Monday, April 30, 2012

Action Alert: Fight The Teen Endangerment Act - A pregnant teenager is a life worth saving

UPDATE: The Teen Endangerment Act could be brought to the House floor for a vote soon. NOW activists are calling and emailing their representatives asking them to defeat this pernicious bill, and with your help we can win this fight. I'm resending this email because every dollar counts. Please give today!

How does it feel to be a teenage woman holding a positive pregnancy test? Most of the men controlling more than 83 percent of Congress have no idea, and yet the chief masterminds of the War on Women are at it again, this time pushing a Teen Endangerment Act that would criminalize driving a teenage woman to an abortion provider in another state. Will you give to NOW today to help save young women's lives?

The past week has seen one ultra-conservative after another, from Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to Rush Limbaugh, insist there is no War on Women -- maybe they should have a talk with the leadership of the House of Representatives, which is now charging ahead with a bill that would endanger the lives of vulnerable teenagers in need of abortion care. Do they think women won't notice this hypocrisy?

Like other fronts in the War on Women, the so-called "Child Interstate Abortion Act" is a relic of outdated thinking about a woman's right to autonomy. We defeated this back in the late '90s, and we can do it again with your help.

As I write, NOW leaders and activists are making their voices heard by phone, email, Facebook, Twitter and other social media to stop the Teen Endangerment Act in its tracks. And we're going further. We are organizing nationwide to drive out of office any elected official, Republican or Democrat, who votes to restrict women's access to abortion, birth control or other reproductive health services. Donate to NOW to stand with teenage women and all women to put an end to the right-wing War on Women.

Ending the War on Women won't be easy, and we are going to need every one of our supporters by our side to help us win. But we are determined to win, because a teenage life is a life worth saving.

For equality and justice,
Terry O'Neill, President
National Organization for Women

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