Nevada Ratifies Equal Rights Amendment – 36th State
After a hiatus of over 30 years, another state has ratified the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution! Tears of joy were shed when the Nevada Assembly on Monday, March 20, voted 28-14 to ratify the ERA. The measure had already been approved in the Nevada Senate and as soon as the Senate approves on Thursday a minor technical amendment, the ratification becomes final. This makes Nevada the 36th state to ratify; only two more states are needed to reach the required 38. Read more about the three-state ERA strategy here.
Gorsuch Confirmation Hearings and Upcoming Vote – Call Senators Brown and Portman!
Forty-one votes are needed to block the illegitimate nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Any Democrat (or Republican for that matter) who does not fight tooth and nail to stop Gorsuch cannot expect women to support their re-election in 2018.
The death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia in February, 2016 created a vacancy on the court. President Obama nominated centrist jurist Merrick Garland to fill the seat, but Republican senators refused to even hold hearings, claiming it would be wrong to fill a vacancy during an election year. The claim was ridiculous, as the Senate has routinely—eight times since 1900 alone—confirmed justices in election years, including Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy in 1988.
The Republicans’ outrageous obstructionism must not be rewarded. No Supreme Court nominee should be confirmed unless that person is Merrick Garland or someone who shares Judge Garland’s qualifications and judicial philosophy. Neil Gorsuch is not that person.
As a candidate, Donald Trump promised to appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe V. Wade. NOW has long maintained that women’s health care, including the full range of reproductive health services, is not a privilege but a human right. Ninety-eight percent of sexually active women use contraception at some point, and one in three will have an abortion by the age of 45. These are common and necessary aspects of women’s health. When they are criminalized, restricted, and stigmatized, women’s basic human rights are abridged. Blocking women’s access to birth control and abortion will predictably drive up rates of maternal mortality, maternal morbidity, and infant mortality – hardly the “pro-life” consequences that Gorsuch has claimed he desires.
More information on Judge Gorsuch’s anti-reproductive rights views in other cases as well as those in a wide range of topics is found in the National Partnership for Women and Families report, The Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court
Take Action: A vote by committee will likely take place the week of March 28th, with a full Senate vote sometime in early to mid-April. So please call senators Brown and Portman as soon as possible. The Capitol switchboard number is 202-224-3121 or go to the Senate directory for the office number. Click here for an information brief, and here for a phone script.
NOW NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Now, more than ever, we need to work together to advocate for gender equality. Support our 2017 Forward Feminism Conference and help us show that women’s rights are human rights!
2017 Forward Feminism Conference
Friday, June 30 – Sunday July 2
This year’s Conference will take place at:
The Florida Hotel and Conference Center
1500 Sand Lake Road
Orlando, FL 32809
You can help support NOW’s incredible work in the following ways (look for an option that works best for you!):
- Advertise in our conference program book! Choose from full page to business card size and full color to greyscale. Advertising in our program book is a great way to increase your visibility and spread your message, all while declaring your support for women!
- Exhibit at our conference! Join us in-person at our conference as an exhibitor! You’ll have the opportunity to engage directly with our conference attendees to promote your organization and work. We will have dedicated space in a high traffic area, so attendees can’t miss you! For exhibitors, NOW is pleased to offer a special rate to NOW Chapters and nonprofits.
- Become a sponsor! Sponsorship levels start at just $500 and feature amazing benefits such as verbal and visual recognition, exposure on NOW’s online media, advertisement in program book, and complimentary tickets to the Conference. With our Conference expected to bring hundreds of supporters from across the county, sponsorship is a terrific way to increase your visibility and declare your support for women.
Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you at the Conference!
ORGANIZE WITH OHIO NOW
Join Ohio NOW as we work at setting agenda for the rest of 2017. With the 2017 President and Congress on same page as well as Ohio Statehouse being against women, fighting violence against women, employment rights, the LGBTQ community, unions, and the list can go on, join NOW members as we plan strategy.
Attend the next Ohio NOW State Board Meeting to help organize on:
APRIL 8, 2017
starting at noon
@Grandview Library, 1685 W. First Avenue, Columbus
We need your support to accomplish our goals for 2017. Consider joining if not already a member and donating to OHIO NOW.
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