Equality For All

Statement of Ralph G. Neas on the House Constitution Subcommittee Hearing on the Federal Marriage Amendment

Today, Americans will witness the sad and sorry spectacle of right-wing legal and political activists urging Congress to reject strides toward equality and to pass a constitutional amendment that would require every state to treat some Americans as second-class citizens.

Ashcroft on Brown vs. Board: Praise in Words, Not Deeds

Attorney General John Ashcroft’s participation today in ceremonies honoring the anniversary of the historic Brown vs. Board of Education desegregation case rang hollow in the light of his career-long antipathy to school desegregation and lackluster civil rights enforcement efforts, said People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas.

FDA Ruling Means More Abortions, Less Safety For American Women

Last night’s FDA decision to deny over-the-counter availability of the “morning after pill” – medication that can prevent a pregnancy from occurring if taken within 72 hours following unprotected sex – is an egregious example of the Bush Administration’s choice of politics over women’s health. The administration overruled a sound, scientific recommendation from an FDA panel, which voted 23-4 to make the medication available.

Texas School "Suspends" Policy Prohibiting Same-Sex Prom Dates

In response to a demand letter from attorneys representing Lago Vista High School student Sherrell Ingram, the Texas school has “suspended” its policy prohibiting same-sex prom dates in time for Sherrell to bring her best friend, another female, as her guest to the Lago Vista High School Prom.

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.

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