Thanks to Stacey, Dan, and Michelle H from the Young Feminist Task Force for joining us.
Personally, my favorite part was when one of the attendees, an abortion patient who did not plan to speak, shared her emotional story. We were all moved by her experience of needing an abortion because her twins were diagnosed with fatal illnesses. If Stupak-Pitts or similar legislature was in place, she would have been forced to carry her dead fetus to term. Hearing her heart-wrenching story, we couldn't help but gently pat her in support or hug her. She reminded us why we fight.
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force Co-Chair
National Organization for Women (NOW)
Manhattan Demo to Keep Senate Bill Stupak Free
New York's Senators Gillibrand and Shumer for their pro-choice positions but urged that the Senate Health Bill goes no farther than existing law (i.e. the 1976 Hyde Amendment) in restricting funding for abortions. The House Bill, with its Stupak provision, goes far beyond Hyde, prohibiting insurance coverage even in policies paid for with private funds.
Pappas remarked: "We insist that our pro-choice Senator Shumer please never again endorse an anti-choice Democrat. The Democratic platform is stongly pro-choice, and had Democrats welcomed only candidates with this position, this grave danger to women's lives would not be rearing it's head in today's Health Care Reform Bill."