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EMILY's List President: Our Stand on Abortion Rights Is Unwavering

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I enjoyed talking to Eleanor Clift last week about the future of EMILY's List -- not just electing more women, but growing our community of activists and supporters significantly -- doubling and doubling again, as I have pledged. I am confident that this growth will be fueled by our commitment to electing strongly pro-choice Democratic women.

But I am deeply concerned that the article suggested a change in our assessment of what it means to be pro-choice. Twenty-five years ago, Ellen Malcolm's visionary leadership established our organization as unwavering in our commitment to abortion rights -- and we do not waver on that commitment now.

An era of expanded access to birth control, new morning-after pills and other strategies to prevent unintended pregnancies allows women to have control of the most personal of their reproductive health care decisions. At the same time, aggressive attacks on women's right to abortion escalate. We must stand strong for women's access to the full spectrum of health care choices -- including abortion.

As a woman who grew up in the West, my pro-choice beliefs are at the core of my sense of independence and personal liberty -- why on earth would anyone want the government in their bedroom or their doctor's office?

All of us here at EMILY's List are committed to electing more pro-choice Democratic women because we trust women and because without reproductive rights women are denied basic equality. That's why we were leaders in the fight to stop Stupak. That's why we're so proud to have helped elect Debbie Stabenow, who reminded Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, when he wanted to leave pre-natal care out of the health care bill because he "didn't need it," that his mother probably had. It's why we're taking on Sarah Palin and the Susan B. Anthony List and their team of radical anti-choice activists.

Today -- as has always been the case -- we stand firm in our belief that the government has no role in this most personal of decisions. That is what EMILY's List and our extraordinary women elected officials have always fought for -- and always will.
Filed Under: Abortion, Woman Up

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