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Breakfast of Pro-Choice Champions!


On Sunday, hundreds of pro-choice bloggers and activists took to the Internet to share the ways in which they planned to help elect pro-choice champions this year.

This morning, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC took one key step toward making 2012 a year of pro-choice victories at the polls.

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC is proud to endorse 20 of the greatest champions of choice in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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From California:

Rep. Lois Capps 
Rep. Judy Chu 
Rep. Barbara Lee 
Rep. Nancy Pelosi 
Rep. Jackie Speier 
Rep. Henry Waxman

From Colorado:

Rep. Diana DeGette

From Connecticut:

Rep. Rosa DeLauro

From Florida:

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

From Illinois:

Rep. Mike Quigley 
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

From Maryland:

Rep. Donna Edwards 
Rep. Steny Hoyer

From my home state of New York:

Rep. Joe Crowley 
Rep. Steve Israel 
Rep. Nita Lowey 
Rep. Carolyn Maloney 
Rep. Jerry Nadler 
Rep. Louise Slaughter

From Wisconsin:

Rep. Gwen Moore

These 20 pro-choice heroes have consistently stood up against the anti-choice House leadership's War on Women.

In addition, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC proudly endorses two other pro-choice champions from the House who will take their support of women's freedom and privacy to the U.S. Senate:

Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Rep. Shelley Berkley of Nevada

Here's what Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said at a breakfast honoring these pro-choice leaders:

Our priority is to elect pro-choice champions and defeat opponents of women's freedom and privacy. We are prepared for campaign battle in 2012 and will mobilize our one million member activists in support of candidates who will stand with our allies in countering legislative attacks on a woman's right to choose.

Twenty-two pro-choice champions, and 22 more ways we'll stop the War on Women in 2012.

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

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Anti-Choice Lawmakers Continue to Tread on D.C.


Anti-choice leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives just won't stop their War on Women. Their continued target: women in Washington, D.C. 

This spring, as part of the budget agreement, they reinstated a ban on Washington, D.C.'s ability to use locally raised funds to cover abortion care for low-income women. When they did this, 28 women were affected in only 24 hours. These women who struggle to make ends meet were set to receive financial assistance for abortion care through Medicaid. But less than a day before their appointments, each woman was told that she would have to raise hundreds of dollars in a matter of hours.     

Now, these same anti-choice politicians want to extend the unacceptable D.C. abortion ban for another year. 

Imagine having your destiny changed on a whim by an anti-choice politician on Capitol Hill. It is outrageous that the same politicians who advocate for "smaller government" are interfering in both D.C.'s local affairs and women's personal, private medical decisions. 

See Donna Crane, our policy director, explain the negative effects the D.C. abortion ban has on real women:

Fortunately, Washington, D.C. is represented in the House by a true pro-choice champion, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. She's leading the fight to stand up for D.C. women and recently gave a shout out to the more than 19,000 NARAL Pro-Choice America activists who have called on the House to stop the attacks

Unfortunately, just yesterday a House committee rejected an amendment offered by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) to lift this unfair ban. Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), and José Serrano (D-N.Y.) all spoke out in favor of Rep. Lee's amendment, but they were outnumbered by anti-choice colleagues. 

Anti-choice Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) spoke in opposition to the amendment. She said she found it ironic that supporters of the amendment previously had voted against allowing people to use their own money to have the USDA inspect horses, but were now arguing on behalf of Washington, D.C.'s ability to spend its local dollars on abortion care.  

Rep. Lee responded, "These are not horses, these are women--and primarily women of color." 

Thank you, Rep. Lee! 


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If anyone had any doubt that America's pro-choice majority is fired up and ready to STOP the War on Women, then they should have seen what I just saw on the National Mall.

Thousands of citizen activists in purple and pink t-shirts gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol, and rallied against the extreme, anti-woman agenda brewing in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, gave a boisterous speech. She fired up a crowd that had traveled from all over the country to be here, and sent John Boehner and his anti-choice cohorts a strong message. We, the people, have had enough of the bait-and-switch that puts attacks on women's freedom and privacy ahead of creating jobs and growing the economy.

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, spoke out against the attacks on community-health clinics that many American women rely on as their sole provider of health care.

Top pro-choice members of Congress rallied the troops. Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Barbara Boxer of California, Patty Murray of Washington, and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey promised that the pro-choice leadership in the U.S. Senate would STOP the War on Women.

Sen. Schumer said the Senate would never, never, never accept eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood and the Title X program. Then, he said it again, just to make sure folks far and wide could hear him.

Some of our strongest pro-choice champions in the House spoke. Reps. Diana DeGette of Colorado, Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, and Louise Slaughter of New York promised that they would never stop fighting attacks on women's health.

Pro-choice activists from the entertainment community spoke out too. Amy Madigan and Ed Harris stood up with their teenage daughter, Lily, and made it clear that they were fighting for her rights.

David Eigenberg (Steve from "Sex and the City") and Connie Britton (of "Friday Night Lights" fame) said the attacks on women's health care were attacks on us, and our sisters, daughters, wives, mothers and partners.

Leading coalition partners voiced their support. Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Humans Rights, made it clear that an attack on a woman's right to choose is an attack on human rights. Period.

Bravo to them, and to all the pro-choice Americans who came out to show their strength. They're back in the congressional office buildings now, making sure their representatives get the message: STOP the War on Women.

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Fortunately, many pro-choice champions in the House stood up against this 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. They deserve our recognition and thanks. 

Special thanks to Rep. Jackie Speier of California for bravely sharing her own story. Rep. Speier will appear on ABC's The View tomorrow to talk about her experience. 

Thanks to Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, who pointed out that these attacks fall disproportionately on low-income women and women of color. She said that the anti-choice leadership's attempt to eliminate family-planning funding showed "utter contempt for poor women and poor children."

Thank you to other pro-choice representatives who stood up to defend women's health care against the anti-choice onslaught, including Rep. Lois Capps of California, Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida, Rep. Judy Chu of California, Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee, Rep. Susan Davis of California, Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois, Rep. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington, D.C., Rep. Rush Holt of New Jersey, Rep. Jessie Jackson, Jr. of Illinois, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee of Texas, Rep. Barbara Lee of California, Reps. Nita Lowey and Carolyn Maloney of New York, Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington, Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard of California, Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Rep. José Serrano of New York, Rep. Betty Sutton of Ohio, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, Rep. Henry Waxman of California, Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont and Rep. Lynn Woolsey of California.

We rely on them and other champions of choice to stand up for our right to make personal, private medical decisions.

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