Valerie Huber, an abstinence-only advocate, was appointed to the Dept. of Health & Human Services leadership team. As President and CEO of an abstinence-only organization, Ascend, Huber pushed a religious agenda that denied science, withheld pertinent medical information from young people and promoted stigmas of shame and fear towards sexually active and LGBTQ-identifying teens and survivors of sexual assault. Research has shown, abstinence-only education DOES NOT reduce teen sexual activity or teen pregnancy rates.
The Cosby trial can teach us a lot about rape culture. While this one case is rightly getting a lot of attention, the fact is that most survivors never get their day in court. Check out our latest update, Moment of Truth: What the Cosby Case Reveals About Rape.What we know going into the trial is that Cosby has admitted to giving women drugs and bragging about using his position of power for sex. Given our president’s history of bragging about sexual assault, it’s more important than ever that we believe survivors and #TakeRapeSeriously.
Yesterday Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law the most restrictive abortion legislation in the state since 2013. The law will require clinics to bury or cremate all tissue obtained during an abortion and it bans dilation & evacuation, the safest and most common procedure for performing second-trimester abortions. Some legislators worry this bill might even give the state of Texas the power to jail people simply for driving someone to obtain an abortion. What’s clear is that this legislation is unconstitutional.
Hello, my name is_____ and I am a constituent living in _____. I am asking for you to support legislation that will end child marriage in our state, A.5524, sponsored by Assemblymember Amy Paulin. Our U.S. State Department recognizes child marriage as a human rights abuse, but we are allowing girls in our state to get married. This has to stop NOW.
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Representative John Faso failed to show up at NOW New York’s Hudson Valley Women’s Town Hall on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017. The Women’s Town Hall aimed to kick-off a conversation between the Representative and his constituents, including survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, about the importance of protecting the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
NOW-NYC’s featured post on our blog What NOW about Serena Williams, medicine, & the mystification of the female body.