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Ilyse Hogue on "The Rachel Maddow Show"


Ilyse Hogue just started as the new president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Last night, she talked with Rachel Maddow about her new ideas for the organization.

In case you missed it, watch it here.

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Meet Rep. Paul "Personhood" Ryan


If Mitt Romney is trying to get women to vote for him in November, it's surprising that he'd pick a running mate who wants to pass a "personhood" measure.

That's right. Rep. Paul Ryan cosponsored "personhood" legislation that is so extreme that, if passed, it would ban abortion care in almost all cases, including rape or incest.

The bill he cosponsored could even outlaw several of the most common forms of birth control, restrict fertility treatments, and put an end to stem-cell research.

Watch this great segment from Rachel Maddow on Rep. Ryan's horrible record:

Doesn't Romney know that voters in blue and red states alike have said no to "personhood" measures?

Take Colorado. Voters in the Centennial State twice rejected a "personhood" ballot measure by two-to-one margins.

And voters in Mississippi decisively defeated a "personhood" ballot measure last November.

Clearly, voters across the country are saying no to "personhood" measures. That's why they must vote no on the pro-"personhood" Romney-Ryan ticket on November 6.

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Last night, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, went on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show."

In her first televised interview since announcing her departure at the end of the year, Nancy spoke with Rachel about the need to allow a new generation to take the reins of the pro-choice movement:

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Thank you, Nancy!

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Your Weekend in the War on Women


How do you know that anti-choice politicians are waging a War on Women?

Because they have to keep denying that the War on Women is real.

On Friday, anti-choice House Speaker John Boehner claimed the War on Women that he started was "entirely created by my colleagues across the aisle for political gain."

Then, there was yesterday's clash on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Alex Castellanos, a former Romney campaign strategist, told Rachel Maddow there was no War on Women. Then he spent three minutes making huffy faces while she explained that there was.

You have to see it to believe it:

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And speaking of the Romney campaign, here's a video roundup showcasing some of the anti-choice former governor's "greatest hits" on women's rights.

But, of course, there is no War on Women, right?

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Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, talks with Rachel Maddow about the awkward position anti-choice politicians like Virginia's "Governor Ultrasound," Bob McDonnell, are in, having taken extremist positions on abortion and women's health and now desperately trying to spin their way back to acceptability.

Watch as Nancy spells out the reasons voters can't trust politicians like McDonnell, who is on the list of possible vice-presidential running mates for Mitt Romney:

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President Obama's decision requiring that insurance plans cover birth control without a copay will benefit millions of women. Ninety-nine percent of American women--including 98 percent of Catholic women--use contraception at some point in their lives, yet one in three struggles with its high cost.

Now, as a result of the president's decision, millions of women, including nurses, janitorial staff, and college instructors, of all religious backgrounds, will get access to contraception--and they will not have to ask their bosses for permission.

But when I turn on my TV, I see pundits talking not about how this decision is a tremendous victory for women's health, but about what it means for the president's re-election.

"How does this affect his campaign? How will it play with Catholic voters?"

Well, as one of those Catholic voters--and as the son of an employee of a Catholic college--I'm thankful President Obama stood up for my family's health.

And, going by recent polling, I'm not alone.

A poll out yesterday from the Public Religion Research Institute shows that 58 percent of Catholics believe that employers should be required to provide their employees with health-care plans that cover contraception.

Fifty-five percent of Americans agree that "employers should be required to provide their employees with health-care plans that cover contraception and birth control at no cost."

Surprising? Well, it shouldn't be, considering that 99 percent of women (and 98 percent of Catholic women) use birth control.

Rachel Maddow explained last night how attacking Americans' access to contraception is not a smart political move:

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And yet, legislation has been introduced in Congress that could take away birth-control coverage from millions of women.

Here's a word of advice to politicians: you can attack something that 99 percent of American women use, but when you do, you do so at your own risk.

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Get the Scoop on Virginia from Rachel Maddow


Earlier this year, the commonwealth of Virginia enacted a far-reaching TRAP law, or Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers.

TRAP laws are unnecessary and burdensome regulations on abortion providers--but not other medical professionals. They're an obvious attempt to drive doctors out of practice and make abortion care more expensive and difficult to obtain.

Virginia's Department of Health is expected to announce today draft rules for the implementation of the new TRAP law. These rules could jeopardize women's access to safe, legal abortion and other reproductive-health care in the state.

Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, went on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show last night to speak out against burdensome regulations:

If you live in the Old Dominion, check with NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia for ways to take action to protect access to safe, legal abortion care in Virginia.

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Rachel Maddow aired her special documentary, "The Assassination of Dr. Tiller," last night. It was an eye-opening investigation into the extreme anti-choice movement. It also includes powerful interviews with the staff who worked alongside Dr. Tiller, taking care of patients amid intense harassment and threats of violence. 

In case you missed it, the whole program is available online

"The Assassination of Dr. Tiller" is a must-see program for anyone who believes in the need to "trust women" to make the personal, private decisions that are best for them and their families.

Watch "The Assassination of Dr. Tiller" Tonight!


Be sure to tune in to MSNBC tonight at 9 p.m. ET for Rachel Maddow's special, hour-long documentary, "The Assassination of Dr. Tiller."  

The murder of Dr. George Tiller caused great sadness and profound anger for all of us who hold the values of women's right to privacy dear. Everyone at NARAL Pro-Choice America thanks Rachel Maddow for producing this powerful documentary.

"The Assassination of Dr. Tiller" airs tonight, October 25, at 9 p.m. ET on MSNBC.
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The murder of Dr. George Tiller in his church on May 31, 2009, caused great sadness and profound anger for all of us who hold the values of women's right to privacy dear. This heinous murder made headlines at the time, but we must be vigilant in making sure Americans don't forget.

One journalist has not allowed the story to be forgotten: Rachel Maddow. She just announced that she'll air an hour-long documentary on the murder of Dr. Tiller and the latest developments in the investigation. "The Assassination of Dr. Tiller" will broadcast on Monday, October 25 at 9 p.m. ET on MSNBC

Dr. Tiller was a tireless advocate for reproductive health who urged society to "trust women" to make the personal, private decisions that are best for them and their families. Anti-choice extremist Scott Roeder was convicted of Dr. Tiller's murder, and a grand jury is investigating whether Roeder acted with accomplices.

We hope you tune in to MSNBC on Monday, October 25 at 9 p.m. ET to watch Rachel Maddow's documentary. 

Telling It Like It Is


What should we make of the crop of anti-choice Senate candidates who oppose abortion in all circumstances, regardless of a woman's situation? This was the topic of discussion on last Friday's Rachel Maddow Show. Maddow interviewed Princeton University professor Melissa Harris-Lacewell

And when it comes to calling out attacks on a woman's right to choose, Prof. Harris-Lacewell tells it like it is:

There is no place in the world and no time in history where restricting women's reproductive rights makes a people or a nation more free or more equal. These extreme positions on abortion are without any question a war on American girls and women.

See Rachel Maddow and Melissa Harris Lacewell's discussion here:

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Vote for the 2009 Hall of Fame and Shame


Without question, the pro-choice community lost two great champions in 2009 with the murder of Dr. George Tiller and the passing of pro-choice Sen. Edward Kennedy. They will forever be remembered as heroes for having lived the credo, "Trust Women."

Who is building on this legacy in 2009 and deserves to be in this year's Hall of Fame? And who has earned entry into the Hall of Shame for working to take away a woman's right to choose?

Cast your vote in NARAL Pro-Choice America's end-of-the-year, 2009 Hall of Fame and Shame!

Hall of Fame 2009 consists of:

Hall of Shame 2009 consists of:

Visit our site to find out why these famers and shamers were nominated.

Don't be left out... cast your vote today!
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The anti-choice movement will stop at nothing to take away women's access to abortion care. Anti-choice members like Rep. Stupak (D-Mich.) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) are willing to derail the entire health-reform effort if it doesn't ban abortion. If these people have their way, women could lose abortion coverage they already have.

We must fight back. We must win.

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Holy Mackerel (as Rachel Maddow would say)! I had a feeling that the awful sign I blogged about yesterday would attract a lot of attention, but I think the staff at NARAL Pro-Choice America would agree with me that the response has been overwhelming. Pro-choice Americans are angry and ready to fight back.

This sign...

obamacare 4.jpg becoming part of the narrative of the egregious efforts against health-care reform, and, frankly, it's disgusting. This isn't some isolated event. Ugly rhetoric (and signage) is everywhere. An anti-choice protestor at an event featuring President Obama in Philadelphia on Tuesday added this statement to the national dialogue:

"We are long overdue for a civil war."

Their signs and their words are so scary and wrong.

Thankfully, Rachel Maddow got in on the action last night. She ran a segment where she took the creators and vendors of this hateful sign - the American Life League - to task for taking the time to design, print, and sell the sign... but not to come on her show and defend it.

Take a look at Rachel doing what Rachel does best (begins at 3:20 in):

I think we can all agree - something must be done. The American Life League won't defend its sign on TV, but that doesn't mean we have to be silent.

Several of our board members were so outraged by this tasteless and outrageous so-called "pro-life" group's actions they asked me to ask you to join them in exposing this heinous ploy and get 400 of our grassroots supporters to donate $5 or more to fight these extremists.

If we can raise just $2,000, the donation will be doubled. It's as simple as that.

Don't let this ugly act go unanswered. Help us reach 400 gifts of $5 or more to match this $2,000 grassroots challenge!

And then, please help us spread the grassroots challenge! Spread the word on Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter, or email the text above to your friends and family.

Here is a message from Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America:

My good friend, Dr. Susan Wicklund, who is an abortion provider in Montana and a member of the NARAL Pro-Choice America board of directors, was a guest on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show." In the aftermath of Dr. Tiller's murder, Rachel dedicated much of the show to how anti-choice tactics have adversly affected providers and their patients. Susan speaks from the heart about the obstacles women face in trying to access safe, legal abortion. Please take a moment to watch and listen.

I have a post up over at Huffington Post, about the Federal Refusal Rule, and I wanted to make sure that everyone takes a look. Here's a quick snippet:

After enduring eight long, long years of unrelenting attacks on women's freedom and privacy from the anti-choice Bush administration, it's incredible to continue to receive good news from the Obama administration, and we should all take a moment to thank President Obama so that he knows he has the support of pro-choice America behind him.

Believe me; I understand that winning the election was a huge step forward - HUGE! - but right now, we need an activist's "conscience cause." That means that we have to act on our values and be partners in power in supporting a pro-choice president in the same way we helped elect him.

Read the full post and let me know what you think.

Rachel Maddow on Bush's HHS Rule


I'm one of the millions of people that adores the heck out of Rachel Maddow. It's true. Her weeknight show on MSNBC is a must watch.

So after a long, long day using Bush's dangerous rule as my motivation (though a holiday vacation is just days way), I was thrilled to pieces to see this segment on the Rachel Maddow show:

I love that the Rachel Maddow show gave this dangerous, divisive rule over seven minutes of airtime, and had pro-choice Rep. Diane DeGette (CO-01) as their guest for the segment. I think they did a great job of explaining the rule and showing just how broad and far-reaching this horrifying rule really is.

In today's Washington Post, Rob Stein has a great article about the rule which really demonstrated the focus of the opposing sides:

Donna Crane, policy director for NARAL Pro-Choice America, noted that Congress has a limited window to act. "Right now our efforts are focused on the executive branch."

The regulation's supporters, including some members of Congress, vowed to defend it.

"We will marshal a nonpartisan, grass-roots coalition to prevent any weakening of current conscience protections," said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a socially conservative group that opposes abortion.

David Stevens of the Christian Medical Association said: "We will do all in our power to ensure that health-care professionals have the same civil rights enjoyed by all Americans. These regulations are needed, do not change the law but simply stop religious discrimination 

In other words, the anti-choice groups are going to give all they've got to make sure the rule stays in place.

Let's make sure we stay vigilant, shall we?

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