News from NOW
NOW/PAC has added the following candidates to its endorsement list for the 2012 elections: Shelley Berkley (Nev.), Lois Frankel (Fla.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Ann McLane Kuster (N.H.) and Dina Titus (Nev.).
President Obama will soon decide whether to approve a broader refusal clause under the new health care law that would allow organizations to deny contraceptive insurance coverage for their employees on religious or "moral" grounds. Regulations adopted earlier this year already contain a sweeping refusal clause for certain religiously-affiliated non-profits, but the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is pushing for more.
NOW President Terry O'Neill sent a letter to President Obama opposing all refusal clauses in regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act that would allow organizations to deny contraceptive coverage to employees. Reportedly, Catholic bishops are pushing for broader exemptions, even though a sweeping refusal clause is already in interim regulations.
Last week, in the wake of the recent appalling Penn State University child sexual assault allegations, the leaders of the National Organization for Women and Pennsylvania NOW called on Penn State to expand the composition and goals of the committee tasked with investigating these allegations.
November is Native American Heritage Month, so I'd like to celebrate by giving some thought to sex and gender in Native American societies. A wide variety of non-binary gender roles and non-heteronormative sexual activity has been around in Native societies for centuries.
In the wake of the recent appalling Penn State University child sexual assault allegations, the national leaders of the National Organization for Women join Pennsylvania NOW in calling on the school to expand the composition and goals of the committee tasked with investigating these allegations.
NOW joins women's rights supporters around the country in applauding Mississippi voters for rejecting Initiative 26, a measure that would have defined personhood as beginning at fertilization in that state's constitution.
Contact your senators and representatives, and tell them that you will not stand by to see politicians raid critically important programs that benefit millions in order to pay for two un-funded wars, Wall Street greed and tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires.
The deadline for the congressional "super committee" is fast approaching, and soon we will see who and what will be targeted under their deficit-cutting proposal. NOW President Terry O'Neill weighs in on the drastic cuts rumored to be on the table.
Mississippi's Initiative 26 -- the so-called "Personhood Amendment" -- hits close to home for me. I was born in Mississippi and attended school there until I graduated from college. My immediate family and many, many friends still reside in the state.…
Today, the Older Women's Economic Security Task Force (OWES), part of the National Coalition of Women's Organizations (NCWO), delivered a letter to members of Congress, calling on Congress to consider three pieces of legislation that would assure Social Security solvency for the next 75 years by lifting the cap on payroll tax contributions.
NOW has joined national groups calling on TransUnion to discontinue its sale of credit reports to employers, which have a discriminatory impact on women, people of color, people with disabilities and the elderly. TransUnion has led the credit reporting industry in fighting state legislation that would restrict the ability of employers to check credit on job applicants.
In its comments to the Department of Health and Human Services, NOW recommended that extraordinary measures be taken to assure that the maximum number of women are able to obtain insurance coverage for abortion care, at a reasonable cost, under the new health care reform law.
Join NOW in advocating that women's access to abortion care coverage be made simple and affordable under the new health care reform law. Send your comments to Health and Human Services by Oct. 31.
NOW/PAC is pleased to endorse Democrat Susan Bysiewicz in her bid for U.S. Senate. Bysiewicz is one of four Democrats vying for the seat of retiring Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman. She could face Linda McMahon (R) in the general, who ran a close senate race in 2010 and is considering another run in 2012.