Friday, September 5, 2008

NAPW Shares the Truth with Sarah Palin

All this talk about Sarah Palin and the rights of fetuses (feti?) has got to make you wonder, what does this all mean for women exactly? Remember them? The vessels for the unborn? The people with vayjayjays? 

If you have ever wondered what fetal protection laws do to pregnant women, then check out the work of the National Advocates for Pregnant Women. Here's their mission: 

National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW)works to secure the human and civil rights, health and welfare of all women, focusing particularly on pregnant and parenting women, and those who are most vulnerable - low income women, women of color, and drug-using women. NAPW seeks to ensure that women do not lose their constitutional and human rights as a result of pregnancy, that addiction and other health and welfare problems they face during pregnancy are addressed as health issues, not as crimes; that families are not needlessly separated, based on medical misinformation; and that pregnant and parenting women have access to a full range of reproductive health services, as well as non-punitive drug treatment services. By focusing on the rights of pregnant women, NAPW broadens and strengthens the reproductive justice, drug policy reform, and other interconnected social justice movements in America today.
This organization does what the right to life pretends to do.  Next check out their ED's open letter to Sarah Palin.  Read it all please but I will share one highlight:

According to the press reports, instead of going straight to a hospital you chose to get on a long airplane flight back to Alaska.

When Pamela Rae Stewart, allegedly, didn't get to the hospital quickly enough on the day of her delivery, she was arrested in California on the theory that she had violated the rights of her fetus.
Let's get this done. Obama/Biden '08. Not only because they rock, but because McCain/Palin is too costly for American women.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a message we need to keep repeating and silencing them on the other side. Her policies that were so eloquently hidden during the convention will send women's rights and all of our rights back further than even Bush. Thanks Magda.