Last June 20, Andrea Yates calmly summoned police to her home where she had drowned her five children in a bathtub, one by one. She had chased and caught her oldest, a 7-year-old boy, when he tried to flee. Her relatives said she had been "depressed".
With little knowledge of Yates' life and medical history, NOW leaders rushed to side with Yates because they said they "felt" that only an insane woman could commit such crimes, and that the murders also proved that women in America were "imprisoned at home with their children". A resolution promptly appeared at the NOW National Conference early July stating how the group hated post-partum depression and the death penalty and how things are different in England, in that order.
Having magically become judge, jury, social and psychiatric professionals all at once, NOW leaders announced at the end of August that the group would support Yates politically and financially. "One of our feminist beliefs is to be there for other women" trumpeted a Texas NOW leader, forgetting how unavailable she and NOW had been for the women Mr. Clinton abused. She also said that NOW paid her to organize the effort.
Sickened NOW chapter activists from Texas and elsewhere who witnessed how the decision to bring the resolution forward was made, told Dulles NOW on condition of anonymity that the true reason behind the ghoulish enthusiasm for Yates was the belief that the case offered the perfect venue to fuel a powerful anti-Bush drive, thus anti-Republican, to be later combined with the Carla Faye Tucker execution.
Dulles NOW activists strongly condemn this unprecedented morbid and sadistic NOW campaign. It is clear that the leadership shot from the hip and missed. We urge Kim Gandy to come to her senses and end her ill-conceived organizational interference in the gruesome case, a horrifying human drama better left in the hands of legal, medical and religious experts than with medically unknowledgeable women obviously blinded by political revenge.