NOW affirms that reproductive rights are issues of life and death for women, not mere matters of choice. NOW fully supports access to safe and legal abortion, to effective birth control and emergency contraception, to reproductive health services and education for all women. We oppose attempts to restrict these rights through legislation, regulation or Constitutional amendment.
Too often low-income women, and disproportionately women of color, as well as immigrant women and young women do not have access to safe and legal abortions because of their reduced ability to pay. Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment has had a harmful impact on women by prohibiting the use of federal funds under Medicaid to pay for abortion care, except in cases of rape, incest or a severe life or health endangerment. Some states do permit use of state Medicaid matching funds to pay for abortion care, but at least 32 states do not
Fifty years ago, our foremothers pushed back against the same type of ignorance and arrogance we see today from anti-women politicians. They demanded women’s right to determine their own futures, to decide for themselves whether and when to have childr… Read more »
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By Sarah Nealon, President’s Office Intern On June 15th, the Center for Reproductive Rights hosted a viewing of the Documentary Trapped, directed by Dawn Porter, in the Senate Congressional Briefing Rooms. I, along with other NOW interns, was able to a… Read more »
By Brittany Romagnoli, President’s Office Intern On March 2, the Supreme Court heard arguments regarding the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt case. This case acknowledges how targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) laws in Texas are designe… Read more »
By Hailey Lobb, PAC intern As a student studying political science, I have experienced some pretty emotional debates in classes and among friends. I have seen debates and classroom discussions turn friends into enemies. I have seen debates shut down by… Read more »
By Aurea Bolaños Perea, President’s Assistant Intern On Saturday, November 28th, 2015 at around 12pm local time, Colorado Spring’s Planned Parenthood clinic was victim of an act of domestic terrorism (let’s call it by what it is), by Robert Lewi… Read more »
Lawmakers like Marsha Blackburn are bullying and persecuting abortion providers for doing their jobs.Read more
“Women will have abortions. The only question is whether they will be safe,” O’Neill said.Read more
“The number of abortions never goes down very much, regardless of the law,” said Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women. “What does go down is the safety and affordability of abortions.”Read more
Ohio’s unconstitutional attempt to ban abortion care will–without a doubt–put women’s lives at risk. It is morally reprehensible.Read more
Republicans Plan Repeal of Progressive Gains With Donald Trump’s assumption to the White House and majority GOP control of the Senate and House, Republicans plan to move full speed ahead with their radical agenda of repealing scores of Obama initiatives, enacting their long-desired agenda of drastically cutting funding for social safety net programs, repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (which would also eliminate the contraceptive insurance coverage mandate), converting Social Security and Medicare to private investment accounts and voucher approaches and enacting substantial tax cuts for upper income earners, weakening public schools through a massive voucher program and most alarming, narrowing women’s access to reproductive health care – among many other regressive and harmful actions. It is, indeed, an alarming prospect.
Supreme Court in ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt (WWH) signaled one of the most significant victories for reproductive rights in several decades. By deciding that any law or regulation that does not advance women’s health – as is the case with the two TRAP laws in Texas – a majority on the Court greatly strengthened the standard by which women’s health advocates can seek to have courts permanently enjoin similar restrictions in other states.
NOW Welcomes SCOTUS Ruling – Upon hearing the news, NOW President Terry O’Neill said, “This decision put the focus back on the constitutional rights of women, proven science and medical fact, and away from partisan politics and draconian attacks on women’s health.”
NOW Protests at Polish Embassy – NOW activists joined a rally organized by Catholics for Choice (CFC) on May 1st at the Polish Embassy in Washington, D.C. to protest this further restriction on abortion that could harm millions of Polish women and their doctors.