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Thursday, May 12, 2011
The fight of our lives: Keep Abortion Legal
These are dark days for supporters of women's rights. Just last week, Speaker Boehner led the House of Representatives to pass a sweeping piece of anti-abortion rights legislation that would deny women at all income levels access to abortion care.
We are working aggressively to block passage of the deceptively titled "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" in the Senate, and need your help. If enacted, the bill would permanently ban Medicaid funding for abortion care and impose tax penalties on those whose health insurance happens to cover abortion -- with no exceptions to protect a woman's health and only narrow exceptions for rape, incest and life endangerment. Under this bill, women could be required to provide proof of rape to the IRS. Sound ridiculous? If only I were joking.
It's true: Women are in a fight for our lives. NOW chapters throughout the country are educating, picketing and taking action to fight back against a radical "War on Women" that aims to effectively overturn Roe v. Wade and even take away access to contraception.
As I type, the NOW National Action Center is buzzing with phone calls to our chapters and allies around the country, working to halt equally horrific initiatives at the state level. We are organizing. We are lobbying. We are educating. And, we need your help. Please give today.
For women's lives,
Terry O'Neill, President National Organization for Women