Nancy Northup

There is no question that women’s reproductive rights and health care were critical issues for many voters in this election—and their voice has been heard loud and clear with the re-election of President Barack Obama. During his first term, President Obama took the unprecedented step of ensuring that millions of women would be able to obtain contraceptives without a co-pay through their insurance plans. That step was an important one, but we still have a long way to go.

While the re-election of President Obama may give women across the country an opportunity to sigh a momentary breath of relief, the issue at hand still remains—it shouldn’t matter which party is in office or what candidate wins an election. These fundamental women’s rights should always be guaranteed and not be a political casualty of election results. But that simply isn’t the case for women in this country.

Across the nation, the Center for Reproductive Rights has brought the full power of the U.S. Constitution and courts to bear in ensuring that anti-choice politicians do not turn back the clock on reproductive rights. Just this past year, the Center has blocked extreme attacks on women’s rights and health care in Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Oklahoma.

This battle cannot be waged in the courts alone any longer. It’s time that a woman’s right to safe and accessible reproductive health care be safeguarded from the political tactics of those who seek to chip it away.

This is why the Center recently launched an innovative new campaign called DRAW THE LINE. We’ve enlisted the help of celebrity supporters, including: Kevin Bacon, Sandra Bernhard, Billy Crudup, Olympia Dukakis, Jenna Fischer, Lisa Kudrow, Tea Leoni, Audra McDonald, Oliver Platt, Martha Plimpton, Amy Poehler, Kyra Sedgwick, Sarah Silverman, Meryl Streep, and Louis Zorich, to help us in calling on women and men across the country to fight back by signing our Bill of Reproductive Rights.

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