Last August, Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital affiliated with St. Joseph Health System. At the time, the public (and the medical staff at Hoag) were told that nothing would change with regards to services provided at the hospitals.
However, last month Hoag Hospital announced that it would stop all “direct” abortion services at its hospitals. OB-GYN doctors, who were not consulted before the decision was made, have voiced their disappointment in learning that Hoag will no longer offer women comprehensive reproductive healthcare services. The doctors also refute claims made by Hoag as to their rationale behind the decision. Click here to read an open letter from the doctors.
NWPC OC is joining with other women’s organizations around Orange County on Thursday, June 20 at 5:00 PM outside Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach to insist that the hospital reinstate comprehensive reproductive healthcare services at its hospitals. Mark your calendars and plan to join us.
Visit the NWPC OC website for updates and Rally details.
Download the Rally map here.
We hope you can join us.
Yesterday, voters turned out to vote for the next Mayor of Los Angeles. It was a close race, but in the end, Eric Garcetti won the election with 53.9% of the vote vs. 46.1% of the vote going to Wendy Greuel. As women, we are saddened by Wendy’s loss. However, we know what a strong person she is and that, more importantly, she has integrity. Greuel ran a strong campaign and had many high level supporters, including NWPC CA.
In an interview with the LA Times, Wendy is quoted as saying “”As Magic [Johnson] knows, sometimes those last shots don’t go in. You don’t cry about it, you pick yourself up and move forward … because that’s the measure of success.” Read the full article here.
We at NWPC CA hope to see Wendy run again; if not for Mayor, perhaps a higher office!
The National Women’s Political Caucus and NWPC CA hosted a brunch honoring Sandra Fluke on April 21, with over 75 in attendance. We were thrilled to have a table of UCLA Law students and 25 interns and volunteers in attendance and know that they were as inspired as we were by Ms. Fluke’s message of activism.
President of NWPC CA, Melissa Fox, opened the brunch with an inspirational speech that made those of us in attendance want to work even harder to get women elected to office. Below is a snippet of Melissa’s speech.
“NWPC was founded in 1971 because women’s voices were not being heard. We were not then, and are not now, satisfied to have men make all of our legislative decisions for us. Not about healthcare, not about gun safety, and not about reproductive justice.
Our goal of 50/50 by 2020 is not yet in sight. In FACT, over the past 10 years our numbers have declined. In Los Angeles, we are facing the very real possibility of having no women on the Los Angeles City Council.
We must reaffirm our commitment to women. We must renew our dedication to the cause. If you are not now a member, I urge you to join today. If you are a member, increase your level of support. Walk a precinct for a woman. Work those phones. We are NWPC and we will make a difference.”