Posts Categorized: Fighting The Right

NOW Calls on Obama Administration, Congress to Undo Harmful HHS Rule

The Bush administration issued the final version of a new HHS “conscience” rule — just in time to take effect on Jan 18, two days before the inauguration. This harmful regulation would require any health care entity receiving federal funds to certify in writing that none of its employees are required to assist in any way with any medical services they find objectionable.

National Organization for Women PAC Endorses Obama-Biden

NOW PAC Chair Kim Gandy stated, “It is with great enthusiasm that I announce today, on behalf of the nation’s oldest and largest women’s rights organization, that the National Organization for Women Political Action Committee (NOW PAC) proudly endorses Sen. Barack Obama for President of the United States.”

Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.: One Year Later and NOT a Happy Anniversary, Congressional Solution Still Not in Sight

How long do working women have to wait? And how many will be short-changed before Congress restores their ability to seek redress for pay discrimination?

It has been one year since the U.S. Supreme Court upended years of court precedent and effectively gutted a civil rights statute that gave victims of paycheck discrimination the right to sue their employers. In the decision, a 5-4 majority of the Court said that Lilly Ledbetter should have made her claim within 180 days of the company’s first offense — her first discriminatory paycheck — nearly 20 years earlier.

House Approves Federal Funding for Stem Cell Research

The House passed, by a bipartisan vote of 253-174, a bill that would allow federal funding of stem cell research utilizing donated human embryos, and would have the effect of greatly expanding the number of stem cell lines available to researchers. “Congress is finally dealing with important issues concerning women’s health and economic survival,” says NOW President Kim Gandy.