Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Help End War on Women in Honor of International Women's Day

National Organization for Women

Help End War on Women in Honor of
International Women's Day

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Happy International Women's Day. Today NOW cheers the strides women have made since the first International Women's Day 100 years ago. And we reaffirm our pledge that we will win full equality for all women.

Your donation can help us achieve this goal.

The challenges before us are extraordinary. Many countries and cultures still view and treat women as second-class citizens. The global business of sex trafficking exploits millions of girls and women each year. In some parts of the world, rape is commonly used as a weapon of war.

And here in the U.S., we are facing an unprecedented "war on women." It is being called that for good reason. The House of Representatives voted to essentially zero out funding for Title X family planning clinics, which provide life-saving services like mammograms, pap tests, HIV and STD screening, as well as birth control. They also are poised to slash international family planning assistance. This is a public health nightmare in the making, and an all-out attack on women's access to basic reproductive health care.

NOW chapters around the country are working with allies to organize demonstrations, letter-writing campaigns and visits with their representatives. We're doing everything we can to stop these measures, but we need your help. By donating today, you can help NOW put a stop to the "war on women."

There's a long list of legislation we must defeat, like the bill many call the "Let the Women Die Act," which allows public hospitals to let a pregnant woman die rather than perform a life-saving abortion; and the bill known as "Stupak on Steroids," which permanently outlaws public funding for abortion care and imposes tax penalties on companies and employees whose insurance covers abortion; and then there's the one we're calling the "Public Health Nightmare Act," which permanently eliminates Title X family planning programs.

The House also voted to decimate funding for essential programs like prenatal care, women's and children's nutritional assistance, job training and college tuition assistance. Think this is "shared sacrifice?" Hardly. The House measure actually increases military funding and enshrines tax breaks for the wealthiest while imposing the greatest burden on those who can least bear it -- predominantly women.

We're fighting back against these cruel cuts, and your contribution can help make a difference.

This International Women's Day, NOW is calling on Congress and President Obama to vigorously defend the health and dignity of women everywhere. We're also reiterating our call for the long-overdue U.S. ratification of CEDAW -- the most complete international agreement on basic human rights for women.

The individual atrocities and indignities committed against women every day will not stop until the larger war against our sex is ended and women's full equality is guaranteed. Please join us in making this a reality.

Thank you again for your support,

Terry O'Neill, President
National Organization for Women
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