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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. 

Special thanks to Rep. Jackie Speier of California for bravely sharing her own story. Rep. Speier will appear on ABC's The View tomorrow to talk about her experience. 


Thanks to Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, who pointed out that these attacks fall disproportionately on low-income women and women of color. She said that the anti-choice leadership's attempt to eliminate family-planning funding showed "utter contempt for poor women and poor children."


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.


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They Defunded Planned Parenthood, So What Can You Do?

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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!

Congress is on recess this week, and members are at home in their districts to listen to constituents. Visit your member's district office and tell him or her that you oppose the "Stupak on Steroids" agenda!

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.


If you want to bring your voice to your lawmakers in Washington, D.C., join us for Pro-Choice Lobby Day on Thursday, April 7!

America's pro-choice majority is fired up and ready to go tell our lawmakers to stop the dangerous "Stupak on Steroids" agenda. We'll provide training and organize lobby visits with members of Congress from your state.

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! 

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Rep. Jackie Speier Stands Up to War on Contraception

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The anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives continues to wage its war against contraception.

Late last night, the House debated an amendment introduced by anti-choice Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana that would eliminate all funding for Planned Parenthood

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.

Rep. Jackie Speier of California stood up to anti-choice distortions by sharing her own story


Thank you, Rep. Speier, for your bravery in sharing this deeply personal story.

Check back with Blog For Choice as more pro-choice representatives speak out against the war on contraception. Here's what Reps. Mike Quigley of Illinois and Louise Slaughter of New York are saying. 


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Birth Control for Horses, Not for Women

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Which of these two would get birth control if the anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives gets its way?

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Politico 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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As the anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives ramps up its attacks on women's health and privacy, pro-choice Americans across the country are fighting back legislative district by legislative district. 


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Why Lungren? Well, he's a co-sponsor of H.R.3, H.R.358, and H.R.217-- three extreme anti-choice measures that are part of the "Stupak on Steroids" agenda. These bills would severely limit women's access to reproductive health services and cut funding to valuable family-planning clinics, such as Planned Parenthood. H.R.358 would allow hospitals to refuse to provide abortion care, even when it's necessary to save a woman's life!



Instead of focusing on jobs and the economy, Dan Lungren has chosen to back an extreme anti-choice agenda that is an assault on the personal, private decisions of women in California. Lungren, whose priorities are wildly out of touch his district and with California, needs to be held accountable for his support of these outrageous bills.

The pro-choice activists at the rally delivered a letter to Rep. Lungren, letting him know that the American people will not stand for politicians getting in between a woman and her doctor. 

Kudos to NARAL Pro-Choice California and all the pro-choice coalition partners who made this rally a success!


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America's pro-choice majority is not about to let these attacks go unanswered. Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued a challenge to new House members:

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. It is the height of hypocrisy for anti-choice politicians to seek to abolish a program that helps prevent unintended pregnancy and thus reduce the need for abortion.  How many jobs will be generated by eliminating women's access to birth control?

In particular, we're mobilizing our activist base in the following districts where anti- or mixed-choice representatives replaced pro-choice members after the 2010 elections:

Rep. Robert Dold (R-Ill.)
Rep. Charlie Bass (R-N.H.)
Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.)
Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.)
Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.)
Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio)

(Rep. Gibson is my congressman, and you can be sure he'll be hearing a piece of my mind!)

The Huffington Post and DailyKos are already reporting on the grassroots pressure building up over the "war on contraception." 


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Tell Your Story

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We are sending stories to Congress to oppose the de-funding of Planned Parenthood and other local health centers. Have you ever had a hard time affording birth control?

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