Saturday, October 31, 2009

Sat, Oct 31: Join Us & March in the Village Halloween Parade to Ask for Healthcare reform

National Organization for Women (NOW) New York State and NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force invites you to join them during the Village Halloween Parade on Saturday, Oct 31, in New York City.  They will be dressed as iconic feminists and others who fought for health care reform. 

They will have signs, including ones questioning domestic violence and rape as pre-existing conditions.  Their theme will be, "Ghosts from the past awake from the grave to continue the fight for healthcare."  Veteran Feminist Noreen Connell will be there, along with modern feminist performers like Our Lady of Perpetual PMS who wears a tiara of tampons and will ask for the inclusion of reproductive health in health care reform.

To join them, or to help make signs, email:

Some suggestions to be:
  1. Hillary Clinton;
  2. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, 1988-1962
  3. Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood
  4. Zombie sent to grave for lack of healthcare 
  5. Lillian Wald, (March 10,1867–1940)
  6. Isidore S. Falk
  7. Dr. Susan Potts Sloan, Throughout her life, has done extensive work, including organizing health care services for women with no medical insurance.
  8. President Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919
  9. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1882-1945
  10. Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins, 1886-1965
  11. U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, 1932-2009
  12. Senator Al Franken
  13. Pres. Harry S. Truman , (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972)
  14. Henry Sigerist

Gbowee Wins Gruber Women's Rights Prize; Bystanders Watched Gang Rape

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Gbowee Wins Gruber; Bystanders Watched Gang Rape

By Kimberly St. Louis
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Saturday, October 31, 2009


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Leymah Gbowee was one of two recipients of the $500,000 Gruber Women's Rights Prize on Oct. 29 in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, the home of the founders of the prize, Peter and Patricia Gruber.
Gbowee is a Women's eNews 21 Leader 2008 and is credited with ending the civil strife in Liberia by uniting Christian and Muslim women in peaceful protests. Her work directly led to the election of Ellen Johnson Surleaf as Liberia's president--the first female president in Africa.
The Women's Legal Centre in South Africa also received the $500,000 prize--the largest prize for women's rights--which they will share with Gbowee.
Alison Tilley and Basetsana Molebatsi accepted the prize on behalf of the legal center. Molebasti emphasized the center's work in bringing lawsuits that clarify women's rights under the nation's new constitution, such as giving all wives in polygamous marriages, as well as their children, the right to inherit marital property.

More News to Cheer This Week:

  • Girl Scouts of the USA, the nonprofit CARE, Seventeen magazine and The Documentary Group, which produces documentary films, on Oct. 29 announced the launch of a partnership to run "The Power of Girls," a program to connect girls worldwide and help them mobilize on issues such as girls' education and leadership.
  • A bill in the Philippines seeks to put birth control and other free-or low-cost reproductive health services in the reach of 70 percent of its population, The New York Times reported Oct. 25.
  • The first women-only bank opened in Najaf, Iraq, to cater to the financial needs of Muslim women, Reuters reported Oct. 27.
  • Margot Kaessmann, was elected as the first woman to head a German Protestant Church, Reuters reported Oct. 28. She is the third woman to lead a major Christian church.
  • Two Kuwaiti lawmakers won't have to wear Islamic head coverings, Kuwait's top court ruled Oct. 28, Reuters reported. "This is not just a victory for myself and my colleague Rola, but a victory for the constitution," said lawmaker Aseel al-Awadhi.
  • Pregnant women can safely receive swine flu vaccines, according to the World Health Organization, Sky News reported Oct. 30.
  • A domestic abuse hotline was launched in Turkmenistan in mid-September to make it "more convenient and comfortable" for victims to seek advice and support, Silobreaker reported Oct. 20. Although domestic violence in the country is widespread, official statistics of its prevalence are unavailable.


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Six suspects--including three juveniles--have been identified and arrested, and will be tried as adults in connection with the two-and-a-half-hour-long gang rape of a 15-year-old California teen, ABC reported Oct. 30. Police have said there were 20 bystanders, possibly filming or photographing the attack.

More News to Jeer This Week:

  • Muslim women in West Aceh, Indonesia, will be banned from wearing jeans or tight trousers, in accordance with a pending regulation, Jakarta Globe reported Oct. 27. If seen wearing such attire, "their pants will be cut up on the spot and replaced with a skirt provided free of charge by the government of West Aceh," an official was quoted as saying.
  • Almost 96 percent of pregnant women in the United Kingdom lack any choice in selecting a birthing facility, Mail Online reported in its coverage of a study released Oct. 26 by the National Childbirth Trust. Nearly 90 percent of women live in areas that don't offer the possibility of at-home birth with a midwife and 40 percent live in areas without adequate access to both a birth center and an obstetric unit in a hospital.
  • Women represent 50 percent of part-time attorneys and have been disproportionately hurt by job cuts tied to the recession, Reuters reported in its coverage of an annual survey released Oct. 26 by the National Association of Women Lawyers.
  • Despite high U.S. spending on maternal health, American women are more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than women in other developed countries, BBC News reported Oct. 26, citing research by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the World Health Organization.
  • The recession has left a disproportionate number of single women--50 percent-- without employer-sponsored insurance, an Oct. 27 report by the Center for American Progress finds.
  • There has been a 120 percent increase over the past five years in the number of incidents of violence against women on mainstream U.S. television, a report by the Parents Television Council found, Reuters reported Oct. 28. The report also showed a 400 percent increase in the portrayal of female teens as victims. The council said in the article that "it was concerned that U.S. television was contributing to an atmosphere in which violence directed at women was viewed as normal."
  • More American women--12.4 percent--don't get enough sleep, compared to 9.9 percent of men, according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United Press International reported Oct. 29.
  • David Von Haden, accused of taking nearly 60 photos up women's skirts, was freed on a $500 signature bond, the Associated Press reported Oct. 29. Haden allegedly admitted taking similar pictures for two months on his camera and cell phone. He faces five counts of disorderly conduct in Eau Claire, Wis.
  • There are female executive officers in only 44 of Massachusetts's 100 largest public companies, according to the Boston Club's 2009 Census, Reuters reported Oct. 30. This is down from female execs in 53 of the biggest 100 public companies in 2007. The Census also found that 38 percent of the companies' boards are all-male.


  • New York officials and community members marched to City Hall in the rain on Oct. 28, chanting and juggling umbrellas and signs saying "Save Public Child Care." Demonstrators were protesting cutbacks in day care centers that they said had pushed 3,300 children into already overcrowded public schools and left as many as 1,900 without any place to go.
  • A study of 1,656 obese pregnant women by the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, found that 75 percent of the women who gained over 15 pounds during pregnancy, retained 40 percent of the weight a year after delivery, The Boston Globe reported Oct. 26.
  • Women are more likely to survive a heart attack; but middle-aged women are increasingly at risk, according to a survey of over 4,000 men and women, U.S. News reported Oct. 27.
  • Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden took the lead in world gender equality, according to an Oct. 27 ranking by the World Economic Forum, a nonprofit Switzerland-based group, Reuters reported. The U.S. fell four spots from last year and stands at 31st place.
  • Women in England and Wales who conceive in their 30s and 40s have a 70 percent increased risk of having babies with Down syndrome, AFP reported Oct. 27.
  • An in-depth study of 21 Australian moms found that socializing with other mothers and children made them feel guilty and more likely to find 'flaws' in their parenting, Reuters reported Oct. 29.
  • Seventy-seven percent of women--a 16-point increase from last year--put more emphasis on retirement concerns and managing everyday expenses, but only 41 percent of women are using long-term strategies, according to a report by AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, Reuters reported Oct. 29. The online survey included 368 women.
Kimberly St. Louis is an editorial intern at Women's eNews through the New York Arts Program. She is a senior at Ohio Wesleyan University studying journalism and politics and government.

HealthCare Reform: We've come too far to let them win now: Act NOW!

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Take Action Now we are. After months of negotiations in House and Senate committees, health care reform is finally moving forward.

With a bill set to be debated by the full House next week, it's time to take stock of how far we've come — and push even harder for a health care reform bill that will protect the women, men, and families who rely on Planned Parenthood.

Because of relentless pressure from dedicated supporters like you, every version of the bills out there right now is free of the dangerous amendments anti-choice members of Congress tried to attach to health care reform. It's taken a lot of small steps and individual efforts to come as far as we have, and we thank you for your efforts.

It has certainly been a long road to get here.

Since February, Planned Parenthood supporters like you have been on the ground organizing for health care reform in states where our legislators need to hear from us most. All of you have done the hard work of phone-banking, talking to neighbors, and keeping the pressure on key lawmakers.

When anti-choice legislators threatened to hijack health care reform to eliminate choice for women nationwide, more than 220,000 Planned Parenthood supporters spoke up with a simple message: women must not be worse off after health care reform than they are now. Believe me, that message was heard loud and clear — and it's a message that lawmakers still need to hear, from now until the moment we pass a health care bill.

And when we needed to make sure the Senate bill included a Woman's Health Amendment, we reached out to you again — your calls kept Senate phones ringing off the hook and the amendment passed. So far, congressional offices have received more than 18,000 phone calls from our supporters. Throughout the long, difficult summer, Planned Parenthood supporters like you showed up at town hall meetings, you talked to friends and legislators, you helped build a movement that has brought us closer than ever before to health care reform that will bring hope and help to those who need it most.

And, as always, your support makes our own work possible. When Planned Parenthood works with pro-choice champions to ensure that health care reform expands access and protects choice, our greatest asset is the commitment of people like you. I can't say this enough: your support matters.

I know, because I've been talking to leaders in the House and Senate since the beginning, helping them craft legislation that protects women, respects choice, and expands access. We've worked closely with pro-choice lawmakers to defeat dozens of proposed amendments that would have been devastating for women's health, and it simply couldn't have been done without you. Your actions have made a real difference for women, and that's why we need you to contact your representative in Congress again today as we prepare for the final push toward real reform.

Now for the bad news: as the House moves to begin debate next week, anti-choice lawmakers are still threatening to remove reproductive health care from the bill — or even block the bill altogether. If they succeed, there's a very real chance that the final reform will do nothing to improve access to reproductive care and may even take away health care access women have now. This is a crucial moment for women's health, and we have to act now.

Please, contact your member of Congress today. Tell him or her to pass this crucial bill intact, and reject efforts to remove reproductive care from health care reform. Anti-choice groups are going to do all they can to turn the strong health care legislation that's already been drafted into another weapon to use against women. If we don't speak out, they could very well succeed — and women will pay the price for a generation or more.

Thank you for helping us come as far as we have, and for continuing to stand strong with us in the months to come.


Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Action Fund

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Sex Education in the City, Election 09 & Monserrate Must Go

October 2009

   From the desk of
    Kelli Conlin:

Kelli Conlin
It's hard to believe it's almost November. This time last year we were on the edge of our seats awaiting the results of an election that would forever change the trajectory of the nation. This month we find ourselves in another election season that will determine who will be the next New York City mayor, NY State member of Congress, and local leaders from across the state. Tuesday's election is a vital one for our state, so be sure to VOTE! Turn out is predicted to be low, so please remember how important your vote is in making sure our issues are heard.
This month we asserted the pro-woman priorities we think New York State politics should embody by calling for the ouster of Senator Hiram Monserrate, who was found guilty of assault for dragging his girlfriend through the lobby of his apartment building. Our message to the Senate was urgent and clear: if you do not remove this individual from office, we will. Behavior like Monserrate's has no place in New York State public office, and we will work to ensure that Monserrate does not return to the Senate.
We thank you for your continued support of the work we do to ensure that New York State remains pro-woman and pro-choice. We couldn't do it without you.
For Choice,
Kelli Conlin
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 Election '09
It might not be the most exciting presidential election in a generation, but there are vital races this election year from Brooklyn to Buffalo. New York City mayor, New York City Council, congressional seats, and local government seats across the state are up for grabs on Tuesday.
Don't forget to check out our voter guide, find volunteer opportunities, and VOTE on Tuesday, November 3, 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
    Monserrate Must Go
NY monserrateEarlier this month Senator Hiram Monserrate was found guilty of misdemeanor assault for forcibly dragging his girlfriend through the lobby of his apartment building, an act caught on surveillance videotape. Monserrate was found not guilty of felony assault charges for allegedly slashing his girlfriend's face with a broken glass. Immediately following the ruling, NARAL Pro-Choice New York called for Monserrate's ouster, saying, "The New York State Democratic party has a proud history of supporting and defending women and women's issues; this stain on the party cannot stand or the Democrats will no longer be seen as the party that protects women's health and rights. Our message to the Senate is urgent and clear: if you do not remove this individual from office, we will."
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    Upcoming Events – Choices: Adoption
NARAL Pro-Choice New York's groundbreaking speaker series "Choices" is back this November. Looking beyond legislation that protects our right to abortion, "Choices" explores other facets of reproductive choice, such as the ability to access contraception, make parenting decisions, live free from institutionalized discrimination, and access the resources, support, and services necessary to make informed and empowered decisions.
The next installment will explore the barriers and benefits of adoption.
Choices: Adoption
November 18
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    Sex Ed in the City
NY Sex Ed in the CityThis month, we, along with the Sex Ed Alliance of New York City (SEANYC) hosted "Sex Education in the City," a community forum on the lack of comprehensive sex education in NYC. In the middle of Sex Education Awareness Month and just couple weeks after the Senate Finance Committee voted to restore $50 million in federal funding of "abstinence-only" programs, the forum couldn't have come at a better time.
NARAL Pro-Choice New York's Myra Batchelder addressed the policy and funding challenges of getting mandated comprehensive sex education in the state. Darryl Rascoe, principal of Bedford Stuyvesant Preparatory in Brooklyn, shared his experiences speaking to teens in his school. Justin Toro, an HIV-positive youth speaker with the AIDS-awareness program Love Heals, lamented the poor sex education he received growing up. Jodi Kaltner, a social worker at the Performance Conservatory High School in the Bronx, described the obstacles and lack of resources that health teachers and counselors face every day.
The speakers, and the many passionate audience members who asked questions and shared their own experiences, argued that we are failing the young people of New York City by not giving them the education they need to stay safe and healthy.
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Guinea Rapes Test U.N.'s Stronger Promises to Women

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In recent weeks, the U.N. has bolstered a groundbreaking, but largely symbolic, resolution passed in 2000 that identified women's rights and roles during war, Rebecca Harshbarger reports today. Recent public rapes in Guinea now pose a crucial test of their strength.

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Guinea Rapes Test U.N.'s Stronger Promises to Women

By Rebecca Harshbarger
WeNews correspondent
Friday, October 30, 2009
In recent weeks, the U.N. has bolstered a groundbreaking, but largely symbolic, resolution passed in 2000 that identified women's rights and roles during war. Recent public rapes in Guinea now pose a crucial test of their strength.
NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)--Nine years ago tomorrow, the U.N. Security Council issued Resolution 1325, a turning point for women's rights in international law.
In a watershed moment, the Council said groups in armed conflict were obliged to protect women and girls from violence, and placed women on the peace and security agenda.
The Council also said female peace negotiators needed to be at the table during and after conflict.
Since then, the resolution has been criticized for not explaining which actors were responsible for implementation and how it should be put into motion.
The resolution recognized the toll of war on women and girls, but didn't spell out the repercussions for violators. It did not give the Security Council a chance to use sanctions, its most powerful tool, against countries or individuals. And it left a window open for perpetrators of sexual violence to apply for amnesty.
The worsening of sexual violence in conflict spots has begged the questions left open under the resolution.
Two women's reactions after a rally in Conakry, Guinea, turned violent in September.
In August, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she met with survivors of sexual violence.
Drawing on that experience, she introduced Resolution 1888 on Sept. 30 to the U.N. Security Council. The resolution, which passed unanimously, created a special representative--not yet announced--to focus solely on sexual violence in armed conflict.
"A crisis of this dimension affecting any other social group would have attracted a special representative long ago," said Anne Marie Goetz, UNIFEM's chief advisor for Governance, Peace, and Security, in a recent phone interview. "There are special representatives for swine flu, avian flu and the food crisis. It's long overdue that there is a special leader appointed to address this emergency."

New Criteria for Sanctions

Resolution 1888 enables the Security Council's sanctions committee to take into account rape and sexual violence as criteria when considering sanctions against nations and individuals. Before, these acts were not included. It also establishes a report that names and shames perpetrators who commit acts of sexual violence for the Security Council to review.
"The sanctions committee is the strongest accountability action tool that the Security Council has," said Goetz. "It could be the freezing of the bank accounts of perpetrators or broader sanctions targeted at a national economy."
The special representative will become the head of U.N. Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict, a 12-agency coalition that includes UNIFEM and the department of Peacekeeping Operations. The envoy will be able to tap into the large resources of these agencies.
Unfortunately, the special envoy is not yet in place to address problems in Guinea, where security forces in September killed dozens of peaceful activists, raped and sexually assaulted female demonstrators and wounded thousands, according to eyewitnesses interviewed by Human Rights Watch. At least 150 people were killed.
"The secretary-general doesn't have a reputation as being very fast in his appointments," said Marianne Mollman, director of advocacy for Human Rights Watch's Women's Rights Division, in a phone interview. "In the case of Guinea, the main issue is impunity. A special envoy could help make sure that there is no impunity; that the perpetrators would be brought to justice."

Guinean Women Gather Evidence

On Oct. 8, Guinean women gathered to collect information about the public rapes, in an effort by civil organizations to protect survivors and bring the perpetrators to justice, according to reporting by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs.
Aid agencies documented 33 public rape cases, but advocates fear many more female victims are afraid to come forward.
Rumors have even spread, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs, that soldiers are entering hospitals and taking away women who said they have been raped.
"The soldiers were safe in the knowledge that nothing would happen to them," Deejah Diallo, a 27-year-old woman living in Conakry, Guinea's capital, said in a recent phone interview. "About the sexual violence, I think that's the supreme humiliation. Men have always done that…it's a pattern, see what's going on in the Democratic Republic of Congo, for instance."
In response to the state-sponsored violence, former colonial power France has suspended military aid and a West African regional bloc has imposed an arms embargo against Guinea.
At a recent summit in Abuja, Nigeria, the Economic Community of West Africa States said the country, which borders Sierra Leone and Liberia, is a threat to the region's security and stability. The United States has asked the president of Guinea, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, to leave office.
"We have made it clear… that the current junta led by Captain Dadis Camara should step down," said Phillip J. Crowley, assistant secretary of the Bureau of Public Affairs, at an Oct. 14 U.S. State Department press briefing. "We also think that there should be an international investigation of the events that resulted in the death of over 150 people."
The U.N. launched an international community of inquiry on Oct. 16. U.N. Secretary-General spokesperson Michele Montas said they would send a mission to Conakry shortly to investigate the recent killings and rapes.

Violence Criminal, Not Cultural

"Violence against women is not cultural, it's criminal," Margaret Wallström, vice-president of the European Commission, said in a talk at Columbia University on Oct. 15. "How do you build peace where this happened, if you've seen your mother or daughter raped?"
The Security Council on Oct. 5 also fortified the nine-year-old spirit of Resolution 1325 by passing Resolution 1889.
It mandates that the Security Council develop a strategy to increase the number of female peacekeepers and that gender advisors are placed to manage humanitarian assistance and participate in post-conflict resolution.
The resolution also calls for greater inclusion of women in negotiating teams. According to UNIFEM, women account for only 7 percent of negotiators in peace talks.
On Sept. 14, the General Assembly created a single new entity within the U.N. to promote women's rights. Within this entity, important offices, agencies and funds within the U.N. that focus on women will be merged into a larger institution.
Since 2000, the status of women in conflict has seen some victories, but has largely deteriorated.
Women are still largely on the margins of peace talks and negotiations, said Inés Alberdi, executive director of UNIFEM. She said the U.N. has not once appointed a woman to mediate a major conflict and that sexual violence as a tactic of war is on the rise.
More than 200,000 women in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have been raped in the past decade, as many as 40 a day, according to a report from the U.N. Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict.
The Security Council passed a resolution in June 2008 that recognized sexual violence as a threat to international peace and security. But like Resolution 1325, it lacked any implementation specifics, a criticism that U.N. votes and measures in the past month may help to overcome.
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Budget Cuts Proposed for Immigrants & Communities of Color: Act Now

There will be a Special State Legislative Session on November 10 to vote on a budget modification 
possibly including many cuts to schools, health care and community programs. 
Governor Paterson recently proposed a $5 billion Deficit Reduction Plan for the current
 and upcoming fiscal year. Under his plan, there would be 10% budget cuts to dozens of 
critical programs (4.5% exception for K-12 School Aid). While the majority of these cuts will impact 
not just immigrants -- but other at-risk populations and all low-income communities -- 
we wanted to highlight several immigrant-specific priorities in jeopardy.

Please call Governor Paterson (518-474-8390) and your local State Senator and 
Assembly Member to oppose any further budget cuts to these critical programs 
serving immigrants across the state (a document containing the full list of cuts 
can be downloaded below).

Immigrant Services (OTDA):
  * NYS Citizenship Initiative (NYSCI): $67,000 cut
  * NYS Refugee Resettlement Assistance Program (NYSRRAP): $100,000 cut
  * Human Trafficking & NYS Response: $40,000 cut 

Adult Education/English Classes (SED):
  * Adult Literacy Education (ALE): $345,000 cut

K-12 Education/English Language Learners (SED):
  * School Foundation Aid: $686,000,000 cut ($223 million for NYC) 
including tens of millions intended for English-as-a-Second Language (ESL), 
transitional bilingual and dual language students Census (State Dept.)
  * Census Training: $93,000 cut

In addition to calling the Governor and local state legislators, please consider 
submitting testimony to the Senate and Assembly on how these and other cuts will 
impact your organization and community:

For the Senate Finance Committee; Email Kristin Rezek at:

For the Assembly Ways & Means Committee, mail 20 copies to 
Clinton Freeman, 
Legislative Office Building, 
Room 923, Albany, NY 12248

For more information, contact Jos Davila (Dir. of State Government Affairs) at: or (212) 627-2227 x241.

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NOW Offers Condolences to Richard Schroeder's Family: A retired U.S. marshal who provided protection to Dr. George Tiller

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NOW Offers Condolences to Richard Schroeder's Family
Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill
October 30, 2009
NOW offers condolences to the family of Richard Schroeder, who died Thursday night. The death is being investigated as very suspicious, according to local police.
A retired U.S. marshal, Schroeder had provided protection to Dr. George Tiller, a heroic abortion provider who was murdered outside of his church in May.
Schroeder risked his own life to protect Dr. Tiller, and in doing so he ensured that women could exercise their fundamental right to safe and legal abortion. NOW honors and appreciates his legacy, and we will closely monitor the developments of this case.
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Monday, Nov 2, 6pm- 9pm: NARAL's Pro-Choice Election Phone Bank

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Domestic Violence Provisions Included in Healthcare Bill: Weekly Feminist News Digest: 10/23/2009 - 10/30/2009

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Oct 30 2009
Domestic Violence Provisions Included in Healthcare Bill
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28), chair of the House Rules Committee, announced that two of her provisions regarding domestic violence are included in the final version of the healthcare reform bill, HR 3962...
Oct 29 2009
Historic Hate Crimes Legislation Signed
President Barack Obama signed the historic Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr Hate Crimes Prevention Act yesterday...
Oct 28 2009
Ebay Blocks Roeder Auction
Ebay announced yesterday that it will block an online auction planned to support the legal defense of Scott Roeder, the alleged murderer of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller, MD...
Oct 27 2009
Michigan Anti-abortion Personhood Initiative Introduced
Michigan congressmen Jim Slezak (D-50) and Paul Scott (R-51) have introduced a "personhood amendment" that could virtually outlaw abortion in the state if approved by voters...
Oct 26 2009
Auction Planned to Raise Roeder Defense Funds
Associates of Scott Roeder, the alleged murderer of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller, MD, have announced plans to auction items online to support Roeder's legal defense...


Oct 30 2009 - Militants in Somalia Targeting Women Without Veils or Socks

Oct 30 2009 - Experts Urge Russia to Change AIDS Policy

Oct 29 2009 - Swiss Fund to Support Firms with Female Directors

Oct 29 2009 - Jehmu Green to be President of Women's Media Center

Oct 29 2009 - German Lutheran Church Elects First Woman Leader

Oct 28 2009 - Proposed Colorado Initiative to Define Eggs as People

Oct 28 2009 - Iceland Tops Gender Equality List, US Ranks 31

Oct 27 2009 - House Passes Act that Includes Coast Guard and Cruise Sexual Assault Provisions

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