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Repro Freedom Flyer Newsletter. A newsletter for supports of NARAL Pro-Choice America. January 2021 Edition.

– Message from NARAL President, Ilyse Hogue –

If you’re like me, you watched with horror as armed insurrectionists (egged on by Trump and other elected officials) attacked our nation’s Capitol on January 6th. This dark day was the result of years of an unchecked right-wing stoking fear, spreading disinformation, and emboldening white supremacists. We can never heal and unite if we can’t acknowledge the harm that’s been done — which means convicting Trump so he can never again hold federal office and holding accountable all those responsible for inciting this insurrection.

While I was horrified — I wasn’t shocked. NARAL has spent years immersed in the history of the Radical Right and how they intentionally weaponized abortion in service of their goals of halting social progress and maintaining white patriarchal control. At every step, they’ve relied on disinformation and propaganda. Too often, their most extreme elements have turned to violence. It’s no surprise that these same anti-choice leaders and activists helped promote — and in some cases even participated in — the insurrection.

We now have an opportunity to partner with an administration and Congress that understand the importance of reproductive freedom, will protect and expand access to abortion, and will work to restore our democracy. The fight is far from over and there’s still much to be done to ensure reproductive freedom truly is for every body. I hope you’re ready for what’s next!

Election 2020
Update from the Political Department

2021 marks the beginning of a new era with Democratic control of the White House, U.S. House, and U.S. Senate. After four years of Trump’s anti-choice extremism, we have a president who has vowed to support reproductive freedom. NARAL invested $34.7 million in our largest-ever electoral program and mobilized members across the country to help elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

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But that’s not all — Kamala Harris made history as the first woman, first Black, and first Indian American vice president — and while she’s the first, she will not be the last! Our movement has never been in a better position to dream big. We are looking forward to the future — a future where it won’t be remarkable when a woman of color is elected vice president.

NARAL Members Get Out the Vote 2020 General Election Made over 1.4 million calls Sent over 2.3 million pieces of mail Sent over 1.1 million text messages Held nearly 400 events Georgia Runoff Elections Made more than 164k calls Held 20 voter mobilization events Sent nearly 100k texts to reach GA voters Emailed over 20,000 GA voters Reached thousands of GA voters over social media

Combatting Disinformation

Earlier this month, the world witnessed the power of disinformation and conspiracy theories when a mob of pro-Trump extremists attacked the U.S. Capitol after months of Trump and right-wing pundits and politicians peddling falsehoods about the 2020 election. The intricate connections between the anti-choice movement and the insurrection make it exceedingly clear that today’s anti-choice movement and the Republican party’s far-right, white supremacist fringes are are deeply entwined.

Screenshot of disinformation ad. Watch Now.

We launched digital ads in response to these attacks on our democracy, calling out the overlap between the white supremacist insurrectionists and anti-choice extremists.

The Biden Administration
Policy Priorities

President Biden has already begun reversing the anti-choice policies of the Trump administration, making good on his campaign promise to support reproductive freedom. On Thursday, he issued an executive order that revoked the global gag rule, directed the Department of Health and Human Services to begin the process of repealing the domestic gag rule and restoring Title X, and disavowed the Trump administration’s attacks on reproductive freedom around the world.

But this is just the beginning of what the Biden administration can and must achieve for reproductive freedom — they must release a budget that doesn’t include abortion coverage restrictions (like the discriminatory Hyde Amendment) and take swift action to remove unnecessary restrictions on medication abortion care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Take action now to urge the Biden administration to prioritize reproductive freedom!

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Volunteer Spotlight

Screenshot of NYAC phonebank over zoom.

Special thanks to the New York Action Council who led 16 phone banks for the Georgia Senate runoff elections. They virtually hosted members from across the country, making more than 164,000 calls to GA Voters!

Over the last year, these volunteers helped mobilize over 750 New Yorkers to take action for reproductive freedom!

Join these rock-star volunteer leaders and volunteer with NARAL today »

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 2 AT 6:30 PM CST / VIRTUAL COMMUNITY EVENT

Cutting Through The Noise: A Patient & Provider Panel

Tuesday, February 9 AT 7:00 PM EST / VIRTUAL TRAINING

NARAL Disinformation Training w/ Special Guest State Rep. Padma Kuppa

Thursday, February 11 AT 6:00 PM CST / VIRTUAL COMMUNITY EVENT

NARAL Repro Freedom Happy Hour in MN

Tuesday, February 16 AT 6:00 PM CST / VIRTUAL TRAINING

NARAL IA – Disinformation Training

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Iowa Spotlight

Instead of prioritizing our health and safety as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and safeguarding our democracy, anti-choice legislators in Iowa are moving to change the state constitution to restrict access to abortion.

Abortion access is under attack across the country and we need your support to be prepared before the next attack comes!

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“The truth is: There can never be reproductive freedom until there is freedom from white supremacy. And the promise of Roe can never be realized without the complete destruction of white supremacy.”
– Maggie Olivia, NARAL Missouri Volunteer

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