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Nancy Keenan

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Anti-Choice Extremists Will Be Welcomed During a Romney Presidency

(142) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 10:06 PM

We're just a week away from electing our next president and the stakes are high.

How high, you ask?

So high that Mitt Romney put up a bogus ad to appear more moderate to women voters on abortion rights. Just yesterday, Romney surrogate Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) followed suit...

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Women Need to Remember the Real Mitt Romney on November 6

(65) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 7:10 PM

What a week for women and their families.

Last week, Gov. Romney told The Des Moines Register editorial board that "there is no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda."

Even Romney and his team realized pretty quickly those words...

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Todd Akin Exposes the True Agenda of the Republican Party

(383) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 5:20 PM

Over the weekend, U.S. Senate candidate, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), shared his belief that women rarely get pregnant from "legitimate" rape.

His outrageous comments went viral immediately. Although the Republican Party scrambled to distance themselves from his position, these offensive statements reflect an anti-choice...

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Like a Broken Record, House Continues Its Obsession With Attacking Women's Health Care

(8) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 3:35 PM

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted for the 33rd time to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's landmark health-reform law.

This vote was a vote against improving women's access to maternity care, against covering birth control without a copay, against allowing young adults to stay on their parents'...

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Five Things the House is Doing to Attack Choice

(258) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 10:29 AM

Last week, a divisive bill introduced by anti-choice Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) failed to pass the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rep. Franks calls his bill the "Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act" (PreNDA), but contrary to its title, it does nothing to end sex discrimination or gender inequity.

All forms of...

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Caterpillars and Contraception: Why Gov. Nikki Haley is Wrong

(297) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 1:52 PM

President Obama spoke this morning at a forum on women and the economy. In his speech, he said, "Women are not an interest group."

Indeed, we are not. We're the majority of the electorate, and, in large part, our votes will decide the outcome of the 2012 presidential race.


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Healthcare Stories the Supreme Court Needs to Read

(16) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 10:07 AM

Friday marks the two-year anniversary of President Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law.

This landmark piece of legislation brings 30 million Americans into a healthcare system that includes affordable family-planning services, better access to contraception, and maternity care. It represents one of the greatest...

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2012: The Year We Put an End to the War on Women

(36) Comments | Posted January 22, 2012 | 8:12 AM

2011 was the year of the War on Women.

Anti-choice politicians ignored the American people's call to focus on jobs and the economy, and instead made attacking a woman's right to make personal, private medical decisions one of their "highest legislative priorities."

The U.S. House of Representatives...

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Mitt Romney: No Moderate When It Comes to Birth Control

(216) Comments | Posted January 9, 2012 | 4:38 PM

In light of recent events on the presidential campaign trail, I'd like to reintroduce former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to a politician for whom attacking contraception is an all-too usual topic—his name is Mitt Romney.

Gov. Romney, who has taken a commanding lead in polls, seemed...

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Mitt Romney's $10,000 Question on Choice

(13) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 3:31 PM

With the Iowa caucuses less than one month away, Americans are learning more and more about the Republicans vying to replace President Obama.

When it comes to their records on choice, one thing is clear: all of the Republican presidential candidates oppose a woman's right to choose.


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Why Apple Needs to Fix Siri

(37) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 3:12 PM

When I was growing up in rural Montana, the idea of a computer that could answer your questions in real, spoken English was something out of science-fiction stories.

But now, Siri, the personal-assistant application in Apple's iPhone 4S, can do just that. You can ask Siri where to find...

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Mr. President: Catholic Women Use Birth Control, Too

(83) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 12:00 PM

The following is a joint message from Jon O'Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, and Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

The overwhelming majority, 98 percent, of sexually active Catholic women use a form of modern contraception.

Two-thirds of Catholics, 65 percent, believe that clinics and hospitals that...

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The War on Women You Haven't Heard of

(785) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 6:00 PM

Anti-choice extremists never take their eye off the prize: making abortion illegal in the United States.

Right now, they have their sights set on Mississippi. This Tuesday, Mississippians will go to the polls and vote on Initiative 26, a so-called "personhood" ballot measure.

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The Perry Problem: What Would Happen if States Could Outlaw Abortion?

(768) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 6:00 PM

Every four years it seems anti-choice presidential candidates tell voters that overturning Roe v. Wade simply means returning the question of legal abortion to the states.

We can assume that some candidates will repeat this mantra if asked about abortion in the primary season -- including Saturday's...

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No-Cost Birth Control: The Facebook Application

(7) Comments | Posted June 27, 2011 | 7:07 PM

Did you know that 98 percent of American women use birth control during their lifetime?

Yet for many women, it's simply too expensive. One in three women has struggled with the high cost of prescription birth control.

The consequences are staggering. Young adults ages...

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The War on Women: An Update on the Outrage

(319) Comments | Posted April 29, 2011 | 3:24 PM

The U.S. Congress and many state legislatures are about half-way through their legislative sessions, and the midterm grade is not good news for women.

NARAL Pro-Choice America summarized that what we predicted following the 2010 elections has come to fruition: we face an unprecedented wave...

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How Many Committees Does it Take to Wage a War on Women?

(102) Comments | Posted March 16, 2011 | 3:28 PM

Today, a House Ways and Means subcommittee is holding a hearing on H.R.3, the dangerous "Stupak on Steroids" bill introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.).

Ways and Means is the third committee in the U.S. House of Representatives to hold a hearing on an anti-choice bill in...

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Roe Anniversary: Blog for Choice Day 2011

(22) Comments | Posted January 21, 2011 | 9:58 AM

Tomorrow marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that recognized a woman's constitutional right to choose abortion. To mark the anniversary, NARAL Pro-Choice America once again invites pro-choice bloggers and activists to join us today for Blog for Choice...

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Just How Bad Is Boehner for a Woman's Right to Choose?

(270) Comments | Posted November 17, 2010 | 11:17 AM

Rep. John Boehner is set to become the next speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. As Boehner prepares to take the gavel, a survey released last week shows that the vast majority of Americans has no idea who he is. We have no doubt that, before...

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One Year Later: Honoring Dr. George Tiller

(45) Comments | Posted May 24, 2010 | 10:05 AM

We are days away from marking the one-year anniversary of the Sunday morning Scott Roeder walked into Dr. George Tiller's church in Kansas and shot him at close range.

After his murder, many women and men came to our blog to express their appreciation for...

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