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This week, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R.7, an extreme anti-choice bill that would take away abortion coverage from millions of American women.

Thanks to a huge outcry from the public and pro-choice elected officials, anti-choice members of the House committee had already revised this bill to drop a provision that would have redefined rape. Last week, they revised the bill a second time to drop a provision that would have forced women to prove to the IRS that they'd been raped. Not only that, but they snuck in new provisions that have never been discussed or debated in committee.

We've seen anti-choice politicians in Texas, North Carolina, and Ohio cheat to force their extreme anti-choice agenda on the public. Now, they're using these same backhanded tactics in Congress!

As of today, here's what H.R.7 would do:

  • Impose tax penalties on small businesses that offer abortion coverage in employee insurance plans.
  • Ban abortion coverage entirely in the new health-insurance exchanges.
  • Permanently ban abortion coverage for women who get their health care through the government, including servicewomen and low-income women.
  • Require health plans to make biased, one-sided "disclosures" of abortion coverage.

You can learn more about the harmful effects of H.R.7 on our website.

If you are as outraged as we are about this, please share our graphic on Facebook so that we can get the word out far and wide about how anti-choice politicians will stop at nothing, including cheating, to block reproductive-health care for women and families who may need it the most.


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What a Pro-Choice President Means to Women


Tonight, President Barack Obama will accept the Democratic nomination. We can't wait to watch his speech!

He's been such a strong pro-choice president and advocate for women that it's almost hard to remember what it's like to live under an anti-choice president.

But four years ago today, women were enduring the anti-choice Bush administration.

How was life different for women under an anti-choice president four years ago? Let's take a walk down memory lane. Remember to take deep breaths while reading:

  • On his first day in office, President Bush re-imposed the global gag rule, effectively making it more difficult for low-income worldwide to get the reproductive-health care they need.
  • Bush stacked his cabinet and administration with anti-choice personnel by appointing John Ashcroft as U.S. attorney general, Tommy Thompson and Michael Leavitt as secretaries of Health and Human Services, and W. David Hager to a key FDA panel on women's health.
  • For years, the Bush administration refused to listen to medical experts and blocked efforts to make emergency contraception available without a prescription.
  • President Bush became the first president in history to sign legislation outlawing safe abortion procedures.
  • President Bush tried to cancel contraceptive coverage for federal employees.
  • The Bush administration repeatedly censored accurate medical information on government websites at the behest of anti-choice activists.

In November 2008, we ushered in a new era for women's freedom and privacy when we elected pro-choice President Barack Obama.

Here are some of President Obama's pro-choice highlights:

  • In his first week in office, President Obama rescinded the global gag rule. That was the anti-choice policy that canceled U.S. family-planning funds to many overseas health centers and denied the world's poorest women birth control.
  • President Obama repealed the worst provisions of the controversial, last-minute Bush policy known as the Federal Refusal Rule. The regulation could have allowed entire health-care corporations to refuse to provide medical services--including, potentially, birth control.
  • President Obama signed legislation increasing family-planning funding for American women.
  • President Obama won passage of the Affordable Care Act, the law that will bring 30 million Americans into a health-care system that includes affordable family-planning services, better access to contraception and maternity care.
  • President Obama also pledged to veto two far-reaching anti-choice bills, the "Rape Audits" bill and the "Let Women Die" bill.

We've come so far under Obama's presidency. We cannot let Gov. Mitt Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, take us back to the dark ages with their support for overreaching and extreme anti-choice legislation.

Join us November 6, and we'll show Romney and Ryan just how out of touch they are with American voters.

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Attacking Choice: The New Jobs Agenda


Last fall, politicians campaigned on an agenda of creating jobs and growing our economy. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the anti-choice majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, said we needed to "be focused like a laser" on job growth.

So what have these politicians been up to? Let's look at the House's track record thus far in 2011.

In February, the House voted to eliminate all funding for Planned Parenthood, a declaration of 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 each year.

Also in February, the House voted to eliminate all funding for Title X, the nation's only family-planning program.

In April, anti-choice lawmakers exacted as their price for keeping the government open a budget bill that bans Washington, D.C. from using its own, locally raised funds to cover abortion care for low-income women.

In May, the House passed H.R.3, the outrageous "rape-audits" bill. H.R.3 manipulates the tax code to advance anti-choice policies and could spur the IRS to audit rape and incest survivors who choose abortion care.

Later in May, the House voted to dictate whether doctors and medical students can learn about providing abortion care.

And in June, the House passed a measure that could make it impossible for a woman even to talk with her doctor about medical abortion over the Internet or through videoconferencing.

Since January, the House has taken six votes that interfere with a woman's right to make personal, private medical decisions.

How many measures to create jobs has the House passed?


Looks like Rep. Cantor's laser is really focused on attacking women's freedom and privacy.

And the anti-choice House leadership is not done yet.

This week, the House is scheduled to vote on H.R.358, the "Let Women Die" bill. H.R.358 would allow hospitals to refuse to provide abortion care even when it's necessary to save a woman's life!

The jobs agenda? Ha! That was so 2010.

Have you had it with these never-ending attacks? Tell your representative to put a STOP to this War on Women.

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The "Rape-Audits" Bill: How They Voted


Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.3, the extreme "rape-audits" bill, by a vote of 251-175.

Before the vote, we took a close look at eight representatives. So how did these eight vote? 

ALL eight of them voted for H.R.3 and the War on Women: 

Rep. Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) 
Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25) 
Rep. Mark Critz (PA-12)
Rep. Chris Gibson (NY-20)
Rep. Nan Hayworth (NY-19)
Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-7)
Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3)
Rep. Heath Shuler (NC-11)

These eight representatives are going to have some serious explaining to do the next time they meet their constituents. 

They're going to have to explain why they have not passed one single bill that would create jobs, yet have made waging a War on Women one of their "highest legislative priorities."

At the same time, many of our pro-choice champions in the House spoke out against this far-reaching attack on women's freedom and privacy.

Special thanks go out to Reps. Rob Andrews of New Jersey, Karen Bass of California, Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Bruce Braley of Iowa, Lois Capps of California, Judy Chu of California, John Conyers of Michigan, Joseph Crowley of New York, Susan Davis of California, Diana DeGette of Colorado, Ted Deutch of Florida, Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Eliot Engel of New York, Anna Eshoo of California, Sam Farr of California, Jim Himes of Connecticut, Maurice Hinchey of New York, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington, D.C., Reps. Rush Holt of New Jersey, Steny Hoyer of Maryland, Barbara Lee of California, Sander Levin of Michigan, Nita Lowey of New York, Carolyn Maloney of New York, Jerrold Nadler of New York, Nancy Pelosi of California, Gary Peters of Michigan, Mike Quigley of Illinois, Laura Richardson of California, Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Louise Slaughter of New York, Jackie Speier of California, Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts, Peter Welch of Vermont, and Lynn Woolsey of California.

If your representative voted for this attack on women's health, he or she needs to hear from you

And if your representative stood up for women and voted no, make sure you send them your thanks

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"Rape-Audits" Bill Passes the House!


Moments ago, H.R.3, the extreme "rape-audits" bill, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 251-175.

251 representatives just voted for a bill that manipulates the tax code to advance anti-choice policies and could spur the IRS to audit rape and incest survivors who choose abortion care.  

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said the country's pro-choice majority will fight back:

Now the fight moves to the Senate. 

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House to Vote on "Rape-Audits" Bill Tomorrow!


We're at a critical moment in the War on Women. 

Tomorrow, the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a floor vote on H.R.3, the extreme "rape-audits" bill introduced by anti-choice Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey. Tax experts say that this anti-choice bill could force sexual-assault survivors who choose abortion care to prove the assault occurred to the Internal Revenue Service.  

A recent article in Mother Jones also raises new questions about the bill's rape-related provisions.

Speaker John Boehner and other members of the anti-choice House leadership have made this dangerous bill one of their "highest legislative priorities." And now, they're about to reward their extreme anti-choice base.

There are eight representatives we're watching closely. The following three lawmakers defeated pro-choice incumbents in the 2010 elections:

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25) 
Rep. Chris Gibson (NY-20)
Rep. Nan Hayworth (NY-19)

The next two lawmakers claim to be moderates when it comes to a woman's right to choose, but, can they be counted on to oppose Boehner's extreme agenda? 

Rep. Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) 
Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-7)

And the final three are anti-choice Democrats who are co-sponsors of the "rape-audits" bill:

Rep. Mark Critz (PA-12)
Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3)
Rep. Heath Shuler (NC-11) 

These eight lawmakers need to know that their constituents are watching them, and that we'll remember how they voted on the War on Women when the 2012 elections roll around.

If you live in one of these districts, make sure you contact your member of Congress! 

(Rep. Gibson is my representative, and I've already let him know that if he votes for the War on Women, he'll be looking for a new job after the next election.)  

We don't have a moment to lose: contact your representative now! Make sure that these politicians know that we, the people, do not want this War on Women. 

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Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Boehner's Door


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"Knock, knock."

"Who's there?"

"44,377 pro-choice Americans telling House Speaker John Boehner to STOP the 'rape-audits' bill, that's who!"

NARAL Pro-Choice America teamed up with and EMILY's List to STOP H.R.3, the extreme "Stupak on Steroids" bill.

A whopping 44,377 people from NARAL Pro-Choice America alone signed a petition against this dangerous legislation, which could spur the Internal Revenue Service to audit rape and incest survivors who choose abortion care

We felt Speaker Boehner should hear what we, the people, think about this War on Women, so we decided to pay him a little visit.

We're heading over to his office on Capitol Hill this morning to deliver the petitions. We'll post updates of our delivery live via Twitter and Facebook.

John Boehner and his anti-choice allies are quickly learning that there will be a steep price to pay in 2012 for making the War on Women one of their "highest legislative priorities."

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A politician in Indiana suggested that women might lie about being the survivor of rape or incest in order to access abortion care.

I wish I could say this was someone's idea of a sick April Fools' joke. Sadly, it's true. 

Indiana state Rep. Eric Turner argued on the floor of the state House that a rape or incest exception to a proposed abortion ban creates "a giant loophole." 

Why? According to Rep. Turner, because "someone who is desirous of an abortion could simply say that they've been raped or there's incest."

Fortunately, state Rep. Linda Lawson was there to set the record straight on Rep. Turner's callous and outrageous suggestions:

Unfortunately, these extreme attacks on women's freedom and privacy are not confined to the Hoosier State.

Yesterday, the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would manipulate the tax code to advance an extreme anti-choice agenda. 

Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts, the committee's ranking member, said that taking action on an anti-choice attack was unprecedented for the Ways and Means Committee:

I cannot recall a time in my two decades on this Committee - and I have checked with a few others that served this Committee before me -- that we have devoted a full hearing and markup to [abortion]. I regret that it takes away our attention from our shared goals of job-creation and tax reform.  And I regret that this bill is overall just a tax increase on women.

Donna Crane, policy director at NARAL Pro-Choice America, told the Associated Press that the "rape-audits" provision "would be an alarming new responsibility for the IRS."

This War on Women has gone far enough! 

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Banding Together to Stop the Rape Audits


With the anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives taking its War on Women to dangerous new extremes, the whole pro-choice movement is banding together

Under H.R.3, the extreme "Stupak on Steroids" bill, women could be forced to describe the traumatic experience of being sexually assaulted to an agent from the IRS. According to Mother Jones, the bill could "turn IRS agents into abortion cops."

And H.R.3 is not just fringe legislation that doesn't stand a chance of passing.  It takes 218 votes to pass anything in the House. Right now, H.R.3 has 221 co-sponsors. If a vote were held today, this bill would pass the House!

Americans have had enough of the War on Women and are calling on Speaker John Boehner and other anti-choice politicians to end these outrageous attacks on freedom and privacy.

Now through April 15, our progressive coalition is gathering signatures to send to Speaker Boehner by Tax Day. The message: Stop the rape audits.

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Just when you thought the attacks on women's health couldn't get any more extreme, the anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives opened up a new front.

More media outlets are reporting that H.R.3, the dangerous "Stupak on Steroids" bill, could subject survivors of rape and incest who choose abortion to audits by the Internal Revenue Service:

These outrageous "abortion audits" would place the burden of proof on the woman:

Under standard audit procedure, a woman would have to provide evidence to corroborate facts about abortions, rapes, and cases of incest, says Marcus Owens, an accountant and former longtime IRS official. If a taxpayer received a deduction or tax credit for abortion costs related to a case of rape or incest, or because her life was endangered, then "on audit [she] would have to demonstrate or prove, ideally by contemporaneous written documentation, that it was incest, or rape, or [her] life was in danger," Owens says. "It would be fairly intrusive for the woman."

This shocks the conscience. Members of the anti-choice House leadership campaigned on promises of less government intrusion in our personal, private lives. Now these same politicians are making it so that rape survivors will have to relive their horrifying experiences with an agent from the IRS.

As extreme as this "Stupak on Steroids" bill is, it now has 221 co-sponsors--more than enough votes to pass the House!

We're calling on the co-sponsors of H.R.3 to explain to their constituents why they want to give the IRS authority to audit rape survivors. In particular, we're focusing on these seven representatives:

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle of New York
Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin
Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania
Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois
Rep. Dan Lungren of California
Rep. Steve Stivers of Ohio
Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan

If you live in one of these members' districts, call your representative. Ask why he or she wants the IRS to conduct abortion audits of rape survivors.

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Anti-Choice Bill Subjects Rape Survivors to IRS Audits


The anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives is waging a War on Women, and the attacks keep getting more extreme. 

Mother Jones is reporting that H.R.3, the dangerous "Stupak on Steroids" bill, could subject survivors of rape and incest who choose to terminate their pregnancies to audits by the Internal Revenue Service.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, which helped break this story, called the bill a callous assault on women's freedom and privacy:

This bill gets more outrageous and insulting by the day. Not only would a woman have to describe her sexual assault to the police, but she could then be forced to relive that horrifying experience with an agent from the IRS. The 221 members of Congress who signed their names to this egregious bill must explain to their constituents why they want to give the IRS authority to audit rape survivors.

Why, indeed?

It's yet another way these anti-choice politicians are pushing for more government intrusion in our personal, private lives--not less. 

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