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August 3, 2007

Almost Too Close To Call…It All Hinges On ‘08

By Nancy Keenan, president, NARAL Pro-Choice America

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 last 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. (For more information on the amendment, click here.)

The failed amendment, offered by anti-choice Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO), would have codified a controversial Bush administration regulation, put in place in 2002.. 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 wanted to deny health coverage to 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.

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. We have to spread the word…Elections Matter.

For more information on how to get involved in electing pro-choice candidates, click here.

Posted by Vanessa at August 3, 2007 4:40 PM