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Wed, 3/30: Back Up Your Birth Control NYC Day of Action

Jerin


From one of the male members of our task force:

The Back Up Your Birth Control NYC Day of Action is less than a week away!
Next Wednesday, March 30, join us as we hit subway stations throughout the city to spread the word about emergency contraception (EC)!

NARAL Pro-Choice New York staff, interns, and volunteers will be passing out condoms, magnets, tattoos and EC info at two subway stops in Manhattan.
14th St. Union Square, 12-2 p.m.
34 St. Herald Square, 5-7 p.m.

RSVP to dbenzaquen@prochoiceny.org and let us know which time and stop works for you! You can also choose a stop in your own neighborhood - just RSVP and find a time to pick up the materials from our office in the coming days. Spread the word to all your pro-choice friends using the Facebook invite.

Even if you can’t make it, you can still participate in the Day of Action by blogging, tweeting, dedicating your Facebook status, and sending an EC e-card to help educate your community about EC. Check out the Back Up Your Birth Control website for more ideas.

We are pulling out all the stops for the 10th anniversary of the campaign - and we hope you will too.  Let’s take it to the streets and help ensure that all New Yorkers know how to back up their birth control!

For Choice,
David Benzaquen
Political & Legislative Action Coordinator

Come to D.C. on Thurs, April 7 to tell your member of Congress to reject H.R.3.

The Latest Rant

An anti-choice bill in Congress could subject survivors of rape and incest who choose abortion to Internal Revenue Service audits. Mother Jones reports that the anti-choice bill moving now through Congress, H.R.3, could turn “IRS agents into abortion cops.”1

Help me fight this insulting attack. Come to Washington, D.C. on Thursday, April 7 to tell your member of Congress, face-to-face, to reject this bill.

A tax expert recently told Congress that, under H.R.3, the “burden of proof” is on the woman who accesses abortion care to prove to the IRS that the sexual assault occurred. Imagine: being forced to describe such a horrifying experience to a tax collector.

Any bill that spurs the IRS to audit rape survivors is beyond the pale, and members of Congress need to hear from their constituents about this bill one on one. That’s why I need your help.

Come to Washington, D.C. on April 7 for our big lobby day and help me stop this outrageous bill.

If you can’t make it to Washington, you can help us get the word out. Do you have any friends in the Washington area? Do you know anyone who is a student, is retired, or has a flexible work schedule who can make the trip during the week?

Forward this message to your friends and family who might be able to attend.

The attacks on women’s access to abortion must stop. Activists like you have sent 61,238 messages to Congress opposing the “Stupak on Steroids” bill, but we must do more. I hope you can join us in Washington on April 7.

My best,

Nancy Keenan

Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

An Anti-Choice Attorney General: It Could Happen Here

Jerin


From NARAL:
In states across the country, attorneys general have attacked a women's right to choose.
Dan Donovan wants to be New York's next attorney general. He says he wants to represent New Yorkers. But New Yorkers are pro-choice and, according to the New York Times, Dan Donovan is "against abortion, except in cases of rape or incest."
A good attorney general can play a critical role in advancing our reproductive rights. A bad one can take them away.
That's why last Friday NARAL Pro-Choice New York stood with allies on the steps of New York City Hall to launch a campaign highlighting the alarming anti-choice position of New York state attorney general candidate Dan Donovan.
Go to www.CouldHappenHere.org to watch our web video "Donovan: It Could Happen Here" and sign the online petition to let Dan Donovan know we want an attorney general who will stand up for women's health and rights.
For choice,
Sabrina Shulman
Political Director

Who said no exceptions in cases of rape?

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August 2010  
    ACT NOW



High-Risk Insurance Pools Should Cover Abortion
For many women with severe medical conditions – like cancer or diabetes – temporary high-risk health-insurance pools are their only option for coverage. But the Obama administration recently decided to exclude abortion coverage from these pools – even if continuing a pregnancy would put a woman's health at risk!

We've collected 33,615 signatures on our petition opposing this policy.

Add your name now. Help us reach 40,000.


Take Action


    SUPPORT US



Donate Today!
Denying women access to birth control and abortion coverage in the lead-up to the new health-care system is just plain wrong. And yet the Obama administration's recent announcement is the first of many fights we'll have to face.

We need your urgent support today. Your donation will help us support candidates who will join us in fighting back against any other attacks on a woman's right to choose in the lead up to the new health-care system. So please donate today.

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    HALL OF FAME AND HALL OF SHAME



FAME: Pro-Choice Candidate Ann McLane Kuster
Our PAC is proud to endorse Ann McLane Kuster in New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District. An attorney and pro-choice activist, Ann has long been an advocate for women and families and is committed to standing up for women's freedom and privacy. In Congress, we trust Ann to join other pro-choice champions and fight for commonsense, pro-choice values. If you live in the 2nd District, vote for Ann in the primary election on September 14!

Get to know Ann >>


SHAME: Anti-Choice Senate Candidate Ken Buck
"I don't believe in the exceptions of rape or incest." That's the extreme view held by Ken Buck, the Tea Party-supported candidate for U.S. Senate in Colorado. Buck's recent remarks are a slap in the face to women everywhere, and a reminder of what's in store if more anti-choice candidates are elected to Congress.

Read more about Buck's outrageous remarks >>


    CHOICE IN THE NEWS



Watch Nancy Keenan discussing the military abortion ban on FOX News Sunday

In this clip from The Rachel Maddow Show, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia takes state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to task for his latest attack on abortion providers


The FDA approves ella®, a contraceptive that can prevent pregnancy up to five days after sex

Check out updates from the Vision to Win tour, our cross-country effort to engage the next generation of grassroots leaders

 


It's hard to believe, but Election Day is just 63 days away.

Anti-choice radicals are already fired up across the country. Their top candidates are having no trouble expressing their extreme anti-choice views.

We've got a lot of work ahead of us. It won't be easy, but on November 2, we're going to re-elect pro-choice friends and defeat those anti-choice politicians who want to stand between women and their doctors.

This brewing fight is one reason we're happy to announce the launch of our redesigned website, which is chock-full of news and tools that will help you get the word out this fall and beyond.

Check out the elections hub for campaign updates, and read new stories from women and men sharing why they're pro-choice. Plus, don't miss my favorite section, tips for talking to your friends about choice.

As always, thanks for all you do to stand up for women.

My best,
Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

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Add your name to petition opposing a ban on abortion coverage in high-risk pools

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NARAL Pro-Choice america


It's official.
Help us reach 25,000 signatures by Friday, August 6.
Just last week, the Obama administration published its new policy banning abortion coverage in the temporary high-risk insurance pools.
Now is your chance to speak out. I need your name next to mine on our petition opposing this new policy.
The new health-reform law has the potential to improve women's lives. But this new policy announced officially yesterday means that women who are part of these pools for the next three years because they have significant health problems, such as diabetes or cancer, will not be able to access abortion care, even if their health is at further risk. 
More than 38,800 activists have already called on the Obama administration to remove the abortion-coverage ban from high-risk pools. Now, the policy has been published, and it's time for public comment.
Help us send a clear and powerful message that women's access to abortion should not be used as a bargaining chip in the new health-care system.
Add your name by Friday, August 6 to the petition we will send to comment on the policy that bans abortion coverage in high-risk pools.
Thanks for standing with us as we stand strong in support of women's access to insurance coverage for abortion.
Nancy Keenan
Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

last chance to press the NY Senate to pass the Reproductive Health Act this legislative year!

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NY Reproductive Rights ActJust when we thought the door was closed on passing the Reproductive Health Act this year, Governor David Paterson called the Legislature back to Albany today! This special session is very likely our last chance to press the Senate to pass the Reproductive Health Act this legislative year!
The Senate's first order of business will be to pass a budget, but this is also the perfect opportunity for the Senate to show real leadership, stand up for New Yorkers' pro-choice values, and make women's health a priority.
We've waited three long years for action on this bill, and each year have seen legislators leave Albany without taking action. Now they're back, and we need to seize this opportunity and the women of this state are tired of waiting.
Email your senator and ask them to seize this golden opportunity to show pro-choice New Yorkers that the Senate cares about the issues that matter most to the women and families of New York. Tell them to bring the Reproductive Health Act to the floor now!

For choice,
Kelli Conlin
Tell your friends about the Choice Action Network. 

ACTION ALERT: Tell the White House and HHS you don't accept their new abortion restrictions!

YoungFeminists

I agree with NARAL's outrage  that such a decision below would come from a pro-choice president that we helped elect.  I can't imagine Hilary Clinton making the same decision.  This is a series of bad decisions, on the hills of the one Pres Obama made codifying the Hyde Amendment into law.


In Solidarity,
Jerin Alam

National NOW Political Action Committee
Co-Chair
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force 
National Organization for Women (NOW)



From Raising Women's Voices
Yesterday, the Obama administration shocked women's health organizations by announcing it had decided to sharply restrict abortion coverage in the new federally-subsidized "high-risk pool" insurance plans that will be offered to people with pre-existing conditions, such as breast cancer and diabetes. The coverage will only be allowed in cases of rape, incest or danger to the woman's life, according to a press statement from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The administration's decision will mean thousands of women with serious medical conditions will lack coverage for abortions they may need because of risks to their health -- or the health of a developing fetus – from medical complications or treatments such as chemotherapy. These women will not even be permitted to use their own premium dollars to buy this coverage through the new federal and state high-risk pool plans.

Contact the White House and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius NOW to say this decision is unacceptable! Tell the administration that women with pre-existing medical conditions need abortion coverage!

To reach the White House:
Call: (202) 456-1111
Email: public@who.eop.gov

To reach the Department of Health and Human Services:
Call: (877) 696-6775
Email: http://www.hhs.gov/feedback.html


But don't the restrictions on use of federal dollars for abortion coverage apply here?  No. Even though federal dollars are being used to subsidize these new high-risk pool insurance plans, there is no requirement that abortion coverage be restricted. That is because the Hyde Amendment restrictions on use of Labor-HHS appropriations for abortion coverage do not apply to this new appropriation. Moreover, the Nelson amendment abortion restrictions that were included in the health reform law do not apply to the high-risk pool plan section of the law.

What this means is that the administration has voluntarily adopted these new abortion restrictions, going beyond what the health reform law required.

The White House has imposed what amounts to the egregious Stupak abortion ban on the high-risk pool insurance plans. Like the Stupak ban, the new administration decision will bar women with pre-existing conditions from using their own funds to buy abortion coverage through the high-risk pools.

Tell the White House we defeated Stupak in Congress and won't accept it from HHS! The abortion restrictions in the high-risk pools must be lifted!

To reach the White House:
Call: (202) 456-1111
Email: public@who.eop.gov

To reach the Department of Health and Human Services:
Call: (877) 696-6775
Email: http://www.hhs.gov/feedback.html



From NARAL



To our dismay, the Obama administration just announced it will exclude abortion coverage in the temporary health-insurance pools that will transition us into the new health-care system.
I am outraged that such a decision would come from a pro-choice president that we helped elect.


I have contacted the White House, but I need your voice, too. Tell President Obama that this new policy is unacceptable and ask him to change course immediately.

According to the Associated Press, the Obama administration is set to ban abortion services in a new, temporary program for individuals who fall into high-risk pools.1 This policy means that women who are part of these pools because they have significant health problems, such as diabetes or cancer, will not be able to access abortion care, even if their health is at further risk.
Believe it or not, the administration’s policy is similar to the ban proposed by anti-choice Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.). That’s right. For about three years, a Stupak-style ban will now apply to women in these new high-risk insurance pools.

Abortion is the most common surgical procedure women receive. At a time when the country is on the cusp of implementing nationwide health-insurance coverage, it is unacceptable to treat abortion care differently in the new high-risk pools.
Please urge President Obama to remove the abortion-coverage ban immediately.

Unless President Obama steps in, women with pre-existing conditions or other high-risk medical needs like diabetes will lose out on coverage for abortion care.
Help us fight back. Tell President Obama that the abortion-coverage ban was not part of the agreement on health reform.

I’ll keep you posted as this story unfolds. We will keep the pressure on the White House until the administration changes course.
Nancy Keenan
Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

Join Congresswoman Maloney to Stop CPC's from Spreading lies about abortion

Jerin


Should an organization opposed to abortion be allowed to advertise that it provides "abortion services"?
Of course not. But anti-choice "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs) have used this trick to fool women for years.
We need action in Congress to stop the lies for good. Tell Rep. Carolyn Maloney to support a new bill that will protect women from CPCs' manipulative advertisements.
Our campaign is already off to a fantastic start. Yesterday, my team sent our letter with more than 59,000 signatures to YellowPages.com and SuperPages.com asking them to remove misleading CPC ads from their sites. But anti-choice CPCs are still blanketing buses, billboards, and even the airwaves with their falsehoods.
Now we must take the next step. We need a federal bill to put an end to deceptive CPC ads everywhere.
Many CPCs do whatever it takes to block women from choosing abortion. We've heard it all: lies about abortion and condoms, guilt-trips, and harassing follow-up phone calls.
But before a CPC can inflict emotional damage on women, they must get them in the door. And that's where the false ads come in.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) is trying to change all that. She's introduced a bill, the Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women's Services Act, that would finally hold CPCs accountable for false advertising by allowing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to penalize CPCs that advertise abortion-care services or counseling that they do not offer.
Urge your representative to co-sponsor the Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women's Services Act today.
It's fine for groups that oppose abortion to advertise. But they shouldn't be allowed to advertise abortion services that they clearly don't provide. And many CPCs have crossed this line for years.
How long will we let CPCs mislead women?
We need more members of Congress – including Rep. Carolyn Maloney – to speak up loudly in support of this bill so that women stop being deceived.
We are working to end these lies from every angle – and that means getting our lawmakers involved, too. Take action today.
My heart sinks every time I hear about a woman who was forced to hear lies and lectures from a CPC when what she needed was the truth. The Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women's Services Act can protect women seeking real health care from being tricked into going to an anti-choice CPC.
We need to give this effort everything we've got. Thank you for all you do to protect a woman's right to choose.
My best,
Nancy Keenan




Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

24 hours to add your name to ask SuperPages.com and YellowPages.com, to take down all misleading CPC ads

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June 2010  
    ACT NOW



An Ad No Woman Should See
Anti-choice "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs) do whatever it takes to block women from choosing abortion.

Many even stoop to advertising under "abortion services" and "abortion clinics" in popular online search directories. Let's be clear: CPCs do not provide abortion care.

We're calling on two of the biggest search directories, SuperPages.com and YellowPages.com, to take down all misleading CPC ads. Add your name to our letter by June 30 so you can be part of our delivery!

Take Action






    HALL OF FAME AND HALL OF SHAME



FAME: Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.)
Emergency contraception (EC) is getting even more attention, thanks to these pro-choice heroes in Congress. Sen. Murray and Rep. Slaughter introduced the EC Education Act this month to make sure people know all about EC and how it prevents pregnancy. Thanks, Sen. Murray and Rep. Slaughter, for your leadership!

Learn more >>


SHAME: Operation Rescue's Expansion Plan
Operation Rescue has made our Hall of Shame before. This time, the notorious anti-choice group gets the nod for targeting Albuquerque. As if women in New Mexico didn't face enough barriers – 88 percent of counties do not have an abortion provider. Now women also must face threats of violence from Operation Rescue.

Learn more >>


    CHOICE IN THE NEWS



NARAL Pro-Choice America creates Spanish-language pages on its website

Women may soon have a new EC birth-control option with ella®

We're closer to ending an abortion ban for women serving in the military

Florida governor's veto marks pro-choice victory

President Obama increases funds for sex education that works


Every day, untold numbers of women facing an unintended pregnancy turn to "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs).

The trouble is that many CPCs pose as legitimate health clinics but push an anti-choice agenda to block women from choosing abortion.

I got to see firsthand what goes on inside a CPC in the new documentary, "12th and Delaware." The lies, the guilt trips, the manipulation. It is unspeakable.

Hear what some of our supporters said about the film.

CPCs outnumber legitimate health centers by a 5-1 margin. Chances are one of these anti-choice fake clinics will deceive a woman you care about.

But there is something you can do. Be sure to take action this month on our campaign and see "12th and Delaware" when it airs on HBO on August 2.

My best,
Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

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OUR NUMBERS
33,041: The number of people who signed onto our letter to SuperPages.com and YellowPages.com. Thank you!
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Action Alert: An ad no woman should see

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NARAL Pro-Choice america
This is an ad for a "crisis pregnancy center." It does not provide abortion care.
 CPC ad example
Ads for CPCs should not be listed under "abortion services."
Anti-choice "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs) do whatever it takes to block women from choosing abortion.
Many even stoop to advertising under "abortion services" and "abortion clinics" in popular online search directories. Let's be clear: CPCs do not provide abortion care.
We're calling on two of the biggest search directories, SuperPages.com and YellowPages.com, to take down all misleading CPC ads.
Add your name to our letter by June 30 so you can be part of our delivery
Never heard of a CPC? They look like women's health-care clinics. But most of the estimated 4,000 CPCs are unlicensed and unregulated storefronts staffed by anti-choice volunteers.
Their number-one goal is to make women feel too guilty or scared to choose abortion by providing information that is medically inaccurate and manipulative.
It's fine for groups that oppose abortion to advertise. But they shouldn't be allowed to advertise under "abortion services" or "abortion clinics." It's just cruel to lie to women facing an unintended pregnancy. 
Help us end the lies. Sign onto our letter to SuperPages.com and YellowPages.com today.
YellowPages.com and SuperPages.com have 125 million monthly searches and 30 million unique visitors per month, respectively. The vast majority of people who use these directories contact the merchants or organizations they find.
CPCs didn't miss a beat. Just a few years ago, CPCs advertised on billboards, street-level signs, and even in the phone book. Now they are flooding the Internet, reaching even more unsuspecting women.
Tell SuperPages.com and YellowPages.com that CPCs are using their sites to trick women. The fraud against women must stop.
Can you imagine facing an unintended pregnancy and accidentally going to a CPC staffed by anti-choice volunteers when you thought you were visiting a legitimate health center? It sounds horrific.
We need to stop CPCs from using popular sites like SuperPages.com and YellowPages.com to advertise abortion services that they clearly don't provide.
Thanks for adding your name to our letter today.
Nancy Keenan


Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America