Join the Sun Cities NOW chapter for their May 6th meeting.  Meeting starts at 1 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Surprise. (17540 Ave of the Arts, Surprise, AZ 85378)
Guest Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Allison has practiced cardiology in Phoenix for 21 years.  She is the former Section Head of Cardiology for the Cigna Medical Group, and now practices with Heart and Vascular Center of Arizona.  She has been voted one of the Valley’s “Top Doctors” in several annual Phoenix Magazine surveys.
Dr. Allison is a past president of the Board of Directors of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality.  Her special interest is support and education for transgender persons, and her website features resources helpful for such support, including the story of her personal transition experience in 1993.  For seven years, Dr. Allison co-produced the Arizona Day of Remembrance, honoring the memory of transgender persons killed in the past year.

Statement of NOW President Terry O’Neill on Anti-Abortion Rider Attached to Medicare “Doc Fix” Bill

Washington, D.C. –  The “War on Women” is escalating in Congress, and we need every elected official who says they champion women’s basic rights to be our champions right now.
The latest reported attack on women’s access to abortion care is coming in the form of an ugly rider attached to the so-called “doc fix.” The doc fix is a pretty simple concept: allow Medicare to pay higher fees to physicians. This bill would also provide funding to community health centers, but only those that withhold abortion care.
Abortion is a common and necessary aspect of women’s reproductive health needs, with one in three women having an abortion by the age of 45.  Withholding this basic health service is not just discriminatory, but cruelly harmful.
NOW calls on every member of Congress to end the “War on Women” and support policies to ensure that every woman’s health insurance policy — whether she is insured through Medicaid, an employer-based plan or a state exchange — fully covers the entire range of reproductive health care services, including abortion and birth control.

Every day, in so many ways, the beauty industry tells women and girls that being admired, envied, and desired based on their looks is a primary function of true womanhood. The beauty template women are expected to follow is extremely narrow, unrealistic and frequently hazardous to their health.

The Love Your Body campaign was designed to challenge the idea that a woman’s value is best measured through her willingness and ability to embody current beauty standards.
This year for Love Your Body Day (Oct. 14), the NOW Foundation wants to hear your story. What does love your body mean to you? Is body acceptance a constant battle or a journey of self-discovery? How have you fought back against dangerous beauty standards? Go here to tell your story.

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The Supreme Court ruled that some private employers with religious objections can refuse to cover contraception for women employees. The court’s ruling struck down the birth control mandate for “closely held” corporations in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell. The private companies challenged the mandate of the Affordable Care Act requiring employers to offer health insurance that covers all FDA approved forms of birth control without copayments.

This is clearly an attack on women. Join the Inez Casiano Phoenix chapter of the National Organization for Women in a protest on this attack against women and women's health.

Bring your signs, your friends and join us this Monday, July 7th at 6pm outside of Hobby Lobby on 4643 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032.

If you have any questions or comments email our organizer at

Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill
WASHINGTON – The National Organization for Women (NOW) condemns the Supreme Court’s cavalier disregard for the physical safety – the lives, even — of women seeking abortion care and the health care providers who serve them. In a country where patients and doctors have endured horrific violence at the hands of what can only be called domestic terrorism, the Court’s denial of basic protection in the form of a buffer zone is unconscionable.
Deeply out of touch with the realities of women’s lives, the Roberts’ Court rejected the need for buffer zones around women’s health clinics. It simply dismissed the fact that the Massachusetts buffer zone law was passed after a gunman attacked two Massachusetts clinics, killing two people and injuring five others. Violence and harassment against clinics has continued right up to the present. While the Court was deliberating on this decision, a clinic in Montana was so severely vandalized that it was shut down and may not reopen.
The Roberts’ Court’s disregard for women’s safety is made even worse by the Court’s hypocrisy in maintaining its own 100-foot buffer zone, which the Chief Justice has defended as necessary to preserve proper “order and decorum” in the vicinity of the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. How is it that the Court is more deserving of this protection than women seeking essential reproductive healthcare?
NOW’s grassroots leaders and activists are mobilizing to take back our courts from the right-wing onslaught against women’s equality. For starters, we suggest that what is good for the goose is good for the gander, and call on Chief Justice Roberts to take down his own buffer zone.

According to voter polls there’s been a 9% increase in self identified feminist voters since 2008. In 2012 55% of women voters label them selves as a feminist. You can read the full article here. I know some of you 2nd wave ladies are asking where are the young people at (*cough, cough* Hi, 30-something in the house!)  they are here!

Furthermore, the Feminist Factor is especially strong among women in the emerging and expanding electorate of young women under 30 and among African-American women and Latinas.

We’re here and growing! So if you haven’t, hug a feminist today. We all have a lot of work to do still…

TAKE ACTION: There is a chance that the bipartisan, inclusive Senate-passed Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (S. 47) could pass the House of Representatives tomorrow.
But, the completely unacceptable substitute VAWA, being pushed by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash) as the sponsor, will be brought to the floor for a vote first. If the substitute fails, House members will then be able to vote yea or nay on the Senate-passed bill. We think we have the votes to defeat the substitute and pass the inclusive Senate bill, but we must have your help! We are so close now, with 201 co-sponsors and 19 House Republicans who signed a letter asking Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to allow the Senate bill to have a floor vote.
Please contact your House member, whether Democrat or Republican, and implore them to vote for the Senate-approved VAWA. The Senate version contains program improvements essential to bring protection and support to violence survivors who have not had access to services in the past.
Please make a call and send an email message right away, and don't forget to let them know that you are a voter in their district. Since we have only a few hours to reach House members, your calls and email messages must be sent today and early Thursday morning.
The Capitol switchboard is 202-224-3121, or you can look up your representative's D.C. office number at Tell them to please: Vote NO on the "Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute" (the House leadership bill), and vote YES on final passage of the Senate-passed VAWA (which will be brought up if/when the House substitute fails). Then we need you to send a short email message; you can use the one we've provided or write one of your own.
BACKGROUND: Much has happened over the last week or so. We learned that the conservative House leadership, at the behest of Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), introduced a version of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act that omits many of the important provisions of the Senate version. Here are just a few of the omissions and revisions:
The House leadership bill:
» Omits the Senate-passed provisions assuring protections for LGBT survivors of violence;
» Provides non-Native batterers with additional tools to delay and frustrate swift justice in tribal court systems, and it restricts existing tribal authority to issue civil protection orders against all abusers -- the only local recourse that Native American women have against non-Native abusers;
» Drops the Senate-approved reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act;
» Completely drops the strengthened protections and security for students on college campuses; and
» Rolls back provisions in current law, undermining the provenance of the Office of Violence Against Women by moving it to another Department of Justice office, among many other harmful changes.

Women from all over Arizona on opening day of the legislature to remind our legislators that Women educated, acted and voted!

While we made some inroads in last month's election and there are more pro-women's health legislators in our state legislature, the war on women wages on and the future of women’s health hangs in the balance. During the 2012 Arizona legislative session, anti-choice legislators passed extreme legislation preventing women and families from accessing care and limiting health care professionals from providing needed services.
Hundreds of women's health advocates descended on the Capitol to put our elected officials on notice and this year, we want to blanket the capitol in pink with the message: 
When Women Vote, We All Win!!