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Happy Anniversary to Legal Birth Control!


Today is the 48th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut, the Supreme Court case that first identified the constitutional right to privacy and defeated a law that barred the use of birth control.

This ruling was monumental because it struck down a barrier that blocked women from controlling their futures. It gave them the power to choose whether and when to start and family.

Access to birth control is essential for millions of women and their families. Not only does birth control prevent unplanned pregnancy, it allows women to take better care of themselves and their families, support themselves financially, and advance their educational and career goals.

Studies show that using birth control is highly effective in reducing unintended pregnancies, and therefore the need for abortion care. Improving access to birth control is truly a win for everyone.

That's why we're so excited about the no-cost birth control policy under Obamacare, and the recent ruling that made some emergency contraception available over the counter without age restrictions for all women!

Want to show your support for this monumental ruling for women and their families? Head over to Facebook and share our graphic:

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Delivering Your Comments in Support of No-Cost Birth Control!


Today, staff and volunteers of NARAL Pro-Choice America joined Planned Parenthood and National Women's Law Center to deliver your comments in support of no-cost birth control to the Department of Health and Human Services. Together, we submitted more than 338,000 comments!

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Hundreds of thousands of pro-choice activists submitted comments about why no-cost birth control is essential for women across the country who may otherwise not be able to afford it.

Access to birth control is so important because the ability to control when, how, and with whom to start a family empowers women to chart their own courses and achieve their goals in life. That's why we love the no-cost birth control benefit under Obamacare!

Anti-choice opponents tried to flood HHS with anti-birth control comments.

But we know that most Americans support the no-cost birth control policy and we're making our pro-choice voices heard!

Because when women have access to birth control they have the power to choose their futures.

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Obamacare Turns Three!


Three years ago, President Obama put his pen to paper and signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) into law.

This law is a huge win for women's health, and ensures that millions of Americans will have access to health care that they otherwise may not be able to afford, including no-cost birth control.


Here's a photo marking one of our favorite Affordable Care Act (ACA) moments from 2012. President Obama, in the Oval Office, speaks with the Solicitor General of the United States after learning that the ACA was upheld by the Supreme Court.

We fully support this huge advancement for women's health. Thanks to Obamacare, more than 30 million Americans will have access to affordable family-planning services, better access to contraception, and maternity care. We know that when women have control over their own health-care, they're empowered to make essential decisions about their families and their futures.

We stand with our pro-choice President Barack Obama and will continue our work to ensure that millions of Americans have access to the health care they deserve.

CPAC: Anti-Choice Speakers to Watch


presenter_small.jpgThe Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is back in town, and you know what that means - some of the most extreme anti-choice and anti-woman politicos in the country will be taking the stage.

In keeping with this year's theme, "America's Future: The Next Generation of Conservatives," CPAC will feature speakers that the organizers hope will resonate with Millennials. Here are just a few of some of the worst anti-choice speakers:

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) will take the stage as a keynote speaker this year. Sen. Rubio reintroduced the "Arrest Grandma Act" and just this week he called for a complete repeal of Obamacare, including the no-cost birth-control policy that guarantees affordable access to contraception to millions of American women.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is no stranger to anti-choice tactics. He even tried to sneak a "personhood" amendment that would ban abortion in almost all cases into a flood-insurance bill.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) voted to defund Planned Parenthood and to allow private employers to refuse to cover birth control or any service required under the health-reform law for virtually any reason.

Guess who else made the list of speakers Millennials should watch at CPAC...

None other than 2012's anti-choice vice-presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

Rep. Ryan has been candid about his extreme anti-choice views.

Rep. Ryan wants to ban all abortion care, with no exception for rape or incest. He also cosponsored forced ultrasound legislation and the "Let Women Die" bill. And his latest budget plan would repeal Obamacare, which would have a huge negative impact on women and families.

In case CPAC organizers hadn't made their anti-choice agenda clear enough, they have also secured Students for Life president Kristan Hawkins to speak during the conference.

Clearly the folks running CPAC don't want to accept the facts. Sixty-one percent of Millennials are pro-choice and these anti-choice speakers do not speak for them.

Keep an eye on our Twitter feed @NARAL for more news and updates on CPAC.

Medicaid Expansion Shows Good Policy Trumps Bad Politics


stethoscope_smal.jpgOne aspect of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) that is getting a lot more press coverage lately is the Medicaid expansion. Under the Affordable Care Act, states have the option to expand the Medicaid program to provide health-care coverage to more low-income people.

If Medicaid is expanded, millions of uninsured American women would qualify for health-care coverage. People covered under the expanded program will receive access to maternity and newborn care and women's preventive-health services, including contraception and well-woman visits.

Making health-care services more accessible for low-income women could improve their lives in a big way. Low-income women are more likely to experience health problems but often face roadblocks that prevent them from accessing the care they need.

It's sort of a no-brainer for states to expand Medicaid programs to more people. Under the law, the federal government will pay the costs completely until 2016. After that, states only need to cover 10 percent of the costs.

Given that local health-care providers often treat low-income people who can't fully cover the cost of their health care, these added resources will help pay for health-care services that local doctors and hospitals are already providing. The whole thing helps people stay healthy and makes good financial sense.

However, the Supreme Court left it up to the states to decide whether to expand Medicaid. Many anti-choice governors railed against the expansion and announced they would refuse the offer in their states.

But in an interesting turn of events, several anti-choice governors who had opposed Obamacare are now supporting expanding Medicaid in their state. Do we smell political opportunism in the air?

Anti-choice Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) is the most recent convert. Funny, because he eliminated family-planning funding from New Jersey's budget and twice vetoed efforts to restore it. He also blocked efforts to expand coverage of family-planning service for low-income women. But now he stands behind expanding Medicaid in his state.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has never met an anti-choice law she didn't like. However, not long after two of her key advisors left to lead a coalition of hospitals, insurers, and other providers supporting the policy, Brewer too decided to back expanding Medicaid.

Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) was one of the most outspoken opponents to the Affordable Care Act, and even spearheaded efforts to challenge its constitutionality before the Supreme Court. But even he has reversed his position to support expanding the Medicaid program.

Clearly, even some anti-choice politicians can't deny that getting more people insured through Obamacare just makes common sense. Will these same people start to see the error of their ways and stop attacks on other aspects of women's health? We won't hold our breath.

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Meet 11 Anti-Choice Politicians Who Oppose No-Cost Birth Control


Hobby Lobby paint_small.jpgHave you heard that Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts-and-crafts stores, is still trying to refuse to provide insurance coverage for its employees' birth control?

Even after a federal judge ruled that Hobby Lobby must comply with the birth-control policy under Obamacare, the company wasted no time in appealing the decision.

It's certainly ridiculous to see a private company try to impose its bosses' beliefs on its employees. But now, 11 extreme anti-choice politicians have signed a brief arguing that Hobby Lobby should be able to do just that:

  1. Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.)
  2. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.)
  3. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
  4. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
  5. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
  6. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)
  7. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
  8. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.)
  9. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)
  10. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas)
  11. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.)

What makes these guys so bad? For starters, every one of these extreme anti-choice politicians has voted against women's reproductive freedom.

Every politician on this list has voted to defund Planned Parenthood and cut Title X family-planning programs.

And every senator on this list voted for legislation allowing bosses to deny their employees birth-control coverage.

Affordable birth control allows us to control our own lives and write our future. That's why every time we get closer to achieving contraceptive coverage for nearly all American women, anti-choice politicians up their legislative attacks.

Tell these anti-choice politicians to focus more on their Hobby Lobby projects like popsicle-stick birdhouses and scrapbooking. They should leave important reproductive-health care decisions to women and their families.

Add your name now to a critical 60-day comment period that will make sure that as many women as possible have no-cost birth-control coverage.

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One Year Later: Sandra Fluke's Moving Testimony on Birth Control


Ali Tweedt is a member of NARAL Pro-Choice America's communications and online advocacy strategies department.

This time last year, I went to Capitol Hill to watch a hearing on the no-cost birth-control policy under the Affordable Care Act.

The only pro-choice witness who came to speak in support of the policy, Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke, was denied the chance to testify at anti-choice Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-CA) now-infamous all-male panel attacking contraceptive coverage.

Rep. Issa refused to let Sandra testify about the importance of no-cost birth control because she was "unqualified."

I was fortunate to attend that hearing, and I'll never forget the look of complete disbelief from Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) as she walked out of the hearing in protest, demanding an answer to the obvious question:

"Where are the women?"

Pro-choice members of Congress made sure Sandra was not silenced. On February 23, 2012, they held their own hearing so that she could finally share her testimony. I remember sitting in that room captivated while listening to Sandra tell the stories of women whose lives depended on affordable birth control.

Sandra's testimony in support of birth-control coverage - and the personal attacks she endured because she dared to speak out on this critical issue - helped galvanize pro-choice Americans to fight back against the War on Women.

Rush Limbaugh sank to a new low when he called her a "slut" and a "prostitute." Despite his anti-choice attacks, Sandra Fluke became a household name as a champion for women's freedom and privacy by giving a voice to the many women who struggle to pay for birth control they desperately need:

"This is the message that not requiring coverage of contraception sends: a woman's reproductive-health care isn't a necessity, isn't a priority."

One year ago, Sandra Fluke took a stand in support of women's access to no-cost birth-control coverage under the Affordable Care Act. And today, we continue the fight to ensure that all women have access to the essential reproductive-health care that they deserve.


Stand up for the no-cost birth-control policy by taking action to protect women's health.

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Craft Store Fights No-Cost Birth-Control Policy


President Obama's win on November 6 means that implementation of the Affordable Care Act will continue. That includes one of our favorite provisions, the no-cost birth-control policy. Under this policy, all FDA-approved methods of contraception will be covered without a copay for newly issued insurance plans going forward.


Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts and crafts stores, is one of many organizations that objects to the policy. It sued to deny birth-control coverage to its employees based on the employers' personal beliefs.

Early last week, a federal judge ruled that Hobby Lobby must comply with the birth-control policy. While this is promising for the future of the policy, Hobby Lobby has already appealed the decision.

Perhaps Hobby Lobby forgot that the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. The Obama administration got it right: women, not their bosses, should make the health-care decisions that are best for them.

And Now for Something Completely Different


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Today is my last day at NARAL Pro-Choice America, and this is my last entry here at Blog for Choice.

In the two years that I've been here, we've had some amazing moments: we rallied to restore sanity on the National Mall because politicians really do make crappy doctors.

When anti-choice forces took over the U.S. House of Representatives and seemingly could do nothing but attack choice, we responded with force and resolve, time and again.

We fought for no-cost birth control, and when President Obama came under fire from anti-contraception extremists, we had his back. And in less than three weeks, insurance coverage of birth control without a copay will become a reality.

From dressing up as Lady Liberty to knocking on John Boehner's door to making some very bad puns, there's never been a dull day at NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Now, our focus is turned to making sure President Obama is re-elected this November. We need a pro-choice president in the White House to protect our access to health care and put a stop to the War on Women.

Stay tuned to Blog for Choice to find out more ways you can get involved.

My time as a writer for Blog for Choice ends today, but my belief in the values of freedom and privacy continues.

Blog on!

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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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This week is National Women's Health Week, an opportunity to recognize the need for women to have control over their own health care and family-planning decisions.

And now, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a Obamacare, we have a lot to celebrate when it comes to women's health.

Just how does Obamacare benefit women? Each day this week, we'll share a story here at Blog for Choice about how the law helps real women get quality, affordable health care.

Today, we're focusing on the no-cost birth control policy, which will give women near-universal contraceptive coverage. Let's hear from Amanda in Ohio:

At the age of 23 I was a working professional, but still unable to afford the cost of insurance. (At that time, young people stopped being covered by their parents' insurance soon after their college graduation.) Although I was working full-time as an intern to further my career, my employer did not cover my insurance, nor could I afford to pay it. Hence, I was not on birth control for two years before I decided to return to grad school. The institution I attended mandated that students without health care purchase insurance through the school, which I did. However, the full cost of birth control was not covered and I could not afford the monthly co-pay. At this point, I had been off birth control for at least three years.

During the spring of my first year of grad school, I experienced a ruptured ovarian cyst. The pain associated with this was excruciating, beyond anything I have experienced before in my life. It actually felt like an organ had burst inside of me. I could barely walk, or even think, I was in so much pain. A friend rushed me to the emergency room, where I underwent eight hours of testing (x-rays, ultrasounds, etc.) before they could figure out what had happened since the amount of fluid and tissue from the ruptured cyst was so great. After the painful ordeal and recovery, I had to visit an ob-gyn where I learned that being on birth control actually prevented the formation of cysts. I subsequently went on birth control, though it meant I had to borrow money to pay for the copay.

Although I followed protocol and contacted my insurance prior to going to the emergency room, they still would not pay because I did not go to the university health center, which is not equipped for emergency situations. If it took a hospital eight hours to diagnose and treat me, I wonder how a health center without emergency treatment capabilities would have fared?

The insurance company still refuses to cover the service and the $5,000 has been in dispute for years, while negatively impacting my credit and ability to apply for loans.

Basically, because I could not afford insurance or birth control copay as a young woman in my early and mid twenties, (that would have prevented cysts from developing), I now face thousands of dollars of debt, bad credit, and a diminished quality of life as a result.

The new policy will prevent this situation from happening to other young women who dream of having both a professional career and a healthy body. I don't think that is too much to ask...

Fortunately for women like Amanda, Obamacare means that insurance plans will cover the medicine they need without a copay.

Unfortunately, anti-choice politicians like Mitt Romney are fighting tooth and nail to make it harder for women like Amanda to get the health care they need. They're pushing for the Supreme Court to overturn the health-care law, and if that doesn't work, they'll try to repeal it in Congress.

That would have devastating consequences for women like Amanda.

Check back here at Blog for Choice every day this week to read more personal stories!

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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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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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Yesterday Rush Limbaugh threw insults at Sandra Fluke, the courageous law student who testified before Congress about the importance of birth control to women's health. Limbaugh called Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute."

Progressives everywhere, including progressive leaders in Congress, called out Limbaugh for his inappropriate attack.

Limbaugh doubled down today with a rant in response to the criticism. He offered a deal to "feminazis" who support no-cost birth control: "If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it... We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch." Listen for yourself:

Are you as outraged as we are? Sign your name to this petition calling on the local stations that carry Limbaugh's program to drop him from their lineup for his reprehensible remarks about women.

By the way, Rush, you don't scare us. We stand with Sandra Fluke and will continue to stand up to you and other anti-contraception extremists.

Romney: Bosses Should Be Able to Deny Contraception to Employees


Former Gov. Mitt Romney yesterday confirmed that he thinks your boss should be able to block you from getting insurance coverage for birth control.

You might have heard that he backtracked. At first, he said he did not support the far-reaching Blunt amendment, which the Senate is voting on today. That lasted about an hour after the Ohio News Network first reported it. Romney's campaign then issued a statement claiming he misunderstood the question, and thus he supports a proposal from Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).

Romney's record on contraception is already abysmal, so his support for the Blunt amendment makes things even worse.

Let's review.

As you know, the Obama administration's policy on contraceptive coverage already exempts churches and other places of worship. The far-reaching Blunt amendment would allow corporations and insurance companies to refuse to cover birth control and other essential health-care services including maternity care, HIV/AIDS treatment, mammograms and cancer screenings. In short, anti-contraception politicians want to give the person who runs a fast-food restaurant or any corporation the authority to block employees from getting insurance plans that cover birth control.

The Democratic National Committee actually produced a video that sums up the issue in about 70 seconds:

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State and Local Elected Leaders Stand Up for Birth-Control Coverage


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

The attacks on women's contraceptive coverage in Congress have taken all forms. Anti-contraception politicians have tried to block pro-choice women from the debate. And they have attempted to downplay the challenges women face getting affordable birth control.

Tomorrow, the Senate will vote on the latest attack: giving bosses and insurance companies the ability to deny contraceptive coverage to their employees.

As we fight this attack in the Senate, it's encouraging to see so many elected officials across the country standing up for women's contraceptive coverage. Today, we're releasing a letter in support of the new policy signed by 273 state lawmakers, mayors, city council members, and school board members. These leaders are from Idaho to Texas and from Vermont to Virginia.

This enthusiasm builds on our affiliate-led events throughout the country. Nearly 200 people in Missouri protested last week outside of Rep. Roy Blunt's office to oppose his lead role attacking contraceptive coverage. And South Dakotans even braved a blizzard to show their support for ending copays for prescription birth control.

Who's on this list of pro-contraception state and local leaders? Please check out the letter.

What Kind of Freedom Confuses Women, Exactly?


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

We had to check if today's date was February 2, because it feels like we're stuck in the movie "Groundhog Day."

Today, another committee in the U.S. House of Representatives is holding a hearing attacking President Obama's new contraceptive-coverage policy.

It's clear that Americans are tiring of the attacks on birth control. Polls show that women voters favor improved access to birth control and are siding with President Obama in even greater numbers because of it. Even anti-choice Republican commentators warn that attacks on birth control will hurt Republicans come November.

Obviously these out-of-touch politicians' anti-contraception campaign knows no bounds.

Just look at the witnesses they chose for today.

A representative from the Family Research Council who is testifying has said:

Evidence exists that shows women who seek an abortion after rape add to their suffering: they now struggle with the coupled pain of the rape and the abortion; the abortion can become what some have termed "a second rape." (Source)

The first freedom that I'd like to talk about is sexual freedom... I have yet to meet a woman who's thriving with that particular freedom.

But when the actual vow of the marriage is not there but the body makes the vow, it is totally complicated and confusing for women.

Freedom is not like freedom for licentiousness, freedom to do anything that you want. It's freedom to do that which is good.


The committee also features someone from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, an anti-choice group that has sued the Obama administration to try to reverse the new contraceptive-coverage policy.

Lastly, today's hearing marked the return of one of the men from the infamous all-male panel that attacked birth control on February 16. Welcome back, Bishop William Lori.

As long as the attacks on birth control continue, those comedians over at Funny or Die won't be without new material.

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

Today, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi gave Sandra Fluke the opportunity to finally give her testimony on the importance birth-control coverage to women.

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Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and Elijah Cummings (D-MD) joined Leader Pelosi. All of these lawmakers attended last week's hearing featuring 10 anti-contraception witnesses.

Sandra, a third-year student at Georgetown Law School, talked about the challenges that millions of women face paying for birth control, and why the new contraceptive-coverage policy is a win for women.

One key takeaway is that birth control protects women's health. One of Sandra's friends lost an ovary - and potentially her ability to have children in the future - when she was unable to pay for birth control after her insurance company refused to cover her prescription to treat polycystic ovary syndrome. Another woman Sandra knows takes birth control to prevent seizures. This woman struggles to afford her prescription, but the medication is critical to her health.

Sandra also reminded Congress that women shouldn't have to sacrifice getting the best education at a prestigious, religiously affiliated school that admits and employs people of all faiths in order to get the health care they need. Yet anti-contraception politicians are seeking to do this and more: allow corporations and institutions to deny a woman insurance coverage of birth control.

Don't worry - Sandra's testimony won't only be heard by these four pro-choice champions. Leader Pelosi promised to read it on the House floor so that all representatives can hear it.

Now that Sandra has shared her story with Congress, why not share yours? If you have a computer, camera, or phone with recording capabilities, then you can tell Congress why birth control is important to you!

Go to our coalition website for instructions and add your video to the voices of women everywhere who have already submitted theirs.

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Nancy Pelosi's Birth-Control Hearing


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

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is fighting back against the legislative attacks.

This morning, Leader Pelosi will give Sandra Fluke the opportunity to finally give her testimony in Congress. Sandra is the Georgetown Law Center student who was prepared to testify at a hearing last week about the importance of birth control to millions of women. But the committee's chairman refused to let her have a say, claiming that she was not "qualified" or "appropriate" for the hearing.

Unfortunately, anti-contraception lawmakers couldn't leave well enough alone. Instead, they initially refused to televise today's hearing.

Can women's contraceptive coverage become any more politicized?

Follow our tweets live from the hearing today. Even if you don't use Twitter, you can follow along by going to our Twitter feed.

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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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