With the support of EMILY's List members like you, Martha is on her way to becoming the 16th pro-choice Democratic woman elected to the Senate, and the first woman elected to the Senate from Massachusetts.
Martha recorded a personal video thank you message for EMILY's List members below:
We've heard from plenty of women who are fired up about the Stupak and Nelson amendments in the House and Senate that would deny millions of women access to safe, affordable reproductive care. And, more than anything, women seem eager to have their voices heard on an issue that's so personal.
Fortunately, we have women like Senator Barbara Mikulski (MD), the first woman EMILY's List helped elect to the Senate, making sure women's voices are heard loud and clear on the issue of reproductive rights.
We'd heard about Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson's plan to propose an amendment "as identical to Stupak as it can be," and today Nelson did just that. The measure, which would deny millions of women access to abortion services, was introduced this afternoon, and debate was underway even before it was formally proposed.
We’ve bragged about Julie Hamos before—and really, how can we not? She’s been a strong progressive voice in the Illinois state legislature for over 10 years and has won dozens of awards for her work on women’s issues, the environment, and health care.
Exciting news from Capitol Hill today!
The Senate voted 61-39 to pass the women's health amendment offered by EMILY's List alum Sen. Barbara Mikulski (MD). The amendment will go further than the original proposed legislation to cover preventative care for women, including mammograms and screenings.
In the midst of anti-choice attacks in Congress, it's nice to know that the Democratic women in the Senate have our backs. Tonight, the Senate will vote on Senator Barbara Mikulski's amendment that guarantees women have access to preventive health care screenings at no cost.
The fight is far from over.
In yet another attack on women's rights, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) announced today that he is planning on introducing an amendment to the Senate health care bill that will echo the controversial language of the Stupak-Pitts amendment.
"It's as identical to Stupak as it can be," Nelson said.
That's the last thing that we wanted to hear.
We wanted you to see the latest ad from Julie Hamos. Julie is running for the open seat in IL-10. Just like her ad says, we think Julie is the right person to bring the change we need to Congress.
You can watch the ad here: