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8/29/2014
Terry O'Neill Was One of Hundreds Arrested Calling for Immigration Reform at White House Rally
Thursday, nearly 300 people were arrested in front of the White House during a rally calling on President Barack Obama to halt mass deportations.

8/29/2014
BREAKING: Fifth Circuit Blocks Texas TRAP Law Provision!
WASHINGTON - The Feminist Majority Foundation applauds U.S.

8/29/2014
Domestic Violence Victims May Now Qualify For Asylum in the US
A recent case has opened the door for victims of domestic violence abroad to qualify for asylum in the United States. The Justice Department's Board of Immigration Appeals ruled for the first time on Tuesday that a victim of domestic violence fit a specific criterion for asylum: persecution for membership in a particular social group.

8/28/2014
Illinois Expands Medicaid Funding for Contraception in Wake of Hobby Lobby
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has announced plans to expand Medicaid funding for contraception, effective October 1. The Illinois Family Planning Action Plan would increase the amount of money set aside for health care organizations providing reproductive health care.

8/28/2014
New California Law Takes Military Sexual Assault Cases Out of the Chain of Command
Last Thursday, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed into law a bill that would take military sexual assault cases out of military purview and instead assign them to civilian prosecutors in the state.

8/28/2014
Senator Boxer Pushes for Sexual Assault Victim Advocates at California Universities
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) urged California universities to create independent sexual assault victim's advocates on their campuses in a letter sent out on Tuesday. "As our students return to campus, they are counting on their universities to not only educate them, but also to protect them," Senator Boxer wrote in the letter to university presidents and leaders.

8/28/2014
New Report Urges US Military to Allow Transgender Personnel to Serve Openly
A recent report concluded that the US military has the resources it needs to allow transgender personnel to serve openly.

8/27/2014
White House Releases New Rules Governing Birth Control Mandate
Tthe White House released new health insurance rules Friday for nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses to comply with the Supreme Court's ruling in Burwell v.

8/27/2014
Study Highlights Disparities in Well-Being for Girls in Southern States
A recent report by the Girl Scouts Research Institute shows that the Midwest, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic are the best regions of the United States to raise girls, while the South - specifically Mississippi, Arkansas, and Georgia - is the worst. The findings were based on 23 indicators of education, extracurricular activities, emotional health, physical health, safety and economic well-being.

8/27/2014
California Legislature Votes to Restrict Sterilization of Prison Inmates
Both the California Senate and assembly unanimously passed a bill last week significantly restricting the sterilization of state prison inmates. SB1135 bans the practice of sterilization with a few exceptions, including if the person's life is in danger or sterilization is medically necessary to treat a diagnosed condition.

8/26/2014
More Investment in Women's Health Needed as Africa's Population Rises
Africa's population will reach four billion by 2100, according to a report released by UNICEF early this week.

8/26/2014
92 Million Dollar Project Will Improve Higher Education in Afghanistan
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a $92 million project to improve the higher education system in Afghanistan last week. The University Support and Workforce Development Project (USWDP) represents a five-year plan between USAID and the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and Ministry of Economy to improve Afghanistan's educational programs according to international standards.

8/25/2014
Advocates Seek to Block Louisiana TRAP Law in Federal Suit
Friday, the Center for Reproductive Rights joined a federal lawsuit challenging a Louisiana TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law set to take effect September 1. The suit, filed on behalf of health care workers in Baton Rouge, seeks an injunction against Louisiana HB 388, which requires abortion providers in the state to obtain local hospital admitting privileges.

8/25/2014
California Reverses Decision Allowing Catholic Colleges to Refuse to Cover Abortion
Two Catholic universities in California will no longer be allowed to exclude abortion coverage from their health insurance plans, according to a decision from the state;s Department of Managed Health Care. The state of California had previously decided to allow the insurance companies for Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara universities to deny abortion coverage, except in cases where it was needed to save a woman's life or health.

8/25/2014
Advocates for Youth, Feminist Majority Foundation, Planned Parenthood Generation Launch
WASHINGTON, DC -- Advocates for Youth (Advocates), Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), and Planned Parenthood Generation (PPGen), a project of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, are joining forces for an exciting new national civil engagement campaign - the 2014 Youth ShowOUT! In 2014, young voters will do more than just turn out - they will ShowOUT! Youth leaders are educating their peers, registering voters, participating in voter pledge drives, volunteering, and more.



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