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 »
Donald Trump has failed his first big test as the Republican nominee for President. His appointment of Mike Pence to be his Vice President is, to borrow one of his favorite words, a disaster.Read more
The Supreme Court’s announcement that it will not rule on Zubik v. Burwell, the challenge to women’s access to birth control under the Affordable Care Act, is meant to avoid a 4-to-4 deadlock by sending the issue back to lower courts. It would have been far better if the Court had simply recognized fundamental constitutional principles and human rights.Read more
The Oklahoma law makes it a felony to perform an abortion, with no exception for cases of rape or incest or to protect a woman’s health. A doctor who performs an abortion could be sentenced to up to three years in prison and be barred from practicing medicine in the state.Read more
It’s said that the true definition of a political “gaffe” is when a politician accidentally reveals something truthful about what is going on in his or her head, and Donald Trump’s latest comments about punishing women for having abortions couldn’t be a better example.Read more
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.
This packet includes ten fact sheets about federal legislation that is important to NOW because they would have a significant impact on women’s lives.