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
Senators: Confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General & Pass a Clean Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his conservative cronies are stalling Loretta Lynch’s Attorney General nomination in order to cram last-minute anti-abortion language into the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. That’s worse than petty — it’s petty with nasty racial and gender overtones. E-mail your Senators today and tell them enough is enough!
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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I have always been a paranoid person. A lock-the-doors-twice, never-even-think-of-trespassing, glass-of-water-between-drinks-at-a-party type of person. So, one Tuesday when I forgot to take my daily birth control until three hours past I was supposed t… 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 »
“One in three women?” That’s what guest moderator Frank Sesno asked me when I appeared on the Diane Rehm Show last week to talk about the recent outrageous and dangerous attacks on Planned Parenthood. He was surprised to learn that one in three women i… Read more »
835. That is the number of anti-choice measures enacted in states between 1995 and 2014 according to NARAL Pro-Choice America’s 2014 report, “Who Decides?.” Last year alone, state legislators enacted 27 anti-choice measures across the nation. The tren… Read more »
Any argument that Black women in America should disavow Planned Parenthood because of some history of anti-Blackness would necessarily require that Black women disavow the very country in which we live.Read more
Increasingly, abortion opponents are pursuing personal and medical information on women undergoing abortions and the doctors who perform them. They often file complaints with authorities based on what they learn.Read more
Certain governors have even been willing to put taxpayer dollars toward investigations of Planned Parenthood health centers. All of these investigations that have been concluded so far have (surprise!) come up empty. That’s right. All of the completed investigations into Planned Parenthood have shown that there was no “wrongdoing” to find. Why? Because no matter what lengths anti-abortion extremists go to, it doesn’t change the truth: Planned Parenthood is a high-quality health care provider that millions rely on each year.Read more
In 1988, the Reagan administration began a moratorium on fetal tissue from elective abortions being used in scientific research. But Congress lifted that ban in 1993 when it passed the National Institutes of Health Revitalization Act, which allowed research on human fetal tissue regardless of whether the tissue came from a voluntary abortion. McConnell voted for that bill, as did Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Fred Upton (R-Mich.), all of whom have condemned Planned Parenthood in the past two weeks for its involvement in the practice.Read more
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.
The Fight for Coverage Continues- Many mothers choose to breastfeed their children and return to work. However, some women are facing discrimination because they need adequate time to express milk during permitted breaks at work. Some women have seen hours reduced, coverage denied, and some have even been fired for exercising their legal right to breastfeed.
NOW advocates for safe and effective treatment for hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). The FDA Advisory Committee backs approval of women’s sexual dysfunction drug.