For Immediate Release
Lisa Bennett, 202-628-8669, ext. 123; cell 202-641-1906
NOW President Terry O'Neill to Stand With Reproductive Health Care Providers, Defenders in Nebraska
WASHINGTON - "Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in May, anti-abortion
forces have set their sights on Dr. LeRoy Carhart. Operation Rescue
plans to besiege Dr. Carhart's Nebraska clinic this weekend in an
attempt to terrorize the clinic workers and their patients, with the
ultimate goal of closing down the facility," said NOW President Terry
O'Neill. "Because NOW believes that it is every woman's right to have
access to the full range of reproductive health care, I will be there
to stand with leaders and activists from NOW and other organizations to
help defend these brave providers."
What: Clinic Defense and Counter-Protest of Anti-Abortion Demonstrations
Who: Dr. LeRoy Carhart, Owner and Provider, Abortion & Contraception Clinic of Nebraska
Terry O'Neill, President, National Organization for Women
Katherine Spillar, Executive Vice President, Feminist Majority Foundation
Debra Sweet, National Director, World Can't Wait
When: Press Conference: Fri, Aug. 28, 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Clinic Defense and Counter-Demonstration: Fri-Sat, Aug. 28-29, 7:00 a.m. - closing
Where: Abortion & Contraception Clinic of Nebraska
1002 W. Mission Avenue, Bellevue, Nebraska
"Clinic violence and harassment are domestic terrorism, plain and
simple. The hateful rhetoric and attacks have grown bolder this year.
As we prepare to stand in peaceful support of women's rights in
Nebraska, we know that every clinic in the United States is a potential
target," said O'Neill. "I call on the Obama administration to respond
to this threat using the strongest means possible, to prosecute the
criminals, their funders and their co-conspirators, and to protect
every provider, worker and patient across this nation."
Learn more about NOW's efforts to defend Dr. Carhart's clinic.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.