News from NOW
Today the House passed a sweeping anti-abortion rights bill that would enshrine abortion funding restrictions into law, putting women's health and lives at risk. NOW vows to work aggressively to block passage in the Senate and applauds the White House for threatening to veto this bill.
The NOW Foundation highlights necessary preventative care (including coverage for contraception, cervical cancer screening and breastfeeding supplies and devices) that should be included in the Women's Health Amendment to the new health care reform law.
On April 28, hundreds of NOW activists and allies gathered around the country to make sure politicians know that women do not want to work until we drop! Actions in various states drove home the message that NOW opposes increasing the retirement age to 69.
The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R.3) represents a grave threat to safe, legal and accessible abortion. It is an unprecedented attack on private health coverage for abortion care.
NOW President Terry O'Neill says: "Watch out -- the war being waged on women and the middle class just took another dark turn."
NOW welcomes President Obama's reaffirmation that Social Security is not the cause of our deficit and his pledge to protect Medicare and Medicaid. We hope he remains committed to not making any concessions on these programs in order to make a deal on the budget.
On April 7, thousands of activists flooded Capitol Hill. The "Stand Up for Women's Health" rally and lobby day was organized to demonstrate that conservative attacks on women's access to reproductive health care will not be tolerated.
Tuesday, Apr. 12 marks Equal Pay Day, which occurs at a pivotal time for U.S. workers, particularly women. As feminists call attention to the persistent gender wage gap, we would do well to demonstrate its link to the various ways government and big business are breeding economic injustice in this nation.
NOW's Family Law Committee produces a newsletter with current news and information regarding the crisis for mothers and children in family courts. Because this issue touches so many lives, NOW makes this newsletter available to the general public online.
The proposed 2012 Republican budget would wipe out critical social programs crafted over many decades to protect the most vulnerable and safeguard the middle-class. The White House and the Democratic leadership must stand up for simple justice.
Today the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, the largest employment class-action suit in U.S. history. The company's challenge seeks to halt the case, which represents more than 1.5 million women, before it even gets to trial.
NOW President Terry O'Neill writes for CNN.com: "It was poignant to learn today of Geraldine Ferraro's passing just as the National Organization for Women Political Action Committee was meeting to discuss the upcoming 2012 election cycle."
Conservatives want to severely cut Social Security, even though it has nothing to do with the deficit. NOW is pushing for the Social Security Protection Amendment that says "Hands off Social Security!" Take action today!
NOW is seeking applicants for the temporary, part-time position of Assistant Conference Organizer. The position will begin on March 28 and end on June 30, 2011, and involves 20 hours or less per week. The position will have primary responsibility for booking speakers for NOW's annual conference, to be held June 24-26, 2011, in Tampa Florida.
All NOW chapters, members and supporters are encouraged to find, or even register, local solidarity events on the We Are One national day of action taking place Monday, April 4, 2011.