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Our Final Push to Elect Pro-Choice Rep. Ed Markey!

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Tomorrow, April 30, voters will head to the polls to vote in the Democratic primary in a special election for Secretary of State John Kerry's former Senate seat.

It's essential that we elect leaders that will protect and expand our reproductive freedoms, not work to take them away. That's why we've pulled out all the stops to help elect Rep. Ed Markey and keep this Massachusetts Senate seat pro-choice.

NARAL Pro-Choice America staff and volunteers have been working day and night over the last few weeks, knocking on more than 2,000 doors and making thousands of phone calls to educate Massachusetts voters about why Rep. Ed Markey is the only candidate they can trust with their freedom and privacy.

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, was in Massachusetts on Sunday speaking with students of Wellesley and at two rallies with Rep. Markey.


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We're seeing evidence of the power of choice in this election. A lot of the voters we spoke with didn't know the primary was just around the corner. Others told our canvassers that they're pro-choice and didn't know that Rep. Stephen Lynch had voted anti-choice so frequently.

For example, there's the story of Jennifer in Newton. Jennifer was definitely planning on voting on Tuesday but wasn't aware that Markey is the only fully pro-choice candidate in the race. After learning this news, she changed her decision on the spot and became a Markey voter.

Voters in Massachusetts want a leader who will fight for their reproductive freedom and privacy. Tomorrow, they'll vote for the pro-choice candidate who will do just that, and that person is pro-choice Rep. Ed Markey.

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A Special "Thank You" to a Pro-Choice Champion for Servicewomen

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468px-Jeanne_Shaheen,.jpgThis year's elections proved that Americans won't tolerate politicians who turn their back on rape survivors. No matter where you stand on the issue of legal abortion, it's just wrong to deny a woman who endured sexual violence access to reproductive-health care.

Under current law, military women are banned from using their military health-insurance plans to cover abortion care if they become pregnant as a result of sexual assault.

Today, the U.S. Senate took a big step toward finally paying military women the respect they deserve by adopting the language known as the Shaheen amendment in the FY '13 Department of Defense (DoD) authorization bill to lift this discriminatory policy.

Last week, President Obama marked his administration's support for lifting this ban.

Our own Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, applauded the Senate,

"Today, women in the military have come one step closer to winning protections they deserve for reproductive freedom and privacy. Denying our heroes access to complete reproductive-health care coverage not only discriminates against them but also endangers their health. Congress has an opportunity to protect and support those who selflessly serve our country. Now it's up to John Boehner to step up to this task."

But nobody has worked harder for military women than the author and namesake of the language, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D- N.H.).

Sen. Shaheen has been leading the charge to correct the current policy, which places an undue burden on the servicewomen who dedicate their lives to serving our country.

We thank Sen. Shaheen for her tireless work to end this unjust policy, and we're thrilled that the Senate stood with military women.

Now, the U.S. House of Representatives has the opportunity to end this cruel policy when they work with the Senate to approve the final version of the DoD authorization bill.

We need your help - send a strong message to Speaker John Boehner and anti-choice members of the House: We owe it to our military women to provide them with the health care they need in the tragic circumstance of sexual assault.

Senate Race Watch: Wisconsin

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Tammy_Baldwin.jpgWhen you head to the polls on November 6, don't forget the importance of the U.S. Senate elections!

In Wisconsin, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC-endorsed Tammy Baldwin is currently in a tight race against anti-choice Tommy Thompson.

Rep. Baldwin has been an unwavering advocate for women's freedom and privacy.

She voted twice against the proposal to block Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funds, which would have denied millions of Americans access to contraception, cancer screenings, and other basic medical care.

Tammy voted against H.R.3, a bill that could essentially eliminate insurance coverage of abortion in the new health-care system.

She also voted against the "Let Women Die Bill," which would have allowed hospitals to refuse to provide emergency abortion services to women who could die without it. You can watch her voice her opposition to this bill on the House floor.

Her opponent, former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, has a long anti-choice voting record. He's been endorsed by numerous anti-choice groups including Susan B. Anthony List and Wisconsin Right to Life.

During a debate in 2007, Thompson agreed that the day Roe v. Wade was overturned would be "a good day for America."

As President Bush's secretary of Health and Human Services, Thompson moved to amend the Children's Health Insurance Program to include fetuses and embryos - but not pregnant women; suspended the Clinton administration's plans to move forward with life-saving stem-cell research; and promoted risky and deceptive "abstinence-only" programs.

Tommy Thompson's anti-choice views are completely out of touch with Wisconsin women.

If you have friends or family in "the Badger State," make sure they vote for pro-choice Tammy Baldwin for Senate on November 6!

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Pro-Choice Sen. Sherrod Brown Stands Up for Women in Ohio

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220px-Sherrod_Brown.jpgThe Senate race in Ohio could not be more important for choice.

The incumbent, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), is pro-choice and is endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC. He is being challenged by anti-choice state Treasurer Josh Mandel.

Sen. Brown and Josh Mandel debated for the very first time this week, and their positions on abortion were raised several times.

Sen. Brown effectively pointed out Mandel's true position:

"Mandel is even more extreme than Romney on abortion, and does not support exceptions for rape or incest victims."

Mandel even threatened the overturn of Roe v. Wade:

"I will take seriously my role to appoint Supreme Court Justices, and will only approve of ones that are pro-life."

Mandel is endorsed by some of the most extreme anti-choice groups, including Ohio Right to Life PAC and the National Right to Life PAC. His anti-choice agenda is completely out of touch with Ohio women and their families.

This is why we couldn't be more proud to support pro-choice champion Sen. Sherrod Brown in his campaign for re-election.

This spring, Sen. Brown voted against the Blunt amendment, which would have allowed any boss to block their employees from getting insurance coverage of birth control. And he stood up to an attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. He also voted against a bill that would have cut funding for contraception and cancer screenings for low-income women.

In the recent debate, Sen. Brown stood up for all women in Ohio when he said:

"I trust Ohio Women to make their own health care decisions."

The U.S. Senate is critical in the fight to protect the right to choose, and we must protect every senator who fights for women's health and privacy. Right now, there are only 40 reliably pro-choice votes in that chamber. It takes 41 to block bad legislation.

That's why we must send Sen. Brown back to Washington for the next six years. If you have friends or family in Ohio, urge them to vote for a true champion for women's health and privacy, Sen. Sherrod Brown.

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PA Quarter.jpg Do you live in Pennsylvania? Then you must be planning on voting pro-choice in your state's congressional primaries next Tuesday, April 24.

Well, we've got your one-stop shop to find out where all the candidates stand on a woman's right to choose!

It's the NARAL Pro-Choice America primary voter guide.

You can get the scoop on all the candidates--Republican and Democratic--for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. You can find out which candidates received an endorsement from NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC, and learn important information about how and where to vote.

Our primary voter guide makes it easy to vote pro-choice down the line!

Don't live in Pennsylvania? Don't worry. We'll be updating our voter guide as each state holds its primaries.

The voter guide makes it easy to vote pro-choice in every race, in every state.

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Time for Congress to Answer Constituents' Questions

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The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are on recess for the next two weeks.

That means your lawmakers are back in their states and/or districts and ready to hear from you!

If your lawmaker has been standing up against the War on Women, congratulations! Thank him or her for standing up for women's health.

But what about those politicians who have spent their time in Washington launching attacks on women's freedom and privacy?

Here are some questions you can ask them:

  1. Should bosses and corporations be allowed to deny their employees insurance coverage of birth control?
  2. Should politicians who don't have medical licenses get to overrule the medical decisions women make with their doctors?
  3. Presidential candidates like Mitt Romney want to defund family-planning programs and clinics, including Planned Parenthood. Do you?

A lot of politicians in Washington have been saying yes to all three questions. Now, it's time to hold them accountable!

If you see that your member of Congress is holding a public event and he or she has been part of the War on Women, show up and ask one of our questions.

Then let us know how it went by emailing Field@ProChoiceAmerica.org.

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Attacks on Birth Control, "Daily Show" Style

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Sometimes, it takes a non-news news show to illustrate how serious something really is.

Case in point: tomorrow, the Senate is poised to vote on a measure that would allow any boss to deny his employees coverage of birth control.

Even though 99 percent of American women (including 98 percent of Catholic women) use birth control at some point in their lives, some politicians think women should have to ask their bosses' permission to access basic health care like contraception.

Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" explores just what it means when bosses get veto power over their employees' health-care coverage:

Does this look as insane to you as it does to us?

Then tell your lawmakers to stand strong against any attacks on birth control!

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Earlier today, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring that all women can get contraceptive coverage without a copay.

Members of Congress praised the president's policy to make sure that women get seamless coverage of birth control through their health plans.

Here are some of the elected officials who tweeted or posted their praise for the policy online:

Sen. Barbara Boxer of California
Rep. Lois Capps of California
Rep. Judy Chu of California
Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey
Sen. Pat Leahy of Vermont
Rep. Barbara Lee of California
Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri
Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland
Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin
Sen. Patty Murray of Washington
Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California
Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada
Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire

Thanks to them for standing up for the 99 percent of American women (including 98 percent of Catholic women) who use birth control at some point in their lives!

Breakfast of Pro-Choice Champions!

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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.

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Stop the "Let Women Die" Bill in the Senate

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Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.358, the "Let Women Die" bill.

This bill is so extreme that it 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.

With the passage of H.R.358, the House has now held more votes on choice in 2011 than in any year since 2000.

Next stop for the bill: the U.S. Senate.

Anti-choice Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has already introduced the Senate companion to H.R.358, the "Let Women Die" bill. It has the bill number S.877 and it already has more than 30 cosponsors.

We need to make sure this extreme attack on women's freedom and privacy goes no further!

Tell your senators to stop any effort to advance the "Let Women Die" bill.

And we need pro-choice Americans to speak out: while the Senate currently is under pro-choice leadership, only 40 senators can be counted on as reliably pro-choice votes.

Add your voice today, and make sure your senator puts a STOP to the War on Women.

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Extreme Right-Wing Senators Block Liu Nomination

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Disappointing news from the U.S. Senate today: right-wing senators blocked the nomination of Prof. Goodwin Liu to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called Prof. Liu an "impressive legal scholar," and leading Republicans have also praised his commitment to fairness.

In addition, a majority of senators voted to advance Prof. Liu's nomination! Despite Prof. Liu's broad support and strong qualifications, a handful of right-wing senators were able to block his nomination. 


Several anti-choice lawmakers' refusal to confirm Goodwin Liu, a distinguished law professor and champion of the constitutional right to privacy, proves that they value their extreme, ideological agenda over the priorities of the American people. These politicians have taken their attacks on women's right to privacy to a new level by denying a highly qualified and respected judicial nominee his rightful place on the bench.

Over the last year, NARAL Pro-Choice America activists sent more than 20,000 messages to Congress urging Goodwin Liu's confirmation. We will continue to fight for judicial candidates who respect Roe v. Wade and the fundamental constitutional right to privacy. 

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U.S. Senate to Vote on Goodwin Liu Tomorrow

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The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote tomorrow on the nomination of Goodwin Liu to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Goodwin Liu's nomination has been held up in the Senate by a handful of far-right senators for well over a year. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama said "We'll not confirm somebody like that."

So who is Goodwin Liu, and why does "somebody like that" make Sen. Sessions and other extreme right-wing senators so upset?

  • Goodwin Liu is a professor at the University of California Berkeley School of Law.
  • He has a distinguished record of working to protect civil rights.
  • Prof. Liu received a "well-qualified" rating from the American Bar Association.
  • In his scholarly writings, he has defended the right to privacy and reproductive choice. 
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called him an "impressive legal scholar." Leading Republicans have also praised his commitment to fairness. 
  • Prof. Liu criticized John Roberts' record when President Bush nominated him to the position of chief justice in 2005. 

Here's what Prof. Liu wrote about then-Judge Roberts:

What we already know from Roberts's record is cause for concern. His legal career is studded with activities unfriendly to civil rights, abortion rights, and the environment.

Right on all accounts!

Prof. Goodwin Liu is exactly the sort of judge we need on the federal bench to protect Roe v. Wade and the right to privacy for future generations.

But the ultra-right is hell-bent on stopping his nomination. Make sure your senators hear from you! Call on the Senate to confirm Prof. Liu.

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Tell the Senate to STOP the War on Women

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One week ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.3, the extreme "rape-audits" bill. This dangerous and far-reaching piece of legislation could prompt the Internal Revenue Service to audit sexual-assault survivors who choose abortion care.

The very same day that H.R.3 passed the House, anti-choice Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) introduced an identical bill in the Senate. 

This Senate version of the "Stupak on Steroids" bill would manipulate the tax code to advance an extreme anti-choice agenda.  It's the same old attack on women's freedom and privacy.

Anti-choice activists are hell-bent on getting this bill through the Senate. We need Majority Leader Harry Reid to STOP this War on Women from advancing.

We can't take anything for granted in the Senate.  There are only 40 pro-choice senators, so it's critical that your senators hear from you.

We are calling on Majority Leader Reid to put a stop to this extreme bill now, just as he did when anti-choice senators tried to inject anti-abortion politics into the debate over health reform.

We're delivering petitions to Majority Leader Reid next week to show our Senate allies how strong the opposition to this anti-choice agenda is. Add your voice!

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Sen. Kyl Eats His Words, But the War on Women Goes On

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Last week, anti-choice Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona created an uproar (and the wildly popular Twitter hashtag #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement) when he falsely claimed on the floor of the U.S. Senate that abortion care is "well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does." When the senator was called out on his lies, his staff declared that the "remark was not intended to be a factual statement..."


Poof! Gone! Move along, folks, nothing to see here. Apparently, the playground rule of "no take-backs" doesn't apply to anti-choice Sen. Kyl.

Unfortunately, anti-choice politicians' War on Women will not disappear so easily.

H.R.3, the extreme "rape-audits" bill, could get a floor vote in the U.S. House of Representatives as soon as Congress comes back into session in May. This is the bill that could spur the Internal Revenue Service to audit survivors of sexual assault who choose abortion care.

And right now, H.R.3 has 227 co-sponsors. This means that if a vote were held today, this bill would pass the House!

Speaker John Boehner is determined to move these attacks forward, and it's up to us to stop him. Tell your member of Congress that the War on Women must end today.

Congress is on recess for the rest of the month, which means that members are back in their districts listening to what we, the people, have to say.

One way you can get the message across is by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper today. (Our tool makes it easy.)

Congressional offices read letters to the editor every day. If your member of Congress is anti-choice, he or she needs to know that there are constituents who are outraged by this War on Women. And if your member of Congress is pro-choice, it's all the more reason to thank him or her for doing the right thing. 


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STOP the Attack on Planned Parenthood (Again)

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Last week, President Obama and our allies in Congress saved funding for Planned Parenthood and other family-planning programs in the budget agreement. 

That means the anti-choice obsession with attacking family planning is done, right?

Wrong. Like the villain in a B-list horror movie, these attacks on women's health care just won't go away. Tomorrow, Congress will vote again on whether to eliminate all funding for Planned Parenthood. 

Anti-choice leaders, led by House Speaker John Boehner, showed they were willing to shut down the entire government over women's access to birth control, Pap smears, breast-cancer screenings, and many other types of preventive health care.

This is our chance to call on the Senate to say no to these devastating cuts. Tell your senators to stand up for Planned Parenthood and the millions of people it serves.

The attacks on family planning are inaccurate and insulting. Take a look.

On Sunday, Fox News hosts suggested that women who need Pap smears and breast exams could just get them at Walgreens. (Walgreens issued a statement clarifying that its stores do not, in fact, offer such services.) 



When pressed for an explanation, Sen. Kyl's staff declared that the senator's "remark was not intended to be a factual statement..."

Oh.

 

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Lobby Day: R U Ready to #Rally4Health?

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If you're joining us in Washington, D.C. for pro-choice lobby day (and I certainly hope you are), you can use social media to share your experiences.

When you get to lobby day, check in on Foursquare or Facebook Places!

We'll also be live-tweeting and live-blogging the events here on Blog for Choice. 

If you're on Twitter, you can follow and add to the conversation by using the hashtag #Rally4Health.

If you have a smart phone, upload your photos to the NARAL Pro-Choice America Facebook page.

Got last-minute questions? Here's our answer page!

Tomorrow, we, the people, will tell our elected representatives to STOP the War on Women.


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There are just two more days until pro-choice lobby day! (Can you tell I'm excited?) 

And in case you needed another reason to start counting down the hours, we're pleased to announce that some of our best allies within the entertainment community will join the rally on Thursday:

  • Amy Madigan, Oscar-nominated star of Twice in a Lifetime, Golden-Globe winning star of Roe v. Wade, also seen on Grey's Anatomy and Fringe, board member of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
  • Ed Harris, Oscar-nominated star of Apollo 13, Pollack, and The Hours, Golden-Globe winning star of The Truman Show, and husband of Amy Madigan. 
  • David Eigenberg, star of movies, stage, and television, including Sex and the City, Justified, and Criminal Minds, advocate for Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Thanks to Amy, Ed, and David for coming to Washington, D.C. to speak out against the ongoing attacks on women's freedom and privacy.

They'll be at pro-choice rally this Thursday, April 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Will you? 

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Today, the U.S. Senate stood up to the anti-choice U.S. House of Representatives' leadership's War on Women


At the same time, the anti-choice House leadership is ratcheting up its War on Women. Next week, a key subcommittee will hold a hearing on H.R.3, the dangerous "Stupak on Steroids" bill. This bill manipulates the tax code to advance an extreme anti-choice agenda. The "Stupak on Steroids" bill now has 219 co-sponsors, enough votes to pass the House.


We commend fair-minded senators for rejecting the anti-choice House leadership's efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and dismantle the nation's family-planning centers. Unfortunately, the Senate action coincides with a War on Women in the House that continues to escalate. This extreme and far-reaching agenda is a wake-up call to Americans, who are realizing just how much time and energy anti-choice lawmakers are willing to expend attacking a woman's right to choose instead of focusing on the jobs agenda that they promised Americans.

 

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The fight to save reproductive-health care is moving to the U.S. Senate.

The U.S. House of Representatives already voted to eliminate all funding for Planned Parenthood and the Title X program--a declaration of war on contraception, cancer screenings, and other basic health-care that family-planning centers provide to millions of American women and men each year. 

This week, the Senate could vote on whether to do the same. America's pro-choice majority is fired up, and we're telling our lawmakers to stop this extreme agenda. Already, more than 66,000 of our activists have called on their senators to say "no" to the War on Contraception. 

NARAL Pro-Choice America and our network of state affiliates are mobilizing pro-choice Americans at events across the country to send our senators a message: we're counting on you to stop the anti-choice House leadership's War on Contraception from advancing. 


Last night, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts volunteers gathered letters, emails, video messages, and personal stories from across the commonwealth to let Sen. Scott Brown know that Bay Staters need community health centers such as Planned Parenthood.

NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts will deliver the messages directly to Sen. Brown's office in downtown Boston today. Massachusetts voters are paying attention to the upcoming vote, and will hold Sen. Brown accountable in 2012 if he doesn't stand up for women's health. 

Aspen from Webster, Mass. shared her story about a time she needed Planned Parenthood:

Planned Parenthood provided me with a supportive environment and education regarding birth control and other protective and preventative services that I did not (and perhaps could not) receive from other sources - including my primary care provider at the time. Because of Planned Parenthood I remain healthy, protected, and the master of my own body and my future. Defunding PP would counter-productive, irresponsible, and absolutely dangerous. There is nothing that could replace PP as effectively, and there are few institutions as important in the fight to reduce unwanted pregnancies (and thus abortions), and to provide all women with the services they need.

In Chicago, the Illinois Choice Action Team delivered petitions to Sen. Mark Kirk letting him know that Illinoisans won't stand for attacks on Planned Parenthood and Title X family-planning programs. 

We're also making sure that some of our pro-choice champions know that we've got their backs. 

NARAL Pro-Choice Montana delivered letters to Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester yesterday, thanking them for their leadership in standing up for family-planning programs. The senators' strong support for Planned Parenthood and Title X stands in stark contrast with Rep. Denny Rehberg, Montana's lone House member, who voted for the War on Contraception. 

NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota is joining with coalition partners today to thank Sen. Tim Johnson for his support of family planning.

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia mobilized coalition partners to thank Sen. Mark Warner for supporting Title X.

NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin delivered letters to Sen. Herb Kohl thanking him for his support. 

Kudos to courageous women like Aspen, our affiliates, and everyone speaking out against the War on Contraception at events around the country. 


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The war on contraception continues.

On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 240 to 185 to eliminate all funding for Planned Parenthood. This vote was 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.

Before the vote, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued a challenge to so-called "moderate" representatives:

Politicians who campaigned on the promise of focusing on jobs and the economy need to be held accountable if, at the first possible opportunity, they join with John Boehner to launch a full-fledged war on contraception.

These six representatives failed the test: 

Rep. Chris Gibson of New York
Rep. Nan Hayworth of New York 
Rep. Leonard Lance of New Jersey
Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia
Rep. Steve Stivers of Ohio

When push came to shove, each of them voted in lockstep with Boehner and the anti-choice House leadership, and against women's health. 

Independent voices in Congress? Willingness to stand up to the House leadership? Laser-like focus on jobs and the economy? 

Guess not.

Apparently, these alleged House "moderates" are more interested in taking away women's access to birth control and cancer screenings than in creating jobs or growing the economy. 

(Birth control for horses is a different story: the House voted unanimously to approve that!)

But you don't have to wait until 2012 to make your voice heard. Congress is recessing this week, and members are returning to their districts to meet with constituents. Let your representative know how outraged you are that the House voted to attack Planned Parenthood! 


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