6.27.16 - NWL Response to Whole Woman's Health: Keep Organizing!

After Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, Women Demand Control Over Our Reproduction

Today the Supreme Court decided Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt in favor of women, calling Texas's most recent anti-abortion law unconstitutional and staving off the latest attempt by the power structure to control women's bodies. The outcome is a win and a huge relief for women in Texas and beyond; it reinforces and strengthens women's right to abortion across the United States. 

However, it is the latest example of a small group of "experts" deciding women's fate while we are expected to passively wait and see how our lives will be affected.

We demand control over our reproduction.  We demand repeal of all abortion laws.

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4.22.15 - The Alligator: Women's Rights Group Protests Bill Regulating Abortion

candi.protest NWL organizer Candi Churchill (pictured second from left) is quoted in the article below: “(Change is) not going to happen because we’re on the street corner one day,” she said. “We have to build a movement.”

From Alligator.org: Horns blared and engines revved Tuesday night on the corner of 13th Street and West University Avenue while protesters clustered on the corner of campus cheered.

The group gathered to  protest a Senate bill that would require women to go through a 24-hour waiting period before getting an abortion.

The protest, which was co-sponsored by the National Organization for Women and National Women’s Liberation, lasted from 5 to about 6:45 p.m. (continue reading)

5.13.14 - Gov. Scott: Women Demand You Veto Anti-Abortion Bill (HB1047/SB918)

Call Governor Rick Scott at (850) 488-7146 or click here to send him an email demanding he veto anti-abortion bill HB1047/SB918!

Press Contacts:

Kendra Vincent, Chapter Chair, National Women's Liberation-Gainesville chapter, ph. 352-256-3164

Brooke Eliazar-Macke, Organizer, National Women's Liberation- Gainesville chapter, ph. 352-514-7769

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

GOVERNOR SCOTT: WOMEN DEMAND YOU VETO ANTI-ABORTION BILL! (HB1047/SB918) 

The Florida Legislature is attacking women's and girl's rights in Florida. HB1047/SB918, which vaguely claims to "revise circumstances under which a pregnancy in the third trimester may be terminated," permits doctors to place the potential life of a fetus above the life of a woman.

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2.18.14 - The Alligator: UF abortion advocates gather on UF's campus to speak out

From Alligator.org: At an abortion awareness event held Monday on the Plaza of the Americas, speakers told Gators abortion is something college women and men both have a stake in.

Kendra Vincent, chairwoman of the Gainesville chapter of the National Women’s Liberation, said the event was a response to some of the legislation that has been proposed and passed in other states that some women’s rights activists believe were put in place to impede abortion.

“They know they can’t overturn Roe v. Wade,” Vincent said, “so they’re chipping away at it.”(continue reading)

2.13.14 - NWL Letter to the Editor - New York Times

Attention: Room for Debate Editors, New York Times

Re: Dangers of Emergency Contraceptives (View as PDF)

The misinformation cited in Donna Harrison's opinion piece "Dangers of Emergency Contraceptives," published February 7, 2014, has been debunked in your comments section, in previous articles printed in your paper, and elsewhere on the Internet. But special attention must still be paid to the underlying assumption that these contraceptives, specifically Plan B One-Step, are in fact available over the counter.

Since members of National Women’s Liberation won a lawsuit resulting in a federal court judge ordering Plan B One-Step to be sold over the counter, many CVS stores are not complying. In some stores, Plan B One-Step is still behind the pharmacists' counter; in others, it is in the manager's office. In all stores we have visited, it is stocked sparsely, with only one or two packages on the shelf. Store owners are often misinformed or uninformed about how Plan B One-Step should be sold, with some still imposing an age restriction and some giving lectures.

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6.11.13 - NWL's Allison Guttu on WBAI

Listen to NWL organizer Allison Guttu, one of nine NWL feminists arrested at a sit-in at the FDA, on NY's WBAI news regarding recent victory on the Morning-After Pill. 

6.10.13 - Feminists Win 10-Year Fight in Landmark Birth Control Victory!

Obama Backs off Morning-After Pill, Drops Appeal!

Feminists win access to the Morning-After Pill for all women and girls in the U.S!  Ten years of speakouts, consciousness-raising, petition gathering, phonebanking, flashmobs, sitting-in and putting pressure on the Food and Drug Administration helped make this court decision possible.  Women cannot be on equal footing with men if we can’t decide when and if we will bear a child. Morning-After Pill over-the-counter gives women an enormous freedom. Organizing pays!
 
 
We are sharing the following press release from our attorneys at the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund.

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6.5.13 - Appeals Court Orders Obama Administration to Put Morning-After Pill Over-The-Counter

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Today, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Obama Administration to put the two-pill form of the Morning-After Pill fully over-the-counter for women and girls of all ages and sold in any store. The Court upheld an earlier order in favor of the National Women's Liberation plaintiffs in the Tummino v. Hamburg lawsuit.

This victory is due to the feminist movement! Watch the video of women who have been flashmobbing pharmacies and picketing all over the country, share it with others, and join us!

The Obama Administration still needs to listen to women, listen to the courts, and DROP their legal appeal and filibustering and put the morning-after pill over-the-counter for all ages. Right now is the best time to pressure Obama to drop the court appeal entirely.

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5.7.13 - Salon.com: Judge rips Obama’s right-wing Plan B stance

From Salon.com: “It turns out that the same policies that President Bush followed were followed by President Obama,” said District Court Judge Edward Korman on Tuesday morning, in a charged and dramatic two-hour hearing in which the Obama administration defended its arbitrary policy to limit contraceptive access.

Korman was explaining why, when previously ruling on access to Plan B emergency contraception, he had initially waited for the administration to act on its own and make the drug widely available based on scientific evidence, rather than on politics. “The process had been corrupted by political influence. I remanded because I thought with a new president” things would be different, Korman said. But in 2011, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius overruled, with the president’s explicit blessing, the FDA’s recommendation to lift all age restrictions, which Korman ruled in March was a decision made in “bad faith” because of the politics around sex and contraception. He ordered the administration to lift all restrictions. Instead, it accepted a manufacturer’s petition to make Plan B available over the counter only with photo ID showing the purchaser was at least 15, and the Department of Justice is appealing. (read more)

5.7.13 - The Miami Herald: Florida women play key role in emergency birth-control case

From The Miami Herald: The long and sweeping movement to broaden access to emergency contraception — which may culminate soon in girls and women of all ages having over-the-counter access — has been led, in part, by a group of Florida grassroots activists — students, mothers, daughters.

The original lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration calling for all restrictions to be lifted on the so-called morning-after pill has nine plaintiffs, most of whom have deep Florida roots, their journey starting at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Five of the plaintiffs attended UF; one of those, Candi Churchill, grew up in Cooper City; their attorney, Andrea Costello, who also attended UF, is from North Miami.

The cause — first fought as students, now as seasoned activists — will be heard again Tuesday, as a federal judge decides the next step in a case shaping the national discourse on women’s reproductive rights. The case’s origin traces, in part, back to an infirmary pharmacist at UF in the 1990s who refused to dispense emergency contraceptives based on his religious and moral beliefs.

“We are just women who are willing to stand up for ourselves, other women and girls,’’ said Stephanie Seguin, who grew up in Fort Myers, now an organizer with the National Women’s Liberation Gainesville chapter and a plaintiff. “This is a way for women as a group to have more control over our lives. This is about self determination for women and girls.’’  (read more)

5.5.13 - Battle Rages On: Obama Administration Tries to Stop Landmark Morning-After Pill Order

On April 5th 2013, National Women's Liberation won a landmark victory when our 10 year campaign for full morning-after pill access culminated in a Federal court decision ordering the Food and Drug Administration to remove all restrictions on the pill. On May 1st, the Obama Administration announced it would appeal the decision.

Statement of our attorneys with the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF):

This is history in the making and it will affect the basic rights of women for generations to come.

PCJF represents grassroots feminist activists with National Women’s Liberation and 15 year-old Anaya Kelly in Tummino v. Hamburg, a lawsuit filed along with the Center for Reproductive Rights against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS).

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5.7.13 - PCJF: Judge Calls Obama Admin Position a 'Charade' in Morning After Pill Hearing

Statement from our attorneys with the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF):

Today, U.S. District Court Judge Edward R. Korman heard arguments regarding the Obama administration’s Motion to Stay his Order from April 5, 2013, requiring that emergency contraception be made available without age and point-of-sale restrictions. Over a two-hour period, Judge Korman made it clear that the government’s position was unjustifiable. Calling the government’s conduct a “charade” the Judge condemned the “political influence” that has caused a “total and complete corruption of the administrative process.”

“As Judge Korman made clear today, the administration’s tactics affect all women but have the greatest negative impact on poor women, young women and African American women, as well as immigrant women. This is politics at its worst and the administration should be ashamed of its duplicitous conduct,” stated Andrea Costello, Senior Staff Attorney at the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund and counsel for the plaintiffs in the litigation.

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5.7.13 - Morning-After Pill Hearing Today on Government's Motion to Stay Order

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Plaintiffs’ Counsel and Plaintiffs Available for Interviews May 7, 2013

Press contact: Sarah Sloan, 202-904-7949, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman will hear arguments today on the government's motion to stay his April 5, 2013, Order requiring that emergency contraception be made available without age and point-of-sale restrictions. 

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) represents the plaintiffs, grassroots feminists activists with National Women’s Liberation (NWL) and 15-year-old Anaya Kelly in Tummino v. Hamburg. The lawsuit was filed along with the Center for Reproductive Rights against the Food and Drug Administration and Health and Human Services.

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4.5.13 - Gothamist: Morning After Pill Must Be Available To All Ages Without Prescription, Judge Rules

From Gothamist: A federal judge has ordered the FDA to make the "morning-after" emergency contraception pill available to women of all ages without a prescription within the next thirty days. The lawsuit, originally filed in 2005, uncovered evidence that the Bush Administration pressured the FDA to enact an age limit on the pill for political reasons, and in 2009 the court ruled that the FDA “acted in bad faith and in response to political pressure." In 2011, the FDA finally decided to lift the age restriction on Plan B, but in another instance of extraordinary political pandering, President Obama's Health and Human Services overruled the FDA.

3.29.13 - Ladies Lotto: Birth Control Flash Mob!

From Ladies Lotto: We’ve seen many a flash mob thanks to the Interwebs…kids doing the “Harlem Shake,” Oprah & her fans dancing to “I’ve Got A Feeling,” and countless more. But what about when a flash mob is used for activism? (read more)

3.27.13 - Women's Enews: Supporters of Plan-B Access Flash Mob NYC Store

From WOMENSENEWS: On March 26, over a dozen women joined a flash mob at a pharmacy in Union Square here to dramatize their support for unrestricted, over-the-counter access to the morning-after pill. (read more)

Federal Court Announces It Is Near a Decision in Morning-After Pill Lawsuit

Press Contacts:
•    Annie Tummino, Lead Plaintiff, Tummino v. Hamburg, ph. 917-842-5306—available Wed., 3/6, 4:30p-6:30p EST
•    Erin Mahoney, Named Plaintiff, Tummino v. Hamburg, ph. 646-853-7100, New York City
•    Stephanie Seguin, Named Plaintiff , Tummino v. Hamburg, ph. 352-727-8144, Gainesville, Florida
•    Candi Churchill, Named Plaintiff , Tummino v. Hamburg, ph. 352-281-7454, Gainesville, Florida
•    Brooke Eliazar-Macke, Chapter Chair, National Women’s Liberation-New York, ph. 352-514-7769

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (View as PDF)
Federal Court Announces It Is Near a Decision in Morning-After Pill Lawsuit
Feminists Eagerly Await Decision in Latest Birth Control Fight

NEW YORK, NY – March 6, 2013 – On Monday, feminists with National Women’s Liberation (NWL) received news from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in their lawsuit (Tummino et al. v. Hamburg) against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) to remove all restrictions on over-the-counter access to the Morning-After Pill (MAP) (also known as Plan B One-Step™ or “emergency contraception”).

In an Order issued March 4, 2013, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman indicated that he “expect[s] to file an opinion in this case by the end of the month” and directed the FDA and HHS to respond to specific questions.

 

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2.13.13 - Stopmotionsolo.net: Demanding Fair Access to the Morning-After Pill

From stopmotionsolo.net: On Tuesday January 22nd, members of National Women’s Liberation gathered at New York City’s branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to protest the agency’s decision, one year ago, to overrule FDA scientists and restrict the Morning-After Pill (also known as Plan B) from females under the age of 17. . .

Read complete article, view photographs and watch video of NWL's Speakout at www.stopmotionsolo.net.

On Tuesday January 22nd, members of National Women’s Liberation gathered at New York City’s branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to protest the agency’s decision, one year ago, to overrule FDA scientists and restrict the Morning-After Pill (also known as Plan B) from females under the age of 17.