RIGHTGRRL! Press Office
Contact: Stephanie Herman
RIGHTGRRL! RESPONDS TO N.O.W.'S CHALLENGE
January 23, 1999
On the 26th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision,
NOW challenged pro-life leaders to denounce anti-abortion violence.
Rightgrrl! co-founders Carolyn Gargaro and Stephanie Herman are
answering the challenge, reiterating our strong condemnation of any act
of violence committed in the name of the pro-life movement.
We believe that while abortion remains a subject of heated controversy
and radical differences of opinion, those opinions should be meted out
in the arena of ideas and debate, and not acted out in physically
destructive, reactionary acts of terrorism.
On October 26, 1998, Rightgrrl! made a public condemnation of the murder
of Dr. Barnett Slepian. It can be found at the following internet URL:
.... Rightgrrl! is also a supporting organization of Pro-Lifers Against Clinic Violence, which can
be found at the following internet URL:
RIGHTGRRL! PROTESTS N.O.W.'S IMPLICATION...
Rightgrrl! must also strongly protest NOW's attempt to
implicate-by-association nationally respected pro-life leaders as
accomplices to abortion violence.
In her January 22 open letter to pro-life leaders, NOW president
Patricia Ireland urges pro-life leaders to stop the behavior of the small
faction of violent extremists "among you." Ireland's comment foists the
notion that violent factions are a subset of the mainstream, nonviolent
pro-life movement, while they clearly are not. Ireland also falsely
implies that mainstream, nonviolent pro-life leaders possess the power
and authority to stop the behavior of these separate factions.
The vast majority of the pro-life movement is nonviolent, and Rightgrrl!
feels that Patricia Ireland and the National Organization for Women are
being disingenuous to suggest otherwise.
AND RIGHTGRRL! ISSUES A CHALLENGE OF ITS OWN!
On the 26th anniversary of the legalization of abortion, Rightgrrl!
hereby issues a challenge to the National Organization for Women,
calling on its members to join with Rightgrrl in condemning the needless
abortion-related deaths of young women like Tamika Dowdy, who died
December 2, 1998 at an unlicensed Brooklyn clinic.
As proponents of "safe, legal, and rare" abortions, the membership of
NOW has a moral obligation to call upon abortion practitioners to
improve their health and safety procedures. Before the legalization in
1973, pro-choice activists had argued that unless abortion was LEGAL it
wouldn't be SAFE. After 26 years of legalalized abortion, shouldn't it
be safe BY NOW?
We hope NOW will join us in bringing abortion mortality to the attention
of our media and our nation.
Rightgrrl! is a political website for women, co-founded by Carolyn
Gargaro and Stephanie Herman in 1997 to promote non-religious pro-life
arguments and conservative political philosophies.