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February is Black History Month, and we'd like to acknowledge and honor a few amazing African-American pro-choice champions who've stood up for women's reproductive freedom, especially against recent anti-choice attacks in the states.

When anti-choice politicians in Ohio introduced legislation that would ban abortion as early as six weeks - before most women realize they're pregnant - State Sen. Nina Turner introduced a tongue-in-cheek bill that would require men to undergo psychological counseling before accessing Viagra.

A close ally of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, we recently honored Nina with our Champion of Choice Award for her leadership and advocacy on behalf of women's health.

We'd also like to recognize North Carolina state Rep. Alma Adams who spoke out against extreme anti-choice restrictions that could close reproductive-health clinics.

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When anti-choice politicians in her state tried to pass anti-choice restrictions using a "motorcycle safety" bill, Alma called out the anti-choice legislators for their cheating tactics:

"It's about politics. It's not about women's health. It's not about safety...As a woman, I am personally insulted by the maneuvers around getting this bill to the floor. We've made a mockery of women's health and safety."

Alma has been fighting for reproductive rights for nearly three decades, and we are so grateful for having her solidarity with NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina and being an ally to all women and families.

In the Cheesehead state, we'd like to recognize Wisconsin state Rep. LaTonya Johnson. She fought against a medically unnecessary forced ultrasound bill and spoke on the Wisconsin floor about the importance of access to comprehensive sex-education program.

LaTonya also spoke at the Stand with Wisconsin Women rally let by NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin and their coalition. Check out the video below:

And in New York, we're giving a shout out to State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader and the first African-American woman to hold that position!

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Andrea, who was endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice New York, led the charge for the Women's Equality Act (WEA) in the State Senate last year and continues to advocate for the full 10-point WEA. She said:

"No one would believe that in 2013 there were not enough Senators willing to vote to protect the health and equality of women. In 1970, when choice was first passed in New York, 12 Republican Senators joined a majority of their Democratic colleagues to support this landmark legislation. In our state, women's health has never been a Republican or Democratic issue. I find it shocking that 43 years later not one Senate Republican stood up for women's equality."

Andrea was the primary sponsor of the Reproductive Health Act in the 2011 session.

In Texas, where NARAL Pro-Choice Texas works on the ground to defend reproductive rights against huge challenges, we want to recognize some awesome leaders who were loud and proud about their pro-choice values during the heated legislative attacks that led to Wendy Davis' historic filibuster.

State Rep. Senfronia Thompson hung a wire hanger from the microphone while she spoke during the hearings to pay reverence and respect to the many women who were injured or died accessing illegal abortion.

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State Rep. Dawnna Duke rallied women in Texas and proposed amendments that would allow more options for women with unintended pregnancies.

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We're also giving a shout out to Virginia Delegate Charniele Herring, who has a 100% pro-choice voting record!


Charniele was the first African-American woman elected to represent Northern Virginia in the General Assembly. Charniele was also chair of the reproductive rights caucus in 2012 and was a huge player, along with NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, in the fight against forced ultrasound legislation in 2012.

The pro-choice movement is fortunate to have incredible champions from all backgrounds and walks of life but we couldn't be where we are today without the tenacious, smart, and courageous leadership of African-American state lawmakers.

We can't thank these pro-choice rock stars enough for standing up for women's reproductive freedom in all communities.

Happy Black History Month from NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Rep. Paul Ryan's Support for Forced Ultrasounds


398px-Paul_Ryan_official_portrait_2.jpgWe recently told you about Rep. Paul Ryan's stance on "personhood," his 59 anti-choice votes in the U.S. House, and his statement:

"I'm as pro-life as a person gets. You're not going to have a truce. Judges are going to come up. Issues come up, they're unavoidable, and I'm never going to not vote pro-life."

So it comes as no surprise that Rep. Paul Ryan also backed a bill that would force a woman to get a medically unnecessary ultrasound before she can access abortion care - even if she doesn't want one and even if her doctor doesn't recommend it.

His position isn't far off from Gov. Bob McDonnell in Virginia - remember him?

His state made national headlines when anti-choice politicians passed a bill that would force a woman seeking abortion care to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound. Gov. McDonnell became known as the "transvaginal governor," and independent polling indicates Gov. McDonnell and the legislators who supported the forced-ultrasound measure paid a price with voters.

Ultimately, Gov. McDonnell signed a forced-ultrasound measure into Virginia law.

The federal bill that Rep. Ryan cosponsored also would force a woman to undergo an ultrasound even if her doctor doesn't recommend it, and even if against the woman's will.

We'll be working every day between now and November 6 to make sure the Romney-Ryan ticket doesn't get the chance to impose a forced-ultrasound law on women across the country.

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is on many people's short list of potential Republican vice-presidential candidates this year.

He certainly has a record that's extreme enough on abortion to match whoever ends up winning the nomination.

Just last week, he signed Virginia's forced-ultrasound bill into law. This is the measure that forces a woman to have an ultrasound before she can get abortion care--even if she doesn't want one and even if her doctor doesn't recommend one.

Now, Virginia's Democratic Party has put together a video highlighting McDonnell's anti-woman record:

Moving over to Pennsylvania, anti-choice Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is not about to let Gov. McDonnell corner the market on outrageous attacks on women's freedom and privacy.

He's pushing a forced-ultrasound bill in the Keystone State, and had this to say about women who don't want one:

I don't know how you make anybody watch. You just have to close your eyes.

Oh. Is that all?

New polling shows that politicians supporting these types of attack on women are losing support...among women.

With guys like Bob McDonnell and Tom Corbett speaking about the issue, it's no wonder why.

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"Doonesbury" Takes on Mandatory Ultrasounds


Mandatory-ultrasound laws have gotten a lot of attention of late.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signed one of these intrusive measures into law last week. And a mandatory-ultrasound law was allowed to go into effect in Texas in January, when a temporary stay was overturned by the courts.

Now, Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" is taking on this attack on women's freedom and privacy.

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Each "Doonesbury" this week will be about Texas' mandatory-ultrasound law. But not everyone will get to see it in their hometown paper--apparently, the topic was too controversial for some publications.

Here at Blog for Choice, we believe a comic strip that draws attention to intrusive government mandates should be shared far and wide.

Keep checking back here every day this week for more "Doonesbury"!

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Virginia Lawmaker Calls Abortion a "Lifestyle Convenience"


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.

Anti-Choice Bills Flood Florida


Florida: home of beaches, orange groves, and Key lime pie. And now, a key battleground in the War on Women.

The legislature has sent Gov. Rick Scott four extreme anti-choice bills that attack women's freedom and privacy.

One bill would force a woman to undergo an ultrasound before receiving abortion care, even if she doesn't request it or her doctor doesn't recommend it.  

Under another bill, private insurance coverage of abortion care effectively would be banned in the state health-insurance exchange that's being established under the federal health-care law. Women in the exchange could be forced to pay out of pocket for abortion services - even women who experience heart-breaking complications, such as a fetal anomaly, or where abortion care is necessary to protect a woman's health.

The legislature even started the process of amending Florida's constitution to prohibit state funding of abortion care, with no exception for when a woman's health is at risk! 

When one pro-choice lawmaker spoke out against these measures, he was told he wasn't allowed to say the word "uterus" on the House floor

So, here's what we've learned about how the Florida legislature operates: 

Passing an extreme agenda that interferes with women's ability to make personal, private medical decisions? That's okay.

Saying the name of a part of women's bodies while speaking out against that extreme agenda? Not okay.

Enough is enough! A divisive anti-choice agenda is NOT what Florida needs. Tell Gov. Scott to veto these dangerous bills. 

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