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The Women's Movement Where It's Been, Where It's At and the Problems that  Remain by Sonia Pressman Fuentes
At two meetings in June and October of 1966, a total of forty-nine women and men, of whom I was privileged to be one, founded an organization that, along with legislation,  revolutionized this country and is well on its way to revolutionizing the rest of the world. The organization was called the National Organization for Women (NOW), and eight of the co-founders remain alive today.   But before telling you more about NOW, I need to review what led up to its founding.  
Coalition Statement Opposing Reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule June 2015 We join together as diverse voices from a variety of sectors to oppose any effort to reinstate the harmful global gag rule, also known as the Mexico City Policy. While the Helms Amendment restricts U.S. foreign assistance funding for abortions “as a method of family planning,” the global gag rule goes a step further by preventing foreign organizations using their own funds to provide information, referrals, or services for legal abortion or to advocate for access to abortion services in their own country from receiving U.S. international family planning assistance. (Read More)
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Beliefs don’t change facts. Facts, if you’re reasonable, should change beliefs. – Ricky Gervais The latest Jurassic Park movie Jurassic World has sent many Christians into a tizzy. They find it difficult to enjoy the film because it lends credence to the theory of evolution, which for creationists and Intelligent Design theorists, is far more frightening than any tyrannosaur could ever be. (Indeed, many of them refer to it as eviloution.) How ironic that, for them, they cannot enjoy science fiction because of the good science behind it!
The Unmitigated Horror of (Gasp!) Evolution
This Woman’s Point of View
ISHV Stands with Planned Parenthood   The undersigned 92 organizations stand with Planned Parenthood Federation of America during this time of vicious political attack. And we stand with the millions who rely on Planned Parenthood for health care. Planned Parenthood has provided compassionate and critical health care to women, men, and young people for over 100 years and is an integral and necessary part of our health care system. The organization that released heavily edited video did so as part of an extreme and entrenched campaign to end the availability of lawful and safe abortion in this country. This is not the first time that Planned Parenthood has been targeted in an underhanded manner by those who want to take away the right to abortion and the full range of reproductive health services. There have been other heavily edited videos, attempts at both the federal and state levels to take away Planned Parenthood’s funding, and attacks targeting organizations that work with Planned Parenthood (such as the recent outrageous decision to delay a bill establishing a commemorative coin that would raise funds for breast cancer research because one of the beneficiaries would have been Susan G. Komen For the Cure, which funds Planned Parenthood to provide breast cancer screening).