens the Future of Abortion Rights


When Vice President Joe Biden took Rep. Paul Ryan to task for his extreme position on abortion, especially for rape survivors, we stood up and cheered him on:

I guess he accepts Gov. Romney's position now, because in the past he has argued that there was - there's rape and forcible rape. He's argued that in the case of rape or incest, it was still - it would be a crime to engage in having an abortion. I just fundamentally disagree with my friend.

Biden spoke for pro-choice Americans when he insisted, "I do not believe we have a right to tell women that they can't control their bod[ies]. It's a decision between them and their doctor."

Nancy Keenan, NARAL Pro-Choice America president, blasted Rep. Ryan for not being up front with voters with his extreme views:

He refused to say whether American women should be worried about the future of their reproductive freedoms if he and Gov. Romney win the White House. Let me be clear: The Romney-Ryan ticket is extremely dangerous to women's health and Americans should be very concerned about the future of women's health and rights if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan win on November 6.
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Rep. Paul Ryan's anti-choice debate responses further drove home that we cannot let the Romney-Ryan ticket win the White House.

On November 6, we'll be voting for the candidate who represents American voters and their pro-choice values: President Barack Obama.

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How Will Rep. Paul Ryan Answer for his Anti-Choice Record?


Paul_Ryan_official_portrait_2.jpgWe hope Rep. Paul Ryan is made to answer for his extreme anti-choice positions at tonight's vice presidential debate.

Will he try to backtrack on his extreme anti-choice positions, like his running mate Mitt Romney did this week?

We're not buying it from Romney and we won't let Ryan get away with it, either.

Pro-choice voters need to know about Rep. Ryan's extreme anti-choice record, and how bad he is for women's health and privacy.

We can't emphasize it enough: the Romney-Ryan ticket is bad for women and their families.

On November 6, vote for the candidate who will continue to protect women's freedom and privacy: pro-choice President Barack Obama.

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Rachel Maddow Covers "Obama Defectors" Strategy


We were so excited to hear The Rachel Maddow Show describe our "Obama Defectors" strategy this weekend!

In case you missed it, check it out here:

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

We expect the presidential election to be close. That's why we're microtargeting more than 330,000 pro-choice women in battleground counties who voted for President Obama in 2008, but who are not likely to vote for him in November.

Our election work will give these voters the facts about Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's extreme anti-choice agenda - and urge them to cast their vote for pro-choice President Obama on November 6.

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What a Pro-Choice President Means to Women


Tonight, President Barack Obama will accept the Democratic nomination. We can't wait to watch his speech!

He's been such a strong pro-choice president and advocate for women that it's almost hard to remember what it's like to live under an anti-choice president.

But four years ago today, women were enduring the anti-choice Bush administration.

How was life different for women under an anti-choice president four years ago? Let's take a walk down memory lane. Remember to take deep breaths while reading:

  • On his first day in office, President Bush re-imposed the global gag rule, effectively making it more difficult for low-income worldwide to get the reproductive-health care they need.
  • Bush stacked his cabinet and administration with anti-choice personnel by appointing John Ashcroft as U.S. attorney general, Tommy Thompson and Michael Leavitt as secretaries of Health and Human Services, and W. David Hager to a key FDA panel on women's health.
  • For years, the Bush administration refused to listen to medical experts and blocked efforts to make emergency contraception available without a prescription.
  • President Bush became the first president in history to sign legislation outlawing safe abortion procedures.
  • President Bush tried to cancel contraceptive coverage for federal employees.
  • The Bush administration repeatedly censored accurate medical information on government websites at the behest of anti-choice activists.

In November 2008, we ushered in a new era for women's freedom and privacy when we elected pro-choice President Barack Obama.

Here are some of President Obama's pro-choice highlights:

  • In his first week in office, President Obama rescinded the global gag rule. That was the anti-choice policy that canceled U.S. family-planning funds to many overseas health centers and denied the world's poorest women birth control.
  • President Obama repealed the worst provisions of the controversial, last-minute Bush policy known as the Federal Refusal Rule. The regulation could have allowed entire health-care corporations to refuse to provide medical services--including, potentially, birth control.
  • President Obama signed legislation increasing family-planning funding for American women.
  • President Obama won passage of the Affordable Care Act, the law that will bring 30 million Americans into a health-care system that includes affordable family-planning services, better access to contraception and maternity care.
  • President Obama also pledged to veto two far-reaching anti-choice bills, the "Rape Audits" bill and the "Let Women Die" bill.

We've come so far under Obama's presidency. We cannot let Gov. Mitt Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, take us back to the dark ages with their support for overreaching and extreme anti-choice legislation.

Join us November 6, and we'll show Romney and Ryan just how out of touch they are with American voters.

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Romney to Women: Just Ignore What I Said Before


Mitt Romney wants you forget all that stuff he said he'd do to advance his anti-choice agenda.

On Monday, he said:

"Recognize this is the decision that will be made by the Supreme Court. The Democrats try and make this a political issue every four years, but this is a matter in the courts. It's been settled for some time in the courts."

Wait. Isn't this the guy who supports a "personhood" initiative that would ban abortion in almost all circumstances with no exception for rape or incest?

Romney must still be nervous about Rep. Todd Akin's explosive comments about "legitimate rape." Or maybe he saw the polling that showed voters' strong disapproval of the Republican National Party's extreme anti-choice platform. He should be nervous that 75 percent of respondents oppose banning abortion in cases of rape or incest - which is what the Republican Party platform supports.

Clearly, Romney wants to hide that the president of our country has a huge impact on reproductive rights.

We're not going to let him get away with it. Beth Shipp, NARAL Pro-Choice America's political director, aptly stated:

"For Mitt Romney not to know [the power the president has over abortion rights] is either disingenuous or flat-out stupid. I can't decide which one he's trying to be at this point because lord knows he's been all over the map on our issue, and every other issue."

If he's elected, Romney could take all of these actions to curtail women's reproductive freedom and choice:

  • Nominate enough Supreme Court justices to determine the future of Roe v. Wade and women's constitutional right to choose.
  • Appoint people to his administration who could directly restrict women's reproductive freedom and health.
  • Impose federal choice-related policies through executive actions, such as re-instating the global gag rule. Deny funding to family-planning services and teen pregnancy-prevention programs through his budget.

We've put together this infographic so that voters don't forget the threat a Romney administration poses to a woman's right to choose.


On November 6, we'll show Romney that we have not forgotten what kind of president he's threatened to be.

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Rep. Ryan: Rape is a "Method of Conception"


Last week, voters found out just how extreme anti-choice politicians really are.

Rep. Todd Akin justified banning abortion even for rape survivors because of his personal theory that not all rape is "legitimate." And then, the Republican Party released its platform calling for abortion to be banned even in cases of rape or incest.

When Rep. Ryan got the chance to comment, he exposed his blatant lack of compassion for rape survivors when he stated:

"I'm very proud of my pro-life record, and I've always adopted the idea that, the position that the method of conception doesn't change the definition of life."

To Rep. Paul Ryan, rape is just another "method of conception."

Are you kidding me?

This isn't the first time the Romney-Ryan ticket has taken a hard line on exceptions to abortion bans.

When asked "Would you have supported a constitutional amendment that would have established the definition of life at conception?" Mitt Romney answered, "Absolutely."

And just last year, Rep. Paul Ryan teamed with Rep. Todd Akin to cosponsor a "personhood" measure which, if passed and enacted into law, could outlaw abortion in almost all cases with no exceptions for rape or incest survivors.

What's more, Rep. Paul Ryan again joined Rep. Todd Akin to cosponsor a bill that would have redefined rape, allowing only survivors of "forcible" rape to access abortion services.

Tell the Romney-Ryan ticket that you do not stand for these extreme-anti-choice measures.

We will continue to spread the word about these anti-choice politicians, and hold them accountable for their voting history. On November 6, they'll answer for their actions.

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Last night, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, appeared on Current TV's "Viewpoint" with Eliot Spitzer to speak out against the extreme anti-choice agenda of the Romney-Ryan ticket.

Nancy pointed out that women who currently support Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan need to know what is at stake for them if the Romney-Ryan ticket succeeds this November.

NARAL Pro-Choice America is working hard to draw that contrast between our pro-choice president and the anti-choice Romney-Ryan ticket.

Nancy reminded audiences of Rep. Paul Ryan's support for extreme "personhood" measures which, if passed and enacted into law, would effectively ban abortion in almost all cases, with no exception for rape or incest. Furthermore, "personhood" measures could also ban most common forms of birth control, and restrict fertility treatments.

Ryan also supports forced ultrasound legislation, like the bill that passed last year in Virginia, even when it's not medically necessary, and even if it's against a woman's will.

Discussing the Romney-Ryan agenda, Nancy stated:

"This is a radical extreme ticket. I think once the contrast is drawn between Romney-Ryan and President Obama, women are going to flock to President Obama knowing that he is standing with women and standing up for our privacy and our freedom."

We couldn't agree more! We are going to work hard to ensure that women, and their families know exactly what is at stake for them if they don't support President Obama, who fights for women and their right to choice, privacy, and freedom every day.

Women are outraged, and women will remember on November 6.

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Rep. Paul Ryan's Attempts to Redefine "Rape"


Romney_&_Ryan_in_Manassas.jpgEveryone is talking about Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Mo.) outrageous statement that abortion isn't necessary for survivors of "legitimate" rape. He said they rarely get pregnant because the "female body has ways of shutting that whole thing down."

The Romney-Ryan campaign tried to distance itself from the statement, but Rep. Ryan's (R-Wis.) record tells a very different story.

Rep. Paul Ryan cosponsored extreme "personhood" legislation that, if passed and enacted, would ban abortion in almost all cases, including rape or incest. And Mitt Romney supported the Mississippi "personhood" initiative that, if passed, would have done the same thing.

Last year, Rep. Ryan joined with Rep. Akin to cosponsor H.R. 3, a bill that could have effectively redefined "rape."

The original version of H.R. 3 would have blocked a woman's access to abortion coverage unless she was a survivor of "forcible rape." Really?! What's more, when given the chance to apologize for his offensive comment, Rep. Akin explained that when he said "legitimate" rape, he meant to say "forcible" rape.

Don't be fooled. Whatever Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) may have said about Rep. Akin's comments, those views mirror the values and agenda of the Romney-Ryan ticket.

In November, pro-choice voters will show Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan exactly how out of touch they are with America's priorities and values.

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Rep. Paul Ryan Supported the "Let Women Die" Bill


Here's another item to add to the list of how Romney's running mate, anti-choice Rep. Paul Ryan, is a leader in the War on Women:

Rep. Ryan voted for, and cosponsored, H.R.358, the "Let Women Die" bill.

This bill would allow hospitals to refuse to provide emergency abortion care even when it's necessary to save a woman's life!

It would also effectively ban abortion coverage in state health-insurance exchanges, denying this coverage to millions of women.

Pro-choice champions strongly opposed the "Let Women Die" bill on the House floor. If you haven't seen these inspiring videos yet, you've got to check them out.

Rep. Paul Ryan has voted over and over to intrude on women's freedom and privacy.

We won't let Ryan or Romney get their "mitts" on the keys to the White House without a fight. We're making sure voters know about the Romney-Ryan ticket's extreme anti-choice positions.

On November 6, pro-choice Americans must vote their values and choose pro-choice President Obama over this toxic duo.

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Rep. Paul Ryan's Support for Forced Ultrasounds


398px-Paul_Ryan_official_portrait_2.jpgWe recently told you about Rep. Paul Ryan's stance on "personhood," his 59 anti-choice votes in the U.S. House, and his statement:

"I'm as pro-life as a person gets. You're not going to have a truce. Judges are going to come up. Issues come up, they're unavoidable, and I'm never going to not vote pro-life."

So it comes as no surprise that Rep. Paul Ryan also backed a bill that would force a woman to get a medically unnecessary ultrasound before she can access abortion care - even if she doesn't want one and even if her doctor doesn't recommend it.

His position isn't far off from Gov. Bob McDonnell in Virginia - remember him?

His state made national headlines when anti-choice politicians passed a bill that would force a woman seeking abortion care to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound. Gov. McDonnell became known as the "transvaginal governor," and independent polling indicates Gov. McDonnell and the legislators who supported the forced-ultrasound measure paid a price with voters.

Ultimately, Gov. McDonnell signed a forced-ultrasound measure into Virginia law.

The federal bill that Rep. Ryan cosponsored also would force a woman to undergo an ultrasound even if her doctor doesn't recommend it, and even if against the woman's will.

We'll be working every day between now and November 6 to make sure the Romney-Ryan ticket doesn't get the chance to impose a forced-ultrasound law on women across the country.

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Meet Rep. Paul "Personhood" Ryan


If Mitt Romney is trying to get women to vote for him in November, it's surprising that he'd pick a running mate who wants to pass a "personhood" measure.

That's right. Rep. Paul Ryan cosponsored "personhood" legislation that is so extreme that, if passed, it would ban abortion care in almost all cases, including rape or incest.

The bill he cosponsored could even outlaw several of the most common forms of birth control, restrict fertility treatments, and put an end to stem-cell research.

Watch this great segment from Rachel Maddow on Rep. Ryan's horrible record:

Doesn't Romney know that voters in blue and red states alike have said no to "personhood" measures?

Take Colorado. Voters in the Centennial State twice rejected a "personhood" ballot measure by two-to-one margins.

And voters in Mississippi decisively defeated a "personhood" ballot measure last November.

Clearly, voters across the country are saying no to "personhood" measures. That's why they must vote no on the pro-"personhood" Romney-Ryan ticket on November 6.

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What the Romney-Ryan Ticket Means for Women


RomneyRyan.jpg Mitt Romney's newly selected running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), has never been shy about his extreme anti-choice beliefs.

"I'm as pro-life as a person gets. You're not going to have a truce. Judges are going to come up. Issues come up, they're unavoidable, and I'm never going to not vote pro-life."

During his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, Ryan cast 59 votes on abortion and other reproductive-rights issues. He voted anti-choice each and every time.

Our president, Nancy Keenan, had some choice words about the Romney-Ryan terrible twosome:

"Rep. Paul Ryan's extreme anti-choice record shows just how serious a threat Mitt Romney's presidency would be for women. Rep. Ryan has also repeatedly voted to defund family-planning programs and supported the 'Let Women Die Bill,' which would allow hospitals to refuse to provide a woman emergency, lifesaving abortion care, even if she could die without it. It comes as no surprise that Romney would choose a like-minded running mate who is just as out of touch with our nation's values and priorities as he is. The Romney-Ryan ticket is dangerous to women's health."

How bad is Rep. Ryan?

  • Cosponsored several "personhood" measures that, if passed and enacted into law, would end legal abortion, ban several of the most common forms of birth control, restrict fertility treatments, and put an end to stem-cell research.
  • Cosponsored a measure requiring a woman to undergo a forced ultrasound even if not medically necessary before receiving abortion services, and even if against the woman's will.
  • He has repeatedly voted to defund Planned Parenthood.

The outcome of the 2012 presidential election very well could determine whether abortion remains legal and accessible for the next generation of American women. Under a Romney-Ryan administration, we could lose the protection of Roe v. Wade, women's health and lives will be at risk, and anti-choice zealots could wipe out decades' worth of reproductive rights we've fought so hard to win.

We won't take that chance in November.

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Woman Up?


Anti-choice politicians have a problem.

They spent the last 16 months waging a War on Women, and now--crazily enough!--they're seeing that women voters just don't like what they're doing.

So do they:

a) Stop waging their War on Women.

b) Pretend that the War on Women never existed in the first place, and come up with a new slogan to try to paper over the fact that they made attacking women's freedom and privacy one of their "highest legislative priorities."

Congratulations to everyone who picked answer b!

Meet "Woman Up!"

Woman Up.jpg

Get it? It's kinda like "man up!" except it's for women.

"Woman Up" is the bright, new idea of the same anti-choice leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives who are leading the charge to wage the War on Women: Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), and Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

Here's a recap of all the "womaning up" these guys have done since taking power:

  • The U.S. House of Representatives held more choice-related votes in 2011 than in any year since 2000.
  • The House voted to defund Planned Parenthood and eliminate the Title X family-planning program. And Mitt Romney has vowed to do both of these things should he ever reach the White House.
  • Anti-choice lawmakers pushed the Blunt amendment, which could have allowed employers and corporations to block their employees from getting insurance coverage of birth control. Every Republican senator but one voted for this measure--and Gov. Romney voiced his support for it.
  • They held a House committee hearing with an all-male panel attacking birth control.
  • At the state level, these politicians enacted twice as many anti-choice laws in 2011 as they did in the previous year.

Hey, guys--it's not what you say, it's what you do that counts.

Tell Speaker Boehner and the leading anti-choice politicians that if they really want to "woman up," then they better stop their War on Women.

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Keep Your Mitts Off Wisconsinites' Birth Control!


Mitt Romney came to Wisconsin this weekend.

He repeated his vow to defund Planned Parenthood, and campaigned alongside his anti-choice buddies, Gov. Scott Walker and Rep. Paul Ryan.

Fortunately, hundreds of pro-choice Wisconsinites came out to give Romney a warm, Cheesehead welcome. They had a message for him:

Wisconsin Rally March '12.jpg

Lisa Subeck, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, said it was particularly telling that Romney chose to march in lockstep with the extreme Gov. Walker:

On the heels of some of the worst attacks on women's health in our state in a generation, does Romney not think Wisconsinites are paying attention to his extreme actions and rhetoric? Scott Walker leads the GOP's War on Women here in Wisconsin, with attacks ranging from defunding Planned Parenthood to dismantling the state's family-planning program and from restricting abortion access to bringing failed "abstinence-only" back to our classrooms. Tonight, Mitt Romney aligns himself with the extreme social agenda of Governor Scott Walker.

Unfortunately for Governors Romney and Walker, women are paying attention--in Wisconsin and throughout the nation.

That's why a new USA Today/Gallup poll shows President Obama opening up a big lead against Romney in 12 key swing states. That lead is driven by women voters flocking to the president.

Bravo to the pro-choice Americans who rallied in Wisconsin!

Americans are seeing that the Romney-Walker-Ryan agenda couldn't be more out of touch with our values and priorities.

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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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