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, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Director of Multicultural Programs
Marj Signer, Virginia NOW President
WHEN: Monday, January 22, 2007
WHERE: In front of the U.S. Supreme Court
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.