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.
Voting restrictions aimed at communities of color disproportionately impact women in those communities. A democracy can’t function this way. Your governor needs to hear from you today!
On March 25th, we’ll be at the Supreme Court taking a stand against one hundred entities — The Dirty 100 — looking to impose their personal religious beliefs on their employees. We’re organizing a banner to display outside the Supreme Court to make sure all our voices are heard. Sign your name next to ours!
One hundred entities have filed lawsuits against the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act. Stand with NOW and tell them it is not acceptable for employers to impose their personal beliefs on their employees.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.7, a bill that could potentially eliminate abortion coverage in the private and public insurance markets. This is a direct attack on women’s access to abortion care. We will stop this bill in the Senate.
A lot of people take birth control because they have terrible cramps, irregular periods, ovarian cysts, or skin problems. I take birth control because I don’t want to get pregnant.
This Tuesday, the U.S.Supreme Court will hear arguments in two consolidated cases, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius, on the government’s authority to require employers to provide health care coverage that includes birth control and other pregnancy-related services under the Affordable Care Act.
Signing a work contract should not amount to signing away your soul, but that is ostensibly what the Dirty 100 expects of their employees. For these 100 companies refusing to comply with the ACA’s contraception mandate, religious freedom means the freedom to impose religious values on employees.
I’ve always liked the saying, “Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History.” It’s been in my mind as we observe Women’s History Month during the month of March.
On March 20, Gov. McAuliffe approved a new law to license genetic counselors over the pleas of advocates for reproductive rights. Effective July 1, Virginia will offer licenses to genetic counselors. Much of the language is similar to model legislative provisions published by the National Society of Genetic Counselors, with the notable exception of a broad ‘conscience clause.’Read more
A woman in Mississippi is being tried for “depraved heart murder” because prosecutors claim that the then-16-year-old’s cocaine use caused her baby to be stillborn. NOW, among others, is urging the court to dismiss the charges…. Read more »Read more
Sara McKenna has been accused of “appropriation of [a] child in-utero” when she moved to New York City after her ex, Bode Miller, filed for custody of their child in California. “It was unprecedented to have a judge basically accuse a woman of running… Read more »Read more
“If people have to go outside their insurance plan to pay for birth control, that’s a healthcare issue, it’s an economic issue and it’s a workers’ rights issue.”–Chitra Panjabi, Membership Vice President of NOW. Read more from Chitra on how Hobby Lobb… Read more »Read more
The following is a list of plaintiffs in the 100 cases that have been filed in opposition to the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act.
See video from the 2014 vigil commemorating the anniversary of Roe v Wade.
An all-out assault on women’s reproductive health and rights continues in many state legislatures — a stark reminder that elections have consequences. The Tea Party has wormed its way into prominence on the state level, resulting in an avalanche of abortion restrictions on the state level. Now, 55 percent of women of reproductive age in the US live in states hostile to abortion rights, a dramatic 22 percent increase from 2000.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments in McCullen v. Coakley (Docket No. 12-1168) challenging a 2007 Massachusetts law that makes it a crime for speakers to enter or remain on a public way or sidewalk within 35 feet of an entrance, exit, or driveway of a reproductive health care facility.