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To Those Who Blogged for Choice: I Salute You!

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Thank you to the hundreds of pro-choice bloggers and activists who blogged, Facebooked, tweeted, re-tweeted, and tweeted some more yesterday!

I'm reluctant to rank Blog for Choice Days--they all have so many powerful stories!--but I think I might have to declare Blog for Choice Day 2012 the best one ever!

If yesterday is any indication, America's pro-choice majority is fired up and ready to make sure the War on Women ends at the ballot box in 2012.

Here's Misha from Laugh.Rant.Snort:

First:

I'm going to vote.

Second:

I'm going to make sure Mr. Misha, my mom and anyone else I know who is pro-choice votes. I'll drive them to the polls. I'll pick up voter registration forms for them. I'll take them to the post office to mail their absentee ballot. I'll watch their kids while they go to the polls. I'll get informed on all the local candidates and make sure everyone I know is aware who the pro-choice candidates are.

Third: I'm going to make calls, write letters and use social media to get the word out. I'll call voters. I'll call politicians. I'll call/write/tweet/blog/Facebook to make sure that the Republican Party's war on women is stopped and rights taken away will be reinstated. I will continue to be a voice that shows how reproductive rights are being taken away, how access to reproductive care is being restricted and how it hurts families.

Feminism! What? Yeah. highlights some of the outrageous statements made by anti-choice presidential candidates:

The best way to protect our reproductive freedom is by VOTING. Reproductive FREEDOM is crucial. We need the freedom to choose to have children. Or to not have children. Whatever YOUR personal choice is. Don't let a politician decide your fate, your future. That is up to you and no one else. Your body, your choice. Please register to vote. Be passionate about what can change your life so drastically. We have the right to have safe, affordable, and accessible contraception. Don't forget that.

Angry Black Bitch:

So, what am I going to do to elect pro-choice candidates in 2012?

Well... I'm going to work as if my rights are on the line.

That means I knock on one more door, I make that extra phone call, I nag my friends and family members to make sure their asses are registered and know where their polling place is...I volunteer, even though I'm tired...I stuff envelopes, even though I'd rather be [insert any of the many things I set aside during an election year].

I'm going to teach...

...and educate my community about reproductive justice and that there are people who appropriate the language and tactics of the Civil Rights movement so that they can erect anti-choice versions of the White Citizens Council and bar black women from the full range of reproductive health care.

Another thing that made Blog for Choice Day 2012 the best one ever was the outpouring of support from pro-choice elected officials and candidates.

Here's Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), the co-chair of the House Pro-Choice Caucus:

In the first year of the 112th Congress the U.S. House did not once consider comprehensive jobs legislation, but we still managed to vote seven different times to restrict a woman's access to a full range of reproductive health care. We voted to defund family planning services and raise taxes on women who purchase comprehensive insurance coverage. We voted to restrict federal funding from going to comprehensive medical training programs. We even voted to allow hospitals to deny life-saving care to women if it involved performing an abortion.

These votes threaten the health of women all across America and I will continue to stand up against these attacks. I fight to protect a woman's right to choose largely grounded in my Western values of personal freedom and common sense. But as today's anniversary approached, I wanted to hear from others about why defending that right was important to them. So on Friday I turned to Facebook and asked my followers for their stories, and the answers were astounding.

You can find more awesome posts from Blog for Choice Day 2012 on our blog roll.

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More pro-choice elected officials are joining us on Blog for Choice Day!

Here's Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.):

I am proud to have continued the fight for a woman's right to choose during my time in Congress. Despite persistent attempts to chip away at all that Roe v. Wade accomplished, I have advocated for abortion to remain safe, legal and available to those in need. In 2011 alone, I offered amendments to ensure federal funding for abortions would be available in cases where the life of the mother is at risk and cases where a mother may be undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, which often impairs the development of a pregnancy dramatically.

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.):

Thirty-nine years ago today, the Supreme Court issued its 7-2 decision in the Roe v. Wade case stating that abortion is a fundamental right under the United States Constitution. Sadly, decades later we are still fighting everyday to preserve this fundamental women's right.

No woman expects or plans for an unintended pregnancy. Those women for whom the unexpected happens are put in a terrible position; the consequences are steep, no matter what she decides. And this personal decision should not be made or interfered with by the federal, state, or local government.

And Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) of my home state of New York writes on The Huffington Post:

Last year, as a result of the 2010 midterm elections, the 112th Congress became the first in a generation to start out with fewer women in its ranks than the Congress before it. After decades of slow incremental growth in the number of women serving in Congress, last year we actually lost ground, dropping from 93 to 92 women (thankfully Kathy Hochul's victory last summer returned us to the previous level.)

But 2011 also saw the House of Representatives engage in an unprecedented assault on women's reproductive rights. Whether it was their passage of a bill to defund Planned Parenthood or their legislation that would allow hospitals receiving federal funds to refuse reproductive care to women even if their life was in danger, time and again, the House of Representatives proved it was hostile toward women's rights.

These things are not unrelated...

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The National Women's Law Center Blogs for Choice

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The National Women's Law Center is joining us on Blog for Choice Day. They're writing on how they'll continue to fight for reproductive choice in 2012--and why standing up for choice is so important.

Leila Abolfazli, counsel, writes:

Here's to a new year.

Arriving at the National Women's Law Center three months ago, I never anticipated just how sustained and systemic the efforts to dismantle women's health and reproductive rights had become. Sure, I had paid attention to the Planned Parenthood defunding fight (which included the "trade" for a ban on DC funding of abortion services and the "this is not meant to be a factual statement" debacle) and had heard about HR 3 and the disgusting "forcible rape" debate. Indeed, it was those events that informed my decision to work on reproductive rights issues full time. But even though I was aware of what was going on, it was only when I became involved with the issues on a daily basis where I gained a whole new perspective on just how far those who oppose reproductive rights are going in order to completely unravel women's rights. And it got me thinking, if so many bad things can happen in just my three months here, what will 2012 look like?

Read more.

Gretchen Borchelt, senior counsel:

My coworker Leila has already explained the problems with the recent decision by the Fifth Circuit overturning a district court's block of key provisions of a Texas law forcing doctors to give women seeking abortions ultrasound information.

What Leila didn't mention, however, was who wrote the decision: Chief Judge Edith Jones. And although I am as outraged as Leila by the decision, I'm not entirely surprised. We knew Judge Jones was no friend to Roe - her record since joining the Fifth Circuit in 1985 displays clear hostility to a woman's right to decide whether to obtain an abortion (check out another one of her anti-Roe cases here).

So on this anniversary of Roe, I would like to pause and offer our standard refrain: judicial nominations matter!

The end. Thank you.

Thank you, Gretchen. (And here's more on Judge Jones' long history of anti-choice activism.)

Mara Gandal-Powers, fellow:

States are even resorting to enacting laws that require and endorse lying to women about abortion. North Dakota requires that counseling provided to women considering abortion include information stating that having an abortion increases the risk of breast cancer, despite the fact that this is untrue. South Dakota now requires that counseling provided to women considering abortion include flawed information about risk factors for abortion and requires women to visit a crisis pregnancy center, which are notorious for providing misinformation, before obtaining an abortion.
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Obama vs. Romney: The Contrast Couldn't Be Clearer

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We're blogging for choice today because it's the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that recognized a woman's constitutional right to choose safe, legal abortion.

On the Roe anniversary, many candidates and elected officials issue statements. And there's quite a contrast between statements from pro-choice leaders and those from anti-choice politicians.

Case in point--here's President Obama's statement:

As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman's health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman's right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right. While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue- no matter what our views, we must stay united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant woman and mothers, reduce the need for abortion, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption. And as we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.

And here's the statement from one of the men who want to replace him, anti-choice former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.):

Today marks the 39th anniversary of one of the darkest moments in Supreme Court history, when the court in Roe v. Wade claimed authority over the fundamental question regarding the rights of the unborn. The result is millions of lives since that day have been tragically silenced. Since that day, the pro-life movement has been working tirelessly in an effort to change hearts and minds and protect the weakest and most vulnerable among us. Today, we recommit ourselves to reversing that decision, for in the quiet of conscience, people of both political parties know that more than a million abortions a year cannot be squared with the good heart of America.

Time for a quick word count:

Mentions of "woman," "women," or "daughters": Pres. Obama 4, Gov. Romney 0.

Mentions of freedom: Pres. Obama 2, Gov. Romney 0.

Mentions of the need to reduce the need for abortion and support healthy pregnancies: Pres. Obama 1, Gov. Romney 0.

These differences speak for themselves.

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My Pledge for 2012

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Happy anniversary, Roe v. Wade! This year's Blog for Choice Day question is a tricky one. "What will you do to help elect pro-choice candidates in 2012?" This isn't just about talking the talk, this is about walking the walk, too.

One of the great things about being part of the online communications team at NARAL Pro-Choice America is that I'm always involved in the fight to elect pro-choice candidates. In past election cycles I've worked on our online voter guides (in English and Spanish), online ads, YouTube videos, and websites that exposed anti-choice candidates and supported pro-choice champions. Trust me, I've spent more hours of my life than anyone should ever admit looking for that perfect photo on a candidate's Flickr account or trying to pick just the right music to go with a video.

Despite all of this work online, in the past I haven't gotten all that involved in elections outside of work. Sure, I've made a few donations and, of course, voted pro-choice. But that's not enough this year. The candidates in the Republican presidential race are all scaaary on choice (and on other issues I care about). President Obama is far and away the best candidate we have, and if I don't do what I can to help him win re-election, I know I'll always regret it. There will be other pro-choice champions in tight races who need help, too.

So this year I pledge to get on the phones, and even overcome my fear of canvassing. Because, while posting about candidates on Facebook to all my pro-choice, progressive friends is easy and fun, it's not going to win for us in 2012.


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And...They're Off and Blogging for Choice!

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It's Blog for Choice Day, and we're seeing an overwhelming response to our question, "What will you do to help elect pro-choice candidates in 2012?"

Bellesouth writes:

I will watch local and national debates. I will read the news from conservative, progressive, moderate and unbiased sources. And yes, I will put forth my energy and my finances to support candidates whose views are in line with mine.

Furthermore, I will stand for substance, evidence, research and truth. I hope you will, too, and I hope you will join me in voting this year.

Ambitious Knits:

This year it is just as important to me to elect pro-choice candidates. More and more states are considering "personhood amendments" which would give rights to a fetus at conception. That would put certain birth control options that stop implantation but not fertilization (like the IUD or emergency contraception), as well as in vitro fertilization, at risk and make it difficult for women who are trying to prevent pregnancy as well as those who really want kids to access health care. "Conscience clauses" allow providers to refuse routine medical services to women because they have moral objections to the choices made by women, their families and their physicians. My clients are facing C-sections and inductions they don't want because of policies that are outdated and not based on science.

This stuff makes me mad and sad and sick and makes me want to do something about it.

And how about some pro-choice leaders in Congress? Here's Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware:

In my first year in the Senate, I often witnessed the tenacious commitment of those who prioritize rolling back reproductive rights above everything else. For some members of Congress, the anti-choice agenda has even trumped job creation.

In April, some members of the House nearly caused the federal government to shut down in their effort to defund Title X, a program which dates back to 1970 and provides a range of critical health services to women across the country. In October, the House passed a bill that prohibits women from buying health insurance plans that cover abortion under the Affordable Care Act and makes it legal for hospitals to deny abortions to pregnant women with life-threatening conditions. I will do everything I can to make sure this draconian bill is not passed by the Senate.

While we have been largely able to fend off anti-choice attacks, we must remain vigilant in the preservation of reproductive rights and ensure all women in this country have access to the highest-quality health care available.

What are you doing to elect pro-choice candidates in 2012?

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Blog for Choice Day: Ann McLane Kuster

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Ann McLane Kuster is a candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in the 2nd District of New Hampshire and an adoption attorney in Concord, N.H.

For the past 25 years as an adoption attorney, I have represented women - from age 14 to 40, from junior high school to juniors in college, from living in cars to the most prestigious neighborhoods - who face unplanned pregnancy. Every time, with hundreds of women, year by year, I witnessed the courage, compassion and conviction that women across the country face every day.

Thanks to the United States Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, these women have the choice - the personal, private and legal choice - about their reproductive health and their future.

There is more we can do. I applaud President Obama this week for standing up for women across the country. Thanks to health reform, women across the country with private insurance can get birth control without paying anything out of pocket. This lets women make the health care decisions that are right for them and puts every one of us in charge of our own reproductive health. I know firsthand how painful the choices are, and these are the steps that will prevent so many women from having to face this challenge.

The extreme positions being advocated by the far right will roll back the clock on women's rights and access to the healthcare they need. We need to be on the side of progress and less government interference in people's personal lives, so women will be able to make the choices that fit in their lives.

As an adoption attorney, a mother, a daughter and a friend, I will work every day here in New Hampshire - and in the United States Congress - to honor women everywhere and their right to freedom of choice. I hope you will join me and together, we will be heard and our legal rights will be protected!

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What I Will Do in 2012 to Ensure We Elect Pro-Choice Candidates

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Ashli, Affiliate and National Programs Department at NARAL Pro-Choice America

2011's political landscape was littered with legislative attacks on reproductive health so vicious that they constituted a War on Women. We all know that we need to elect more pro-choice candidates to ensure that we don't have a repeat of 2011.

With pressing issues such as unemployment, the growing disparity between the wealthy and poor, and our failing education system, the barrage of anti-choice legislation was not only impractical, but downright insulting. Hopefully, Americans saw right through the disingenuous talking points and false flags, and now understand the anti-choice agenda that lawmakers are really pushing - an attempt to roll back women's rights to pre-Roe times.

In 2012, anti-choice legislators need to lose their jobs. This is an exciting election year and I have already started planning how I can most effectively get pro-choice candidates elected.

Number 1: Bombard my social media profiles with news and donation pages for my favorite pro-choice rock stars even to the chagrin of my non-political friends.

Number 2: Send the same pro-choice rock stars a check. Even if it is not substantial, it can really help with their campaign.

Number 3: Who doesn't like yard signs? They're like bumper stickers but for your yard.

Number 4: Phone bank, phone bank, phone bank!

Number 5: Vote for said pro-choice candidates. Duh.

Number 6: Bring other pro-choice voters with me to vote.

These are just a couple ways that I am going to support pro-choice candidates.

The possibilities are endless and campaigns can always use more volunteers...to phone bank!

So, in 2012, make sure you support people who will turn around and support you.

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Chatterboxes for Choice

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Travis, Affiliate and National Programs Department at NARAL Pro-Choice America

Q: What will you do to help elect pro-choice candidates in 2012?

This election cycle I will be celebrating my 10,000th pro-choice conversation. What does that mean? Over the course of my still brief career as a pro-choice advocate, I have participated in dozens of canvassing events for pro-choice candidates, made thousands of calls for those same candidates, and organized several events supporting our community.

Each of these opportunities has brought me face-to-face with voters who soon will decide what happens in 2012. These voters are people like Dahlia, whom I met going door-to-door in northern Virginia in October '08 for pro-choice candidate Barack Obama.

Dahlia was undecided about who she would be supporting for president that year. She's a moderate voter, busy as a single mom with two kids, and generally didn't see much difference in her choices for president. I walked her through both candidates' records on choice. In a year where she was split on who she would support, choice became the issue that pushed her to commit to voting for Obama before I left her doorstep.

Almost four years later, as I was watching the reality TV show "Who Wants to be America's Next Anti-Choice Presidential Candidate" (aka GOP primary debates), I wondered who from the pro-choice community would make it to Dahlia's door this year to engage her in this critical election.

These one-on-one conversations may not be the sexiest way to support pro-choice candidates who stand with us, but they are the tried and true way to win elections. There is no better strategy than a good message and a strong ground game. We have the facts and public opinion on our side. It is now a matter of how committed we are to strapping on our boots and engaging our neighbors, friends, and family to protect and elect pro-choice political allies.

Get involved today

Check if you have a NARAL affiliate in your state.

In D.C.? Join our D.C. Volunteer program: field@prochoiceamerica.org

From anywhere in the country, join our Choice Action Network!

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Today is the day--Blog for Choice Day 2012! If you haven't signed up to blog yet, there's still time.

We want your thoughts in answering this question: What will you do to help elect pro-choice candidates in 2012?

It's an important question to ask today--the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that recognized a woman's constitutional right to choose safe, legal abortion.

The next president could nominate enough Supreme Court justices to determine the future of Roe v. Wade and women's constitutional right to choose for decades to come.

As a member of the Millennial Generation--the largest and most diverse generation in our nation's history--the idea that we could lose the rights our parents fought hard to win is truly shocking. We grew up with Roe v. Wade as the law of the land, and our generation is more pro-choice than the country overall. In fact, younger men are even more pro-choice than younger women.

Our challenge this year is to connect our personal values to what's going on in the political sphere--in the White House, Congress, the courts, and statehouses nationwide.

Here's how it works: we take our pro-choice values to the ballot box--and we take our friends, too, and our friends' friends. We send pro-choice champions to Congress, and a pro-choice president to the White House. We create a government that reflects the American people's values and priorities: that women's personal, private medical decisions should be made by women and their doctors--not politicians, not government.

Now, you might be saying, "Thomas, is that all I have to do? Just go out and win a bunch of elections? How do I even start?"

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

How do you elect pro-choice champions up and down the ballot?

One conversation at a time.

Let me tell you about a friend of mine. She strongly believes that decisions about abortion and birth control are too important--too deeply personal--to be left up to politicians. But, she also doesn't see what elections have to do with it. She finds politics distasteful, and is planning to stay home this November.

So, instead of talking about politics, we talk about birth control. The copay for her prescription has been going up, and it's getting to the point where she can no longer afford it.

I bring up the new no-cost birth control policy under the health-care law--starting in August, her insurance will cover her birth control without a copay.

Furthermore, the Obama administration resisted pressure from anti-contraception groups to allow many employers, including universities and hospitals, to refuse to cover birth control.

The administration's action ensures millions of women will have access to contraception coverage.

Pretty awesome, huh?

But, wait: if an anti-choice president takes office in January, we might be looking at the end of the health-care law. Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.)--the current frontrunner for the Republican nomination--says the whole health-care law "must be repealed."

Sayonara, no-cost birth control!

So, whether or not my friend can continue to afford her prescription depends on who wins the presidential election. Politics doesn't get more personal than that.

Think about it: we all have that friend. And we all have a conversation waiting to be had. It doesn't have to center around Supreme Court decisions or who's leading in what poll. It's just a chat that connects what's going on in our lives with what goes on in Washington and state capitals.

And that conversation, multiplied by millions of pro-choice Americans in millions of living rooms, is how we win elections.

I'll be having this conversation a lot this year. Will you?

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Announcing Blog For Choice Day 2012!

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It's the most wonderful time of the year!

It's... 

January 22, 2012--the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which recognized a woman's right to choose safe, legal abortion--will be the seventh (yes, seventh!) annual Blog For Choice Day.

Thanks to all the pro-choice bloggers who've joined us over the years, Blog for Choice Day gets more people reading and talking about reproductive rights online on one of the most important days surrounding a woman's right to choose.

Without a doubt, 2011 was an intense year for the pro-choice community. Anti-choice politicians ignored the American people's call to focus on jobs and the economy. Instead, they spent the year waging a War on Women. The U.S. House of Representatives held more choice-related votes than in any year since 2000, and states have thus far enacted a near-record number of anti-choice measures.

That's why our Blog for Choice Day 2012 question is: What will you do to help elect pro-choice candidates in 2012?

What you write up is up to you. Whether you're running for office yourself, canvassing for a pro-choice congressional or state legislative candidate, registering people to vote, or simply chatting with your friends and family about why voting pro-choice matters, we want to hear your plans for pro-choice victories at the polls. Just be sure to sign up now so we can get in touch with you and add your blog to our list.

If you don't maintain a blog or personal website, you can still participate through Facebook or Twitter. Post the Blog for Choice Day graphic on your Facebook wall.

Update your status with your plans to elect pro-choice candidates. Tag your tweet with #Tweet4Choice.

So, please join us for Blog for Choice Day 2012 on Sunday, January 22, the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade! Let's make this another successful year!

You can learn more and sign up here.

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Thank You for Blogging for Choice!

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Your response was nothing less than awe-inspiring.

Last Friday was the sixth annual Blog for Choice Day. Pro-choice bloggers and activists from across the blogosphere shared their concerns about threats to choice on the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Blog for Choice Day only succeeds every year because hundreds of people take time out of their day to write about a woman's right to choose. It's truly amazing. Here are a few more people who told the world what they are concerned about for choice in 2011:


Where does it stop?  No one has the right to tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body. But that's precisely what many in the government are trying to do.

JulieWasHere at Golden Coat Hanger summed up my feelings: 

How is it that in 2011, nearly four decades [after Roe], the right to choose is still even an issue at all rather than the head-slappingly obvious moral given that it should be?

You can find these and all the other terrific posts on the Blog for Choice Day 2011 page.

A giant thank you to everyone who blogged for choice this year. You're the reason I wake up and feel encouraged every morning! 

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Where We Stand: The Status of Choice in 2011

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Saturday marked the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that recognized a woman's constitutional right to choose abortion. This fundamental right has been upheld in numerous court decisions, most notably in the 1992 decision, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey. However, anti-choice forces continue to chip away at this right.

In his dissent in Casey, Chief Justice William Rehnquist wrote that "Roe continues to exist, but only in the way a storefront on a western movie set exists: a mere facade to give the illusion of reality."

Now, Rehnquist was an anti-choice justice; he didn't believe that women's constitutional right to make personal, private medical decisions existed at all. But in the 19 years since Casey, much of his prediction has been borne out:


For many American women, the right to choose is more of a hope than a reality. And given the legislative landscape, the outlook for 2011 is rather bleak. John Boehner, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, is now the most powerful anti-choice politician in the country. Just last week, Boehner called restricting women's access to abortion care one of his "highest legislative priorities."

Anti-choice politicians in the states are threatening a whole laundry list of bills that interfere with women's health and privacy, from abortion-coverage bans to measures that would force women to view an ultrasound before she can access abortion care - even if her doctor doesn't recommend it. There are now 15 states with fully anti-choice governments (both chambers of the legislature and the governor are anti-choice). That's up from 10 last year. 

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, recently gave her assessment of the status of choice in 2011 in The Huffington Post:  

From Washington, D.C. to statehouses across the country, pro-choice Americans have our work cut out for us this year if we're going to protect a woman's right to choose.

2011 is indeed going to be a busy, bumpy year for America's pro-choice majority. But seeing all the terrific posts from Blog for Choice Day last Friday gives me confidence in our strength. 

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More Blogging for Choice

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The sixth annual Blog for Choice Day is also my first here at NARAL Pro-Choice America. And I must say, I'm overwhelmed by the response. Fantastic posts have been flying in like letters from Harry Potter's owls. 


We asked bloggers the question: Given the anti-choice gains in the states and Congress, are you concerned about choice in 2011?

ProSanity responded:

I don't think words can express how concerned I am for my reproductive rights this year. A major renovation of Congress was preformed [sic] this year, and it worries me deeply.


"Women died," my mother tells me of the days before Roe v. Wade. And it's true... We cannot go back to those days. 

Cory over at Equal Writes wrote about what the political scene in Washington means for her high school in Memphis: 

Right now I am concerned about choice because the GOP is doing everything it can to make sure women, whether they are in their 30s or whether they are students at Frayser High School, are deprived of the right to assess whether they are able to bring a child into the world.  


A Few Choice Words from Blog for Choice Day

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This is our sixth Blog for Choice Day, and the third since I've been with NARAL Pro-Choice America. I love seeing all the fantastic posts you offer up each year.

This year we asked you to respond to the question: Given the anti-choice gains in the states and Congress, are you concerned about choice in 2011?

You can check out the list of participating blogs on the Blog for Choice Day 2011 page on the NARAL Pro-Choice America website. And if you've blogged and aren't listed, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page and we'll put you on the list.

I'm still reading through your posts. Here are a few of my favorite excerpts so far.

Third Sector Greatness sums up my response: "If you aren't concerned, you're not paying attention."

My Journey Through Abortion says:

I hope women always have the freedom to choose what to do with their bodies, that they have control of their reproductive rights, but I am scared that this may not be the case. I feel like we, the pro-choicers, need to be vigilant in watching our politicians, standing up for our constitutional rights as women. If the ability to choose is taken away from us, what can they take away next?

Our affiliate NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin kicked off its brand new blog with its Blog for Choice Day post:

So in response to the Blog for Choice Day question, yes, I am concerned - even alarmed - but not defeated. The election that put these anti-choice extremists in office was not a mandate on abortion. Wisconsin has faced significant economic challenges, and these newly elected officials promised economic development and jobs. The majority of Wisconsinites are pro-choice, and we will be there to remind Governor Walker and our legislators that they were elected on these promises, not to take away our fundamental reproductive freedom.

Feminist to the Rescue offers this on why we need to do everything we can to protect choice:

We're on the side of justice. We're on the side of women. We're on the side of better health for everyone. We're on the side of prevention. We're on the side of the American people.

From Plenty of Otherwise:

Women who, like me,... were born in the US after 1973, have never lived in a time/place where abortion was illegal. And I hope we never will. But that's really up to us. Just because we were lucky enough to have been born with the right to a safe and legal abortion, that right may not always be there for us. (If you're not convinced, do some research on abortion laws on individual states. Michigan's not the only one that got an F from NARAL.)
You can check out your state's grade and laws here.

There are a ton of other interesting and thought-provoking posts. I hope you'll check out the list of participating blogs and read a few.


Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the health-reform law, a top priority of anti-choice Speaker John Boehner



Here's what Nancy Keenan says about this new attack:

These anti-choice politicians are out of touch with Americans' values and priorities. These same lawmakers voted to repeal a health-care law that provides prenatal care and the promise of no-cost birth control to women.  Now, they want to make it even harder for women to purchase private health insurance that includes abortion coverage with their own money. Their hypocrisy is astounding.  It seems that they're fine with government intrusion, as long as it involves interfering in women's personal, private decisions.

And you can voice your concerns about choice in 2011, because tomorrow is Blog For Choice Day! Sign up now to blog for choice. 

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Three More Days until Blog for Choice Day!

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The excitement is in the air! Blog for Choice Day 2011 is this Friday, January 21

Our Blog for Choice Day question this year is: Given the anti-choice gains in the states and Congress, are you concerned about choice in 2011?


Blog for Choice Day Turns Six in 2011!

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Blog for Choice Day 2011On January 21, 2011 - the Friday before the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade - we invite pro-choice bloggers and activists to join us for Blog for Choice Day!

Blog for Choice Day is in its sixth year - I know, it's growing up so fast. Today, we're able to get even more people writing about choice through Facebook and Twitter. But what hasn't changed is that Blog for Choice Day still gets more people reading and talking about reproductive rights online on one of the most important days surrounding a woman's right to choose: the Roe anniversary.

And Blog for Choice Day couldn't have come at a better time. We truly need people talking about choice now that anti-choice John Boehner is speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Joe Pitts is in charge of a panel that oversees many women's health programs, and the freshmen class in the House has 79 anti-choice members.

At the state level, as a result of the 2010 elections, the number of anti-choice governors increased from 21 to 29. Plus, 15 states not only have an anti-choice governor, but anti-choice politicians also control the legislature.

That's why our Blog for Choice Day 2011 question is: Given the anti-choice gains in the states and Congress, are you concerned about choice in 2011?

What you write is up to you. Whether you are keeping an eye on your new governor, the anti-choice protesters at the clinic closest to you, or your member of Congress, we just ask that you write from your heart about what concerns you most about choice given the political realities. The possibilities are endless and your support is critical.

So please consider joining us again for Blog for Choice Day 2011. You can learn more and sign up here. Once you sign up, a link to your blog's URL will appear on the sign-up page. And for the forgetful folks out there, we'll send you a reminder about the date! So it really couldn't be easier. Just be sure to tag your post "Blog for Choice" so that we can track it that day.

You all are rock stars.

Seriously.

I think it's safe to say the Blog for Choice has been a resounding success. We'll update the blog next week with some stats on how many posts we tracked, how many sign-ups we received, and how much love Blog for Choice Day received.

Did any of you happen to catch USAToday's article that referenced Blog for Choice Day? Please take a moment to read it and pat yourself on the back... because we wouldn't be in our fifth year of Blog for Choice Day without our amazingly talented, thoughtful, active, and inspired bloggers!

Thank you for all you do to protect a woman's right to choose. Your support means everything to us.

I'd also like to give a shout-out to Jessica Valenti - former NARAL Pro-Choice America blogger and current feminist author, founding editor of Feministing, and Jess-of-all-Trades. Blog for Choice Day was her brain child back during the founding of this blog, and we're so pleased that it continues to grow and grow. Thanks, Jess!
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Holy cow, pro-choice Americans! Thanks for all your support. This is incredible!

Here are the final blog posts I'll be able to highlight today... but that doesn't mean there aren't more out there. Please take a moment to do a quick blog search for "Blog for Choice" and you'll be overwhelmed with the plethora of solid Blog for Choice day posts to read.

Bellesouth! writes:
And here's why I trust women: Because women know the situations they are in. They know whether or not the condom broke, or whether or not the baby's father was a rapist or whether he wouldn't step in. They know the risks of having a child, either medically or situationally. And I trust women to be in the care of a physician rather than in the care of an unlicensed quack who uses unsanitary equipment. And I trust women to be in the care of a physician rather than taking extreme measures to terminate their pregnancies.
Chasing the end of my rainbow writes:
"Trust Women" means understanding a woman's right to make decisions about her body. It means trusting that we can, and must, make our own decisions regarding our reproductive choices.

Trust a woman to know when she's ready to have a child. Trust a woman to decide if she's not ready for a child.

All women, regardless of class, income, religion, or color, should be able to make decisions about their own bodies.
GRITtv's Laura Flanders took a creative approach in her answer, writing:
For the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, NARAL Pro-Choice America holds Blog for Choice day. To participate, we're reposting some of our best segments related to abortion, choice, and reproductive health. Last August, Dr. Susan Wicklund joined us in studio. We wrote at the time:
A recent report from the Center for Reproductive Rights reveals that abortion doctors and clinics face continued threats, assaults, and harassment. Are doctors under siege? Dr. Susan Wicklund, author of This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor, on the political climate after the death of Dr. George Tiller and why she's speaking out.
Be sure to visit her blog post to watch the various clips.

Frau Sally Benz at Feministe writes:
Like I said, there's a lot discussed, but there are two points in particular I want to focus on. The first is the notion that reproductive rights are human rights. To me, that's the crux of what Trust Women means. Abortion is simply a medical procedure that allows a woman to do with her body what she wants and needs. Having a fertilized egg inside of her doesn't suddenly make her incapable of making decisions, yet she is suddenly deemed unworthy of retaining her rights. The second point is closely linked to the first, in my opinion, and that's education and information. If women are given access to accurate information about contraception, abortion, adoption, childbirth, etc., then why should anybody else be allowed to interfere with her decision and her rights?
Amanda at Pandagon writes:
I get really angry when I see headlines like the one in this article in GQ about Scott Roeder murdering Dr. George Tiller:  "Savior vs. Savior", with the blurb equating Dr. Tiller and Roeder as men who "believed they were doing right" and as having "convictions".  No one would dare say such a thing about a non-Christian terrorist, that they somehow have a conviction worth respecting.  But when the argument is between the conviction that women are people vs. the conviction that women are subhuman incubators, then all of a sudden this false equivalence enters into the situation.
Bitchphd writes:
The bottom line about abortion is this. Do you trust women to make their own moral judgments? If you are anti-abortion, then no. You do not. You have an absolute moral position that you don't trust anyone to question, and therefore you think that abortion should be illegal. But the second you start making exceptions for rape or incest, you are indicating that your moral position is not absolute. That moral judgment is involved. And that right there is where I start to get angry and frustrated, because unless you have an absolute position that all human life (arguably, all life period, but that isn't the argument I'm engaging with right now) are equally valuable (in which case, no exceptions for the death penalty, and I expect you to agonize over women who die trying to abort, and I also expect you to work your ass off making this a more just world in which women don't have to choose abortions, but this is also not the argument I'm engaging right now), then there is no ground whatsoever for saying that there should be laws or limitations on abortion other than that you do not trust women. I am completely serious about this.

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