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Rep. Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin Stays in U.S. Senate Race


Todd_Akin_portrait_275.jpgYesterday was a big day for anti-choice extremist Rep. Todd Akin, the candidate for U.S. Senate who said that pregnancies from "legitimate rape" rarely happen.

September 25 was the official deadline for Akin to drop out of the race for U.S. Senate. Many Republican leaders, including Mitt Romney, publicly called on Akin to step aside.

However, the deadline has come and gone. And Akin is still in the race!

Now it's up to us to get the word out to Missouri voters about Akin's extreme beliefs.

If his comments about "legitimate rape" weren't offensive enough, he also said that he believes that emergency contraception should be banned.

If you have friends who vote in Missouri, get the word out. Tell them to cast their vote to re-elect Sen. Claire McCaskill. Akin cannot be trusted to protect our rights - let alone understand basic biology.

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Nancy Keenan Tells Rachel Maddow: You Can't Trust Mitt Romney


What a week at the Democratic National Convention! To top it all off, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, talked with Rachel Maddow on Friday night about how women are the key to winning this election. Take a look:

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The choice is clear: President Obama consistently stands with women. You just can't trust Mitt Romney.

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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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Who Will Represent Romney at the Republican National Convention?


Mitt_Romney_at_2012_CPAC.jpgMitt Romney is only a few days away from accepting the Republican nomination for president.

Starting today, voters will hear from speakers who were selected to send a message about the kind of president Romney would be - and about the vision the Republican Party has for America.

The Republican Party had a chance to distance itself from Rep. Todd Akin's recent outrageous and offensive comment that survivors of "legitimate" rape rarely become pregnant.

Instead, the party put forward an extreme anti-choice platform that would support denying women access to abortion even in cases of rape or incest.

It should come as no surprise, then, that a slate of extreme anti-choice politicians will join Mitt Romney to represent what kind of president he'll be.

Tonight, you can catch "Transvaginal" Governor Bob McDonnell (R-Va.), chairman of the party's platform committee. Gov. McDonnell signed a forced-ultrasound measure into law earlier this year. That means that women in Virginia will be forced to get an ultrasound before they can access abortion care, even if it's medically unnecessary and even if it's against the woman's will.

Tomorrow, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will speak. In June, Sen. Paul tried to sneak a "personhood" amendment into a flood-insurance bill.

That's right - flood insurance.

Don't forget that "personhood" measures would outlaw abortion in almost all circumstances. They could ban several of the most common forms of birth control, restrict fertility treatments, and put an end to stem-cell research.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) will introduce Mitt Romney on Thursday night.

Sen. Rubio recently stated that banning abortion "is not an issue about denying anyone rights. This is an issue about protecting the rights of a human being to live - irrespective of what stage in development they may be."

Oh, the hypocrisy. Sen. Rubio was a driving force behind anti-choice senators' attempt to allow bosses to deny employees from receiving birth-control coverage - you know, so they can prevent unintended pregnancy in the first place.

These are just a handful of the politicians who will sing Romney's praises and send a message to American voters. Why don't you send a message back? Tell Gov. Romney and Rep. Ryan that you don't agree with their extreme anti-choice agenda.

They'll see just how out of touch they are with American women and their families on November 6.

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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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Getting Government Back Where It Belongs


In a new "Funny or Die" video, Kate Beckinsale, Judy Greer, and Andrea Savage remind us where anti-choice politicians belong:

These politicians will stand up for a woman's right to choose to not have a choice!

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Put this one in the "huh?" column.

Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, dismisses the notion that anti-choice politicians in his party are waging a War on Women:

If the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars and every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, then we'd have problems with caterpillars. It's a fiction.

A fiction, eh? That's not what's happening in Congress.

Let's recall what anti-choice Republicans in Congress have been up to lately:

These are facts, Mr. Priebus.

It's also a fact that women voters are noticing these attacks, and are rallying around President Obama.

Mr. Priebus, please stop politicizing women's health--and, please, leave the poor caterpillars out of it.

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Caucus-goers in Iowa voted last night in the first contest of the 2012 presidential election. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney emerged the victor of the Republican caucuses.

Romney has repeatedly vowed to govern as an anti-choice president. Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said that Gov. Romney's anti-choice views are out of touch with our nation's values and priorities:

Romney has pledged to support policies that would undermine women's freedom and privacy at every turn. He might have scored points with a very narrow segment of voters in one state, but, if Romney becomes the nominee, he will have to start explaining those views to voters in battleground states during the general election. We will make sure that Romney's extreme views--and his flip flops on this issue-- are a liability.

You can read more about Romney's bad record on choice here.

Finishing a mere eight votes behind Romney in Iowa was former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. Santorum used his time in the Senate to champion the extreme anti-choice movement. Find out more about his record here.

While the voting in Iowa was close, one thing is clear: whoever emerges as the Republican nominee will be a stark opponent of a woman's right to choose.

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Three $10,000 Questions for Mitt Romney


Tonight, former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) will hold his anti-choice candidates' forum in Des Moines.

Several of the Republican contenders for president will be there--but not former Gov. Mitt Romney.


Maybe the dog ate his invitation.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, has a new piece up on The Huffington Post in which she poses three $10,000 questions for the governor. (We hear he's a betting man.)

Find out more at The Huffington Post.

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Another day, another story about former Gov. Mitt Romney's (R-Mass.) untrustworthiness on a woman's right to choose.

NPR turned to Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, for more information on Gov. Romney's history of phony promises:

"In Massachusetts, when he was running for governor...a very liberal state, a state that was pro-choice, he was playing to the audience," says Nancy Keenan, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America. "And he made promises to the pro-choice community at that time that he did not keep," she said, including vetoing a bill that would have provided emergency contraceptives to victims of rape. "So the fact of the matter is he was not authentic in his position at that time."...

Keenan says his 2005 veto of a bill to provide the so-called morning-after pill to rape victims made him even more anti-abortion than other governors who also ended up in this year's GOP presidential field.

"Pawlenty and Huntsman actually signed those bills," she said, referring to the former Minnesota and Utah governors Tim Pawlenty and Jon Huntsman. "So you can see that he is to the right (of them) and very anti-choice."

Need more reasons not to trust Mitt Romney? We've got a bunch of them here.

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Newt Gingrich: The War on Women, Throwback Edition


A lot of things from the '90s were cool. (Tamagotchis, Air Jordans, Clueless.) Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) is not one of those things.

Now that some polls have Gingrich leading the race for the Republican nomination for president, we thought it was time to dust off the old VHS tapes and take a look at Gingrich's bad record on choice.

When he was in charge of the U.S. House of Representatives, Speaker Gingrich masterminded some of the biggest attacks on women's freedom and privacy--attacks that provided the blueprint for the current anti-choice House leadership's War on Women:

  • As a U.S. representative, Gingrich voted anti-choice 72 times--out of 74 opportunities.
  • He voted 10 times to bar Washington, D.C. from using its own locally raised tax dollars to provide abortion care to low-income women.
  • He voted to eliminate Title X, the nation's family-planning program. This is the same attack that the House advanced in 2011.
The more things change...

We need to make sure Newt Gingrich and his War on Women, Throwback Edition, never get anywhere near the White House!

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Yesterday, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research released a new poll conducted on our behalf that shows choice provides an opening for President Obama to create a sharp contrast with anti-choice Republicans.

Now, major news media organizations are picking up the story. Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, appeared on ABC News' "Top Line" to discuss how the president's pro-choice position can help him win back women "defectors":

Politico, The Wall Street Journal, and The Hill are also reporting on the poll.

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

Over the next year, we'll be working in day-in and day-out to highlight the contrast between pro-choice President Obama and his extreme anti-choice Republican opponents.

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Pro-Choice Mitt Romney? That's So 2002!


The Washington Post is reporting today on a meeting Mitt Romney had with NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts in 2002.

Back then, when Romney was trying to get elected governor in a pro-choice state, he promised to be a "good voice in the [Republican] party" for women's freedom and privacy .

So, what happened after Gov. Romney took office?

  • He vetoed a bill giving rape survivors information about and timely access to emergency contraception. (Fortunately, the Massachusetts state legislature voted to override Gov. Romney's veto.)
  • He said the repeal of Roe v. Wade would "absolutely" be a good day for America.
  • He even voiced his support for a state constitutional amendment that would have established the definition of life at conception.

Find out more about Gov. Romney's record on choice, and judge for yourself whether he'd be a "good voice" for pro-choice Americans.

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Romney and Cain: Peas in an Anti-Choice Pod


The Republican candidates for president are locked in a grudge match, and they're all still duking it out over who can be the biggest opponent of a woman's right to choose.

Lately, people have turned their attention to Herman Cain, the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza.

Is Mr. Cain as anti-choice as the rest of the Republican candidates?


Herman Cain said that, after the U.S. Supreme Court recognized a woman's fundamental, constitutional right to choose abortion in Roe v. Wade, "the very basis of our country was lost."

He also said that he "absolutely would defund Planned Parenthood," and that he's "pro-life from conception."

Which brings us to our next anti-choice Republican candidate: former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

In the past, Gov. Romney claimed to be pro-choice when it was politically convenient, and a lot of people don't realize just how opposed he is to a woman's right to make personal, private medical decisions.

This weekend, the former governor himself spelled out his anti-choice views for us. Here's an exchange he had with former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) on Fox News:

HUCKABEE: Would you have supported a constitutional amendment that would have established the definition of life at conception?

ROMNEY: Absolutely.

Doesn't get much clearer than that!

Mitt Romney supports a state constitutional amendment that would not only outlaw abortion--including in cases of rape or incest--but that could also ban many common forms of birth control.

Herman Cain and Mitt Romney: two peas in a very extreme pod.

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Get the Facts Before Tonight's Republican Debate


Tonight, the Republican candidates for president will hold their third of approximately 5,000 debates. Tonight's debate at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. will also be the first since Texas Gov. Rick Perry joined the race.

So what do we know about these candidates? Well, for one, they're all incredibly anti-choice. NARAL Pro-Choice America has put together a summary of each candidate's record on a woman's right to choose. These candidate profiles are your go-to place for information on the stances these politicians have taken.

For instance, earlier this year Gov. Perry signed into law a bill requiring that a woman seeking abortion care undergo an ultrasound--even if she does not want one, and even if her doctor does not recommend it.

Just last week, a federal judge in Texas blocked part of that law from taking effect. But if Rick Perry were president, he'd be the one appointing federal judges!

Or take, for example, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. She signed a pledge 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.

And what about former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney? Well, he vetoed a bill that would have required doctors to provide emergency contraception to rape survivors. Fortunately, the Massachusetts legislature enacted the legislation over Romney's veto.

How can the president affect the status of choice in the country? Plenty. I mentioned the president's power to appoint federal judges. Find out about more about some of the other powers of the president.

If any of these Republican candidates reaches the White House, it will be very bad news for American women. Just some things to consider as you tune in to tonight's debate.

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Signing Up to Sign the SBA List Pledge


Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been in the presidential race for less than two weeks, and he's already trying his hardest to be the poster boy for anti-choice extremists.

So, when the anti-choice Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List comes a-callin', Gov. Perry answers. Yesterday, the governor joined the vast majority of his fellow Republican candidates in signing the SBA List's strict anti-choice pledge.

What did Gov. Perry pledge to do? Well, for starters, appoint federal judges who will overturn Roe v. Wade, defund Planned Parenthood and the Title-X program, and only appoint anti-choice officials to executive-branch positions.

That's right: any American who believes that women and their doctors--not government--should make personal, private medical decisions need not apply to work in a Perry administration.

What about some other candidates?

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney hasn't signed the pledge, but he's making it pretty clear that he's on board with the SBA List's radical agenda. And although Gov. Romney claimed to be pro-choice when it was politically convenient, a President Romney would be very bad news for women's freedom and privacy.

For example, Gov. Romney vetoed a bill that would have required doctors to provide emergency contraception to rape survivors. (Fortunately, the Massachusetts legislature enacted the legislation over Romney's veto.) Former Gov. Jon Huntsman of Utah actually signed a similar bill in his state.

Here's what Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, had to say about the field of Republican candidates:

The declared field of 2012 GOP hopefuls is anti-choice, therefore, no one candidate is better than the next. Although Mitt Romney claimed to be pro-choice early on in his career, his position shifted dramatically during his numerous campaigns for elective office, placing him on the wrong side of this issue. Regardless of Mitt Romney's calculated decision to decline to sign the Susan B. Anthony pledge, as long as he continues to remain anti-choice, NARAL Pro-Choice America will continue to view him as a threat to the basic rights of women.

So, there you have it from the Republican candidates: a race to one-up each other with extreme attacks on a woman's right to choose.

This GOP primary season is going to be a bumpy ride, so keep checking back with NARAL Pro-Choice America for more facts and analysis.

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Crazy Like a Fox Debate


Let's call this one the "We Watch the Debate So You Don't Have To" Section.

One of the reasons we track candidates' votes and other actions is that it's nice to share that information during debates. Let's go to some examples of how it all went down in fewer than 140 characters on Twitter.

Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota railed about the freedom to choose...light bulbs. Thus, we tweeted:


Rep. Ron Paul of Texas went on and on about liberty, so we just had to call him out on his record:


Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty seemed a bit perplexed when asked whether abortion providers should be subject to criminal penalties, so, being the nice fact checkers that we are, we reminded the Twitterverse of his record:


The next debate is slated for September 7 at a certain presidential library in California. The library's name rhymes with Meaghan!

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Bloomberg is reporting that even Grover Norquist, president of the conservative group Americans for Tax Reform, thinks anti-choice politicians have gone one step too far in manipulating the tax code to advance an extreme anti-choice agenda.

Here's what Norquist had to say about H.R.3, the extreme "Stupak on Steroids" bill, which will be heard today by a House Ways and Means subcommittee:

We're just concerned that policy, however well-intentioned or virtuous, not ever mask a net tax increase.

While anti-choice lawmakers continue to repeat the myth that H.R.3 is about public funding for abortion care, the legislation actually denies standard tax credits to small businesses and many individuals who purchase private insurance plans that include coverage for abortion care.  

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They Defunded Planned Parenthood, So What Can You Do?


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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