This entire process has exposed just how far the anti-choice House leadership is willing to go to attack women's freedom and privacy. They are even willing to take our country to the brink of a government shutdown over issues that are unrelated to the budget deficit or other fiscal matters.
The good news from the budget deal is that funding for Planned Parenthood and other family-planning programs was saved.
It was your efforts that stopped a handful of anti-choice extremists from taking away millions of Americans' access to affordable contraceptive services, cancer screenings, and other basic health care.
NARAL Pro-Choice America worked hard to get this dangerous and unfair ban repealed in 2009. Now, Congress is back to telling D.C. taxpayers what they can and can't spend their own money on!
We'll fight to change the choice-related composition of the House of Representatives so that we can repeal this discriminatory measure again.
I just got back from putting some democracy into action!
I went with some colleagues to visit pro-choice representatives' offices in the Longworth House Office Building. We brought petitions signed by their constituents thanking these champions for their commitment to a woman's right to choose.
We visited the office of Rep. Jim McDermott
, who represents the seventh House district of Washington. We let his staff know that 1,906
people in his district had taken action calling for an end to the War on Women. That's the highest action-taking House district in the country.
We also visited the office of Rep. Raúl Grijalva
, who represents the seventh House district of Arizona--and got a huge and awesome surprise. As we were thanking his staff, the representative himself came out of his office and thanked us for standing up for a woman's right to choose!
It felt great to meet directly with our pro-choice lawmakers and let them know that we appreciate all they do.
Pro-choice people power! Together, we can stop the War on Women.
Well yesterday, Rep. Speier joined hundreds of our pro-choice activists for a lobby-day mobilization call. She reminded all of us that this debate is not about abstract legislative deals. The policies behind the anti-choice attacks will have a negative effect on our sisters, our cousins, our friends, our neighbors--the women important to us.
In addition to hearing Rep. Speier's inspiring comments, participants also heard from Ted Miller, communications director at NARAL Pro-Choice America; Donna Crane, our policy director; and Elizabeth Shipp, our political director.
To listen to the call and hear Rep. Speier's inspiring story and NARAL Pro-Choice America's speakers, right click this link
and select "Save Target As..." to download and save it.
Thank you to Rep. Jackie Speier and all of the activists who joined us on this call. If you couldn't make it, we hope you listen to the call
Maybe there was a time when you visited a family-planning health center, such as Planned Parenthood, for basic health care, like a mammogram, birth-control counseling, or a Pap test.
Perhaps you or your spouse or partner relied on your insurance to cover abortion care, and you strongly oppose how House Speaker John Boehner and his allies want to take this option away from women.
Today, the U.S. Senate stood up to the anti-choice U.S. House of Representatives' leadership's War on Women
We commend fair-minded senators for rejecting the anti-choice House leadership's efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and dismantle the nation's family-planning centers. Unfortunately, the Senate action coincides with a War on Women in the House that continues to escalate. This extreme and far-reaching agenda is a wake-up call to Americans, who are realizing just how much time and energy anti-choice lawmakers are willing to expend attacking a woman's right to choose instead of focusing on the jobs agenda that they promised Americans.
The fight to save reproductive-health care is moving to the U.S. Senate.
This week, the Senate could vote on whether to do the same. America's pro-choice majority is fired up, and we're telling our lawmakers to stop this extreme agenda. Already, more than 66,000 of our activists have called on their senators to say "no" to the War on Contraception.
NARAL Pro-Choice America and our network of state affiliates
are mobilizing pro-choice Americans at events across the country to send our senators a message: we're counting on you to stop the anti-choice House leadership's War on Contraception from advancing.
Last night, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts
volunteers gathered letters, emails, video messages, and personal stories from across the commonwealth to let Sen. Scott Brown know that Bay Staters need community health centers such as Planned Parenthood.
NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts will deliver the messages directly to Sen. Brown's office in downtown Boston today. Massachusetts voters are paying attention to the upcoming vote, and will hold Sen. Brown accountable in 2012 if he doesn't stand up for women's health.
Aspen from Webster, Mass. shared her story about a time she needed Planned Parenthood:
Planned Parenthood provided me with a supportive environment and education regarding birth control and other protective and preventative services that I did not (and perhaps could not) receive from other sources - including my primary care provider at the time. Because of Planned Parenthood I remain healthy, protected, and the master of my own body and my future. Defunding PP would counter-productive, irresponsible, and absolutely dangerous. There is nothing that could replace PP as effectively, and there are few institutions as important in the fight to reduce unwanted pregnancies (and thus abortions), and to provide all women with the services they need.
In Chicago, the Illinois Choice Action Team
delivered petitions to Sen. Mark Kirk letting him know that Illinoisans won't stand for attacks on Planned Parenthood and Title X family-planning programs.
We're also making sure that some of our pro-choice champions know that we've got their backs.
NARAL Pro-Choice Montana
delivered letters to Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester yesterday, thanking them for their leadership in standing up for family-planning programs. The senators' strong support for Planned Parenthood and Title X stands in stark contrast with Rep. Denny Rehberg, Montana's lone House member, who voted for
the War on Contraception.
Kudos to courageous women like Aspen, our affiliates
, and everyone speaking out against the War on Contraception at events around the country.
Reps. Moore and Speier shared deeply personal stories
about times when they relied on the reproductive-health services that organizations such as Planned Parenthood provide:
Kudos to Reps. Speier and Moore for sharing their stories, and to the hosts of The View for inviting them on the show.
Fortunately, many pro-choice champions in the House stood up against this war on contraception, cancer screenings, and other basic health care that family-planning centers, such as Planned Parenthood, provide to millions of American women and men. They deserve our recognition and thanks.
Thank you to other pro-choice representatives who stood up to defend women's health care against the anti-choice onslaught, including Rep. Lois Capps of California, Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida, Rep. Judy Chu of California, Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee, Rep. Susan Davis of California, Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois, Rep. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington, D.C., Rep. Rush Holt of New Jersey, Rep. Jessie Jackson, Jr. of Illinois, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee of Texas, Rep. Barbara Lee of California, Reps. Nita Lowey and Carolyn Maloney of New York, Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington, Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard of California, Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Rep. José Serrano of New York, Rep. Betty Sutton of Ohio, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, Rep. Henry Waxman of California, Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont and Rep. Lynn Woolsey of California.
We rely on them and other champions of choice to stand up for our right to make personal, private medical decisions.
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to eliminate all funding for Planned Parenthood
--a declaration of war on contraception, cancer screenings, and other basic health-care that family-planning centers, such as Planned Parenthood, provide to millions of American women and men.
These same anti-choice politicians are also pushing ahead with the extreme "Stupak on Steroids" agenda
, one of the farthest-reaching assaults on women's freedom and privacy that we've seen in years.
Do these attacks on women's health make you mad as hell? Well, you can do something about it!
If your representative is pro-choice, your support will help him or her stand strong against these dangerous attacks. If your legislator is on the fence about this anti-choice legislation, he or she needs to get the facts from a constituent, like you, who will hold him or her accountable. And if your legislator is anti-choice, he or she needs to know that voting against a woman's right to choose will always come at a political cost.
Politicians who campaigned on an agenda of jobs and the economy are now focused on defunding Planned Parenthood and attacking a woman's ability to make personal, private medical decisions.
It's time that they heard from the American people about what we think of their backwards priorities!
The war on contraception continues.
On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 240 to 185
to eliminate all funding for Planned Parenthood
. This vote was a declaration of war on contraception, cancer screenings, and other basic health-care that family-planning centers, such as Planned Parenthood, provide to millions of American women and men.
Politicians who campaigned on the promise of focusing on jobs and the economy need to be held accountable if, at the first possible opportunity, they join with John Boehner to launch a full-fledged war on contraception.
These six representatives failed the test:
Rep. Chris Gibson of New York
Rep. Nan Hayworth of New York
Rep. Leonard Lance of New Jersey
Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia
Rep. Steve Stivers of Ohio
When push came to shove, each of them voted in lockstep with Boehner and the anti-choice House leadership, and against women's health.
Independent voices in Congress? Willingness to stand up to the House leadership? Laser-like focus on jobs and the economy?
Apparently, these alleged House "moderates" are more interested in taking away women's access to birth control and cancer screenings than in creating jobs or growing the economy.
The anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives continues to wage its war against contraception.
The same people who promised a jobs agenda are now focused on blocking women's access to contraception, cancer screenings, and other basic health care that family-planning centers, such as Planned Parenthood, provide to millions of American women and men.
Thank you, Rep. Speier, for your bravery in sharing this deeply personal story.
Which of these two would get birth control if the anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives gets its way?
and RH Reality Check
are reporting that anti-choice Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana has introduced an amendment to a spending bill that would promote contraception--for wild horses.
Ted Miller, communications director for NARAL Pro-Choice America, said the move would be ridiculous if the stakes weren't so high:
House members fighting to preserve a horse's right to birth control would be laughable, if they weren't trying to block women from accessing contraception at the exact same time. What's next? An amendment that would allow veterinarians to refuse to provide birth control to a horse if the vet is personally opposed to contraception?
(Well, doesn't giving birth control to wild horses just encourage them to be even wilder?)
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