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February is Black History Month, and we'd like to acknowledge and honor a few amazing African-American pro-choice champions who've stood up for women's reproductive freedom, especially against recent anti-choice attacks in the states.

When anti-choice politicians in Ohio introduced legislation that would ban abortion as early as six weeks - before most women realize they're pregnant - State Sen. Nina Turner introduced a tongue-in-cheek bill that would require men to undergo psychological counseling before accessing Viagra.

A close ally of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, we recently honored Nina with our Champion of Choice Award for her leadership and advocacy on behalf of women's health.

We'd also like to recognize North Carolina state Rep. Alma Adams who spoke out against extreme anti-choice restrictions that could close reproductive-health clinics.

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When anti-choice politicians in her state tried to pass anti-choice restrictions using a "motorcycle safety" bill, Alma called out the anti-choice legislators for their cheating tactics:

"It's about politics. It's not about women's health. It's not about safety...As a woman, I am personally insulted by the maneuvers around getting this bill to the floor. We've made a mockery of women's health and safety."

Alma has been fighting for reproductive rights for nearly three decades, and we are so grateful for having her solidarity with NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina and being an ally to all women and families.

In the Cheesehead state, we'd like to recognize Wisconsin state Rep. LaTonya Johnson. She fought against a medically unnecessary forced ultrasound bill and spoke on the Wisconsin floor about the importance of access to comprehensive sex-education program.

LaTonya also spoke at the Stand with Wisconsin Women rally let by NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin and their coalition. Check out the video below:

And in New York, we're giving a shout out to State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader and the first African-American woman to hold that position!

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Andrea, who was endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice New York, led the charge for the Women's Equality Act (WEA) in the State Senate last year and continues to advocate for the full 10-point WEA. She said:

"No one would believe that in 2013 there were not enough Senators willing to vote to protect the health and equality of women. In 1970, when choice was first passed in New York, 12 Republican Senators joined a majority of their Democratic colleagues to support this landmark legislation. In our state, women's health has never been a Republican or Democratic issue. I find it shocking that 43 years later not one Senate Republican stood up for women's equality."

Andrea was the primary sponsor of the Reproductive Health Act in the 2011 session.

In Texas, where NARAL Pro-Choice Texas works on the ground to defend reproductive rights against huge challenges, we want to recognize some awesome leaders who were loud and proud about their pro-choice values during the heated legislative attacks that led to Wendy Davis' historic filibuster.

State Rep. Senfronia Thompson hung a wire hanger from the microphone while she spoke during the hearings to pay reverence and respect to the many women who were injured or died accessing illegal abortion.

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State Rep. Dawnna Duke rallied women in Texas and proposed amendments that would allow more options for women with unintended pregnancies.

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We're also giving a shout out to Virginia Delegate Charniele Herring, who has a 100% pro-choice voting record!


Charniele was the first African-American woman elected to represent Northern Virginia in the General Assembly. Charniele was also chair of the reproductive rights caucus in 2012 and was a huge player, along with NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, in the fight against forced ultrasound legislation in 2012.

The pro-choice movement is fortunate to have incredible champions from all backgrounds and walks of life but we couldn't be where we are today without the tenacious, smart, and courageous leadership of African-American state lawmakers.

We can't thank these pro-choice rock stars enough for standing up for women's reproductive freedom in all communities.

Happy Black History Month from NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Ilyse Hogue On "NOW with Alex Wagner": Why Women Need Plan B


Today, Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, stopped by "NOW with Alex Wagner" on MSNBC to talk about continued efforts to block access to emergency contraception:

"I'm sympathetic to the idea that we all want our kids to come talk to us if they get into trouble. Unfortunately, that's not the job of the administration right now. The real question is whether we're going to have the science-based policy that we were promised by this administration. What we know and what's got this judge so up in arms is that Plan B and other 'morning-after' pills are safe. They've been tested extensively. They're safe for all women."

Rep. Steve King Denies His Anti-Contraception Record


Steve_King_Official.jpgIt seems like everyone is running away from their anti-choice record these days.

Yesterday, Rep. Steven King (R-Iowa) denied attacking women's access to birth control.

When his Democratic challenger, Christie Vilsack, brought up his extreme position, Rep. King insisted,

"If I were opposed to it, I would have introduced a bill. I mean, look at my history. I have had 16 years out there. I don't know why they have to make things up."

But that's not exactly true, is it, Rep. King?

Rep. Steve King has an extreme anti-contraception voting record. Let's take a walk down memory lane, shall we?

Rep. King is trying to appear moderate on birth control, but we're not fooled. Nice try, Rep. King, but your extreme anti-contraception record speaks for itself.

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Standing up for No-Cost Birth Control at La Plaza


Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, has a new guest post over at Latinovations' La Plaza blog.

She writes about how Obamacare is starting to affect women in their everyday lives - especially Latinas. Across the country, more and more women are no longer being charged a copay when they pick up their prescription birth control.

August 1 marked a momentous day for women: President Obama's no-cost birth-control policy went into effect as part of the Affordable Care Act. This law holds some of the most important advances for women that we will likely see in our lifetimes.

There are so many preventative services that women will now get at no cost, including screenings for gestational diabetes, breastfeeding support, and, of course, birth-control coverage.

At NARAL Pro-Choice America, we wholeheartedly believe that contraception is basic health care. In fact, 99 percent of all women use contraception at some point in their lives.

But until now, many women were forced to choose between their birth control and other necessities like groceries, because contraception is expensive. And even for women fortunate to have contraceptive coverage, many insurance plans charged high deductibles that put the medication out of reach. In fact, fifty percent of Latinas say that they can't afford to use birth control consistently due to the high cost. But this is all starting to change. Thanks to the new policy, many women will now have greater access to family-planning services.

Check out the rest at La Plaza!

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Next week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and its anti-choice allies will kick off their "Fortnight for Freedom."

What in the Dickens is a "Fortnight for Freedom"?

Well, a "fortnight" is an old-fashioned word for 14 days, or two weeks.

And "freedom" in this context doesn't mean women's freedom and privacy. (Sillies!) It means employers' freedom to deny birth-control coverage to their employees.

So, for the next two weeks, anti-choice groups will hold rallies attacking President Obama's no-cost birth-control policy in particular and insurance coverage of contraception for women in general.

"Fortnight for Freedom" makes me think of a time when women wore corsets, couldn't vote, and didn't get much say over their lives.

It's not exactly a forward-looking message, but it's no surprise coming from the folks who participated in the all-male birth-control panel.

Here's what the bishops hope to achieve with their rallies: pressure Congress to repeal the policy requiring insurance companies to cover contraception without a copay.

If you use birth control or know someone who does (and 99 percent of American women do), tell Congress not to give in to these extreme demands.

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How the "Mad Men" Method of Birth Control Ended


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Romney and the SBA List: A Match for Mittens


Thumbnail image for romney.jpg There's an old proverb that goes, "Tell me who you walk with, and I'll tell you who you are."

Today, we learned even more about who anti-choice former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) is.

That's because Gov. Romney just received the endorsement of the extreme anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List. The organization vowed to spend $10 to $12 million to put their anti-choice man in the White House.

Just who is the Susan B. Anthony List?

It's a radical, anti-choice group. Here is its agenda:

With an agenda like this, it's no surprise that the SBA List would endorse Gov. Romney.

In fact, the organization's president heaped praise on the presumptive Republican nominee:

Women deserve a president who truly respects our views on an issue so central to womanhood. A President Romney will be that man. If there was murkiness during the last election...absolute clarity exists now...

She's right about the "absolute clarity."

If you want a president who will defund Planned Parenthood, roll back insurance coverage of birth control, and appoint judges who will likely overturn Roe v. Wade, then Mitt Romney is your man.

The trouble for Gov. Romney and the SBA List is that their agenda is deeply out of touch with Americans' values and priorities.

That's why President Obama leads Gov. Romney by a double-digit margin among women in key battleground states.

Mitt Romney may want to Etch-a-Sketch away his anti-choice record, but by walking with the extreme Susan B. Anthony List, he shows us exactly who he is.

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Last week, I told you about two Arizona state legislators who could use a class on Manners 101.

State Reps. Terri Proud and Jack Harper wrote some nasty emails to pro-choice constituents who wrote in expressing their opposition to anti-choice bills moving forward in the Arizona legislature.

Now, NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona reports that Rep. Harper is at it again!

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Lana Schmitt-Kearney, a member of NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona, wrote to Rep. Harper about a bill that would allow bosses and corporations to deny their employees insurance coverage of birth control:

I am a married, 25-year-old, taxpaying citizen of Arizona who works for [a private, secular employer] after graduating from Arizona State in 2009. Please do not forget that as a state representative, you are supposed to represent ALL constituents, not just the ones who think the same way you might. I think it is despicable that H.B.2625 is even being considered- this bill invades the medical privacy of all women, undermines our capacity to make our own autonomous decisions, and thoroughly contradicts the notion that the GOP/right wing wants less government intervention into our lives.

If you must know, I use contraception for two reasons: to control the development of crippling, painful ovarian cysts that grow and burst every month when I ovulate, and also to postpone childbearing until my husband and I have both earned our master's degrees and are financially prepared for children.

Here's how Rep. Harper responded:

Your employer...has no religious objection to providing contraception. This bill doesn't affect you. If you worked for the Catholic Church, would you expect them to pay for an abortion for you? No, you wouldn't. Birth control pills are against the Catholics' religious beliefs, like abortion. Why would the government make them ignore their beliefs? Did our country's founders not come here for religious freedom?

I hope you are feeling better.

Rep. Harper is as misinformed as he is snippy, so let's clear up a few things about insurance coverage of birth control:

  1. H.B.2625, the bill making its way through the Arizona legislature would allow any employer in Arizona to deny employees contraception coverage.
  2. Arizona's contraceptive-equity law already allows churches to opt out of providing birth-control coverage.
  3. This law has been in force for a decade without controversy.

Rep. Harper's email reminds me of the old kindergarten saying, "If you don't have anything nice (or true) to say, don't say anything at all."

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Keep Your Mitts Off Wisconsinites' Birth Control!


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.

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I just got back from the Supreme Court.

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This week, the justices are hearing arguments on challenges brought by private plaintiffs and state governments that want to overturn the health-care law that President Obama signed into law two years ago.

If they succeed, all of our work to make near-universal coverage of birth control for women a reality will be undone.

That's why hundreds of pro-choice Americans rallied in front of the Supreme Court this morning. We were there to protect our health care from extremists who want to take it away.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said that women stand to lose a lot if the Court strikes down the law:

The attacks on the health-reform law are targeting women in the same way as the legislative attacks on contraception and ugly rhetoric that have made headlines in the last month. If the court strikes down this law, better coverage of prenatal care and contraceptives for millions of women could disappear. Insurance companies could go back to charging women more money for health-care services than men. That's why we must stand with President Obama and women across this country in supporting this important law.

The health-reform law is a big deal for millions of Americans.

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Last month, Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown Law student, testified before Congress about the importance of birth control to women's health.

She continued to speak out for contraception even after right-wing talking heads made disgusting and misogynistic comments about her.

(Most recently, Sandra gave an interview with Fox31 Denver.)

Because of Sandra's courage, our Future Direction Committee is honoring her with the Stand Up for Choice Award at next month's Multi-Generational Brunch in New York City.

Here's what Amanda Hirsh, chair of the Future Direction Committee, had to say about Sandra:

We are thrilled to honor Sandra Fluke with the Stand Up For Choice Award at this year's multi-generational brunch. Attempts to silence voices like Sandra's have failed. Young leaders across the country are looking to Sandra as an inspiration. We have cheered for her as she eloquently outlined her support for contraceptive coverage, and we can't wait to commend her strength and perseverance in person.

NARAL Pro-Choice America's Future Direction Committee is made up of young professionals who represent the next generation of pro-choice leaders.

The brunch will be held Sunday, April 22 at noon at The University Club in Manhattan.

Get your tickets today, and come have brunch with Sandra on April 22.

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Another Story on How Health Reform Helps Women


Every day this week, Blog for Choice is sharing a story from someone who has benefited from the Affordable Care Act, the landmark health-reform law that President Obama signed two years ago.

Today we hear from Maggie in Georgia, who writes about her daughter:

My daughter has to take birth-control pills for severe polycystic ovary syndrome. Last year, she had to have surgery to remove two huge cysts from one of her ovaries and almost lost the ovary. If her insurance were not paying for the pills, she and her husband could not afford them.

It's women like Maggie's daughter who would lose if the health-reform law is overturned.

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Today's Story on How Health Reform Helps Women


Every day this week, Blog for Choice is sharing a story from someone who has benefited from the Affordable Care Act, the landmark health-reform law that President Obama signed two years ago.

Today's story comes from Kate in Indiana:

I have a full-time job, but the office is small enough that we do not receive health-insurance benefits. In the past I have paid for insurance out-of-pocket. I am currently enrolled in school again, partly to get insurance coverage. I graduate in May and will lose my coverage. This summer, my fiancé and I are going to be married and I will be able to get covered under his insurance. However, he works for a private, Catholic university. If the insurance changes affect women's health and reproductive services, I might as well go back to paying for insurance out-of-pocket--which is expensive for a couple just starting out.

So here's our dilemma: pay for insurance out-of-pocket at a crazy price, but have everything that I need covered, or switch to his insurance where there will no guarantee in the future of what women's health services are covered. My mom and my sister have both had health problems related to ovarian cysts, hysterectomy and other issues. For the sake of my health, I need to have continued women's health coverage. So do I really have a choice?

Some good news for Kate: thanks to President Obama, employees of religiously affiliated universities--and their spouses--will soon get seamless insurance coverage of birth control without a copay.

But Kate also hits the nail on the head with what's at risk if anti-choice politicians succeed in rolling back the health-reform law's guarantees.

Kate's ability to access health care depends on the Affordable Care Act--and having a pro-choice president to keep it in place.

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We had a feeling this would happen.

Several recent news stories report that the anti-choice Republican presidential candidates' attacks on birth control are turning off women voters--even some women voters ordinarily inclined to vote Republican.

Well, whoudda thunk?

The New York Times published a profile this weekend of several centrist women voters. Several of them voted for John McCain in 2008, but they're outraged that frontrunners Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are attacking birth control in the year 2012:

Last week Joyce Kimball, a retired secretary in Greenville, Ill., who voted for Mr. McCain in 2008, said she had recently become "fed up," adding that it was not out of the question for her to vote for a Democrat in November. "I'm looking to hear how the candidates propose to put people back to work, not what they think about contraception," she said. "I hope to God they stop talking about this."

Meanwhile, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll puts some numbers behind the stories.

By a margin of 55-30, respondents say Democrats care more than Republicans about issues that are especially important to women.

You may recall that we did our own polling last fall. It shows that another group of women voters (some of whom had voted for President Obama in 2008 but weren't squarely behind him for re-election) moved toward supporting the president when his positions on choice were compared to the extreme anti-choice positions of the candidates who are challenging him.

Given that 99 percent of American women use birth control at some point in their lives, attacking it is not a smart political move!

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Last week, the U.S. Senate rejected the Blunt amendment, which would have allowed bosses to block their employees from getting insurance coverage for birth control.

But, anti-choice politicians in the Granite State couldn't just accept the U.S. Senate's word. On Wednesday, the New Hampshire state House passed a bill that would allow employers to refuse to cover contraception for employees.

Fortunately, New Hampshire women are not ones to let politicians attack their health-care coverage.

NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire led a rally outside the statehouse in Concord to stand up against these attacks on contraception.

Activists handed out Bayer aspirin--a reference to comments by a Rick Santorum supporter suggesting that women put Bayer aspirin between their knees as contraception.

Special props to everyone who braved the New Hampshire winter to stand up for coverage of birth control!

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Romney and Santorum Fail Women Voters


Last week, Rush Limbaugh launched an on-air attack on Sandra Fluke, the law student who testified before Congress about the importance of birth control to women's health. Limbaugh called Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute," and spent three days making disgusting and misogynistic comments about her.

Limbaugh's sponsors are jumping ship: already, more than 25 have abandoned his show, and the number looks to keep growing.

If ever there was a time to stand up for basic decency and against hate speech, this is it.

So what do presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have to say about the situation?

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Romney wouldn't call for Limbaugh to apologize and cowardly said "it's not the language I would have used."

Santorum brushed off the issue by saying, "an entertainer can be absurd."

Not the language you would have used? Then what sort of language would you have used, Mitt?

And, Rick, an all-male panel attacking women's access to contraception is absurd. Calling a woman who speaks out for women's health a "slut" and a "prostitute" is hateful and sickening.

These two men want to be president of the United States--the most powerful person in the world--and they can't even stand up to Rush Limbaugh?

Tell Mitt and Rick that they don't stand for women. Make sure they know that by refusing to denounce Limbaugh, they failed Sandra and all women who use birth control.

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From all-male panels attacking birth control to mandatory ultrasounds, anti-choice politicians have spent the last month taking their War on Women straight through the absurd-o-sphere. Along the way, they've become a national laughingstock on the Internet and late-night comedy shows.

You'd think these guys would know when to stop digging.


This week, anti-choice politicians in the U.S. House of Representatives will hold yet another hearing on a choice-related issue. This time, it's on a bill called the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA), a.k.a. the "Arrest Grandma" Act.

This bill would make it a federal crime for anyone other than a parent--say, a loving grandmother or clergy member--to accompany a young woman out of state for abortion care. It also would force doctors to impose a parental-notice requirement on young women from out of state - under the threat of fines and prison sentences.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, spelled out how extreme the "Arrest Grandma" Act is:

We believe that loving parents should be involved when their daughter faces an unintended pregnancy and thankfully, most do. But in some tragic circumstances, young women cannot involve their parents because they come from homes where physical and emotional abuse are present or their pregnancies are the result of incest.

Under this bill, a grandmother could be prosecuted for accompanying her granddaughter to a doctor in another state --even if that doctor is closest to the young woman's home. Ministers helping a young woman in their congregation would face similar threats. This bill is not a solution; it is a callous example of government intrusion into tragic family circumstances.

So there you have it: instead of focusing on the nation's real priorities--creating jobs or growing our economy, for instance--anti-choice politicians follow up a month of outlandish attacks on women's health with a bill that could throw grandmothers in prison.

Keep digging, guys. Keep digging.

Setting the Record Straight on Santorum's Record on Birth Control


Ted Miller is the director of communications and online advocacy strategies for NARAL Pro-Choice America

Former Sen. Rick SantorumIn advance of tonight's CNN debate, it's important to set the record straight on where Rick Santorum stands on birth control.

As Santorum continues to attack President Obama's contraceptive-coverage policy, the media should not let him describe himself as supportive of birth control and family-planning services.

Last week Santorum tried to distance himself from a billionaire supporter's suggestion that women put aspirin pills between their knees as a form of contraception. He also tried to distance himself from his own statements and votes on family planning.

Santorum recently told CNN, "My position is birth control can and should be available."

Others in the media have repeated this statement and similar claims in a way that gives voters the impression that Santorum supports contraception. 

That is not the case.

Santorum also has said, "One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country. It's not okay. It's a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be."


Santorum Voted Against Family Planning Six Times While Serving in Congress

For instance, on two occasions in the Senate, Santorum voted against legislation that would have prevented unintended pregnancy by investing in insurance coverage for prescription birth control, promoting family-planning services, implementing teen-pregnancy-prevention programs, and improving awareness about emergency contraception.

[Source: Murray motion to waive Budget Act to allow vote on Murray/Reid prevention-package amendment to "Partial-Birth" Abortion Ban Act, S.3, 3/11/03; Clinton/Reid amendment to FY'06 Budget Resolution, S.Con.Res.18, 3/17/05.]

If Elected President, Santorum Vows to Defund Family-Planning Program

In June 2011, Sen. Santorum signed the anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List's "Pro-Life Leadership Presidential Pledge," in which he pledges, among other things, to defund Planned Parenthood.

Pledge language: [To] advance pro-life legislation to permanently end all taxpayer funding of abortion in all domestic and international spending programs, and defund Planned Parenthood and all other contractors and recipients of federal funds with affiliates that perform or fund abortions;

Effect: Anti-choice groups use the framework of public funding to conceal the even more far-reaching elements of their agenda. In anti-choice terms, "ending taxpayer funding of abortion" means: 

  • Defunding Planned Parenthood, thus cutting off funding for preventive services like contraception and cancer screening;


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The Woman Rep. Issa Didn't Want You to Hear From


Kristin Koch is the deputy director of communications for online advocacy strategies for NARAL Pro-Choice America.

The picture says it all:

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Yesterday's congressional hearing on contraception, where not one woman was allowed to talk about the importance of birth control, sparked outrage. And eight of the ten anti-choice witnesses were men.

Who is the woman the committee's chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), refused to let testify?

Let us introduce you to Sandra Fluke, who recorded this video:

It's, in a word, amazing. It shows pure courage to stand up for what's right and a determination to not allow members of Congress to bully or intimidate women.

Anti-contraception members of Congress didn't silence Sandra Fluke - don't let them silence you. We expect the U.S. Senate to vote on the Blunt amendment when they return from their recess next week. Help us stop this extreme attack on women's contraceptive coverage.

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This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on President Obama's policy ensuring that all women can get contraceptive coverage without a copay.

The hearing featured an all-male witness panel that attacked insurance coverage of birth control.

Before the hearing, the committee's chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), refused to let a female law-school student to testify about the importance of birth control.

But let's leave the testimony to the experts--the eight men who want to take away women's contraception-coverage.

To draw attention to this farce of a hearing, several congresswomen on the committee walked out in protest.

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said the hearing was being run "like an autocratic regime."

While women were cut out of the hearing, they did make their presence known outside the committee room. A group of NARAL Pro-Choice America employees joined pro-choice lawmakers for a press conference to highlight Rep. Issa's outrageous behavior in forbidding women from testifying at a hearing on birth control!

Are you appalled by what happened this morning? Let Rep. Issa know: (202) 225-3906 or tweet @DarrellIssa.

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