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Action Alert: Subjecting rape and incest survivors to IRS investigations


    Republicans are waging an all-out war on women. The latest assault—a bill that would subject certain rape and incest survivors to IRS investigations—is simply inhumane. *Sign the petition from EMILY's List and MoveOn.org today to tell Congress: Stop the War on Women! * Sign the petition
    Should rape and incest survivors be forced to prove to the IRS that they were assaulted?   What kind of question is that? 
    But a bill proposed by anti-choice lawmakers in Congress could force many sexual assault survivors to do just that.1   The bill would impose tax penalties on small businesses and individuals who buy abortion coverage with their own money—with exceptions only for cases of rape, incest, or when a woman's life is in danger.2   *The result? Survivors of rape and incest who seek abortion care could be forced to detail their assaults and provide proof to IRS investigators.*3   Reliving a horrific sexual assault to the police and in court is awful enough. Forcing women to prove that they were assaulted to IRS investigators is simply inhumane. And sadly, this bill is just the latest in a long list of Republican attacks on women this year, from anti-choice legislation to a budget that guts critical programs for women and their families. 
    *So with our friends at EMILY's List, a progressive group dedicated to electing Democratic pro-choice women, we've launched a "Stop the War on Women" campaign. Can you sign the petition today? * *Click here to sign the "Stop the War on Women" petition. * http://stopthewaronwomen.com/moveon/   
    Despite campaigning on job creation, Republicans have focused their agenda this year on attacking the rights and well-being of women. From pushing several anti-choice bills to cutting billions from health care, food aid, child care, and education, their attacks constitute nothing less than a full-scale war on women.   That's why MoveOn.org and EMILY's List launched the "Stop the War on Women" campaign—to tell Republicans "no" to taking away the rights and freedoms of American women, "no" to threatening the health of millions of women and their families, and "no" to sneak attacks on women's right to choose. 
    Republicans clearly have no boundaries when it comes to attacking women's rights. But just like when they attempted to redefine rape, we can stop them from passing this anti-choice bill and subjecting rape survivors to inhumane interrogations—if we all speak out.   *Can you sign the "Stop the War on Women" petition today? Just click below—and share this email with your friends, family, and social networks today. *http://www.moveon.org/r?r=207138&id=26646-18372901-XGBesbx&t=3   
    Thanks for all you do.   
    –Kat, Wes, Joan, Peter, and the rest of the team   

Action Alert: my blog post on Feministing RE Hunter's WGS program


Please sign the petition to enfranchise the Women and Gender Studies Program at Hunter College.  I wrote a Feministing post about it below, stating the influence the program has had on my personal development as a feminist and activist, and connecting it to the influence gender studies classes and teachers have had on many feminists throughout the nation.  Feministing is one of the most popular feminist blogs, especially for young feminists.

Hunter is one of the largest degree-granting entities of its kind in the country – with women making up 72% of its students.  Yet, the Women and Gender Studies program does not have a voice in college governance and is starved for resources.  Enfranchise WGS!  Please sign this petition to help.

N. Jerin Arifa
National NOW Board of Directors
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force, Chair
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force, Chair
National Organization for Women (NOW)

Action Alert: Afghan Women's Rights Activist Malalai Joya Denied Visa by US Embassy


From V-Day:

TAKE ACTION NOW: Afghan Women's Rights and V-Day Activist Malalai Joya Denied Visa by US Embassy - Here's How You Can Help
The US Embassy denied a visa to Afghan Women's Rights and V-Day Activist Malalai Joya for her upcoming book tour. This is an outrage -- Malalai is a voice for peace and justice for Afghan women, girls, men, and boys. She has traveled and spoken in the United States and throughout the world, been honored by Time magazine, V-Day and many more for her heroic work. The Afghan Women's Mission has provided four action steps outlining ways to help -- please visit their site and take action now!

Sign Petition to Save Academic Freedom at Brooklyn College and CUNY!


Please sign the petition from The Advocate in support of Professor Kristofer Petersen-Overton at Brooklyn College:

Here is The NY Times article about it.

Petition to Defend Academic Freedom at Brooklyn College

by Advocate Staff

We, the under­signed, are writ­ing to express our deep con­cern for the pre­car­i­ous state of aca­d­e­mic free­dom at Brook­lyn Col­lege, CUNY and the City Uni­ver­sity of New York sys­tem more broadly.

Just a week before the start of spring semes­ter classes, Kristofer Petersen-Overton was fired from his posi­tion as an adjunct lec­turer of polit­i­cal sci­ence at Brook­lyn Col­lege. The move came fol­low­ing a com­plaint from a prospec­tive stu­dent in Peterson-Overton's sched­uled Mid­dle East Pol­i­tics course that the instructor's "pro-Palestinian" bias would pre­clude him from objec­tively teach­ing the sub­ject. After com­plain­ing to the school admin­is­tra­tion the stu­dent then con­tacted New York State Assem­bly­man Dov Hikind, who in turn wrote to the pres­i­dent of Brook­lyn Col­lege express­ing his con­cerns about the course read­ing list. In that let­ter, Hikind labeled Peterson-Overton as "pro-suicide bomber." Hours later, the provost of Brook­lyn Col­lege dis­missed Petersen-Overton on grounds that, as a doc­toral stu­dent, he was insuf­fi­ciently qual­i­fied to teach grad­u­ate courses at the col­lege. This move came despite the fact that many grad­u­ate stu­dents in sev­eral depart­ments cur­rently teach and have taught master's level courses at Brook­lyn Col­lege over the years. Given these cir­cum­stances, it is clear that Peterson-Overton's dis­missal had noth­ing to do with his qual­i­fi­ca­tions, but was the prod­uct of polit­i­cal pres­sure from forces out­side the university.

The college's actions are a clear vio­la­tion of aca­d­e­mic free­dom, includ­ing the university's own offi­cial pol­icy, which states that the "office of a chan­cel­lor, pres­i­dent, or other admin­is­tra­tor can­not be used to com­pro­mise the aca­d­e­mic free­dom of other mem­bers of the uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity." There­fore, we demand that Peterson-Overton be fully re-instated in his posi­tion, and that his course on Mid­dle East Pol­i­tics be allowed to pro­ceed as orig­i­nally designed. More­over, we insist that Peterson-Overton not face any future sanc­tions, and that he be judged hence­forth solely on the basis of his teach­ing abil­i­ties and the qual­ity of his aca­d­e­mic work.

Fur­ther­more, we demand a for­mal, pub­lic apol­ogy from the Brook­lyn Col­lege admin­is­tra­tion, includ­ing Pres­i­dent Karen Lee Gould and Provost William A. Tra­mon­tano for their ille­git­i­mate actions and bor­der­line incom­pe­tence in deal­ing with this matter.

We also call for a for­mal pledge from the uni­ver­sity to pro­tect the aca­d­e­mic free­dom of all of its employ­ees irre­spec­tive of sta­tus, stature, and rank, espe­cially con­tin­gent fac­ulty like Petersen-Overton, who receive none of the pro­tec­tions of tenure despite the fact that they teach the major­ity of courses at the City Uni­ver­sity of New York.

We ask that all these demands be met imme­di­ately and with­out compromise.

James Hoff, EIC The GC Advocate
Michael Busch, Man­ag­ing Edi­tor The GC Advocate

Action Alert: Tell Scalia & Your Elected Officials: We WILL Put Women in the Constitution


NOW Action Alert
Women's Rights Must Be Guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution
After taking action, please support our work!
We won't stand for sexists like Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia interpreting women's rights as unprotected in the U.S. Constitution. In a recent interview, Scalia erroneously stated that women are not protected under the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause. Right now, five justices have the power to pick and choose when women should be considered full citizens. And that's not right.
We need to add an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution that will guarantee women and men equal status under the law. Sign the petition today to stand with NOW today to demand that Congress and the states put women in the Constitution.

Today Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Rep. Gwen Moore (D-W.I.) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D.-N.J.) stood with NOW and women's rights advocates outside the Capitol to call for putting women into the Constitution. Watch now and sign the petition to stand with them.
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would ensure women and men equal status under the law and would explicitly include and protect everyone, regardless of sex. After being ratified by 35 states, the ERA fell short of national ratification by just three states in 1982. Since then, constitutional equality for women has been introduced in every session of Congress. Women must be put into the Constitution to finally provide assurance that rights will not be denied or abridged by the government on the basis of sex -- or the sexist opinions of Supreme Court justices.
Throughout the history of this country, women have faced systematic and purposeful discrimination. Women were conspicuously absent from the U.S. Constitution when it was drafted more than 200 years ago, and to this day women still have no explicit legal guarantee of equal protection. While the 14th Amendment to the Constitution is commonly viewed as a source of protection for women, it does not provide sufficient legal remedies for sex discrimination. The ERA must be ratified to ensure meaningful and lasting equality for all women.
The National Organization for Women has a long and intensive history with the ERA, having mobilized one of the largest grassroots advocacy campaigns in history in support of ratification during the 1970s and early 1980s. We can and will undertake additional efforts, as the time is long overdue for a constitutional guarantee of equality between the sexes.
At the beginning of this 112th Congress, House Speaker John Boehner led a reading of the Constitution, and prior to joining, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) stood with NOW and women's rights advocates outside the Capitol to call for putting women into the Constitution.
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Action Alert: NYPD Fakes Statistics, Downgrades Rape Charges


From Change.org's Women's Rights Blog 2:41 pm / 13 December 2010
by Amie Newman
In February, journalist Debbie Nathan was sexually assaulted in a New York City park. She immediately reported the incident to the police, who took the report, but purposefully and wrongly classified the assault as a misdemeanor. It was only after Nathan protested to the Manhattan District Attorney, who did his own investigation, that the incident was reclassified as a felony. According to the Huffington Post, "the six officers who responded to Nathan's attack admitted leaving key portions of her story out of the report."
Why would they leave out key portions of her story?

An investigative report by the Village Voice uncovered nothing short of a scandal. A series of articles exposed the New York Police Department's practice of consistently "undercharging" crimes in an effort to meet "performance measurements" (quotas are illegal) and make crime statistics appear more palatable. The manipulation of statistics was caught on tapes in which NYPD higher-ups can be heard telling street cops to downgrade crimes or simply not to report particular crimes at all.

Numerous courageous police officers have come forward to tell their tales of questionable police policies, such as retired detective Harry Hernandez, who details a harrowing account of police misconduct related to serial rapist Daryl Thomas. While NYC sexual assault prevention groups say that the issue of under-reporting and undercharging of crimes has been a "growing problem" over the last two years, these "shady police policies," writes Alex DiBranco on the Women's Rights blog, had particularly devastating consequences when Thomas was able to sexually assault six different women in a single neighborhood over a period of two months. He was on his way to a seventh when a "lucky break" fueled his capture by police. The brutal spree should have triggered alarm bells, but went unnoticed for so long because the NYPD kept downgrading the assaults to "criminal trespassing."

In other words, until exposed through a series of recordings as well as an FBI report, New York City police officers had been covering up sex crimes with the full knowledge and even the direction of their superiors. In fact, it seems likely it's still happening.

Change.org member Jaclyn Munson isn't willing to sit by and wait for the NYPD to take action voluntarily -- or not. She's created a Change.org petition to collectively raise our voices and demand change in the way sex crime statistics are handled by the NYPD.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. campaigned on an unfulfilled "promise" to release accurate and detailed sex crime statistics. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has is directing NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to investigate the corruption in his own department.

Do we take the Mayor, the Police Commissioner, and the DA at their words? Even while the cover-ups still seem to be occurring? It's clear that Bloomberg, Vance, and Kelly need strong encouragement to take immediate action to stop the downgrading and under-reporting of sex crimes in NYC. Honest reporting of crime statistics paints a realistic assessment of risk for women -- not false numbers and "juked stats." Join fellow Change.org member Jaclyn Munson and tell the NYPD that rape is a serious crime.

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

ACTION ALERT: Tell the White House and HHS you don't accept their new abortion restrictions!


I agree with NARAL's outrage  that such a decision below would come from a pro-choice president that we helped elect.  I can't imagine Hilary Clinton making the same decision.  This is a series of bad decisions, on the hills of the one Pres Obama made codifying the Hyde Amendment into law.

In Solidarity,
Jerin Alam

National NOW Political Action Committee
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force 
National Organization for Women (NOW)

From Raising Women's Voices
Yesterday, the Obama administration shocked women's health organizations by announcing it had decided to sharply restrict abortion coverage in the new federally-subsidized "high-risk pool" insurance plans that will be offered to people with pre-existing conditions, such as breast cancer and diabetes. The coverage will only be allowed in cases of rape, incest or danger to the woman's life, according to a press statement from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The administration's decision will mean thousands of women with serious medical conditions will lack coverage for abortions they may need because of risks to their health -- or the health of a developing fetus – from medical complications or treatments such as chemotherapy. These women will not even be permitted to use their own premium dollars to buy this coverage through the new federal and state high-risk pool plans.

Contact the White House and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius NOW to say this decision is unacceptable! Tell the administration that women with pre-existing medical conditions need abortion coverage!

To reach the White House:
Call: (202) 456-1111
Email: public@who.eop.gov

To reach the Department of Health and Human Services:
Call: (877) 696-6775
Email: http://www.hhs.gov/feedback.html

But don't the restrictions on use of federal dollars for abortion coverage apply here?  No. Even though federal dollars are being used to subsidize these new high-risk pool insurance plans, there is no requirement that abortion coverage be restricted. That is because the Hyde Amendment restrictions on use of Labor-HHS appropriations for abortion coverage do not apply to this new appropriation. Moreover, the Nelson amendment abortion restrictions that were included in the health reform law do not apply to the high-risk pool plan section of the law.

What this means is that the administration has voluntarily adopted these new abortion restrictions, going beyond what the health reform law required.

The White House has imposed what amounts to the egregious Stupak abortion ban on the high-risk pool insurance plans. Like the Stupak ban, the new administration decision will bar women with pre-existing conditions from using their own funds to buy abortion coverage through the high-risk pools.

Tell the White House we defeated Stupak in Congress and won't accept it from HHS! The abortion restrictions in the high-risk pools must be lifted!

To reach the White House:
Call: (202) 456-1111
Email: public@who.eop.gov

To reach the Department of Health and Human Services:
Call: (877) 696-6775
Email: http://www.hhs.gov/feedback.html


To our dismay, the Obama administration just announced it will exclude abortion coverage in the temporary health-insurance pools that will transition us into the new health-care system.
I am outraged that such a decision would come from a pro-choice president that we helped elect.

I have contacted the White House, but I need your voice, too. Tell President Obama that this new policy is unacceptable and ask him to change course immediately.

According to the Associated Press, the Obama administration is set to ban abortion services in a new, temporary program for individuals who fall into high-risk pools.1 This policy means that women who are part of these pools because they have significant health problems, such as diabetes or cancer, will not be able to access abortion care, even if their health is at further risk.
Believe it or not, the administration’s policy is similar to the ban proposed by anti-choice Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.). That’s right. For about three years, a Stupak-style ban will now apply to women in these new high-risk insurance pools.

Abortion is the most common surgical procedure women receive. At a time when the country is on the cusp of implementing nationwide health-insurance coverage, it is unacceptable to treat abortion care differently in the new high-risk pools.
Please urge President Obama to remove the abortion-coverage ban immediately.

Unless President Obama steps in, women with pre-existing conditions or other high-risk medical needs like diabetes will lose out on coverage for abortion care.
Help us fight back. Tell President Obama that the abortion-coverage ban was not part of the agreement on health reform.

I’ll keep you posted as this story unfolds. We will keep the pressure on the White House until the administration changes course.
Nancy Keenan
Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

Join Congresswoman Maloney to Stop CPC's from Spreading lies about abortion


Should an organization opposed to abortion be allowed to advertise that it provides "abortion services"?
Of course not. But anti-choice "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs) have used this trick to fool women for years.
We need action in Congress to stop the lies for good. Tell Rep. Carolyn Maloney to support a new bill that will protect women from CPCs' manipulative advertisements.
Our campaign is already off to a fantastic start. Yesterday, my team sent our letter with more than 59,000 signatures to YellowPages.com and SuperPages.com asking them to remove misleading CPC ads from their sites. But anti-choice CPCs are still blanketing buses, billboards, and even the airwaves with their falsehoods.
Now we must take the next step. We need a federal bill to put an end to deceptive CPC ads everywhere.
Many CPCs do whatever it takes to block women from choosing abortion. We've heard it all: lies about abortion and condoms, guilt-trips, and harassing follow-up phone calls.
But before a CPC can inflict emotional damage on women, they must get them in the door. And that's where the false ads come in.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) is trying to change all that. She's introduced a bill, the Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women's Services Act, that would finally hold CPCs accountable for false advertising by allowing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to penalize CPCs that advertise abortion-care services or counseling that they do not offer.
Urge your representative to co-sponsor the Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women's Services Act today.
It's fine for groups that oppose abortion to advertise. But they shouldn't be allowed to advertise abortion services that they clearly don't provide. And many CPCs have crossed this line for years.
How long will we let CPCs mislead women?
We need more members of Congress – including Rep. Carolyn Maloney – to speak up loudly in support of this bill so that women stop being deceived.
We are working to end these lies from every angle – and that means getting our lawmakers involved, too. Take action today.
My heart sinks every time I hear about a woman who was forced to hear lies and lectures from a CPC when what she needed was the truth. The Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women's Services Act can protect women seeking real health care from being tricked into going to an anti-choice CPC.
We need to give this effort everything we've got. Thank you for all you do to protect a woman's right to choose.
My best,
Nancy Keenan

Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

24 hours to add your name to ask SuperPages.com and YellowPages.com, to take down all misleading CPC ads


June 2010  

An Ad No Woman Should See
Anti-choice "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs) do whatever it takes to block women from choosing abortion.

Many even stoop to advertising under "abortion services" and "abortion clinics" in popular online search directories. Let's be clear: CPCs do not provide abortion care.

We're calling on two of the biggest search directories, SuperPages.com and YellowPages.com, to take down all misleading CPC ads. Add your name to our letter by June 30 so you can be part of our delivery!

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FAME: Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.)
Emergency contraception (EC) is getting even more attention, thanks to these pro-choice heroes in Congress. Sen. Murray and Rep. Slaughter introduced the EC Education Act this month to make sure people know all about EC and how it prevents pregnancy. Thanks, Sen. Murray and Rep. Slaughter, for your leadership!

Learn more >>

SHAME: Operation Rescue's Expansion Plan
Operation Rescue has made our Hall of Shame before. This time, the notorious anti-choice group gets the nod for targeting Albuquerque. As if women in New Mexico didn't face enough barriers – 88 percent of counties do not have an abortion provider. Now women also must face threats of violence from Operation Rescue.

Learn more >>


NARAL Pro-Choice America creates Spanish-language pages on its website

Women may soon have a new EC birth-control option with ella®

We're closer to ending an abortion ban for women serving in the military

Florida governor's veto marks pro-choice victory

President Obama increases funds for sex education that works

Every day, untold numbers of women facing an unintended pregnancy turn to "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs).

The trouble is that many CPCs pose as legitimate health clinics but push an anti-choice agenda to block women from choosing abortion.

I got to see firsthand what goes on inside a CPC in the new documentary, "12th and Delaware." The lies, the guilt trips, the manipulation. It is unspeakable.

Hear what some of our supporters said about the film.

CPCs outnumber legitimate health centers by a 5-1 margin. Chances are one of these anti-choice fake clinics will deceive a woman you care about.

But there is something you can do. Be sure to take action this month on our campaign and see "12th and Delaware" when it airs on HBO on August 2.

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


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