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Ohio Legislator Became Pro-Choice After Listening To Women's Stories
Tim Ryan, Democratic U.S.

Senator Boxer Urges President to Continue Support for UN Population Fund
Earlier this week, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) along with 21 of her Senate colleagues sent a letter to President Obama calling on him to maintain support for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). UNFPA, which promotes maternal and reproductive health, conducts major demographic surveys, and campaigns against fistula and female genital mutilation, supports programs in over 150 countries.

Former Vanderbilt Football Players Found Guilty in Campus Sexual Assault Case
Two former students of Vanderbilt University have been found guilty of four counts of aggravated rape, one count of attempted aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, and one count of tampering with evidence and unlawful photography by a jury in Nashville yesterday.

Marissa Alexander To Be Released from Prison
Marissa Alexander is expected to be released from prison today, where she spent the last three years of her life after firing a warning shot into the air to defend herself from her estranged and abusive husband.

Sports Illustrated Runs Domestic Violence Ad Before Super Bowl
Just days before the Super Bowl, Sports Illustrated has decided to run an advertisement on their site that puts a spotlight on domestic violence in the National Football League. The ad was created by UltraViolet, a gender-equality nonprofit.

Mormon Church Moves To Protect Gay Rights
In a rare news conference today, leaders of the Mormon Church said the Church is promising to support housing and job protections for the LGBT community in exchange for legal protections for believers who object to others' behavior. According to the Associated Press, Church leaders are making an appeal for a "balanced approach" in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom. It's not clear how much common ground Mormons will find with this new campaign, the Associated Press story continued.

Anti-Choice Extremists Target Abortion Clinic Director in Kansas
Anti-abortion extremists have taken to protesting outside the home of Julie Burkhart, the CEO and founder of the Trust Women Foundation and the Executive Director of the South Wind Women's Center. In the wake of the 42nd anniversary of Supreme Court decision Roe v.

Egyptian Court Sentences Doctor In Female Genital Mutilation Case
An Egyptian appeals court convicted and sentenced a doctor today for performing female genital mutilation (FGM) that lead to a 13-year-old girl's death.

#HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality
The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10. United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum. "Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said. First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally.

BREAKING: House to Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban
After they were forced to scrap plans for a 20-week abortion ban, House Republican leaders decided late last night to instead ram through a vote today on a different extreme anti-abortion bill. House Republicans are now pushing HR 7, a bill promoted as a ban on federal funding of abortion that would actually prevent women from using their own money to purchase health insurance that includes abortion care.

House Cancels Abortion Ban After GOP Congresswomen Drop Support
House Republicans cancelled plans to vote on a 20-week ban on abortion after Republican Congresswomen removed their names publicly as co-sponsors of the bill. The vote on the unconstitutional 20-week ban had originally been scheduled for today, the anniversary of Roe v.

This Year's State of the Union Had a Historic Emphasis on Women
President Obama's 2015 State of the Union address placed an unprecedented emphasis on the central role women play in the economy, with more focus on social policy for women than in any State of the Union address in history.

Louisiana Activists Fight Proposed Restrictions on Abortion Providers
Louisiana abortion rights activists are fighting restrictions on abortion providers proposed last December by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH). Under the administration of Governor Bobby Jindal, the DDH last week issued a letter to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast refusing to allow its new state of the art clinic in New Orleans to perform abortions on the legal "excuse" that it did not show a need for a new facility to perform abortions in Louisiana.

Activists Petition Tennessee General Assembly to Protect Access to Reproductive Health
Feminist across the nation are speaking up to save reproductive health access in Tennessee. A slew of abortion restrictions are now on the table in Tennessee following the passage of Amendment 1 in November, which took away privacy rights to abortion from women in the state and opened the floodgates to legislating around reproductive rights at the state level. The Feminist Majority Foundation launched a petition - which already has over 1,500 signatures - calling on Tennessee legislators to ensure that women have access to comprehensive health care, and students on college campuses in the state are also circulating it on the ground.

Two Fraternities Refuse to Comply With UVA's New Anti-Sexual Assault Regulations
Two fraternities at the University of Virginia have declined to sign on to new fraternity regulations put in place after a sexual assault scandal shook the campus. The University of Virginia last week announced new regulations governing Fraternal Organizations to enhance safety on campus, and required all organizations to sign onto new regulations by Jan 16.

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