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National NOW Times >> Fall 2011

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Activists in Germantown, Md., for Summer of Choice

NOW leaders and activists joined with reproductive rights allies to form a peaceful presence outside the Germantown, Md., clinic of Dr. LeRoy Carhart, which was the target of anti-abortion extremists this summer.

Summer of Choice: What We Learned in Germantown
When Operation Rescue declared a "Summer of Mercy 2.0" outside the Germantown, Md., clinic of Dr. LeRoy Carhart, NOW made a commitment to stand proudly and peacefully for women's fundamental right to choose abortion.

Elections: Women's Rights Hang in the Balance
The 2011 special elections and the 2012 elections provide crucial opportunities to replenish Congress with women's rights supporters who will fight back against this year's relentless attacks on women.

Deficit Cuts Threaten Women's Economic Security
Since the 2010 midterm elections, NOW has had to work overtime to protect vital social programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, family planning, job training and more from destructive economic policies.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Victory, At Last
On Sept. 20, 2011, the Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy will be history, and lesbians, gay men and bisexuals will, after 18 long years, be able to serve openly in the military -- finally!

Birth Control Coverage Victory May Come with a Catch
In early August, NOW commended the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for issuing new guidelines for insurance plans to cover women's preventive health services under the Affordable Care Act.

Billboards Targeting Women of Color Met with Resistance, Reality
Reproductive justice advocates are standing up to efforts to demonize and shame women of color who utilize their legal right to abortion.

Momentum Growing for Equal Marriage
After more than 15 years of advocacy for equal marriage, NOW is finally seeing increased momentum to repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prohibits the U.S. government from recognizing same-sex marriages.

NOW Conference: Action, Inspiration and Connection
NOW held its 2011 National Conference in sunny Tampa, Fla., June 24-26. Hundreds of feminists from around the country gathered to share ideas and strategize to stop the ongoing war on women by the right wing in Congress.

Positive Step in Effort to Prevent, Address Sexual Assault on Campus
The Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights released a guidance letter to schools, colleges and universities, reminding them of their responsibilities under Title IX to prevent and address sexual violence.

NOW Urges More Funding for Anti-Violence Programs; U.N. Report Finds U.S. Programs Lacking
NOW President Terry O'Neill submitted written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee in July, calling for greatly increased funding for Violence Against Women Act programs, in light of recommendations by a U.N. special rapporteur.

NOW Presses for ERA; Multiple Strategies at Work
Nearly all U.S. adults believe that women and men should have equal rights, and the vast majority of them also believe equality should be explicitly guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution. So, what's the hold up?

Order Love Your Body Day Posters
NOW Foundation will celebrate its 14th annual Love Your Body Day on Oct. 19.

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