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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Image Via: The Huffington Post When Republican leaders in Washington don’t feel like governing, they attack women’s health care and abortion rights. That’s what happened this week, as a focus on defunding Planned Parenthood jumped to the head of the li… Read more »
I want to start this off by saying #ThanksObama. Thank you for keeping coverage of birth control in the Affordable Care Act. Image Via: THEMETAPICTURE.COM The first day I got my period, I genuinely thought I was dying. I was 10 years old, driving with… Read more »
By Marandah Field-Elliot, Government Relations Intern NOW activists rally with President Terry O’Neill in front of Congressional buildings earlier this summer to show they #StandWithPP. I have always been a paranoid person. A lock-the-doors-twice, neve… Read more »
I was recently shocked to find out that even though emergency contraception (EC/Plan B) was approved by the FDA for over-the-counter (no prescription) sale to women 18 and over in 2006, as many as 30 percent of pharmacies are not stocking EC or are hid… Read more »
On Friday the 13th, we saw the back door to repealing Roe v. Wade creak The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Whole Women’s Health v. Cole, a case that will determine whether politicians can shred the Constitution and end abortion by preventing women from accessing legal health services.Read more
There are some beliefs, no matter how sincerely held, that should simply not be respected by any government. A “belief” that targets and endangers a specific demographic group that has historically experienced discrimination is no more than a religious mask for bigotry. Just as we reject the use of religion to justify racial and homophobic bigotry, the same is true for gender bigotry as well.Read more
Women are not fooled by the fraudulent propaganda videos produced to attack Planned Parenthood. Nor are we fooled by false claims that funding can simply be re-directed to other providers.Read more
Thanks to U.S. Senators who actually care about women’s health, Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) government spending bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood has been stopped.Read more
The U.S. Supreme Court will consider a number of high profile cases this term – cases that cover a broad swath of American life, from access to reproductive health care, to affirmative action, public sector unions, voting rights, and (again) contraceptive insurance coverage exceptions under of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
ISSUE ADVISORY: Anti-abortion Extremists Escalate Attacks on Family Planning Funding, Fetal Tissue Research
Some of us have to pinch ourselves when rising in the morning just to make sure that we are awake and not trapped in a long-running nightmare of women’s rights constantly under attack by religious, anti-woman zealots. In truth, we don’t want to wake up to a world where women’s clinics are burned or bombed, family planning services have come under vicious attacks, anti-abortion rhetoric has reached appalling new depths and the federal government is being threatened with a shutdown over funding of Planned Parenthood clinics. It’s all just too crazy and really just plain hateful of women.
NOW and 92 other organizations recently signed a letter (LINK) reaffirming Planned Parenthood’s reputation as a leading health care provider for 2.7 million men and women. NOW condemns the actions of the politically-motivated organization that released a heavily edited video that attempted to manipulate public opinion, vilify trusted health care providers, and advance efforts to take away women’s access to legal and safe abortions and other important health services.
Affordable Care Act Subsidies Available in All States – As millions of recently insured persons anxiously awaited, the decision in the King v. Burwell case where conservatives made another desperate attempt to take down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) came as welcome and comforting news. Women, as the majority of persons enrolled in health insurance plans under the ACA, can rest easy now that the Court has said subsidies offered in the federally-facilitated health insurance marketplaces were certainly intended by Congressional lawmakers.