Podcasts

NARAL’s The Morning After — August 27, 2015

NARAL’s The Morning After is on iTunes! Find our Podcast here: http://bit.ly/naralpodcast

This week, Jaime, Randi, and Gabe discuss Ohio’s Down Syndrome abortion ban bill, including coverage in the New York Times, LA Times, FoxNews, and CNN. Our Kellie Copeland gets the That’s What She Said award of the week for calling Ohio Gov. John Kasich a phony.

We’ll discuss Ohio Right to Life‘s support for Sen. Marco Rubio. They hosted the Republican presidential candidate after he made extreme remarks on abortion without exception. Kasich says he supports rape, incest , and life of the mother exceptions; but none of the bills he’s signed have them.

The Walk of Shame award goes to jerks near the campus of The Ohio State University who hung rapey banners on move-in day.

Finally, we invite you to join us in Toledo for Pride as Randi lists our upcoming activities in the Let’s Get It On segment.

NARAL’s The Morning After is a production of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.

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Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

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Recent media on the Down Syndrome abortion ban

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Ohio Governor John Kasich has the worst record on abortion, and you can read about the latest threat in the New York Times. They ran a front page report on Ohio’s House Bill 135, which bans abortion following a positive prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome. The New York Times editorial board felt such strong opposition to the bill, they released an editorial against it as well.

We believe we should all work to ensure that people with disabilities are treated with equality and dignity. However, this bill does nothing to help people with disabilities or their families. It is just another abortion ban to chip away at women’s reproductive freedom.

Email John Kasich using this link. Tell him to put an end to the attacks on women.

New York Times report: Ohio Bill Would Ban Abortion if Down Syndrome Is Reason

“This is interference with a medical decision following a complicated diagnosis,” said Kellie Copeland, the executive director of Naral Pro-Choice Ohio. “For us, it comes down to who makes the decision and who’s going to have to live with it. Not knowing the family and the circumstances, the legislature can’t possibly take into account all the factors involved.”

New York Times editorial: Abortion and Down Syndrome

“It is hard to imagine any other circumstance in which Americans would tolerate this sort of government intrusion. But of course this is precisely the dilemma that opponents of the right to choose aim to create: instilling guilt and fear in women making intensely personal and private decisions about their own bodies. In fact, a significant majority of women who receive a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome choose to abort their pregnancy. A smaller percentage choose to carry the fetus to term. In both cases, it is a personal decision.”

Fox News: Ohio mulls Down syndrome abortion ban, Kasich mum for now

“We believe we should all work to ensure people with disabilities are treated with equality and dignity. However, we oppose this ban because it interferes with the medical decisions of Ohioans and does nothing to help people with disabilities or their families,” Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, told FoxNews.com. Copeland said she believes it will be an “uphill battle” to oppose the legislation, but people have flooded her group’s phone lines with calls offering donations to fight it. “We have to make it clear to Gov. Kasich that this is not good health care, this is not what the people of Ohio want,” Copeland said. “This ban would encourage patients to keep information from their doctors and that is bad medicine.”

CNN: Don’t politicize my son over Down syndrome

“Ohio Republicans and anti-abortion activists want to use my son as a wedge issue. When their Legislature returns in the fall, it will almost certainly pass HB 131 — a bill that makes it a felony to perform an abortion based on a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Gov. John Kasich, who is competing for the GOP nomination for president, will certainly sign it.”

WKYC: Ohio legislature considering anti-abortion measure regarding Down syndrome

Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, doesn’t agree. “The bottom line is, who makes this decision is the person who has to live with this decision, this bill says that a family that’s facing a complicated medical diagnosis cannot make their own medical decision, and they’ve put that decision in the hands of politicians who’ve never met them,” said Copeland. Copeland knows she has an uphill battle. She says the majority of Ohio lawmakers are likely inclined to pass the measure. And although he hasn’t commented on this particular issue, Governor John Kasich has enacted sixteen different restrictions to abortion access and half of the abortion clinics in Ohio have closed, according to Copeland.


Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

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Podcasts

NARAL’s The Morning After — August 20, 2015

In our first iTunes podcast, the team at NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio sit down to discuss the Kasich campaign for president, Josh Duggar’s Ashley madison account, and they take the Taco or Beer Challenge.

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Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

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Kasich Says One Thing On Abortion, But Does Another

Comments made this week by Gov. John Kasich appear to show a moderate view on abortion. In response to a question about abortion rights, Kasich said: “Obviously, it’s the law of the land now, and we live with the law of the land.”

However, his record reveals a more accurate picture, having signed into law 16 policies that harm women’s access to reproductive health care and abortion, including defunding Planned Parenthood. When Kasich was in Congress, he voted 118 times against reproductive rights.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said:

One in three women in the United States will make the decision to have an abortion. It is critically important that they can access safe, legal abortion care. Half of Ohio’s abortion clinics have closed since Kasich took office. Kasich can pretend to be a moderate, but his extreme record shows a complete disrespect for the law of the land and for women’s health. He is a phony.

Since becoming governor of Ohio in 2011, John Kasich has:

  • Banned insurance coverage of abortions (2011, HB 79)
  • Added barriers to minors seeking an abortion (2011, HB 63)
  • Banned abortion at 24 weeks, without exceptions for women’s health, or rape/incest (2011, HB 78)
  • Banned abortions at public hospitals, without exceptions for women’s health, or rape/incest(2011, HB 153)
  • Banned local governments from offering abortion insurance (2011, HB 153)
  • Banned rape counselors from discussing abortion (2013, HB 59)
  • Defunded Planned Parenthood (2013, HB 59)
  • Required all abortion providers to have a “transfer agreement” with a local hospital. (2013, HB 59)
  • Banned public hospitals from having transfer agreements with abortion providers (2013, HB 59)
  • Required women to receive biased information before an abortion (2013, HB 59)
  • Required a forced ultrasound before an abortion (2013, HB 59)
  • Created a program to support anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers (2013, HB 59)
  • Required a 30-mile limit on transfer agreements (2015, HB 64)
  • Required an automatic denial on abortion clinic license applications after 60 days (2015, HB 64)
  • Eliminated coverage of a Medicaid family planning program (2015, HB 64)
  • Funded crisis pregnancy centers with $1,000,000 of tax dollars (2015, HB 64)

Supporters of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio are joined by the national NARAL organization, which is asking presidential candidates to #OwnIt and admit to their anti-abortion records. Gov. Kasich’s failing grade with women will continue to be a part of their discussion of the 2016 presidential election. Information on Gov. Kasich’s record can be found at: https://ownit2016.com/candidates/kasich/


Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

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Kasich To Do His Best To Close Abortion Clinics

Gov. John Kasich is playing both sides with women’s lives and safety at stake. Who will he choose to support as the presidential race continues—anti-choice extremists or the women who might die without being able to legally access abortion?

In a video released by NARAL Pro-Choice America, Kasich is asked by a woman: “[In Ohio] half of the abortion centers have closed. Can you do that in the country if I vote for you?” Kasich replies: “We’ll do our best.” The video was shot on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, in Iowa where Kasich was campaigning for the Republican nomination for president.

However on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, in Salem, New Hampshire, Kasich was asked a question about how to address Roe v. Wade, he responded: “Obviously it’s the law of the land now and we live with the law of the land.”

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said: “John Kasich is walking away the woman in the video like he’s walking away from his record. Despite having closed half the abortion clinics in Ohio, John Kasich never talks about the many times he has attacked women’s rights in Ohio. As governor, John Kasich signed 16 policies that harm women’s access to reproductive health care and abortion, including defunding Planned Parenthood. As a congressman, John Kasich cast 118 votes on abortion and other reproductive-rights issues. All 118 of those votes were anti-choice.

“If John Kasich needs to hide from his record on abortion, does that mean he’s ashamed of what he’s done? As governor, he has done more to reverse the access to abortion protected by Roe v. Wade. If this isn’t his agenda, who is he taking orders from?

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Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

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Recent Pro-Choice Letters

This weekend saw some great letters printed in Ohio newspapers defending women’s health care. Are you interested in speaking up for reproductive rights? Contact us for tips, and check out the letters below. We’ve included an excerpt of each, click the headlines for more.

Right to Life leader distorted clinic details
Columbus Dispatch, 8/16/15

Since preventing unintended pregnancies would mean far fewer abortions, one might think that anti-abortion crusaders such as Gonidakis would be among birth control’s biggest cheerleaders. One would be wrong.

Dale Butland, Columbus

Women’s well-being is sacrificed for agenda

Columbus Dispatch, 8/15/15

Gov. John Kasich has enacted 16 anti-women’s health measures, stripping more than $1 million in federal family-planning programs from Planned Parenthood. The people of Ohio cannot afford to be put at risk while our state and federal legislators advance their personal political agendas at the expense of the public’s health and welfare.

Jennifer McNally, Bexley
Trustee, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio

Women do not have abortions for profit

Columbus Dispatch, 8/17/15

Is one ready to tell a parent whose child could benefit from medical research, “Sorry, your child will have to die because we passed a law that tissue from abortions must be thrown away”?

Ann, Athens

Defending Planned Parenthood

Akron Beacon Journal, 8/15/15

A Planned Parenthood checkup revealed cancerous cells on my cervix. Cryosurgery, performed by a physician with whom the Planned Parenthood clinic had a partnership, ensured that these cells were removed. Without Planned Parenthood, I could not afford the checkups that were so vital to my health. My experience is common.

Cat, New Franklin

Family planner wrongly smeared

Toledo Blade, 8/15/15 

It is offensive that “Christian” anti-abortion activists would try to destroy Planned Parenthood’s reputation with an outrageous and false smear campaign. Don’t approve of abortion? Don’t have one. Don’t approve of contraceptives? Don’t use them. Don’t approve of fetal tissue used for medical research? Too bad.

Julia, Gunckel Boulevard


Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

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Kasich: Trump Doesn’t Bother Me.

Today I woke up to this headline:

John Kasich: Trump’s Behavior ‘Just Doesn’t Seem to Bother Me.’

Are you kidding me? Doesn’t bother you? I guess its nice to be privileged enough so that blatant sexism doesn’t have to ruin your day. But as the Governor of Ohio, a husband, and a father of two teen-aged daughters you should be outraged. You should be responding at the top of your lungs all day and every day.

The statements of Trump are not ones we can simply ignore and hope they go away. Ignoring these kinds of statements has gotten us to where we are today. Silence gives permission, responding, especially from privileged white men like John Kasich, is the only way we start to make a difference.

Just this weekend someone else did take a stand. Each year radio host Erick Erickson hosts the RedState Gathering, and on Saturday morning Erickson took the stage and announced that he had disinvited Donald Trump. In doing so he told the crowd, “If our standard-bearer has to resort to that, then we need a new standard bearer.”

Not responding is not “staying out of the fray” or “not taking the bait.” Not responding is allowing these statements to go unchecked. Kasich shows that he doesn’t care about women when he fails to challenge Trump’s ridiculous statements.

When you start to think about Kasich’s record, this refusal to respond is completely aligned with Kasich’s previous statements and his track record as an elected official. This is a man that referred to his wife as “my hot wife” in his 2012 State of the State Speech.

Later that same year in a speech at a Romney/Ryan rally Kasich talked about how is wife, along with the wives of Paul Ryan and Rob Portman were too busy to come to the rally because they were “at home doing the laundry.”

His policies put these words into action. Kasich has signed 16 different policies into law that restrict access to abortion care. Kasich’s feelings about women also spread to his Governor’s office. According to a report from Plunderbund half of the staff in his office were women. But of the 17 top positions, only four were women. It’s not just Trump that Kasich wants to ignore, it’s the women of Ohio, and he hopes that we ignore him too. Well, sir, that is never going to happen. You may stay silent on Trump, but we will not stay silent on your record.

While looking for the video included in this post we came across this quote from Kasich’s 2012 State of the State: “We’re the Saudi Arabia of coal.”

Under Gov. John Kasich, Ohio is quickly becoming the Saudi Arabia of women’s rights.

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Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

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Debate #1: Does Kasich want Trump’s money now?

We already talked about how none of the candidates denounced Donald Trump during the first GOP debate on Thursday. The question came from moderator Megyn Kelly: how will Trump run against Hillary after having made many, many disgusting comment about women? The answer contained no apology for his statements.

Friday night, Trump called in to CNN to give Don Lemon more of his opinion on Kelly. Trump attacked Kelly, saying:

She had blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.

Trump’s attack, which was joined by actual death threats on Twitter from his supporters, is not separate from the GOP platform. The statements by Trump about menstruation and the attacks on basic women’s health care fit together hand-in-glove.

  • A majority of Republican US senators voted to defund Planned Parenthood last week, including GOP candidates Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, and Ted Cruz.
  • Governors Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and John Kasich all signed legislation to defund Planned Parenthood in their home states.

Kasich, worse than the rest, is going to have to reconcile some differences here if he wants to move ahead with women voters.

During the debate — and AFTER Trump’s comments on women were proudly admitted — John Kasich asked him for a donation. DURING THE DEBATE. 

How can John Kasich claim to represent women when he openly solicits money from billionaires that treat women like shit? How could John Kasich denounce Trump’s vicious attack on Megyn Kelly when he’s asking Trump for a handout at the same time?

John Kasich won’t be able to be president when he’s riding that deep in Donald Trump’s pocket.


Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

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Debate #1: No dog barks worse than Kasich bites.

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Last night’s GOP debate was the worst anti-choice, anti-woman display we have ever witnessed. Time and again the debate moderators asked candidates about the circumstances under which women should have access to abortion. Time and again, the response was: never.

When asked about allowing abortion when the life of the woman is in jeopardy, Scott Walker responded that no abortion is medically necessary: “I’ve got a position that’s consistent with many Americans out there in that I believe that that is an unborn child that’s in need of protection out there. And I’ve said many times that that unborn child can be protected and there are many alternatives that would protect the life of the mother.” Or in other words, he’d let women die.

When asked about allowing abortion in the case of rape, Marco Rubio responded “I have never advocated that,” adding that “future generations will call us barbarians for murdering millions of babies when we never gave them a chance to live.” Or in other words, he’d force rape survivors to carry resulting pregnancies to term.

Mike Huckabee said he would confer legal personhood to fertilized eggs. Ted Cruz pledged to use the presidency to investigate Planned Parenthood. Jeb Bush bragged about funding anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers (which routinely lie to women).

But talk is cheap. Actions are costly, and no one has taken more anti-women actions than John Kasich. His administration has made Ohio women pay a huge price.

The NARAL Pro-Choice America website details the anti-choice records and quotes of each GOP candidate for president and gives them a grade (Spoiler: everyone has an “F”).  However, none have a record worse than Ohio’s own John Kasich.

Since becoming governor of Ohio in 2011, Kasich has:

  • Banned insurance coverage of abortions
  • Added barriers to minors seeking an abortion
  • Banned abortion at 24 weeks
  • Banned abortions at public hospitals
  • Banned local governments from offering abortion insurance
  • Banned rape counselors from discussing abortion
  • Defunded Planned Parenthood
  • Banned public hospitals from having “transfer agreements” with abortion providers
  • Required women to receive biased information before an abortion
  • Required a forced ultrasound before an abortion
  • Created a program to support Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs)
  • Required a 30-mile limit on transfer agreements
  • Required a denial on abortion license applications after 60 days
  • Eliminated coverage on a Medicaid family planning program
  • Funded CPCs with $1,000,000 of tax dollars

NONE of the candidates on stage last night come close to that record.

People say that some dogs have a bark worse than their bite. Kasich didn’t bark at all last night — even when given the chance to comment on abortion access. He didn’t brag about his decades-long record of interfering with women’s health care. But rest assured, Kasich’s record bites.


Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

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Debate #1: Wedge issues for wedge candidates

It was interesting last night to see who shined and who disappeared while on stage. The debate started out by asking the candidates to promise to support whoever the nominee is and to not run as an independent candidate, which Donald Trump, of course, refused to do. He was also called out by Megyn Kelley for speaking negatively of women and he tried to laugh it off by saying “only Rosie O’Donnell.”

As the debate went along, I was quite surprised and annoyed by the fact that they (the Fox News moderators) hardly asked any questions about what the American people want to talk about. Facebook, who was their major co-sponsor, did a poll of the top five things that people wanted to hear the candidates discuss: Race issues, Mexico, Economy, LGBT issues, and Immigration.

They spent 27 seconds asking about #Blacklivesmatter to one candidate: Scott Walker, who didn’t say “Black Lives Matter” or even say the word race, but instead talked about better training for police officers.

They mentioned race again later to Ben Carson who replied with a generic, we need to stand united because we’re stronger together. Black people do want to be united and feel like we’re apart of the American Dream, but it’s hard to feel that way when you’re being killed in record numbers by the state sanctioned people who are supposed to protect you and none of the GOP (and some of the Democratic) candidates are trying to touch this topic with a 40 foot pole.

Planned Parenthood also received plenty of air time during which Jed Bush bragged that he defunded Planned Parenthood in Florida.

Scott Walker refused to answer whether or not he would let a woman die rather than allow her to receive an abortion.

Marco Rubio blasted back at Megyn Kelley for alleging that he supported exceptions for rape and incest, but Rubio claims that he never supported those exceptions.

While the rhetoric around immigration and gay marriage may have softened over the last 8 years, abortion has been the law of the land for over 40 years and is still labeled as something that is going to send the U.S. to hell in a handbasket and must be stopped even if it means letting women die. Irony?


Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

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