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9/30/2014
US Supreme Court Shuts Down First Week of Early Voting in Ohio
Less than 24 hours before the start of Ohio's would-be voting period, the Supreme Court blocked efforts to restore a full seven days of early voting in the state, marking a win for the Republican-controlled legislature that enacted the new voting restrictions. The Supreme Court's order offered no opinion or explanation, but Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer would have ruled differently.

9/30/2014
Georgetown Alumni Call Out University for Not Allowing Reproductive Rights Protests
Over 200 Georgetown University alumni have sent a letter to university President John J.

9/29/2014
Hope for Afghan Women as New President is Sworn In
Ashraf Ghani, who has publicly and consistently stated his support for women's rights and women's participation in government, was sworn in as the new President of Afghanistan today at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. Over 1000 national and international guests attended the ceremony, including high-ranking officials from the United Nations and 34 countries and a delegation from the United States.

9/29/2014
Civil Rights Lawsuit for Transgender Workers Is First of its Kind
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has brought two lawsuits on behalf of transgender workers.

9/29/2014
Advocates and Legislators Say NFL Corrections Go Wide But Not Deep Enough
Women's rights activists and anti-violence advocates are continuing to put pressure on the National Football League (NFL), calling for a more inclusive and robust institutional response to domestic violence and sexual assault as well as an independent investigation into the League. This summer, NFL executive leadership came under fire after the League failed to take action when video evidence of Ravens' running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee surfaced.

9/26/2014
States Refusing to Expand Medicaid Face Increased Costs and Larger Uninsured Populations
According to new data, seven of the 11 major metropolitan areas with rates of uninsured people higher than the national average are in states that have rejected Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. According to the US Census Bureau's Community Survey - the nation's most comprehensive data source on American households examining state and local poverty, income, and health insurance statistics - 13 states saw a statistically significant increase in the amount of residents covered by health insurance between 2012 and 2013.

9/26/2014
Michigan Lawmakers Push for Insurance Plans to Offer Abortion Coverage Options
Michigan state legislators are introducing a new bill that would require private health insurance companies to make "abortion riders" available to health care seekers. The proposal is a far cry from reproductive justice advocates' persistent call for integrated health coverage that includes coverage for comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion services.

9/25/2014
New Legislation Would Improve Access to Emergency Contraception for Survivors of Sexual Assault
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced legislation this week to make emergency contraception more widely available to survivors of sexual assault. The Emergency Contraception Access and Education Act of 2014, co-sponsored by Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), would require hospitals that receive federal funding - including Catholic hospitals - to tell sexual assault survivors who go to the emergency room that emergency contraception (EC) is available to them and to provide EC to survivors regardless of their ability to pay. Murray has introduced a similar bill every year for more than a decade.

9/25/2014
CVS Will Refund 11,000 Customers Illegally Charged for Birth Control
CVS has promised to refund around 11,000 women who were illegally charged copays for birth control after Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) alerted the chain that they were acting in violation of the Affordable Care Act. Speier, a ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements, sent a letter to Larry Merlo, CEO of CVS Health earlier this month after she discovered that the pharmacy was erroneously charging women copays for birth control.

9/24/2014
Women Firefighters Allege Sexual Harassment and Abuse From Coworkers
Several women firefighters who are currently or who have previously worked with the US Forest Service filed a complaint last month alleging they faced sexual abuse, harassment and job discrimination from their male coworkers. The complaint, filed with the Department of Agriculture on behalf of hundreds of women in the Forest Service's Region 5 in California, claims officials did not do enough to stop harassment and abuse.

9/24/2014
Largest-Ever Global Study of Gender in Film Illuminates a Persistent Sexism Problem
The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (GDIGM) convened its second annual Global Symposium on Gender in Media Tuesday, issuing the full results of its inaugural study of female depictions in global popular film.

9/23/2014
Legislation to Support Testing of Backlogged Rape Kits Goes to President's Desk
The Senate on Thursday voted to renew the Debbie Smith Act, aimed at cutting the backlog of untested rape kits.

9/23/2014
Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Says Controversial Nominee Lacks Support
Michael P.

9/22/2014
Under the Affordable Care Act, More Women Then Ever Have Free Access to Contraception
Two-thirds of American woman now have access to free birth control, thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Guttmacher Institute released a study Thursday showing steep increases in the number of women who were able to take full advantage of the ACA birth control benefit.

9/22/2014
Climate Change Activists Take Over Manhattan to Demand Action
An estimated 400,000 people took to the streets of Manhattan over the weekend to demand world leaders take action on climate change. The People's Climate March, which some are calling the single largest call for climate action ever, took place ahead of Tuesday's emergency UN Climate Summit. Joining the march were several labor unions, former Vice President Al Gore, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and celebrities Leonardo DiCaprio and Edward Norton.



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