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  • May 12 Feminist Film "Miss Representation"

    This is the first installment of Richmond NOW's feminist film series. We will be screening the film "Miss Representation." This documentary film explores how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in influential positions by circulating limited and often disparaging portrayals of women.


    The film premiered in the documentary competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.  Writer/Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom presents provocative interviews from Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Jackson Katz, Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem for an inside look at the media and its message.


    As the most persuasive and pervasive force of communication in our culture, media is educating yet another generation that a woman's primary value lies in her youth, beauty, and sexuality - and not in her capacity as a leader - making it difficult for women to obtain leadership position and for girls to reach their full potential.  the film accumulates startling facts and asks "What can we do?"


    Further information is at http://www.meetup.com/Richmond-NOW-National-Organization-for-Women/events/60526672/.

    Posted Apr 20, 2012, 5:23 AM by Richmond NOW
  • April 28 Rally For Women's Rights

    On April 28th, Unite Women Virginia will be holding a Rally for Women's Rights at Nina F. Abady Festival Park in downtown Richmond from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

     

    Guest Speakers will include Delegate Kaye Kory (38th District), Delegate Jennifer McCellan (71st District) and Delegate Charniele Herring (46th District). Women's Strikeforce PAC founder and former Virginia delegate, Robin Abbott will speak along with Strikeforce Sponsor and former delegate, Katherine Waddell. Victoria Bragunier, President of the Richmond Chapter of the National Organization of Women, Caroline O'Shea of NARAL-Pro-Choice VA, and Carolina Velez, a Domestic Violence Advocate with Safe Harbor.

    Posted Apr 20, 2012, 5:06 AM by Richmond NOW
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    Posted Apr 17, 2012, 3:48 PM by Richmond NOW
  • Stop Anti-Abortion Rights Teen Endangerment Act in Congress

    TAKE ACTION NOW:
    A House floor vote is coming soon on the dangerous anti-abortion rights Teen Endangerment Act, which could criminalize helping a teenage woman access legal abortion care outside of her home state. Tell your representative to vote NO on the "Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act" (H.R. 2299).

    BACKGROUND:
    Introduced by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the "Teen Endangerment Act" -- as women's reproductive rights advocates have renamed this bill -- will make it more difficult and more dangerous for teenage women to access safe, legal abortion care. It is a reworking of the failed "Child Custody Protection Act" of the late '90s, which would have prohibited anyone other than a parent from accompanying a teenage woman across state lines to access abortion care. That bill was defeated with the help of women's rights advocates and opposition from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Adolescent Medicine, which then stated that the travel restrictions may increase the risk of harm to adolescents by delaying access to medical care.

    Follow this link to read more and address a message to your legislator!
    Posted Apr 17, 2012, 7:51 AM by Richmond NOW
  • Attend Silent Vigil and Organizing Event for Women's Rights

    A silent candlelight vigil on the International Day For Women to tell  Governor McDonnell to Veto HB 462 (the Ultrasound Bill).

    For more details go to the facebook 


    Posted Mar 7, 2012, 4:36 PM by Richmond NOW
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Bills We Are Fighting

While the 2012 General Assembly is in session women all over Virginia are coming together to fight against these outrageous bills. See our Calendar for event listings and contact us to see how you can help!

HB 1: Grants fertilized eggs the status of persons under Virginia law, subject only to the U.S. Constitution and U.S. Supreme Court precedents. 

HB 261; HB 462; SB 279; SB 484: Mandatory Ultrasound before Abortion

HB 62; Withdraws authorization for Medicaid funding for termination of pregnancy for eligible women whose pregnancies have been found to be complicated by serious fetal anomalies

HB 1285; SB 637: Prohibits abortion after 20 weeks gestation unless, in reasonable medical judgment, the mother’s life is at risk or the mother is at risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function.

HB 464; SB 496: Creates the state’s health care exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act but prohibits the sale of insurance coverage for abortions, except when the pregnancy endangers the mother’s life or is the result of rape or incest.

















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