With an abortion ban in South Dakota, a pitched battle over the FDA’s approval of the “morning-after” pill for over-the-counter sales, continued struggles over anti-choice Bush Administration judicial appointees and a tumultuous election season, 2006 was a busy year for defenders of reproductive rights in America. One of the most active groups working in defense of Roe v. Wade, NARAL Pro-Choice America, is asking for nominations for the pro-choice Heros and Zeros of this chaotic year.

The comp is fierce for the dubious honor of Zero of 2006 with South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds, Colorado Governor Bill Owens and Eric Keroack, Bush’s reactionary nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services, all running strong. Fortunately, there are more than enough Heroes of 2006 to choose from, including Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath and the entire NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, which played a critical role in forcing Wal-Mart to end its discriminatory policy against stocking emergency contraception, aka, Plan B and the “morning-after” pill.

Click here to cast your vote, and check out NARAL’s Choice Action Center to find up-to-date information about relevant political campaigns in your state and nationwide, timely and fun online features, and step-by-step tools to make it easy for you to bring your pro-choice activism to a new level.