Monday, August 6, 2007

credit when it's due

got this in my e-mail just now:

dear sherry

Can one vote make the difference between a pro-choice victory and an anti-choice success? You bet it can—and that's what happened late Thursday night on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

Pro-choice senators led the fight to defeat an anti-choice amendment to the children's health bill by a vote of 50 – 49. That's one single vote.

Your senator, Arlen Specter, voted pro-choice. Send him/her a message now.

The failed amendment, offered by anti-choice Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO), would have enshrined a controversial Bush administration regulation into law - forever. This Bush regulation allows states to make an embryo or a fetus—but not a pregnant woman—eligible for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

That's right—anti-choice senators completely ignored pregnant women.

This amendment showed just what anti-choice politicians will do to undermine a woman's right to choose, even if it means derailing a bill that would provide health care for children and working families.

When anti-choice senators tried this "sneak attack," NARAL Pro-Choice America went to work, contacting Senate offices and making sure the facts got out to the right people. Moments after Sen. Allard introduced his amendment with loads of misleading anti-choice rhetoric, we sent a rebuttal to Senate offices refuting his statement point by point. This rebuttal helped pro-choice senators prevail.

This close vote is a reminder for us. We made big gains in last year's elections and restored pro-choice leadership to the Senate. But legislative attacks like the Allard amendment underscore our need to continue to elect more pro-choice senators.

Until we have the numbers, we will continue to see dangerous and divisive assaults on our right to choose.

Thank you so much for all you to do protect choice—and please take action one more time by contacting your senators.


Nancy Keenan
NARAL Pro-Choice America

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