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This week, Missouri State Sen. Brian Nieves went far beyond other anti-choice politicians in revealing his ignorance about a woman's personal and private decision to seek abortion care.

He said that a life-saving abortion is just a "matter of convenience:"

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It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that Sen. Nieves' claim is not only blatantly false, but has extremely dangerous implications. One of the reasons we fight so hard to protect a woman's right to choose is because a woman's life can depend on her accessing abortion care.

Women like Jamie, who are unable to carry a pregnancy to term because of medical complications, would die if denied abortion care. And women like Beverly know firsthand how access to abortion care can be crucial to saving a woman's life - she would have lost her mother from pregnancy complications if a doctor had not performed a life-saving abortion, which was illegal in the days before Roe v. Wade.

It's outrageous that Sen. Nieves is so quick to dismiss life-saving care as a "matter of convenience." Apparently, protecting a woman's health and safety is inconvenient for this anti-choice extremist.

In their efforts to ban abortion, anti-choice politicians in the Texas legislature recently passed an extreme bill that could close nearly 90 percent of abortion clinics across the state.

Once the bill goes into effect, the drastic reduction in clinics will eliminate family-planning services, reproductive-health care, and cancer screenings for many low-income families who may have no other options to access care. The bill will also have devastating consequences for women's access to abortion services.

Now, medical experts fear that women in Texas may desperately turn to unsafe options, including attempting abortion care themselves. Some may even cross into Mexico to obtain medication abortion, which could be very dangerous if taken without consultation from a doctor.

But some anti-choice public figures couldn't care less about women's safety. After the vote in Texas, Erick Erickson of Fox News tweeted that "liberals" should "bookmark" the website of a coat hanger production company!

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It's disgusting that Erickson would make light of the real and tragic danger of unsafe abortion procedures.

Sorry, Erick, this is no joke.

Unsafe abortion care cost many young women their lives before Roe v. Wade, and women still die from unsafe abortion services all over the world.

We know that extreme anti-choice restrictions - like the ones in Texas - do not reduce the need for abortion, they only make it more dangerous. That's why it is so important for women to have safe, legal access to abortion without government intrusion, and to make clinics as safe as possible - not close them down.

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As we say again and again, anti-choice politicians clearly didn't learn their lesson from the 2012 War on Women. As a result, those politicians are launching wave after wave of legislative attacks on choice in the states this year.

These range from "personhood" legislation and unnecessary and burdensome TRAP regulations to unconstitutional outright abortion bans.

Far from chastened by their setbacks last fall, the anti-choice movement has redoubled its efforts and will clearly stop at nothing to take women's advancements in reproductive health back to the Middle Ages.

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, stopped by MSNBC to talk with Thomas Roberts about current anti-choice attacks in the states:

"What we're seeing is a disturbing pattern. Women in America are living in two vastly different realities. Some places where they actually have the full range of reproductive choices that allow them the independence and autonomy that we define as uniquely American, and others where [anti-choice politicians] are saying 'No, you're a second-class citizen, and you're not allowed to make the choices that men would make between them and their doctors.' What we know as women, is that we are people and we will fight for our choices, and we'll fight to make these choices with our families and with our doctors."

What these anti-choice politicians try to forget is that advocates for women have the values of freedom and privacy on our side.

Seven in 10 Americans support Roe v. Wade, and when politicians try to get between women and their doctors, women will make their voices heard.

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The Winners of March's Hall of Fame and Shame

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Thankfully, for every anti-choice opponent there is a choice champion who steps up to protect and expand reproductive freedom. That leads us to this month's Hall of Fame and Shame.

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Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe
This month we were floored by Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe's (D) courage.

He stood up to anti-choice politicians in the Arkansas state legislature and vetoed not one, but two extreme abortion bans. In delivering his veto, Gov. Beebe pointed out that these bans are clearly unconstitutional under Roe v. Wade, and defending the laws in court would be incredibly expensive for a state that's already struggling financially.

Unfortunately, the state legislature overrode his vetos anyway, and now the state will likely be forced to dip into already limited funds to defend these restrictive abortion bans. That means less money for health care, public safety, and education.

Arkansas isn't the only state to enact abortion bans this month, which brings us to our "Hall of Shame:"

The North Dakota state legislature won the race to the bottom when it approved anti-choice legislation that would ban abortion as early as six weeks - before many women even know they are pregnant.

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North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple
What's worse, Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R) ignored the calls of many in his state and signed the abortion ban into law, earning North Dakota the dubious distinction of having the worst abortion ban in the country.

North Dakota anti-choice politicians could use a lesson in representing the needs of women in the state instead of attacking their fundamental right to reproductive freedom.

There were plenty of inspiring choice champions and anti-choice opponents who could've earned a spot in our Hall of Fame and Shame. Keep an eye out for them as we look for next month's winners.

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Celebrating Women's History Month: The Legacy of Roe v. Wade

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As we wrap up Women's History Month, it's important to think about how far we have come in the fight for reproductive freedom, and remember the many gains for women that came as a result of Roe v. Wade.

Before Roe, women were often forced to choose between their families, and their educations or careers. The legalization of birth control and abortion allowed society to take great strides forward by ensuring that women have the power to make important choices about their futures.

Studies show that with access to family-planning services and contraception, women are better able to take care of themselves, support themselves financially, and pursue their aspirations.

With the many gains we've won for women, it can be easy to rest on our laurels or get distracted by smaller fights for women's freedom and privacy. Instead, we should turn our attention to the future we will create and what the legacy of Roe v. Wade will mean to the generations that come after us.

Young pro-choice activists from diverse backgrounds are making their voices heard all over the world. Women continue to gain ground in the military, on Capitol Hill, and in the corner offices of Fortune 500s and nonprofit organizations.

Unfortunately, we're still fighting to protect a basic right that the Supreme Court ruled on decades ago, a woman's right to choose.

The new generation has the power to protect and expand these essential rights for women. And the responsibility falls on us to change the current the conversation from one of gender politics to conversations about social equality and equal opportunity.

What do the next 40 years of Roe look like to you?

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For Many Young People, Choice is a Celebration of Life

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Sarah La Due is the assistant director of public affairs at NARAL Pro-Choice America.

"If we had asked 40 pro-choice photographers in 1973 to take photographs that represented 'choice,' what kinds of images do you think they would have given us?"

It's a question that I asked students at Stanford University and Mills College just a few weeks ago.

"Women marching in the streets," they said. "Coat hangers."

"Blood. Women dying."

Those are the images that have been handed down to my generation by our mothers and grandmothers. Those images are a reflection of their very real experiences before 1972, a time when Roe v. Wade didn't exist, where women died because they couldn't get safe, legal abortion.

I asked the students to keep our conversation in mind as we watched our new Choice Out Loud "40" film, a stop-motion compilation of the photos we received from 40 pro-choice photographers who were eager to show us what choice means to them today. What came back to us was not an assortment of images that warned of women dying, but rather a celebration of women living.

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One student said to me that she liked the way that several photographers chose to use women's hair as a metaphor for the different choices that we make in our everyday lives.

Another said the images reminded her of her own friends, that it made her think about how being pro-choice is just a normal part of life for many people today.

I was born in 1984, 11 years after Roe v. Wade. But even so, the right to legal abortion has shaped my life and the lives of my peers in ways we often don't think about - it has given us the freedom to make decisions about our own lives, for ourselves.

For many women in my generation, choice is a celebration of our lives. I've never had to make the difficult decision about whether or not to have an abortion, but I was able to make decisions confidentially about what to do with my life because I knew that if I ever did have to make that decision, the choice would be mine - not the government's, not anyone else's.

I can't wait to visit more campuses and talk to more people about Choice Out Loud! To learn more or to join in the conversation, be sure to go like us on Facebook or give us a follow and a shout-out on Twitter!

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Every Decision Has a Story: the Roe v. Wade 40th Anniversary Dinner

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Last night, NARAL Pro-Choice America hosted our Roe v. Wade 40th anniversary dinner. This year's event was particularly special, with Nancy Keenan giving her final address and Ilyse Hogue making her first speech as president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

As Ilyse said:

"Women are thinking bigger thoughts and dreaming bigger dreams for our families and for our futures than ever before. But we cannot do that unless our foundational rights are secured. And those foundational rights will not be secure until we challenge our political leaders to match policy to the real lives of real women today."

Check out a few of the great photos from the event:


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Ross Mathews of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and E!'s hit late-night talk show, Chelsea Lately, was our emcee for the evening, and had everyone laughing away:

"Am I crazy? It's 2013, not 1913, right? Let's get real. We are all here tonight because we share a deep common value: a belief in women's freedom and privacy."

This year's event theme was "Every Decision Has a Story." We introduced our new campaign Choice Out Loud, and shared its first initiative, "40," a stop-motion film of 40 pro-choice faces photographed by an incredible range of advertising, fashion, editorial and news photographers.

Stories were front and center this year. Dana Weinstein shared a heartbreaking story about receiving the diagnosis of a severe fetal abnormality late in her much-wanted pregnancy. Dana explained how difficult it was to get the care she needed. Ever since her tragic experience, Dana has been a courageous advocate for protecting a woman's right to choose:

"I am deeply grateful to NARAL and the women and men just a generation before mine - many of whom are in this room tonight - who fought for decades to gain abortion rights. Your support of the pro-choice movement made it possible for me to have a choice about what was right for my family. And now, it is my generation and the ones that follow that need to raise our voices, become involved, and actively join this fight."

Of course we know that electing pro-choice leaders is the best way to protect this right. That's why we were thrilled to have scores of pro-choice members of Congress in the room including Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D - IL), who introduced Nancy Keenan.

Our surprise guest is also working hard to protect choice for women. President Barack Obama sent a video thanking Nancy Keenan and NARAL Pro-Choice America, and welcoming Ilyse Hogue to the organization. Watch it here:

Our keynote speaker, Stephanie Cutter, deputy director of the 2012 Obama campaign, spoke about the importance of political action and the challenges that lie ahead. She thanked Nancy Keenan for her dedicated work over the last eight years and welcomed Ilyse Hogue:

"It was the way we responded, rose up and rallied together that made this past year so remarkable. It was the fact that we didn't just make this a question of choice; it was a question of respect and independence. It wasn't just political, it was personal.

Ilyse, as you grab the torch that is being passed to you, I know you'll be bringing with you a unique understanding of the power of grassroots organizing and the power of our voices. And I want you to know that we have your back."

The audience agreed with thunderous applause.

We couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity to hear remarks from such an amazing group of pro-choice leaders and activists. And we're ready to take on the anti-choice challenges that lie ahead.

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Politicians Push Early Abortion Bans

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Despite voters' clear rejection of the War on Women in last year's election, anti-choice politicians continue to move extreme legislation in states across the country.

Anti-choice state lawmakers have introduced extreme early abortion bans, or so-called "heartbeat" bans, in Kentucky, Mississippi, Wyoming, Arkansas, and North Dakota.

These bills would ban abortion so early in a pregnancy that most women wouldn't even know they're pregnant.

On the Roe v. Wade anniversary, Nancy Keenan, former president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, debated Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life, on PBS NewsHour about the anti-choice agenda in the states. Nancy reminded viewers that when voters get to weigh in on extreme measures like this, they decisively reject them at the polls:

"We see 'personhood' being introduced in Mississippi, and when the people have the actual opportunity to vote at that ballot box they vote "no" and they reject it. We saw the abortion ban in South Dakota twice defeated by the people. There was outrage [in Virginia] over the mandatory transvaginal ultrasound. Women spontaneously showed up at the Capital saying, 'stop this nonsense!'"

Nonetheless, the anti-choice movement is not deterred. Their ultimate goal is to render Roe v. Wade meaningless by chipping away at women's reproductive freedom, state by state.

These anti-choice politicians clearly just don't get it.

We know that seven out of 10 Americans do not want Roe v. Wade overturned. And when anti-choice lawmakers try to force their extreme agenda on citizens of their state, voters turn out and shut down those anti-choice initiatives.

As Nancy put so well:

"I think that we always have to be vigilant. And I think we have to make sure that people that are elected to office know what's at stake here, and that's freedom and privacy. But I do believe that the people in this country share the value of being pro-choice and they're not going to let that happen."
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Headliners for the Annual Anti-Choice "March For Life"

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Anti-choice protestors from far and wide flooded the streets of Washington, D.C. to participate in the annual anti-choice "March For Life."

Several anti-choice members of Congress spoke at the march this year. Do any of these names ring a bell for you?

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Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), among his many accomplishments, masterminded 10 votes on choice in the last Congress! Among them were the "Let Women Die" bill, and an attempt to defund Planned Parenthood.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is infamous for trying to sneak a "personhood" amendment into a flood-insurance bill. Sen. Paul also filed several amendments to a bill that would have given the District of Columbia autonomy of its own budget, including one that would permanently ban the District from using its own funds to pay for abortion care for low-income women.

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Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) showed that pushing an anti-choice agenda is her top priority when she reintroduced a bill to defund Planned Parenthood - just two days into the 113th Congress.

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Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) co-chairs the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus and recently criticized the Roe v. Wade - the Supreme Court decision that recognized a woman's right to safe, legal abortion care.

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And Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), who also sits on the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, voted to ban health-insurance coverage for abortion care. He also criticized President Obama for being the "abortion president" on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

All in all, this is a pretty spectacular roundup of the most extreme anti-choice politicians who work every day to block a woman's right to access reproductive-health care.

Let these extreme anti-choicers know that you believe a woman's right to safe, legal, abortion care should be protected.

Show them their bullying tactics won't work by pledging your support for the last abortion provider in Mississippi.

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An Eventful 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade!

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This week, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, zipped all over town to talk about the importance of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that recognized that women have the fundamental right to safe and legal abortion care.

CNN was her first stop of the day. Nancy had a spirited conversion with CNN's Carol Costello about the current state of the pro-choice movement, and our continued work to protect women's reproductive freedom.

Nancy also, joined by Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore (D), spoke with Thomas Roberts on MSNBC about how the fight for choice has now moved to the states.

Nancy also discussed choice at the state level with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow:

"It's no longer about the legality which was the battle of Roe, making abortion legal in this country. It has now become a debate and a fight around access...This is the most extreme pressure on women, that the ultimate decision is not with her, it is with a politician here in Washington, D.C., or in the state Capitols."

But that's not all. Nancy also sat down with Gwen Ifill on PBS NewsHour to debate the future of choice with Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of anti-choice group Americans United for Life.

The celebration of Roe continued when Nancy released an op-ed via CNN affirming the significant role Millenials will play in protecting a woman's right to choose:

"During the past two presidential elections, we have seen Millennials' ability to exercise their power, speak up and change the fabric of our nation. Many are speaking up online, in the voting booth, at the grass-roots level and in the hallways of our organizations. They are telling their stories and charting their own path, but it is critical that we create pathways to broaden and build a new conversation about protecting women's reproductive health."

We know that these last four decades have challenged us to stand our ground against anti-choice extremists who work every day to overturn of Roe v. Wade - or at least render it meaningless. But we're not alone: 70 percent of Americans believe that Roe should remain intact.

With your help, we will work to ensure reproductive rights don't become a thing of the past.

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Blog for Choice Day: Our Deepest Thanks!

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To all of you who contributed pro-choice blog posts, your Facebook posts and your Twitter tweets, we thank you for making our Blog For Choice Day 2013 a fantastic success!

By sharing our stories, we can connect personal beliefs about a woman's right to choose with political action.

That is why it is so important for the pro-choice majority to share their stories and experiences.

Erin Matson shared her story about being pro-choice and pregnant:

I strongly support and celebrate the right to abortion without shame, stigma or obstacles designed to make legal abortion practically impossible to obtain. Yet, the conversation needs to be broader to include those of us with wanted pregnancies who are placed in grave danger by outright bans, funding restrictions and other obstacles to abortion. In the past year we lost a happily pregnant, and later dangerously sick, Savita Halappanavar, who asked for an abortion that would have saved her life but couldn't get one due to "pro-life" rigidity. There is nothing that justifies her death.

Pam's House Blend discussed the growing intensity of the anti-choice movement:

It is clear that the individuals and organizations opposed to legal abortion are quickly adapting new strategies and tactics to advance their agenda. While anti-choice organizations have had some success in restricting access to abortion through the public policy process over the last four decades, their efforts to deny women options have evolved in recent years. No longer content to simply set up barriers through the legal process, the movement has redefined the word "access" and built a national network of unlicensed and unregulated "crisis pregnancy centers" with the sole intention of convincing women, sometimes through manipulation and lies, to carry their pregnancies to term. Women are already making decisions about their pregnancies in a world of inequality, limiting access and sharing mis-information only makes these decisions more difficult.

What makes Blog For Choice Day one of our favorite events is the unique variety of stories and posts pro-choice individuals share with us, such as this one from Angry Black Bitch:

I do not blog for choice.

I blog for reproductive justice...

I blog for the right to have children...

I blog for the right not to have children...

I blog for the right to parent the children we have in safe and healthy environments.

Vox: Voices for Planned Parenthood MSU:

My passion to be an advocate for the Pro-choice movement is kept strong because my family has been affected by the very thing that would have continued to happen if Roe vs. Wade had not gone in our favor. The same thing could also happen if abortion becomes outlawed in the future.

When my grandmother was two years old, she had an older brother, a younger brother, and her mother had discovered that she was expecting again. Her parents struggled to make ends meet as it was and it was even worse because they were living during the Great Depression. Her mother felt she had no other choice but to try to end her pregnancy since her husband and herself were already trying desperately to feed the family they already had. We are unsure whether or not she resorted to a back-alley abortion by some person she didn't know, asked a trusted friend to assist her, or bravely tried to take on this feat by herself but an abortion was performed and she died soon afterwards. She was so desperate to try to make the right decision for her family that she risked and lost her own life.

Not only would many women lose their lives but many children would lose their mother and many men would lose their wives if abortion was completely outlawed. Abortion is a last resort not something that someone plans to do. It should always stay a viable option that could be considered by the families and women in a desperate situation.

The 4th Wave:

I stand in solidarity with my sisters who have had abortions. I stand in solidarity with my sisters who have wanted an abortion but have not been able to afford one or have not been able to obtain one. I stand in solidarity with my sisters who have died from illegal and botched abortions. I stand in solidarity with my sisters who fight daily against the misogynistic patriarchal "pro-life" movement. I stand in solidarity with my sisters who are at the forefront of the reproductive justice movement.

Viva La Feminista:

I do not believe everyone should have abortions, but I do believe with every inch of me, including the cells of my daughter that will float inside me forever, that I do not get to make reproductive decision for others.

Therefore, yes, becoming a mother has changed my feminism. It has made me more radical and adamant to ensure that she can make her own decisions when the time comes. I pray to all the gods that she will come to me for advice, but I know there is a chance she will not.

I fight for reproductive justice for not just my daughter, but also everyone out there.

You can find more awesome posts from Blog for Choice Day 2013 on our website.

* Blog for Choice Day posts are submitted freely to NARAL Pro-Choice America. Links to external content do not represent endorsement.

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On the Language of Choice

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Tarek Rizk is the communications director at NARAL Pro-Choice America

My first week or so here as communications director at NARAL Pro-Choice America has been amazing. I've been working with a great group of folks on the exciting Choice Out Loud campaign, we launched the Who Decides? report on the state of choice in America, and we announced Ilyse Hogue as the next president of the organization. All that as we mark 40 years since the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that affirmed a woman's right to choose.

In my position I'm honored to help NARAL Pro-Choice America think about the language we use to tell our story and engage our base of activists while reaching out to new people. This week, we're talking a lot about the word "choice" and how it helps us connect with different folks.

We believe the language of "choice" is a powerful tool to help people understand what is at risk and what we're fighting so hard to protect. I see the conversation about choice expanding as our community grows and changes. "Choice" isn't solely a political expression. "Choice" also points to the very personal and sometimes difficult decisions made by women who deserve privacy and respect.

As opponents of women exercising their reproductive rights have broadened their attack, I think it's important that NARAL Pro-Choice America also see "choice" in much broader terms. Choice means having access to birth control and choosing when to make the personal and financial commitment to bring a child into the world. It means taking steps to ensure you can provide for and protect that child to the best of your ability. It means you, and not the government, decide whether you become a parent.

Finally, it's worth noting that "pro-choice" is a term we use to describe ourselves and our work. We don't ask our friends and activists to wear a label. As a new generation of young people who support a woman's right to control her body and her life joins our ranks, the labels we use matter less. As we saw at the ballot box in 2012, attacks on this fundamental right drew a strong response from voters of all ages. Yesterday the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released data showing that 63 percent of respondents oppose overturning Roe v. Wade. This strong support for what we call pro-choice values has held at this level for decades.

So, in the 40 years since an energized group of passionate women and men marched and rallied and fought for the right to choose, the language has changed and will continue to change. But the values that support this intensely personal and important right have never wavered. And neither will we.

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Salon Talks with Nancy Keenan

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We will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade in a mere two and a half weeks. We know that having won women the right to choose safe and legal abortion is not enough. Our fight will never be over until all women can access the health care they need no matter where they live or how much money they make.

At the same time as we honor this pivotal anniversary, here at NARAL Pro-Choice America, our own Nancy Keenan's tenure as president is coming to a close.

In a new interview with Salon, Nancy talks about what it means to trust women to decide whether or not to access abortion care:

"None of us can walk in another woman's shoes. None of us knows the situation that she is in. None of us know what her feelings are. It is a complexity for every woman. It is not something that is done cavalierly. It is not. She thinks about it. As I've said to many elected officials, women hear their gods. They don't need to be listening to the gods of politicians."

Salon also spoke with Nancy about the importance of the millennial generation in protecting Roe for the next 40 years. She describes our research in this way:

"If you put five pro-choice millennials in a room...one of them would vote their pro-choice values as a very critical factor for them, but if you put five anti-choice millennials in a room, almost two of them would vote their anti-choice values [based on our research]."

This point is exactly why Nancy decided to retire at this critical moment in the history of women's rights. As Nancy told The Washington Post back in May:

"There's an opportunity for a new and younger leader.... It's time for a new leader to come in and, basically, be the person for the next 40 years of protecting reproductive choice.... People give a lot of lip service to how we're going to engage the next generation, but we can't just assume it will happen on its own."

In the coming months and years, we look forward to talking with the one in five millennials who have already made choice their number one issue to, in turn, work to increase that number significantly.

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Where Are All the Pro-Choice Republicans?

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This morning when I was reading The Washington Post, an op ed caught my eye.

It is written by Victoria Toensing, who was the deputy assistant attorney general in the Reagan administration. She makes a powerful plea to other pro-choice Republicans to "leave the closet," as she puts it, and to announce themselves as proudly pro-choice.

As the president of a bipartisan organization, I could not agree more. We need more -- many more -- pro-choice Republicans at all levels of government. In fact, the Republican Party used to boast many fearless pro-choice champions. However, in the 2012 cycle, we were not able to endorse one pro-choice Republican for federal office.

I wanted to share her powerful piece, and hope you read and pass it along to your friends.

"Pro-choice Republicans go public"

Victoria Toensing, a Washington lawyer, was deputy assistant attorney general in the Reagan administration.

I am a pro-choice Republican. We are not an endangered species. Since the Republican Party declared itself pro-life, most of us have been in the closet.

I appreciate that both viewpoints are sincerely held: Pro-choicers believe that the government should not intrude in such a private decision; pro-lifers believe that life begins at conception. I have supported each.

Raised Catholic, I accepted the church's doctrine that abortion was morally wrong. This was before Roe v. Wade, so in many states abortion was also illegal. A personal experience changed my view.

Please read the rest of the piece at The Washington Post.

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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.

Paid for by NARAL Pro-Choice America, www.ProChoiceAmerica.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

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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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Nancy Keenan: Remember the Real Mitt Romney on November 6

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Tonight is the second presidential debate - and it might be the last time voters get to hear Mitt Romney talk firsthand about his views on women's access to abortion and reproductive-health care.

Romney has made a sport of playing both sides. One minute he tries to hide his anti-choice views, and the next his campaign reinforces them.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, writes about this very important issue over at The Huffington Post.

Her message? Women need to remember the real Mitt Romney come November 6:

Overturning Roe v. Wade is part of Romney's agenda. The next president could nominate enough Supreme Court justices to determine the future of Roe. And Romney has said, "I hope to appoint justices for the Supreme Court that will follow the law and the constitution. And it would be my preference that they reverse Roe v. Wade..."

Blocking women's access to birth control is also part of his agenda. Romney has said he would eliminate Title X family-planning programs.

This election, voters will be faced with a clear choice: an administration that will protect women's privacy and personal health-care decisions, or one that allows politicians to make those choices for them.

We saw Mitt Romney tell lie after lie about his policy proposals at the first presidential debate. And now he is doing it again on the campaign trail. Women and their families need to know the truth about the Romney-Ryan ticket. And, those who want an end to the War on Women need to vote for President Obama, whose leadership supports, rather than threatens, their reproductive rights.

Check out the rest at The Huffington Post!

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How to Talk to Your Friends about Mitt Romney

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Wednesday night's presidential debate has everyone buzzing about the candidates: extreme anti-choice Mitt Romney and pro-choice President Barack Obama.

Mitt_Romney_by_Gage_Skidmore_6.jpgThe only way we're going to continue to protect women's freedom and privacy and improve health-care services for women and families is by re-electing President Obama. You know that, we know that, but, unfortunately, there are still some critical voters who do not plan to vote for him on November 6.

We believe this election can be won by getting these undecided voters to stand with the president. That's why we plan to contact 380,020 voters who we consider to be "Obama defectors" - pro-choice women who supported Obama in 2008 but aren't committed to voting for him yet - in 25 counties in nine battleground states. These women can make the difference in what is likely to be a very close election.

But we need your help to reach every one of these pro-choice voters. Think creatively - are any of your friends, neighbors, colleagues, or classmates pro-choice and not yet planning to vote for Obama?

Here are the top five things you should tell your friends about the Romney-Ryan ticket:

  1. Romney says he supports overturning Roe v. Wade.
  2. Romney said, "Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that." Romney's plan would cut off access to birth control and breast cancer screenings for millions of women.
  3. Romney and Ryan have supported policies that would outlaw abortion in almost all cases, even in cases of rape, incest or when a woman's health is in danger.
  4. Ryan supported redefining rape so that it would be harder for many rape survivors to get the medical care they need.
  5. Ryan voted to allow hospitals to refuse emergency abortion care to women who could otherwise die without it.

The Romney-Ryan ticket's extreme anti-choice agenda couldn't be clearer. And we're not going to let them shy away from their outrageous positions.

Talk to your friends, and they'll see that they cannot trust Mitt Romney with women's health and privacy.

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Note to Self: The Personal is Political

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Last night, we watched Mitt Romney do what he does best: hide his extreme political agenda.

Romney used code words promising to "respect the sanctity of life" and made a benign-sounding threat about "repealing and replacing Obamacare."

Here's what Romney should have told the American people if he were being completely honest: that he will be an extreme anti-choice president who works to take away women's freedom and privacy.

This is the man who vetoed a bill that ensured rape survivors received information and access to emergency contraception. He claimed that the "Roe v. Wade one-size-fits-all approach is wrong." And when he promises to nominate justices who believe - like he does - that the Supreme Court decision recognizing a woman's constitutionally guaranteed right to choose was wrong, we must take him at his word.

We used to call anti-choice extremists "fringe." But now we call them governors, senators, and mayors. Let's make sure we don't call them Mr. President.

We know that you know that the best way to protect your pro-choice values is to vote pro-choice at the polls. We know that you understand full well what happens when we elect extreme politicians like Mitt Romney.

But unfortunately, a lot of pro-choice people don't connect their personal beliefs to taking political action. They might have watched Mitt Romney's speech and come away feeling like he's an okay guy who can be trusted with our rights.

We need your help to make sure your friends connect the dots - and act to protect what they believe in. We put together this video to do just that - encourage people who believe that choice is a very private and personal issue to get involved. Please watch it and share it far and wide:

By sharing our video today, you can actually persuade the voters in our communities who will make a difference this election.

Together, we won't let anti-choice extremists intrude on our personal and private decisions.

Paid for by NARAL Pro-Choice America, www.ProChoiceAmerica.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

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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.

Paid for by NARAL Pro-Choice America, www.ProChoiceAmerica.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

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