Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act Would Repeal the Helms Amendment, Which Bars U.S. Foreign Assistance Funding for Abortion, Expanding Abortion Access Globally

Released on July 29, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus Providers and Clinics Task Force, today introduced the Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act. The Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act is the first-ever legislation to repeal the Helms Amendment, a 47-year-old policy rooted in racism that bans the Read more …

NOW Honors 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Released on July 28, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, NOW is proud to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a critical civil rights law guaranteeing non-discrimination protections to people with disabilities in all areas of public life. Signed into law on July 26, 1990, the ADA served as an important milestone for the rights of people with disabilities in our Read more …

NOW Celebrates the Life of John Lewis — And We Pledge to Honor His Legacy

Released on July 18, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At Congressman John Lewis’s last appearance in Selma, Alabama to commemorate the historic 1965 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge—where state troopers launched a vicious attack on peaceful demonstrators that left him with a fractured skull,–– he returned to a message that he advocated for throughout his life, the power of the right to vote.  Already diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, John Lewis looked back on that day and said, “We were Read more …

Trump’s Effort to Deny Asylum to Victims of Violence is Inhumane

Released on July 17, 2020

WASHINGTON – One of the cruelest initiatives yet proposed by the Trump Administration threatens to send victims of violence applying for asylum in the U.S. back home to face even more violence or perhaps death. The National Organization for Women (NOW) and our allies in the domestic violence and sexual assault prevention communities have worked for over 20 years to Read more …

Washington’s Football Team Must Change Its Toxic Culture—Not Just Its

Released on July 17, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Post’s extensive reporting on years of sexual harassment and verbal abuse directed at female employees, and ignored or condoned by top executives within Washington’s football organization is shocking, but not surprising.  The culture of contempt for women, violence against women, and disregard for women’s safety has long been a blight on the NFL.  Team owner Daniel Snyder has done the easy part Read more …