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Wisconsin_small.jpg I was personally outraged and distressed when I found out that the local Planned Parenthood in my college town of Appleton, Wisconsin could face closure because of anti-choice bullies in the state legislature.

Anti-choice politicians in Wisconsin have already eliminated $1,000,000 in funding for Planned Parenthood from the state budget, meaning less money for reproductive-health care exams, STD testing, and cancer screenings. Now, they're pushing forced-ultrasound legislation and unnecessary regulations aimed at shutting down the clinic altogether.

The Appleton Planned Parenthood is one of the last remaining abortion providers in the entire state of Wisconsin - if anti-choice politicians succeed in shutting it down, women seeking abortion care could be forced to cross state lines into Minnesota.

This is just another case of anti-choice politicians pushing themselves between a woman and her doctor in order to take away her right to make private and personal choices. In fact, supporters of the anti-choice legislation wouldn't even allow pro-choice legislators to debate the repercussions of this dangerous measure before rushing it through the Wisconsin Senate and sending it to anti-choice Gov. Scott Walker's desk.

Gov. Walker (R) has stated that he would sign the bill because he doesn't have "any problem" with forcing women to get an ultrasound, even if it's against her will and her doctor doesn't recommend one. And as a governor who slashed funding for women's health programs, Gov. Walker also doesn't seem to have "any problem" with leaving his own female constituents out in the cold when it comes to their reproductive health and safety.

I know how important it is for all women, and especially young women on college campuses, to be able to take care of their reproductive health without fear or shame. And absolutely no woman should have to overcome these outrageous roadblocks just to find basic reproductive-health care.

Wisconsinites deserve better than anti-choice politicians inserting themselves into private medical decisions. Women in Wisconsin rely on Planned Parenthood and other women's reproductive-health providers to keep them safe and healthy. 

Keep up with NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin for ways you can stop politicians from shutting down the Appleton clinic and all clinics that provide women with the care they need. 

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Winners of our May Hall of Fame and Shame

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It's the end of May, and that means it's time to introduce the newest members of our pro-choice Hall of Fame and Shame.

It's hard to believe that there are actually people out there sincerely devoted to misleading and intimidating women who want to learn more about their reproductive-health options - but organizations all over the country are doing just that.

That's why the newest members of our May Hall of Fame are the pro-choice members of Congress who stood up to anti-choice "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs).

CPCs exist to lure women away from legitimate reproductive-health centers, like Planned Parenthood, by falsely advertising reproductive-health services they do - and don't - provide. Many CPCs use medically inaccurate information, shame, and manipulation in order to block women from considering abortion - and even birth control - as an option.

That's why Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) are working to end these deceptive practices with the "Stop Deceptive Advertising For Women's Services Act."

That CPCs are run by anti-choice activists who lie to women looking for honest medical information is a big problem. But if that weren't bad enough, CPCs get strong support from national anti-choice organizations that want to make abortion rights a thing of the past.

Which brings us to the newest member of our Hall of Shame: anti-choice and deceptively-named Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List.

SBA List is an extreme anti-choice political group that has said it wants to become the NRA of the anti-choice movement. Their mission is to elect anti-choice politicians, defund Planned Parenthood, and ban abortion nationwide.

What could be more anti-woman than that?

There were plenty of inspiring pro-choice champions and anti-choice opponents who could've earned a spot in our Hall of Fame and Shame. Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates and stories about these pro-choice heroes and anti-choice baddies.

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Anti-Choice Rep. Michele Bachmann's Final Term

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Michelebachmann.jpgToday, anti-choice Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) announced that she will not seek reelection to Congress after she completes her current term.

Pro-choice people ougt to take note because Rep. Michele Bachmann has a notable record of anti-choice activism. And as a member of Congress, she has never cast a pro-choice vote.

Instead, Rep. Bachmann has voted repeatedly to defund Planned Parenthood[1] and she even introduced forced-ultrasound legislation.[2]

During her failed campaign for president, Rep. Bachmann promised to go even farther to restrict women's access to reproductive-health care and abortion services, saying:

"I have a 100 percent pro-life voting record and will build on it in the White House."[3]

Rep. Bachmann also took the "Pro-Life Pledge" of anti-choice organization SBA List in which she vowed to appoint judges who likely will overturn Roe v. Wade, to appoint cabinet and executive branch officials who invite political interference in the federal government's research process, and to defund Planned Parenthood.

Clearly, becoming the most extreme anti-choice president didn't work out too well for her.

But losing in the presidential primaries certainly didn't stop her from prioritizing her agenda. She recently pledged her support for anti-choice Rep. Trent Franks' (R-AZ) measure that proposes banning abortion after 20 weeks nationwide.

Rep. Bachmann's radical anti-choice agenda endangers women, so we're certainly not sad to see her go.

Footnotes: 1 - Pence amendment to FY'08 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Act, H.R.3043, 7/19/07; Pence amendment to FY'10 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Act, H.R.3962, 11/7/09; Pence amendment to FY'11 Continuing Resolution, H.R.1, 2/23/11; Enrollment Resolution to FY'11 Continuing Resolution, H.Con.Res.36, 4/14/11.
2- Time, "The Next Abortion Battleground: Fetal Heartbeats," October 17, 2011.
3- LifeNews.com, "Pro-Life Rep. Michele Bachmann Officially Launches 2012 Bid," June 27, 2011, by Steven Ertelt (http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/27/pro-life-rep-michele-bachmann-officially-launches-2012-bid/).

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Using Medicaid Expansions to Defund Planned Parenthood?

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AZ sign_small.jpgJust when we thought we'd seen it all - anti-choice lobbyists in Arizona are trying to defund Planned Parenthood by exploiting the state's move to expand Medicaid through Obamacare.

Available as part of the Affordable Care Act, states can choose to expand Medicaid and provide health-care coverage to millions of uninsured low-income Americans.

These services include access to preventive-health services, including contraception, maternity care, and well-woman visits.

Unfortunately, rather than accept this opportunity to increase women's access to essential reproductive-health care, extreme anti-choice groups in Arizona are trying to change the Medicaid package so that it prohibits funds from going to Planned Parenthood.

These anti-choice tactics could torpedo the legislation all together since the bill needs bi-partisan support.

If the legislation is derailed or if it somehow survives with the Planned Parenthood defunding language intact, the outcome would be the reduction of essential reproductive-health care services for women across the state of Arizona. Blocking funds for Planned Parenthood in Arizona means fewer cancer screenings, STD testing and treatments and HIV tests - for low-income women and men - services that save lives and keep people healthy.

Sadly, these extreme anti-choice opponents never miss an opportunity to attack women's reproductive freedom, even at the expense of the thousands of women that could completely lose access to health-care if the Medicaid expansion doesn't go through.

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Meet 11 Anti-Choice Politicians Who Oppose No-Cost Birth Control

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Hobby Lobby paint_small.jpgHave you heard that Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts-and-crafts stores, is still trying to refuse to provide insurance coverage for its employees' birth control?

Even after a federal judge ruled that Hobby Lobby must comply with the birth-control policy under Obamacare, the company wasted no time in appealing the decision.

It's certainly ridiculous to see a private company try to impose its bosses' beliefs on its employees. But now, 11 extreme anti-choice politicians have signed a brief arguing that Hobby Lobby should be able to do just that:

  1. Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.)
  2. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.)
  3. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
  4. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
  5. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
  6. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)
  7. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
  8. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.)
  9. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)
  10. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas)
  11. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.)

What makes these guys so bad? For starters, every one of these extreme anti-choice politicians has voted against women's reproductive freedom.

Every politician on this list has voted to defund Planned Parenthood and cut Title X family-planning programs.

And every senator on this list voted for legislation allowing bosses to deny their employees birth-control coverage.

Affordable birth control allows us to control our own lives and write our future. That's why every time we get closer to achieving contraceptive coverage for nearly all American women, anti-choice politicians up their legislative attacks.

Tell these anti-choice politicians to focus more on their Hobby Lobby projects like popsicle-stick birdhouses and scrapbooking. They should leave important reproductive-health care decisions to women and their families.

Add your name now to a critical 60-day comment period that will make sure that as many women as possible have no-cost birth-control coverage.

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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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How to Enjoy Your Turkey *And* Talk to Your Family About Choice

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Thanksgiving is one of those win-win holidays: your responsibilities are to eat, sleep, and enjoy family.

This year, the Thanksgiving conversation may focus on recent topics like...oh...let's say, the elections. Uncle Marvin can't help himself and he starts in on a few of your favorite lawmakers who defeated a few of his favorite candidates.

AwkwardThanksgiving.JPGFortunately, you know your stuff. You've checked out our info pages for the lowdown on how to talk about your pro-choice values in the face of "hostile interrogators."

Thanks to all our pro-choice supporters proudly talking about protecting women's access to birth control and abortion, we were able to defeat so many anti-choice candidates. You can tell Uncle Marvin about the anti-choice politicians who oppose abortion services even for survivors of rape or incest.

You can tell Uncle Marvin that voters broadly support the new contraceptive-coverage policy and don't want to see Planned Parenthood defunded.

You can let him know that on Election Day, voters rejected these extreme anti-choice positions. Not only did they re-elect our pro-choice president, they also voted 43 new pro-choice faces into Congress.

Also, you can let him know that pro-choice Americans still have some challenges ahead.

Anti-choice politicians in Ohio clearly didn't get the message, because they're pushing for legislation that could ban abortion services before a woman even knows she's pregnant.

And when a judge in the court case against Arizona's 20-week abortion ban asked about the tragic circumstances of a woman with a wanted pregnancy facing a severe fetal anomaly, the state's solicitor general showed his complete lack of compassion by saying, "With due respect, that's a woman's problem. She should have made that decision earlier."

Even if you and Uncle Marv have disagreed in the past, you never know...maybe you can share a point of view he hadn't considered before. And maybe your cousin in college, who overhears the discussion, will keep your conversation in mind and talk to her friends when she goes back to school.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!

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A Shout Out to First-Time Voters!

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Ali Tweedt is a member of NARAL Pro-Choice America's communications and online advocacy strategies department.

We can hardly believe that election day is less than two weeks away.

This year, many pro-choice Americans will be voting for the very first time! We couldn't be more excited for all the pro-choice 18 to 22-year-olds who were too young to vote in the previous election, but will now get to vote for our pro-choice champion, President Barack Obama.

These Millennials have the chance to rock the pro-choice vote - and we definitely need their help on November 6.

When I voted for the first time in 2008, access to abortion and contraception weren't being attacked like they are today. I remember feeling so lucky to be able to use my political voice and vote for a candidate I knew was going to be a champion for choice and equality.

Lena Dunham, writer of the HBO show "Girls," talked about her first time voting in a new ad for the Obama campaign. Check it out!

President Obama has demonstrated his leadership time and again, standing with women and their families, and I am so thrilled that first-time voters will get the same opportunity to use their pro-choice voices and vote!

We cannot forget what's at stake in this election. Under a Romney-Ryan administration, women could lose their most basic rights:

We're working to make sure that Millennials know that Mitt Romney is bad for women and their families. And come election day, we hope Millennials will vote for a person who has fought for women and our freedom and privacy.

For all those pro-choice people who just turned 18, use your political voice on November 6. Vote for the candidate who has stood with women, and trusts us with our personal health-care decisions: President Barack Obama.

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Anti-Choice Mitt Romney Lies Again in New Ad

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Did you hear Mitt Romney lie about contraception during this week's presidential debate?

He told undecided voters that he believes all women should have access to contraception.

Romney's lies don't stop there. The next day, Romney's campaign released an ad that claims he's moderate on abortion and birth control.

Come on, Mitt, really? You think we're buying this?

Mitt Romney has a lot of explaining to do because the list of his anti-choice threats is longer than Felix Baumgartner's jump from space.

  1. He vows to eliminate Obamacare, and with it, the no-cost birth-control policy.
  2. Romney wants to let bosses deny their employees a health-care plan that covers birth control.
  3. He threatens to defund Planned Parenthood and said, "Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that." This plan would cut off access to birth control and breast-cancer screenings for millions of women.
  4. Romney threatened to cancel Title X family-planning programs, which provide essential health care to millions of low-income women.
  5. Romney supports policies that would outlaw abortion in almost all cases, even in cases of rape, incest or when a woman's health is in danger.
  6. Romney promised to appoint Supreme Court justices that would support overturning Roe v. Wade.

We're not going to let Romney get away with lying to women and their families.

Right now, our own ad that tells voters the truth about Mitt Romney's anti-choice agenda is running in Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Watch it:

We know that when voters learn the truth about Mitt Romney's anti-choice position, they'll be that much more likely to vote for our pro-choice president, Barack Obama.

This is why we're making a huge effort to reach "Obama defectors," pro-choice women who voted for President Obama in 2008 but are not yet committed to voting for him again. Clearly, these are the very same women who Romney is trying to reach.

This election is more important than ever. We don't want a president who lies about supporting the right to choose, but then turns around and promises to defund Planned Parenthood.

That's why we're heading to the polls on November 6 to re-elect our pro-choice champion, President Barack Obama!

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Heading to the Presidential Debate in New York!

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The next presidential debate is tomorrow night, and you can bet that NARAL Pro-Choice America will be there to represent the pro-choice pride of our million activists and members!

So what do we have planned?

We're joining with NARAL Pro-Choice New York at their rally before the presidential debate.

Similar to our outreach in the hours leading up to the debate in Denver, we plan to work with NARAL Pro-Choice New York to connect with thousands of attendees and other people outside the debate to urge them to support pro-choice President Obama.

Our team made a big impact in Denver! Check out our photos from the last debate:


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We're traveling across the country because it's critical that we keep the issue of choice front and center between now and Election Day.

Voters need to know that beyond vowing to fire Big Bird, Mitt Romney supports banning abortion in almost all circumstances, would "get rid of" Planned Parenthood, and would repeal Obamacare, which will provide millions of Americans with essential health care and no-cost birth-control coverage.

We're getting the word out that everyone who believes that it should be up to women - and not politicians - to make personal health-care decision needs to vote for President Obama. Keep up with us during the next debate in real time. "Like" us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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

What a night! Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, rocked the Democratic National Convention last night - it was electrifying to be in there in person. You have to watch:

Nancy made important points about what it means to be pro-choice, what's at stake in this election, and praised President Barack Obama as our pro-choice champion. She emphasized the importance of making sure our friends, our neighbors, and our families understand the critical nature of this election and the importance of supporting our pro-choice president in the November election.

It was truly inspiring to see speaker after speaker talk about why this election matters so much to women. Women leaders drove home this same message even away from the cameras.

Yesterday morning, delegates and activists were wowed by the lineup of speakers at the Women's Caucus. Talk about hearing from accomplished, tough-as-nails, smart women!

These pro-choice leaders got the room on its feet again and again:

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Donna Brazile, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett, EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock, Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards, actor Ashley Judd, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, birth-control advocate Sandra Fluke... and our own Nancy Keenan.


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One thing is crystal clear: we must re-elect President Barack Obama if we're to protect women's freedom and privacy for generations to come.

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What the Romney-Ryan Ticket Means for Women

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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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Remember all those things Mitt Romney said he'd do as president to attack women's freedom and privacy?

Like when he said he'd "get rid of" Planned Parenthood? Or that time he said he "absolutely" wanted to see Roe v. Wade overturned?

Yeah, we remember all that, too. And--not surprisingly--Mitt's extreme anti-choice positions are a big problem for the Romney campaign.

But pay no attention, said Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom: women's rights are just "shiny objects to distract people's attention."

(Fehrnstrom was also the same guy who said Romney could just Etch-a-Sketch away his anti-choice record.)

Memo to Team Mittens: when you call the issues that affect women's lives "shiny objects" or compare them to caterpillars, you should not be surprised that women don't want to vote for you.

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Woman Up?

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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.

or
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!"

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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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Arizona Lawmakers Try to Defund Planned Parenthood

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What is it with Arizona?

It's got the Grand Canyon, the saguaro cactus, and the red rocks of Sedona--but it also has some of the most extreme and outrageous anti-choice politicians in the nation.

Now, the state legislature passed a bill to defund Planned Parenthood and other women's health centers.

For many Arizona women, these health centers are the only place they can turn for birth control, cancer screenings, and Pap smears.

But I guess the Arizona legislature doesn't really care about that.

The bill now heads to the desk of anti-choice Gov. Jan Brewer, who has five days to decide whether to sign or veto it.

NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona is leading the fight against the multitude of extreme anti-choice measures moving through the Arizona legislature.

Have you had enough of politicians who bend over backwards to attack choice at every possible instant? Make your voice heard!

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Romney and the SBA List: A Match for Mittens

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Thumbnail image for romney.jpg There's an old proverb that goes, "Tell me who you walk with, and I'll tell you who you are."

Today, we learned even more about who anti-choice former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) is.

That's because Gov. Romney just received the endorsement of the extreme anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List. The organization vowed to spend $10 to $12 million to put their anti-choice man in the White House.

Just who is the Susan B. Anthony List?

It's a radical, anti-choice group. Here is its agenda:

With an agenda like this, it's no surprise that the SBA List would endorse Gov. Romney.

In fact, the organization's president heaped praise on the presumptive Republican nominee:

Women deserve a president who truly respects our views on an issue so central to womanhood. A President Romney will be that man. If there was murkiness during the last election...absolute clarity exists now...

She's right about the "absolute clarity."

If you want a president who will defund Planned Parenthood, roll back insurance coverage of birth control, and appoint judges who will likely overturn Roe v. Wade, then Mitt Romney is your man.

The trouble for Gov. Romney and the SBA List is that their agenda is deeply out of touch with Americans' values and priorities.

That's why President Obama leads Gov. Romney by a double-digit margin among women in key battleground states.

Mitt Romney may want to Etch-a-Sketch away his anti-choice record, but by walking with the extreme Susan B. Anthony List, he shows us exactly who he is.

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Time for Congress to Answer Constituents' Questions

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The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are on recess for the next two weeks.

That means your lawmakers are back in their states and/or districts and ready to hear from you!

If your lawmaker has been standing up against the War on Women, congratulations! Thank him or her for standing up for women's health.

But what about those politicians who have spent their time in Washington launching attacks on women's freedom and privacy?

Here are some questions you can ask them:

  1. Should bosses and corporations be allowed to deny their employees insurance coverage of birth control?
  2. Should politicians who don't have medical licenses get to overrule the medical decisions women make with their doctors?
  3. Presidential candidates like Mitt Romney want to defund family-planning programs and clinics, including Planned Parenthood. Do you?

A lot of politicians in Washington have been saying yes to all three questions. Now, it's time to hold them accountable!

If you see that your member of Congress is holding a public event and he or she has been part of the War on Women, show up and ask one of our questions.

Then let us know how it went by emailing Field@ProChoiceAmerica.org.

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Keep Your Mitts Off Wisconsinites' Birth Control!

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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:

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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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Romney Vows to "Get Rid of" Planned Parenthood

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Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) has vowed before to defund Planned Parenthood and eliminate Title X, the nation's only dedicated family-planning program.

So it should come as no surprise that he had this to say yesterday:

Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that.

Birth control? Cancer screenings? Pap smears? Women's wellness visits?

"President" Romney would get rid of all that.

Romney was in Missouri yesterday, and NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri gave him a warm, "show-me" welcome:

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Mitt, thanks for reminding us exactly where you stand on women's health.

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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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