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One Professor's Take on A Woman's Right to Choose

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Recently, there have been almost too many anti-choice sound bites to count on both hands. That's why when a pro-choice leader talks about why a woman's right to choose is essential for women's freedom and privacy, we want to make sure everyone hears about it.

NARAL Pro-Choice America was lucky enough to have R. Alta Charo, a professor of law and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School and an outspoken voice in the pro-choice community, deliver the keynote address at our Peninsula Power of Choice Luncheon. Talk about insightful!

"The bottom line is that the effort to impede access to accurate information, or to safe and legal services, has not only had the effect of preventing us from having access to abortion services but the ancillary effect of preventing access to a whole variety of medical services that affect people of every age and every type across the country. So from my perspective and in my work, abortion is not only a woman's issue and it's not only a reproductive health issue: it's a human rights issue."

We couldn't agree more! Watch the rest of her awesome speech.

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Who doesn't look back on the early 2000s with nostalgia and immense gratitude that those late 90s-early 2000s butterfly hair clips are no longer in style?

There were so many teen idols and pop sensations it was hard to keep track of them all. Check out some of our favorite pop stars from the last decade that you maybe didn't realize are also pro-choice!

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Is your favorite pop star on our list? Find out over at NARAL Pro-Choice America's BuzzFeed Community page.

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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Announcing Blog For Choice Day 2012!

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It's the most wonderful time of the year!

It's... 

January 22, 2012--the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which recognized a woman's right to choose safe, legal abortion--will be the seventh (yes, seventh!) annual Blog For Choice Day.

Thanks to all the pro-choice bloggers who've joined us over the years, Blog for Choice Day gets more people reading and talking about reproductive rights online on one of the most important days surrounding a woman's right to choose.

Without a doubt, 2011 was an intense year for the pro-choice community. Anti-choice politicians ignored the American people's call to focus on jobs and the economy. Instead, they spent the year waging a War on Women. The U.S. House of Representatives held more choice-related votes than in any year since 2000, and states have thus far enacted a near-record number of anti-choice measures.

That's why our Blog for Choice Day 2012 question is: What will you do to help elect pro-choice candidates in 2012?

What you write up is up to you. Whether you're running for office yourself, canvassing for a pro-choice congressional or state legislative candidate, registering people to vote, or simply chatting with your friends and family about why voting pro-choice matters, we want to hear your plans for pro-choice victories at the polls. Just be sure to sign up now so we can get in touch with you and add your blog to our list.

If you don't maintain a blog or personal website, you can still participate through Facebook or Twitter. Post the Blog for Choice Day graphic on your Facebook wall.

Update your status with your plans to elect pro-choice candidates. Tag your tweet with #Tweet4Choice.

So, please join us for Blog for Choice Day 2012 on Sunday, January 22, the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade! Let's make this another successful year!

You can learn more and sign up here.

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Coming on the heels of Mississippi voters' decisive rejection of Initiative 26, the extreme "personhood" measure, we have more evidence that American voters do not want politicians who attack women's freedom and privacy.

A new poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research on behalf of NARAL Pro-Choice America shows that President Obama's pro-choice position is shaping up to be a key asset for him in the 2012 election.

The poll revealed an identified group of women voters who supported the president in 2008 but are currently unsure about supporting his reelection. A large bloc of these voters says they would never vote for anyone running for president who opposes a woman's right to choose, regardless of that candidate's position on other issues.

All of the candidates for the Republican nomination oppose a woman's right to choose.

Al Quinlan, president of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, explained the implications of the findings:

There is a group of women who voted for President Obama in 2008 but are not currently supporting him, and these data suggests many of them should be in his camp. Choice provides an opening for President Obama and other Democrats to create a sharp contrast with anti-choice Republicans.

In 2012, we will continue to communicate with voters to highlight the contrast between President Obama and his anti-choice Republican opponents, and ensure that the White House stays safely in pro-choice hands.

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Fighting for Reproductive Rights for Every Woman

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This post originally appeared on Latinovations' La Plaza guest-blogger series. It is posted here as part of the Latina Reproductive Justice Week of Action 2011 blog carnival.

They appeared last month in Los Angeles: billboards that read in Spanish and English "El lugar más peligroso para un Latino es el vientre de su madre/The most dangerous place for a Latino is in the womb."

These billboards are the latest front in a cynical campaign by anti-choice activists targeting women of color. For several years, this campaign has used inflammatory rhetoric to attack African-American women's right to make personal, private medical decisions. Now, the campaign has shifted to attacking Latinas' rights as well.

At NARAL Pro-Choice America, we believe that no woman's reproductive choices should be questioned or subjected to more scrutiny or control based on her racial or ethnic background. Being pro-choice means protecting women's access to safe, legal abortion. It also means working on ways to help reduce the need for abortion, like improving access to birth control. And it also means supporting women who choose to carry their pregnancies to term.

NARAL Pro-Choice America is the political leader of the pro-choice movement. We use the political process to elect lawmakers who share our pro-choice values and defeat candidates who don't. We also partner with sister groups that focus on reproductive justice. Reproductive justice puts choice among broader issues important to women's equality and human rights.

You can learn more about our work by checking out our Facebook page, reading Blog for Choice, or following us on Twitter.

As president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, I'm excited that members of our organization will start blogging at La Plaza. Latinas and Latinos are key leaders of the pro-choice community, and their leadership is central to the future of our cause.

Listening is the only way we will broaden our constituency of activists. And listening means recognizing that different communities of women understand and talk about choice in different ways.

More than two years ago, we convened a task force and developed a plan to translate a portion of our website into Spanish. After a great deal of discussion, collaboration with our partners at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and coordination with our talented and tireless translator, Ligia Rivera, we launched our first Spanish-language pages last summer.

Our team spent several months working with Ligia to produce an accurate and idiomatic translation. We're all very proud of the way they've turned out, and we'll continue to add more Spanish-language pages.

I'm looking forward to continuing a dialogue here at La Plaza. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments, either here on the comments section or at Blog for Choice, or let us know if there's a choice-related issue you're curious about, and we'll get back to you.

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Will I See You at Netroots Nation?

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Tomorrow morning, I'll be heading to Minneapolis for Netroots Nation. It's one of my favorite events of the whole year -- a great chance for progressive activists to get together, plan strategy, engage in panel discussions, and make new friends. I'm looking forward to seeing some familiar faces, as well as meeting new pro-choice, progressive activists.

Ted Miller, communications director at NARAL Pro-Choice America, Elizabeth Shipp, our political director, and Linnea House, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, will join me in Minneapolis. I'll post updates on my Facebook page and live-tweet.

NARAL Pro-Choice America is a sponsor of Netroots Nation, and we'll have a booth set up. Stop by for some pro-choice gear, and learn more about how to stop the War on Women.
 
Take a look at some of the great sessions, including Protecting Reproductive Rights in Your State and The War on Contraception.

Will I see you there?

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CPC Tour in a Lone Star State of Mind

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The nationwide CPC tour is going to Dallas! 

Last month, the tour stopped in Baltimore for a sold-out showing of 12th & Delaware. After the screening, the audience was treated to a terrific panel discussion on the dangerous practices of so-called "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs)--fake clinics often staffed by anti-choice activists who mislead and lie to women about abortion and birth control.

Now, pro-choice Texans will get their chance to see this groundbreaking film. 
NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation and NARAL Pro-Choice Texas Foundation will host a free screening of 12th & Delaware on Tuesday, June 14 at 6 p.m. Be sure to reserve your tickets today!

Tuesday's screening of 12th & Delaware at The Women's Museum in Dallas will be followed by a panel discussion on how CPCs affect women's health in the Lone Star State. And there's no more important time for it: the state of Texas actually pays these CPCs to mislead women!

The CPC tour is going to a ground-breaking state. NARAL Pro-Choice Texas worked with officials in Austin to pass one of the first local laws requiring CPCs to practice truth in advertising.

If you're in the Dallas area, this is one even you won't want to miss! Come to The Women's Museum next Tuesday, June 14 at 6 p.m. for a free showing of 12th & Delaware.
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Voters in New York's 26th Congressional District will go to the polls tomorrow for a special election for U.S. House of Representatives. 

If you're a registered voter in the 26th District, make sure you get out to vote tomorrow for Kathy Hochul!

Kathy is the only fully pro-choice candidate in this race, and has received NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC's endorsement.


Right now, the polls show Kathy with a tiny lead, but special elections are notoriously hard to predict. Kathy can win this race, but she needs you to go out and vote. Make sure you know where your polling place is. 

Sending Kathy Hochul to Washington would mark a key pro-choice pick-up. Make sure you and all your pro-choice friends and relatives in New York's 26th District vote for Kathy Hochul tomorrow! 

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On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.3, the extreme "rape-audits" bill

Yesterday, we took a closer look to see if the eight key representatives we were monitoring voted with Speaker Boehner or for women. All eight voted for this outrageous attack on women's freedom and privacy.

Some of the most offensive votes for the War on Women were by cast representatives who had touted their moderate credentials on the campaign trail in 2010--including some who even called themselves pro-choice!

Reps. Judy Biggert and Bob Dold of Illinois, Reps. Rodney Frelinghuysen and Leonard Lance of New Jersey, and Rep. Richard Hanna of New York all underwent an "extreme makeover," and voted in lockstep with John Boehner and his anti-choice cohorts.


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Rep. Hanna is quoted by the Utica Observer Dispatch as saying: "I support Roe v. Wade and don't think we need to make any changes in our approach to a woman's right to choose."

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Rep. Biggert had even served in the past as a co-chair of the House Pro-Choice Caucus!

So, let's review. These lawmakers had to run as pro-choice candidates in order to get elected in their swing districts. But once in office, they abandoned their promise to their constituents and voted to manipulate the tax code to advance an extreme anti-choice agenda.  

Do you live in one of these member's districts? Do you feel betrayed that your representative falsely claimed to be pro-choice? Make sure your lawmaker hears from you!

At the same time, Politico is reporting that 14 representatives who voted for the original Stupak abortion-coverage ban during the health-reform debate voted against this new "Stupak on Steroids" bill.

These 14 generally oppose a woman's right to choose, yet H.R.3's attacks on women and small businesses were so far-reaching that they had to vote no. Look at Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio's statement:

I've always supported the notion that taxpayer dollars should not go towards funding abortions. What I don't support is creating a new bureaucratic boondoggle that forces millions of private small businesses to waste amazing amounts of time going over the fine print of their health insurance policies because Republicans in Congress can't resist politicizing an issue that's already been laid to rest.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, remarked that, "the fact that 14 members of Congress who supported the Stupak amendment ultimately voted against H.R. 3 says a lot about how extreme Boehner's war on women has become."

Find out how your representative voted on H.R.3, the extreme "rape-audits" bill. 

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"Rape-Audits" Bill Passes the House!

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Moments ago, H.R.3, the extreme "rape-audits" bill, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 251-175.

251 representatives just voted for a bill that manipulates the tax code to advance anti-choice policies and could spur the IRS to audit rape and incest survivors who choose abortion care.  

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said the country's pro-choice majority will fight back:


Now the fight moves to the Senate. 




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A Webinar on the War on Women!

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Today, NARAL Pro-Choice America held a press webinar with reporters, bloggers, and key supporters to discuss the unprecedented wave of attacks on women's freedom and privacy in Congress and the states. You can watch a video and check out the slides for yourself (download the PDF or view them below).


You will hear the voices of Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Donna Crane, our policy director. 

We were also honored that Ohio state Rep. Nickie Antonio, a pro-choice member of the state legislature, joined us to share her experience of fighting against anti-choice attacks. She spoke firsthand about the dire consequences that the 2010 elections have had for women in the Buckeye State. 

Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, talked about one bill that could ban abortion care before a woman even knows she is pregnant.

We'd love to get your feedback on the webinar. Please leave a comment to let us know what you think. 

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Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Boehner's Door

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"Knock, knock."

"Who's there?"

"44,377 pro-choice Americans telling House Speaker John Boehner to STOP the 'rape-audits' bill, that's who!"

NARAL Pro-Choice America teamed up with MoveOn.org and EMILY's List to STOP H.R.3, the extreme "Stupak on Steroids" bill.

A whopping 44,377 people from NARAL Pro-Choice America alone signed a petition against this dangerous legislation, which could spur the Internal Revenue Service to audit rape and incest survivors who choose abortion care

We felt Speaker Boehner should hear what we, the people, think about this War on Women, so we decided to pay him a little visit.

We're heading over to his office on Capitol Hill this morning to deliver the petitions. We'll post updates of our delivery live via Twitter and Facebook.

John Boehner and his anti-choice allies are quickly learning that there will be a steep price to pay in 2012 for making the War on Women one of their "highest legislative priorities."

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The War on (D.C.) Women

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Today, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, joined with several of Washington, D.C.'s elected leaders--including Mayor Vincent Gray, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Councilmembers Muriel Bowser, Michael Brown, and Mary Cheh, and other local officials--to speak out about the D.C. abortion ban's negative effects on women.


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Nancy had this to say at the press conference:

Once again, the so-called "small-government" politicians are interfering in D.C.'s local affairs as well as women's personal, private medical decisions. 

So, the question today for all of us who are frustrated with the current landscape is, "What's next?"

As a national organization that helps elect pro-choice candidates and fights to advance pro-choice policies, we know that we must change who sits in the House of Representatives.  

We will fight until no woman's right to choose is dependent on her ZIP code or income.

Kudos to everyone who came out to say, "Don't Tread on D.C. women!"


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Yesterday, the people spoke, and they sent their elected officials a clear message: STOP the War on Women.

If you were one of the 4,000 pro-choice Americans who came to Washington, D.C. for pro-choice lobby day, thank you! 

It was your visits to pro-choice senators and representatives that will give them the strength to stand up against extreme attacks on a woman's right to choose. 

It was your voices that let lawmakers--pro- and anti-choice alike--know that we, the people, will not stand for a War on Women that takes away millions of Americans' access to birth control, cancer screenings, Pap smears, and other basic health care. 

And it was your actions--including more than 337,000 petitions sent since November--that let the anti-choice House leadership know that it had awakened a sleeping pro-choice giant.

As Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, told all the citizen-lobbyists at yesterday's rally, "I stand on your shoulders. You are pro-choice America." 

You are our inspiration! You are the ones who will STOP the War on Women!

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Making the Rounds

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I just got back from putting some democracy into action!

I went with some colleagues to visit pro-choice representatives' offices in the Longworth House Office Building. We brought petitions signed by their constituents thanking these champions for their commitment to a woman's right to choose.

We visited the office of Rep. Jim McDermott, who represents the seventh House district of Washington. We let his staff know that 1,906 people in his district had taken action calling for an end to the War on Women. That's the highest action-taking House district in the country.

We also visited the office of Rep. Raúl Grijalva, who represents the seventh House district of Arizona--and got a huge and awesome surprise. As we were thanking his staff, the representative himself came out of his office and thanked us for standing up for a woman's right to choose!

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It felt great to meet directly with our pro-choice lawmakers and let them know that we appreciate all they do.

Pro-choice people power! Together, we can stop the War on Women.

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Lobby Day: R U Ready to #Rally4Health?

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If you're joining us in Washington, D.C. for pro-choice lobby day (and I certainly hope you are), you can use social media to share your experiences.

When you get to lobby day, check in on Foursquare or Facebook Places!

We'll also be live-tweeting and live-blogging the events here on Blog for Choice. 

If you're on Twitter, you can follow and add to the conversation by using the hashtag #Rally4Health.

If you have a smart phone, upload your photos to the NARAL Pro-Choice America Facebook page.

Got last-minute questions? Here's our answer page!

Tomorrow, we, the people, will tell our elected representatives to STOP the War on Women.


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April 7 Lobby Day: the Nuts and Bolts

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Pro-choice Lobby Day is this Thursday, April 7! I hope you're as excited about it as I am. Pro-choice Americans will be coming to Washington, D.C. from points far and wide to STOP the War on Women. It's going to be legendary! 

As we begin the final countdown to lobby day, here are some logistical nuts and bolts to help you plan your trip:

We'll be meeting Thursday morning at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G-50, located at First and C Streets, N.E.:


Take the Metro, our public-transit subway system. It is walking distance from the Union Station stop on the Red line and Capitol South Station on the Blue and Orange lines.

We will hold lobbying trainings on the half-hour between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

We're also offering virtual training sessions. Sign up to participate in one of the upcoming virtual trainings tomorrow, April 5 at 8:30 p.m. ET or Wednesday, April 6 at 1:30 p.m. ET, and you'll be ready to hit the ground running on Thursday morning. 

"But Thomas, what should I bring? What should I wear?"

Good questions. You can find out answers to these and more at our updated info page.

As for dress, you can wear casual clothes, but please leave your jeans with holes at home. Wear comfortable shoes, as it is a 15-minute walk to the rally location. And, of course, don't forget to purchase your official lobby day t-shirt in advance.


And don't forget to tell us why you're coming. Everyone has a reason for speaking out for a woman's right to choose. We want to know yours

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Last month, while the U.S. House of Representatives debated cutting all funding for Planned Parenthood health centers, anti-choice Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey launched into a tirade over abortion.

Rep. Jackie Speier of California stood up to his anti-choice distortions by sharing her own, deeply personal story

Well yesterday, Rep. Speier joined hundreds of our pro-choice activists for a lobby-day mobilization call. She reminded all of us that this debate is not about abstract legislative deals. The policies behind the anti-choice attacks will have a negative effect on our sisters, our cousins, our friends, our neighbors--the women important to us.

Rep. Speier urged pro-choice Americans to come to Washington D.C. on April 7 for pro-choice lobby day to help stop the repeated attacks on our rights.

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In addition to hearing Rep. Speier's inspiring comments, participants also heard from Ted Miller, communications director at NARAL Pro-Choice America; Donna Crane, our policy director; and Elizabeth Shipp, our political director. 

Donna shared how the attacks we see now compare to the far-right's 35-year strategy to roll back our rights, and how women's lives would change for the worse. Elizabeth provided critical details about lobby day, including times.

To listen to the call and hear Rep. Speier's inspiring story and NARAL Pro-Choice America's speakers, right click this link and select "Save Target As..." to download and save it. 

We need to show Speaker Boehner that we are not going to stand for defunding Planned Parenthood. We are not going to stand for allowing hospitals to let women die at emergency rooms. We are not going to stand for forcing even more trauma on rape and incest survivors.

It is these attacks that compel us to unite in Washington on April 7. Join us to STOP the War on Women.

Thank you to Rep. Jackie Speier and all of the activists who joined us on this call. If you couldn't make it, we hope you listen to the call.

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Tell Us Why You're Coming to Lobby Day

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Pro-choice Americans from across the country will be gathering in Washington, D.C. on April 7 to STOP the War on Women.


Maybe there was a time when you visited a family-planning health center, such as Planned Parenthood, for basic health care, like a mammogram, birth-control counseling, or a Pap test.


Perhaps you or your spouse or partner relied on your insurance to cover abortion care, and you strongly oppose how House Speaker John Boehner and his allies want to take this option away from women. 


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