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Protect women's right to choose

Conservative lawmakers are trying to pass more laws to mandate pregnancy —even in cases of rape, incest, severe fetal deformities and health threats to women caused by pregnancy.
Anticipating a vacancy on the Supreme Court, right-wing lawmakers around the country are busy preparing for George Bush's nominees to eliminate a woman's right to choose.

Using state legislatures like Petri dishes, anti-choice lawmakers and governors are passing unconstitutional laws they hope will test- and overturn - Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court. And as they do, anti-choice U.S. senators are working to grease the skids
for Bush's out-of-touch nominees - threatening to change the rules so they can force anti-choice judges through on narrow
party-line votes.

South Dakota's anti-choice legislature has teed up two new egregious bills designed to restrict the right to choose and undermine Roe v. Wade.

House Bill 1249 would immediately ban
abortion - at all stages, **with no exception for health, rape, incest, or fetal anomaly **- if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

House Bill 1166 would force doctors to provide biased and false information to women seeking abortion, including that abortion may cause depression, increased risk of suicide, or even death.The governor of South Dakota is expected to sign these bills any day.

Michigan is another hotbed for anti-choice strategists. In 2004, Michigan enacted the most extreme restriction on the right to
choose of any state in more than a decade, banning abortion throughout all stages of pregnancy **without an adequate exception
to protect women's health and without any exception for rape or incest.***

Reproductive rights organizations filed suit on March 1to prevent the law from taking effect later this month.

What you can do
Contact your senators today! We cannot let President Bush force through anti-choice judicial nominees who will decide cases about laws like these.

Meanwhile, in Washington, DC, Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) is hard at work rewriting Senate rules to take away the Senate's constitutional right to review and oppose judicial nominees.

If he gets enough votes, Senate Democrats will have virtually no chance to block President Bush's ideologically extreme nominees.

Contact your senators to stop Sen. Frist's campaign to go"nuclear" and erode 200-year old Senate rules!

You can take action on this alert via the web. Visit

We encourage you to take action by June 7, 2005

Your letter will be addressed and sent to
Your Senators

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

I am writing to ask you to oppose any changes to Senate rules to
prevent the filibuster of judicial nominees.

It's critical that the Senate independently review each judicial nominee and take into account each nominee's record, ideological
views, and knowledge of the law. Short-cutting Senate debate on lifetime appointments to the federal court is inappropriate and

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