More than ever, the issues NOW stands for have been dominating the headlines. Sometimes, it can be difficult to keep up with every piece of breaking news, but as part of a new weekly series, we’ll highlight three local/state/national news topics that we think every NOW member should know.
AHCA & What It Means For Healthcare
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) was unveiled this week, and it is
simply devastating for women’s healthcare, especially women insured under
Under the AHCA, women insured under Medicaid will be blocked from receiving
services from Planned Parenthood. According
to a report from the Government Accountability Office, nearly 80% of Planned Parenthood patients had
incomes at or below 150% of the federal poverty level.
With a massive decrease in patients, this
could force many Planned Parenthood clinics to shut it doors.
Gavin Grimm’s Case Will No Longer Be
Heard By The Supreme Court
After the Department of Justice and the Department of Education withdrew the directive that protected transgender students
under Title IX, the Supreme Court announced Monday (March 6) that they would no
longer be hearing the case for Gavin Grimm,
a transgender teen from Virginia who is suing his school board in order to use
the bathroom that matches his gender identity.
Grimm’s case will now go before a lower court in Virginia where they will decide
whether Title IX applies to transgender students.
The Rise of Anti-Protest Bills in State
International Women’s Day this past Wednesday (March 8) saw a number of
protests across the U.S. and the rest of the world. The protest in New York City notably resulted in the arrest of Women’s March organizers Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour,
Carmen Perez and Bob Bland along with nine other individuals on charges of
However, for 15 states, including Michigan, bills have been introduced that would
restrict rights to protest.
According to the ACLU,
two bills have been proposed in the Michigan House of Representatives, but have
since been shelved. One, being dubbed an
“anti-picketing law,” would “increase penalties for picketing and would allow
companies to file complaints about pickets without having to show any actual
business harm.” The second, an “anti-union
law,” would “repeal a law that requires employers to include information about
an ongoing strike when they advertise to hire employees who will replace
employees who are on strike.”