Saturday, January 30, 2010

After MA pro-choice loss, Sen. Gillibrand's seat being threatened next

January 2010
   From the desk of
    Kelli Conlin:
NY Kelli Conlin 09It's hard to believe we've already reached the end of January. What a full month it's been.
This month we learned that former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. is considering running for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's seat. In response to Ford's attempts to rebrand himself for a New York audience, we released a video capturing Ford's own descriptions of himself as "pro-life." It's prompted both the mainstream media and New Yorkers to distrust Ford's sudden portrayal of himself as pro-choice.
This month we also celebrated the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The recent challenges the pro-choice movement has encountered, from health-care reform to the trial of Dr. Tiller's murderer, Scott Roeder, have shown us that even after 37 years, our reproductive rights are still tenuous, and our work to protect those rights is still as important as ever.
Finally, on January 21, we were saddened to lose lifelong friend and NARAL co-founder Ruth Proskauer Smith. During her 102 years, Proskauer Smith was a pro-choice pioneer, advocating for access to birth control and to repeal state abortion bans from the 1940s on. We pay tribute to Proskauer
For Choice,
Kelli Conlin
Kelli Conlin
 Harold Ford, Jr. is NOT pro-choice
NY HFJ video enews
When Harold Ford, Jr. said he was considering running for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's seat, we knew many New Yorkers may not be familiar with the former Tennessee congressman's positions - particularly on choice.
So we let him speak for himself. We released a video in which Ford proudly defends his anti-choice credentials, telling MSNBC's Tucker Carlson in 2006, "I'm pro-life, I'm pro-life, Tucker, so I mean, I don't run from that."
Harold Ford, Jr. does not represent our pro-choice values - and neither NARAL Pro-Choice New York nor the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers will let our state provide an anti-choice vote in Congress.
See the video and share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
    Dr. Tiller's Murderer, Scott Roeder, Found Guilty
Yesterday we were relieved to hear that Scott Roeder was found guilty of murdering abortion provider Dr. George Tiller. Last June, following the brutal assassination, we held a vigil for Dr. Tiller in New York City's Union Square, where clergy, providers, advocates, and New Yorkers all gathered to honor the memory of the slain doctor who dedicated his life to helping women in need.
In a statement released yesterday, Kelli Conlin said,
Moments ago, Scott Roeder was found guilty of first degree murder in the slaying of Dr. George Tiller.
Roeder's self-serving effort to justify this cold-blooded assassination was horrifying and we are heartened that the jury rejected his attempt at manipulation. While we, and the women Dr. Tiller helped, will forever mourn his loss, we take solace in the fact that justice today was served.
    Knocked Up: Feminist Filmmakers Celebrate Roe
January 22, 2010 was the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the U.S. We started celebrating a week early with "Knocked Up: Feminist Filmmakers Celebrate Roe," a film screening and discussion cosponsored by NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the feminist speaker bureau Soapbox, Inc.
Jennifer Baumgardner's documentary "I Had an Abortion," tells the stories of 10 women who have had abortion, from the days before Roe v. Wade to the present. "Obvious Child," co-written by NARAL Pro-Choice New York intern Anna Bean, is a short romantic comedy about an unplanned pregnancy, an abortion, and an unlikely first date. Following the screenings, representatives from NARAL Pro-Choice New York spoke to the packed audience about how we can break the silence around abortion and communicate our pro-choice values.
Thanks to everyone who participated! 
    Ruth Proskauer Smith, 1907-2010
NY RPS videoOn the eve of the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Ruth Proskauer Smith, a founding hero of the reproductive rights movement, passed away at the age of 102. From her work advocating for women's access to birth control in the 1940s to cofounding NARAL Pro-Choice America in 1969 with the goal of litigating against state abortion prohibitions, Proskauer Smith was a tireless advocate for reproductive freedom. In 2009, NARAL Pro-Choice New York honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award and produced this video as a tribute.
Please join us in honoring Ruth Proskauer Smith for her lifelong commitment to improving the lives of women.
    NARAL Pro-Choice New York in the News
"Democrats rally around Sen. Gillibrand as ex-Tenn. pol Harold Ford Jr. eyes run for New York seat," Michael Saul, The New York Daily News, January 7, 2010
"NARAL Uses Ford's Words Against Him," Elizabeth Benjamin, The Daily News Daily Politics Blog, January 8, 2010
"Newsflash: Democrats in New York Overwhelmingly Pro-Choice," Ben Adler, Newsweek The Gaggle Blog, January 8, 2010
"Stupak: Two More Years?!" Kate Harding, Salon's Broadsheet Blog, January 14, 2010
"Ruth Proskauer Smith: 1907-2010," Kelli Conlin, The Huffington Post, January 22, 2010

1 comment:

Joseph said...

It is very important that New Yorkers are aware of what they are getting themselves into if they actually allow Harold Ford Jr. to run for office, so thank you for unearthing this footage.

There is an interview series of professional women in online journalism that you might enjoy.
The interviews were conducted by the University of Iowa Gender and Mass Media class this past fall.

I urge you leave any comments or express anything you would like to be seen added to the page, as the online book that will be accompanying the interviews is still in production.