When it comes to your reproductive health, public figures have said a lot of outrageous things—some of them so outrageous they're laughable. But the threats to your reproductive health are real and no laughing matter. Here's the bottom line: these issues are personal, and women need to know just how extreme the opponents to reproductive health care are.
For generations, women have overcome obstacles, exceeded expectations and fought for equality. We fought discrimination in the health insurance market, where women have been considered a pre-existing condition and denied health coverage due to a previous Caesarean section or a history of domestic violence or rape.
It's shocking that more than 50 years after the birth control pill was approved, we're fighting to ensure that women don't lose access to it. Another startling front in the contraception battle? When you go to a pharmacy to get your contraception, you might be denied.
Do you think our nation's leaders would allow a hospital to refuse to perform an emergency abortion on a woman -- even if it means she would die? Unfortunately, if some leaders have their way, the answer would be yes. The House of Representatives actually passed a bill that would allow hospitals to turn away women needing emergency abortion care.
The health care law is working for women, helping them get the care they need. So why are opponents of the law fighting to take away all these important benefits and common-sense protections. Take a stand and help us protect women's health care. Join the National Women's Law Center's campaign and tell opponents of affordable care "I Will NOT Be Denied."™
In 2011, states across the nation enacted 92 new restrictions on abortion, the highest number ever. Today, overreaching politicians are continuing to jeopardize women's health by trying to force them to undergo invasive and unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds and giving fertilized eggs legal rights.
Forty years ago, Reed v. Reed was the first case in which the Supreme Court applied the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution to strike down a law that discriminated on the basis of sex. On November 17, 2011, this historic case was marked with a special panel discussion about the past and future of women's legal rights under the Equal Protection Clause, featuring special guest speaker Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
On November 9, 2011, President Barack Obama delivered an inspiring keynote speech at the National Women's Law Center's Annual Awards Dinner. In his speech, he praised the Freedom Riders and efforts to promote women's equality.
On November 9, 2011, NPR's Michel Martin hosted a discussion with five Freedom Riders – Diane Nash, Catherine Burks-Brooks, Joan Mulholland, Pauline Knight-Ofosu, and Helen Singleton – during the National Women's Law Center's Annual Awards Dinner. The Center's 2011 Awards Dinner honored all Freedom Riders during the 50th anniversary year of their courageous rides.