Iranian-American student released on bail

iran1Esha Momeni, who was arrested October 15th for a traffic violation in Iran, has been released on bail:  Momeni’s parents have handed over the deed to their house in Iran in return for her release, though she has not yet been allowed to leave Iran.  Sources say that Hasan Hadad, the general deputy prosecutor for Tehran, still has every intention of charging Momeni with “propaganda against the state” for her part in the One Million Signature campaign – a group that is working to change laws in Iran which discriminate against women.

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From The Daily Inter Lake, November 1, 2008

McCain out of touch on women’s issues

As a woman, I was astonished to hear John McCain say during the last debate:

“Just again, the example of the eloquence of Sen. Obama. He’s health for the mother. You know, that’s been stretched by the pro-abortion movement in America to mean almost anything. That’s the extreme pro-abortion position, quote, ‘health'”

Since when did women’s health become extreme?

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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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Iranian-American student arrested while conducting research on women’s rights in Iran

Iranian-American Esha Momeni, a graduate student of California State University, is being detained in Iran for her part in the One-Million-Signature campaign, which calls for changes to laws deemed discriminatory towards Iranian women. She was in Iran to carry out research for her graduate thesis on women’s rights.

Ms. Momeni was arrested for a traffic violation, detained for her activities in the women’s campaign, and remains in custody in Iran’s Evin prison. Iran does not recognize dual citizenship, and calls Ms. Momeni’s arrest “an internal matter.”

Read more here.

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.

Twenty year jail sentence a “big relief” for Afghan student seeking information on women’s rights issues

Twenty-four year old Sayed Pervez Kambaksh originally received the death sentence for downloading and distributing information on women’s rights that he found on the internet.

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We are Students for Choice!

NARAL Pro-Choice Montana‘s mission is to develop and sustain a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.

Our vision for our community – a community in which every pregnancy is wanted, every child welcomed, every woman respected – is as strong as our determination to build it from the grassroots up.

With the support of organizers from NARAL Pro-Choice Montana, students and faculty at FVCC have created a new affiliate organization: FVCC Students for Choice. Membership in the Students for Choice empowers students to make informed reproductive and sexual health decisions and to participate in the process that shapes our reproductive choices, rights, and freedoms. Members organize on campus to protect reproductive rights, advocate for comprehensive sex ed and affordable birth control, to raise awareness and increase access to the morning-after pill, and to provide their peers with information on safe sex and sexually transmitted diseases. They are also an integral part of our efforts to get out the pro-choice vote and to educate voters on pro-choice issues and candidates.

Ready to get involved? Please contact us and sign up today!