NOW Endorses Obama, Says Romney Wants to Take Us Back to 1950’s

This will come as no surprise to those who have followed the Republican War on Women, but for a campaign struggling to keep up with the endless war chests of corporate Republican PACs who appear to be violating the spirit and intent of the “do not coordinate” rules with the Romney campaign, it’s good to hear that the National Organization for Women’s PAC (NOW) is officially endorsing President Obama for re-election.

NOW/PAC Chair Terry O’Neill’s statement highlights the clear contrast on women’s rights between Obama and Romney this November, noting that in President Obama women have someone who listens and responds, and in Romney we have a man who not only is unresponsive but wants to turn the clock back to the 1950’s “if not the 19th century.”

Read her statement below:

NOW PAC is proud to stand behind a president who unquestionably represents the path forward to achieve equality for women. Throughout the past four years President Obama has listened to our concerns and repeatedly stood up for women’s rights against a right-wing juggernaut bent on undermining our access to reproductive health care, our economic security and even our safety from intimate partner violence and sexual assault.

The extremists’ War on Women is all too real, and in order to win this struggle we must have strong allies in the White House who will work with us to implement policies that empower the women of this country to live healthy, safe and productive lives. President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden have shown time and again that they are our allies.

President Obama’s record on women’s issues speaks for itself:

On health care: The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover preventive care without co-pays, including contraception, mammograms, screening for cervical cancer, diabetes and heart disease, and many other prevention measures. The ACA also prohibits sex-based discrimination in insurance premium pricing, stops insurers from refusing coverage because of a pre-existing condition, expands Medicaid coverage to millions of low-income people (disproportionately women, particularly women of color), and will subsidize health premiums for millions more low- and middle-income earners — again, disproportionately women — who don’t get health coverage through their jobs and wouldn’t be able to afford it otherwise. And the president stood up to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops when they demanded restrictions on birth control, ensuring access to contraception coverage for the millions of women insured through religiously affiliated schools, hospitals and nonprofits throughout the country.
On pay equity: The first piece of legislation President Obama signed in January 2009 was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and he continues to support passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill to end wage discrimination against women.
On violence against women: President Obama supports the inclusive, bi-partisan Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization, and he has threatened to veto the partisan Republican House version of the bill that excludes key provisions protecting Native Americans, immigrant women and the LGBT community.

President Obama also issued an executive order creating the White House Council on Women and Girls, tasked with ensuring that every part of the federal government takes into account the needs of women and girls in the policies they draft, the programs they create and the legislation they support. He is also a strong supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Meanwhile, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney has consistently spoken out against women’s rights, and he doesn’t appear to have a clue what women really need or want.

Romney has promised to defund family-planning programs, even though access to family planning is essential to women’s basic health and to their families’ economic security. Romney has also vowed to outlaw abortion and even supports a ‘personhood’ measure declaring a fertilized egg to be a human being, which would criminalize all abortions without exception and likely outlaw common forms of contraception as well as stem cell research and in vitro fertilization. He has made it clear that he would overturn Roe v. Wade, saying: ‘Absolutely, it would be a good day for America.’

Finally, Romney supports Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget, which takes aim at Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and a range of social programs that disproportionately serve and employ women. And we have yet to hear Romney’s position on equal pay legislation, or where he stands on guaranteeing women’s basic equality through an Equal Rights Amendment.

In the months ahead, NOW will make sure voters understand what is at stake for women in the November elections. In particular, the contrast between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney could not be clearer. Through the president, a leader who listens and responds, we have a pathway toward achieving the goal of real equality for all women. Mitt Romney would not merely block progress — he would actively turn the clock back on women’s rights all the way to the 1950s, if not the 19th century.

Just a few weeks ago, in late June, the White House took another one of its quiet steps in protecting women and girls, with Vice President Biden, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and White House Advisor on Violence Against Women Lynn Rosenthal launching a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) about dating violence as part of the Vice President’s 1 is 2 Many campaign.

Due to the fact that young women today ages 16 to 24 experience the highest rates of violence at the hands of someone they know, the PSA’s target audience is men of this same age group. The PSA, which was produced by the White House, features professional athletes and other male role models who deliver the message that dating violence is unacceptable.

While many are aware of the Republican War on Women, not as many are aware of the forward steps and responsiveness of this White House to the needs, safety and rights of women. Violence against women is a killer. Every step we take to educate and address this issue is another potential life saved.

Vice President Biden has a long track record of advocacy on behalf of women, and President Obama has a natural empathy toward the financial struggles of single mothers, while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses women’s rights around the world. This administration has been, without exception, the most pro-women’s rights administration in our history.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney has said he’d like to see Roe V Wade overturned, would defund Planned Parenthood, and he refused to answer a question about states having the right to ban birth control. His position on abortion has changed so much that he once called himself both pro-choice and pro-life in the same 2007 South Carolina speech. We already know that he wants to amend the constitution to take away gay rights, and the platform of a feminist includes equal rights for all.

The choice this November could not be more clear. If you care about women’s health, their rights, their safety and the rights of young girls, there is only one ticket – the Obama/Biden ticket.

8 Replies to “NOW Endorses Obama, Says Romney Wants to Take Us Back to 1950’s”

  1. Since the passing away of Santorum, the GOP is not mentioning anything to do with women and the media for the most part is mum as a blackbird in a pie.

    Now and the Dems need to bring up the pledges Myth has signed against womens rights. Force him to detract his signature

    Otherwise this issue is as dead as a log even though we all know its not

  2. In the Fifties, at least a man was obligated to support his wife, a woman usually got the kids and the house in a divorce, and her ex-husband was supposed to continue supporting the family. On the other hand, it was only the very wealthy wife of a truly disabled man who was expected to reciprocate. I suspect, therefore, that it’s at least the Nineteenth Century Rott and his rottenue have in mind…the *beginning* of the Nineteenth Century, when most women were legally men’s chattels.

  3. I’d point out that in pre-Roe 20th Century America, the committee of any licensed hospital could, on a medical finding that a woman risked death or permanent bodily harm by continuing a pregnancy, approve its termination, and neither the Pill nor the IUD were considered abortion equivalents. That is a lot less restrictive than what the whackwing wants to impose now, such as forcing a woman to continue an eptopic pregnancy until her tubes burst and she and the fetus both die.

  4. Good move by NOW. All we have to do now is wait for the GOPers to begin their attacks on NOW. The GOP wouldn’t have to attack Planned Parenthood and other groups if its lawmakers weren’t really guilty of writing and pass laws that deprive us of the right to make decisions about our own bodies. What makes me want to vomit are GOP women like Palin, Malkin, Bachmann, Blackburn, Ayotte, Haley, and others who lack the guts to speak out against the injustices that GOPers around the country and in DC are committing against women. A GOP tool in Michigan has introduced a bill that labels single parenthood as a form of child abuse. If this were so, I’d be guilty. After my daughter’s dad and I divorced when she was five, so I worked and raised her by myself, and examples of how “abusive” I was to her include her graduating from high school and college with honors and being able to support herself.

  5. Is it your position that being pro-death of women is a bad thing? Huh. That’s radical of you, friend:-) “Pro fetus, anti woman” is quite a campaign of liberty, no? I suspect none of these men have ever had an ectopic pregnancy, but I almost lost my best friend to one. Ambulance took her to hospital as it was nearing explosion. Very painful and frightening way to die.

  6. Why women would vote Republican to begin with is beyond me, but sometimes we vote against our own self-interests. That said, I am telling everyone I know about all the things the GOP has done and is trying to do all across the country to restrict women’s rights so they will not vote for them. It’s crazy the things they’ve done and if Romney gets into office, it will only get worse.

    We’re not property, we deserve equal rights, and we do not need anyone making decisions for us.

  7. Independent & Global Women Override NOW and Other Women’s Groups Endorsement of Obama:

    Exercising A Woman’s Right to Change Her Mind on the Anniversary of the Declaration of Sentiments

    Independent women are dissenting with NOW, Feminist Majority and other women’s organizations endorsement of Obama, and urging a likely boycott of the upcoming election as planned, and call for it to be either held under fair free election laws with free media for all candidates that 65 nations already have, and include gender 50-50, and a woman Partner Vice-President retroactive to 2008 with Joseph Biden stepping down, or rescheduled for 2013.Indeed, they are calling upon both the Democratic and Republican parties to stop playing games with women, and offer an overdue full gender 5050 on tickets, drawn from the many women serving these campaigns as well as the large pool of educated intelligent women in the US, or cease and desist from further deception of the American people about democracy and what is needed to steward the United States national region in the 21st century.

    In a voice of passionate dissent, speaking on behalf of and representing the millions of women’s who are not members of any women’s group, but apparently more informed than many women’s groups such as Now and Feminist Majority about the absolute necessity of full women’s representation at this time to protect democracy and the planet Earth, the independent women are urging the women of America to follow the same wisdom of Naawal el Saadawi a very famous woman’s leader in Egypt, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_G10kkahc0, who was followed by 49% of Egyptians who boycotted the recent election in Egypt, that offered a “choice” between two evils, rather than a true choice, with true representation, particularly for women, and this time, make it a boycott of the 51% of the American people who are female. and the large percentage of the 49% men, who realize the government with equal representation of women protects women’s rights more securely, protects the environment, and protects the 99% against the hierarchical sociopathy of the 1% that has has been destroying this region of the world.

    The Independent Women say there was a miscommunication at US Women’s Connect a group that actively works on 5050 that was only given a few days to consider whether to endorse Obama, and that such a serious decision needed more than a few days, and was premature. They are encouraging US Women’s Connect, NOW, the Feminist Majority and others who participated in the endorsement to exercise “A Woman’s Right to Change Her Mind”. If you Google the phrase “A Women’s Right to Change Her Mind”, hundreds of links come up. In a country that has been representing only the most dominating of one gender for nearly 250 years, and a world that has been giving somen second class citizenship for millennia, women are under enormous pressure to accept the lesser of two male evils, as usual. That is why it is so important for wise women to exercise their right to change their mind…and their world, now. US Women’s Connect is being urged to not wait for 2020 to call on the US, and UN, to implement 5050, but to implement it now in national regions, or the world may never see 2020, due to environmental collapse.

    The Independents assert that NOW and Feminist Majority (and other organizations which collect dues from their members while failing to inform them about the successful 5050 representation of women in other places on Earth) have a dangerous pattern of accepting mostly male evils in office, have induced other organizations to follow them under time pressure, and now poses immanent danger to the Planetary Environment, peace, the proper example to other countries, and using paradiams of wealth that count women’s and all community and family work, the only real way to prevent a worldwide economic collapse impoverishing billions.

    The Independents are certainly not promoting Mitt Romney. He doesn’t offer 5050 either.nor does his party,and the corporations behind him, including Bain Capital, do not have anything near 5050 either. But the Democratic Party has a 5050 gender equal delegation rule in its convention deleages, and should be pressured with extreme pressure to bring 5050 forth on its tickets, or cancel/boycott the election in a statement of Truth and Reconciliation to the American people, and postpone it to 2013. The Corporate Media are selling this election, to make hoarded false wealth at everyone’s expense promoting making huge profits off the noninformative and expensive ads that never mention the facts about the extremity of our low representaion of women, and they and other corporations their boards are interlinked with, actually control Obama as a puppet. (See http://arkearthszinbalance.webs.com/Media2.html to counter the corporate media and how to be the media and true defacto government, that brings gender truth to the world)

    The Democrats actually won in 2000 and 2004, but ruled by complicit men at the top, they pretended they lost to give the reins of government to Republicans, because the top of the Democratic party is not actually Democratic, but Dempublican. It is likely the Obama will be forced into this puppet behavior, and women’s endorsements are being sought to give the election the veneer of legitimacy, especially to women, even ‘though behind the scenes, it is corrupt and illegitimate, and the Dempublicans have already decided to make Romney the winner. Only if Obama stands up for free fair elections and 5050 gender on the tickets does deserve to have been called President at all.

    The Supreme Court’s Citizens’ United Decision is a precursor to a World War/War on the Environment the same way its Dred Scott decision was a precursor to the Civil War. Women (and men without property and people of color) were not present at the Constitutional Convention that created the Supreme Court, which itself is selected by gender imbalanced Presidents and an 86% Senate, and provides for no referenda, that many nations have, to override destructive decisions.

    As both the Declaration of Independence and Declaration of Sentiments (which we celebrate today, July 20) pointedly state, citizens, and particularly women, are protected by Divinely Endowed right, to owe no allegiance to governments that do not represent them. “Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of those who suffer from it to refuse allegiance to it, and to insist upon the institution of a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness”. On July 4th and July 11th, women from the Occupy movement and other democracy movements offered Declarations of the right of women to have full gender parity in representation, and all aspects of society, especially including government, in Transformational Declarations and indeed New Millennial Commandments, to transform the world to fully respect women as equals of men. These are available at http://www.arkearthinbalance.webs.com/Media2.html

    The independents are particularly forceful in saying that NOW and Feminist Majority Leadership have been passively but very dangerously deceptive to their members and other women, about the importance of full 5050 women’s representation to protect women’s rights and other issues of great importance to women, such as paid family leave (which the US is alone among most democracies in not providing), promotion of real democracy and peace in other countries, a switch from the GDP to the Genuine Progress Indicator in measuring wealth, and protection of the environment

    As evidence of NOW’s backwards leadership, the Independents cite a NOW-promoted letter to Obama and Biden in 2008, in which instead of calling for 5050, which several other countries and many other jurisdictions have, and making America a true leader for women, NOW and the other organizations they misled into the joint statement, merely weakly asked for a paid women’s Cabinet position on women, a request that was never fulfilled and yet their was a lack of concerted criticism of Obama-Biden for even this lapse. NOW has never criticized either Obama or Biden for never stating, as should have been in Obama’s State of the Union address, that the US has fallen to a rank of 91st in the world in representation of women,( if you count ties) http://www.ipu.org/wmn-e/classif.htm 78th without counting ties, but also totally unacceptable in the alleged leader of the free world.

    Several countries, and many large jurisdictions in the world have 5050, that serves billions of people, with a marked decrease in corruption and the moneying of politics. amd studies have shown this protects the environment http://gas.sagepub.com/content/19/4/506.abstract?ck=nck, even against global warming. http://legalplanet.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/will-estrogen-save-the-planet/ America should be first and set a pattern to ba allfirst for women and the world, not dragging down the rest of the pack.

    NOW, Emily’s List and other organizations which have NOT promoted 5050 and have accepted the retarded status quo of 16% women, which is less than Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates, and generally failed to inform their members of America’s status of 91st in the world, have been under active criticism by independents such as Author Paula Xanthapoulou, Transformer Dr. Rajchelle OneFamily Miller, Marriage and Family Therapist Carol Bouldin, journalist Soraya Chemaly, Liz Abzug (daughter of Bella Abzug who called for 5050 by 2000) and other women in the US, and international observers, who have decried the US rank of 91st, and how it is now corrupting the United Nations, with its titular male dominator, Ki Ban Moon, also picked, without a female partner, under regressive influence of the US.

    NOW (and all women’s groups) was urged to call all its members “Senators”, or indeed, Earth Regional Co-Secretary Generals, in receivership of a government in default due to dominator-male corruption, rather than consider themselves mere activists and endorsers of those in a fallen system, and boycott any elections until their is 5050, in free fair elections. Indeed, the whole world is being urged to reschedule elections held under the illusion and influence that that the US has had a representative legitimate government since 2000. It has not. It is the Corporate Media that has sold the lie that it has.

    But NOW’s self-defeating leadership has apparently not yet taken this advice to empower their members and inform them, is ignoring what happened to the women and people of Egypt who did take the bait of an illegitimate election, and is once again leading other organizations down the primrose path in the wrong direction, of passive resigned acceptance of the two headed evils of male domination, that immanently endangers democracy and the Planet Earth. The endorsement is deafening in its lack of mention of the realities of 5050 already existing in many other parties and countries around the world, and makes no mention of the mind-searing 91st rank that the US has dropped to, even since a rank of 50 in 2000, which was even then unacceptable and never brought to the attention of American women, even its members, by NOW.

    Independents are urging NOW and Feminist Majority, and any other organizations pretending that these endorsements speak for informed women, to reshuffle their leadership.to bring forth women who are stronger and truer advocates for women. They urging any women who signed onto the premature endoresment to exercise the GoddessGod-Given Right of a Wise Woman to Change Her Mind, and are urging all observers to not take the endorsement as real or accurate reflection of what informed and urgently concerned women, respectfully given the time to consider the facts, really want.

    There is a quote from the film Thelma and Louise “You Get What You Settle For”. NOW and the Feminist Majority have induced too many women into settling for an unrepresentative dominator-male-dominated system that is immanently endangering the Earth, as well as all women’s rights , including the rights to balance love and work with adequate and creditted family leave, to have all their unpaid work counted in the economic system, to a sustainable Earth and to Peace on this Planet. On behalf of these women, both in and outside the US, we withdraw the Endorsement, The system is already broken and has not been representing women. It currently already has no legitimacy in the eyes of millions of people in the US and around the world, especially wise women and many men who want to practice the Sisterhood and Brotherhood that makes humanity on Earth OneFamily, and since 2000, has become an systemic abomination to the Almighty including Universal Mother Nature, let alone deserve Endorsement to continue as is.

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