Last week the Arkansas legislature overrode Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a "heartbeat" bill that criminalizes abortion in the earliest stages of pregnancy, directly contravening Roe v. Wade. The Mississippi legislature is considering a measure to block access to RU-486, the abortion pill. And before you think it can't happen where you live, a federal "personhood" bill declaring life begins at conception is being sponsored by powerful politicians, like Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan, who have presidential ambitions.
NOW is determined to defeat these bills and the politicians who support them. Our message is simple: Women will never surrender our fundamental right to decide for ourselves whether and when to bear children. And we're backing up our message with action, at the state and federal levels.
Your NOW membership is up for renewal, and I have to tell you -- your commitment to NOW has never been more important. You can renew online today, safely and securely.
Sadly, despite the outcome of the 2012 elections, a radical fringe still controls the Republican Party, and they are using their power to continue waging a war on women. They're hoping voters won't notice what they are up to; as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (who also has national aspirations) remarked, conservatives shouldn't change their agenda -- they should just change the way they talk about it. Think of it as a post-2012 right-wing stealth strategy.
Well, NOW isn't going to let them get away with it. We're going to make sure women -- and the men who love and respect them -- know that their fundamental rights remain in grave danger. Can I count on you to help us keep moving forward and fighting back?
Please renew your NOW membership right away! Your support will provide the resources we need to build a massive grassroots response to the threats we face, through:
» Aggressive outreach, education and media campaigns;
» Mobilization to turn up the heat on elected leaders to oppose anti-choice measures and strengthen reproductive rights protections; and
» Laying the groundwork this year for decisive pro-woman victories in the 2014 election cycle.
We need you with us. Thanks to the extraordinary activism of NOW leaders, activists and volunteers, we scored some important wins last year. Now we need to keep the momentum going for our issues and fight back against those who refuse to accept the verdict of the voters. Renew online today!
P.S. When you reinstate your membership, you stay part of our vital network of feminist activists. Please renew online today.