This is what an anti-choice U.S. House of Representatives looks like.
Last night, 245 representatives voted to overturn the new health-care law and take away millions of women's access to prenatal care and birth-control coverage.
And today, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced "Stupak on Steroids," a bill that would impose tax penalties on millions of American families, jeopardizing women's ability to buy private insurance with abortion coverage.
Remind the new Congress that we didn't elect them to play politics with our freedom and privacy.
"Stupak on Steroids" is a very serious threat to women's access to abortion. It would force you and your family to pay more taxes if your health plan covers abortion, jeopardize abortion coverage in the private market, and make it even more difficult for rape and incest survivors who rely on the government for their health care to access abortion services.
And "Stupak on Steroids" could very well pass. There are 246 anti-choice members in the House, which is more than enough to win.
Our opponents have made this bill a top priority, and so have we. Right now, we are educating reporters to cut through the misinformation that our anti-choice opponents are trying to spread and meeting with our allies in Congress to keep this bill from reaching the president's desk.
Because we face the most challenging landscape in the House in decades, we must reach each and every lawmaker, no matter where he or she stands on choice.
- Members with mixed voting records on choice need to hear from far more pro-choice constituents than anti-choice ones. Tell them that voters in their district don't want divisive policies on abortion.
- Pro-choice representatives need your backing to champion our cause and rally their allies.
- Anti-choice members need to know that their pro-choice constituents are watching and are ready to vote for pro-choice challengers in the next election.
"Stupak on Steroids" is the most far-reaching anti-choice measure we have seen in a long time, and it's part of a larger state and federal strategy. If we let this intrusion go unanswered, we'll hand our anti-choice opponents a major victory in their mission to take away a woman's right to choose.
Thank you for taking action now.
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America