Women's Rights Group Launches Letter-Writing Campaign to Fight North Dakota Attack on Reproductive Rights (HB1456)
By Mel Fabrikant Monday, March 18, 2013, 07:33 AM EDT
The following call to action was issued by WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend):
House Bill 1456, a so-called “fetal-heartbeat” bill that passed in North Dakota’s legislature on March 15, is the latest and by far the most extreme in a series of attacks on our right to abortion. This law seeks to ban abortion for women in North Dakota as early as six weeks – effectively stripping the right to abortion from millions of women in that state.
This legislation is part of a wave of attacks against women’s rights. It is no coincidence that it is coming on the heels of similar legislation that passed in Arkansas just a week prior. Insane, unscientific legislation like this is nothing short of an attempt to deny women our human rights.
The right wing feels emboldened in their march to remove our right to control our own bodies. They are determined to send women back to the dark ages of back-alley abortions and legally sanctioned inequality. We must maintain the right to control our own bodies and our own lives. We must fight this legislation, for women in North Dakota and all over the United States!
In response to this outrageous legislation, WORD issued a Call to Action to women all over the United States, asking them to send letters to North Dakota Gov. Jack Darymple urging him not to sign the bill into law. Within the first hour, hundreds of women took action in support of the demonstrations and lobbying efforts already underway in the state. The letter-writing mechanism can be viewed by clicking here.
WORD is a new grassroots, feminist organization that is dedicated to building the struggle for women’s rights and equality for all. Find out more at DefendWomensRights.org.