May 17, 2019
The National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) is appalled by the recent attacks on women’s reproductive freedom. Since the beginning of 2019, 30 states have introduced legislation that impacts a woman’s right reproductive decisions.
Most recently, the Alabama Senate passed a measure that intends to ban abortions, even in the case of rape and incest. This legislation criminalizes the doctor who performs an abortion with up to 99 years in prison. On Wednesday, Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey signed the bill into law.
“These attacks on women must be stopped,” said Donna Lent, National President. “We must continue to fight against these barbaric and repressive laws that attempt to strip women of their bodily autonomy. NWPC has spent nearly fifty years fighting for a woman’s right to choose. We succeeded with Roe and we will continue to fight against these abhorrent attacks which due nothing more than punish women!”
Roe v. Wade is the landmark Supreme Court decision of 1973 that protects women’s “right to privacy” and freedom to have an abortion. “Abortions are still legal in all fifty states and the NWPC will continue to fight alongside our sister organizations to uphold a woman’s right to privacy and abortions,” continued Lent. “Attacks on women’s rights further demonstrates the essential role of NWPC in recruiting, training, and electing pro-choice women.”
The NWPC, founded in 1971, was the first national, multi-partisan, grassroots membership organization dedicated to identifying, recruiting, training and supporting women candidates for elected and appointed office.