We’re having a “Vagina Sunday Brunch”!

Yes – you read that right.  We’re having a  “VAGINA SUNDAY BRUNCH”  and you’re invited to come!

Co-Hosts – Dr. Colleen McNicholas & Rep. Stacey Newman

With very special guests: 

THE LIZZ WINSTEAD & HER LADY PARTS JUSTICE CABAL OF COMEDIANS!

 

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

11am – 1pm

Home of Rep. Stacey Newman, HiPointe Lofts – 6340 Clayton Road, #206 in St. Louis

Tickets – $25 – to benefit the Gateway Womens Access Fund (for Missouri women who cannot afford the full cost of abortion care)

Please RSVP HERE

Space is limited – “vagina” attire is most certainly welcome!

Lady Parts Justice is a cabal of comics & writers exposing creeps hellbent on destroying access to birth control and abortion. 

“Our name is an homage to Lisa Brown, a former Michigan state rep who when in office was banned from the statehouse floor for using the word vagina when arguing against a transvaginal ultrasound bill.  When she asked what she SHOULD say they suggested something less provocative like “lady parts”.  The offensive nature of men uncomfortable with the word vagina but perfectly comfortable legislating it inspired us to use it as our name.”

IF YOU CARE ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE – DO THIS TODAY ASAP

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DON’T WAIT —BOTH SIDES ARE COUNTING THE CALLS.

SENATE VOTES EXPECTED TODAY -MONDAY, JUNE 20 – 5:30 EST.

Please call the Capitol Switchboard TODAY to be connected to your Senators – 202-224-3121.

“Hello, I’d like to leave a message for the Senator. Please tell Senator _________to vote YES on the Feinstein “Terror Gap” amendment and the Schumer Background Checks bill and NO on the dangerously weak Cornyn and Grassley substitutes. Thank you and have a nice day.”

MO Senator Claire McCaskill: 202-224-6154
MO Senator Roy Blunt: 202-224-5721

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Swing senators WHO MAY AFFECT THE VOTE

Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH) – 202-224-3324
Senator Heidi Heitkamp (ND) – 202-224-2043
Senator Rob Portman (OH) – 202-224-3353
Senator Richard Burr (NC) – 202-224-3154
Senator Dean Heller (NV) – 202-224-6244

“History Made” – Now It’s Up to Us

 

Earlier this week a progressive woman achieved something never ever done before. In case you missed it, Hillary Clinton clinched the nomination by a major party for president.

A few hours before the expected achievement she launched a powerful new video, “History Made” – WATCH HERE.  One of the exciting parts is the voice of a young current day suffragette, my North Carolina activist friend, 14 year old Madison Kimrey.  She received the news the day before that her parts of her voting rights speeches would be included with others including Shirley Chisholm, Gloria Steinem, Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, Ann Richards and more.  Can you even imagine being included with these powerhouses?  In the middle of final exams, term papers and trying to finish up your school year?  I am SO PROUD of Madison!

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Hillary Clinton is not the first woman to run for president.

Victoria Woodhull ran in 1872 from the Equal Rights Party, supporting women’s suffrage and equal rights, even though women could not yet legally vote and she was only 34 years old.  Her platform included “free love”, the freedom to marry, divorce and bear children without government interference = our kind of gal!

Two women have won vice-presidential nominations of major parties – Geraldine Farraro in 1984 and Sarah Palin in 2008.

To date (1 more primary left), Hillary Clinton has 15.8 million actual votes for president and 2784 pledged delegates (2383 needed to win). This week President Obama and Sen. Elizabeth Warren gave her their full endorsement.  Glass ceiling broken…ready for full smashing.

It’s completely up to US to defeat “a racist bully & loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud” (Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s words).  

We women generally vote 20% more than men do.  However, in this election, we women could set an all time record – could be the largest gender gap in over 60 years.

We have the most at stake.  We have the most to lose. This is serious stuff, womenfolk.

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SHE’S WITH US ON ABORTION & REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE
Speaking today at the Planned Parenthood Action Fund event in D.C., Hillary Clinton said:

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SHE’S WITH US ON GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

She said this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Lady Hillary Clinton meeting privately with Josh Stepakoff, a 6 year old shot by in the 1999 Los Angeles Jewish Community Center shooting, and his family. Josh is now a recent college graduate and works closely with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 

Read this powerful piece by 4 women survivors and activists around the country (now good friends) – each impacted by Hillary Clinton and gun violence – HERE.

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SHE’S WITH US ON VOTING RIGHTS

She’s for MORE voting access, not less = HERE.

Access to the ballot is UNDER THREAT right here in Missouri – with a constitutional amendment on our November 8th ballot allowing for “Photo ID” (ruled unconstitutional in 2006 & a form of “poll tax” by the Missouri Supreme Court).

Stay tuned as a statewide voting rights coalition gears up to fight the ultimate VOTER SUPPRESSION so the GOP can try to shrink the electorate. We will NEED your help. Stay by your phone.


NEED TO KNOW MORE?

This disclaimer by the editors on every Huffington Post Donald Trump feature should tell you everything you need to know:

NOW WHAT?

149 days until November 8th.  We have to get through the GOP (July18-21 in Cleveland) and the DEM (July 25-28 in Philadelphia) conventions when both parties officially nominate their presidential candidates before the General Election kicks off with full force.

What can you do RIGHT NOW… if you… like ProgressWomen & Sen. Warren, CANNOT handle the thought of a Trump presidency, a Trump Supreme Court, a Trump Congress?

 1) You AND Every Single member of your family over the age of 18 MUST be registered to vote (deadline to vote in Missouri’s General Election = October 12th).

2) Going to be out of town November 8th?  Have college kids away from home in November?  Tape this to the refrigerator NOW – Missouri Absentee Ballot Directions

3) Forward this to EVERY friend you have who cares about: reproductive justice, gun violence prevention, voters rights, equality rights, pay equity, family medical leave, minimum wage, labor protections, childcare….

4) Refer to us your friends who care about….see #3 above. You have friends, we know you do.  


Who is PROGRESSWOMEN?

ProgressWomen began as a project December 2014 through my office after women kept asking me “What can I do to get involved?”  We are now a collective of over 3000 women statewide who are sick and tired of the attacks on women/children/families in Missouri = www.progresswomen.com.

Please open up your address book & refer to us every progressive woman you know.  Follow us on Twitter @ProgressWomen16 & friend us on Facebook @ProgressWomen16.

You in?

Missouri State Rep. Stacey Newman, Director/Founder of ProgressWomen 

[email protected] – 573.751.0100 Capital office

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Thank the Gods! Missouri Session is OVER.

The Missouri Legislature came to a halt last Friday at 6pm on the dot. Thank our lucky stars – not a day too soon.

GUNS

On the very last day, the GOP rammed through an extremely dangerous gun bill with little warning.  SB656, an omnibus gun bill, contains “Stand Your Ground” aka “Shoot to Kill” (which has not passed any state since the 2012 Treyvon Martin and Jordan Davis Florida murders) and Permitless-Carry, which would not require a permit or training to carry concealed weapons.

Rep. Kim Gardner spoke Friday during the House floor debate of being stopped – with a gun at her face – for “driving while black” as a young law student. She took my breath away. Listen HERE.

I stood to be recognized for the entire debate but the Speaker refused to call on me (seems to be a pattern).  After the GOP cut off debate and passed SB656 (114-36 with 3 Dems in favor: Anderson, Harris & Webber/5 Dems absent), they immediately brought up Senate Resolution 50 naming September as Suicide Awareness Month.

Rep. Tracy McCreery had enough. With tears streaming down her face, she blasted them for their hypocrisy and caring about suicides but NOT about gun violence fatalities.

Listen HERE.

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer, Christian Gooden caught what happened next on the  floor (at left).  His photo, which perfectly captioned the emotion we felt after the horrendous  gun debate, was published in last  Sunday’s edition.

 

Rep. Michael Butler and I, with Reps. Jeanne Kirkton & Jon Carpenter comforting Rep. Tracy McCreery after her impassioned denouncement of GOP hypocrisy.

REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE & ABORTION

Senator Kurt Schaefer (yes, THAT candidate for Attorney General) wasn’t able to get his & Rep. Diane Franklin’s  “WitchHunt” bills over the finish line.  He had additional “Witch Hunt” failure on May 11th when U.S. District Judge  Nanette Laughrey ruled that Missouri’s attempt to revoke the abortion license of the Planned Parenthood clinic in  Columbia violated the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. So there.

 However, Sen. Schaefer as the Senate Appropriations Chair did attempt to defund Planned Parenthood of $300,000 in  Medicaid reimbursements for non-abortion healthcare services by turning away $8 million in federal funds from our  state.  

It’s unclear whether this is legal and we’re awaiting word from the Governor’s office.  We do know it’s unethical.

VOTER SUPPRESSION

It took the GOP 10 years AFTER the Missouri Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional but they finally passed Voter ID proposals. Missouri voters now get to decide whether to the change the state constitution to allow for photo voter IDs at the polls.  The Nation said it best:  One of the Most Racially Divided States in the Country Just Passed a New Voter-ID Bill.

The Major Problem?  By changing the rules of what is needed to vote, almost 230,000 current voters will be out of luck.  They do not have a state issued photo ID for many reasons (they do not use it in their daily life) —and many won’t be able to get one (don’t have the require documents or will have to spend $$$ trying to get them).

Is Voter ID necessary?  Absolutely NO.  GOP says “Voter Fraud” and “Voter Integrity”.  There is NO Missouri in person voter fraud and integrity in MY book is not denying citizens the right to vote —just so you can attempt to win elections.  AND the Missouri Supreme Court in 2006 referred to Voter ID laws as “a poll tax”.

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Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould, E.D. of Missouri Faith Voices (my friend & constituent) said Sunday at a press event announcing “Freedom Summer ’16”, a voter rights coalition campaign to oppose Voter ID & educate voters:

 

When we know which ballot Voter ID is on, we will need YOU to help us defeat this ugly voter suppression.  Stay tuned.

WAIT….NOT EVERYTHING HORRIBLE WAS SUCCESSFUL

* Legalizing discrimination against LGBT Missourians?

NOPE, SJR39 failed, down the tubes in a House committee.  We danced in our offices, yelling with joy after Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) tearfully cast the deciding vote in opposition.  He said in a passionate speech in the hearing that his religion would not allow him to judge others, including his own family members who would be discriminated against.  THIS WAS HUGE – WE COULD HAVE BECOME THE NEXT NORTH CAROLINA.

* Cells are People?

NOPE, HJR98 by Rep. Mike Moon, which would grant personhood to developing cells, died in the Senate.  This very dangerous proposal would outlaw some forms of birth control and put infertility clinics in our state out of business.  No, No, No.

* Paycheck Deception?

NOPE, HB1891, designed to weaken labor unions including teachers, nurses & caregivers, was stopped by a bipartisan vote in the Senate.  Finally.

But never fear! We won’t give up, won’t back down and won’t allow bullies in the legislature to  threaten us.

Missouri women made their voices heard. Patient privacy as well as access to reproductive care won out!

 

WATCH HERE.

YOU THINK YOU’RE GOING TO RELAX NOW?  HEARD OF THIS MAN?

DONALD TRUMP.  YES, THAT MAN.

The legislative session is in the rearview mirror but we have another giant mind-boggling fight looming.  Donald Trump, yessiree.  You want HIM as our next president???  WATCH THIS.

They are counting on women to be un-informed.  HAH!

I am going to pound on you the importance of showing up to vote in August & November.  No more laziness, no more saying “my vote doesn’t count”, no more excuses.  We know who you are.  Enough allowing these nuts to be elected without your vote to the state legislature…. and now the White House. 

I can’t keep fighting for you in Missouri against these nonsense women attacks…. if you don’t do your part.

Stay tuned!  There will be much more…

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THINGS YOU MUST DO RIGHT NOW:

1.  Make sure you (AND your best girlfriend, your mom, your daughter, your book club, your yoga comrades) are registered to vote in Missouri.  You go to school here?  You live here temporarily?  Then Missouri needs your vote.  Check out IMMEDIATELY if you are registered at the address where you’re living – HERE.  We are going to be checking on you.

REGISTRATION DEADLINES:  July 6th to vote in Missouri’s Primary Election on Aug 2nd & Oct 12th in General/Presidential Election on Nov 8th.

2.  How to register to vote —HERE.  If you live in Columbia or Boone County, you are able to register online HERE (other counties hopefully soon).  PLEASE NOTE: We do not register by party in Missouri.

3.  Forward this email to every progressive friend you have in Missouri —including on Facebook and Twitter.

You have friends, we know you do.  This must be a collective effort because THEY think we’re not paying attention. The stakes for us are high.

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Who is PROGRESSWOMEN again?

ProgressWomen began as a project December 2014 through my loffice after women kept asking “What can I do to get involved?”  We are now a collective of over 2500 women statewide (and growing) who are sick and tired of the attacks on women & families in Missouri. Check us out online. Open up your address book & refer to us every progressive woman you know.  And please follow us on Twitter @ProgressWomenUs & friend us on Facebook @ProgressWomen16

 

“It’s going to take a village”.  You in?

Shame on Schaefer: Stop Punishing Missouri Women

So Donald Trump wants to “punish women” who access abortions.  It’s not just him and Ted Cruz but MO State Sen. Kurt Schaefer and his GOP cronies in Missouri too.

*SHAME ON SENATOR SCHAEFER —HIS PLANNED PARENTHOOD WITCH HUNT CONTINUES…

Thursday, April 14th, the Missouri Senate voted 24-8 to hold St. Louis Planned Parenthood CEO Mary Kogut and Dr. James Miller of Pathology Services Inc. in contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena demanding private medical records protected by HIPPA = Senate Resolutions 1793 and 1794.

THIS IS NO JOKE. Sen. Schaefer intends to jail them if they don’t appear in the Senate chamber on April 25th at 2pm.

Sen. Schaefer, by the way, is running for MO Attorney General and is the Senate Budget chair who removed state $$$$ from the budget which will affect Planned Parenthood’s ability to provide vital health care services like birth control & annual exams. LOVELY, RIGHT?

UH, THERE’S MORE...

CgHjTT7VAAARD27This past Thursday the Missouri House passed their “witch hunt” bill (HB2069) sponsored by Rep. Diane Franklin which would ban donations of fetal tissue for research, expand aborted tissue reporting requirements and mandate MORE inspections of Planned Parenthood.  My DEBATE HERE.

Rep. Franklin’s response on the floor HERE“This has been called a witch hunt and I want to tell you – the witch has been found. It is in the demeaning of the committee’s work, the research, the investigative process, the facts that it found.  The fact is that the videos have been verified.” 

 

AND EVEN MORE…

This past week HJR98, a constitutional amendment resolution, passed out of my Children & Families Committee (chaired by Rep. Diane Franklin): would guarantee “personhood” to embryos at “every stage of biological development”.  If it makes it to the ballot, it would essentially OUTLAW birth control and infertility treatments.  ANOTHER GREAT IDEA, RIGHT?

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO FIGHT BACK:

 

#1 – SATURDAY APRIL 16TH – 3:30PM  – “SHAME ON SCHAEFER” RALLY FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS 

RSVP HERE to reserve your free “Shame on Schaefer” tshirt –I will be there with tons of people who are standing up to this bully Senator.

      

 

#2 – CAN’T COME SATURDAY BUT STILL MAD AS H*&@!!!???

Click HERE – Add your name to hundreds of Missourians who are sick of Sen. Schaefer’s bullying.

I’ve had enough of his schemes to punish women, invade privacy and attack our rights.

 

 

#3 – CONTACT THOSE MAKING THE BIG DECISIONS

Senator Kurt Schaefer – kurt. [email protected]

Speaker Todd Richardson – [email protected]

Rep. Diane Franklin – [email protected]

Rep. Mike Moon – [email protected]

#4 – RALLY YOUR POSSE

Forward this email to every progressive friend you have —including on Facebook and Twitter.  We know you have friends. This must be a collective effort because THEY think we’re not paying attention.

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Who is PROGRESSWOMEN again?

ProgressWomen began as a project December 2014 through my legislative office after women kept asking “What can I do to get involved?”  We are now a collective of over 2000 women statewide (and growing) who are sick and tired of the attacks on women & families in Missouri. Check us out online. Open up your address book & refer us every progressive woman you know.  Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @ProgressWomenUs & friend us on Facebook @ProgressWomen.

“It’s going to take a village”.  You in?

Geez, Louise! MO Legislature Already a Doozy for Women

Geez, Louise!  The Missouri legislature is now in the 5th week of session and already it’s a doozy for women.

Have you heard that it’s a Presidential Election year?  If not, the number of anti-women bills should be a clue. How about these?

* HB1714 – Rep. Tila Hubrecht (R-Dexter) – Establishes the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Act (public House hearing today Feb. 2)

* HB1794 – Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) –  “All Lives Matter Act” – Personhood begins at conception/ fetuses are people

* HB1815 – Rep. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) – Establishes Abortion Ban for Gender Selection & Genetic Abnormalities Act (similiar to SB802)

Never mind the Texas indictments of the makers of the fake anti-Planned Parenthood videos…

As you might expect, the sham “Planned Parenthood Witch Hunt” interim House hearings produced a report to the Speaker which insists that that the Missouri Attorney General’s investigation completely clearing Planned Parenthood of any wrong doing is not sufficient.

An excerpt from Children & Families Chair Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) report cover letter to Speaker Richardson:

Why should a federal indictment of the video makers by a grand jury convened by a GOP prosecutor make any indifference to the Missouri GOP?

Because the interim committee report was such a complete sham, we Democratic minority interim committee members issued OUR OWN report last week – a move allowed by House Rule 35 which is rarely done.  CLICK HERE TO READ OUR FULL REPORT

Our report includes this:

And there’s more…

Already the GOP controlled legislature is swiftly advancing their 10 year fight of voter supporession.  Voter ID bills (including the constitutional amendment which would go straight to the 2016 ballot) have passed the Missouri House and Senate versions are having committee hearings today.

We know that Voter ID proposals ARE voter suppression.  They hurt primarily the elderly, disabled, low income workers who use public transportation, transgender voters and out of state college students —-AND primarily women (who have name changes more often).  Read the Kansas City Star editorial which spells it out simply —-Here’s Who Loses With Missouri’s Latest Voter ID Proposals.

Can you stand to read more?

I hope you’re sitting down for this.  Of course the GOP has to have a gun lobby bill for presidential year voter turnout…

* SB731 – Senator Brian Munzlinger – Allows concealed guns on college campuses (Senate hearing completed last week).

Great idea that 19 year olds can carry concealed weapons to class, to football games and to fraternity parties, right?  Every Missouri public university and law enforcement testified NO.  But the real kicker is IF colleges opt out of allowing concealed weapons, they must provide security at every entrance of every building on campus.  The estimated pricetag if they opt out?  An estimated 1 billion dollars.  I am so not joking.  Seriously.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO FIGHT BACK :   

It pains me to say this but with the legislature we have now?  There’s not much we can do right now except…

STEP #1: MAKE SURE YOU’RE REGISTERED TO VOTE 

Because that’s where this all begins —on Election Day.  Check out your Missouri voter registration HERE.   If you’re not registered to vote in Missouri where you currently live, DO IT NOW ONLINE.

STEP #2: MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE VITAL ELECTIONS

Tuesday, March 15 – MO Presidential Primary

Tuesday, April 5 – Municipal Elections (mayors and local elected who tend to run for higher office

Tuesday, August 2 – MO Primary (when most legislators are essentially elected

Tuesday, November 8 – MO General Election (practically everybody else on the ballot)

STEP #3: CONTACT THOSE IN OFFICE WHO ARE MAKING DECISIONS NOW

Senate President ProTem Ron Richard – [email protected]

Speaker Todd Richardson – [email protected]

Children and Families Chair, Rep. Diane Franklin – [email protected]

STEP #4: RALLY YOUR TROOPS

Forward this email to every progressive friend you have —including those on Facebook and Twitter.  You have friends, we know you do.  This MUST be a collective effort because believe me, THEY are organized and think we’re not paying attention

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Just who is PROGRESSWOMEN again?

ProgressWomen began as a project December 2014 through my legislative office after women kept asking “What can I do to get involved?”  We are now a collective of over 1000 women statewide (and growing) who are sick and tired of the attacks on women & families in Missouri. Check us out online. Open up your address book & refer us every progressive woman you know.  Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @ProgressWomenUs & friend us on Facebook @ProgressWomen.

“It’s going to take a village”.  You in?

MO “ProgressWomen Evening” With Our Very Own Abortion Heroes

Dr. Colleen McNicholas, myself & Sarijane Freiman.

Dr. Colleen McNicholas, myself with my knitted uterus & Sarijane Freiman.

If you live in Missouri, you should have been there!

Over 75 women took over my home this past week ready to celebrate three “Mystery Guests” and to rally against the insane Planned Parenthood witch hunt these past months in the State Capitol.

I was nervous how  we could fit everyone but sans furniture, we did it – with room for even more next time (next time???).

The very special guests wowed the crowd – Sarijane Freiman, whose late husband Dr. Michael Freiman was the very first legal abortion provider in 1973 in St. Louis AND Dr. Colleen McNicholas who is at the center of the political reproductive justice storm as an abortion provider to a clinic in mid-Missouri.

Sarijane charming the crowd with her stories of protecting women's abortion access.

Sarijane charming the crowd with her stories of protecting women’s abortion access.

Sadly our third special guest, Dr. Jaclyn Grentzer, a local reproductive rights champion, had to miss the event at the last minute because of a patient’s emergency pregnancy crisis.

We ate, kibbitzed and were fired up with amazing stories from Sarijane how her husband and family continually faced harassment and threats for years, sometimes having to leave their home to be safe.

She explained how dedicated Dr. Freiman was to women’s abortion choices and her own renewed commitment to make sure women can access what they need. I have already adopted Sarijane as my new favorite friend and mentor!

ProgressWomen co-hosts - Lindsey Pattan, Aimee Knebel, Elizabeth Wiseman & Lindsey Toler.

ProgressWomen co-hosts – Lindsey Pattan, Aimee Knebel, Elizabeth Wiseman & Lindsey Toler.

Dr. McNicholas described her own dedication as a St. Louis OB/GYN, why she volunteered her services to the mid-MO clinic and lobbies with medical students in the state Capitol.  Read the latest on the GOP’s attacks on her ability to serve as the new abortion provider at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia, near the University of Missouri.

Grooming my 5 year granddaughter, Maya as our next family activist with her mom, Margo Newman.

 

 

 

 

Right:  Grooming my 5 year granddaughter Maya, with her mom Margo Newman, as our next family activist.

I will continue to work with Sarijane, Colleen and Jaclyn as the fight in Missouri rages on. The Missouri legislature goes back into session on January 6, 2016 and you betcha that more abortion attacks are coming.

You can count on me to keep being a LOUD voice in hearings and on the floor against the continual political attacks on women all over the state.

You can count on ProgressWomen to keep raising hell and fighting back to protect women’s reproductive care access that we ALL count on.  Join with us!

Follow @ProgressWomenUS on Twitter, @ProgressWomen on Facebook and get frequent ProgressWomen e-news by sending your email address to [email protected]  So do it now…what are you waiting for???