Lobby Day and Roe Rally in Helena!

Lobby Day

Thursday, January 22, 8:00 am
Montana Capitol, Room 335

Talk to your legislators about supporting reproductive rights and health! We’ll train you on effectively lobbying your legislators and give you an inside briefing on current bills related to reproductive rights and health. After meeting with your legislators you will also have the opportunity to have lunch with pro-choice elected officials.

To attend Lobby Day, register with Lisa at mtnaral@mt.net.

Following our morning of lobbying, we’ll meet in the rotunda for our annual Roe Rally with the Montana Reproductive Rights Coalition.

Roe Rally

Thursday, January 22, 1:00 pm
Montana Capitol Rotunda

Join NARAL Pro-Choice Montana and the Montana Reproductive Rights Coalition to celebrate 36 years of Roe v. Wade!

Last year over 200 people attended the Roe Rally, and we used that energy to kick off a campaign to defeat an attempt to ban abortion in our state constitution. We need your energy and support to have a successful legislative session where we beat back attempts to restrict reproductive rights and advance access to health care, birth control, and sex education. This is a great way for you to show your support for reproductive rights and health in Montana and demonstrate the power of Montana’s pro-choice majority.

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From The Daily Inter Lake, Saturday November 1, 2008

McCain has contempt for women’s rights

Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their country by voting for Obama-Biden.

Consider John McCain’s attitude on equal pay for equal work. Last year the House of Representatives tried to correct a sex discrimination outrage with a bill names in honor of Lily Ledbetter whose employer’s 20 years of pay discrimination was upheld by the Supreme Court. McCain joined the Senate Republicans in a filibuster to kill the bill. Now, if you find that you are being paid less for doing the same tasks as your opposite sex colleagues, and your employer won’t make things right, file your claim promptly because, thanks to Sen. McCain and his cohorts, after 180 days from the day the discrimination began, you are out of luck.

Another salvo in McCain’s war on women is his vow to appoint to the Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe vs. Wade, thus enabling states to criminalize abortion.

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Let’s get a few things straight . . .


There are a lot of misconceptions floating around out there regarding the Obama/Biden campaign and its views regarding women’s reproductive health (among other things, obviously. In case you were curious, Barack Obama was named after his Muslim grandfather and is a practicing Christian). The Obama for America website is very comprehensive when it comes to searching campaign policy (you should check it out), covering everything from taxes and technology to ethics and faith. Straight from the Blueprint for Change, the Obama/Biden campaign will:

Support a Woman’s Right to Choose:

Barack Obama understands that abortion is a divisive issue, and respects those who disagree with him. However, he has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women’s rights under Roe v. Wade a priority as President. He opposes any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in that case.

Help Americans Learn How to Prevent Unintended Pregnancy:

Barack Obama is an original co-sponsor of legislation to expand access to contraception, health information and preventive services to help reduce unintended pregnancies. Introduced in January 2007, the Prevention First Act will increase funding for family planning and comprehensive sex education that teaches both abstinence and safe sex methods. The Act will also end insurance discrimination against contraception, improve awareness about emergency contraception, and provide compassionate assistance to rape victims.

Oh, sweet irony

Pro-choice and women’s rights groups are reaping the rewards for the GOP nomination of Governor Sarah Palin (that’s her to the left).  Governor Palin, who is not shy when speaking about her views on abortion, is a member of Feminists for Life – an anti-abortion women’s group that advertises with the slogan “Refuse to Choose”.  Palin does not support the option for abortion in cases of rape or incest.  How is she helping pro-choice groups?

Existing and new member of abortion rights groups are alarmed by the prospect of a GOP ticket in which both candidates – McCain and Palin – would like to see Roe v. Wade overturned, and the vice presidential nominee supports abstinence-based sex education and opposed abortion in all cases unless the life of the mother is at stake.  Abortion rights supporters are flooding pro-choice groups with donations and assistance with programs that will alert the public to the views of the McCain-Palin campaign.

Both NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood have reported record-breaking fundraising for this election year.

Regression

I believe that the abortion issue can never regress to a point where it would be made illegal again.  Too many women – and a lot of men – simply wouldn’t stand for it.  It’s too well accepted.  Too many women have had to use it in their times of need.  Too many women have discovered that their politics change when their situations change; and though they may have once thought abortion was wrong, they are persuaded to a pro-choice position when the need arises for them or a loved one to end an unwanted pregnancy.”
Why I Am An Abortion Doctor, Suzanne T. Poppema, M.D.

Ever since I overheard some of my mother’s friends quietly discussing what one among them could do to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, I’ve been concerned about a woman’s inability to have control over her own body.  I was about ten years old at that time – and the sense of concerned empathy expressed by these middle-class, small-town women in their late thirties stayed with me for the next fifty years.  When the right of choice to an abortion became the law of the land I felt relieved – no more “abortion mills”, self-imposed ruinous attempts, “back-alley” unsanitary, uncaring procedures, or safe choices for those with money.

And now there are those would again leave a woman with no safe choice.

I am now 71 years old and I’m crying out:  WE CAN’T GO BACK!
from In Our Own Words: Collected Recollections in honor of Roe v. Wade

Have you considered life before Roe?

I came across this article from the New York Times in my gallavanting about the interwebs, and am excited to have a forum to post it here. I feel that the last two paragraphs are particularly important, if you’re not too squeamish to get through the rest.

Repairing the Damage, Before Roe
by Waldo L. Fielding, M.D.

With the Supreme Court becoming more conservative, many people who support women’s right to choose an abortion fear that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that gave them that right, is in danger of being swept aside.

When such fears arise, we often hear about the pre-Roe “bad old days.” Yet there are few physicians today who can relate to them from personal experience. I can.

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