Posts Categorized: Legislation

Rhode Island Makes It Clear — Abortion Care Is Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Rhode Island legislature’s passage of a bill to codify Roe v. Wade, and Gov. Gina Raimondo’s swift signing of the measure, puts Rhode Island in the vanguard of states that are confronting the real threat to reproductive rights and the health and safety of women and girls.  We commend lawmakers for… Read more »

NOW Commemorates Juneteenth, Asserts Importance of Intersectional Feminism

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the National Organization for Women celebrates Juneteenth, commemorating the day 154 years ago when Texan slaves learned that the Civil War was won and they were free. On June 19, 1865, over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Major General Gordon Granger and his regiment arrived in Galveston, Texas and issued… Read more »

Commercialized Surrogacy Exploits Women

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Altruistic, non-commercial surrogacy is often utilized to help LGBTQIA+ couples and women struggling with fertility to build their families. While this practice has the support of NOW, we caution against legalization of commercialized surrogacy, which is currently being considered in New York State Assembly. Commercial surrogacy does not depend on the willing… Read more »

Abortion Care in Missouri is Protected For Now

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, Judge Michael F. Stelzer of the Missouri Circuit Court in St. Louis issued a preliminary injunction allowing the only remaining clinic providing abortion care in the state to continue operating through June 21st. NOW celebrates this victory for abortion rights, which, at least temporarily,  prevents Missouri from becoming the first state… Read more »

NOW Celebrates the Centennial of the Senate Passing the Nineteenth Amendment

WASHINGTON, D.C. — One hundred years ago, on June 4th, 1919, Congress passed the Nineteenth Amendment and sent it off to the states for ratification. The amendment is brief, simply stating: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State… Read more »