11-19-09 Press Alert
Opposition Grows to Stupak Amendment Banning Abortion in Healthcare Bill;
National Group Confers on Action Plans
Panel of women leaders “Abortion, Womens’ Lives, & the Democrats’ Woman-Killing Abortion Ban.”
When: Saturday November 21 2:00 to 4:00pm EST
Where: 16 Beaver Street New York City and by live webcast
Why should the right-wingers in Congress set the terms for women’s lives? Why should the "tea-baggers" and racist lunatics be the only ones protesting in the streets? What does the Stupak-Pitts Amendment to healthcare reform mean for women’s lives?
These are questions being address Saturday at the national meeting of World Can’t Wait, a group formed in 2005 to pursue the Bush regime’s program of pre-emptive wars, torture, illegal spying, and its alliance with a “narrow and hateful brand of Christian fundamentalism.”
Fran Luck, Producer of “Joy of Resistance” on WBAI Pacifica Radio
Erin Matson, Vice President for Action, the National Organization for Women
` Sunsara Taylor, writer, Revolution Newspaper
Plans to protest the Stupak-Pitts Amendment will be announced and further developed during the discussion. The National Organization for Women and World Can’t Wait have called for the Amendment to be defeated, and for people to vocally protest its premise that women will not be allowed to purchase coverage for abortion even with their own money, if they participate in the public option plan.
In a related action, National Organization for Women President Terri O’Neil will be leading a protest at the office of Joseph Pitts, the amendment’s co-author, in ChesterPA on Saturday at 10:30 am.
“This action by the House is a stronger attack on abortion access than we saw during the terrible years of the anti-abortion Bush administration. It’s a grave threat to women’s control over their own bodies, pushed by Democratic leaders. If these restrictions pass, they will lead to the deaths of women, endangering the health and hopes of women forced to carry unwanted pregnancies,” said Debra Sweet, Director of The World Can’t Wait.