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JANUARY 19, 2007
2:04 PM

Mai Shiozaki, 202-628-8669, ext. 116; cell 202-641-1906

The National Organization for Women Marks the 34th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

NEW ORLEANS - January 19 -

On Monday, Jan. 22, NOW will hold its annual candlelight vigil in the shadow of the U.S. Supreme Court, commemorating the 34th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision affirming women's constitutional right to abortion.

"Just across from the Supreme Court stands the Capitol, where the legislative branch of our government is under new leadership. The promise of a new Congress is heartening, but we cannot let our guard down. We must continue to be vigilant about upholding a woman's right to make her own childbearing decisions, including access to birth control and abortion," said NOW President Kim Gandy.

NOW and its allies will join together on Jan. 22, to stand steadfast in support of the constitutional right that has protected women's privacy and rights for 34 years.

WHAT: NOW's annual candlelight vigil commemorating the 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Olga Vives, NOW Executive Vice President

Ellie Smeal, Feminist Majority Foundation/Feminist Majority President

Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq., National Congress of Black Women, Inc., National Chair

Susan Scanlon, National Council of Women's Organizations Chair and Women's Research and Education Institution President

Duchy Trachtenberg, Montgomery County Council and Maryland NOW President

Priscilla Huang, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum Reproductive Justice Project Director

Rev. Penny Willis, Racial Coalition for Reproductive Justice, Director of Multicultural Programs

Marjorie Singer, Virginia NOW President

WHEN: Monday, January 22, 2007
WHERE: In front of the U.S. Supreme Court
TIME: 5:00 pm Vigil
5:30 pm Speaking program begins

"Many states across the country are considering abortion bans like the one South Dakota passed last year—dangerous bans that no doubt will be challenged and possibly argued before the Supreme Court. With two new justices whose decisions could overturn Roe, and the Hyde Amendment federal funding ban still in place that limits poor women's access to abortion, we will remind the nation that reproductive health, rights and justice hang in the balance," said Gandy.


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