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December 23, 2011

Interested Parties Memo Regarding New Developments in the War on Women

Extremist politicians in the U.S. House of Representatives dominated the news this week.

Americans should know that extremists also are working overtime to ensure that 2011 becomes one of the worst years for attacks on a woman’s right to choose.

The War on Women continues on the presidential campaign trail, where this week candidates signed up to appear at a radio forum supporting the “personhood” movement, a concept that Mississippi voters rejected by double digits last month.

In addition, anti-choice lawmakers in the battleground states of Ohio and Pennsylvania are making headlines with their year-end attacks on women’s freedom and privacy.

The following is a primer on both issues.

Personhood and the Presidential Race

On Tuesday, December 27, Republican presidential aspirants Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum are slated to participate in a radio forum sponsored by Personhood USA. “Personhood” measures would outlaw abortion and could ban common forms of birth control and in vitro fertilization.

Although former Gov. Mitt Romney has not committed to attend the December 27 forum, voters should know that he has made comments endorsing the “personhood” concept.

Also this week a Quinnipiac University survey confirms just how out of touch anti-choice politicians who support “personhood” are with the values and priorities of voters in the key battleground state of Virginia. The poll shows that 58 percent of those surveyed oppose “personhood” legislation.

Unfortunately, even though Mississippians clearly rejected the “personhood” ballot measure, the groups behind this effort will not let public opposition deter them, especially when they can count on presidential candidates to show up at their forums.

Choice in the Battleground States: Ohio and Pennsylvania Close Out Near Record-Breaking Year

Two governors, John Kasich of Ohio and Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania signed anti-choice bills into law this week, bringing the number of anti-choice measures enacted by states so far in 2011 to 69.

These actions are significant.

The number of anti-choice laws enacted this year is already double the number in 2010 (34).

The record for most anti-choice laws enacted since we began tracking that trend in 1995 is 70. That milestone occurred in 1999.

Contact Information for the Media

If you’re around on December 27, please consult our website for info on the presidential candidates. Should you have any further questions, please feel free to email me at or reach Samantha Gordon directly at (202) 246-7114.

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