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Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 251 to 172 to pass H.R.358, the "Let Women Die" bill.

Major news media organizations, including The Associated Press, CBS News, Politico, The Hill, The Washington Independent, and RH RealityCheck, turned to NARAL Pro-Choice America for analysis of how this bill would harm women's health.

H.R.358 would allow hospitals to refuse to provide emergency abortion care even when it's necessary to save a woman's life!

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

Before the House voted on H.R.358, pro-choice Rep. Lois Capps of California proposed adding language that would have fixed the provision that allows hospitals to refuse to provide abortion care when a woman's life is in danger. But the House rejected her proposal by a vote of 173-249! It's no exaggeration to say that any member who voted "no" on this motion voted to allow a hospital to refuse emergency abortion care to a dying woman.

While Speaker John Boehner and the anti-choice House leadership wasted the American people's time with the seventh and eighth outrageous vote to attack women's freedom and privacy this year, many of our pro-choice champions spoke out on the House floor against this bill.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the pro-choice House minority leader, compiled some must-see videos of pro-choice representatives voicing their opposition to H.R.358.

A huge shout-out goes to Reps. Rob Andrews of New Jersey, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Lois Capps and Judy Chu of California, David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Joe Crowley of New York, Susan Davis of California, Diana DeGette of Colorado, Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, Ted Deutch of Florida, Donna Edwards of Maryland, Eliot Engel of New York, Janice Hahn of California, Alcee Hastings of Florida, Rush Holt of New Jersey, Steny Hoyer of Maryland, Steve Israel of New York, Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, Barbara Lee of California, Carolyn Maloney of New York, Doris Matsui of California, Jim McDermott of Washington, Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, Jim Moran of Virginia, Jerrold Nadler of New York, Frank Pallone of New Jersey, Nancy Pelosi of California, Mike Quigley and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Jackie Speier of California, Betty Sutton of Ohio, Mike Thompson of California, Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts, Nydia Velázquez of New York, Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, and Henry Waxman and Lynn Woolsey of California.

How did your representative vote on the "Let Women Die" bill? We have the answer.

If your representative voted against this extreme attack, make sure to thank him or her for standing up for women's lives.

If your representative voted for the "Let Women Die" bill, he or she also needs to hear from you. Ask your member of Congress why waging a War on Women is more important than focusing on real priorities creating jobs.

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House Passes Seventh Anti-Choice Measure This Year

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The U.S. House of Representatives just voted 251 to 172 to pass H.R.358, the "Let Women Die" bill.

H.R.358 would allow hospitals to refuse to provide emergency abortion care even when it's necessary to save a woman's life!

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

The House has now voted seven times this year to take away a woman's ability to make private medical decisions with her doctor.

Seven times!

Don't they know that there's a jobs crisis going on?

While the American people are wondering what their elected representatives are doing to create jobs, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the anti-choice House leadership are devoting their time to waging a War on Women.

How does this create jobs?

I'll give you a hint: it doesn't.

It does show that Speaker Boehner and his anti-choice cohorts are mind-bogglingly out of touch with the American people's values and priorities.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said today's vote was yet another reminder of how playing politics with women's health and privacy is more of a priority for Speaker Boehner than the nation's real, pressing challenges:

Americans are facing real challenges, yet House Speaker John Boehner is ignoring the public's call for Congress to focus on jobs. Instead, he is coming up with new ways to give politicians more control over our personal, private decisions. The House's attacks on women's freedom and privacy are out of touch with our nation's values and priorities.

The good news is that 172 of our allies stood strong, and the Obama administration issued a strongly worded statement opposing H.R.358.

The bad news is that Speaker Boehner and the anti-choice House leadership have given no indication that they're going to stop their attacks on women's freedom and privacy. In fact, waging a War on Women seems to be a much higher priority for them than, say, creating jobs.

But here's the best news: there's an election coming up in 2012. And politicians who ignore the American people's priorities are going to have a pretty tough time explaining that to their constituents.

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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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They Defunded Planned Parenthood, So What Can You Do?

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Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to eliminate all funding for Planned Parenthood--a declaration of war on contraception, cancer screenings, and other basic health-care that family-planning centers, such as Planned Parenthood, provide to millions of American women and men.

These same anti-choice politicians are also pushing ahead with the extreme "Stupak on Steroids" agenda, one of the farthest-reaching assaults on women's freedom and privacy that we've seen in years. 


Do these attacks on women's health make you mad as hell? Well, you can do something about it!

Congress is on recess this week, and members are at home in their districts to listen to constituents. Visit your member's district office and tell him or her that you oppose the "Stupak on Steroids" agenda!

If your representative is pro-choice, your support will help him or her stand strong against these dangerous attacks. If your legislator is on the fence about this anti-choice legislation, he or she needs to get the facts from a constituent, like you, who will hold him or her accountable. And if your legislator is anti-choice, he or she needs to know that voting against a woman's right to choose will always come at a political cost.


If you want to bring your voice to your lawmakers in Washington, D.C., join us for Pro-Choice Lobby Day on Thursday, April 7!

America's pro-choice majority is fired up and ready to go tell our lawmakers to stop the dangerous "Stupak on Steroids" agenda. We'll provide training and organize lobby visits with members of Congress from your state.

Politicians who campaigned on an agenda of jobs and the economy are now focused on defunding Planned Parenthood and attacking a woman's ability to make personal, private medical decisions. 

It's time that they heard from the American people about what we think of their backwards priorities! 

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As the anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives ramps up its attacks on women's health and privacy, pro-choice Americans across the country are fighting back legislative district by legislative district. 


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Why Lungren? Well, he's a co-sponsor of H.R.3, H.R.358, and H.R.217-- three extreme anti-choice measures that are part of the "Stupak on Steroids" agenda. These bills would severely limit women's access to reproductive health services and cut funding to valuable family-planning clinics, such as Planned Parenthood. H.R.358 would allow hospitals to refuse to provide abortion care, even when it's necessary to save a woman's life!



Instead of focusing on jobs and the economy, Dan Lungren has chosen to back an extreme anti-choice agenda that is an assault on the personal, private decisions of women in California. Lungren, whose priorities are wildly out of touch his district and with California, needs to be held accountable for his support of these outrageous bills.

The pro-choice activists at the rally delivered a letter to Rep. Lungren, letting him know that the American people will not stand for politicians getting in between a woman and her doctor. 

Kudos to NARAL Pro-Choice California and all the pro-choice coalition partners who made this rally a success!


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MoveOn.org TV Ad Takes on Anti-Choice Agenda

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The anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives continues to ram through its anti-woman "Stupak on Steroids" agenda. Today, the Energy and Commerce Committee voted to send H.R.358 on to the full House for a floor vote. This is the bill that would allow hospitals to refuse to provide abortion care, even when it's necessary to save a woman's life.


Instead of fulfilling their campaign promise to focus on jobs and the economy, the anti-choice House leadership instead is moving on an extreme anti-choice agenda. It is unfathomable that a congressional committee would move a bill that, among other egregious provisions, would allow a hospital to refuse a woman abortion care even if her life depended on it. More and more, the American people are waking up to the reality that some politicians in the House are willing to let women die, as long as it advances their ideological agenda.

NARAL Pro-Choice America is leading a broad pro-choice coalition in opposition to these dangerous attacks. MoveOn.org Political Action has launched an ad campaign that will air nationally on cable TV. The ad features Lisa Edelstein, star of the Emmy-award-winning show House, as a woman forced back into the "back alley" because of the House leadership's assault on women's health and their right to choose:



Kudos to MoveOn and Lisa for standing up against the anti-choice onslaught!

We've channeled 51,064 emails to the House adamantly opposing the "Stupak on Steroids" agenda - and maybe you've seen one of our ads on Facebook. 




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Elizabeth Shipp, political director at NARAL Pro-Choice America, has a new post up on The Huffington Post calling out the hypocrisy of the new anti-choice members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The post's key theme is that elections have consequences. 


In The Huffington Post and other major media, NARAL Pro-Choice America is getting the word out about the dangerous and extreme "Stupak on Steroids" agenda

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Rather than worrying about jobs and the economy, the anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives is devoting two days to attacking women's health care.

Yesterday afternoon, the Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution held a hearing on H.R.3, the "Stupak on Steroids" bill introduced by Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey

The committee's anti-choice leadership brought in two "expert" witnesses. The first was Richard Doerflinger, associate director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops. (Whether Mr. Doerflinger was called as an expert on women or on medicine, I'm not quite sure.) The second was Cathy Ruse from the Family Research Council.

Ruse and Doerflinger tried their best to downplay just how extreme H.R.3 is, casting it as merely a continuation of existing policy. Their claim couldn't be farther from the truth, so let's get to the facts:

  1. This bill is not about public funding. Federal law is clear: federal funding of abortion is forbidden, except in very narrow circumstances. 
  2. The legislation would force millions of American families to pay more taxes if their health plan covers abortion care, jeopardizing abortion coverage in the private market. About 87 percent of insurance plans on the market currently offer abortion coverage.
  3. The bill jeopardizes the ability of private citizens to use their own dollars to purchase abortion coverage in the new health system, and levies harsh financial penalties on businesses and families who choose comprehensive insurance coverage.

Don't be fooled: The ramifications of deciding that the tax code is 'public funding' are huge and completely wrong.These anti-choice activists' plan is clear: to end insurance coverage for abortion and make it as difficult as possible for any woman -- under any circumstances -- to access abortion care. Doerflinger made this clear when he admitted that his organization does not support any exceptions for survivors of rape or incest, period.

Before the hearing, some of our pro-choice champions spoke out against the "Stupak on Steroids" bill at a press conference. Kudos to Reps. Judy Chu of California, John Conyers of Michigan, Jerrold Nadler of New York, Mike Quigley of Illinois, Maxine Waters of California, and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington, D.C. for standing up for women's health and privacy.


The hearings continue at 1 p.m. today! Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, and our affiliate network submitted written testimony to the Energy and Commerce health subcommittee in opposition to H.R.358, the Pitts bill, which among other things allows hospitals to deny women life-saving care.

NARAL Pro-Choice America will closely monitor how this hearing unfolds. 


 

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The anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives is forging ahead with its extreme and broad "Stupak on Steroids" agenda, holding two committee hearings on two anti-choice bills, H.R.3 and H.R.358, this week

Major news media are reporting on these outrageous attacks on women's health and privacy, and are turning to NARAL Pro-Choice America for information. 

The Hill, Politico, The Boston Globe, Mother Jones, McClatchy Newspapers, Fox News Channel, Talking Points Memo, DailyKos, and BBC News are just some of the organizations that have cited NARAL Pro-Choice America's analysis.


 

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And they're off!

The anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives is kicking off its extreme "Stupak on Steroids" agenda with a key committee hearing this afternoon. At 4 p.m. today the Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution will hold a hearing on H.R.3, the "Stupak on Steroids" bill introduced by Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey.

Among many egregious provisions, this bill would force millions of American families to pay more taxes if their health plan covers abortion care, jeopardizing abortion coverage in the private market. About 87 percent of insurance plans on the market currently offer abortion coverage.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, has submitted written testimony to the subcommittee detailing how the "Stupak on Steroids" bill would restrict women's ability to make personal, private medical decisions. We'll be monitoring this hearing closely, and provide more information here at Blog for Choice after it happens.

Today's hearing is just the first game in an anti-choice double-header. At 1 p.m. tomorrow, the Energy and Commerce health subcommittee will hold a hearing on H.R.358, which was introduced by Rep. Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania. This bill would allow hospitals to refuse to provide abortion care even when it's necessary to save a woman's life!.

Creating jobs and getting the economy back on track? Pffff--that's so 2010! 

Speaker John Boehner called attacking a woman's right to choose one of his "highest legislative priorities," and these hearings show us he means it.

Fortunately, pro-choice allies in the House and Senate are standing up to fight the dangerous "Stupak on Steroids" agenda. Senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Barbara Boxer of California, Al Franken of Minnesota, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, and Patty Murray of Washington held a press conference this morning calling on the anti-choice House leadership to focus on jobs and the economy--not attacking women's health and privacy.

And Rep. Lois Capps of California wrote an op-ed in Politico this morning calling on the House leadership to stop its attacks on choice. 


 

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The "Stupak on Steroids" Agenda: A Multi-Pronged Attack

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The anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives is moving full steam ahead this week with its extreme and broad "Stupak on Steroids" agenda that could change women's access to abortion forever. 

First, we've got the "Stupak on Steroids" bill, H.R.3, introduced by Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey. It is one of the farthest-reaching assaults on women's freedom and privacy that we've seen in years.

H.R.3 is getting a lot of attention, but it's not the only attack on women's access to abortion care gaining momentum in the House. Rep. Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania, of Stupak-Pitts fame, is pushing H.R.358. It has the same Stupak-abortion coverage ban that we beat before, but it would also allow hospitals to refuse to provide abortion care, even when it's necessary to save a woman's life!

When it comes to pushing these bills, the anti-choice House leaders aren't letting the grass grow under their feet. Tomorrow, February 8, the Judiciary Committee constitution subcommittee will hold a hearing on H.R.3, the "Stupak on Steroids" bill. And on Wednesday, February 9, the Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on H.R.358. That's right - that's two hearings on two anti-choice bills in two days.

Here's a side-by-side comparison of how these two bills attack a woman's right to choose:


Rep. Pitts, who's about as anti-choice as they come, was hand-picked by the National Right to Life Committee to serve as chairman of the Energy and Commerce health subcommittee. Now, he oversees important women's health programs, from health-care reform to family-planning services. Talk about the fox guarding the henhouse! 

Why push several anti-choice bills at once? It's part of the House leadership's multi-pronged strategy to wear away at the right to choose at all levels. After all, anti-choice Speaker John Boehner called attacking choice one of his "highest legislative priorities."

Both H.R.3 and H.R.358 include anti-choice measures that were part of the Stupak-Pitts abortion-coverage ban that Americans rejected during the debate over health-care reform. Both bills are extreme and open the door to more political interference in women's personal, private decisions. 


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New Bill, New Attacks on Women's Health

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This morning, the anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives decided to modify a provision in the "Stupak on Steroids" agenda that would redefine what constitutes rape

At the same time, these anti-choice politicians opened a new attack on women's health. They added a new provision to H.R. 358, which was introduced by Rep. Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania. The new H.R. 358 would allow hospitals to refuse to provide abortion care even when it's necessary to save a woman's life!  


Anti-choice politicians have gone from redefining rape to denying abortion care to women who will die without it. When it comes to attacking women's freedom and privacy, these politicians know no bounds. This debate is just getting started. Any member of Congress who has signed his or her name to this agenda must be held accountable for such extreme attacks against women's reproductive-health services. 

Stay tuned: we're monitoring the "Stupak on Steroids" agenda closely, and will keep you informed about its multi-pronged attacks on women's freedom and privacy.
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