Statement from NOW President Toni Van Pelt:
We’ve seen the frightening headlines from around the country, with state after state enacting 20- week abortion bans, six-week abortion bans and egregious laws that harm women’s health clinics. A legislator in Texas went to the most extreme measure of proposing a bill that would actually give women the death penalty for having abortions.
And the latest attacks are among the worst: Georgia’s governor just signed into law one of the most extreme bills in the country, which bans abortions at six-weeks, and the Alabama legislature just voted to ban all abortions in the state.
This dangerous legislation isn’t just happening at the local level. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee recently held a hearing for a bill requiring a nation-wide 20-week abortion ban, which if passed, would further victimize women typically facing a devastating medical crisis in their pregnancies.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) strongly opposes these dangerous and immoral proposed laws and is launching a petition that will be delivered to representatives in the U.S. Congress and in the state legislatures.
We want these policymakers to see that our thousands of grassroots activists in their states stand with the vast majority of the public who believe that women have the right to safe, legal, accessible and affordable abortion care.
NOW’s petition to stop abortion bans is available here.
Kimberly Hayes, Press Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org,