PASCO COUNTY NOW (National Organization for Women)
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Pasco County NOW takes action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.


From the President - Elaine TognerI

Female Autonomy in 2016

 If women can’t control their reproductive rights, they don’t have autonomy.  That’s why the right to safe and legal abortion is so critical.  As we approach the annual anniversary of Roe v. Wade on Jan. 22, a December AP/GfK poll shows lots of support for legal abortion.  Those who think abortion should be legal all or most of the time are:

  •       76% of Democrats
  •        54% of Independents
  •          40% of Republicans
  •         58% of Americans

 Out of step with public opinion, the Florida Legislature has these restrictive bills under consideration this year: 

·         HB 1 Hill - Physician Admitting Privileges for abortion doctors to hospitals within specified distance

·         HB 233 Trujillo - Provides applicability to abortion clinics of licensing requirements for hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and mobile surgical facilities

In addition, all of the Republican candidates for President either oppose or want to severely restrict abortion.

These type of bills are advanced as supposedly protective of women’s health, however, medical abortion is one of the safer procedures, safer than childbirth. The bills are designed to eliminate providers by increasing costs and setting unnecessary requirements that will eventually make abortions more difficult to obtain. If these legislators truly valued women’s health, they would be working on domestic violence where one out of every three women are victims.

It’s our job to point out these inconsistencies as we work to protect women’s rights through our activism.  Speak up and speak out.    

In SIsterhood,

Elaine Togneri 

Quote of the Month for Jan. 2016

To be clear, reproductive justice is not a label—it’s a mission. It describes our collective vision: a world where all people have the social, political, and economic power and resources to make healthy decisions about gender, bodies, sexuality, reproduction, and families for themselves and their communities. And it provides an inclusive, intersectional framework for bringing that dream into being. Reproductive justice is visionary, it’s complex, it doesn’t fit neatly on a bumper sticker, and it has a lot to teach us about how to be successful in a changed and changing world..” 
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