News from NOW
Today we celebrate the anniversary of Women's Equality Day, in honor of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote.
In recognition of Women's Equality Day, which celebrates women winning the right to vote in the U.S., and the anniversary of the 1963 civil rights march on Washington, a coalition of women's groups are launching HERvotes. NOW and allied organizations…
NOW deplores the decision to drop Nafissatou Diallo's charges of sexual assault against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. This miscarriage of justice exhibits all the hallmarks of a society that tolerates sexual violence by blaming and shaming the survivors.
You may have read that the debt ceiling agreement's budget cuts are prudent, responsible and an essential step toward righting the U.S. economy. It's not so. In NOW's view, the agreement is unfair, unbalanced, and will primarily hurt women, seniors, poor families and children.
Join our peaceful pro-choice presence at 1:30pm, in supporting abortion provider and women's health activist, Dr. LeRoy Carhart in Germantown, Md. *Note: The previously scheduled press conference for Thu. 8/4, on Capitol Hill has been canceled.
NOW commends the Department of Health and Human Services for issuing new guidelines for insurance plans to cover women's preventive health services under the Affordable Care Act and urges the department not to allow so-called refusal or conscience clauses to undermine women's access to birth control.
The debt ceiling agreement deals a serious blow to women's economic security. If approved, it will impose $1 trillion in cuts to family planning clinics, food stamps, college tuition assistance, child care and other programs that disproportionately serve and employ women. The second part of the deal is likely to include cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and possibly Social Security.
Anti-abortion rights terrorists are coming to the Washington, D.C. metro area to besiege the clinic of heroic abortion provider Dr. LeRoy Carhart, Jul. 30 - Aug. 7.
NOW is concerned that President Obama is about to agree to a deficit reduction package that disproportionately harms women -- without even bothering to consult with women leaders in Congress
At the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the repeal of DOMA on July 20, NOW distributed a letter urging committee members to approve the Respect for Marriage Act of 2011 (S. 598), which would repeal critical parts of DOMA.
Guest panelists on Real Time with Bill Maher took their satirical humor too far on the July 15 show. Comedian Marc Maron expressed his vulgar hope of Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann getting f*cked "angrily" by her husband. Not to be outshined, columnist Dan Savage replied with the same violent depiction targeting candidate Rick Santorum.
Hats off to the Institute on Medicine panel for recommending that insurance companies be required to cover contraceptives services in full. This is a step in the right direction for all women to have easily accessible and affordable contraception.
Domestic terrorist group Operation Rescue/Operation Save America is staging another national mobilization against abortion rights in Orlando this coming Saturday, July 16 through Saturday, July 23. Join NOW activists and allies to stand proudly and peacefully for women's fundamental right to choose abortion.
NOW President Terry O'Neill submitted testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 13, urging that work to prevent violence and assist survivors be taken to a higher level. Numerous battered women and their children are turned away from shelters and programs due to woefully inadequate funding. NOW's testimony included recommendations by the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Rashida Manjoo Esq.
In a July 2 cover story, the New York Post attempted to discredit the woman who was allegedly raped by Dominque Strauss-Kahn by labeling her a prostitute. The cover screams "DSK MAID A HOOKER" in huge type. Inside, writer Italiano provides very little beyond gossip, depending heavily on puns such as "big tips for extra turndown service" to convey this completely unsubstantiated accusation.