Tuesday, August 30, 2011

1000 Women Leaders say "We've had enough!"

We need your help.
  • The Pennsylvania legislature is on the verge of passing new abortion regulations that are so burdensome that many safe, compassionate and pro-women providers are expected to close.
  • Another bill that would prevent women from using their health insurance to cover abortion care is one step away from final passage.
  • Another bill to force doctors to ask women to look at their ultrasound image and listen to a fetal heartbeat before abortion is waiting in the wings.
In the meantime, women are suffering from a failing economy and a sluggish recovery that has not produced jobs for women; from widespread wage discrimination; from harassment, violence, and abuse; from hunger and poverty; from lack of health care; from a lack of affordable housing and transportation; and from inadequate support for their family responsibilities.

Our state government’s answer to these real problems is, Let’s pass another abortion restriction!In fact, in the first six months of this year, the Pennsylvania legislature acted on anti-abortion legislation on fully one-third of its voting session days.

Had enough?

As a leader in your community, we are asking you to join the 1000 Women Leaders campaign to send a message to the Pennsylvania legislature that we’ve had enough. 1000 Women Leaders is a shared initiative of the Women’s Law Project and Pennsylvanians for Choice, a statewide coalition of reproductive health advocates and providers. Our goal is to shift the focus of our state government away from restricting abortion and toward solving the problems of real women in communities across the Commonwealth.

How to participate:

All we ask is that you add your name to the rapidly growing list of women leaders (see below) who think the Pennsylvania legislature should stop passing new abortion restrictions and start solving women’s real problems. We will share the list with these leaders at a rally at the state capitol scheduled for Tuesday, September 27th. We hope you’ll be there. Yes, please add my name to the 1000 Women Leaders List!

If, in addition to lending the force of your name, you are also in a position to make a contribution, we will put all funds raised from the 1000 Women Leaders initiative into a paid media campaign to publicize our message. Contributions are tax-deductable.

And if you’d like to spread the word to another woman whose name is missing from the 1000 Women Leaders list, please pass this message along through your networks.

Also, if you would like to participate in our social media campaign and learn more about the rally on September 27th, visit www.wevehadenoughpa.org. The We’ve Had Enough campaign is also a project of Pennsylvanians for Choice and is committed to planning the September rally and educating Pennsylvanians about this dangerous legislation.
1000 Women Leaders
(affiliations are listed for identification purposes only)

Amanda S. Aronoff, Executive Director
Suzanne Sheehan Becker
Jessica Beckett-McWalter, Esq.
Kathy Black, President
Philadelphia Coalition of Labor Union women
Jen Boulanger
Allentown Women's Center
Jeanne K.C. Clark, Chair
Shadyside Dems, Democratic Committee Seventh Ward, City of Pittsburgh
Jennifer R. Clarke, Executive Director
Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia
Melissa M. Craig
Gerianne Tringali DiPiano, President & CEO
FemmePharma Global Healthcare, Inc.
Barbara Burgos DiTullio
WomenVote PA
Anna Doering
AD Consulting
Julie Drendall
JoAnne A. Epps
Nancy O'Mara Ezold, Esq.
Sara K. Faisetty
Allentown Women's Center
Kristyn Felman, MPH, LSW
Cynthia Figueroa
Alma Speed Fox
Susan Frietsche, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney
Women's Law Project
Terry Gillen
Carol Goertzel, President & CEO
Pathways PA
Nancy Bregstein Gordon
Brenda Green
Wendy Grube, Ph.D., CRNP
Barbara Hafer
Hafer and Associates, LLC
Honorable Babette Josephs
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Carol Ann Kell
Eve Biskind Klothen
Vicki W. Kramer
V. Kramer & Associates
Judith N. Lasker, Ph.D.
Dept. Sociology & Anthropology, Lehigh University
Roberta D. Liebenberg, Esq.
Gail Lopez-Henriques, Esq.
Carol A. Mager, Esq.
Dorothy Mann
Lynn A. Marks
Tara Marks
La'Tasha D. Mayes
New Voices Pennsylvania: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice
Kate Michelman, Former President
NARAL Pro-Choice America
Leslie Anne Miller, Esq., LLC
Diane Mohney, Recording Secretary
Philadelphia Coalition of Labor Union Women
Dr. Lynne Ann Molter, Professor & Chair
Dept. of Engineering, Swarthmore College
Kimberly C. Oxholm
Nancy Reese, Chief Creative Officer
Sarah Ricks, Board of Trustees
Women's Law Project
Mary Catherine Roper, Staff Attorney
American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania
Judith A. Ruszkowski
Margaret Sadler
Susan Schewel, Executive Director
Women's Medical Fund
Carolyn Scott
Dayle Steinberg, President & CEO
Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania
Sylvia Stengle
Martha Swartz, Esq.
Stella M. Tsai, Esq.
Carol E. Tracy, Esq., Executive Director
Women's Law Project
Deborah A. Williq, Esq.
Kathleen J. Wilson, Vice President
Pennsylvania NOW

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