Head of Pro-Abortion Women’s Group NOW to Resign as National President

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 15, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Head of Pro-Abortion Women’s Group NOW to Resign as National President

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 15
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Kim Gandy, the president of the pro-abortion women’s group NOW plans to resign her position at the organization’s national convention later this week. The organization has been criticized during Gandy’s 22-year tenure as a leader within the organization for misrepresenting women by promoting abortion.

The three-day NOW conference will be held June 19-21, at the Sheraton hotel in Indianapolis and the theme is Turning the Tide for Equality.

The theme "reflects the changing political landscape and renewed sense of hope for advances in women’s rights," with pro-abortion President Barack Obama taking over the White House.

Gandy has been the president of NOW for eight years and spent more than two decades helping the pro-abortion group.

"It is an honor to be part of this organization, which has allowed me to fulfill my passion to help women," Gandy said in a statement. "I came to NOW as a teenager, ready to change everything that was wrong with the world — and NOW gave me an opportunity to be part of some of the greatest societal changes in my lifetime."

"This weekend, I will be leaving the presidency of this great organization with a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment — a little older, a lot wiser, and ready to pass on the reins to the new leaders who will continue our important work," she added.

Wendy Wright, the president of Concerned Women for America, responded to Gandy’s leaving in comments to LifeNews.com.

“Kim Gandy followed NOW’s long tradition of claiming to speak on behalf of all women as they advocate for policies that only some women (and non-manly men) demand," she said.

Though NOW continues to advance abortion, a May 2009 Polling Company survey found that, of Americans who know someone who has had an abortion, 55 percent described her abortion as a negative experience while just 33 percent described it as a positive one.

The survey found 53 percent say abortion is almost always a bad thing and a tiny 13 percent said abortion is almost always a good thing for women.

Other polls also found NOW is out of step with women on abortion.

Another May survey, from Gallup, found a plurality of women say they are pro-life — with 49 percent saying so and just 44 percent saying they are "pro-choice."

And a May 2009 Rasmussen poll found women are more strongly pro-life than men as 64 percent of women believe most abortions are morally wrong, a view shared by just 51% of men.

A late April 2009 Pew Poll found five percent fewer women favor legal abortions now than in a similar August 2008 poll.

Wright concluded, "Kim carried NOW’s banner of radical feminism, but hands it off to a successor who will have to choose how to approach this new era in which women reject the label of ‘feminist’ and the majority of Americans are pro-life."

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