Woman's National Democratic Club

The End of Roe v. Wade Will Result in Thousands of Maternal Deaths. AGAIN.

The End of Roe v. Wade Will Result in Thousands of Maternal Deaths. AGAIN. by Karen Pataky, Director, Public Policy & Political Action Committee; Chair, Health Policy Task Force JUNE 24, 2022—Today’s SCOTUS decision will be a death sentence for many women, especially poorer women and women of color. Roe v. Wade was passed in … Read more

Reversing Roe v. Wade Is NOT Just About Abortions

Reversing Roe v. Wade Is NOT Just About Abortions by Karen Pataky, Director, Public Policy & Political Action Committee; Chair, Health Policy Task Force So ex-President Trump’s SCOTUS nominees are fulfilling their purpose. Roe v Wade will cease to be settled law in one month and several states are ready to make all abortions illegal. … Read more

Keep Politicians out of Hospitals and Doctors’ Offices

Republican politicians have lied to us. They love “Big Government” but only when they are in charge. Ex-President Trump succeeded in packing our Supreme Court with justices primarily selected for their anti-abortion stance. And now GOP politicians are passing laws that will force motherhood on women in 11 states, even in cases of rape or … Read more

We Must Preserve Democracy in Health Policy

Full Democracy in health policy means each life is of equal value and that all health care decisions are made based solely on science and are totally confidential between the patient and his/her physician (or other nationally certified and locally licensed health care provider). No governmental or political or religious entities may interfere in health … Read more

Should We Bring Back “Shotgun Weddings?”

There is much controversy among anti-abortion advocates re: the rights of the biological father to veto his female partner’s decision to have an abortion. Some nine states are legislating initiatives that would facilitate such laws. In effect, the state would force motherhood upon a pregnant woman. But as of today, none of those states would … Read more

Food Insecurity in the United States—a National Security Problem, a Public Health Crisis, and a Major Obstacle to the 2030 Agenda

Even though the United States of America played a major role in crafting the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in New York in September 2015, less than a decade to 2030, we are like the naked man trying to offer other countries clothes by refusing to lead by example on food security, an … Read more

In Tennessee, the Sperm is Mightier than the Egg

Last week the Tennessee General assembly introduced a bill that would allow any man the right to veto the decision of his female partner to have an abortion. The man would not need to undergo any test to prove his paternity. A simple declaration by the man will be deemed adequate to secure a court … Read more

Why We Marched Today—Women’s March 2021

Today’s March was not just about abortion. It’s about the totality of control of women’s lives by far-right religious leaders and politicians.  What is different is that now the Supreme Court is threatening to no longer adhere to the “Roe V Wade” precedent.     Since Roe V Wade, far-right religious leaders and politicians have created … Read more

Let’s Tell the Truth about Abortions

From the beginning of recorded time, there have been many couples who have chosen to separate the act of intercourse from the birth of a baby. For many of humankind, some religious leaders and heads of states have outlawed both contraception and abortion, historically and to present day. Despite Church/State laws, and some horrific penalties … Read more

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides, Who Pays

Today’s far-right Republican Party has been terrified of “Replacement” since Democratic gains in the 2018 national and state midterms, and the election of President Joe Biden in 2020. The increasing numbers of non-white voters has resulted in new voter restriction laws in 43 states:  fewer voting stations, decreased hours available for voting, more difficulty in … Read more