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National NOW Times >> Winter 2004/2005

In This Issue

Women Voters Maintain Gender Gap in 2004 Elections
In the 2004 elections, women once again demonstrated their strong opinions and voting patterns. New data proves that the gender gap—the difference between the way women and men vote on a particular candidate—is alive and well in the U.S.

NOW staff members and interns protest in Lafayette Park in front of the White House Nov. 3 to demand that each vote be counted before the election was called.
NOW staff members and interns protest in Lafayette Park in front of the White House Nov. 3 to demand that each vote be counted before the election was called.

Second Term Could Mean the End for Roe
Conservatives want to overturn Roe by any means possible. And they will get their chance in the coming few years, as George W. Bush makes one, two, three or perhaps even four nominations to the closely divided Supreme Court, tipping the scales and wreaking havoc on women’s rights and civil rights for the next 30 years.

Exciting New Feminist Legislators to Watch
The 2004 elections were not all bad news. The election victories of three up-and-coming NOW PAC-endorsed candidates are definitely worth relishing.

Viewpoint: Don't Worry About Your Golden Years, Wall Street's Got Just the Plan for You
The President and Congress are telling the public that Social Security is broken and they have a swell plan to "fix" it. What they won't tell you is that their mismanagement of our taxpayer dollars, combined with an ill-advised tax giveaway to millionaires, depleted the reserves for human needs programs.

After Extensive Election Organizing, NOW Looks to the Future
The NOW/PAC and National NOW Action Center spent much of the last 16 months preparing for the 2004 elections, beginning with the launch of the Drive for Equality in July 2000.

Debunking the Morality Myth & Same-Sex Ballot Initiatives
Right-wing forces and the mainstream media used initiatives banning same-sex marriage to make claims that the electorate swung far to the right in this election, showing intolerance for the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) community.

Pharmacist Knows Best? Women Beg to Differ
An alarming trend has been making news recently, but it's been going on for years. We're talking about a clause that allows pharmacists to refuse to fill certain prescriptions because of "moral objections."

Bright Spots in the November Elections: Economic Ballot Initiatives Pass at State Level
While the 2004 presidential and congressional elections were a great disappointment to feminists and anti-poverty activists around the country, not all election results were disappointing.

Voters 18 to 29 Came Out in Droves to Cast Their Ballots in 2004
Since the early hours of Nov. 3, we've heard from pundits and pollsters that young voters didn't turn out for the 2004 election. Nothing could be further from the truth.

FDA Strengthens Mifepristone Warning, Based on Science or Anti-Choice Bias?
The FDA announced Nov. 15 that it would strengthen the "black box" warning on mifepristone, yet in the four years mifepristone has been prescribed in the U.S., only two deaths have been indirectly linked to its use.

Equal Marriage NOW Campaign Focuses on Education & Legislation
The Equal Marriage NOW campaign launches in January 2005 in response to the passage of 11 anti-marriage ballot measures on Nov. 2 and the increasing support in the country for expanding marriage rights to same-sex couples.

Affirmative Action Suffers a Conservative Backlash
As affirmative action succeeds in increasing the representation of women and people of color in the workplace and in higher education, a conservative backlash continues to thwart this progress.

Empowering, Enfranchising and Energizing Women of Color
An ad hoc advisory committee comprised of 12 NOW leaders gathered at the National Action Center in Washington, D.C., to plan for the Women of Color and Allies (WOCA) Summit to be held in New York in April.

Abstinence-Only Education Teaches Blatant Lies
A report released on Dec. 1 by Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., found that abstinence-only education programs supported by George W. Bush contain outrageously false information about reproductive health issues.

In Memoriam: Midge Kovacs, Former New York City NOW Leader
Midge Kovacs, former vice president of New York City NOW, died Oct. 15 of cancer.

In Memoriam: Gloria Sackman-Reed, Longtime NOW Activist and Pioneer
Longtime NOW activist Gloria Sackman-Reed died Oct. 27 of cancer.

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