While even President Trump described the House Trumpcare bill as ‘mean,’ his colorful verdict is an uncommon understatement as it applies to the House and Senate bills’ treatment of women’s healthcare. Trumpcare is ‘cruel’ to women, and especially harsh to North Carolinians.
Trumpcare allows the elimination of women’s access to healthcare, letting insurance companies refuse to provide maternity care, slashing Medicaid payments (by $834 billion in the House bill/$772 billion in the Senate bill), and restricting Title X reimbursement. Medicaid is the nation’s public health insurance program for people with low incomes, the disabled and the elderly. The Medicaid program covers about 75 million Americans, or 1 in 5, including many with complex and costly needs for care. Seventy percent (70%) of the adults covered by Medicaid are women. Title X is a federal program which provides funding family planning services to people beyond Medicaid, like low-income women who are not Medicaid-eligible. Their recipients? Women.
The Senate Trumpcare bill will cut Medicaid by almost $1 trillion dollars (that’s trillion with a ‘t’). These policies have disproportionate and disastrous consequences for women – young, middle-aged, and elderly, alike – especially in North Carolina. More than half of all births in North Carolina are covered by Medicaid – 54% in North Carolina in 2014, while other states vary from 24% to 72%, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Trumpcare allows insurance companies to refuse to cover maternity and newborn care as part of the 10 essential health benefits that insurance companies would no longer be required to cover.
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Organizing a national Women’s March on Washington in Washington DC has been an adventure. First, let us recognize that there is a lot of interest in protesting in DC. Asheville NOW filled a bus in less than a week. Charlotte NOW is filling one now. And there are about 20 buses from North Carolina alone. At first the organizers didn’t realize they absolutely needed permits, where to send the buses, etc. Then, when Alice Cohan, of Feminist Majority (formerly of National Organization for Women/NOW) jumped in to help get permits, they found out many groups tried for permits for that date and those places, and they were working through the process. Then things changed and all protesters were being blocked from using normal rally/protest sites like large sections of Pennsylvania Avenue, as well as the Washington Monument, the National Mall and the Lincoln Memorial! Now there is an update from that – we finally have a site. But here is some background on the process. Never discount a bunch of angry women!
Picture from the March for Women’s Lives in 2004. Raleigh NOW delivered 3 buses and Mandy Carter of SONG delivered another from Durham. Our 4 buses traveled together to the national march.
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December is busy with some celebrating and some reminiscing. Indoor event in Raleigh on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Outdoor holiday parade and march in Durham on Saturday, Dec. 10.
Join Raleigh NOW on Tuesday, Dec. 6, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NOW with the documentary “She’s beautiful when she’s angry,” looking at why NOW was founded. Think about how far we’ve come. On the flip side, I am sure we’ll want to discuss how far we still need to go, as shown with the presidential campaigning and election.
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Our state conference is a great time to look at where women were and what we still need to reach actual equality. The WHOLE PURPOSE OF NOW is to get women *actual* equality – social, economic and political equality!
2004 March For Women’s Lives in DC. Raleigh NOW sent 3 or 4 buses for this huge event!
You may know that 2016 is NOW’s 50th anniversary. Some of you were with me at NOW’s national conference in DC celebrating this – we had a great showing from NC. So we’ve been looking at how things were in 1966 and how they are now. Life was very different 50 years ago.
- A single woman could be denied a credit card; a married woman couldn’t get a credit card without her husband’s signature!! His signature was required as a cosigner!
- A single woman couldn’t get birth control and a married woman may not be able to get it either!
- Marital Rape was not a recognized crime! A woman couldn’t refuse to have sex with her husband.
NOW was founded because women were mad about the unfair treatment and not going to take it any more! The founding group of women saw value of being organized. NOW is still here and still fighting against many more problems.
Founding conference in October of 1966. There is a listing of who each woman is!
To find out more about our conference, and to sign up, go here. If you want to help set up or clean up, email president at raleighnow.org. If you want to donate items for a silent auction, go here.
We are screening ‘Trapped’ on Friday, May 6, at 7pm at WorkPlace Options (WPO), 2912 Highwoods Blvd, in Raleigh. Filmmaker Dawn Porter examines how abortion laws affect doctors, patients and clinics in different states.
Trapped is about TRAP laws – the Targetted Regulation of Abortion Providers. TRAP laws provide other ways to financially handicap and often close women’s clinics.
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Tagged abortion, birth control, doctors in danger, Rape, reproductive rights, women
Supreme Court cases are so important! Conservatives are going after birth control coverage, if you can believe it, and the case is at the Supreme Court! Find out more about Zubik v. Burwell, a case on whether religious institutions other than than churches should be exempt from the contraceptive mandate regulation under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The contraceptive mandate is a regulation adopted by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the ACA that requires non-church employers to cover certain contraceptives for their female employees. Churches are already exempt under those regulations.
The Supreme Court started hearing the Zubik v. Burwell case on March 23, 2016.
NOW activists in DC demonstrating at Supreme Court building.
Photo Credit: NOW Facebook Page
Although the short session has been fascinating, a legislative update wouldn’t be complete without including the 3 monumentally disastrous Supreme Court cases that were decided within a week (Jun 26, 2014 to June 30, 2014), all of which hurt women.
First, the Supreme Court ruled on the abortion clinic buffer zone case, McCullen v. Coakley. On June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a Massachusetts law creating a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics in which protest was forbidden is a violation of the First Amendment. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion, which held that the law was unconstitutional because it blocked peaceful protest on public streets. The case was brought up by a grandma. Now, anyone who has escorted at abortion clinics knows that grandma is not the main danger there (although older ladies can be dangerous too). But dangerous and threatening people there are, just as there are people who plan to shoot (and have shot) patients, doctors and staff.
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Tagged birth control, discrimination, Equal Rights Amendment, health, Jobs, women, women's rights
The internet is on fire discussing another terrible decision from our nation’s Supreme Court, another attack on women. On Monday, June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that for-profit employers can decide whether or not to cover their employees’ birth control and contraception. Strictly speaking, the conservative majority ruled that for-profit corporations with religious objections can opt out of providing contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
This staggering decision puts corporations above women. Four years after the Supreme Court ruled that corporations have free speech rights in its controversial Citizens United decision (Jan 21, 2010), this Supreme Court granted religious rights to for-profit corporations! It opens the door for corporations to opt out of other laws, now that corporations have new standing.
Photo Credit: Daily Kos
The case was brought by Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts chain founded by evangelical Christians. If you’ve ever been to Hobby Lobby, you see the staff is mostly women, and the customers are mostly women. And while Hobby Lobby is hugely profitable, their employees are paid little. Hobby Lobby sued the government over the ACA because the owners don’t want to have to provide their employees with insurance coverage for some forms of birth control, like IUDs or the morning after pill, which they claim cause abortions, contrary to scientists and the FDA.
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