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Winners of our May Hall of Fame and Shame


It's the end of May, and that means it's time to introduce the newest members of our pro-choice Hall of Fame and Shame.

It's hard to believe that there are actually people out there sincerely devoted to misleading and intimidating women who want to learn more about their reproductive-health options - but organizations all over the country are doing just that.

That's why the newest members of our May Hall of Fame are the pro-choice members of Congress who stood up to anti-choice "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs).

CPCs exist to lure women away from legitimate reproductive-health centers, like Planned Parenthood, by falsely advertising reproductive-health services they do - and don't - provide. Many CPCs use medically inaccurate information, shame, and manipulation in order to block women from considering abortion - and even birth control - as an option.

That's why Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) are working to end these deceptive practices with the "Stop Deceptive Advertising For Women's Services Act."

That CPCs are run by anti-choice activists who lie to women looking for honest medical information is a big problem. But if that weren't bad enough, CPCs get strong support from national anti-choice organizations that want to make abortion rights a thing of the past.

Which brings us to the newest member of our Hall of Shame: anti-choice and deceptively-named Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List.

SBA List is an extreme anti-choice political group that has said it wants to become the NRA of the anti-choice movement. Their mission is to elect anti-choice politicians, defund Planned Parenthood, and ban abortion nationwide.

What could be more anti-woman than that?

There were plenty of inspiring pro-choice champions and anti-choice opponents who could've earned a spot in our Hall of Fame and Shame. Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates and stories about these pro-choice heroes and anti-choice baddies.

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One Year Later: Sandra Fluke's Moving Testimony on Birth Control


Ali Tweedt is a member of NARAL Pro-Choice America's communications and online advocacy strategies department.

This time last year, I went to Capitol Hill to watch a hearing on the no-cost birth-control policy under the Affordable Care Act.

The only pro-choice witness who came to speak in support of the policy, Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke, was denied the chance to testify at anti-choice Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-CA) now-infamous all-male panel attacking contraceptive coverage.

Rep. Issa refused to let Sandra testify about the importance of no-cost birth control because she was "unqualified."

I was fortunate to attend that hearing, and I'll never forget the look of complete disbelief from Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) as she walked out of the hearing in protest, demanding an answer to the obvious question:

"Where are the women?"

Pro-choice members of Congress made sure Sandra was not silenced. On February 23, 2012, they held their own hearing so that she could finally share her testimony. I remember sitting in that room captivated while listening to Sandra tell the stories of women whose lives depended on affordable birth control.

Sandra's testimony in support of birth-control coverage - and the personal attacks she endured because she dared to speak out on this critical issue - helped galvanize pro-choice Americans to fight back against the War on Women.

Rush Limbaugh sank to a new low when he called her a "slut" and a "prostitute." Despite his anti-choice attacks, Sandra Fluke became a household name as a champion for women's freedom and privacy by giving a voice to the many women who struggle to pay for birth control they desperately need:

"This is the message that not requiring coverage of contraception sends: a woman's reproductive-health care isn't a necessity, isn't a priority."

One year ago, Sandra Fluke took a stand in support of women's access to no-cost birth-control coverage under the Affordable Care Act. And today, we continue the fight to ensure that all women have access to the essential reproductive-health care that they deserve.


Stand up for the no-cost birth-control policy by taking action to protect women's health.

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Breakfast of Pro-Choice Champions!


On Sunday, hundreds of pro-choice bloggers and activists took to the Internet to share the ways in which they planned to help elect pro-choice champions this year.

This morning, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC took one key step toward making 2012 a year of pro-choice victories at the polls.

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC is proud to endorse 20 of the greatest champions of choice in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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From California:

Rep. Lois Capps 
Rep. Judy Chu 
Rep. Barbara Lee 
Rep. Nancy Pelosi 
Rep. Jackie Speier 
Rep. Henry Waxman

From Colorado:

Rep. Diana DeGette

From Connecticut:

Rep. Rosa DeLauro

From Florida:

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

From Illinois:

Rep. Mike Quigley 
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

From Maryland:

Rep. Donna Edwards 
Rep. Steny Hoyer

From my home state of New York:

Rep. Joe Crowley 
Rep. Steve Israel 
Rep. Nita Lowey 
Rep. Carolyn Maloney 
Rep. Jerry Nadler 
Rep. Louise Slaughter

From Wisconsin:

Rep. Gwen Moore

These 20 pro-choice heroes have consistently stood up against the anti-choice House leadership's War on Women.

In addition, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC proudly endorses two other pro-choice champions from the House who will take their support of women's freedom and privacy to the U.S. Senate:

Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Rep. Shelley Berkley of Nevada

Here's what Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said at a breakfast honoring these pro-choice leaders:

Our priority is to elect pro-choice champions and defeat opponents of women's freedom and privacy. We are prepared for campaign battle in 2012 and will mobilize our one million member activists in support of candidates who will stand with our allies in countering legislative attacks on a woman's right to choose.

Twenty-two pro-choice champions, and 22 more ways we'll stop the War on Women in 2012.

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

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Making Access to Birth Control as Easy as ABC


If the Department of Health and Human Services follows the recommendations of a panel of experts, newly issued insurance plans will be required to cover birth control without a copay. This would be great news for American women.

Even while we're on the verge of vastly improved access to contraception, many women who receive prescriptions for birth control from their doctors still cannot get them filled. That's because rogue pharmacists who are opposed to contraception refuse to fill women's prescriptions. 

Fortunately, Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York and Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey have introduced the Access to Birth Control (ABC) Act in the U.S. Congress. The ABC Act would ensure that women receive their birth control at the pharmacy counter everywhere in the country

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, praised Rep. Maloney and Sen. Lautenberg for standing up for women's health:

Americans are fortunate to have strong leaders like Rep. Maloney and Sen. Lautenberg who believe in guaranteeing women's access to contraception.

The concept is simple: Women should be able to walk into a pharmacy and leave with the medication they need. It is mind boggling that the same people who attack legal abortion also want to block women's access to contraception, which is one of the best ways to prevent unintended pregnancy and thus reduce the need for abortion.

Do you think pharmacies should fill valid prescriptions for birth control? Tell your senators and representatives to support the commonsense ABC Act! 

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Putting a Stop to Deceptive Advertising


I'm happy to a report that there's a good bill moving its way through Congress!

CPCs are fake clinics often staffed by anti-choice activists who mislead and lie to women about abortion and birth control. The primary reason they exist is to scare women away from choosing legal abortion care. Investigations by NARAL Pro-Choice America and our state affiliates, along with a congressional study, have revealed that most CPCs are not regulated and often engage in false advertising.

Under the Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women's Services Act, the FTC could penalize organizations that engage in these practices. 

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, praised the proposed legislation:

We applaud Rep. Maloney's and Sen. Menendez' continued leadership in making sure women are not misled about their health-care options. It's time for Congress to step in and hold these fake "clinics" accountable. Even though we may have differences of opinion on abortion, Americans value honesty in advertising. We should all agree that a woman should not be misled or manipulated when she's facing an unintended pregnancy.

Want to urge your member of Congress to cosponsor this bill? Send your representative an email right now. And be sure to check out our campaign to stop CPCs from misleading women

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Two pro-choice lawmakers from my home state are sponsoring the MARCH Act--legislation that would lift the ban on abortion care for military women who are survivors of rape and incest.

Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York introduced the bill in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York will introduce the Senate version of the bill in the coming weeks.

The MARCH Act would end the discriminatory law that forces women in the military who become pregnant as a result of sexual assault to pay the bill if they choose abortion. 

Servicewomen are denied the right to have their health benefits cover abortion care in these tragic circumstances simply because of anti-choice politics. This ban adds insult to injury, and goes beyond the restrictions of the Hyde amendment

The legislation would also lift the ban that forbids doctors at military hospitals from providing abortion care, even if a woman pays for it herself.

Last month, Reps. Susan Davis of California, Robert Andrews of New Jersey, Diana DeGette of Colorado, Carolyn Maloney of New York, Loretta Sanchez of California, and Louise Slaughter of New York offered an amendment that would have allowed military health plans to cover abortion care for rape survivors. Yet, the anti-choice House leadership refused even to let this amendment go to the full House for a vote!

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said that the MARCH Act will let Americans know where their lawmakers stand:

This bill will force anti-choice lawmakers to go on the record as to whether they believe that women who put their lives on the line for their country should face more obstacles than women stateside when it comes to making personal, private decisions.

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