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For decades, women involved in child custody battles have been victimized in court by the use of the phony "parental alienation syndrome." The American Psychiatric Association may include this unfounded "disorder" under another name in the fifth edition of a widely used mental health manual. Comments are due to the APA June 15.
The National Organization for Women is deeply disappointed that conservatives in the U.S. Senate this afternoon prevented the Paycheck Fairness Act from being brought up for a debate and receiving a vote. Today, this bill had 52 votes to move forward, and the support of the majority of the Senate.
The nation's largest annual gathering of grassroots women's rights activists and allies will take place in Baltimore, Md., on June 29 - July 1, 2012 at the National Organization for Women National Conference. Hundreds of women and men will convene to strategize and organize a vision for the months ahead in the fight for women's equality.
For the last two weeks, supporters of equal pay have been making calls to the Senate, and we can't thank you enough. Well, we still need your calls, and we're excited to let you know that the toll-free number is still working, so please read on.
Three years to the day since the murder of abortion provider and women's health activist Dr. George Tiller, irrational anti-abortion attacks continue. Today it is extremists in Congress seizing on sex-selection abortions overseas to bash U.S. women and their doctors.
Law enforcement's use of electro-muscular disruption technology (EMDT), most commonly referred to as Tasers, has increased since the early 2000s. An estimated 15,000-plus law enforcement agencies now utilize them, and reports indicate that at least 500 people in the U.S. have died after being shocked.
We expect a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act in the coming weeks, and we need to make sure our senators hear from us now. For the next 48 hours (throughout Tue and Wed), we want to jam the phones to send a clear message of support for the Paycheck Fairness Act.
On Friday, May 18, NOW will hold a picket outside WMAL 630 AM, the Washington, D.C., radio station that carries Rush Limbaugh's show. The picket is a part of NOW's "Enough Rush" campaign, aimed at targeting local radio stations that broadcast The Rush Limbaugh Show and local businesses that continue to advertise on it.
NOW condemns today's passage of H.R. 4970, the House Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill. Sponsored by Representative Sandy Adams (R-Fla.), H.R. 4970 not only strips important provisions that were passed by a bipartisan Senate vote of 68-31, but also changes and weakens many initiatives and preventive provisions that have been included in VAWA by both Republicans and Democrats over the past 18 years.
Radicals in the House are poised to host a hearing on a dangerous new abortion ban for D.C. H.R. 3803 and its Senate companion would ban abortion care at 20 weeks in Washington, D.C., imposing penalties and/or jail time on doctors who provide this necessary health care, even those stepping in to preserve a woman's health.
On 5/16, the House is expected to vote for the Republican version of VAWA. Call your rep. ASAP to oppose this bill and urge open debate on the House floor. Unless this bill is amended to restore important protections, NOW will consider a Yes vote a vote against VAWA.
POLITICO's Jake Sherman interviewed NOW President Terry O'Neill about her opposition to the House Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act: "Unless I see really a decent set of amendments to the [House Republican bill], the vote on the floor for House bill 4970 is a vote against the Violence Against Women Act and will be scored by this organization."
Being able to connect with family members on Mother's Day is important to so many of us. But, for the more than two million people incarcerated in the United States, that connection can come at a steep price. We want justice for prisoners! Tell the FCC to address the high cost of prison phone calls.
NOW Foundation, IWPR, and the NCPSSM Foundation briefed congressional staff on their research examining the challenges facing elderly women and their families in the U.S. Their report, 'Breaking the Social Security Glass Ceiling: A Proposal to Modernize Women's Benefits,' also proposes initiatives to ensure Social Security benefits are adequate for all Americans, particularly for women and women of color.
NOW applauds President Obama's announcement today supporting marriage equality. This marks a proud moment in history, and is an especially welcome antidote to yesterday's vote in N.C. enshrining discrimination into that state's constitution. We commend the president for standing with the LGBT community and millions of others in this country who support marriage for same-sex couples.