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MARCH 1, 2001
11:30 AM
CONTACT:  Feminist Majority
Julie Bernstein 703-522-2214 (office) or 240-601-5562 (cell)
Women's Rights Leaders Launch Campaign
To Save Abortion
Students Galvanize For Emergency Action
WASHINGTON - March 1 - Women's rights leaders are stepping up their efforts today to protect reproductive choice. The fate of abortion rights for American women for the next 25 years hinges on the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice nominated by President Bush. With one to two Justices expected to step down as early as this coming summer, the women's rights and reproductive rights movements are galvanizing their grassroots forces in an Emergency Action for Women's Lives on April 22.

"We will not go back to days of back-alley abortions where women will die," said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF). "We've fought too long and hard for safe, legal and accessible abortion. The women's community is not going to sit quietly and watch President Bush chisel away at our fundamental reproductive rights," continued Smeal. "This emergency action is just the beginning. We are here for the long haul and we intend to win. We will not be the generation who both won and lost Roe v. Wade."

The Feminist Majority Foundation Campus Leadership Program, outreaching to feminist activists at over 700 public, private and community college campuses nationwide is launching a student campaign for the April 22 emergency action and for the battles ahead to save Roe. "Young women will be harmed the most if an anti-choice Justice sits on the high court," continued Smeal. "Students are outraged and will take to Capitol Hill so their voices will be heard."

The FMF Campus Leadership Team works with thousands of college students on campuses stretching nationwide. FMF Campus Organizers are gearing up for dozens of campus presentations, workshops and leadership trainings in preparation for the Emergency Action for Women's Lives in Washington, D.C. on April 22, 2001.


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