Equality For All

PFAW Praises Legislation to Promote Women's Health and Reproductive Rights in the Wake of Anti-Choice Roll Backs

In a milestone for women's health, Representatives Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Jim Greenwood (R-PA), Diana DeGette (D-CO), and Nancy Johnson (R-CT) introduced today the "Putting Prevention First Act of 2004." This legislation seeks to guarantee women greater control over their lives and bodies by expanding access to preventive health services and education programs that reduce unintended pregnancy, infection with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and the need for abortion.

Fulfilling the American Dream for Immigrant Youth

Across the country, thousands of immigrant students graduating from high school this year face deportation instead of college. No matter how hard they work, no matter what their academic achievements, for these students, the American Dream ends at graduation. There is a ray of hope – federal legislation known as the DREAM Act will allow immigrant students to attend college or serve in the military as a pathway to citizenship.

Education Tax Credit A Sham For Iowa Parents, Taxpayers

A bill creating a costly tax credit for private school tuition vouchers has passed the state Senate and is soon expected to go before the Iowa House of Representatives. Senate File 2295 will allow individual tax credits for donations to non-profit organizations, which would then be responsible for directing the funds. There is no cap on the amount of money that can be diverted away from state coffers to subsidize private schools.

Massachusetts Vote To Prohibit Marriage For Same-Sex Couples A Retreat From And Defeat For Equality

On March 29, Massachusetts lawmakers gave preliminary approval to a state constitutional amendment that would ban marriage but allow civil unions that give same-sex couples the same rights under state law as married couples. In order to be ratified, the constitutional amendment would have to be approved by the legislature again next year and then go before the voters for final approval.

Senate Sends Dangerous Legislation To President’s Desk

The United States Senate’s passage of the “Unborn Victims of Violence Act” (H.R. 1997) erodes the foundation of Roe v. Wade and threatens a woman’s constitutionally protected privacy rights. The legislation is a backdoor attempt by anti-choice members of Congress to roll back reproductive choice by creating a separate criminal offense for causing the death or injury of a zygote, embryo or fetus in any state of development. The legislation is now headed straight to President Bush’s desk, where his record and public comments indicate he will sign the bill, once again undermining women’s reproductive rights and advancing his personal anti-choice agenda.

Paige Remarks On School Oversight “Stunning, Hypocritical”

U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige, speaking in Wisconsin last Friday, reaffirmed the Bush Administration’s belief that private schools receiving public dollars should not be held accountable to taxpayers. People For the American Way Foundation (PFAWF) President Ralph G. Neas termed the remarks “stunning.”

Senate Marriage Hearing Built On False Premise

'Judicial Activism vs. Democracy' Ignores U.S. History, Role of Courts

House Attacks Women’s Reproductive Rights

Victims of Violent Crime Used as Political Pawns

Supreme Court Upholds State Religious Liberty Provisions

Decision in Davey Case has Broad Consequences for Church/State Separation

Bush Plays Destructive And Divisive Politics With Constitution

PFAW calls endorsement of anti-gay marriage amendment ‘shameful’
Today, President Bush announced his support for a constitutional amendment that would force states to deny same-sex couples the right to marry -- an appalling and disgraceful move that would cause lasting damage to the values enshrined in our Constitution and very real harm to many American families.

Secretary Paige Smears Teachers Group as 'Terrorist'

Bush Education Chief Takes White House Intolerance of Dissent to Absurd Level
According to published reports, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige told a gathering of American governors that the National Education Association is "a terrorist organization." Maybe he has been spending time with John Ashcroft.

A Constitutional Amendment to Deny Marriage Rights: Extreme and Extremely Harmful

According to published reports, President George W. Bush is on the verge of announcing his support for a constitutional amendment that would force states to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. Amending the U.S. Constitution, the foundation of our freedom, to require states to discriminate against some Americans is an extreme act that would set a dangerous and shameful historical precedent. It would fly in the face of decades of hard-fought efforts by civil rights activists to ensure that every American is entitled to equal treatment under the law. White House moves to embrace such an amendment signal an alarming willingness to seek short-term political advantage regardless of the long-term cost to American lives, communities, and values.

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