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National NOW Action Alert – Oppose the Manager’s Amendment!

Take Action NOW: Please call your senators immediately and urge them to oppose the Manager’s Amendment in the Senate health care reform bill, which will effectively make abortion coverage unavailable in health insurance exchanges and, ultimately, in private insurance policies as well. If the Manager’s Amendment passes, urge your senators to oppose the entire health reform bill.

A nearly 400-page Manager’s Amendment offered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), being debated currently, contains a provision every bit as bad as the infamous House-passed Stupak-Pitts Amendment. The provision was drafted to gain the vote of abortion rights opponent Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and is a complicated variation of Stupak-Pitts. It allows any state to prohibit abortion coverage in health insurance exchanges. In addition, all funds that would pay for abortion services would have to be segregated from other private funds and federal subsidies. This requirement would apply to the tens of millions of women who would buy their insurance under the new exchanges and, in the opinion of expert health policy analysts, would mean that insurers simply would not provide abortion coverage in the exchange plans. Eventually, insurers would stop offering abortion coverage altogether.

The Senate health care reform bill is highly flawed now, with the leadership having been forced by a lone senator, Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), to drop the most important components of reform: a public option and the Medicare buy-in for persons ages 55 to 64. While there are remaining aspects of the legislation that are positive, these three factors — an abortion coverage ban, no public plan and no Medicare buy-in — make the Senate bill unacceptable, in our view.


Call your senators directly to their Washington, D.C., offices (please do not dial the main switchboard, as it is likely overwhelmed with calls from abortion rights opponents), and urge them to oppose the Manager’s Amendment. You can make the call by going to our website, entering your zipcode, and then clicking on the “info” link under each of your senators.

If the Manager’s Amendment is adopted, ask your senators to vote against the entire bill. The Senate does not HAVE to pass this flawed bill before Christmas, but they MUST fix the bill to remove onerous abortion restrictions! And the senators should restore the public option and the Medicare buy-in as well

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Sign a Petition to Protect a Woman’s Right to Choose!

From our friends at Planned Parenthood…

When it passed a historic health care reform bill, the House also adopted the Stupak amendment, a dangerous piece of legislation that would ban abortion from private and public insurance plans for millions of American women. Fortunately, the fight for women’s health didn’t end in the House, and our sharp focus is now on the Senate. We are demanding that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ensure that language similar to the Stupak amendment does not become part of the Senate health care reform bill.

Take Action NOW!

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October 24th – Chicago NOW Love Your Body Day Event!

Join us for Love Your Body Day on Saturday, October 24th at 11:00am. This year’s event will be held at the Phoenix Military Academy, 145 S Cambell Ave in Chicago. We will have the winners of the LYBD essay contest share their essays.

The topic of this year’s essay contest is “Body image and the media: Together we can fight the media’s harmful portrayal of women’s bodies by…” Everyday, we are exposed to thousand of commercials, advertisements, magazines, etc. that tell us our bodies aren’t good enough and are in need of constant improvement. The fashion, cosmetic, and diet industries have reduced women to body parts – legs, lips, breasts – that are airbrushed and retouched to meet an impossible standard; a standard most people will never attain, even with the “help” of all of the products that the industries want us to buy. Our goal is to engage young men and women in thinking critically about what they see in the media, how the images affect their own feelings and self-esteem, and what they think can be done to stop these negative influences. We are honored to have the group “Sisters Empowering Sisters” and a counselor from Phoenix Military Academy, Darci, to lead activities.

If you would like to attend Chicago NOW’s Love Your Body Day, or if you have any questions regarding the event, please email Jessica Brown jessica.brown.79@gmail.com

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Anthony Abbate – October Status Hearing Update

The status hearing did not happen today. The defense canceled again. The next status hearing is scheduled for October 13th.

The tentative trial dates are November 17th and November 23rd. Anthony Abbate will also appeal his criminal conviction. The new criminal trial dates are unknown at this time.


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Tonight! – Join Chicago NOW for a Documentary and Panel Discussion!

We will watch and Discuss America the Beautiful, a film by Darryl Roberts that examines America’s obsession with beauty and physical perfection. After the film Chicago NOW board members will participate in a panel discussion with Darryl Roberts, an Art Director from Playboy, and a District manager for Mary Kay.

Open Bar

$15 in Advance – $20 at the Door

Wednesday October 7th @ 7pm

AMC River East 2132 E. Illinois Street

For more information call 312-952-5110
Buy tickets here: http://www.mymartinimovie.com/home.php

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Today We Celebrate Women’s Equality Day

Today we celebrate the ratification of the 19th amendment that gave women the right to vote. Let’s all take a moment today to thank the women who came before us and made this day possible. This generation has been handed an amazing opportunity to live and work freely in this country.

But as we celebrate our foremothers, we must also carry on their work. In this country and around the world, gender discrimination is alive and well.

  • Women are paid 78 cents for every dollar earned by a man.
  • The U.S. has no guaranteed medical leave for childbirth
  • Women only make up 16% of our representatives in Congress
  • Abortion and contraceptives are constantly challenged by right wing state governments and religious extremists. Some states require women to view sonograms before an abortion. In Illinois a young woman’s parents must be notified before the procedure.
  •  Each and every day of our lives we are confronted by magazines, TV ads and movies that challenge our self esteem and our feelings of self worth so that we will buy their product.

This is only a fraction of the things we must continue to fight. So, today, let us be thankful, but let us also be vigilant of the rights we must protect and let us be active in the fight to obtain the rights that we deserve.

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Do You Dare…

Chicago NOW invites you to our annual cocktail reception and fundraiser:

Women Who Dared

This event is the Chapter’s opportunity to thank Chicago leaders for their contributions to the feminist community. For 2009, the chapter is proud to honor Lorie Chaiten, Director of the Reproductive Rights Project for the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU of Illinois, and Jennifer Koehler, Deputy General Counsel to Governor Pat Quinn.

What: Cocktail reception and silent auction

When: Wednesday, September 16th, 6pm-9pm

Where: Flourish Studios*, 3020 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60657, www.icanflourish.com

Ticket Info: $25 in advance or $30 at the door; $60 includes Chicago NOW Membership; $10 for students

Click here to purchase tickets.

We are asking all attendees to please bring a personal care item or toiletry to donate to Deborah’s Place. You can learn more about the organization at: www.deborahsplace.org.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, e-mail us at cnowweb@yahoo.com.

*handicap accessible

*Childcare provided

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