Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spotlight on Reproductive Rights: Femcare to Close, Transition Services to Planned Parenthood

ASHEVILLE - Recognizing the political challenges in today’s environment, Femcare has been in conversation with Planned Parenthood for several months, according to Lorraine Cummings, M.D., owner of Femcare, in a public statement on March 18.

Both parties want to ensure that women in Western North Carolina have strong, long-term access to full GYN health options, including abortion.

With that mutual goal in mind, in the coming year Femcare will shift its abortion services to Planned Parenthood.  During the time of transition Femcare will continue to provide abortion services, but will not see new gynecology patients.

Femcare has offered comprehensive reproductive health services in the region since 1985.  Similarly, Planned Parenthood has played a role in meeting women’s health care needs in Western NC and their patient base is rapidly increasing, providing over 3,000 medical visits during the past fiscal year.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Gender Bias is Critical Issue in March 29 event to benefit Aura Home for Asheville's Female Veterans

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Women in the U.S. Armed Services are often a silent group of abused and invisible members of our society, says Debbie Metcalf, president of Asheville NOW. 

For the past three years, Asheville NOW has challenges this position, demanding equality for women veterans who need and deserve a place of their own to transition back into society. 

"These women dedicate their lives to service, living and working in a male-dominated environment," she says. "Many come home to find themselves without a home." 

The Veterans Restoration Quarters, funded by federal tax dollars, does not allow women access the facility, despite their veteran status and honorable discharge after years of service. 

"This is a straightforward gender discrimination issue," says Metcalf. "The male veterans have federally funded transitional house and the female veterans do not."

The creation of the Aura Home, a transitional home for female veterans, is today spearheaded by former Asheville NOW member Alyce Knaflich. The project has the support and backing of AMVETs, and is endorsed by Asheville NOW.

The March 29 Asheville fundraiser will benefit Aura Home through these combined efforts, featuring speakers, documentaries, direct access to sponsors and information, and more, .

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Asheville Women's fight for ERA featured on AskAsheville

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Asheville NOW, A Voice for Women, Is On Facebook

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Please consider reaching out to the women in your life who are concerned with issues related to women's rights, gender equality, and health, among others, and ask them to join the Facebook group, which is open to members and non-member supporters alike.

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