Monday, November 16, 2009

NOW to Rally in Pitts' Pennsylvania District to Denounce Stupak-Pitts Amendment

"Once again, women's reproductive rights are under attack in this country," said NOW President Terry O'Neill. "Anti-choice legislators are using health care reform as an opportunity to further restrict women's access to abortion. One such plunderer is Pennsylvania Representative Joseph Pitts, who co-authored an amendment to deny millions of women abortion coverage, and then when the Stupak-Pitts Amendment passed, Pitts voted against the main bill anyway."

O'Neill continued: "Thanks in large part to Pitts' efforts, the House's version of health care reform now stands as the greatest threat to women's fundamental right to abortion in decades. That's why NOW and our allies will protest on Representative Pitts' home turf this Saturday."

Event: Press Conference/Rally to Denounce Stupak-Pitts Amendment to House Health Care Bill
Organizers: National Organization for Women
                    Pennsylvania NOW
                    Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania
Speakers: Terry O'Neill, NOW president
                  Joanne Tosti-Vasey, Pennsylvania NOW president
                  Lois Herr, Congressional candidate, Pennsylvania's 16th District
                  Louise Williams, President, Lancaster City Council
                  Barbara McIlvaine Smith, Representative, Pennsylvnania House of Representatives
                  Others in process
Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 21, 10:15 am - 11:30 am
Location: Chester County Courthouse, 2 North High St., West Chester, Penn. 19380
Parking:  Available at 20 S. High St., West Chester, Penn. 19380

"NOW is working overtime to ensure that an amendment similar to Stupak-Pitts is not included in the Senate's version of health care reform or the final bill," said O'Neill. "But it's also critical that we send a message to those who initiated this attack: We will not go back and we will remember."

You can contact either Mai Shiozaki, Press Secretary at the National NOW Action Center (202-628-8669, ext. 116, c. 202-641-1906, or or Joanne Tosti-Vasey, President Pennsylvania NOW (814-280-8571,

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