Tuesday, December 20, 2011

News: Birth Control, VAWA, Occupy Flash Mob


NOW News and Action Summary

National Organization for Women:
News & Action Summary

DECEMBER 19, 2011

IN THIS ISSUE:


Tell President Obama: Free The Pill From the Bishops!

Take Action NOW!

President Obama is on the brink of a decision that could deny access to basic birth control. Under intense lobbying from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the president is poised to potentially expand an already sweeping refusal clause that allows employers to deny birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Take Action NOW!



NOW to Obama: Women Who Elected You Need You To Support Birth Control

NOW calls on President Obama and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to retract the department's decision to overrule the FDA's recommendation on Plan B One-Step, and to keep all religious exemption clauses out of the Affordable Care Act regulations on insurance coverage of birth control. Read more.


Tell President Obama, Secretary Sebelius "Reverse Plan B Decision"

Take Action NOW!

Take action NOW to reverse this outrageous and purely political decision to overrule the FDA's determination that a form of emergency contraception is safe, effective and should be available over the counter with NO age restriction. Take Action »


Letter Urges Congress to Reauthorize VAWA (PDF)

The National Task Force Against Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women (of which NOW is a member organization) sent a letter to Congress asking for support in reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. VAWA's programs support state, tribal and local efforts to address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Read more.


Emergency Contraception Betrayal: Does President Obama Really Oppose Family Planning?

In a stunning betrayal of women, the Obama administration has sided with radical right politics in rejecting the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to remove an age restriction on emergency contraception. Read more.


NOW Foundation Asks Supreme Court to Protect Stalking Victims Against Employment Discrimination

NOW Foundation recently filed a friend of the court brief supporting civil rights attorney and former law professor Dawn V. Martin, who is calling on the Supreme Court to hold that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects a woman from being stalked in her workplace and from being terminated for reporting it. This case is particularly timely in light of recent attention to sexual attacks on college campuses. Read more.

Grassroot Spotlight

California NOW: One People Flash Mob — Occupy

On Nov. 19, California NOW, along with CodePink and OccupyTogether, converged at Occupy SF & Oakland to dance the world awake. Watch the video on YouTube »



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