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SCOTUS Ruling on Birth Control Endangers Reproductive Health of Millions

By allowing virtually any employer or university to opt-out of the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that contraception be covered by insurance plans without out-of-pocket

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DNC Must Adopt Bold, Inclusive Vision for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice in 2020

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Virginia Eliminates Backlog of Rape Kits

July 8, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has eliminated a backlog of thousands of untested rape kits, becoming only the seventh state in the country to do so, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said Wednesday.

Herring said the project to test rape kits — some decades old — began in 2015. Since then, 2,665 rape kits have been tested, 851 new DNA profiles have been uploaded into a national DNA

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VA NOW Conference July 18: Forging a Path to Racial Equality

On Saturday, July 18, Virginia NOW will hold our bi-annual state conference via ZOOM to  elect state officers  and to  move our feminist justice and equality agenda forward . The conference will be held from 1 to 3pm. To register, contact president@vanow.org 

Agenda

A Legislative Look-Ahead
Eileen Filler-Corn , Speaker of the VA House 

Addressing Racial Justice in VA: Policing Reform and Beyond

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NOW Demands that the ERA is Enshrined in the Constitution

WASHINGTON, D.C. – NOW andover 50 women’s rights and civil rights organizations filed a joint amicus curiaebrief(with the assistance of Winston & Strawn LLP) urging the enshrinement of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the Constitution The brief was submitted in support of a lawsuit brought by the Attorneys General of Virginia, Illinois, and Nevada – all three states

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Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Rights In Louisiana – But We’ve Still Got Work To Do

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Supreme Court’s decision today in June Medical Services v. Russo struck down a Louisiana law imposing targeted restrictions on abortion providers (TRAP laws) that the Court had previously found unconstitutional in Texas. TRAP laws are not designed to protect women’s health, but rather to expand the power of patriarchal church leaders and

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Replace Mitch McConnell’s Empty Promises on Police Reform With Real Action

June 24, 2020- WASHINGTON,D.C. – TheSenate’s failure to movedecisivelyoncomprehensivepolicingreformunderscoresthe urgentneed for Congress to follow the lead of their constituents, who overwhelmingly support an end to abusive policing practices, state-sanctioned violence and systemic brutality against Black people at the hands of law enforcement.  Senate Democrats are right to call B.S. on

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Juneteenth: Re-Commit to Racial Justice

"Juneteenth is a time to recommit ourselves to the work that remains undone. We remember that even in the darkest hours, there is cause to hope for tomorrow’s light." -Barack Obama
 
Juneteenth is a celebration of the day in 1865 that the remaining enslaved people in the United States learned of their freedom — some two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. The day has
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Do The Math: Trump Has Added More Right-Wing Judges To The Courts Than Any Other President

 

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell made a devil’s bargain to stack the federal judiciary with ultra-conservative judges, cementing opposition to women’s rights, workers’ rights, immigrant rights, LGBTQ freedoms and environmental protections for generations to come. 

The U.S. Senate has confirmed 196 judges nominated by President Trump, including two associate justices of the

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VA NOW: Work with Allies for Racial Justice

 

The murder of George Floyd has renewed our resolve to build a more equitable society. 
Since NOW’s founding, racial justice has been a core issue, but dismantling racism requires more of us than protesting. And the burden must not be on the shoulders of people of color. We believe the best way to honor the memory of George Floyd and all the other victims of racism is to work with allies to dismantle
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