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Benita Ulisano is a co-chair of the Illinois Choice Action Team, a committed group of volunteers advancing NARAL Pro-Choice America's mission, based in Chicago.

Did you hear about NARAL Pro-Choice America's recent victories with Yahoo and Google? Both search engines agreed to enforce their truth in advertising policies and removed a slew of deceptive ads from crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) that come up if you search for "abortion clinic" - even though CPCs don't provide abortion care and actively dissuade women from choosing abortion.

I'm particularly thrilled about this change because I know firsthand how dangerous CPCs are.

One of the CPCs we caught lying in a Yahoo ad is actually right around the corner from the women's health clinic here in Chicago where I run an escort program. Check out the ad - you'd never know this is for a CPC!

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(Last time we checked, the CPC website referenced in this ad is down, too.)

One of CPCs' common tactics is to purposely situate themselves near real reproductive-health clinics to confuse women. This CPC is no different.

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For women who figure out where the real clinic is, anti-choice activists aggressively try to prevent women from going to their appointments. They stalk around outside the clinic, hold offensive signs, and harass women as they head in for an appointment, even if it's for a birth control prescription. The staff at the reproductive-health clinic has asked me to increase the days we're organizing escorts from one day a week to four. It's that bad.

I've seen anti-choice activists approach women in their cars to intimidate and shame them. CPC activists will yell at anyone of reproductive age who just happens to walk by! The harassment is so unbelievable that some of my current clinic escorts told me they decided to volunteer because they live in the neighborhood and are sick of being harassed for walking down the street.

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This is what's happening outside the clinic. What's happening inside the CPC is even more disturbing.

One woman told us that she was tricked into going to this CPC instead of the reproductive-health clinic by finding the CPC online. Mid-way during the appointment, when she realized she wasn't at the real clinic and tried to leave, CPC staff physically restrained her. We've also heard reports that inside the CPC there are photos of our pro-choice escorts posted on the wall. We provide a lot of training to our escorts so they know how to handle this kind of pressure, but of course it's intimidating to know that you've been targeted so personally.

Women who are looking for an abortion provider shouldn't have to endure the harassment and intimidation that I've witnessed firsthand - and a lot of that starts with what's happening on Internet search engines. Women deserve the truth when trying to find abortion providers or other reproductive-health services. Every day I hear about women who have to encounter anti-choice protesters from the CPC, and you wouldn't believe the lies they've been told.

I'm happy that Yahoo is reporting that it's going to do the right thing. We'll review the deceptive ads we found to verify Yahoo's claims, and we'll hold them accountable if our results don't match what they're telling the press. Enforcing their policies and taking down ads that deceive women will go a long way toward protecting women from deception.

Stop me if you've heard this one: an anti-choice politician, instead of focusing on creating jobs, sticks an attack on women's freedom and privacy onto an unrelated piece of legislation.

Seems to be a theme, huh?

Anti-choice Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) just filed an anti-choice amendment to a bill related to agriculture, transportation, housing, and other programs. The DeMint amendment could bar discussion of abortion over the Internet and through videoconferencing, even if a woman's health is at risk and if this kind of communication with her doctor is her best option to receive care.

Under this amendment, women would need a separate, segregated Internet just for talking about abortion care with their doctors.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, called Sen. DeMint's actions outrageous:

What about a woman experiencing a high-risk pregnancy who is talking with her doctor through video conferencing? Under Sen. DeMint's extreme plan, if abortion came up in that doctor-patient conversation, the woman and her physician would have to go to a separate communications system. He's calling for an abortion-only version of Skype. It is impractical, ridiculous, and, most importantly, bad for women in rural or remote areas who would not be able to discuss the full set of options with their doctor.

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.358, the "Let Women Die" bill. The House has now voted on more anti-choice measures this year than in any year since 2000.

And now, anti-choice senators are saying, "Me, too!"

The U.S. Senate could vote on the DeMint amendment as early as today. And even though we have strong pro-choice leaders in the Senate, only 40 out of the 100 senators are fully pro-choice.

Stand up today: call your senators at 202-421-3121 and tell them to oppose the DeMint amendment (#768) to H.R.2112.

It's an important reminder that pro-choice Americans must always be vigilant in standing up for our values of freedom and privacy.

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The Political Witch Hunt against Planned Parenthood


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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Another Day, Another Outrageous Billboard


Two anti-choice groups are launching a new billboard campaign to attack a woman's right to choose by

These billboards say, "Fatherhood Begins in the Womb."

These groups seem to be arguing that a woman's right to freedom and privacy somehow undermines a man's ability to be manly.

The president of Issues4Life, one of the two anti-choice groups behind the campaign, said in a statement:

We want to emphasize the biblical requirement and vital need for men to be involved as PROVIDERS and PROTECTORS when "LIFE" happens. [Capitalization is theirs.]

Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation, the other anti-choice organization involved, argued that men have "been forced out of their crucial role's brand of liberal feminism."

(I guess this is why I write a pro-choice blog for a living instead of hunting mastodons.)

These billboards are the latest in a concerted campaign by anti-choice activists to use inflammatory language to divide communities over the issue of abortion.

Other billboards have attacked African-American women's right to choose, likening it to slavery.

In February, an anti-choice group put up a billboard in Chicago. It had President Obama's face on it, and said, "Every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted."

A new billboard campaign in L.A. attacks Latinas' rights. These billboards read, in Spanish and English, "El lugar más peligroso para un Latino es el vientre de su madre/The most dangerous place for a Latino is in the womb."

This campaign by anti-choice activists is incredibly cynical. No woman's reproductive choices should be questioned or subjected to more scrutiny or control based on her racial or ethnic background--and that's exactly what these billboards do.

As for the new billboards targeting men, these are just as cynical and divisive. We all support strong families and healthy pregnancies. And that means ensuring that women and their doctors--not politicians--are the ones making personal, private medical decisions.

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"Rape-Audits" Bill Passes the House!


Moments ago, H.R.3, the extreme "rape-audits" bill, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 251-175.

251 representatives just voted for a bill that manipulates the tax code to advance anti-choice policies and could spur the IRS to audit rape and incest survivors who choose abortion care.  

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said the country's pro-choice majority will fight back:

Now the fight moves to the Senate. 

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A Webinar on the War on Women!


Today, NARAL Pro-Choice America held a press webinar with reporters, bloggers, and key supporters to discuss the unprecedented wave of attacks on women's freedom and privacy in Congress and the states. You can watch a video and check out the slides for yourself (download the PDF or view them below).

You will hear the voices of Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Donna Crane, our policy director. 

We were also honored that Ohio state Rep. Nickie Antonio, a pro-choice member of the state legislature, joined us to share her experience of fighting against anti-choice attacks. She spoke firsthand about the dire consequences that the 2010 elections have had for women in the Buckeye State. 

Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, talked about one bill that could ban abortion care before a woman even knows she is pregnant.

We'd love to get your feedback on the webinar. Please leave a comment to let us know what you think. 

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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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April 7 Lobby Day: the Nuts and Bolts


Pro-choice Lobby Day is this Thursday, April 7! I hope you're as excited about it as I am. Pro-choice Americans will be coming to Washington, D.C. from points far and wide to STOP the War on Women. It's going to be legendary! 

As we begin the final countdown to lobby day, here are some logistical nuts and bolts to help you plan your trip:

We'll be meeting Thursday morning at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G-50, located at First and C Streets, N.E.:

Take the Metro, our public-transit subway system. It is walking distance from the Union Station stop on the Red line and Capitol South Station on the Blue and Orange lines.

We will hold lobbying trainings on the half-hour between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

We're also offering virtual training sessions. Sign up to participate in one of the upcoming virtual trainings tomorrow, April 5 at 8:30 p.m. ET or Wednesday, April 6 at 1:30 p.m. ET, and you'll be ready to hit the ground running on Thursday morning. 

"But Thomas, what should I bring? What should I wear?"

Good questions. You can find out answers to these and more at our updated info page.

As for dress, you can wear casual clothes, but please leave your jeans with holes at home. Wear comfortable shoes, as it is a 15-minute walk to the rally location. And, of course, don't forget to purchase your official lobby day t-shirt in advance.

And don't forget to tell us why you're coming. Everyone has a reason for speaking out for a woman's right to choose. We want to know yours

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Politico Previews Upcoming Attacks on Choice


What do the numbers 29 and 15 mean when it comes to the debate over choice?

The article showcases NARAL Pro-Choice America's analysis of the sort of anti-choice attacks we can expect in Congress and in state legislatures in 2011. 

Anti-choice forces are feeling so emboldened by the outcome of November's elections that they called an emergency conference last week to plot their attacks. You can be sure that NARAL Pro-Choice America and our affiliate network will be fighting their extreme agenda every step of the way

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Anti-Choice Blogger Cruelly Mocks Women's Experiences


NARAL Pro-Choice America is made up of pro-choice women and men across the United States who come together to protect a woman's right to choose. These individuals are our backbone, and their stories remind us of why we do this work. Behind every statistic or heated argument about abortion is a real woman's experience. 

On our website,, we offer a safe space for people to share their stories because sharing stories is a way for our supporters to connect. Our Women's Stories page gives powerful and heart-felt accounts of women's personal lives and the difficult decisions they've made. As someone who talks with women about what it means to be pro-choice, I understand the courage it takes to share a story with us and the world. 

That's why I was deeply disgusted and outraged when I discovered that an anti-choice blogger mocked these personal stories through a series of "Parody Testimonials" blogs

The blogger crudely and cruelly mocks the circumstances behind these women's stories, even in situations where women's lives and health were in danger. 

Dawn, 40

I got pregnant in the summer of 2008. My husband and I were thrilled. We had been trying for about 6 months and it finally happened.

At 11 weeks of gestation we found out that our son/daughter had anencephaly. We were devastated. We thought we wanted this child. We murdered our son/daughter two days later in a building which looked like a hospital (but where they murdered people instead of cared for them). A spineless, life-hating, unprotective man who had a Medical Doctorate in gynecology dilated my cervix and proceeded to cut my son/daughter up into several pieces. After this, the nurse informed him that all of my son's/daughter's body parts were present and accounted for. The "doctor" considered this a "condition not compatible with life" AND WHO WOULD after being cut up into so many pieces?!


I have worked for groups which favor the murder of unborn babies for the worst part of my life doing a variety of volunteer activities (lying, deceiving, coaxing, betraying my fellow woman, hating men and the babies that they helped us conceive... did I mention lying?) as well as giving money to spill more blood. I support murdering unborn babies in all circumstances (yes, especially those which are forced in China and other countries since they have more melanin than I do).

I got pregnant in the summer of 2008. My husband and I were thrilled. We had been trying for about 6 months and it finally happened.

At 11 weeks of gestation we found out that the fetus had anencephaly. We were devastated. This was a very wanted child. We terminated the pregnancy two days later in a hospital. My OB performed the D&C. The doctor considered this a "condition not compatible with life."


I have worked for pro-choice causes for the better part of my life doing a variety of volunteer activities as well as donating money. I support choice in all circumstances.

We can't let the actions of an anti-choice blogger intimidate or shame women into silence. Please take a moment to support the women who bravely shared their stories with us. Read some of our Women's Stories and pick the story that you find most compelling. Share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or whatever social media you use. Share it here at BlogForChoice and on other blogs you visit. When you post the story, please say, "I stand with [NAME] and here is her/his story."

Together, we can stand up for these brave women and against hate.   

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Anti-Choicers Are Pushing Limits in State Legislation


Despite the hard work of pro-choice activists, anti-choice states already have enacted at least 24 anti-choice laws this year.  Each one represents an intrusion into women's personal, private decisions, and will have a huge impact on women's daily lives.  The most recent story appeared in The New York Times, where Ted Miller, communications director of NARAL Pro-Choice America, had the chance to expand upon the situation in Nebraska:

Lawsuits are likely to be filed against Nebraska's law banning abortion after 20 weeks. "That's pretty clearly designed to mount a challenge to women's right to choose in the second trimester," which the Supreme Court has recognized, said Ted Miller, a spokesman for Naral Pro-Choice America, a national advocacy organization. "It's a whole new standard."

Time also picked up this theme.  Btw, most people aren't aware of these attacks, so make sure you share this info with your friends and family!  To read more about activity in the states, read the full article here

The Senate Finance Committee, Health Care, and the Lucky Number 13


Kristin Koch is the Deputy Director for Online Communications at NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Why should pro-choice people like you breathe a sigh of relief?

Because we came within three votes of seeing the future of women's access to abortion care changed for the worse for generations.

On Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee narrowly rejected an anti-choice attempt to ban abortion coverage in the new health-care system (shocker, it was sponsored by the anti-choice Sen. Hatch!).

This was the choice vote to watch this week, folks, so we have to send a shout out to the 13 senators who stood up for women.

Don't hold back - call these senators and say "thank you!"

Sen. Max Baucus, MT (chair): (202) 224-2651
Sen. Jeff Bingaman, NM: (202) 224-5521
Sen. Maria Cantwell, WA: (202) 224-3441
Sen. Thomas Carper, DE: (202) 224-2441
Sen. John Kerry, MA: (202) 224-2742
Sen. Blanche Lincoln, AR: (202) 224-4843
Sen. Robert Menendez, NJ: (202) 224-4744
Sen. Bill Nelson, FL: (202) 224-6551
Sen. John Rockefeller IV, WV: (202) 224-6472
Sen. Charles Schumer, NY: (202) 224-6542
Sen. Olympia Snowe, ME: (202) 224-5344
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, MI: (202) 224-4822
Sen. Ron Wyden, OR: (202) 224-5244

Even thought we have cleared this huge hurdle, we still are nowhere near the finish line. That's why your phone call today is so important.

The last myth-busting installment of brings us this doozy of a claim: Anti-choice members of Congress have not been allowed to change the bills to limit abortion coverage in the new system. That's so wrong, I don't even know where to start...except for going to the truth.

FACT: On July 30, lawmakers (from both sides of the abortion debate) who serve on a key House committee voted for a compromise that allows each insurance plan to decide whether to provide coverage for abortion. It also separates public tax dollars from private funds, thus keeping bans on public funding for abortion services in place. As pro-choice advocates, we find this action regrettable since it singles out abortion from other health-care services, but apparently it was necessary to stop anti-choice politicians from continuing to use health-care reform to attack a woman's right to choose.

So now you have the top three ways to rebut the health-care myths you've been hearing about abortion:

and this post makes three!

Please spread this knowledge far and wide. When we see stories popping up on how anti-choice politics could derail health-care reform, we must remain vigilant and fight back.

Please help us spread the truth! Link to this blog post on Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter, or email the text below to your friends and family.

We only have two weeks until Congress returns from recess at home (perhaps you've heard about the town halls), so there's never been a more important time to get the truth out.

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