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The Election and Women's Rights: Don't Compromise, Organize!


NOW Press Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mai Shiozaki, 202-628-8669, ext. 116
The Election and Women's Rights: Don't Compromise, Organize!
Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill
November 3, 2010
Last night's turnover of the House of Representatives was a disappointing loss for women. We now face an anti-choice majority and a new Speaker of the House who will threaten to roll back hard-fought progress for women. But just as the frustration of this new reality sets in, I am more determined than ever to press Congress to champion women's rights. The National Organization for Women is not going away, and we will fight harder and motivate our grassroots so we can demand woman-friendly policies.
Make no mistake: Under the new Republican leadership, women's issues will be compromised. They will try to repeal the health care reform law, privatize or cut Social Security, cut funding for family-planning programs, undermine equal marriage initiatives, and try to weaken Roe v. Wade. Soon-to-be Speaker of the House John Boehner has made it no secret that he is anti-choice and anti-equal marriage, and he will try to undo important gains made by the progressive movement. We cannot let that happen.
The good news is that our real work is just about to begin, because now we have some real allies on Capitol Hill. A substantial number of Democrats who lost were moderate or conservative, leaving a Democratic caucus that, while smaller, is more progressive. With progressives on our side, we vow to accomplish what NOW truly stands for. We will fight for the Freedom of Choice Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act, Social Security, a repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", a repeal of Hyde Amendment abortion funding restrictions, for equal marriage, and against violence against women.
We will work with steadfast pro-choice officials like Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.); and newly-elected NOW/PAC-endorsed candidates, including Senators-elect Chris Coons of Delaware and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut; U.S. Representatives-elect Terri Sewell of Alabama, Karen Bass of California, Colleen Hanabusa of Hawaii and Frederica Wilson of Florida. NOW will be working closely with them and our other friends in Congress to press for justice for women.
We ask supporters of women's rights and our progressive members of Congress to stand with us. When it comes to women's rights, we don't need to compromise -- we need to organize.

Get Out The Vote in Colorado to Defeat an Anti-Abortion Referendum


Anti-abortion extremists are at it again.
They are trying to add a "fetal personhood" amendment to the state constitution in Colorado, Amendment 62, and sinking to new lows in their rhetoric - their latest ad is a disgusting parade of vicious lies. Amendment 62 would give more rights to a fertilized egg than a woman, and effectively ban birth control and abortion in Colorado.

Two years ago, anti-abortion extremists failed in their attempt to pass a similarly Draconian amendment, and we are counting on you to help us get out the vote and defeat this terrible measure once again. Tell everyone you know in Colorado to vote NO ON 62.

Personhood USA and its anti-choice allies will stop at nothing in their campaign to restrict women's rights. Make sure you check out that atrocious ad, which refers to President Obama as the "angel of death" and completely rewrites American history. Their extremist rhetoric and disgusting lies will not fool the people of Colorado.

Tell your Colorado friends to vote NO ON 62.

For Women's Lives,
Ellie Smeal
Eleanor Smeal
Feminist Majority Foundation

NOW-NYS PAC endorsed Pro-Choice candidate, Amy Paulin, needs your help


NOW-NYS PAC  has endorsed Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D)-Westchester in a hotly contested race. Amy has championed dozens of NOW-backed bills, including ending the statute of limitations on rape, enacting the nation's strongest law on human trafficking, and extending health and dental coverage to impoverished children. 
Amy is facing her most challenging re-election race in a long time. Her opponent is a well-funded Republican who is an anti-choice extremist (opposing abortion even in cases of rape, incest, or the health or life of the mother). In this election year when choice is under siege, here is a race where our help can really make a difference. Amy Needs Your Vote!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN WESTCHESTER to help get-out-the-vote for Amy Paulin in this tough re-election battle.

Sunday Oct. 31 
Monday Nov. 1 
Tuesday Nov. 2
For more information, please call NOW-NYS at 1-518-452-3944. 

1. Go to the NOW-NYS web site (http://www.nownys.org/)  and click on the "PAC"  link. There you will see a link to donate to the NOW-NYS PAC.  If you want your donation to go directly to Amy Paulin, send us a note in the "message box" in the donation form.    OR

2. Write a check to NOW-NYS PAC and let us know you want your donation to go to Amy Paulin's campaign.  Send checks to NOW-NYS PAC, 1500 Central Avenue, Albany, NY  12205.

To volunteer for Amy's campaign, click on this link.  http://www.amypaulin.com/
In Sisterhood,
Marcia Pappas, President of NOW-NYS PAC

Help Elect Women in New York: Opportunities to Volunteer EVERY DAY


From http://16andrising.com/, which is trying to increase the unacceptable 16% female figure for New York State Senators. With your help, that could all change.

If you know people looking for ways to get involved in the elections in NY - please volunteer for any of the following phonebanks.  Please email will.volunteer@gmail.com
There are also phonebanks every day in NYC for upstate State Senate candidates:
Queens Location:
133-24 233rd Street
Rosedale, NY 11413
Hours: Monday – Sunday from 10AM -9PM

Brooklyn Location:
4102 Glenwood Road
Brooklyn, NY 11210
Hours of operation: Monday – Sunday 10AM – 9PM

Manhattan Location:
15 Maiden Lane, Suite 608
New York, NY 10038
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 5PM – 9PM and Weekends 10AM-9PM

An Anti-Choice Attorney General: It Could Happen Here


In states across the country, attorneys general have attacked a women's right to choose.
Dan Donovan wants to be New York's next attorney general. He says he wants to represent New Yorkers. But New Yorkers are pro-choice and, according to the New York Times, Dan Donovan is "against abortion, except in cases of rape or incest."
A good attorney general can play a critical role in advancing our reproductive rights. A bad one can take them away.
That's why last Friday NARAL Pro-Choice New York stood with allies on the steps of New York City Hall to launch a campaign highlighting the alarming anti-choice position of New York state attorney general candidate Dan Donovan.
Go to www.CouldHappenHere.org to watch our web video "Donovan: It Could Happen Here" and sign the online petition to let Dan Donovan know we want an attorney general who will stand up for women's health and rights.
For choice,
Sabrina Shulman
Political Director

Election 2010: Announcing Online Pro-Choice Primary Voter Guide


In the past decade, states have passed over 200 laws restricting a woman's right to access abortion. Thanks to voters like you, New York is different. New York Primary 2010
The primary election on September 14 is just around the corner, and with critical races across the state, your pro-choice vote is as important as ever!
Check out NARAL Pro-Choice New York's 2010 Primary Voter Guide to get all the info you need to support your local pro-choice candidates! Find out who is running in your district, where your polling place is located, and see NARAL Pro-Choice New York's endorsements in primary races for everything from state Assembly to the U.S. Senate.
In addition to voting, don't forget to take a look at all the volunteer opportunities we have to offer between now and election day. Your hard work making phone calls and hitting the streets will help ensure that pro-choice candidates are victorious this election season.
Elections matter. Your activism and voting power will help elect leaders who are willing to stand up and lead on the values we care about from Long Island to Buffalo.
For choice,
Sabrina Shulman
Political Director

Who said no exceptions in cases of rape?


August 2010  

High-Risk Insurance Pools Should Cover Abortion
For many women with severe medical conditions – like cancer or diabetes – temporary high-risk health-insurance pools are their only option for coverage. But the Obama administration recently decided to exclude abortion coverage from these pools – even if continuing a pregnancy would put a woman's health at risk!

We've collected 33,615 signatures on our petition opposing this policy.

Add your name now. Help us reach 40,000.

Take Action


Donate Today!
Denying women access to birth control and abortion coverage in the lead-up to the new health-care system is just plain wrong. And yet the Obama administration's recent announcement is the first of many fights we'll have to face.

We need your urgent support today. Your donation will help us support candidates who will join us in fighting back against any other attacks on a woman's right to choose in the lead up to the new health-care system. So please donate today.

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FAME: Pro-Choice Candidate Ann McLane Kuster
Our PAC is proud to endorse Ann McLane Kuster in New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District. An attorney and pro-choice activist, Ann has long been an advocate for women and families and is committed to standing up for women's freedom and privacy. In Congress, we trust Ann to join other pro-choice champions and fight for commonsense, pro-choice values. If you live in the 2nd District, vote for Ann in the primary election on September 14!

Get to know Ann >>

SHAME: Anti-Choice Senate Candidate Ken Buck
"I don't believe in the exceptions of rape or incest." That's the extreme view held by Ken Buck, the Tea Party-supported candidate for U.S. Senate in Colorado. Buck's recent remarks are a slap in the face to women everywhere, and a reminder of what's in store if more anti-choice candidates are elected to Congress.

Read more about Buck's outrageous remarks >>


Watch Nancy Keenan discussing the military abortion ban on FOX News Sunday

In this clip from The Rachel Maddow Show, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia takes state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to task for his latest attack on abortion providers

The FDA approves ella®, a contraceptive that can prevent pregnancy up to five days after sex

Check out updates from the Vision to Win tour, our cross-country effort to engage the next generation of grassroots leaders


It's hard to believe, but Election Day is just 63 days away.

Anti-choice radicals are already fired up across the country. Their top candidates are having no trouble expressing their extreme anti-choice views.

We've got a lot of work ahead of us. It won't be easy, but on November 2, we're going to re-elect pro-choice friends and defeat those anti-choice politicians who want to stand between women and their doctors.

This brewing fight is one reason we're happy to announce the launch of our redesigned website, which is chock-full of news and tools that will help you get the word out this fall and beyond.

Check out the elections hub for campaign updates, and read new stories from women and men sharing why they're pro-choice. Plus, don't miss my favorite section, tips for talking to your friends about choice.

As always, thanks for all you do to stand up for women.

My best,
Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America


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Thu, Sept 2: Help support someone Gloria Steinem supports. Meet Carolyn Maloney


Some of you might be interested in meeting Carolyn Maloney, who Gloria Steinem endorsed, along with other feminist leaders such as Terry O'Neill, Marcia Pappas, Ellie Smeal, Kim Gandy, and others.

From her campaign:

Congresswoman Maloney has been a great advocate for New York and a tremendous supporter of grassroots activism for many years. I think this is a great time for you and I to do something to thank her and show support for her tireless work on our behalf.

Carolyn has mentored and fostered a new generation of political leaders on the East Side of Manhattan. ...

She has fought to make student loans more affordable. She has protected young people and students from abusive and unfair practices by credit card companies. She passed a bill to process backlogged DNA tests that are used to track and prosecute rapists - have you ever seen Law and Order: SVU? That type of work is only possible because of Carolyn's hard work in Congress.

She had a major role in protecting women and families in the health care reform bill, and in bringing transparency to Wall street in the financial regulatory reform bill.

Now, Carolyn's working on giving health care to men and women who helped clear the rubble and search for survivor's in the aftermath of 9/11 who are now suffering from lung and other life-threatening diseases.

Carolyn has a tough re-election campaign and needs your support! Please, join her and our great host committee for this rally at a hot new venue in Murray Hill!

We ask that you contribute at least $50 to support the campaign, or sign-up (and follow through) with our Field Team to get out the vote on Election Day!

If you have any questions or would like to RSVP, please email Jamie Ansorge at
Jamie@CarolynMaloney.com or call 212-228-5222. 

On Thursday September 2nd, I hope you can join others for a Young Professionals for Carolyn event in support of her re-election to US Congress.  The event will be from 6-8pm at a great new venue in Murray Hill right off the 6 train.

To join the Host Committee for this event and be listed on the invitation, you must pledge to bring at least 10 people to the event. Unlike most campaign events of this nature, there is no base price required for entry. The campaign does ask that everyone give what they can, however, this is about coming out in big numbers to support Carolyn. If your friends are happy to support the cause but cannot afford to make a contribution, that’s alright. At the event there will be opportunities to help the campaign in other ways.

Everyone on the host committee will be invited to a pre-event VIP reception with Carolyn. If you’d like to be listed or attend the VIP reception but cannot pledge to bring 10 people, the host committee price is $250.

If you’re interested, please let me know!



James L. Ansorge
Finance Director
Maloney for Congress
P: (212) 228-5222

Action Alert: Help Canvas for progressive candidates


Organizing for America

In 2008, volunteers like you broke every record in politics -- you knocked on more doors, made more calls, and had more conversations with voters than any campaign in history.

Those conversations are what brought 15 million people to the polls for the first time, propelled Barack Obama to the presidency, and won majorities in the House and Senate.

In 2009 and earlier this year, Organizing for America volunteers like you used the lessons learned in 2008 to win historic victories reining in Wall Street and reforming a broken health care system.

But now we need to protect those gains and keep moving America forward -- which means we've got to get back on the doors, talking to voters about how important it is to vote this fall.

So we at OFA and others working to elect Democrats to Congress circled this weekend on the calendar and set a big goal: 200,000 doors knocked across the country in 48 hours.

OFA New York has set a goal of getting 6,032 of them -- and that means we need 201 volunteers in New York next weekend.

Can you find an event near you and RSVP to join us?

RSVP for a canvass near you

If Republicans win back control of Congress, we know what will happen: endless investigations into ginned-up controversies, non-stop attempts to repeal the progress we've made, and a complete drive to stop us from moving this country forward.

But we cannot go backward.

Health reform took a century-long fight to win. Its benefits are starting to help make sure families have the health care they deserve -- and you can bet this movement is going to protect what it's won.

Wall Street reform places the strictest new regulations on banks that they've faced since the Great Depression -- no wonder the Republicans are already saying they'll fight to repeal it, to make life easier for their special-interest friends.

To protect what we've won and keep the change coming -- from clean-energy legislation to immigration reform to putting more Americans back to work -- we're not done.

Which is why we need to keep fighting to get folks to the polls this fall.

We know -- from our own experience and research -- that nothing has more of an effect on voter behavior than real conversations. That's why OFA volunteers getting people to commit to vote -- on doorsteps and on the phone -- could well be the deciding factor in close races across the country.

I hope you can make it out, and be one of the 201 volunteers that OFA New York needs to hit its goal this weekend:


Thanks for all you do,

David Plouffe

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