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 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 »
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 »
NOW calls on Speaker Paul Ryan to disband the so-called Select Investigative Panel designed to undermine Planned Parenthood, or redirect it to focus on anti-abortion violence.Read more
NOW is proud to #StandWithPlannedParenthood, whose courageous staff provide excellent health care and make women’s lives better every day. Hate speech can lead to hateful acts of violence. But women will never go back, and NOW will never stop defending women’s access to reproductive health care.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
Breast Cancer Still a Leading Cause of Death – About 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer are estimated to occur in women this year and about 40,950 deaths from breast cancer will result, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women in the U.S. – other than skin cancer – and breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a federal research agency (USPSTF), the median age at diagnosis is 61 years and the median age at death is 68 years.
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.