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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Romney has not withdrawn his endorsement of Richard Mourdock.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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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:

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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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Last night, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, went on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show."

In her first televised interview since announcing her departure at the end of the year, Nancy spoke with Rachel about the need to allow a new generation to take the reins of the pro-choice movement:

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Thank you, Nancy!

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Get the Scoop on Virginia from Rachel Maddow


Earlier this year, the commonwealth of Virginia enacted a far-reaching TRAP law, or Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers.

TRAP laws are unnecessary and burdensome regulations on abortion providers--but not other medical professionals. They're an obvious attempt to drive doctors out of practice and make abortion care more expensive and difficult to obtain.

Virginia's Department of Health is expected to announce today draft rules for the implementation of the new TRAP law. These rules could jeopardize women's access to safe, legal abortion and other reproductive-health care in the state.

Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, went on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show last night to speak out against burdensome regulations:

If you live in the Old Dominion, check with NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia for ways to take action to protect access to safe, legal abortion care in Virginia.

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Maddow and More: Pro-Choice Push Back Continues in Virginia


Since we last talked (or wrote, rather), NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia's efforts to take on anti-choice Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's latest attack on abortion providers have continued to gain steam.

The big-ticket item was Tarina Keene's (executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia) appearance Tuesday evening on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show.


In addition, editorials from the Washington Post and The Virginian-Pilot took Cuccinelli to task for using his office to push a politically motivated agenda that will do nothing to improve women's health services in the Old Dominion. Writers at Slate and The Atlantic weighed in with their thoughts, too.

Cuccinelli did get some "friendly feedback," however. Anti-choice Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell issued his support for the attorney general's action. We love Tarina Keene's response to this development:

McDonnell and Cuccinelli are the same politicians who have vowed to outlaw abortion but now want to reinvent themselves as protectors of women's health. That's unconscionable, and the public won't buy it. If the McDonnell-Cuccinelli agenda succeeds, we could see 17 of the 21 abortion providers disappear from Virginia, eliminating women's access to abortion and other services, such as birth control and cancer screenings, that these medical facilities provide.

Let us know if you see more coverage of this issue. Also, if you live in Virginia, please take action at NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia's site.

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