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Meet 11 Anti-Choice Politicians Who Oppose No-Cost Birth Control

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Hobby Lobby paint_small.jpgHave you heard that Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts-and-crafts stores, is still trying to refuse to provide insurance coverage for its employees' birth control?

Even after a federal judge ruled that Hobby Lobby must comply with the birth-control policy under Obamacare, the company wasted no time in appealing the decision.

It's certainly ridiculous to see a private company try to impose its bosses' beliefs on its employees. But now, 11 extreme anti-choice politicians have signed a brief arguing that Hobby Lobby should be able to do just that:

  1. Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.)
  2. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.)
  3. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
  4. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
  5. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
  6. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)
  7. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
  8. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.)
  9. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)
  10. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas)
  11. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.)

What makes these guys so bad? For starters, every one of these extreme anti-choice politicians has voted against women's reproductive freedom.

Every politician on this list has voted to defund Planned Parenthood and cut Title X family-planning programs.

And every senator on this list voted for legislation allowing bosses to deny their employees birth-control coverage.

Affordable birth control allows us to control our own lives and write our future. That's why every time we get closer to achieving contraceptive coverage for nearly all American women, anti-choice politicians up their legislative attacks.

Tell these anti-choice politicians to focus more on their Hobby Lobby projects like popsicle-stick birdhouses and scrapbooking. They should leave important reproductive-health care decisions to women and their families.

Add your name now to a critical 60-day comment period that will make sure that as many women as possible have no-cost birth-control coverage.

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Will Mitt Romney Answer for His Anti-Choice Position?

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Mitt_Romney_at_2012_CPAC.jpgWe're only 41 days away from the election!

Don't forget to tune in to the first presidential debate next week on October 3.

Jim Lehrer, the debate moderator, has already announced the topics of the debate. He will ask President Obama and Mitt Romney about two topics we think are of the utmost importance to pro-choice voters: health care and whether the government should meddle with a woman's private medical decisions.

We are all too familiar with Romney's attempts to dodge or deny his own anti-choice statements, but pro-choice voters are not going to let him get away with that!

Here are some questions Mr. Romney needs to answer about his extreme anti-choice position, as well as the policies he would establish if elected:

We're not going to let Mitt Romney shy away from his anti-choice position. We're holding him accountable! And so will voters on November 6.

There's only one candidate we can trust with women's freedom and privacy, and that's pro-choice President Barack Obama.

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How the "Mad Men" Method of Birth Control Ended

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Lissy Moskowitz is the deputy director of policy at NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Today, we commemorate the 47th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut, the monumental 1965 Supreme Court case that recognized Americans' right to use birth control. The Griswold decision recognized a key aspect of the right to privacy: that individuals should be free from political interference regarding decisions as fundamental as whether to start a family.

Imagine life before Griswold, when married couples could be arrested for using birth control. Women relied on unsafe and ineffective methods like "Lysol douche" because it was illegal for companies to sell women contraceptives. Doctors faced criminal charges for receiving shipments of diaphragms from overseas countries. Clinical trials for the birth-control pill had to be conducted outside the country because laws in many states made it illegal to conduct studies for FDA approval on the medication. States like Massachusetts and Connecticut even banned the dissemination of information about contraception.

Now, despite the fact that it's 2012, some anti-contraception forces are intent on taking us back to the early 1960s. Since the 2010 elections, which put many right-wing extremists into office nationwide, politicians have launched an all-out war against birth control. At the federal level, they tried to defund Planned Parenthood and cancel the Title X program, the only federal program exclusively dedicated to family planning. In addition to repeated efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, anti-contraception senators backed an amendment that would have allowed any employer to deny contraceptive coverage to his employees for virtually any reason. And at the state level, last year states considered more than 20 bills trying to defund local family-planning providers.

Looking forward, threats to contraception continue to loom. No less than 24 lawsuits filed in opposition to the new contraceptive-coverage policy are pending in the courts. New groups - like Conscience Cause - have been formed to counter advances in access to birth control. And just this month, opponents of contraception have planned large-scale visibility events around the country dedicated to turning back the clock on women's reproductive health.

If these advocates had their way, they would take us back to a time that looks remarkably like the early 1960s, before Griswold. Health plans would no longer cover birth control because they could opt out for any reason. Employers could deny contraceptive coverage to their employees. And pharmacists could refuse to dispense prescription birth control.

Who would have thought that in the 21st century birth-control pills would be more controversial than they were in the time of "Mad Men?" To turn back the clock on women's access to birth control - one of the greatest public-health advancements in the past century - would be a huge setback for women.

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Romney Vows to "Get Rid of" Planned Parenthood

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Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) has vowed before to defund Planned Parenthood and eliminate Title X, the nation's only dedicated family-planning program.

So it should come as no surprise that he had this to say yesterday:

Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that.

Birth control? Cancer screenings? Pap smears? Women's wellness visits?

"President" Romney would get rid of all that.

Romney was in Missouri yesterday, and NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri gave him a warm, "show-me" welcome:

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Mitt, thanks for reminding us exactly where you stand on women's health.

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Senator: Birth-Control Coverage "An Assault on Freedom"

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Today's outrageous comment award, birth-control edition, goes to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).

The senator is backing a bill 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.

Sen. Johnson called President Obama's policy ensuring that all women can get contraceptive coverage without a copay "just the tip of the iceberg" in "an assault on freedom."

He also dismissed insurance coverage of birth control as unnecessary:

Nobody is taking away women's health-care benefits. Any woman in America can get free contraceptives if they can't afford to pay for them through county health services, through a variety of places. This is about an assault on freedom.

Oh, really? Any woman can get free contraceptives? Nobody's taking away their health-care benefits?

Let's take a trip down memory lane to, say, last spring.

That's when the U.S. Senate twice rejected attempts to eliminate the Title X family-planning program, defund Planned Parenthood, and generally take away women's health-care benefits.

And guess who voted for defunding Planned Parenthood and eliminating Title X?

Indeed, the distinguished gentleman from Wisconsin, Mr. Johnson.

So, yes, women do have access to birth control--but only because Sen. Johnson's attempts to take it away were foiled.

How does the senator propose that women get birth control if their insurance refuses to cover it and community family-planning programs are eliminated?

Call his office in Milwaukee at (414) 276-7282 and ask him!

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The Top 5 Mitt-isms on Choice

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In light of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's status as frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at some of Mitt's greatest hits on choice. (Pun intended.)

And it turns out that Gov. Romney likes attacking a woman's right to choose almost as much as he likes firing people:

  • "I am pro-life and I support pro-life legislation.... I think the Roe v. Wade one-size-fits-all approach is wrong." (October 2007)
  • "Absolutely"--Romney's answer when asked if the repeal of Roe v. Wade would be a good day for America. (May 2007)
  • "Absolutely"--Romney's answer when asked if he would have supported a constitutional amendment that would have established the definition of life at conception. (October 2011)
  • "Eliminate Title X family planning programs benefiting abortion groups like Planned Parenthood." (November 2011)
  • "Do I believe the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade? Yes, I do." (January 2012)

So, does Gov. Romney, in his own words, give us a sense of how he'd attack choice?

Well, absolutely.

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The Romney Run-around Continues

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Last night, at the final Republican presidential debate of 2011, former Gov. Mitt Romney fielded a question about how he flip-flopped on the issue of choice.

Romney has answered the question about his flip-flop on many occasions; now, he needs to articulate why he has endorsed multiple extreme efforts to allow politicians to interfere in a woman's personal, private decisions.

So, here are three different $10,000 questions for the governor:

  • In October, you told Gov. Huckabee that you "absolutely" supported a state constitutional amendment to define life at conception, similar to Initiative 26, Mississippi's failed "personhood" measure.

    Such a measure would ban abortion care without exception: even in cases of rape or incest, and even when a woman's life or health is in danger. It could also outlaw in vitro fertilization and some of the most common methods of birth control.

    However, after Mississippi voters overwhelming rejected Initiative 26, your campaign tried to re-explain your endorsement of a "human-life amendment" that would have established the beginning of life at conception.

    Why are you supporting measures that voters in one of the most conservative states in the Union found too extreme?

  • This year, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two radical attacks on a woman's right to choose: H.R.3, the "Stupak on Steroids" bill, and H.R.358, the "Let Women Die" bill. Both bills effectively would ban private coverage of abortion care in health-insurance exchanges. (A large majority of private plans currently offer such coverage.) H.R.358 would also allow hospitals to refuse to provide emergency abortion care even when it's necessary to save a woman's life.

    President Obama signaled his intention to veto both bills if they should ever reach his desk.

    As president, would you sign H.R.3, the "Stupak on Steroids" bill, or H.R.358, the "Let Women Die" bill?

  • Gov. Romney, last month you proposed eliminating the Title X program, the nation's only dedicated family-planning program. Millions of Americans rely on Title X for birth control, cancer screenings, and other basic health care.

    How do you propose that these Americans get access to birth control, cancer screenings, and other basic health care they need once you've eliminated Title X?

Gov. Romney is good at hemming and hawing, but Americans want to know how he would answer these big questions.

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Newt Gingrich: The War on Women, Throwback Edition

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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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Attacking Choice: The New Jobs Agenda

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Last fall, politicians campaigned on an agenda of creating jobs and growing our economy. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the anti-choice majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, said we needed to "be focused like a laser" on job growth.

So what have these politicians been up to? Let's look at the House's track record thus far in 2011.

In February, the House 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 each year.

Also in February, the House voted to eliminate all funding for Title X, the nation's only family-planning program.

In April, anti-choice lawmakers exacted as their price for keeping the government open a budget bill that bans Washington, D.C. from using its own, locally raised funds to cover abortion care for low-income women.

In May, the House passed H.R.3, the outrageous "rape-audits" bill. H.R.3 manipulates the tax code to advance anti-choice policies and could spur the IRS to audit rape and incest survivors who choose abortion care.

Later in May, the House voted to dictate whether doctors and medical students can learn about providing abortion care.

And in June, the House passed a measure that could make it impossible for a woman even to talk with her doctor about medical abortion over the Internet or through videoconferencing.

Since January, the House has taken six votes that interfere with a woman's right to make personal, private medical decisions.

How many measures to create jobs has the House passed?

Zero.

Looks like Rep. Cantor's laser is really focused on attacking women's freedom and privacy.

And the anti-choice House leadership is not done yet.

This week, the House is scheduled to vote on H.R.358, the "Let Women Die" bill. H.R.358 would allow hospitals to refuse to provide abortion care even when it's necessary to save a woman's life!

The jobs agenda? Ha! That was so 2010.

Have you had it with these never-ending attacks? Tell your representative to put a STOP to this War on Women.

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The Political Witch Hunt against Planned Parenthood

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Are anti-choice politicians in the U.S. House of Representatives obsessed with attacking birth control? Read, learn, and then take action!

Remember last spring, when House Speaker John Boehner and his anti-choice colleagues launched an all-out attack on Planned Parenthood and Title X, the nation's family-planning program?

Remember how these extremist politicians threatened to shut down the government over their demands to cut funding for birth control, cancer screenings, and other basic health care?

Well, they failed in their attempt to end all funding for Planned Parenthood and the Title-X program. And the public told pollsters that attacking birth control was not something it wanted.

Now, anti-choice Rep. Cliff Stearns of Florida's 6th Congressional District is demanding that Planned Parenthood turn over stacks of documents from every Planned Parenthood health center going as far back as 13 years!

The Boehner-Stearns political witch hunt begins--and it's time for Americans who value women's freedom and privacy to speak out once again.

This witch hunt has nothing to do with protecting women's health, and everything to do with harassing Planned Parenthood over the health care its centers provide to millions of Americans.

Yet again, politicians who campaigned on promises of limited government and a laser-like focus on jobs instead are devoting time and resources to attacking women's health care.

Enough is enough!

It's time to tell Speaker Boehner and Rep. Stearns to stop wasting our time and tax dollars on their political witch hunt.

Add your name to our letter telling them you've had it with these baseless and unending attacks on Planned Parenthood.

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Signing Up to Sign the SBA List Pledge

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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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More on that Montana Birth-Control Battle

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On Tuesday, we reported that the commissioners of Ravalli County, Montana were threatening to reject Title-X funds, putting nearly 500 residents' access to birth control, cancer screenings, and other care at risk.

Commissioner Matt Kanenwisher summed up his thoughts on the matter:

In my mind, pregnancy is not a disease state. An unplanned pregnancy doesn't make it anymore so. You can say it's a social problem, and you can argue there is a role for government to take some action in that. I don't believe that's the case.

Well, we have some good news to report from Big Sky Country.

After an outpouring of public support for Title X, the county commissioners voted 3-2 yesterday to accept the federal funding and keep the clinic doors open for another year. (It may not surprise you that Commissioner Kanenwisher was one of the two voting against.)

Special props go out to NARAL Pro-Choice Montana for rallying the community to save family planning.

Julianna Crowley, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Montana, praised the vote:

The county commissioners' vote to accept federal family planning funds was a victory for the residents of Ravalli County. These funds provide medical services crucial to good health, especially for women who have no other access to medical care. For many women in the Bitterroot, this clinic may be their first point of entry into the health care system, thereby serving as a bridge to other services. The strength and collective will power of the women and men who turned out in large numbers to support their local health department and the services it provides has made it possible for the clinic to remain open.

Still, she noted that it's not a total victory: the county accepted Title-X funds for one year only. Next year, the clinic will be forced to find alternative sources of funding.

So, a couple of lessons from Ravalli County: elections matter. Even on the local level--anti-contraception politicians at all levels of government can do real damage.

And grassroots activism matters, too--as Julianna said, it was ordinary women and men speaking out who saved this clinic.

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Ninety-eight percent of American women use birth control at some point in their lives.

Think about that. Ninety-eight percent. There's no TV show that's watched by 98 percent of American women, no sports team that can count on 98 percent of the population as its fans. In an age of polarization, there is perhaps nothing so universally used and accepted as birth control.

This week, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that, as medical experts advised, newly issued insurance plans must cover the full range of FDA-approved contraception without a copay. In a country where one in three women finds it difficult to pay for birth control, Secretary Sebelius' decision was a victory for women's health and common sense.

The reaction from right-wing politicians and commentators? You'll have to see (or read) it to believe it.

On Monday, Rep. Steve King of Iowa spoke out against birth control on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. He called the new no-cost birth control regulations "bizarre," "Orwellian," and said that they would make us "a dying civilization":


Bill O'Reilly of Fox News doubted the importance of no-cost birth control, saying, "Many women who get pregnant are blasted out of their minds when they have sex. They're not going to use birth control anyway."


In June, New Hampshire's Executive Council voted to cut off state funding for family-planning services at Planned Parenthood, forcing the state's six clinics to stop providing birth control.

Councillor Raymond Wieczorek expressed his feelings on women who use contraception:

If they want to have a good time, why not let them pay for it?

Not to be outdone, the commissioners of Ravalli County, Montana are threatening to reject Title-X funds, putting nearly 500 residents' access to birth control, cancer screenings, and other care at risk.

But no problem, according to Commissioner Matt Kanenwisher:

In my mind, pregnancy is not a disease state. An unplanned pregnancy doesn't make it anymore so. You can say it's a social problem, and you can argue there is a role for government to take some action in that. I don't believe that's the case.

Back in the world of "fair and balanced," Sandy Rios, vice president of Family PAC Federal and another Fox News contributor, had this to say:

Is the White House out of their mind? Does the West Wing not know what the left wing is doing? We're $14 trillion in debt and now we're going to cover birth control, breast pumps, counseling for abuse? Are we going to do pedicures and manicures as well?


Let's review what they oppose...again.

Insurance plans will cover contraception without a copay--improving women's access to family-planning services and thereby reducing the need for abortion.

As more of these anti-contraception extremists speak, I'm confident it will spur even more Americans to side with us. Do you agree?

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Birth Control Battle in Big Sky Country

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Another state, another set of politicians trying to block women's access to birth control. 

Last month, it was New Hampshire, where a member of the state's Executive Council quipped, "If they want to have a good time, why not let them pay for it?"

Now, NARAL Pro-Choice Montana tells us that the commissioners of Ravalli County, Montana are threatening to shut down the county's family-planning clinic, which women depend on for access to birth control, cancer screenings, Pap smears, and other basic health care. 

The clinic receives federal funding through Title X, the nation's family-planning program. If the county commissioners follow through on their threat to reject these funds, the program will probably be eliminated. 

But that's not a bad thing according to Commissioner Matt Kanenwisher

In my mind, pregnancy is not a disease state. An unplanned pregnancy doesn't make it anymore so. You can say it's a social problem, and you can argue there is a role for government to take some action in that. I don't believe that's the case.

Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) doesn't share Commissioner Kanenwisher's backwards views on women's health. Yesterday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that newly issued insurance plans must cover the full range of FDA-approved contraception without a copay starting next year.  

In the meantime, the Ravalli County commissioners will meet again on Thursday to discuss whether to reject the Title X funds. 

Politicians like Commissioner Kanenwisher remind us why no-cost birth control is so important for all American women. 


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Good news!


Donald Berwick, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, notified Indiana officials in a letter that the state could not single out Planned Parenthood for exclusion from Medicaid funding.

What's the response? Well, Indiana officials plan to ignore the federal order, and push ahead in implementing the state's illegal law. This could potentially cost the Hoosier State more than $4 billion in federal funds.

So, let's keep in mind what this means: the Indiana government is putting a politically-inspired law before women's health. 

This is not a political back-and-forth. We're talking about thousands of women's access to birth control, cancer screenings, and other basic care.   

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The War on Women Moves to the Hoosier State

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Last year, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels called for a truce on social issues. But anti-choice politicians in the state legislature can't handle the truce.

Rather than tackling the tough work of fixing the economy, the legislature is pushing a bill that would jeopardize women's access to birth control and cancer screenings by defunding Planned Parenthood in Indiana. It also imposes dangerous limits on abortion care.

This sound familiar to anyone?

Anti-choice politicians in the U.S. House of Representatives tried to defund Planned Parenthood on the federal level--and failed. Now, they're trying to push through their War on Women, statehouse by statehouse, anywhere they can.

Truce? A relentless obsession with destroying women's access to health care is pretty much the opposite of a truce. Taking away access to contraception and cancer screenings and injecting more political interference in our personal, private decisions do not a truce make. 

Are you a Hoosier or do you know someone in Indiana? If so, see how you can call on Gov. Daniels to honor his commitment by vetoing this extreme anti-choice legislation


 

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Late Friday night, congressional leaders and the White House reached a budget agreement that keeps the government running.

Anti-choice leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives had threatened to shut down the U.S. government if their demands to defund Planned Parenthood and the Title X family-planning program were not met. 


This entire process has exposed just how far the anti-choice House leadership is willing to go to attack women's freedom and privacy. They are even willing to take our country to the brink of a government shutdown over issues that are unrelated to the budget deficit or other fiscal matters.

The good news from the budget deal is that funding for Planned Parenthood and other family-planning programs was saved. 

Special thanks go out to President Obama, pro-choice leaders in Congress, and, especially, the thousands pro-choice of Americans who lobbied their lawmakers on Thursday to stop the War on Women

It was your efforts that stopped a handful of anti-choice extremists from taking away millions of Americans' access to affordable contraceptive services, cancer screenings, and other basic health care.


NARAL Pro-Choice America worked hard to get this dangerous and unfair ban repealed in 2009. Now, Congress is back to telling D.C. taxpayers what they can and can't spend their own money on! 

Washington, D.C.'s elected officials expressed their outrage that D.C. women's health continues to be a target for anti-choice attacks. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Vincent Gray and other local leaders will be at a rally to protest the D.C. abortion ban. 

Meet outside the Hart Senate Office Building at 2nd & Constitution Avenues N.E. at 5 p.m. today to get your voices heard. Thanks to our friends at DC Vote for helping to organize this event.

We'll fight to change the choice-related composition of the House of Representatives so that we can repeal this discriminatory measure again.
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Today's the day! Right now, thousands of activists - from Tempe to Boston - are pouring into Washington, D.C. They're coming by the busload to tell their representatives to STOP the War on Women at our pro-choice lobby day and rally.

 
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If you can't make it to our nation's capital today, we still need you to match our presence in the halls of Congress with hundreds of calls, posts, and tweets. Find out more about what you can do on our website.

Here are three steps to taking action:
  1. Call the Capitol switchboard at 443-503-4917. Tell them where you're from and ask to speak with your representative.
  2. Tell the staff person who answers the phone that you're a constituent, and say:

    As a constituent, I urge you to stop the War on Women by voting against H.R.3, H.R.358, and attacks on family planning.
  3. Then, tell your friends - and find out how you can spread the word about the War on Women.
  
Your calls, emails, tweets, and Facebook posts to Congress could not be happening at a more important time: tomorrow, a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on H.R.3, the "rape audits" bill.

We want to hear how you plan to get involved today. Leave a comment, and we'll choose 10 people at random to receive a free lobby day T-shirt!

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Keep up with Lobby Day here on BlogforChoice, on our Facebook page and on our Twitter feed. Check the hashtag #Rally4Health to follow the conversation. We'll be covering the lobby day and rally live from Capitol Hill throughout the day. 

We can't wait to see you (or read your posts and tweets). Together, we will end the War on Women! 

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Tell Us Why You're Coming to Lobby Day

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Pro-choice Americans from across the country will be gathering in Washington, D.C. on April 7 to STOP the War on Women.


Maybe there was a time when you visited a family-planning health center, such as Planned Parenthood, for basic health care, like a mammogram, birth-control counseling, or a Pap test.


Perhaps you or your spouse or partner relied on your insurance to cover abortion care, and you strongly oppose how House Speaker John Boehner and his allies want to take this option away from women. 


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STOP the War on Women: Pro-Choice Lobby Day, April 7

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Anti-choice lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are out of control. 

First, they voted to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood and the Title X family-planning program, taking away millions of Americans' access to birth control, cancer screenings, Pap smears, and other basic health care.

Next, these politicians are moving full throttle on H.R.3, the dangerous "Stupak on Steroids" bill. This bill manipulates the tax code to advance an extreme anti-choice agenda. It would force millions of small businesses to pay taxes on their health-insurance benefits if their plan includes abortion care. About 87 percent of insurance plans on the market currently offer abortion coverage.

Anti-choice House Speaker John Boehner called waging war on women's freedom and privacy one of his "highest legislative priorities," and he's kept his promise to the rabid right-wing base.

Now, we, the people, are saying "enough is enough"!

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We're taking our message to Washington on Thursday, April 7 for a 5,000-person pro-choice lobby day. We'll be joined by pro-choice organizations, including Planned Parenthood, and, hopefully, you

Here's how it will work:


If your representative is pro-choice, your activism will inspire him or her to speak out for choice on the floor of the House.

If your representative is anti-choice, he or she needs to know that a vote for the War on Women will not be forgotten in 2012!

We're arranging buses in some cities and we'll give you all the training and materials you need. You'll meet other pro-choice activists and make a direct impact in stopping the War on Women.

Sign up today! We need to know who's coming so we can schedule meetings with lawmakers. 



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