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House Committee Passes "Arrest Grandma" Act

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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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Happy International Women's Day!

So what did the anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives do to honor women today?

If you guessed "held a hearing on yet another legislative attack on women's health," then you're absolutely correct.

This morning, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution held a hearing on 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.

The Very Rev. Dr. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale spoke out against the bill.

She told the story of one young woman who came from an abusive home and was pregnant as the result of rape. Unable to turn to her parents for support, she turned to Rev. Ragsdale for help in seeking abortion care.

Under the "Arrest Grandma" Act, young women in similar situations could find themselves unable to turn to any trusted adult.

"Please don't outlaw the very help we want our children to have," Rev. Ragsdale pleaded.

The subcommittee's chairman, anti-choice Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), responded by saying he hoped his daughter never met anyone with Rev. Ragsdale's philosophy.

Happy International Women's Day to you, too, Trent.

Fortunately, there were several pro-choice champions on the subcommittee to stand up for basic decency. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) all spoke out against this latest episode in the War on Women.

Anti-choice politicians sure have some crazy priorities: they follow up a month of outlandish attacks on women's health with a bill that could throw grandmothers and clergy members in prison.

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Breakfast of Pro-Choice Champions!

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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, www.ProChoiceAmerica.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

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Just when you thought the anti-choice leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives couldn't sink any lower, they go and do something even more shockingly offensive than you could have imagined.

Yesterday, a key House subcommittee held a hearing on a bill introduced by anti-choice Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) that could attack the ability of a woman of color to make private medical decisions with her doctor free from government intrusion.

The so-called "Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act" could subject a doctor to up to five years in prison for failing to determine if race or sex is a factor in a woman's decision to terminate a pregnancy.

Ultimately, it could wrongly compel doctors to single out women of color and immigrant communities for additional scrutiny and questioning before providing care. This is tantamount to racial profiling in the doctor's office.

NARAL Pro-Choice America and our state affiliates submitted testimony to the subcommittee in opposition to this bill.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said the bill represented cynical politics at their worst:

No woman's reproductive choices should be subjected to more scrutiny or control based on her racial or ethnic background. Nor should women be stigmatized for their choices.

The Franks bill exploits the very real problems of racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination while failing to offer any genuine solutions that would eliminate disparities in health care access and information. Rather than attacking a woman's right to choose, lawmakers with a sincere interest in addressing racism and gender bias should support policies that work to combat the bias and stereotypes that continue to plague our society. This alternative approach would unify - not divide - our country and could achieve important advances without taking away any woman's right to make her own personal, private medical decisions.

Does Rep. Franks have a sincere interest in addressing racism and gender bias? Let's take a look at his record:

I think his record speaks for itself.

To find out what people who actually do care about racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination had to say, check out hashtag #PreNDA on Twitter.

A huge shout out goes to Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, who testified at the hearing about how this bad bill would hurt women.

A shout out also goes to pro-choice Reps. John Conyers of Michigan, Mike Quigley of Illinois, and Bobby Scott of Virginia for speaking out for the right of every woman to make personal, private medical decisions.

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My Kind of Pro-Choice Town, Chicago Is

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While the anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives goes to further and further extremes in waging its War on Women, our pro-choice heroes in Congress are busy fighting back.

Last night, pro-choice Illinoisans got the chance to thank some representatives who are standing up and speaking out for women's freedom and privacy. Reps. Mike Quigley and Jan Schakowsky spoke to a packed house at the Gage Restaurant in Chicago. 


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Rep. Schakowsky gave a rousing speech, and promised to stand strong against the onslaught of attacks on women's health in the House. 

Rep. Quigley wondered why politicians who are supposedly for smaller government are trying to interfere with women's personal, private medical decisions.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, introduced the representatives, and called them some of the brightest pro-choice stars we have in Congress. She also thanked Benita Ulisano and the Illinois Choice Action Team for the work they do to protect a woman's right to choose in the Land of Lincoln. 

Nancy applauded all the men who came to the event, for showing that the War on Women is something that concerns everyone. She gave a special shout-out to Jeremy Ly, a Grundy County Board member, who's standing up for his pro-choice values on the local level.

It was awesome to see so many good folks come out to the event!

The next thank-you event will be in Minneapolis on Thursday, June 16. Dues-paying members will have the chance to meet and thank some pro-choice heroes from Minnesota. But space is running out quickly, so RSVP today!

 

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Meet Some Heroes (and a Zero) in Illinois!

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Members of Congress will be back in their districts next month. This means that we, the people they were elected to represent, have a great opportunity to let them know what we think about the War on Women going on in Washington. 

The Chicago area is home to some great pro-choice champions who have been standing up and speaking out against the War on Women. 

These pro-choice lawmakers include Reps. Bobby Rush (IL-01), Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL-02), Luis Gutiérrez (IL-04), Mike Quigley (IL-05), Danny Davis (IL-07), and Jan Schakowsky (IL-09).

NARAL Pro-Choice America is holding a reception with these pro-choice heroes in Chicago on Wednesday, June 8.

Dues-paying members are invited, because we want to thank you, too, for helping us fight back against the War on Women. If you're not a member, don't worry: you only need to contribute $10 to become one

These representatives fight day in and day out for women's freedom and privacy. Help us let them know we've got their backs!

At the same time, the Chicago area is also home to one of the biggest cheerleaders for the War on Women: anti-choice Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski. 


Rep. Lipinski needs to hear loud and clear that his constituents do not want these extreme attacks on women's health.

We would love for pro-choice Illinoisans to join Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, for a petition delivery at Rep. Lipinski's district office on Friday, June 10.

Make sure your voice is heard!

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Pro-Choice Representatives Stand Up to War on Women

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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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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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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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