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January 22, 2007

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Ms. Delivers "We Had Abortions" Signatures to White House and Congress

In commemorating the anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion legal in the United States, Ms. will deliver the first batch of signed petitions from women who have had abortions. The "We Had Abortions" petition, containing thousands of signatures, will be delivered to President Bush, to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and to other individual U.S. Representatives and Senators.

"Women who have had abortions are speaking out once again to remind everyone of the need for legal abortion for real women, their families, and their lives," said Eleanor Smeal, publisher of Ms. magazine. " Ms. has been overwhelmed with the response to the 'We Had Abortions' program. Women thanked Ms. for the opportunity to tell their stories and for the knowledge that they are not alone. Behind every decision to terminate a pregnancy stands a woman, or even a young girl, with a unique story."

This is a particularly crucial time in the abortion rights struggle, as a case is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court that could possibly outlaw every abortion procedure performed after the first trimester of pregnancy.

Thousands of women have publicly declared that they have had abortions, and thousands more have stood with their "sisters" in support of full reproductive rights. The signatories come from all 50 states, from big cities and small, and cover a wide range of ages and walks of life. What unites them is gratitude for having been able to make the choice to have an abortion, and a desire to preserve that legal right for coming generations.

The "We Had Abortions" project is continuing, with the petition featured again in the Winter issue of Ms., now available on newsstands and in bookstores nationwide. As more signatures are gathered, Ms. will keep delivering them to the White House and Capitol Hill.

Editor's Note: For interviews with Ms. Publisher Eleanor Smeal or Ms. Executive Editor Katherine Spillar, please call Emily Napalo at (703) 522-4201 or duVergne Gaines at (310) 556-2515, respectively.

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