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Thursday, October 27, 2011
They Voted to Let Women Die
It's hard to think of anything more callous: The U.S. House of Representatives, in the grip of zealous right-wing leaders, passed a bill that would allow pregnant women to die in the emergency room. We are determined to stop this bill in the Senate, and I'm asking you to stand with NOW at this critical hour.
We've been tracking the offensively named "Protect Life Act" all session. Not only does it permit Catholic hospitals to allow a woman to die rather than perform a life-saving abortion, it also prohibits insurance plans on state exchanges from covering abortion care. It's part of the radical right's core strategy to chip Roe v. Wade to bits. They won't outlaw abortion per se, they'll just make it virtually impossible to access.
Not only must we stop this bill in the Senate, we must also mobilize the women's vote so we can replace the anti-woman legislators who voted for it with feminists who will stand up for our right to reproductive health care. You can help by making a generous donation today.
Through NOW's network of hundreds of grassroots chapters and hundreds of thousands of online activists, we are writing, emailing, tweeting, blogging and phoning to get the message out: We won't go back. We are fighting back.
For women's lives, Terry O'Neill, President National Organization for Women
P.S. You can be proud to stand with the National Organization for Women in the fight for abortion access, not just for women with private insurance, but also the many women currently at risk under the deeply unjust ban on federal funding for abortion care. Your help makes a difference.