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Wisconsin_small.jpg I was personally outraged and distressed when I found out that the local Planned Parenthood in my college town of Appleton, Wisconsin could face closure because of anti-choice bullies in the state legislature.

Anti-choice politicians in Wisconsin have already eliminated $1,000,000 in funding for Planned Parenthood from the state budget, meaning less money for reproductive-health care exams, STD testing, and cancer screenings. Now, they're pushing forced-ultrasound legislation and unnecessary regulations aimed at shutting down the clinic altogether.

The Appleton Planned Parenthood is one of the last remaining abortion providers in the entire state of Wisconsin - if anti-choice politicians succeed in shutting it down, women seeking abortion care could be forced to cross state lines into Minnesota.

This is just another case of anti-choice politicians pushing themselves between a woman and her doctor in order to take away her right to make private and personal choices. In fact, supporters of the anti-choice legislation wouldn't even allow pro-choice legislators to debate the repercussions of this dangerous measure before rushing it through the Wisconsin Senate and sending it to anti-choice Gov. Scott Walker's desk.

Gov. Walker (R) has stated that he would sign the bill because he doesn't have "any problem" with forcing women to get an ultrasound, even if it's against her will and her doctor doesn't recommend one. And as a governor who slashed funding for women's health programs, Gov. Walker also doesn't seem to have "any problem" with leaving his own female constituents out in the cold when it comes to their reproductive health and safety.

I know how important it is for all women, and especially young women on college campuses, to be able to take care of their reproductive health without fear or shame. And absolutely no woman should have to overcome these outrageous roadblocks just to find basic reproductive-health care.

Wisconsinites deserve better than anti-choice politicians inserting themselves into private medical decisions. Women in Wisconsin rely on Planned Parenthood and other women's reproductive-health providers to keep them safe and healthy. 

Keep up with NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin for ways you can stop politicians from shutting down the Appleton clinic and all clinics that provide women with the care they need. 

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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!

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

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Keep Your Mitts Off Wisconsinites' Birth Control!

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Mitt Romney came to Wisconsin this weekend.

He repeated his vow to defund Planned Parenthood, and campaigned alongside his anti-choice buddies, Gov. Scott Walker and Rep. Paul Ryan.

Fortunately, hundreds of pro-choice Wisconsinites came out to give Romney a warm, Cheesehead welcome. They had a message for him:

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Lisa Subeck, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, said it was particularly telling that Romney chose to march in lockstep with the extreme Gov. Walker:

On the heels of some of the worst attacks on women's health in our state in a generation, does Romney not think Wisconsinites are paying attention to his extreme actions and rhetoric? Scott Walker leads the GOP's War on Women here in Wisconsin, with attacks ranging from defunding Planned Parenthood to dismantling the state's family-planning program and from restricting abortion access to bringing failed "abstinence-only" back to our classrooms. Tonight, Mitt Romney aligns himself with the extreme social agenda of Governor Scott Walker.

Unfortunately for Governors Romney and Walker, women are paying attention--in Wisconsin and throughout the nation.

That's why a new USA Today/Gallup poll shows President Obama opening up a big lead against Romney in 12 key swing states. That lead is driven by women voters flocking to the president.

Bravo to the pro-choice Americans who rallied in Wisconsin!

Americans are seeing that the Romney-Walker-Ryan agenda couldn't be more out of touch with our values and priorities.

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

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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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Yesterday, police in Wisconsin detained a man who was planning to attack a Planned Parenthood clinic. According to the police report, Ralph Lang intended to shoot the clinic's doctor "right in the head." He now faces federal charges.

Nearly two years after Dr. George Tiller was murdered inside his church, the medical professionals who provide abortion care continue to face a campaign of violence, vandalism, and intimidation.

Our gratitude goes out to these medical professionals, and to the law-enforcement officials whose work helped stop a senseless act of violence in Wisconsin. 

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The Dangers of Anti-Choice Governors

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The 2010 elections that put anti-choice politicians in control of the U.S. House of Representatives also had dire consequences for the states. Just this month, 11 new anti-choice governors took over in Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Plus, there are also 15 states with fully anti-choice governments (both a majority of the legislature and the governor are anti-choice).

Many of these politicians campaigned on a platform of creating jobs and limiting government in our lives. But now that they're in office, they've switched gears and made attacking a woman's right to choose a top priority. It's only January, and already we're seeing the damage that the new anti-choice governors can do.

Let's start with Kansas, where anti-choice Sam Brownback recently replaced pro-choice Mark Parkinson as governor. Gov. Brownback outlined his priorities for 2011 in his state of the state address this month. While, on the one hand, he said it was time to rein in the reach of government, he also called for an anti-choice agenda that would allow politicians to interfere in a woman's right to choose. Gov. Brownback called for a "culture of life," but then proposed deep cuts to education programs that benefit children and families. Expect even more obstacles for women's access to abortion and birth control now that the Sunflower State has an anti-choice governor.

Moving north to Wisconsin, anti-choice Gov. Scott Walker recently succeeded retiring pro-choice Gov. Jim Doyle. For the last three years, Wisconsin has enacted Prevention First measures. Now, anti-choice Gov. Walker said he will seek to cut family-planning programs that serve thousands of women and men in his state. And with both houses of the legislature under anti-choice control, reproductive-health services in the Badger State could end up getting badgered.

Anti-choice governors can do damage to women's health and well-being even when the state legislature is under firm pro-choice control.  In New Jersey, both the Senate and the General Assembly have pro-choice majorities, and the state received an A- grade in this year's Who Decides?.

But in 2010, anti-choice Gov. Chris Christie replaced pro-choice Gov. Jon Corzine. Gov. Christie's first budget eliminated funding for family-planning clinics that provide birth control and reproductive-health screening to low-income women. When the legislature passed a bill to restore the funding, he vetoed it. 

We'll be monitoring legislation in the states closely and working with our network of state affiliates as the new anti-choice governors look to leave their mark. Find out whether your state's governor is a zero or a hero when it comes to protecting a woman's right to choose. 

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The first state NARAL Pro-Choice America visited during its multi-state Vision to Win tour was Montana. We blogged about our many adventures, including the uber-adorable Mabel - the unofficial pro-choice mascot of Montana.

Well now, the Vision to Win tour is hitting the streets of Maryland for a round table with young, pro-choice activists tonight and a really exciting event on Thursday, Privacy After Dark. Here's more information on this exciting event, which features NARAL Pro-Choice America policy director, Donna Crane, and Rep. Donna Edwards (MD-04):

Do you care about reproductive rights? You are not alone! Please join NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland and your pro-choice neighbors at Hyattsville's Hank's Tavern and Eats for a lively evening of good food, networking, and discussion about the future of reproductive politics in the states and on Capitol Hill at "Privacy After Dark: Your Body, Your Business."

Our special guest for this event will be one of our movement's top defenders of choice in Congress--our own Donna Edwards who represents Maryland's 4th Congressional District. In addition, we are also proud to be joined by one of our country's leading experts on choice legislation, Donna Crane, policy director for NARAL Pro-Choice America.

In recent years, President Bush's Supreme Court nominees have voted to weaken Roe v. Wade. This means more and more decisions about abortion, privacy, birth control, and other reproductive rights issues will be left to the states. Please join us for a fun and exciting evening as we discuss how to ensure that future generations of Maryland women will be able to exercise their right to choose.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online. We hope to see you there!


What is Vision to Win, and is it coming to my state?

NARAL Pro-Choice America is embarking on the Vision to Win tour across the country, from Connecticut to Montana.

The Vision to Win tour is a partnership with our state affiliates to further engage young grassroots leaders and elected officials in the efforts to protect choice.

Get your tickets to a Vision to Win tour event in your state:

Maryland

August 12: "Privacy After Dark: Your Body, Your Business" event with Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-Maryland).

Wisconsin

August 17: Wine and Choice event in Madison
August 18: Wine and Choice event in Milwaukee

Connecticut

October 1: Hartford, Gala/Auction Event
October 2: New Haven, Young Millennial Leaders Roundtable
October 3: Ridgefield, Luncheon with Betsy Thompson and Rep. Jim Hines

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Here is today's updated list of vigils. We're still receiving notice of more popping up all over the country, so we will continue to update this list, and the full list from Monday.

If you've attended a vigil for Dr. George Tiller, and took pictures, please email them to us so we can add them to our flickr set and put them on our blog.

As always, please be sure to let us know of events that you know of but don't see on our list. You can email us or leave it in the comments below. Thanks!

Concord, NH: 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, statehouse grounds in Concord, NH. For more information, call NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire at 603-228-1224.

Austin, TX: 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, The Hill at Butler Park: 903 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX, Located between Riverside Drive and Barton Springs. Immediately west of Palmer Events Center.

New Haven, CT: 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, First Presbyterian Church of New Haven: 704 Whitney Avenue, New Haven CT 06511, For more information, email Gretchen

Columbus, OH: 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, Broad Street Methodist Church, 501 East Broad Street, Columbus 43215

Richmond, VA: 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, Richmond First Unitarian Church: 1000 Blanton Avenue

Gainesville, FL: 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, Planned Parenthood clinic: 914 NW 13th St. Please park in the Office Depot parking lot.

Tallahassee, FL: 6 p.m. on Friday, June 5, on the steps of the new Capitol at Waller Park. This side of the Capitol is right across from the Supreme Court on Duval Street.

Chicago, IL: 8:15-9:15 p.m. on Friday, June 5, Churchill Field Playlot Park (c/o Holstein Park): 1825 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60614, For more information, send an email here.

San Marcos, TX: 8 p.m. on Friday, June 5, Courthouse Square, San Marcos, TX

Jacksonville, FL: 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, Planned Parenthood clinic:  3850 Beach Blvd.

Madison, WI: 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 7, Lisa Link Peace Park: 400 State Street, Madison, WI, please direct any questions to the NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin office at (608) 287-0016 or via email

Milwaukee, WI: 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 7, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee: 1342 Astor Street, more information on the NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin website.

Washington, DC: 6 pm.m on Monday, June 8, Remembrance and Celebration of Dr. George Tiller, The National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle, N.W., Washington DC

Denver, CO: 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, location TBD, please direct any questions to the NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado office at (303) 394-1973. RSVP for confirmation of details to denvervigil@prochoicecolorado.org 

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(Rep. Betty McCollum, David Eigenberg, and Nancy Keenan on Sunday in Madison, WI.)

 

Nancy told me a great story today about her trip last week to the great state of Wisconsin, and although she's going to write a larger piece tomorrow about her trip, I wanted to share this one tonight.

Nancy was traveling with Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) and "Sex and the City" star David Eigenberg as part of the statewide Campaign for Change weekend tour of Wisconsin. I say "Sex and the City" star because, according to Nancy, there were very few people who didn't know who he was. I know I was super jealous when I read about their trip in the Madison Capital Times.

Anyway, back to the story.

In one town, Nancy, David, Rep. McCollum and two Obama staffers (Heidi and Avery) stopped for some coffee. Nancy noticed that the woman behind the counter kept staring at David, trying to verify if it really was Steve Brady. So Nancy, being the ever observant and generous person she is, leaned in to her and said, "Yes, it's really Steve." She could tell how excited this made the woman, so she added, "And I can get his autograph for you... if you're registered to vote."

Well, it turns out this woman wasn't registered... yet. But, according to Nancy, "...she was gonna!" So with a promise to register as soon as she could, this woman received her autograph, and the group was on their way.

Why am I telling you this? Because with the election less than two months away, 56 days to be exact, it is important, no CRITICAL, that good intentions turn into good actions. PLEASE take a moment to register to vote if you haven't already. Each state has different rules and deadlines, so be sure to do it immediately.

Nancy told me that she, Rep. McCollum and David used this autograph-for-registering to vote shtick for the rest of their time on the campaign trail. If they encountered unregistered voters, they traded promises to register for autographs... and met a lot of great people along the way.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for a longer piece from Nancy herself.

(Photo source: Tamira Madsen from The Capital Times)

 

Good news out of Wisconsin today! Hospitals are now required to provide emergency contraception to rape victims, thanks to the hard work of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, along with a coalition of reproductive rights groups, and the pro-choice Gov. Doyle!

Flanked by two survivors of sexual assault, one with tears welling in her eyes, Gov. Jim Doyle signed a long awaited bill today that requires hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims.

"This is one bill I've been working to get on my desk for a long, long time," Doyle said.

He credited rape survivors like Linda Gage and Amanda Harrington, who provided testimony before the state Legislature and appeared next to him at the bill signing, with being instrumental to the bill's passage.

"I would like to recognize all of the survivors who have been willing to come forward with their stories ... and to tell what they went through," Doyle said. "The survivors really made this happen."

According to the 2004 Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance Report on Sexual Assaults in Wisconsin, approximately one forcible rape is reported every 7 hours, 42 minutes, 40 seconds in Wisconsin. This law will go far to ensure that survivors of rape will have access to the respect and support they deserve.

Doyle also gave a special shout out to Rep. Terry Musser, a Republican from Black River Falls and the bill's co-author in the Assembly, who fought bruising battles with members of his party over the bill. In fact, when given a loud round of applause by the legislators and advocates at the signing, Musser quipped, "Don't remind my caucus."

In brief remarks, an emotional Gage said the new law makes her "proud and honored" to be a Wisconsin resident.

"It tells me, my daughter and the women of Wisconsin that our health and well-being does matter to our state government."

As mentioned in a recent letter to the editor, the passage of this bill proves that it is possible for both sides of the debate to come together to support commonsense solutions to reduce the need for abortion.

Take a moment to read the full story here and be sure to visit NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin's website to learn more about supporting women's health and privacy in Wisconsin.

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