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Getting our grassroots game ready to go

men-of-quality-women-rightsThroughout the country, NOW chapters and grassroots activists are gearing up to be ready to fight any harmful or regressive initiatives that President Trump or a Republican-controlled Congress would attempt to pass.

Among NOW’s top concerns:

  • Attacks against Roe v. Wade by either restrictive legislation or strategic legal cases
  • Legislation that would reverse Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt and allow unnecessary and harmful regulation of women’s health centers or in other ways limit women’s access
  • Efforts to reduce funding for Title X family planning and maternal health programs, including defunding of Planned Parenthood
  • Repeal of contraceptive access under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the no-cost sharing Women’s Preventive Health Services requirement under the ACA
  • Efforts to repeal or replace key components (including expanded Medicaid coverage) of the Affordable Care Act which would weaken the program, result in less coverage and higher costs
  • Efforts to undermine Social Security by reducing retirement and disability benefits, increasing the retirement age or privatizing the program
  • Efforts to convert Medicare to a voucher program and to block-grant Medicaid
  • Any initiative that would weaken Title IX’s equal education requirements that provide protections for victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault and transgender students’ access to facilities
  • Repeal of Executive Orders that require overtime pay, fair pay and enhanced workplace safety of federal contractors and subcontractors.

These are just a few of what could be a long list of regressive policies and legislation that the Trump administration and a Republican-controlled Congress could–and will likely–attempt to adopt.

IT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THAT ALL FEMINIST ACTIVISTS KEEP INFORMED AND BE READY AND WILLING TO TAKE ACTION! Please stay tuned and, if you’re not already a member of Connecticut NOW, consider joining today. We need to be united and ready to defend the many the programs and protections that women here, and throughout the US, count on.

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