National Organization for Women Political Action Committees
Past Elections
printable versionPrint or Bookmark and Share Share/Save this page    
NOW PAC Political Alert

We have very disturbing news to report—some Democratic leaders are actively recruiting anti-abortion candidates and forcing out pro-choice Democrats!

Action Needed:

Tell Democratic leaders that moving to the Right is the Wrong strategy.

Sign our email petition to DSCC Chair Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Pa. Governor Ed Rendell.

Democratic leaders recently forced winning pro-choice candidate Barbara Hafer out of the 2006 Pennsylvania Senate race against extremist Republican incumbent Rick Santorum, so they could run an anti-abortion Democrat—the same losing tactic they used against Santorum in 2000. Speak out!

Feminists and progressives must speak out to stop the Democratic Party from becoming "Republican-lite" on women's issues and undermining its own women candidates.

Barbara Hafer is a strong advocate for reproductive rights and was the frontrunner to take on extremist Republican incumbent Rick Santorum in the 2006 Pennsylvania Senate. She has just been forced out of the race by Democratic leaders and consultants in favor of an anti-abortion candidate they recruited.

Who did top Democrats pick to run against Santorum, one of the leading anti-abortion, anti-women's rights and anti-gay senators?

Top Democrats recruited Robert P. Casey Jr., a staunch abortion opponent in the mold of his father, the late Pennsylvania Governor Bob Casey Sr. You may recognize his name from the 1992 Supreme Court case of Casey v. Planned Parenthood, in which the senior Casey defended Pennsylvania's Abortion Control Act, which was so extreme that the Supreme Court struck it down.

And who made sure that Hafer would not run? She was pushed out by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, who previously supported Hafer, then made the call forcing her out of the race; Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, who serves as the top Senate recruiter for the Democrats (as head of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee); and political consultants who are already lining up with the Casey campaign.

Send a message to each of them now—and tell them what you think.

I'm Pro Choice and I Vote

To run another anti-abortion candidate against Santorum, as the Democrats did in 2000, will result in sure defeat. Hafer has won four statewide elections in Pennsylvania and is the strongest possible challenger to Santorum. A recent Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin & Associates poll conducted on behalf of Hafer showed that 60% of Pennsylvania Democrats, 54% of Independents, and 40% of Republicans are pro-choice.

Don't mistake this for a random act—it is a calculated effort by party leaders to build a so-called "bigger tent" at the expense of women's rights. It almost happened in Rhode Island as well, where Schumer and national Democratic leaders tried to recruit an anti-abortion candidate to run against a pro-choice candidate in the party's Senate primary and against a pro-choice Republican Senator in the general election. Thanks to the strong and vocal opposition of Rhode Island NOW activists, the anti-choice candidate decided to stay in his safe house seat, and every remaining potential candidate for the Democratic Senate nomination now professes his commitment to reproductive rights.

If we don't stop this losing strategy now, they'll use it again and again.

Women are the vast majority of both the voters for, and fundraising direct mail supporters of, the Democratic Party. We deserve better than this. It will do women no good if both major parties are hostile to women candidates and women's rights.

Please sign our petition today to:

We must let the Democrats know that women will no longer be taken for granted: When Democrats do not support women, we will not support them.

Please also forward this message to as many of your friends and family as possible. We must send a constant stream of email petitions flowing to the Democratic leaders—perhaps they have forgotten about the power of women's votes and the gender gap, but we have not. Thank you for standing up for women!

For equality,

Kim Gandy, National Organization for Women PAC
Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority PAC
Martha Burk
Dolores Huerta
Marie Wilson
Faye Wattleton
Gloria Steinem


© 1995-2014, National Organization for Women Political Action Committees, All rights reserved. Permission granted for non-commercial use.  Visit