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NOW to Honor 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade with Vigil at Supreme Court


For Immediate Release
Contact: Press Office 202-628-8669, ext. 123

NOW to Honor 40th Anniversary of
Roe v. Wade with Vigil at Supreme Court

January 17, 2013

NOW President Terry O'Neill will lead a candlelight vigil on Tuesday, Jan. 22, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that recognized women's fundamental right to abortion.

"NOW affirms that women's access to the full range of reproductive health services -- including safe, legal and affordable abortion care and birth control -- is integral to women's ability to participate equally in our society," said O'Neill. "Roe v. Wade has helped improve women's status in the U.S. and saved countless women's lives."

What:40th Anniversary Roe v. Wade Candlelight Vigil
Who:Terry O'Neill, president, National Organization for Women
Ellie Smeal, president, Feminist Majority Foundation
Kimberly Inez McGurie, senior policy analyst, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Allison Stouffer, vice president, DC NOW
When:Tuesday, Jan. 22, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Where:U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.
First Street NE, between East Capitol St. & Maryland Ave.

"For the last two years, abortion and birth control have been under increased attack at both the state and federal level," said O'Neill. "In the face of these attacks, U.S. voters re-elected President Obama, who has worked to defend and advance women's access to reproductive health care services. Coming one day after the president's inauguration, I predict a high level of energy and optimism outside the Supreme Court on Jan. 22."