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Anti-Choice Politicians Respond to State of the Union Address

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Did you tune in last night for pro-choice President Barack Obama's State of the Union address?

small_2011_State_of_the_Union.jpgThe president outlined a pro-women strategy that included urging the House to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and an increase in the minimum wage, which would greatly help women and families.

Soon after he concluded his speech, Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivered their responses on behalf of the factions of the Republican party.

Want to know where these guys stand on choice?

Sen. Rubio certainly isn't shy about his extreme anti-choice views. He's called for the overturn of Roe v. Wade saying, "The right to life is a fundamental one that trumps virtually any other right I can imagine."

He also supported legislation that would allow bosses to deny their employees birth-control coverage under Obamacare. He even cast a vote against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act yesterday.

And in case there was any question about his position, Sen. Rubio began his response to the State of the Union address by restating his anti-choice views.

Can we get a glass of water with that?

Sen. Rand Paul also responded to the State of the Union address, and while he didn't touch on the state of women's reproductive freedom, we haven't forgotten his extreme anti-choice record.

Remember that time Sen. Paul tried to sneak a "personhood" amendment into a flood-insurance bill? And how could we forget when he threatened to permanently ban the District of Columbia from using its own funds to pay for abortion care for low-income women?

We're shaking our heads over here. These anti-choice politicians clearly didn't get the memo that the majority of Americans do not want to see Roe v. Wade overturned.

We trust that President Obama will continue to protect a woman's fundamental right to make decisions regarding her reproductive health. And I think we can all agree with his closing statement:

"This country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations; that our rights are wrapped up in the rights of others; and that well into our third century as a nation, it remains the task of us all, as citizens of these United States, to be the authors of the next great chapter in our American story."
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The Dakotas Join the Anti-Choice Legislation Race

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womenpatient.jpgDespite the fact that seven in 10 Americans do not want to see Roe v. Wade overturned, politicians across the country continue to propose anti-choice legislation that chips away at women's reproductive rights.

In North and South Dakota, anti-choice politicians are mounting these attacks at an alarming rate.

From so-called "personhood" measures, to bills that ban abortion before most women even know they are pregnant, to unnecessary waiting periods for women who seek abortion care, women's access to reproductive-health care is becoming more and more restricted.

Alisha Sedor, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota, commented on anti-choice lawmakers' recent attempts to extend the forced-waiting period for women seeking abortion care in the state:

"H.B.1237, if passed, will severely limit access to abortion in South Dakota, making it virtually impossible for women to access needed reproductive health-care. The measure could make it impossible for the state's only comprehensive women's health clinic to continue providing abortion services, effectively banning abortion in South Dakota."

And just like South Dakota, many of these anti-choice initiatives are being pushed forward in states which may only have one abortion clinic in the entire state. An upcoming film, "The Last Clinic", highlights the attacks on choice and the unknown fate of Mississippi's last remaining abortion clinic.

Nick Wunder, a member of NARAL Pro-Choice America's policy department and a South Dakota native, worked on the ground with our affiliate in that state to stop these extreme anti-choice attacks to women's freedom and privacy.

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Last night, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, appeared on Current TV's "Viewpoint" with Eliot Spitzer to speak out against the extreme anti-choice agenda of the Romney-Ryan ticket.

Nancy pointed out that women who currently support Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan need to know what is at stake for them if the Romney-Ryan ticket succeeds this November.

NARAL Pro-Choice America is working hard to draw that contrast between our pro-choice president and the anti-choice Romney-Ryan ticket.

Nancy reminded audiences of Rep. Paul Ryan's support for extreme "personhood" measures which, if passed and enacted into law, would effectively ban abortion in almost all cases, with no exception for rape or incest. Furthermore, "personhood" measures could also ban most common forms of birth control, and restrict fertility treatments.

Ryan also supports forced ultrasound legislation, like the bill that passed last year in Virginia, even when it's not medically necessary, and even if it's against a woman's will.

Discussing the Romney-Ryan agenda, Nancy stated:

"This is a radical extreme ticket. I think once the contrast is drawn between Romney-Ryan and President Obama, women are going to flock to President Obama knowing that he is standing with women and standing up for our privacy and our freedom."

We couldn't agree more! We are going to work hard to ensure that women, and their families know exactly what is at stake for them if they don't support President Obama, who fights for women and their right to choice, privacy, and freedom every day.

Women are outraged, and women will remember on November 6.

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Anti-choice Sen. Rand "Son of Ron" Paul (R-Ky.) tried to pull a fast one on the American people last night.

He filed a "personhood" amendment to a bill reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program.

"Personhood" measures would outlaw abortion under almost all circumstances. They could also lead to bans on many forms of birth control, stem-cell research, and in-vitro fertilization.

These measures have been a real tough sell with voters. Last November, voters in Mississippi overwhelmingly rejected a "personhood" measure.

For someone who's supposedly a libertarian, Sen. Paul sure does seem intent on prying into women's medicine cabinets.

Anti-choice politicians can't take a vote on anything without trying to turn it into an attack on women's freedom and privacy. It's deeply cynical to hold Americans' flood insurance hostage to an extreme anti-choice agenda, but Sen. Paul doesn't seem to care.

Après moi, le déluge.

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Who is behind "October Baby"?

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Could a movie with an anti-choice agenda be coming to a theater near you?

Today's New York Times had a story on the new movie "October Baby," which made $2.8 million in its opening week.

"October Baby" bills itself as a coming-of-age story with no political agenda. But a closer look at the filmmakers and the groups behind this movie reveals a troubling connection with the extreme anti-choice movement.

Who's behind "October Baby"?

You'll notice that the movie's website lists several supporting anti-choice organizations.

Focus on the Family and the American Family Association are among the groups that support extreme "personhood" measures.

Last November, the American Family Association campaigned aggressively for a "personhood" initiative in Mississippi that would have banned abortion care without exception, and could also have outlawed most common forms of birth control.

The filmmakers, Andrew and Jon Erwin, even did screenings of "October Baby" to help support the "personhood" initiative.

Thankfully, Mississippi voters overwhelmingly rejected this far-reaching measure.

But the people behind Mississippi "personhood" aren't giving up. They're pushing similar measures in other states.

Who's getting money from "October Baby"?

The movie's website lists Care Net and Heartbeat International as partners. They're umbrella organizations that support anti-choice "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs).

Ten percent of the profits from "October Baby" go to fund organizations that match the description of Care Net CPCs. That's more than $280,000 funneled in the last week alone toward misleading women!

So, here's why moviegoers should have concerns about how this financial arrangement affects women.

CPCs are anti-choice operations that pose as comprehensive women's health clinics. However, many CPCs deceive and lie to women to scare them away from choosing safe, legal abortion care. In other words, they aren't what they appear to be.

Investigations by NARAL Pro-Choice America state affiliates and HBO's documentary "12th & Delaware" have shown that CPCs regularly provide false or misleading information.

A CPC in Florida even suggested to one woman that her abusive boyfriend would stop abusing her if she carried her pregnancy to term.

There are more than 4,000 CPCs operating throughout the country; they outnumber health centers that provide abortion care by a 4:1 margin.

Sometimes, a movie's just a movie--but that's not the case with "October Baby."

Please feel free to share this information and check your local movie listings.

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Virginia Lawmaker Calls Abortion a "Lifestyle Convenience"

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Ted Miller is the director of communications and online advocacy strategies for NARAL Pro-Choice America

As anti-choice presidential candidates' supporters make offensive jokes about birth control and lawmakers in Congress refuse to allow a pro-choice woman to testify at hearings on contraception, lest we forget that this War on Women is unfolding in state legislatures as well.

Let's cross the Potomac River and address what is going in the Old Dominion.

Legislators in Virginia are advancing two egregious bills. One measure called "personhood" would ban abortion and common forms of contraception; the other would mandate that a woman seeking abortion care undergo an ultrasound, even if she doesn't ask for one or if her doctor doesn't recommend it.

The Los Angeles Times reported this about the debate on the "personhood" bill:

Thursday's debate included a notable comment from delegate Todd Gilbert about the decision to have an abortion.

"We hear the same song over there. The very tragic human notes that are often touched upon involve extreme examples," said Gilbert (R-Shenandoah). "But in the vast majority of these cases, these are matters of lifestyle convenience."

At those words, a murmur rippled through the House chamber, the Associated Press said. 

The comment, [Tarina] Keene [of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia] said in a phone interview, demonstrates the antiabortion lawmakers' views' of women's reproductive rights.

"It doesn't matter why a woman chooses to terminate her pregnancy," she said. "That's a very private and personal decision to make. For these legislators to make these sweeping allegations and judgments of women just goes to show that this is not just about women's health. It's about curtailing abortions and punishing women."

As you can see, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia is on it, leading the fight in the media and channeling tons of calls and messages to the Virginia General Assembly.

If you're a Virginian or know any Virginians, please share this information from our affiliate.

Happy 2012!

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Happy New Year!

One year ago today, I wrote my first post here on BlogForChoice--and oh, what a year it's been! As we ring in 2012, let's take a look back at the highs and lows of 2011.

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Last January, an anti-choice majority took control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Led by Speaker John Boehner, these politicians campaigned on a platform of creating jobs and growing our economy. But, once in office, they made attacking a woman's right to choose one of their "highest legislative priorities."

They pushed to redefine rape. (Public outcry forced them to drop this measure.) Then, they voted to approve a bill that manipulates the tax code to advance anti-choice policies and could spur the Internal Revenue Service to audit rape and incest survivors who choose abortion care.

Then, they voted to approve a measure that could make it impossible for a woman to talk with her doctor about medical abortion over the Internet. Then, they voted to allow hospitals to refuse to provide emergency abortion care even when it's necessary to save a woman's life!

You get the picture. Anti-choice politicians pulled a bait and switch on the American people, and spent 2011 waging a War on Women.

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Then, there's the other story of 2011: the story of pro-choice Americans who stood up and said, "Enough!"

They said "enough" in Mississippi, where voters overwhelmingly rejected a dangerous and far-reaching "personhood" measure.

They said "enough" to unaffordable birth control (one in three American women struggles with its high cost), and won a no-cost birth-control benefit under the health-reform law.

And it's this pro-choice energy we'll take into 2012, as we work to fight back against the War on Women and elect pro-choice candidates up and down the ticket this November.

In fact, we're already working. In two days, caucus-goers in Iowa will vote in the first contest of the 2012 presidential election. Learn more about the extreme records of the anti-choice Republicans vying to replace President Obama.

Yes, 2012 will be a busy year--but that's a good thing. When it comes to protecting a woman's right to make private medical decisions with her doctor, there's never a day off.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy 2012!

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From The New York Times:

The "personhood amendment," granting legal rights to human embryos, might have seemed to be a political nonstarter after voters in Mississippi, arguably the most conservative and anti-abortion state in the nation, rejected such a proposal last month. But the idea has not faded in the Republican primaries.

Oh, no, it has not.

Next Tuesday, December 27, Republican presidential aspirants Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum will attend a special radio forum hosted by Personhood USA, the extreme anti-choice group pushing these "personhood" measures nationwide.

Memo to candidates: when 58 percent of voters in a state that has one of the worst grades on choice think something's too extreme, it's probably too extreme.

Speaking of 58 percent, that's also the percent of Virginians who oppose a proposed "personhood" bill that anti-choice lawmakers in the Old Dominion have made the first new bill of the opening legislative session.

But it looks like extreme isn't taking a break for the holidays.

P.S. And, if you're around on December 27, please consult our website for info on the presidential candidates.

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And the Winners are...Hall of Fame and Shame 2011!

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Thousands of people have spoken, and the winner of this year's NARAL Pro-Choice America Hall of Fame is:

Mississippians For Healthy Families!

This coalition of faith leaders, reproductive-justice and pro-choice allies, and other Mississippi-based groups successfully convinced their neighbors to reject a dangerous and far-reaching "personhood" measure.

Hats off to them!

And while we celebrate our pro-choice heroes, we recognize that 2011 brought a slew of new attacks on women's freedom and privacy, ranging from the tragic to the ridiculous.

Every bushel has its rotten apples, and this year, Fox News Channel was voted rottenest of them all.

Remember when a Fox News commentator compared insurance coverage of birth control to manicures and pedicures?

Remember when Bill O'Reilly said that many women won't use birth control because they're "blasted out of their minds when they have sex," and then said no-cost birth control would increase unemployment?

Remember when Sean Hannity said birth control is "not about women's health?"

We remember. And it looks like you did, too.

Fox News Channel is the newest member of the Hall of Shame.

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The Romney Run-around Continues

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Last night, at the final Republican presidential debate of 2011, former Gov. Mitt Romney fielded a question about how he flip-flopped on the issue of choice.

Romney has answered the question about his flip-flop on many occasions; now, he needs to articulate why he has endorsed multiple extreme efforts to allow politicians to interfere in a woman's personal, private decisions.

So, here are three different $10,000 questions for the governor:

  • In October, you told Gov. Huckabee that you "absolutely" supported a state constitutional amendment to define life at conception, similar to Initiative 26, Mississippi's failed "personhood" measure.

    Such a measure would ban abortion care without exception: even in cases of rape or incest, and even when a woman's life or health is in danger. It could also outlaw in vitro fertilization and some of the most common methods of birth control.

    However, after Mississippi voters overwhelming rejected Initiative 26, your campaign tried to re-explain your endorsement of a "human-life amendment" that would have established the beginning of life at conception.

    Why are you supporting measures that voters in one of the most conservative states in the Union found too extreme?

  • This year, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two radical attacks on a woman's right to choose: H.R.3, the "Stupak on Steroids" bill, and H.R.358, the "Let Women Die" bill. Both bills effectively would ban private coverage of abortion care in health-insurance exchanges. (A large majority of private plans currently offer such coverage.) H.R.358 would also allow hospitals to refuse to provide emergency abortion care even when it's necessary to save a woman's life.

    President Obama signaled his intention to veto both bills if they should ever reach his desk.

    As president, would you sign H.R.3, the "Stupak on Steroids" bill, or H.R.358, the "Let Women Die" bill?

  • Gov. Romney, last month you proposed eliminating the Title X program, the nation's only dedicated family-planning program. Millions of Americans rely on Title X for birth control, cancer screenings, and other basic health care.

    How do you propose that these Americans get access to birth control, cancer screenings, and other basic health care they need once you've eliminated Title X?

Gov. Romney is good at hemming and hawing, but Americans want to know how he would answer these big questions.

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Who Said What at Huckabee's Anti-Choice Forum?

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Last night, former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) held his anti-choice candidates' forum in Des Moines.

For the anti-choice Republican presidential candidates who participated, it was a chance to one-up each other with more and more outrageous ways to attack a woman's right to make private medical decisions with her doctor.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich brought back some not-so-golden oldies, saying he'd reimpose the Bush administration's global gag rule and federal refusal rule.

Gingrich also vowed to push a "personhood" law through Congress, similar to the measure an overwhelming majority of Mississippi voters defeated last month. And, of course, he'd said he'd defund Planned Parenthood, forcing the millions of Americans who rely on the organization for birth control, cancer screenings, and other basic health care to go...well, I'm not sure where.

Gov. Rick Perry said "Me, too!" and bragged that he'd already worked to defund Planned Parenthood in Texas, and that family-planning clinics that provide birth control, cancer screenings, and other basic health care had already closed. Now, he's upset that the Obama administration is pushing back, and vows to fight the White House.

Rep. Michele Bachmann touted her credentials of never having taken a pro-choice vote on anything, while former Sen. Rick Santorum claimed credit for every extreme attack on choice that passed the Senate in the last 20 years.

Former Gov. Mitt Romney, for his part, sent a statement of support to Gov. Huckabee, along with his regrets that he was unable to attend the forum. Maybe he thought this would make Americans stop questioning his values and convictions on choice.

Not likely.

Read about the three $10,000 questions on choice that every voter and reporter should be asking Gov. Romney.

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The Latest on the Push for "Personhood" Measures

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About two weeks ago, Mississippi voters decisively rejected Initiative 26, the extreme "personhood" measure. Initiative 26 would have banned abortion care without exception, and could also have outlawed in vitro fertilization and most types of birth control.

The defeat of a radical, anti-choice measure in one of the most conservative states in the Union is further evidence that the American people simply do not want attacks on a woman's right to make private medical decisions with her doctor.

But it seems the people behind these "personhood" measures didn't get the memo.

In Virginia, a "personhood" bill will be the very first order of business for the anti-choice state legislature in January.

Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, said to expect this legislative session to be heavy on anti-choice attacks, light on job creation:

We have no doubt that this is just the beginning of an all-out series of legislative attacks on women's freedom and privacy.

People didn't see campaign literature or TV ads about advancing abortion bans, because voters were under the impression that creating jobs was the top priority. This agenda is out of touch with our commonwealth's values and priorities--and we will fight it every step of the way.

Moving west, yet another "personhood" measure could be on the ballot in Colorado in 2012. Voters in the Centennial State have already defeated such measures--twice!--by lopsided margins, but in the words of one "personhood" backer, "Now is not the time for quitting."

No, these extremists aren't quitting, and neither are we. Here's how Emilie Ailts, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, put it:

I think the voters have spoken out emphatically that they believe this is a personal choice.

I think that [the latest effort] is flying in the face of the wishes of the voters in this state.

I believe that it's very unfortunate that they spend every day of their lives working very hard to restrict the rights of women and their families.

Unfortunate, indeed.

We'll be working equally hard to meet these extreme attacks with force and determination everywhere they arise.

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The College Students who Helped Defeat "Personhood"

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Last week, Mississippi voters decisively rejected Initiative 26, the extreme "personhood" measure. Initiative 26 would have banned abortion care without exception, and could also have outlawed in vitro fertilization and most types of birth control.

This victory in one of the most conservative states in the Union would not have happened without the hard work of a broad coalition of faith leaders, reproductive-justice and pro-choice allies, and other Mississippi-based groups.

It also would not have happened without the dedication and effort of students at Mississippi's historically black colleges and universities.

Ms. magazine reports on how these students mobilized their friends and neighbors to defeat Initiative 26:

Students at Tougaloo held forums and a rally against 26; student organizers at Jackson State handed out flyers, educated their peers and mobilized at the "Hot Spot" for a Rock the Vote rally; Alcorn students proudly displayed "Vote NO on 26″ signs on the windshields of their cars. It was inspiring to see both women and men energized and participating in grassroots organizing on their campuses around what is not only a state issue, but also a national issue concerning reproductive rights.

Kudos to Mississippi students for standing up for women's freedom and privacy!

While we celebrate the victory in Mississippi, we must remember that much remains to be done. The people behind the "personhood" measure aren't giving up: they're pushing similar measures in at least six more states in 2012!

And, as Loretta Ross, national coordinator of SisterSong: Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, reminds us, last Tuesday's vote was not a total win for the women of Mississippi:

At the same time, Mississippi voters approved Initiative 27, a Voter ID exclusion initiative requiring government-issued identification in order to vote, a direct threat to the Voting Rights Act. Even on November 7, some black voters were questioned about their ID and their right to vote.

We'll continue to work with our allies in the reproductive-justice community to ensure that all women have the right to choose--and the right to protect that right to choose at the ballot box.

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Coming on the heels of Mississippi voters' decisive rejection of Initiative 26, the extreme "personhood" measure, we have more evidence that American voters do not want politicians who attack women's freedom and privacy.

A new poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research on behalf of NARAL Pro-Choice America shows that President Obama's pro-choice position is shaping up to be a key asset for him in the 2012 election.

The poll revealed an identified group of women voters who supported the president in 2008 but are currently unsure about supporting his reelection. A large bloc of these voters says they would never vote for anyone running for president who opposes a woman's right to choose, regardless of that candidate's position on other issues.

All of the candidates for the Republican nomination oppose a woman's right to choose.

Al Quinlan, president of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, explained the implications of the findings:

There is a group of women who voted for President Obama in 2008 but are not currently supporting him, and these data suggests many of them should be in his camp. Choice provides an opening for President Obama and other Democrats to create a sharp contrast with anti-choice Republicans.

In 2012, we will continue to communicate with voters to highlight the contrast between President Obama and his anti-choice Republican opponents, and ensure that the White House stays safely in pro-choice hands.

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Victory in Mississippi: What Are the Next Steps?

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Yesterday, Mississippi voters decisively rejected Initiative 26, the extreme "personhood" measure.

Initiative 26 would have banned abortion care without exception: even in cases of rape or incest, and even when a woman's life or health is in danger.

It could also have outlawed in vitro fertilization and most types of birth control. 

Hats off to the coalition of faith leaders, reproductive-justice and pro-choice allies, and other Mississippi-based groups that, in the face of a tough environment, successfully convinced their neighbors to reject this dangerous and far-reaching measure.

The New York Times' reports on Initiative 26 included this quote from Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Here's her complete statement:

We salute the voters in Mississippi who stood up for the fundamental American values of freedom and privacy. We especially applaud those women and men who volunteered in their communities to tell their neighbors about Initiative 26's intrusion into the private medical decisions of women in Mississippi.   

The message from Mississippi is clear: An amendment that allows politicians to further interfere in our personal, private medical decisions, including a woman's right to choose safe, legal abortion, is unacceptable. We will build on the momentum in Mississippi to fight similar attacks on choice that will be on state ballots in 2012.

Indeed, our work is only beginning.

The anti-choice groups behind Initiative 26 are pushing similar ballot measures for 2012 in California, Florida, Ohio, Oregon, Montana, and Nevada.

In 2012, Montana voters will also face a parental-involvement measure that jeopardizes the health and safety of young women who, for fear of violence or in cases of incest, cannot turn to their parents.

In California, anti-choice forces are collecting signatures for ballot measures that also would impose a dangerous parental-involvement mandate and mandatory 48-hour delay on young women who seek abortion care.

And in Massachusetts, anti-choice groups are pushing for a voter referendum that would ban insurance coverage of abortion care.

It's all part of the War on Women you might not have heard of yet.

Our nation's pro-choice majority will respond in these states with the same force and determination that we brought in Mississippi.

In the run-up to the Mississippi vote, NARAL Pro-Choice America mobilized its 1,000 member activists in the state.

Over three nights, NARAL Pro-Choice America, along with our coalition partners, contacted more than 3,000 voters in the Magnolia State.

We ran Google ads educating voters that were seen nearly 7,000 times by people in Mississippi .

We also launched a nationwide public-education campaign through our 500,000-strong email list, and, thanks to donations of our generous supporters, helped Mississippians for Healthy Families run targeted ad buys. And nearly 1,000 of our Facebook fans proudly stood by the women of Mississippi by sharing our image macro.

Together, we started a conversation around our shared values and our belief that a woman and her doctor--not politicians--should make personal, private medical decisions. This conversation led to the defeat of a radical, anti-choice measure in one of the most conservative states in the Union.

We must continue this conversation with our friends, neighbors, and family-members to defeat the onslaught of anti-choice attacks coming onto the ballot in 2012. Leave a comment to let us know what you think about last night's victory, or join in the conversation happening on our Facebook page.

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The Latest, Breaking News on "Personhood" in Mississippi

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Tomorrow, Mississippians will vote on Initiative 26, a "personhood" measure that would ban abortion care and possibly outlaw in vitro fertilization and most types of birth control.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, has a new piece in The Huffington Post in which she explains how Mississippi's initiative is not an isolated case--it's part of a disturbing trend in anti-choice ballot measures:

What's happening in Mississippi is not just about Mississippi. We are already tracking multiple anti-choice ballot measures throughout the country. It's the War on Women you might not have heard of yet.  

The anti-choice groups behind Initiative 26 are pushing similar ballot measures for 2012 in Florida, Ohio, Montana, and Nevada.

Read more at The Huffington Post

*BREAKING*

New polling from Public Policy Polling shows that Mississippi's vote could go either way.

Show your support for Mississippi women and families by sharing this image on your Facebook wall. And if you live in Mississippi, don't sit this one out. Vote NO on Initiative 26 tomorrow, November 8, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CST.

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Nancy Keenan Talks about Romney, "Personhood" on MSNBC

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Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) is a master of insincerity.

He talks out of both sides of his mouth so often that people wonder where he stands on a woman's right to choose.

Mitt Romney opposes a woman's right to choose.

Last night, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, went on MSNBC's "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" to set the record straight:

Gov. Romney even voiced his support for a state constitutional amendment that would have established the definition of life at conception, which is what the "personhood" measure on the ballot in Mississippi this Tuesday would do.

These "personhood" measures ban abortion care, and could outlaw in vitro fertilization and most types of birth control.

Gov. Romney also supports eliminating all funding for Planned Parenthood and Title X, the nation's family-planning program.

As Nancy said, Americans want a president with conviction and authenticity. They won't get either in Mitt Romney.

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Show Your Support for Mississippi Women on Facebook

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Next Tuesday, Mississippians will vote on Initiative 26, a "personhood" measure that would ban abortion care and possibly outlaw in vitro fertilization and most types of birth control.

You can show your support for Mississippi women and families by sharing this image on your Facebook wall.

And if you live in Mississippi (or know people who do), be sure to go out and vote NO on Initiative 26 on Tuesday, November 8.

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One week from today, Mississippians will vote on Initiative 26, Mississippi's "personhood" ballot measure. Initiative 26 would ban abortion care and possibly most types of birth control in the Magnolia State.

Today, BlogForChoice.com is proud to join HERvotes in a blog carnival dedicated to defeating this dangerous ballot measure.

HERvotes will post blog posts on the Mississippi "personhood" measure throughout the day.

You can share the posts on Twitter--hashtags #HERvotes and #NoOn26--and Facebook.

If we spread the word far enough, we can reach every voter in Mississippi who believes in a woman's right to make personal, private medical decisions.

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Standing Together with Mississippi Families

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On Tuesday, November 8, Mississippians will vote on a measure that would ban abortion care and possibly most types of birth control in the Magnolia State.

I'm talking about Initiative 26, Mississippi's "personhood" ballot measure. "Personhood" measures are one of anti-choice extremists' new, backdoor ways to ban abortion care.

These extremists are so cruel that they would force a woman who survives rape or incest to carry a pregnancy caused by her attacker.

We can't stand by and let this attack on the women of Mississippi go unanswered.

NARAL Pro-Choice America is standing together with Mississippians for Healthy Families to stop Initiative 26.

Mississippians for Healthy Families is a coalition of women and men, doctors, attorneys, and faith leaders. They are working day and night to educate voters on the extreme medical and legal ramifications of Initiative 26 because Mississippians need more access to health care, not less.

Here's how you can help:

"Like" Mississippians for Healthy Families on Facebook.

Sign up to receive email updates about the campaign.

And if you live in Mississippi (or know people who do), be sure to go out and vote NO on Initiative 26 on Tuesday, November 8.

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