This morning we will celebrate, and this afternoon NOW will launch our ‘Confirm Her’ campaign to ensure the swift confirmation of the next Supreme Court Justice.
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On Thursday, Jan. 22, the National Organization for Women (NOW) will hold its annual vigil at the U.S. Supreme Court, commemorating and celebrating the 36th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision affirming women’s constitutional right to abortion.
NOW PAC Chair Kim Gandy stated, “It is with great enthusiasm that I announce today, on behalf of the nation’s oldest and largest women’s rights organization, that the National Organization for Women Political Action Committee (NOW PAC) proudly endorses Sen. Barack Obama for President of the United States.”
How long do working women have to wait? And how many will be short-changed before Congress restores their ability to seek redress for pay discrimination?
It has been one year since the U.S. Supreme Court upended years of court precedent and effectively gutted a civil rights statute that gave victims of paycheck discrimination the right to sue their employers. In the decision, a 5-4 majority of the Court said that Lilly Ledbetter should have made her claim within 180 days of the company’s first offense — her first discriminatory paycheck — nearly 20 years earlier.
“Lilly Ledbetter and millions of women like her may never recover the pay they lost during their lifetimes,” says NOW president Kim Gandy. “But NOW calls on the Senate to pass the Fair Pay Act to ensure that pay discrimination victims get their fair day in court.”
On Tuesday, Jan. 22 NOW will hold its annual vigil at the U.S. Supreme Court, commemorating the 35th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision affirming women’s constitutional right to abortion.
Let this decision — which reversed a clear precedent requiring that a woman’s health be protected — be a lesson to those Senators who thought it unseemly to filibuster Sam Alito’s nomination. It is clear that this precedent, set in Roe and reaffirmed in Casey, was abandoned for no reason other than the replacement of Sandra Day O’Connor with Sam Alito.
This morning the U.S. Supreme Court split 5-4 in two cases regarding the use of racial classifications to prevent segregation of public schools in Louisville, Kentucky and Seattle, Washington. The majority ruling struck down the voluntary plans designed to increase racial balance in those school districts.
Not since Bush v. Gore has the Supreme Court made such a political decision, or one that so completely distorts the law and disregards the U.S. Constitution. Five justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito, both installed by Bush and a Republican-majority Senate, ruled that the law does not violate a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion.
Today marks the 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that recognized a woman’s constitutional right to abortion. The National Organization for Women, the first women’s organization to call for an end to criminal abortion laws nearly 40 years ago, and a leader in the ongoing fight for reproductive rights, health and justice, salutes the doctors, counselors, clinic owners and activists who stand up every day for a woman’s right to make her own childbearing decisions.