by Steven Ertelt
July 5, 2005
Nashville, TN (LifeNews.com) — Members of the National Organization for Women, a pro-abortion women’s group, re-elected their president over the weekend and rallied in favor of abortion as the nation’s focus turns to the Supreme Court. Kim Gandy, re-elected to a second term, told NOW members they should be vocal in the battle to replace outgoing pro-abortion Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
NOW members chose the 51 year-old Gandy over challenger Rosemary Dempsey, who has been with the organization in various roles since 1970.
Fresh from her election victory, Gandy warned President Bush not to nominate a pro-life jurist to the nation’s high court.
"The first fight will be the O’Connor replacement, which will be a battle only if George W. Bush makes it a battle,” she said, according to an AP report. "If he appoints an extremist, he will have a big fight on his hands.”
But, Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America, a larger pro-life group of women, says NOW doesn’t represent the women of today.
"While many women have found the dogmas of extreme feminism to be not only false but harmful, NOW has refused to relinquish them," she told LifeNews.com.
"Kim Gandy has been a vigorous advocate for these shortsighted positions, such as endorsing Carol Mosely-Braun for US president mainly because of Carol’s sex," Wright added. "Her prior tenure leaves no hope that there will be any modernization of NOW under Ms. Gandy’s presidency."
About 700 women attended the NOW convention, which changed its itinerary to include a pro-abortion march on the streets of Nashville following O’Connor’s resignation announcement Friday.
O’Connor is something of an icon for the pro-abortion women, as the first woman to be selected for the Supreme Court. She was the deciding vote to uphold the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion and also voted to overturn a ban on the gruesome partial-birth abortion procedure.
Recent polls of women’s attitudes on abortion find a majority are pro-life.
A June 2003 poll conducted by the pro-abortion Center for the Advancement of Women found 51% of women took a pro-life position opposing most or all abortions while only 30 percent said it should be generally available.
A September 2003 survey conducted by the Polling Company found 54 percent of women selected one of three different pro-life views opposing all or almost all abortions. Only 39 percent backed abortion.
"Thirty-two years after the two men who founded NARAL sold women abortion as the price to compete with men equally in the workplace, millions of women have paid for legal but lethal abortions with their lives, their health and emotional well-being," Feminists for Life president Serrin Foster told LifeNews.com.
"While smiling faces may grace their website, abortion is nothing to celebrate," Foster explained. "Women like their former president, Kate Michelman know the gut-wrenching truth of abortion, calling it ‘a bad thing.’"