Friday, February 24, 2012

Wed, Feb 29: #LoveYourBody Tweet Chat & NEDAwareness Week 2012

#LoveYourBody Tweet Chat and
NEDAwareness Week 2012

NOW Foundation's Love Your Body Campaign is partnering with the National Eating Disorder Association for NEDAwareness Week 2012.

Join Us! On Wednesday, Feb. 29, we will be hosting a tweet chat from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

[image - #LoveYourBody Tweet Chat on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 4pm - 5pm Eastern; click here to learn more »]

What Is A Tweet Chat?
A tweet chat is a real-time conversation on Twitter. Participants use a common hashtag (#LoveYourBody) to respond to questions the moderator and other participants pose. Tweets (Twitter messages) are limited to 140 characters, which keeps responses succinct.

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How to Participate:

1) Go to and sign-in via Twitter.

2) Visit the #LoveYourBody chat room on to follow the conversation in real-time. FYI: you can search for the #LoveYourBody hashtag on Twitter, but that page will not update in real-time.

*Important - if you tweet directly from, you do not need to add the #LoveYourBody hashtag to your tweets. already includes the hashtag for you.

3) If you wish to tweet directly from Twitter (instead of tweeting from, open a new browser tab and login to your Twitter account.

4) Keep track of when someone replies or mentions you by opening a third browser tab to your Twitter home page and clicking on the "@Mentions" link. Whenever anyone replies to your tweet or mentions you, it will display here. Tweet chats can go a little fast, so this is a handy way of keeping track of when someone is talking directly to you.

Who Will Be Tweeting?

@NationalNOW - National Organization for Women

@erintothemax - Erin Matson, NOW Action VP

@LisaMayBennett - Lisa Bennett, NOW Communications Director

@latoyasv - Latoya Veal, NOW Press Secretary

@anitalederer - Anita Lederer, NOW Field Organizer

@LaurKE10 - Lauren Eiten, NOW Field Intern

@TamaraSymonds - Tamara Symonds, NOW Online Communications Coordinator

@CheneseLewis - Special Guest Chenese Lewis, plus model and Hollywood NOW president

NEDAwareness Week begins this Sunday, Feb. 26, and continues through Saturday, Mar. 3. This year's theme is "Everybody Knows Somebody."


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Infuriating: Stop the War on Birth Control!

Stop the War on Birth Control!


It's hard to believe, but true. Extremist leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives are taking aim at birth control. Not abortion. Birth control.

Last week we witnessed an appalling spectacle as Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) chaired a hearing on the Affordable Care Act's regulations for birth control coverage -- with almost no women permitted to be witnesses. NOW is fighting back, and we need your help.

Explaining why he wouldn't allow Sandra Fluke, a third-year student at Georgetown Law School, testify at his hearing on contraception coverage, Rep. Issa said she didn't have the right "qualifications" or "credentials." According to Issa, only eight men and two women -- all representing the fundamentalist wings of their religions and all adamantly opposed to women's reproductive rights -- were fit to present their views on birth control to the House of Representatives of the United States of America.

Whose House? Our House!
NOW is not about to allow Darrell Issa or any other extremist politician undermine women's access to birth control. More than 98 percent of sexually active women, including Catholic women, use birth control at some point, and strong majorities of women and men agree that birth control should be included in employer health plans, including religiously affiliated employers like hospitals, colleges and nonprofits.

I have said publicly that politicians who act to restrict birth control will pay a heavy price at the polls -- and NOW has a plan to make that happen. You can help.

We are building a nationwide voter education and mobilization project to get the word out about what is at stake for women in this fall's elections. We have an opportunity this year to oust the anti-choice, anti-women extremists who swept into office in 2010 and replace them with women who will champion our issues and fight for our rights.

That's where you come in. Your contribution will help us launch this ambitious mobilization project. Every dollar counts as we aim to thwart the efforts of the current House majority to deny women basic reproductive health care, and then send those legislators packing in November.

We don't have a moment to spare. Please let me hear from you right away.

For women's lives,
Terry O'Neill, President
National Organization for Women

P.S. Please give as generously as you can -- if we let them succeed in denying women access to birth control, what will they target next?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

National Organization for Women News: Birth Control, 2012 Conference, LYB Posters, Ms. magazine

NOW News and Action Summary

National Organization for Women:
News & Action Summary

FEBRUARY 21, 2012


Dangerous Anti-Birth Control Efforts Pending

Take Action NOW!

Send a message to your Congress members today, urging them to vote down any effort to restrict contraceptive coverage in health care. Take Action NOW!

2012 National NOW Conference

Energize! Organize! Stop the War on Women
Friday, June 29 - Sunday, July 1

2012 National NOW Conference

Conference Registration is Open!
Visit the recently updated conference website to register, arrange your stay, and sign up for conference email updates.

Maybe YOU could be part of the conference program! We are currently accepting workshop proposals. Don't delay -- the April 2 submission deadline is fast approaching! Learn more.

NOW also invites you to take advantage of our promotional opportunities - become a sponsor, exhibitor, and/or program book advertiser. More information.

NEDAwareness Week 2012 & Tweet Chat

[image-2012 National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Sun. 2/26 - Sat. 3/3]

NOW Foundation's Love Your Body Campaign is partnering with the National Eating Disorders Association for NEDAwareness Week 2012, themed Everybody Knows Somebody. We will be hosting a Tweet Chat on Wed 2/29 at 4pm Eastern. Stay tuned for more information soon. Read more.

Attacks on Birth Control Coverage Rage On in Congress, Representatives Stand Up for Women by Walking Out of Stacked Hearing

On Feb. 16, a House committee held a hearing on birth control coverage that featured a panel stacked exclusively with men opposed to the Affordable Care Act rule requiring that contraception be covered in employee health care plans. Read more.

Crazy Train Headed Off the Rails Over Birth Control

NOW President Terry O'Neill writes on Huffington Post: "Despite President Obama's accommodating move last week, conservative leaders are hurtling along in their attempt to restrict birth control. They've gained a righteous head of steam so quickly they don't seem to care that they're about to careen off the tracks." Read more.

Announcing NOW Foundation's 2012 Love Your Body Poster Contest Winners!

2012 Love Your Body Grand Prize Winner: Francesca Spruiell

Check out the winners of the 2012 Love Your Body poster contest. Eighth grader Francesa Spruiell is this year's grand prize winner. You can send all four designs as e-cards and learn about entering the 2013 contest yourself. Read more.

Restaurant Industry Must End Pay Discrimination, Sexual Harassment of Tipped Worker

A report released Feb. 13 at a congressional briefing by the Restaurant Workers Opportunities Centers and 11 major women's organizations, including NOW Foundation, provides in shocking detail the poor working conditions and poverty level wages paid to tipped restaurant workers, two thirds of whom are women. Read more.

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[image - Terry on Politics Nation 2/15/2012]

On Feb. 15, NOW President Terry O'Neill was on Politics Nation with Rev. Al Sharpton discussing the War on Women, including attacks on birth control and Virginia's ultrasound and personhood bills. Watch the video online »

Erin Matson, NOW Action VP

An Open Letter to the President of Georgetown University on the Battle Over Contraceptive Coverage, by NOW Action VP Erin Matson, RH Reality Check

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Dangerous Anti-Birth Control Efforts Pending

NOW Action Alert

Dangerous Anti-Birth Control Efforts Pending

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February 16, 2012


Send a message to your Congress members today, urging them to vote down any effort to restrict contraceptive coverage in health care.


Continuing Attacks on Birth Control - The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other extremists are expanding their campaign against women's reproductive rights by going all out to restrict birth control. They are not content with the Obama administration's extraordinary accommodations to religiously affiliated organizations -- namely, churches have carte blanche to keep birth control out of their health plans, while for other religious employers the cost of birth control coverage is absorbed entirely by the insurer. Now the bishops and their allies in Congress want all employers to be able to strip birth control from their health plans. That this is happening in a volatile election year is no accident.

Contraceptive Coverage Needed - NOW continues to object strenuously to any exemption from the requirement that all health insurance plans cover contraceptives without co-pays. Birth control is basic preventive health care for women, and withholding it on "religious or moral" grounds violates women's rights to religious freedom, to privacy, and to be free from discriminatory treatment in the workplace.

It is an outrage that in 2012 women should have to fight for health care services used by virtually all women of child-bearing age. The vast majority of U.S. women of reproductive age -- including 99% of all sexually experienced women and 98% of those who identify themselves as Catholic -- have used some method of contraception at some point. And we know that many young women -- including students at Catholic universities -- rely on birth control. According to the Guttmacher Institute's analysis of data from the federal government's National Survey of Family Growth: Of women at risk of unintended pregnancy, 88 percent currently use contraceptives, with 87 percent of Catholic women using a method of contraception other than natural family planning.

Extremists' Election Year Political Gambit Will Backfire - Right-wing politicians and religious extremists are trying to make birth control into an election-year wedge issue, but their actions are wildly out of step with the values and attitudes of the people in this country. A poll by the Public Religion Research Institute released last week finds that 58 percent of Catholics believe that employers should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraceptives. A recent survey by Public Policy Polling found 56 percent of voters (women and men) support the requirement for health plans to fully cover birth control.

This information needs to be conveyed to your senators in order to defeat these attacks on birth control. Please send your message now.

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