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House Committee Passes "Arrest Grandma" Act


While eyes were turned on the Supreme Court today, another front in the War on Women was being waged across the street.

The anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives moved one step closer to passing yet another anti-choice attack.

The House Judiciary Committee today voted on the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA), a.k.a. the "Arrest Grandma" Act.

This is the bill that 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.

Our pro-choice champions on the committee offered a total of 15 amendments, all to mitigate the dangers this bill poses to young women who can't turn to their parents in a time of crisis.

The committee rejected all of these proposed amendments.

  • It rejected amendments granting exemptions from the law for grandparents, clergy, and other trusted adults.
  • It rejected exceptions for survivors of rape or incest.
  • It rejected exceptions for health. The "Arrest Grandma" Act contains no exceptions for cases when a woman's health is in danger.

Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), and Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) all spoke out about the dangers this bill would pose to young women in desperate situations.

Yet, anti-choice politicians keep on pushing attacks on women's health.

From trying to overturn the health-reform law and its promise of no-cost birth control at the Supreme Court to pushing a slew of anti-choice attacks in the House, these politicians have shown that waging a War on Women truly is one of their highest priorities.

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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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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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NARAL Affiliates Take to the Hill


After a weekend getting fired up to STOP the War on Women, NARAL Pro-Choice America's state affiliates went to Capitol Hill yesterday to meet with members of Congress from their states. They visited nearly 50 offices in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives!

NARAL Pro-Choice California staff had the opportunity to meet with pro-choice hero Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.).

They thanked Rep. Chu for being one of the leading voices against the War on Women. They also had the chance to talk with her about the dangers of anti-choice "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs) that mislead and deceive women.

And today, Rep. Chu signed on as a cosponsor to the Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women's Services Act!

This bill would stop CPCs from using false or misleading advertising to lure women into their storefront operations.

Staff from NARAL Pro-Choice Texas went to the office of pro-choice Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) to let him know that pro-choice Texans have got his back.

This kind of pro-choice visibility adds to our day-to-day communication with our allies on the Hill. We have channeled more than 550,000 messages to Congress opposing the War on Women--so lawmakers know the NARAL family has backup.

It's also important that our allies know we're holding Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his anti-choice cohorts in the House leadership accountable. These politicians claim to want less government interference in our lives, but it seems what they really want is government that's just small enough to fit in your bedroom or inside your medicine cabinet.

Kudos to our state affiliates for meeting with senators and representatives from their states.

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Pro-Choice Representatives Stand Up to War on Women


Pro-choice members of the U.S. House of Representatives are standing up and saying "stop" to the anti-choice leadership's War on Women

Let's give three cheers for the pro-choice representatives on the House Judiciary Committee who spoke out yesterday against H.R.3, the extreme "Stupak on Steroids" bill.

Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the committee's ranking member, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York led the charge against the "Stupak on Steroids" bill. Rep. Nadler called the bill, which manipulates the tax code to advance an extreme anti-choice agenda, "an unprecedented attack on women, families, and their rights under the Constitution."

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida called out an earlier version of H.R.3 that would have redefined rape as a "violent act against women." Although the bill's sponsors caved to public pressure on that issue, H.R.3 still poses a grave threat to women's access to critical care.

Reps. Zoe Lofgren of California and Hank Johnson of Georgia voiced their opposition to the anti-choice leadership's attacks on women's health care. 

This amendment was rejected.

Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois proposed an amendment to ensure that women could access insurance that covers their reproductive-health needs. 

This amendment was rejected. 

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas proposed an amendment that would have protected a woman's access to abortion care in situations where it's necessary to protect her health. 

This amendment was rejected.

Rep. Judy Chu of California proposed an amendment clarifying that hospitals may not allow women in need of life-saving abortion care to die. 

This amendment was also rejected.

Kudos to these representatives for standing up to fight against the anti-choice House leadership's War on Women.

And some extra-loud jeers to two of the most strident anti-choice members of the committee, Reps. Dan Lungren of California and Trent Franks of Arizona, who belittled women's personal, private medical decisions

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Rather than worrying about jobs and the economy, the anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives is devoting two days to attacking women's health care.

Yesterday afternoon, the Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution held a hearing on H.R.3, the "Stupak on Steroids" bill introduced by Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey

The committee's anti-choice leadership brought in two "expert" witnesses. The first was Richard Doerflinger, associate director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops. (Whether Mr. Doerflinger was called as an expert on women or on medicine, I'm not quite sure.) The second was Cathy Ruse from the Family Research Council.

Ruse and Doerflinger tried their best to downplay just how extreme H.R.3 is, casting it as merely a continuation of existing policy. Their claim couldn't be farther from the truth, so let's get to the facts:

  1. This bill is not about public funding. Federal law is clear: federal funding of abortion is forbidden, except in very narrow circumstances. 
  2. The legislation would force millions of American families to pay more taxes if their health plan covers abortion care, jeopardizing abortion coverage in the private market. About 87 percent of insurance plans on the market currently offer abortion coverage.
  3. The bill jeopardizes the ability of private citizens to use their own dollars to purchase abortion coverage in the new health system, and levies harsh financial penalties on businesses and families who choose comprehensive insurance coverage.

Don't be fooled: The ramifications of deciding that the tax code is 'public funding' are huge and completely wrong.These anti-choice activists' plan is clear: to end insurance coverage for abortion and make it as difficult as possible for any woman -- under any circumstances -- to access abortion care. Doerflinger made this clear when he admitted that his organization does not support any exceptions for survivors of rape or incest, period.

Before the hearing, some of our pro-choice champions spoke out against the "Stupak on Steroids" bill at a press conference. Kudos to Reps. Judy Chu of California, John Conyers of Michigan, Jerrold Nadler of New York, Mike Quigley of Illinois, Maxine Waters of California, and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington, D.C. for standing up for women's health and privacy.

The hearings continue at 1 p.m. today! Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, and our affiliate network submitted written testimony to the Energy and Commerce health subcommittee in opposition to H.R.358, the Pitts bill, which among other things allows hospitals to deny women life-saving care.

NARAL Pro-Choice America will closely monitor how this hearing unfolds. 


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NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC-endorsed Judy Chu was sworn in yesterday to represent California's 32nd district. Rep. Chu is also the first Chinese-American woman elected to Congress.

H/t to The Gavel - Speaker Pelosi's blog - for providing footage of the actual swearing in. Take a look:


When endorsing Judy Chu, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said:

Judy Chu has a long record of protecting and defending a woman's right to choose and will be an outstanding advocate for the mainstream values of California's 32nd District...Chu will stand up for women's freedom and privacy in the same California tradition as Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, and other prominent pro-choice leaders from the Golden State.

Congratulations, Rep. Chu!

With the spotlight on the Sotomayor hearings in Washington, we didn't want readers to forget that there's a special election in California's 32nd Congressional District.

(You might remember that the seat became vacant after the U.S. Senate confirmed former pro-choice Rep. Hilda Solis to serve as President Obama's Secretary of Labor.)

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC proudly endorses Judy Chu in this special election.

Nancy Keenan gave the following reasons for pro-choice voters to go to the polls:

Judy Chu has a long record of protecting and defending a woman's right to choose and will be an outstanding advocate for the mainstream values of California's 32nd District...Chu will stand up for women's freedom and privacy in the same California tradition as Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, and other prominent pro-choice leaders from the Golden State.

Are you a Californian and are unsure if you live in the 32nd District? Check out this map and learn more about Judy Chu.

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