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10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost. The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance....
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case
The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case. UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015....
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions
The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately. The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement....
10/28/2014 Campus Sexual Assault Survey Finds One in Six MIT Women Are Survivors
One in six women at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have experienced some form of sexual assault, but only 5 percent have reported it, according to the results of a survey released Monday. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology emailed its nearly 11,000 graduate and undergraduate students a survey on campus sexual assault in April, only days before the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault released its first report....
10/28/2014 Ohio Officials Threaten to Close Cincinnati's Last Remaining Abortion Clinic
Ohio's TRAP law may soon force the last remaining abortion clinic in the greater Cincinnati metropolitan area to close, leaving an estimated 2.1 million people without access to a comprehensive reproductive healthcare site. Planned Parenthood's Elizabeth Campbell Surgical Center received a notice earlier this week from state health officials threatening to shut down the facility for failure to obtain a transfer agreement with a local private hospital. Last year, Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) signed into law a requirement that abortion clinics obtain a written agreement with a local hospital willing to take patients from the clinic in an emergency, despite the fact that emergencies are extremely rare and hospital emergency rooms must already accept patients....
10/22/2014 Students Protest Fordham University's Anti-Birth Control Policy
Students at Fordham University are engaged in a battle against the New York City Catholic school's anti-birth control policy. Students for Sex & Gender Equality and Safety (SAGES) has launched a petition drive, calling on Fordham to provide free and confidential access to birth control and STI testing on-campus, free condoms, professional gynecological services at the university, and resources for pregnant women, among other things....
10/21/2014 Obama Administration Issues New Rule to Strengthen Response to Campus Sexual Violence
The Obama Administration announced a new rule last week to more effectively address sexual violence on college campuses by increasing transparency around campus disciplinary proceedings involving sexual violence and establishing rights for survivors within those proceedings. The new rule, announced by the Department of Education, implements changes to the Clery Act, which requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid in the United States to publicly report crime information....
10/20/2014 Jay Leno Receives Mark Twain Prize, Salutes Mavis and Her Work for Women's Rights
Former long-time host of "The Tonight Show" Jay Leno saluted his wife, Mavis, for her work on behalf of women's rights around the world when he was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this weekend at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The Mark Twain prize is awarded for comedic achievement, and the event, where Leno performed a monologue and paid tribute to the many comedians he has worked with throughout his career, brought together supporters of the The John F....
10/20/2014 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Slams Supreme Court for Upholding Voter Suppression in Texas
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a blistering dissent after a ruling by the US Supreme Court this weekend threatened to disqualify more than half a million Texas voters from early voting. In an unsigned order Saturday, a majority of the Supreme Court sided with a Texas law requiring voters to produce specific forms of photo identification in order to cast a ballot in the 2014 election....
10/17/2014 Boko Haram Claims Kidnapped Chibok Girls Will Be Released Monday
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and Nigeria's military are reportedly negotiating the release of the nearly 300 young women and girls who were abducted by Boko Haram more than six months ago, ostensibly bringing an end to six months of activist efforts calling for their return. An adviser to President Jonathan, Hassan Tukur, told Voice of America that President Jonathan and the self-described "secretary-general of Boko Haram," Danladi Ahmadu, have been in talks in Saudi Arabia regarding the over 270 schoolgirls abducted by the extremist group in April....
10/16/2014 Prosecutors Claim South Carolina's Stand Your Ground Law Doesn't Apply to Domestic Violence Survivors
According to South Carolina prosecutors, the state's Stand Your Ground law, which allows people to use force to defend themselves when faced with "great bodily injury," is an unfit defense for domestic violence victims who live with their attackers....
10/13/2014 Full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Refuses to Hear Challenge to Texas TRAP Law
The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to rehear a March panel decision upholding HB 2, the Texas TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law that has forced 80 percent of abortion clinics in the state to close. Only 3 of 15 judges - all Democratic-appointees - supported the application to rehear the case against two provisions of HB 2....
10/10/2014 Study Finds Abortion Restrictions Adversely Impact Women's Health Outcomes
States with the greatest restrictions on abortion are the worst for women's overall health, according to a new study from the Center for Reproductive Rights and Ibis Reproductive Health. More than 250 bills restricting abortion were introduced in 40 states in 2014 alone, and in the period between 2011 and 2013, states signed 205 new abortion restriction provisions into law - "more laws than were enacted in the entire previous decade," the report states....
10/10/2014 Catholic Church Files Civil Rights Complaint Against State Over Abortion Mandate
California's Catholic leaders have filed a civil rights complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services over a recent decision by the state to mandate that religiously affiliated universities there offer full abortion coverage in their employees' health care plans. Earlier this year, the California Lawyer learned that despite the state's commitment to fully protect comprehensive reproductive rights, two Catholic universities - Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara - had discontinued coverage for "not medically necessary" abortion services for their employees....
10/9/2014 Staff at Immigration Center Accused of Sexually Abusing Women Detainees
Several civil rights organizations have filed a complaint against a privately run detention center in Texas, citing widespread allegations of sexual abuse and harassment. Last week, attorneys from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the Immigration Rights and Civil Rights Clinics at the University of Texas Law School, Human Rights First, and the Law Office of Javier N....
10/3/2014 UN Speaks Out Against Islamic State Attacks on Women
The United Nations last week condemned the brutal killings of women by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also know as ISIS. In a recent attack, Sameera Salih Ali Al-Nuaimya, a well-known lawyer and women's rights activist, was publicly executed by a masked firing squad in Mosul....
10/2/2014 Court Reinstates Same Day Voter Registration in North Carolina
A federal appeals court blocked North Carolina's effort to end same-day voter registration and out-of-precinct voting - methods disproportionately used by minority voters - overturning a decision by a lower court just last month. In a 2-1 decision issued yesterday, the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit found that these provisions of H.B....
10/1/2014 Afghanistan and US Finalize Bilateral Security Agreement
In a nationally televised ceremony at the Presidential Palace just one day after President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai took office, Afghanistan signed a major security agreement with the United States....
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 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....
9/24/2014 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....
9/23/2014 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....
9/22/2014 New President and National Unity Government Announced in Afghanistan
The Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced yesterday that the Afghan people have elected Dr....
9/18/2014 The NFL Missed an Opportunity for Diversity in Forming Its Violence Against Women Advisory Board
National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Monday the appointment of a four-person advisory board tasked with leading the organization's reforms in the area of domestic violence and sexual assault....
9/15/2014 Ohio State University Agrees to Strengthen Sexual Assault Policies, Ending Federal Investigation
The United States Department of Education announced last week that it has completed its investigation into The Ohio State University's compliance with anti-sex discrimination law Title IX, and that Ohio State has agreed to take steps to strengthen its policies on sexual assault and harassment. "This agreement and The Ohio State University's recent response to the culture within the marching band, set clear and vitally important expectations for a community-wide culture of prevention, support, and safety," said Catherine E....
9/12/2014 Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery
An Indiana woman has been charged with feticide after she delivered prematurely and sought hospital treatment. Purvi Patel, 33, sought help at an emergency room for vaginal bleeding where it was discovered that she had delivered prematurely at home....
9/11/2014 Missouri Legislators Pass 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period Law
Missouri legislators voted late last night to triple the state's current 24-hour waiting period to 72 hours, with no exceptions for rape or incest. Governor Jay Nixon previously vetoed the bill in July, calling it "extreme and disrespectful." Missouri's House voted 117-44 to override the veto, and then the Senate used a procedural move to stop a Democratic filibuster of the bill and vote 23-7 to complete the veto override Wednesday. "The only purpose of a 72-hour waiting period is to attempt to punish, shame, and demean women who have arrived at a personal decision that politicians happen to disagree with," said the president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights in a statement....
9/9/2014 Court Sentences Seven Men for Gang Rape in Afghanistan
An Afghan court convicted seven men for the gang rape and robbery of four women in Paghman district near the city of Kabul. According to reports, a group of men - some dressed in police uniforms and carrying assault rifles - stopped a group of cars traveling in Paghman last month, pulled the women from their cars, and raped them in a nearby field....
9/5/2014 Former VA Governor, First Lady Found Guilty in Corruption Case
Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) and his wife, Maureen, were found guilty by a federal jury Thursday on a combined 14 counts of conspiracy, fraud, influence-peddling, bribery, and extortion....
9/4/2014 Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana Same Sex Marriage Ban
A federal judge ruled yesterday that Louisiana has the right to ban same-sex marriage in the state and to refuse to recognize legal same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. Judge Martin L.C....
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 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 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....
8/25/2014 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....
8/21/2014 Ugandan President Signs Law Making HIV Transmission Illegal
A bill that criminalizes HIV transmission has been signed into law by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. Provisions of the law include possible imprisonment of HIV-positive individuals, a ten-year prison sentence and fine for the "intentional transmission of HIV," a five-year prison sentence for "attempted transmission of HIV," and compulsory testing in some situations....
8/20/2014 In Liberia, The Ebola Outbreak is Also a Maternal Health Issue
The current outbreak of Ebola has killed more than 1200 people in West Africa, with Liberia having the largest increase in deaths according to the latest reportable data....
8/20/2014 Statement of Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal on Ferguson, Missouri

The following is a statement by our Founder and President, Eleanor Smeal, on the events in Ferguson, Missouri.


The Feminist Majority Foundation calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor to conduct a thorough, unbiased investigation into the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. The killing of Michael Brown and the blundered, militarized response by law enforcement to the call for justice is a tragic reminder that in many African American communities across the nation, the police themselves can be a threat. Given the distrust of the police by the local African American community, the close ties between the St....
8/20/2014 Statement of Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal on Ferguson, Missouri

The following is a statement by our Founder and President, Eleanor Smeal, on the events in Ferguson, Missouri.


The Feminist Majority Foundation calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor to conduct a thorough, unbiased investigation into the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. The killing of Michael Brown and the blundered, militarized response by law enforcement to the call for justice is a tragic reminder that in many African American communities across the nation, the police themselves can be a threat. Given the distrust of the police by the local African American community, the close ties between the St....
8/19/2014 Afghanistan Celebrates 95th Anniversary of Independence
Afghanistan celebrates 95 years of independence today. President Hamid Karzai, along with the two presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, attended a special ceremony at the Ministry of Defense to commemorate the recognition of Afghanistan as an independent nation by the British Empire....
8/18/2014 Low Income Transgender Residents in Oregon to Gain Access to Government Funded Care
Last week, Oregon state officials voted to ensure the state's low-income transgender residents have access to transition-related care. The Oregon Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) has not reviewed its treatment of transgender care since the late 1990s....
8/15/2014 Peru Finally Complies with Sexual Assault Settlement
After close to two decades, a Peruvian woman raped by a doctor while she was seeking care at a local hospital will finally receive justice....
8/14/2014 Undercover Video Exposes Anti-Abortion Extremist Tactics in Texas
NARAL Pro-Choice Texas recently released a video exposing anti-abortion extremists' use of alarming intimidation tactics in Texas. The video contains audio recording of a training, entitled "Keeping Abortion Facilities Closed," hosted by anti-abortion groups at the Texas State Capitol on August 4....
8/13/2014 EEOC Files Sexual Harassment Suit On Female Farmworkers' Behalf
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of several women farmworkers alleging that a Colorado potato warehouse violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by allowing managers to sexually harass female employees. In a press release issued last week, the EEOC said managers at MountainKing Potatoes - which also does business as Smokin' Spuds, Inc....
8/13/2014 Activists Connect Shooting of Michael Brown to Movement for Reproductive Justice
The shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer on Saturday has sparked days of protests in and around the St....
8/12/2014 Tennessee Judge Upholds Ban on Recognizing Legal Same-Sex Marriages
A Tennessee state court last week broke away from a tide of court rulings in favor of marriage equality by upholding the state's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages legally performed elsewhere. In a broadly worded decision, state court judge Russell Simmons, Jr....
8/11/2014 National Moment of Silence Will Remember Victims of Police Brutality
This Thursday, a National Moment of Silence will be held in cities across the country to remember the lives lost and impacted by police brutality....
8/11/2014 France Dumps Abortion Restrictions, Will Cover the Cost of All First Trimester Abortions
A new law in France will now allow first-trimester abortions without requiring women to prove a justification for needing the procedure. The new law, proposed by the French Minister for Women's Rights Najat Vallaud-Belkacem was promulgated last Tuesday....
8/8/2014 Close to Two-Thirds of Cameroonian Women Have Unmet Need for Contraception
Approximately 63 percent of sexually active Cameroonian women who want to avoid pregnancy do not have access to a modern form of contraception, according to a recently released report by the Guttmacher Institute and the French Institut de Formation et de Recherche Demographiques (IFORD). Around 6,000 Cameroonian women die each year from complications of pregnancy and childbirth....
8/8/2014 Floridians Rally To Support Not My Boss's Business Act
Women's health advocates came together in Central Florida last week to rally against the US Supreme Court's June ruling in Hobby Lobby v....
8/7/2014 Study Finds Sexual Health Education Should Begin As Early As Age 10
Children should begin receiving formal education about sexual health as early as age 10, according to a new study published in the journal Global Public Health. The study's researchers note that although sexual health programs typically focus on older adolescents, sexuality and gender identity begin emerging between the ages of 10 and 14....
8/7/2014 Florida Lawmakers Hold Special Session to Redraw Gerrymandered Maps
Florida lawmakers are in Tallahassee today for a special nine-day session to redraw the state's congressional districts after a state court ruled last month that Republicans had illegally redrawn the districts for their own benefit. Leon County, Florida Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis found in July that state Republicans had created "a shadow redistricting process" that violated the state constitution and "made a mockery of the Legislature's transparent and open process of redistricting." He continued, "they might have successfully concealed their scheme and their actions from the public had it not been for the Plaintiffs' determined efforts to uncover it in this case." The League of Women Voters of Florida brought the lawsuit challenging the redistricting plan, arguing that state Republicans had drawn congressional districts with the purpose of favoring GOP-candidates in violation of the Fair Districts Amendments to the state constitution, specifically intended to prohibit this kind of gerrymandering....
8/6/2014 Department of Justice Sues Pennsylvania State Police For Sex Discrimination
The US Department of Justice filed a federal lawsuit against the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State Police last week alleging that the state police has engaged in a pattern and practice of employment discrimination against women. In its suit, the DOJ alleges that the Pennsylvania state police excluded qualified women from consideration as entry-level troopers by requiring candidates to pass a physical fitness test that did not test for physical skills necessary to perform the job. According to the DOJ complaint, the test "disproportionately screened out female applicants, resulting in a disparate impact against those applicants" under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964....
8/5/2014 Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Union Limits and Voter ID Laws
The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday to uphold a 2011 law, championed by Governor Scott Walker (R), that significantly decreased collective bargaining rights for workers in public employee unions....
8/4/2014 President Obama Signs Executive Order Promoting Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces
President Obama signed an executive order last week aimed at promoting fair pay and safe workplaces for workers employed by federal contractors. The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order is intended to hold corporations accountable by requiring prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations from the previous three years and to collect that information from subcontractors....
8/1/2014 Constitutional Court Invalidates Uganda's Anti-Gay Law
Uganda's Constitutional Court today struck down - on procedural grounds - a package of anti-gay policies signed into law this February by President Yoweri Museveni, but left room for lawmakers to attempt to pass the law, or another version of it, again. Ten petitioners, including activists, academics, advocates, and MPs, challenged the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act in court, claiming that it was passed improperly and violated the constitutional rights of Ugandans to live free from discrimination and with privacy and dignity....
7/30/2014 North Carolina Mayor Journeys 273 Miles for Medicaid Expansion
After journeying 273 miles on foot, Adam O'Neal, Republican Mayor of Belhaven, North Carolina, arrived on the lawn of the US Capitol earlier this week for a special Moral Monday gathering....
7/29/2014 Three Anti-Abortion Extremists Sentenced In Mississippi
Last night, three of four anti-abortion extremists were found guilty by a Jackson, Miss....
7/29/2014 Women Just Won Big In Mississippi
Feminist Majority Foundation leaders are elated by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding a preliminary injunction against a Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider) law that would have closed the only abortion clinic in the state....
7/29/2014 Women Just Won Big In Mississippi
Feminist Majority Foundation leaders are elated by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding a preliminary injunction against a Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider) law that would have closed the only abortion clinic in the state....
7/28/2014 Wisconsin Will Not Enforce Contraceptive Coverage Law If Employers Raise Religious Objections
Citing the recent United States Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v....
7/24/2014 From Passion to Progress Briefing Brings Together Feminist Leaders and Hundreds of Young Activists
Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) staff, two congresswomen, and over a hundred DC interns came together yesterday for FMF's Intern Student/Activist briefing in Dirksen Senate building to discuss how to put a women's rights agenda into action. Over plates of donuts and cups coffee, participants listened to a succession of engaging and passionate speeches from congressional and feminist leaders: Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and FMF President Eleanor Smeal....
7/24/2014 Feminist Leaders and Activists Rally for the Equal Rights Amendment
This morning, Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) led a solid crowd of Equal Rights Amendment activists and supporters just beyond the steps of the U.S....
7/23/2014 Campaign Against Colorado Personhood Initiative Launches
Women's rights organizations, medical groups, and religious leaders joined several activists yesterday at a rally on the steps of the Colorado state capitol to launch a campaign against a new personhood initiative on the state's November ballot. The No on 67 campaign opposes Amendment 67, otherwise known as the Brady Amendment, a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the definition of "person" and "child" in the Colorado Criminal Code and Wrongful Death act to include "unborn human beings." A similar initiative was on the ballot in 2008 and 2010, but it was defeated both times by a wide margin. If passed, the amendment would have extreme repercussions, banning abortion in all cases, emergency contraception and birth control, and possibly in-vitro fertilization....
7/21/2014 Detroit Maternal Death Rate Is Triple the US Average
Women in Detroit are dying from pregnancy-related complications at about three times the US average, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health. Twenty-six women died in Detroit over the period 2008-2011 as a result of pregnancy or childbirth, and Detroit has the highest rate of infant mortality among major US cities, with 13.5 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births. According to Dr....
7/21/2014 White House: Corporations Must Inform Employees About Refusal to Cover Contraception
The White House clarified on Thursday that closely held for-profit corporations refusing to provide contraceptive coverage will be required to inform their employees. The clarification is a response to the Supreme Court's ruling in Hobby Lobby v....
7/18/2014 Research Analysis Finds Covering Contraception is Good for Business
In a new round-up of private sector and public sector research, Guttmacher Institute dispels the myths surrounding the cost to businesses of insurance coverage for contraception....
7/16/2014 New Federal Guidelines On Pregnancy Discrimination Align with Pregnancy Discrimination Act
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its pregnancy discrimination guidelines this week for the first time in over 30 years....
7/16/2014 Lower Court Upholds Affirmative Action at University of Texas at Austin
Affirmative action survived a federal appellate court in Texas on Tuesday....
7/9/2014 Congressional Leaders Speak Out Against TPP, Citing Human Rights Concerns
Rep....
7/8/2014 Democrats to Introduce Bill Reversing Hobby Lobby Decision
Democrats in the House and Senate are expected to introduce companion bills today to reverse the US Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v....
7/8/2014 Pope Begs Forgiveness of Sexual Abuse Survivors, But Survivors Want Action
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) called on Pope Francis yesterday to take "tangible steps" to prevent widespread sexual abuse by clergy members instead of asking for forgiveness from victims. Yesterday Pope Francis met with six people who were sexually abused by clergy members as children to ask for their forgiveness....
7/7/2014 North Carolina College Students Join Challenge to Voter ID Laws
North Carolina college students are joining the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the US Department of Justice in a challenge to restrictive state voting laws that they argue violate the 26th Amendment....
7/7/2014 SCOTUS Decision On Wheaton College May Expand Hobby Lobby
In an unsigned order issued on Thursday, a majority of the US Supreme Court granted a temporary emergency injunction to Wheaton College, a Christian college in Illinois, ruling that the school does not have to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA)contraceptive coverage benefit, prompting a severe rebuke from the three women Justices. The decision comes on the heels of the Court's 5-4 decision in Burwell v....
7/3/2014 SCOTUS Will Hear Pregnancy Discrimination Case Next Term
The US Supreme Court will decide next term whether the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) requires an employer to provide workplace accommodations to pregnant employees if that employer also provides comparable accommodations to non-pregnant employees who become temporarily unable to perform their jobs without the accommodation. The case - Young v....
7/2/2014 Supreme Court Ruling in Harris v Quinn May Reduce Power of Unions
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that certain public sector employees who benefit from a labor union's representation will no longer have to pay union fees. According to the decision in Harris v....
7/2/2014 Restrictive Abortion Laws in Mississippi and Florida Take Effect
Laws restricting access to abortion went into effect in Mississippi and Florida yesterday. Mississippi law now bans abortion 20 weeks after a woman's last menstrual period, about 18 weeks gestation -beforefetal viability....
7/2/2014 US Supreme Court upholds California gay conversion therapy ban
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that "gay conversion therapy," which aims to change the sexual orientation of children under the age of 18, is within a state's right to regulate and can therefore be banned....
7/1/2014 Hobby Lobby Decision Values Corporations Over Women
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 along rigid gender and ideological lines that "closely-held" corporations could not be required to provide health insurance coverage for methods of contraception that violate the corporation'ssincerely held religious beliefs -- preventing employees who work for these companies from accessing certain FDA-approved contraceptives. In a statement issued by the Feminist Majority Foundation, President Eleanor Smeal said the decision "not only deprives women of comprehensive healthcare, but it sets a terrifying standard in affirming the 'personhood' of corporations." Though the Court did not provide a definition of a "closely held" corporation (there are multiple state definitions), the Wall Street Journal reports that roughly 90 percent of all companies in the US are "closely held," and according to a 2009 NYU research study, roughly half of all private sector employees work for such corporations....
6/27/2014 Federal Court Strikes Down Austin CPC Ordinance
A United States District Judge struck down a city ordinance in Austin, Texas that required Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) to post signage declaring that they do not offer medical care. Judge Lee Yeakel ruled on Monday that the ordinance, approved by the Austin City Council in 2012 to provide clarity to potential clients unfamiliar with clinics in the area, is unconstitutionally vague and violates the centers' guarantee of due process, reports the Austin American-Statesman....
6/27/2014 Most Media Missed Chance to Uncover Violent Undercurrents in McCullen
In the hours following the Supreme Court's ruling on "safety buffer zones", few mainstream media outlets called attention to the violence that necessitated them; but social media was awash with stories about violence, harassment, and intimidation at clinics. Hashtags like #ProtectTheZone, #ClinicViolenceIsReal,#NotCounseling, #SCOTUSFail, #clinicthreats, #antichoiceterrorists--all appeared in thousands of tweets from firsthand victims of clinic violence....
6/25/2014 House Committee Approves Extending Abortion Coverage to Peace Corps Volunteers
The House Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal year 2015 State Department and Foreign Operations appropriations bill yesterday with an amendment to remove a provision banning the Peace Corps from funding abortions for its volunteers, even in cases of rape or incest. Unlike other employees with federal health care plans - including Peace Corps employees - Peace Corps volunteers currently do not have access to abortion coverage even in cases of rape, incest, or endangered health or life....
6/24/2014 President Obama Highlights Women's Economic Agenda at White House Summit
President Obama addressed a packed audience Monday at the White House Summit on Working Families to support policies aimed at helping women workers and their families achieve greater economic stability. Declaring that when women succeed, America succeeds, the President highlighted several items on the Women's Economic Agenda - an agenda promoted by major women's leadership organizations such as the National Women's Law Center, the National Partnership for Women and Families, the National Organization for Women, and the Feminist Majority, and championed by the House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) and Rep....
6/23/2014 White House Holds Summit on Working Families
The White House Council on Women and Girls, the Department of Labor, and the Center for American Progress are hosting a Summit on Working Families today to discuss "creating a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans." The Summit will address ways to strengthen the economic security of working families through the creation of policies that promote, among other things, equal pay, paid leave, elder care, and affordable and accessible child care. "At a time when women make up about half of America's workforce, outdated workplace policies that make it harder for mothers to work hold our entire economy back," Obama said in his weekly address Saturday about the Summit....
6/19/2014 American Apparel CEO Dov Charney Fired Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Following sexual misconduct allegations, American Apparel's founder and Chief Operating Officer Dov Charney has been fired. The company's executive board voted Wednesday to remove Charney from the position....
6/16/2014 High Turnout in Afghanistan's Presidential Runoff Election
Over seven million Afghans, or 58 percent of the population, successfully voted in the runoff presidential election on Saturday, despite several attacks from the Taliban at polling centers. "The participation of men and women across the country demonstrates, once again, the commitment of the Afghan people to shape the future of their country and to reject violence and intimidation," Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon said in a statement. Because none of the presidential candidates won at least 50 percent of the vote in the April election, a runoff was held between the top two contenders - Abdullah Abdullah, who won 44.9 percent of the vote in the first election, and Ashraf Ghani Amadzai, who came in second with 31.5 percent. The Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) will announce preliminary results for the runoff election on July 2 and expect the final results to be announced on July 22....
6/16/2014 Florida Governor Signs Bill Restricting Abortion Access
Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill into law on Friday that redefines the state's current third trimester abortion ban, creating further restrictions for women seeking later abortions. Current state law does not allow abortions after 24 weeks except if the pregnant person's life or health is threatened....
6/12/2014 Trade Association Files Suit Against Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage
A lawsuit filed today challenges Seattle's new $15 minimum wage, set to go into effect over the next several years. The International Franchise Association (IFA), a DC-based trade association representing corporations like McDonald's, Taco Bell, Dunkin' Donuts, and Dairy Queen, filed the lawsuit alongside five franchise owners who operate their businesses in Seattle....
6/12/2014 Sixth Circuit Rejects Challenge to ACA Birth Control Benefit
In a unanimous decision, a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled yesterday that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) birth control coverage benefit does not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) or the First Amendment, upholding two lower courts' denial of a preliminary injunction against the law to a group of Catholic-affiliated non-profit entities. The ACA requires health insurance providers to cover preventive health services - including all FDA-approved contraceptives, such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance....
6/9/2014 South Carolina Legislators Fail to Pass Anti-Choice Measures
South Carolina lawmakers concluded their legislative session Friday without passing two bills that would have restricted access to abortion across the state. A bill criminalizing abortion after 20 weeks and another that required abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital were both being considered by South Carolina's legislators until they adjourned for the summer....
6/9/2014 Women's Rights Groups Demand that US Stop Negotiating TPP with Brunei Until the Sultan Revokes New Taliban-Like Laws
WASHINGTON - A coalition of women's rights groups have joined the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) in calling for the Obama Administration to initiate the process of removing Brunei from negotiations on a prospective Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement with the United States - or to suspend TPP talks - until Brunei revokes its new Taliban-like penal code. "Women's rights and human rights cannot take a backseat to profit and trade," said FMF President Eleanor Smeal....
6/9/2014 Women's Rights Groups Demand that US Stop Negotiating TPP with Brunei Until the Sultan Revokes New Taliban-Like Laws
WASHINGTON - A coalition of women's rights groups have joined the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) in calling for the Obama Administration to initiate the process of removing Brunei from negotiations on a prospective Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement with the United States - or to suspend TPP talks - until Brunei revokes its new Taliban-like penal code. "Women's rights and human rights cannot take a backseat to profit and trade," said FMF President Eleanor Smeal....
6/6/2014 Louisiana Legislature Passes Bill to Keep Pregnant Women on Life Support Against Wishes
The Louisiana legislature passed a bill this week that will require physicians to keep mentally incapacitated pregnant women on life support against their wishes. HB 1274 requires physicians to to keep brain-dead women who are at least 20 weeks pregnant on mechanical support if there is a chance the fetus is viable....
6/5/2014 US Support of Afghanistan Will Continue Even As Troops Drawdown
President Obama announced last week that 9,800 United States military troops will remain in Afghanistan through the end of 2015 to help train and advise Afghan security forces, as well as assist in counter-terrorism operations....
6/3/2014 Medicare Ban on Transition-Related Transgender Health Coverage Lifted
The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Departmental Appeals Board ruled on Friday that transgender people can no longer be automatically denied Medicare coverage for surgery as part of their transition-related health care. The board ruled that the 33-year old blanket ban on coverage is unreasonable and based on biased standards....
6/3/2014 Canada Pledges $3.5 Billion for Maternal Health Programs Worldwide
At a three-day international maternal health summit in Toronto last week, the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, announced that Canada has pledged $3.5 billion for programs aimed at improving maternal and newborn health in developing countries. "There is no better investment in the world's future prosperity than women's and children's health," said United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the summit. The funds will add on to previously committed funds for the Millenium Development Goals - goals and strategies agreed to by all the world's countries and leading development institutions to eradicate poverty and hunger, improve maternal health, and reduce child mortality, among other issues, by a target date of 2015....
5/30/2014 Complaint Filed Against Insurers for Discrimination Against People with HIV/AIDS
The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) and The AIDS Institute filed a complaint yesterday with the Office for Civil Rights of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS OCR) alleging that four Florida insurers are discriminating against people with HIV/AIDS....
5/20/2014 Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional
A federal court yesterday struck down Oregon's state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, finding that the ban violated the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution....
5/19/2014 Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson Fired
The first woman to lead the New York Times as Executive Editor, Jill Abramson, was abruptly fired from her position last Wednesday....
5/16/2014 ACLU Calls for Investigation of Single-Sex Program in Florida Schools
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a complaint this week with the US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) against the Hillsborough County Public School district in Florida....
5/15/2014 State Refusals to Expand Medicaid Leaves Millions Still Uninsured
Nearly five million low-income Americans do not have access to affordable insurance because state legislators in 24 states refuse to expand Medicaid, and people of color are disproportionately impacted....
5/12/2014 Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down
An Arkansas state judge struck down an Arkansas law and state constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between a man and a woman. Calling the ban an "unconstitutional attempt to narrow the definition of equality," Circuit judge Chris Piazza ruled Friday in Wright v....
5/12/2014 Bill Extending Abortion Coverage to Peace Corps Volunteers Re-Introduced
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY-17) re-introduced the Peace Corps Equity Act in the Senate and House last week....
5/9/2014 Los Angeles City Council Condemns Brunei's Taliban-Like Penal Code
The City Council of Los Angeles, California approved a resolution this week condemning Brunei's brutal new "kill-a-gay, flog-a-woman" penal code and urging the nation and its Sultan to divest its ownership of the Beverly Hills Hotel, not long after a similar resolution was unanimously approved by the Beverly Hills City Council. "Now, therefore, be it resolved, with the concurrence of the Mayor, that by the adoption of this Resolution, the City of Los Angeles hereby includes in its 2013-2014 Federal Legislative Program support for legislation and/or administrative action which condemns the government of Brunei for adopting laws that impose extreme and inhumane penalties including execution by stoning, flogging and severing of limbs and urges the government of Brunei to divest itself of the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Bel Air Hotel," the resolution says [PDF]. The Brunei Investment Agency owns the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Bel-Air Hotel, and other Dorchester Collection Properties....
5/7/2014 Veterans Groups File Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination Against Military Sexual Trauma Survivors
The Service Women's Action Network (SWAN) and Vietnam Veterans of America filed a federal lawsuit last week alleging that the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) discriminates against survivors of military sexual trauma (MST) in granting disability claims. The lawsuit alleges that the VA makes military sexual trauma survivors who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) go through more procedural hurdles than other veterans to receive disability benefits. For example, a veteran suffering from PTSD from combat must submit only a statement to receive benefits, while veterans who are MST survivors must submit additional evidence like court documents and prove that their PTSD was caused by their military service....
5/7/2014 Beverly Hills City Council Condemns Brunei Penal Code
The Beverly Hills City Council voted unanimously yesterday to approve a resolution urging Brunei to divest its ownership of the Beverly Hills Hotel and condemning the Southeast Asian nation's brutal new "kill-a-gay" and "flog-a-woman" penal code. "The City of Beverly Hills strongly condemns the government of Brunei as well as other governments which engage in similar policies for adopting laws that impose extreme and inhumane penalties including execution by stoning, flogging and severing of limbs," the resolution says....
5/6/2014 Feminist Majority Rally Brings Together Women's and LGBTQ Groups to Protest Brunei Penal Code
The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), which pulled its annual Global Women's Rights Awards from the Beverly Hills Hotel -- owned by the Sultan of Brunei -- held a rally yesterday across from the hotel to urge the Sultan to rescind a new, Taliban-like penal code that includes the stoning to death of gay men and lesbians and the public flogging of women who have abortions. Several groups participated at the rally, including the California Women's Law Center, Equality California, Human Rights Campaign, Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Services Center, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)....
5/5/2014 Boko Haram Leader Admits to Mass Kidnapping in Nigeria, Declares Intent to Sell Girls
The alleged leader of militant insurgency group Boko Haram admitted in a new video obtained by Agence France-Presse to kidnapping over 200 Nigerian girls on April 14 - and also declared his intentions to sell them "on the market." "I abducted your girls," Abubakar Shekau is quoted by CNN's translators as declaring in the 57-minute video....
5/5/2014 Voter ID Law Struck Down in Wisconsin
A federal judge struck down Wisconsin's new voter identification law last week, ruling that the law violated the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution as well as Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits states from imposing a voting qualification that "results in a denial or abridgment of the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color." In his ruling, District Judge Lynn Adelman found that Wisconsin did not sufficiently prove that voter fraud exists....
5/5/2014 Celebrities Join Coalition of Women's Rights, LGBT Groups to Protest Brunei's Kill-A-Gay and Flog-A-Woman Penal Code
Los Angeles, CA - Celebrities, including Jay Leno and Frances Fisher, joined Eleanor Smeal, president of Feminist Majority, Mavis Leno, and a host of women's rights and LGBT leaders in a rally today across from the Beverly Hills Hotel to demand the Sultan of Brunei rescind a Taliban-like Brunei penal code, that includes the stoning to death of gay men and lesbians and the public flogging of women who have abortions....
5/5/2014 Celebrities Join Coalition of Women's Rights, LGBT Groups to Protest Brunei's Kill-A-Gay and Flog-A-Woman Penal Code
Los Angeles, CA - Celebrities, including Jay Leno and Frances Fisher, joined Eleanor Smeal, president of Feminist Majority, Mavis Leno, and a host of women's rights and LGBT leaders in a rally today across from the Beverly Hills Hotel to demand the Sultan of Brunei rescind a Taliban-like Brunei penal code, that includes the stoning to death of gay men and lesbians and the public flogging of women who have abortions....
5/1/2014 Brutal Brunei Penal Code Goes into Effect Today
The Southeast Asian nation of Brunei today adopted the first phase of a brutal penal code that includes the stoning to death of gay men and lesbians, the public flogging of women who have abortions, and the jailing of women who become pregnant outside of marriage. The laws will be introduced in three phases over the course of three years....
4/30/2014 Tennessee Governor Signs Bill Allowing Criminalization of Pregnant Women
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed into law yesterday a bill that will allow criminal charges to be brought against women who suffer from drug-related pregnancy complications - legislation which advocates fear will deter women with addiction from seeking out resources and could even be interpreted more broadly to criminalize non-drug related complications. "Today, the Tennessee governor has made it a crime to carry a pregnancy to term if you struggle with addiction or substance abuse," said Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, in a statement....
4/30/2014 FMF Pulls Event from Beverly Hills Hotel to Protest Sultan of Brunei Imposing Taliban-Like Rule
LOS ANGELES - The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) announced it is pulling its annual Global Women's Rights Awards, co-chaired by Jay and Mavis Leno, from the Beverly Hills Hotel because the hotel's owner, the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, is imposing a Taliban-like Brunei penal code, set to go into effect in three stages beginning on May 1, that includes the stoning to death of gay men and lesbians and the public flogging of women who have abortions. Instead of holding its annual event at the hotel on May 5, FMF has joined with gay and lesbian groups in protesting this gross violation of human rights and will hold a rally at noon on May 5 across from the hotel, in the park on Sunset Boulevard, urging the Sultan to rescind the new penal code which has been condemned by human rights groups and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights....
4/30/2014 FMF Pulls Event from Beverly Hills Hotel to Protest Sultan of Brunei Imposing Taliban-Like Rule
LOS ANGELES - The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) announced it is pulling its annual Global Women's Rights Awards, co-chaired by Jay and Mavis Leno, from the Beverly Hills Hotel because the hotel's owner, the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, is imposing a Taliban-like Brunei penal code, set to go into effect in three stages beginning on May 1, that includes the stoning to death of gay men and lesbians and the public flogging of women who have abortions. Instead of holding its annual event at the hotel on May 5, FMF has joined with gay and lesbian groups in protesting this gross violation of human rights and will hold a rally at noon on May 5 across from the hotel, in the park on Sunset Boulevard, urging the Sultan to rescind the new penal code which has been condemned by human rights groups and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights....
4/29/2014 Google Removes Misleading Crisis Pregnancy Center Ads
In response to a campaign by NARAL Pro-Choice America, Google has removed deceptive crisis pregnancy center (CPC) advertisements from its search engine results when users seek information about abortion services. An investigation by NARAL found that 79 percent of the CPCs advertising on Google misrepresented their services by claiming they provided abortions when they did not; they only provided counseling services and information about alternatives to abortion....
4/28/2014 Afghan Election May be Headed for Runoff
Preliminary results for Afghanistan's recent presidential election were released on Saturday, showing that former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah and former Finance Minister and World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai are the top contenders. The Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced that Abdullah Abdullah, who lost the election in 2009 to outgoing president Hamid Karzai, won 44.9 percent of the vote....
4/25/2014 On 1st Anniversary of Rana Plaza Collapse, Need for More Change
Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh that caused the deaths and injuries of thousands of people. The poorly built nine-story building that collapsed last April near the capital of Dhaka housed five garment factories and a shopping center....
4/25/2014 Cuba Faces Condom Shortage
A current condom shortage in Cuba is stirring fears of higher STD rates and unplanned pregnancies. Pharmacies in Cuba's central province of Villa Clara began running out of condoms in March, and the suburbs of Havana are now affected as well....
4/23/2014 Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Affirmative Action Ban
The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a Michigan state constitutional ban on affirmative action for women and minorities in public education, employment, and contracting. The decision in Schuette v....
4/18/2014 Texas Hospitals Revoke Admitting Privileges to Abortion Providers
Reproductive health access in Texas continues to vanish in the wake of HB 2, the omnibus anti-abortion bill that, among other things, requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges in order to keep their clinics open....
4/17/2014 Federal Court Permanently Blocks North Dakota's Extreme 6-Week Abortion Ban
A federal district court permanently blocked one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the nation yesterday, calling it "invalid and unconstitutional." The North Dakota law, HB 1456, directly challenged Roe v....
4/14/2014 Kathleen Sebelius Resigns as Secretary of Health & Human Services
President Barack Obama last week announced the resignation of Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius. Noting that she will "go down in history" for "serving as the Secretary of Health and Human Services when the United States of America finally declared that quality, affordable health care is not a privilege, but it is a right for every single citizen of these United States of America," President Obama praised Secretary Sebelius for guiding the implementation of the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA). At least 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage through health insurance marketplaces created by the ACA....
4/14/2014 Advocates Ask Court To Reconsider Texas Admitting Privileges Case
The Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the ACLU of Texas filed a petition last week asking the full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to reexamine the constitutionality of the admitting privileges requirement contained in HB2, Texas' omnibus anti-abortion bill. "We're asking the court to acknowledge what is crystal clear--this law hurts women," said Louise Melling, ACLU deputy legal director....
4/11/2014 Tennessee Legislature Approves Measure Criminalizing Pregnant Women
The Tennessee state legislature passed SB 1391 Wednesday, a bill that allows women who suffer from drug-related pregnancy complications to be charged with assault and potentially imprisoned. The bill would permit women to be charged with assault - theoretically up to the point of aggravated assault, which incurs a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison - if they have pregnancy complications after using illegal drugs or deliver children with "neonatal abstinence syndrome." The original bill allowed women to be charged with homicide if her fetus or baby died, but was later amended....
4/10/2014 Ninth Circuit Blocks Arizona Restrictions on Medication Abortion
In a victory for Arizona women, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has blocked the state's restrictions on medication abortion. The Ninth Circuit issued a temporary injunction late Tuesday preventing Arizona from enforcing new regulations which would have prevented access to medication abortion after seven weeks and forced doctors to use an outdated protocol for administering the medication. "The appeals court has recognized that Arizona women should not be denied access to critical reproductive care while yet another clearly unconstitutional attack on their health and rights makes it way through the courts," said David Brown, a staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, which is challenging the law with Planned Parenthood Federation of America on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Arizona and the Tucson Women's Center. The two clinics filed their legal challenge after the Arizona Department of Health Services issued regulations implementing the medication abortion restrictions that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law in 2012....
4/10/2014 Women's Rights Groups Pressure Walmart to Improve Pregnant Worker Policies
Following a class action lawsuit filed by A Better Balance, the National Women's Law Center, and local counsel,Walmart has updated its worker accommodation policy to explicitly make women eligible for a reasonable accommodation if she experiences a temporary disability caused by pregnancy....
4/7/2014 Millions of Afghans Vote in Historic Elections
High turnout, low levels of violence, and strong participation by women, all combined Saturday to make the closely watched Afghan presidential and provincial council elections a success. Over 7 million Afghan men and women voted in these historic elections - representing a staggering 60% voter participation rate, close to the 62% participation rate in the US presidential election in 2008 and more than the 58% participation rate in the US in 2012....
4/3/2014 Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Campaign Contribution Caps
In a divided decision, the Supreme Court yesterday struck down campaign contribution caps, paving the way for big-money donors to contribute unlimited amounts, in the aggregate, to federal candidates and political committees. The decision in McCutcheon v....
4/2/2014 Report Details Dangerous Impacts of Climate Change
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report last week detailing the risks people will face around the world as climate change worsens. "Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability" from Working Group II of the IPCC summarizes scientific literature from hundreds of authors to identify vulnerable populations, ecosystems, and industries....
3/24/2014 FMF Will Deliver Thousands of Petitions to the Supreme Court Tomorrow in Support of the ACA Birth Control Benefit!
The Feminist Majority Foundation will deliver thousands of petitions to the US Supreme Court tomorrow in support of the Affordable Care Act birth control benefit, sending a clear signal to the Court that women, not bosses, should make personal decisions about women's healthcare. "After a trip to the ER at 19 years old, I was put on birth control to treat ovarian cysts," said Kristy Birchard, a Feminist Majority Foundation National Campus Organizer....
3/13/2014 Majority of Americans Approve of Obamacare Contraception Mandate
A poll conducted earlier this month by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal found that a majority of Americans agree with the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraception mandate....
3/12/2014 New York Legislators Introduce Bill Banning Employer Discrimination Against Women For Reproductive Health Decisions
New York State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) introduced a bill last week that would ban employers from discriminating against employees based on their reproductive health decisions. "Employers should not have the right to make healthcare decisions for their employees," said Assemblymember Jaffee in a statement....
3/10/2014 Anti-Choice Laws Move Through State Legislatures
Across the country, state legislatures are moving to restrict access to abortion to the point of elimination....
3/10/2014 Domestic Violence Program Survey Demonstrates Need For More Resources
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) released its 2013 census report documenting the continued, dramatic need for domestic violence services and a lack of adequate resources for domestic violence shelters and programs that are struggling to help victims in need. "Domestic Violence Counts: Census 2013 Report" was conducted by surveying domestic violence programs on a single day, September 17, 2013....
3/6/2014 Senate Rejects Qualified Obama Nominee to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division
The US Senate blocked President Obama's nominee to lead the Civil Rights Division within the Department of Justice. Senators voted 47-52 yesterday in opposition to Debo Adegbile, a highly qualified attorney who worked in private practice at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before holding several leadership positions at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, including Director of Litigation, Acting President, Director-Counsel, and Special Counsel, and serving as senior counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee. Adegbile is a voting rights expert....
3/5/2014 USDA Expands Access to Healthy Food for Low-Income Women And Children
Two million women and seven million children will now have greater access to a variety of nutritious food options, thanks to the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) expansion of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The revision of the program - which provides supplemental food vouchers to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and infants and children through the age of five - began in 2007 when fruit and vegetable allowances were introduced, and was finalized last week....
3/5/2014 Wisconsin City Council Passes 160-Foot Buffer Zone Ordinance
The Madison, Wisconsin city council unanimously passed a buffer zone ordinance last week to protect people entering or exiting healthcare clinics, including women's reproductive healthcare clinics, in the city....
3/5/2014 Saudi Women Demand End To Absolute Male Authority
Ten Saudi women are petitioning the Saudi Arabia consultative Shura Council to demand an end to absolute male authority over women. Activist Aziza Yousef told AFP news agency over the weekend that the activists are demanding "measures to protect women's rights," as well as the right for women to drive, ahead of International Women's Day on March 8....
2/28/2014 Female Afghan Parliamentarian Speaks Out About Women's Progress in Afghanistan
Fawzia Koofi, a female member of the Afghan parliament, published an open letter this week to American women, urging them to continue standing shoulder-to-shoulder with women in Afghanistan. Koofi's letter, entitled "A Letter to My American Sisters," dispels the media myth that women's lives have not improved since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001....
2/27/2014 Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill Permitting Use of Religion as Cover to Discriminate
Stating yesterday that Arizona "Senate Bill 1062 does not address a specific and present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona," Governor Jan Brewer (R) vetoed the bill, which would have allowed Arizona businesses to refuse services to individuals based on religious objections. The bill was strongly opposed by LGBT groups who have seen businesses in other states - such as florists, photographers, and bakers - refuse to provide services to same-sex couples....
2/26/2014 Afghan Ministry of Justice Amends Criminal Procedure Code to Protect Women Victims of Violence
Afghanistan's Ministry of Justice (MOJ) amended a controversial provision of the draft Afghan Criminal Procedure Code - Article 26 - that would have barred relatives from testifying against each other in criminal proceedings, including in cases of domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault....
2/25/2014 Court Rules Against Notre Dame's Contraception Mandate Appeal
In a 2-1 ruling on Friday, the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals for Chicago denied the University of Notre Dame's request for immediate relief from complying with the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraception mandate, upholding a lower court's ruling. The Roman Catholic university filed a lawsuit in May 2012 against the Department of Health and Human Services, claiming that complying with the ACA's contraception mandate would violate its religious beliefs....
2/24/2014 Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case to Limit Access to Women's Healthcare Centers
The United States Supreme Court announced today that it will not review a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals protecting the right of Arizona Medicaid recipients to visit healthcare providers who also perform abortions. Planned Parenthood sued to prevent Arizona House Bill 2800 from taking effect....
2/11/2014 Justice Dept Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages in All Programs
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) released a memo to its employees Monday that same-sex marriages will be given equal protection under the law in all of its programs - even if the marriages are not recognized in the state where the same-sex couple lives....
2/7/2014 UN and African Union Sign Agreement Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence
The African Union (AU) and the United Nations signed a landmark agreement last week committing to improving the prevention of and response to sexual violence, particularly conflict-related violence, in African countries. The agreement aims to strengthen national policies, laws, and organizations already trying to combat sexual violence, and to train police forces and peacekeepers on prevention and best responses....
2/4/2014 Local Pregnancy Discrimination Laws Go Into Effect While PWFA Remains Stalled in Congress
In New Jersey, New York City, and Philadelphia, legislation protecting pregnant workers has now now been enacted....
2/4/2014 Louisiana Scraps Abortion Restrictions After Pro-Choice Protests
Pro-choice activists in Louisiana are celebrating today after health officials announced Monday night they are "rescinding" restrictive abortion provisions that would have closed all five of the state's clinics. The regulations, passed in November 2013 without any input from pro-choice organizers, would have mandated extensive expansions and renovations to existing clinics....
2/3/2014 US Abortion Rate Decreases to Lowest Level Since 1973
A Guttmacher Institute study released last week reveals that the abortion rate in the United States is at its lowest rate since 1973, when the Supreme Court recognized a woman's right to an abortion in Roe v....
1/31/2014 Senate Democratic Women Speak Out In Support of Raising the Minimum Wage
In a press conference yesterday, 12 Democrat women senators came together to urge Republican lawmakers to join them in efforts to raise the federal minimum wage, now at $7.25 an hour, to $10.10 an hour....
1/30/2014 House and Senate Democrats File Amicus Briefs in Support of Affordable Care Act Contraception Benefit
91 House Democrats, 19 Senate Democrats, and the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) filed separate amicus briefs Tuesday in support of the contraceptive coverage benefit in the Affordable Care Act....
1/30/2014 New York State Assembly Passes Omnibus Women's Equality Act
The New York State Assembly passed the Women's Equality Act on Monday, an omnibus bill designed to strengthen women's rights in 10 different areas. The Women's Equality Act codifies Roe v....
1/29/2014 Feminist Majority Applauds President Obama's Year of Action
The Feminist Majority today applauds President Obama for leading the charge on creating greater economic opportunity and security for women and families nationwide in his annual State of the Union Address....
1/29/2014 Penn State Under Investigation for Handling of Sexual Assault and Harassment on Campus
The Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has launched an independent civil rights enforcement investigation of Pennsylvania State University following a review of their sexual harassment policy and a record number of forcible sex offense reports for the university in 2012. Penn State University listed 56 forcible sex offenses on its main campus in 2012, which is 2 times more than they reported in 2011 and 14 times more than the number reported in 2010....
1/23/2014 ACLU Seeks Investigation of Stereotype-Based Single-Sex Education Program
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Wisconsin asked the federal Office for Civil Rights of the US Department of Education last week to investigate a single-sex education program at a Wisconsin middle school. The program at Somerset Middle School relies on harmful stereotypes about boys and girls....
1/23/2014 Chicago Archdiocese Documents Reveal Extensive Sexual Abuse Cover-Up
The Archdiocese of Chicago released internal documents on Tuesday revealing its active role in concealing the sexual abuse of children by clergy for decades....
1/22/2014 Federal Appeals Court Reinstates CPC Regulation in New York City
A federal appeals court reinstated a portion of a 2011 New York City law that regulates Crisis Pregnancy Centers, known as CPCs or fake clinics....
1/21/2014 Federal Court Strikes Down North Carolina Ultrasound Law
A federal district court permanently blocked a 2011 North Carolina law that required abortion providers to perform an ultrasound and describe the images to the patient, even if the woman objected. U.S....
1/17/2014 Report: Burma Army Uses Rape as Weapon of War
The Women's League of Burma (WLB) released a report on Tuesday revealing the Burmese Army's continued, systematic rape of girls and women since the country's 2010 elections....
1/17/2014 First Afghan Woman Police Chief Appointed in Kabul
Colonel Jamila Bayaz, a 50-year-old mother of five, this week became the first women to be appointed police chief in Afghanistan....
1/15/2014 Oklahoma Same-Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional
A federal judge ruled late yesterday that Oklahoma's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages violates the US constitution. US District Judge Terence Kern specifically found that Part A of the state constitutional amendment, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman, violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution by not affording equal benefits to same-sex and opposite-sex couples. "The Bishop couple has been in a loving, committed relationship for many years," Judge Kern said of one of the couples who challenged the amendment in 2004....
1/13/2014 US Government Will Recognize Utah Same-Sex Marriages
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Friday that it will recognize the approximately 1,300 marriages of same-sex couples who married in Utah in the past few weeks. The legal battle over same-sex marriage has been progressing quickly in Utah after US District Judge Robert Shelby ruled on December 20 that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage violates same-sex couples' federal constitutional rights under United States v....
1/13/2014 Shriver Report: Close Wage Gap, Provide Paid Leave to Improve Women's Financial Security
Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress released a joint report yesterday detailing the status of American women living in poverty, suggesting policies that would help millions of women become financially secure, and calling on the United States to "modernize its relationship with women in order not only to strengthen our economy, but also to make it work better for everyone." The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink examines why one-third of all American women - 42 million - and the 28 million children who depend on them, are living on the brink of poverty....
1/6/2014 Supreme Court Temporarily Halts Same Sex Marriages in Utah
The Supreme Court issued a temporary order today blocking new same-sex marriages in Utah in order to allow more time for a federal appeals court to consider the issue. The order follows a ruling by US District Judge Robert Shelby that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, added to the state's constitution in 2004, violates same sex couples' federal constitutional rights under United States v....
1/6/2014 Millions of Women Have ACA Contraceptive Coverage But Not Employees of Little Sisters
The Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged (Little Sisters of the Poor), a non-profit religious organization that operates a chain of nursing homes for the elderly poor, has argued to the U.S....
1/3/2014 Assault and Murder of Teenage Girl Spark Protests in India
Protests have erupted in India after a 16-year-old girl was gang raped in two separate attacks and fatally set on fire. The girl was first assaulted in late October by more than six men near her home in Madhyagram town, near Calcutta....
1/2/2014 President Obama Signs Defense Bill Expanding Efforts to Prevent Military Sexual Assault
Late last week, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 (NDAA), which expands efforts to prevent sexual assault and strengthens protections for victims. Under the new law, any individual in the military who sexual assaults another will face dishonorable discharge, and commanders will not be able to overturn jury decisions....
1/2/2014 Appeals Court Upholds Decision Blocking Wisconsin Admitting Privileges Law
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12/23/2013 Obama Calls for Review on Military Sexual Assault One Year From Now
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12/19/2013 Pro-Choice Democrat Wins VA Attorney General Race
Pro-choice state Senator Mark Herring (D) is the new attorney general of Virginia, defeating State Senator Obenshain (R) who conceded the race - after a vote recount - yesterday. This is a huge victory for women's reproductive health and rights....
12/18/2013 Senator Warren Introduces Equal Employment for All Act
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced The Equal Employment for All Act yesterday....
12/17/2013 Court Allows NY Catholic Groups to Refuse Contraceptive Coverage
A federal judge ruled yesterday that a group of Catholic institutions in New York do not have to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage requirement....
12/17/2013 ACLU Sues On Behalf of Pregnant Worker Forced Out of Job
A Michigan woman who was forced out of her job after becoming pregnant filed a federal lawsuit last week against her employer, Hope Healthcare Center, alleging violations of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and state anti-discrimination law. Asia Myers, a certified nursing assistant, experienced complications early in her pregnancy that threatened to lead to miscarriage....
12/16/2013 College Settles Pregnant Student's Discrimination Complaint
A graduate student reached a settlement with Logan College in Missouri last week after the school failed her on exams she could not take while recovering from an emergency Caesarean section. Brandi Kostal was two weeks away from completing her masters and doctorate-level classes when she began having medical issues with her pregnancy and required an emergency C-section....
12/13/2013 Protests Follow India Supreme Court's Reinstatement of Gay Sex Ban
India's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday to reinstate a ban on gay sex....
12/12/2013 Senate Confirms Two Women To DC Circuit Court
The US Senate confirmed Patricia Millett and Nina Pillard to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit this week, making this the first time the court has had five active female judges.The court is the second most important in the US because of its jurisdiction over most federal agencies. The Senate confirmed Patricia Millett by a 56-38 vote on Tuesday....
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases
The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF]. The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge....
12/2/2013 Federal Court Blocks Indiana TRAP Law
Last Tuesday, a federal court blocked a targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) law that could have shut down the only healthcare facility in Indiana providing RU-486, or mifepristone, the medication abortion drug....
12/2/2013 World AIDS Day Calls For Global Unity In Fight Against AIDS
Yesterday marked the 25th annual World AIDS Day, an opportunity for people around the world to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS. "We remember the friends and loved ones we have lost, stand with the estimated 35 million people living with HIV/AIDS, and renew our commitment to preventing the spread of this virus at home and abroad," said US President Barack Obama in a statement....
11/27/2013 Latinas in Texas Face Human Rights Violations for Restricted Reproductive Rights
The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights released a report last week documenting the impact of state funding cuts to family planning services on Texas women, particularly women living in the southern Rio Grande Valley [see PDF]....
11/27/2013 Karzai Signals Delay On Bilateral Security Agreement
President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has declared that he will not sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) until after Afghanistan's Presidential elections are held in April 2014....
11/26/2013 Feminist Majority Foundation Urges US Supreme Court to Let Women Not Bosses Make Decisions About Birth Control
Date: November-26-13 Contact: Megan Perry Phone: (703) 522-2214 Email: mperry@feminist.org The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the contraceptive coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)....
11/26/2013 Feminist Majority Foundation Urges US Supreme Court to Let Women Not Bosses Make Decisions About Birth Control
The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the contraceptive coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)....
11/25/2013 College Students Charged With Hate Crimes Against Black Roommate
Four San Jose State University students have been charged with misdemeanor hate-crime and battery for committing hate crimes against their 17 year-old black roommate....
11/22/2013 US and Afghanistan Agree on Language for Bilateral Security Agreement
The United States and Afghanistan have agreed on the final language of a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that will help determine the role of the U.S....
11/21/2013 Press Release: Feminist Majority Applauds Change in Senate Filibuster Rules
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2013 Feminist Majority Applauds Change in Senate Filibuster Rules WASHINGTON --The U.S....
11/20/2013 Feminist Majority Foundation Celebrates Gloria Steinem's Presidential Medal of Freedom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 20, 2013 WASHINGTON -- Feminist Majority Foundation today applauded and celebrated Ms....
11/19/2013 NY Court Affirms Right of Pregnant Women to Move Freely
Last week, the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division rejected a lower Family Court's ruling that a woman's decision to move across the country while pregnant was tantamount to "appropriation of the child while in utero" and therefore could bar her custody case from being heard in her new location. The lower Family Court had found in May that petitioner Sara McK's decision to relocate from California to New York to attend Columbia University while pregnant could bar New York courts from hearing her child custody case....
11/15/2013 Man Charged in Renisha McBride's Death
Prosecutors charged the Michigan man who shot and killed 19-year old Renisha McBride....
11/13/2013 Military Sexual Assault Victims Barred from Essential Disability Benefits
A new report by the ACLU, the Service Women's Action Network, and the Veterans Legal Service Clinic at Yale Law School alleges that the US Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) discriminates against thousands of Military Sexual Trauma (MST) survivors seeking mental health disability benefits. While the VA has a vested interest in ensuring that those seeking disability benefits have a condition caused by their time in the military, members who are seeking benefits for PTSD related to combat or other sources of trauma are taken at their word....
11/12/2013 Circuit Court Blocks Obamacare Contraception Mandate
Two for-profit companies won a ruling by the Seventh Circuit Court to protect them from the mandate to cover birth control benefits as part of their employee's insurance, as required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act....
11/4/2013 Report Encourages Increased Access to Condoms for Adolescents
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a professional membership organization of 60,000 pediatric doctors dedicated to the health and well-being of infants through young adults, released a report last week calling for increased access to sex education and condoms for adolescents....
10/31/2013 Over 7 Million Births to Girls in the Developing World Each Year
Twenty thousand girls under age 18 give birth every day in the developing world, adding up to 7.3 million births each year....
10/31/2013 35th Anniversary of the PDA Calls for Celebration, Improvements
Today marks the 35th anniversary of the passing of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)....
10/30/2013 Outrage Over Kenya Rape Grows
People around the world are calling for justice for a 16-year-old Kenyan girl who was brutally beaten, gang-raped, and thrown into a 20-foot latrine by six men in June....
10/29/2013 Judge Rules Part of Texas Abortion Law Unconstitutional
Just one day before restrictive abortion laws in Texas were to take effect, a federal district court struck down a provision of the law that would require abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges and ruled that restrictions on medication abortion could not be enforced in certain circumstances....
10/28/2013 Saudi Women Campaign Against Driving Ban
Over 60 women claimed to have driven in Saudi Arabia this weekend in an ongoing campaign to obtain the right to drive....
10/25/2013 Number of Homeless Students in US Has Increased, Hit Record
New information released by the United States Department of Education reveals that a record high number of public school students were homeless last year....
10/23/2013 Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Gave Thousands to CPCs
Virginia Attorney General and current candidate for Governor Ken Cuccinelli recently filed a summary of his tax returns, revealing that he has given over $4,000 to crisis pregnancy centers (CPC) in the past few years....
10/22/2013 Anti-Choice Former Kansas AG Suspended from Law Practice
The Kansas Supreme Court has indefinitely suspended the law license of former state Attorney General Phill Kline for launching a fraudulent legal prosecution against Dr....
10/21/2013 Shackled Pregnant Woman Receives Settlement
An undocumented woman who was shackled before and after giving birth in Tennessee will receive $490,000 in a settlement and now has the prospect of a U-visa. Juana Villegas, a mother of four - all U.S....
10/16/2013 Personhood Measure Will Be on Colorado's Next Ballot
Anti-abortion activists have collected enough signatures to include a "personhood" measure on Colorado's next state ballot in November 2014, even though Colorado voters have twice rejected personhood initiatives....
10/15/2013 CA Bans Employment Discrimination Against Domestic Violence Victims
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law on Friday that will ban employment discrimination against victims of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault, effective January 1. The law, SB 400, would prohibit an employer from firing or "in any manner discriminating or retaliating against an employee because of the employee's status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking." The law entitles victims to reasonable safety accommodations and procedures in the workplace, like changing a work phone number or implementing a safety plan....
10/15/2013 Indigenous Mexican Woman Denied Care Gives Birth on Clinic Lawn
A woman was forced to give birth on the lawn of a medical clinic in Oaxaca, Mexico, after the clinic refused to administer her care. Irma Lopez, of indigenous Mazatec ethnicity, walked an hour from her home to deliver her third child at the Rural Health Center in the village of San Felipe Jalapa de Diaz....
10/14/2013 Shutdown Threatens to Halt Rape Kits in DC
Victims of rape in Washington, DC may soon be unable to get sexual assault forensic evidence (SAFE) kits, often called rape kits....
10/14/2013 Separate Federal and State Voting Rules Threaten to Disenfranchise Voters
In June, the U.S....
10/14/2013 Virginia Clinic's TRAP Law Appeal Will Proceed in Court
In a victory for the Falls Church Healthcare Center, a Virginia women's health clinic that provides abortions, an Arlington County judge ruled last week to allow the clinic's appeal regarding targeted regulation of abortion provider (TRAP) laws to move forward in court....
10/10/2013 Registration to Run in Afghanistan Elections Closed This Week
Registration wrapped up on October 6 for both the Afghanistan presidential and provincial council elections....
10/4/2013 Federal Suit Challenges Pregnant Woman's Arrest Under Personhood-Like Law
Attorneys for Wisconsin woman Alicia Beltran filed a petition in federal court this week seeking her immediate release from state custody....
10/4/2013 Wendy Davis Announces Run For Texas Governor
Wendy Davis announced yesterday that she will run for Texas governor in the November 2014 elections....
10/2/2013 NYC Council Passes Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
The New York City Council unanimously passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act last week....
10/2/2013 Hundreds March at Statehouse to Protest Anti-Woman Legislation; Tell Governor, State Leaders We Won't Go Back
COLUMBUS - Angered by a string of attacks on women's health care - including legislative efforts to require doctors to give false information to women patients - hundreds of people marched on the state capital Wednesday and vowed to defeat anti-woman legislation and the politicians who support them. "Gov....
9/30/2013 NJ Court Orders State to Allow Gay Marriage
A New Jersey court ruled on Friday that state officials must allow same-sex couples to marry beginning October 21, stating that the current civil union system deprives same-sex couples of equal protection under the law....
9/25/2013 Native American Woman Nominated to Federal Court
President Obama announced last Thursday his nomination of Diane J....
9/25/2013 UN Report Shows Reductions in Global AIDS
A United Nations report released Monday shows reductions in the number of people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, as well as significant progress towards reaching the 2015 UN Millenium Development Goal on HIV. The report by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS finds that new HIV infections among adults and children were estimated at 2.3 million in 2012, a 33% reduction since 2001....
9/19/2013 Anti-Abortion Activist Hired for NC Health Policy Position
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently hired an anti-abortion activist as a senior policy advisor....
9/19/2013 US Federal Appeals Court Rules For-Profit Must Cover Contraception
The U.S....
9/18/2013 Labor Regulations Extended to Home Care Workers
Yesterday, the Department of Labor announced that it will extend minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers, the majority of whom are women and people of color....
9/16/2013 Rape Survivor Settles Lawsuit with Wesleyan and Fraternity
A former Wesleyan University student who was sexually assaulted in 2010 at a fraternity house, nicknamed by students the "rape factory," has settled a $10 million lawsuit against the university and the fraternity chapter....
9/16/2013 Supreme Court to Decide New Abortion Pill Case
An Oklahoma law that could outlaw all drug-induced abortions - and could have a sweeping impact on other abortion laws across the nation - is headed to the U.S....
9/16/2013 Pakistan to Release Head of Taliban Military Operations
Pakistan announced last week that it would free captured Taliban commander Mullah Adbul Ghani Baradar later this month....
9/13/2013 Men Convicted in New Delhi Gang Rape Sentenced to Death
The four men found guilty Tuesday of the fatal gang-rape of a 23 year-old student in New Delhi, India have been sentenced to death by hanging....
9/10/2013 Four Men Found Guilty in Delhi Gang Rape
Four men have been found guilty by District Court judge Yogesh Khanna of the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in New Delhi, India last December....
9/10/2013 California Governor Signs Three Bills Related to Rape, Domestic Violence
California Governor Jerry Brown signed three bills yesterday related to rape and domestic violence....
9/9/2013 Taliban Murder Female Indian Writer
Last Wednesday, a prominent female Indian writer was murdered by the Taliban outside of her home in the Paktika province after criticizing the terrorist group. Sushmita Banerjee, 49, wrote a popular memoir in 1995 about her life as the wife of an Afghan man in Kabul while the Taliban ruled....
9/6/2013 UMD Set to Launch Sexual Assault Prevention Program
The University of Maryland, College Park is preparing to roll out a sexual assault prevention pilot program that could soon be mandated for all incoming students....
9/4/2013 Study Shows an Increase in the Gender Pay Gap for US Doctors
A study published on Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that the gender pay gap for doctors has increased over the past few decades....
8/30/2013 Married Gay Couples Will Get Equal Tax Treatment
All married same-sex couples, regardless of what US state they live in, are entitled to the same federal tax benefits extended to married opposite-sex couples, effective September 16. The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday that legally married gay couples will be able to file taxes jointly and claim marriage-related exemptions, credits and deductions even if they live in one of the 35 states that does not legally recognize gay marriages....
8/29/2013 Victim Blaming Judge Gives Rapist 30 Day Sentence
Montana District judge G....
8/28/2013 Clear Channel Lifts Ban on Abortion Clinic Radio Ads
Clear Channel lifted its ban on radio advertisements from the Wichita reproductive health clinic South Wind Women's Center on Tuesday....
8/27/2013 New Screening Technique for Ovarian Cancer Shows Promise
Researchers in the US have discovered a potential new way to detect ovarian cancer....
8/26/2013 Circuit Court Strikes Down Arizona Anti-abortion Bill
An Arizona bill intended to strip Medicaid funding from doctors and clinics that provide abortions was defeated in court last week. House Bill 2800 was passed by the legislature and signed by Gov....
8/26/2013 Report Shows Over 50 Abortion Clinics Across US Have Closed Since 2010
The Huffington Post published a report today detailing the decline of abortion access since 2010....
8/23/2013 American Photojournalist Gang-raped in India
A 22-year-old American photojournalist was gang-raped in an isolated Mumbai neighborhood Thursday night, Indian police said....
8/22/2013 County in New Mexico Begins Issuing Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples
The county of Dona Ana, New Mexico has begun to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the state Supreme Court referred a related case to lower courts. Dona Ana Country Clerk Lynn Ellins announced on Wednesday that the County Clerk's office would being to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples....
8/21/2013 RH Reality Check Analysis Finds Abortion Heavily Regulated Across the Country
The reproductive health blog RH Reality Check has released documents from over 30 states revealing that abortion is already heavily monitored and regulated following a congressional inquiry. The documents include current policies, laws, and regulations of abortion providers and what complaints against providers, if any, the state received and what action was taken....
8/21/2013 Indonesian Official Proposes Virginity Test for Access to Education
An Indonesian education official has proposed that all high school-aged girls be required to pass a "virginity exam," in order to attend school....
8/20/2013 Judges Blocks Law Restricting OTC Emergency Contraception
On Monday, a state court temporarily blocked an Oklahoma law that would require persons 17 years or younger to have a prescription to access emergency contraception and require proof of age before purchasing the medication....
8/15/2013 VA Gubernatorial Candidate Announces Plan to State-Fund Religious Schools
Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli unveiled a 12 step plan to reform the commonwealth's educational system that includes changing the Virginia constitution to allow state funding to go to religious schools....
8/12/2013 Judges Rules "Stop-and-Frisk" Unconstitutional
A federal judge ruled on Monday that the New York Police Department's use of "Stop-and-Frisk" tactics was unconstitutional. U.S....
8/9/2013 Immigration Reform Activists, the "Dream 9," Released from Federal Custody
"Dream 9" activists were released from Arizona's Eloy Detention Center Wednesday. The "Dream 9" are an immigration reform group of activists who were brought to the United States as young children and therefore do not currently have legal status....
8/8/2013 Afghan Senator Shot In Taliban Assassination Attempt
Afghan Senator Rouh Gul Khairzad and her family were ambushed by Taliban on Wednesday in the Ghazni Province of Afghanistan....
8/8/2013 Two British Women Attacked with Acid While in Zanzibar
Two British women who were teaching working for a local charity were attacked while walking to dinner in Zanzibar City, Zanzibar on Wednesday night. The women, Kristie Trump and Katie Gee, were in their final week volunteering for Art in Tanzania, when two men approached them on a moped and threw acid at them....
8/7/2013 Conservative Commentator Calls Wendy Davis "Abortion Barbie"
Conservative blogger and Fox commentator, Erick Ericson tweeted a message comparing Texas state Senator Wendy Davis to a Barbie Doll on Tuesday afternoon about choice advocate Wendy Davis....
8/2/2013 Yale Fails Again to Handle Sexual Assault On Campus
Yale University released its annual "Report of Complaints of Sexual Misconduct" on Tuesday, revealing that all students recently accused of sexual assault will continue at the school....
8/2/2013 Senate Confirms Samantha Power as UN Ambassador
In its final vote before adjourning for August recess, the Senate confirmed Samantha Power as the United States' ambassador to the United Nations....
8/1/2013 Judge Rules Church Can Protect Funds From Abuse Settlements
Federal Judge Rudolph T Randa issued a ruling this Wednesday that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee can legally prevent $57 million from going to settlements in the church's ongoing sexual abuse scandals by transferring the funds into a trust fund designed for the upkeep and maintenance of Milwaukee Catholic cemeteries....
7/31/2013 Indiana Relinquishes Fight to Defund Planned Parenthood
After a legal battle that began in 2011, the state of Indiana and Planned Parenthood reached a settlement protecting Medicaid and Medicare funding for the organization. In 2011, Indiana became the first state to defund Planned Parenthood after it passed a law that prohibited the organization from receiving about $2 million in federal money, much of which was for Medicaid services....
7/30/2013 Clear Channel Pulls Radio Ad for Women's Clinic, Claims it is 'Divisive'
Ads for the recently re-opened South Wind Women's Center in Wichita, KS were recently pulled from a local radio broadcast station owned by Clear Channel citing "decency standards." Four years after the widely-publicized murder of the clinic's previous owner, Dr....
7/30/2013 NC Governor Signs Anti-Abortion Bill into Law
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed an extreme anti-abortion bill into law late last night. Senate Bill 353 [PDF] requires abortion clinics to meet the same requirements as ambulatory surgical centers, eliminates abortion coverage under state employee insurance plans, bans sex-selective abortions, allows health care providers refuse to participate in abortion-related care, and requires that the doctor performing the procedure disclose their name at least 24 hours before a woman's procedure....
7/29/2013 Pro-Choice Advocates Protest Restrictive Abortion Bill in North Carolina
Abortion rights advocates in North Carolina are holding two 12-hour vigils to protest a restrictive bill that could close some abortion clinics in the state. The protestors, organized by Planned Parenthood, are camping outside NC Governor Pat McCrory's office....
7/26/2013 Outrage Over Continuing Child Marriage in Nigeria
There has been outrage since the Nigerian Senate votedon July 16th to allow girls to marry without age restrictions....
7/25/2013 DOJ Will Counter Gutting of Voting Rights Act
On Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will seek preclearance of voting laws from areas through federal courts in response to the Supreme Court's decision to nullify Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Holder announced that the DOJ will ask a federal judge to require the state of Texas to submit changes to the Justice Department for preclearance for ten years as part of a pending lawsuit filed by Latino state lawmakers who believe a redistricting law is racially prejudiced....
7/23/2013 USC Under Investigation for Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases
The United States Department of Education (DOE) has opened an investigation into the mishandling of sexual assault cases by the University of Southern California (USC) and Dartmouth College in New Hampshire....
7/22/2013 Groundbreaking Journalist, Helen Thomas, Dies at 92
Helen Thomas, a trailblazing journalist who has been a fixture in White House reporting for over 40 years, died on Saturday at the age of 92....
7/22/2013 Review of "Stand Your Ground" Laws Receives Bipartisan Support
Leaders of both political parties have spoken up in favor of reforms to the "Stand Your Ground" laws that have been associated with the high profile case of the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. Originally Zimmerman was not charged for the incident by Florida police, citing the controversial "Stand Your Ground" law ....
7/19/2013 USAID Announces Plan for Afghan Women
The U.S....
7/19/2013 Texas Bill Introduced Will Ban Abortion After 6 Weeks
On Thursday, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a controversial abortion ban, also known as HB 2, into law, officially limiting access to 20 weeks and establishing new regulations for abortion clinics and providers within the state....
7/18/2013 Rick Perry Signs Anti-Abortion Bill Into Law
Today Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) will sign a strict anti-abortion bill into law that will jeopardize 37 of the state's 42 clinics....
7/16/2013 Northern Virginia Clinic Forced to Close
NOVA Women's Healthcare, an abortion provider that is repudiated to be the busiest clinic in Virginia, has closed its facility in Fairfax as a result of new city regulations combined with impending new Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers (TRAP laws)....
7/15/2013 George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty
Late Saturday night, a six person jury in Florida found George Zimmerman "not guilty" for the murder of Trayvon Martin....
7/15/2013 Texas Passes Anti-Abortion Law, Confiscates Tampons
The Texas state Senate passed an anti-abortion law that threatens to close all but five clinics in the state and has garnered national attention in a vote of 19 to 11 on Friday. Conservative lawmakers rejected 20 separate proposed amendments that were designed to either kill the bill or weaken the restrictions that require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals, clinics to meet strict safety standards even if they only perform medication induced abortions, and ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation with no exception for rape or incest....
7/12/2013 Ireland Passes First Abortion Exception Law
Early Friday morning, Irish lawmakers passed a bill allowing abortions if the mother's life is in danger....
7/11/2013 NC Legislature Passes Another "Sneak Attack" Anti-Abortion Bill
Conservative North Carolina representatives have passed a "sneak attack" bill that combines an unrelated House bill on motorcycle safety with anti-abortion provisions....
7/11/2013 Indian Juvenile Court Defers Verdict of Fatal Rape Case
A juvenile court in India has deferred the verdict of a 17 year old who is accused of participating in the gang-rape of a woman who later died from her injuries....
7/8/2013 Governor Scott Walker Signs Anti-Abortion Bills into Law
On Friday, Governor Scott Walker (R) of Wisconsin signed into law a bill that would require all abortion providers to attain hospital admitting privileges....
7/8/2013 UNC Faces New Federal Investigation of Sexual Assault Policies
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill is now facing a third investigation into its sexual assault policies by the US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR)....
7/3/2013 North Carolina Passes Harsh Last Minute Anti-Abortion Amendment
On Wednesday morning, during the last minute discussion of an anti-Sharia bill, the North Carolina state Senate gave final approval to an amendment restricting abortion access in a vote of 29 to 12. Tuesday evening, North Carolina state Senators covertly added an amendment that would severely limit women's access to abortion services to a bill originally intended to outlaw Islamic Sharia Law throughout the family court system....
7/3/2013 Law Allowing Limited Abortion Passes First Vote in Ireland
The Irish Parliament voted to support a bill that would allow a pregnancy to be terminated if the woman's life is at risk....
7/1/2013 NC House Passes Anti-Abortion Education Bill
Last week the North Carolina state House of Representatives passed a health education bill requiring middle school students to be taught in sex-ed classes that abortion is a cause of pre-term births in future pregnancies. The bill, Senate Bill 132 , requires an addition to the current health education program in the form of information on risks for premature births....
7/1/2013 OH Governor Fails to Veto Harmful Abortion Restrictions in State Budget
On Sunday night Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) signed a new state budget into law that includes provisions that will severely restrict access to reproductive healthcare across the state....
7/1/2013 Texas Second Special Session Begins
Texas Lawmakers return for a second special session today to discuss an anti-abortion bill after last week's fight to save the majority of clinics in the state. Last Wednesday, Democratic Senator Wendy Davis (Fort Worth) stood for 12 hours in a filibuster to kill bill Senate Bill 5....
6/28/2013 Ohio Budget Includes Severe Anti-Abortion Provisions, Heads to Governor
Yesterday the Ohio state legislature passed a $62 billion budget that includes multiple anti-abortion provisions that could all but eliminate abortion access in the state....
6/27/2013 Rick Perry Calls Second Special Session on Abortion Restrictions
After a marathon filibuster to defeat an extreme anti-abortion bill, Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) has called a second special session in an attempt to pass the anti-choice legislation of Senate Bill 5. Beginning at 11:18 am CST on Tuesday, Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) talked about the dangers of Senate Bill 5, read testimony from women and others who opposed the bill, speaking of her own experience at Planned Parenthood, and discussing the changes the bill had experienced....
6/27/2013 UN Passes Resolution to Address Rights for Those Affected by Rape as a War Tactic
On Monday, the United Nations passed a resolution to address the use of rape as a war tactic and establish the rights of victims of war-time rape to include comprehensive sexual and reproductive health....
6/27/2013 Dorothy Jonas, Feminist Majority Foundation Board Member, Feminist Champion, Remembered
One of the founding board members of the Feminist Majority Foundation in 1987, longtime feminist activist Dorothy Jonas died on June 22 (1921 - 2013)....
6/26/2013 Texas Anti-Abortion Law Defeated In Filibuster
Texas state Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) successfully blocked an extreme anti-abortion measure from coming to a vote by filibustering the bill for over 10 hours until the end of the special congressional session....
6/25/2013 Supreme Court To Determine Constitutionality of MA Buffer Zone
On Monday, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear a case deciding the legality of a 2007 Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot 'buffer zone' around abortion clinics preventing anti-abortion protesters from entering said buffer zone. In January of this year, the 1st US....
6/24/2013 Supreme Court Sends Affirmative Action Case Back to Appeals Court
Today the Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case on the affirmative action program at the University of Texas at Austin campus, deciding to send the case back to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for further scrutiny in a seven to one decision....
6/24/2013 Six Year Old Transgender Student Wins Right to Use Preferred Bathroom
The Colorado Civil Rights Division has determined that an elementary school cannot bar a transgender student from using their preferred bathroom....
6/21/2013 Supreme Court Deems Anti-Prostitution Clause Unconstitutional
The Supreme Court ruled yesterday with a six-justice majority that the "Anti-Prostitution Loyalty Oath" (APLO) in the 2003 United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria act violated the First Amendment and was unconstitutional....
6/19/2013 House Passes 20 Week Abortion Ban
Yesterday, the House of Representatives approved a nationwide abortion ban after 20 weeks gestation in a vote of 228 to 196....
6/18/2013 Supreme Court Strikes Down Proof of Citizenship Voter Requirements
On Monday, the United States Supreme Court struck down an Arizona law requiring voters to provide proof of citizenship before being allowed register to vote. In an opinion written [PDF] by Justice Antonin Scalia, the Court ruled that the Arizona statute violated the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA, also known as the "Motor Voter Law") of 1993, which created a federal form that individuals can mail in to register to vote in federal elections....
6/18/2013 Pakistani Women's University Bus, Hospital Bombed
A bus for a women's university in Pakistan and the hospital that treated victims from the blast were bombed on Saturday, killing 14 students and 24 others at the hospital. The bus was transporting female students and teachers from Sardar Bahadur Khan Women's University in Quetta, located in the southwestern part of Pakistan....
6/18/2013 Taliban Attack In Afghan Capital As NATO Transfers Power
Yesterday, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) transferred responsibility for the country's security forces to the Afghan government after a bomb blast targeting a political official left three civilians dead in Kabul....
6/17/2013 Texas Air Force Recruiter Sentenced to 27 Years in Sexual Assault Scandal
Technical Sergeant Jaime Rodriguez was sentenced Friday to 27 years in prison for sexually assaulting over 20 women during his 13-year tenure in the Air Force. Rodriguez, 34, was a recruiter at Lackland Air Force Base who worked frequently with high school students seeking careers in the military branch....
6/17/2013 Indian Women's Rights Activists Arrested
Police arrested and detained 13 women's rights activists Thursday after anti-rape protests swelled in West Bengal, India....
6/14/2013 Virginia Healthcare Center Challenges State's TRAP Laws
Falls Church Healthcare Center filed an appeal Monday against the Virginia Board of Health, the Department of Health, and Virginia State Health Commissioner Cynthia Romer over the TRAP regulations that were approved in April requiring clinics performing over five abortions a year to meet new building regulations. The appeal claims that the Board of Health violated Governor Bob McDonnell's executive order requiring state agencies to take into account how regulations impact small businesses and make alternatives possible....
6/14/2013 Teacher Fired for Being a Survivor of Domestic Violence
Second-grade teacher Carie Charlesworth was fired by Holy Trinity School in San Diego because of the events that followed her reporting her husband's domestic abuse....
6/13/2013 WI Senate Advances Transvaginal Ultrasound, TRAP Bill
After intense but brief debate, the Wisconsin state Senate approved a bill that could mandate transvaginal ultrasounds before an abortion and impose unnecessary regulations on abortion clinics....
6/12/2013 Senate Armed Services Committee Removes Provision Challenging Military Sexual Assault
Yesterday, Senate Armed Service Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) announced that he will remove a provision from the defense spending bill that would take military sexual assault cases out of the chain of command. The measure was proposed by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and would allow military prosecutors to decide which cases of sexual assault should go to trial instead of commanders, taking the cases out of the chain of command....
6/10/2013 50th Anniversary of Equal Pay Act
Fifty years ago today, in 1963, President John F....
6/7/2013 House Armed Services Committee Takes on Sexual Assault In Annual Military Spending Bill
The House Armed Services Committee will vote next week on a defense policy bill that includes multiple provisions on sexual assault in the military....
6/5/2013 Women Senators Form Bipartisan Front on Military Sexual Assault
Yesterday Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the epidemic of sexual assault in the military demonstrated the role of the record number of women in the Senate....
6/5/2013 Congresswoman Jackie Speier Criticizes Marine Response to Offensive Facebook Page
Yesterday, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) issued a statement critical of the Marine Corp's handling of her complaint regarding an offensive Facebook page posted by active-duty Marines threatening violence against women and the Congresswoman herself. The pages, which Speier reported to the Secretary of Defense in the beginning of May, featured degrading images and comments about women and women in the military....
6/3/2013 New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg Dies
New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg (D) passed away this morning due to complications from viral pneumonia....
5/29/2013 Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Planned Parenthood Defunding Case
On Tuesday the United States Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by the state of Indiana over the blocking of a law that would ban Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funding....
5/28/2013 NC Legislature Considers "Show Me Your Papers" Bill
The North Carolina House of Representatives is considering an anti-immigration bill that would allow law enforcement officials to police a person's immigration status based on "reasonable suspicion." The bill has already advanced in committee....
5/24/2013 Four Colleges Face Charges of Mishandling Sexual Assault
Four universities across the country are facing allegations of mishandling sexual assault cases in violation of the Clery Act and Title IX....
5/24/2013 Pussy Riot Member Starts Hunger Strike
A member of the Russian feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot has announced that she is launching a hunger strike after she was denied the right to attend her parole hearing....
5/23/2013 AZ 20 Week Abortion Ban Struck Down
On Tuesday, the Arizona law banning abortion after 20 weeks in a pregnancy was ruled unconstitutional and permanently struck down....
5/22/2013 Afghan Women Arrested for 'Moral Crimes' Increases 50%
A new report by the Human Rights Watch shows that in the past 18 months the number of women in Afghanistan incarcerated for 'moral crimes' has increased from 400 to 600, a 50% growth. Many of the women imprisoned for moral crimes were arrested running away from forced or abusive marriages and families, even though there is no law against leaving....
5/22/2013 Army Commander Suspended for Adultery Amid Wave of Sexual Assaults
On Tuesday, Brigadier General Bryan T Roberts was suspended from his position as commander of the Fort Jackson, South Carolina training camp which trains approximately 60% of incoming female recruits pending an investigation into allegations of adultery. Roberts was suspended following allegations of "adultery and a physical altercation." Colonel Christian Kubik, an Army spokesperson for the Training and Doctrine Command, told reporters "We don't have any evidence of any sexual assault....
5/20/2013 Nationwide Abortion Ban Introduced
Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) has introduced a bill that will ban abortion after the 20th week of a pregnancy in the United States....
5/17/2013 Another Military Sexual Assault Prevention Officer Arrested
On Wednesday night the manager of the Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention program for Fort Campbell, Kentucky, was arrested for stalking. Army Lieutenant Colonel Darin Haas was arrested around 6:30 pm Wednesday night when his ex-wife called the authorities after receiving threatening text messages that violated her order of protection against Haas....
5/16/2013 NC House Advances Anti-Abortion Bill Amid Protests
The North Carolina state House passed an anti-abortion measure seeking to restrict state insurance coverage for abortion last night amid protests from pro-choice activists....
5/16/2013 El Salvador Supreme Court Hears Arguments to Save Beatriz's Life
Yesterday the Supreme Court of El Salvador heard open arguments in a case where they will determine if doctors can administer a medically necessary abortion for a woman who could die as a result of her pregnancy....
5/16/2013 Military Justice Improvement Act Introduced in US House and Senate
Today, lawmakers in Congress introduced the Military Justice Improvement Act in the US House of Representatives and Senate....
5/15/2013 Army Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator Face Sexual Assault Charges
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5/15/2013 Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Introduced in Congress
Yesterday, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act was introduced in both the U.S....
5/14/2013 Federal Judge Refuses to Stay Order on Emergency Contraception
On Monday, the federal government appealed to the 2nd U.S....
5/13/2013 Fast Food Worker Strikes Spread Across the Country
On Friday, hundreds of fast food workers in Detroit walked off the job in a one day strike to raise the minimum wage....
5/9/2013 Working Families Flexibility Act Passes House, Threatens Over Time Pay
A bill that would remove over time pay and replace it with "comp" time passed the House yesterday in a vote along party lines of 223 to 204....
5/9/2013 North Carolina Legislature To Consider 'Abortion Risk' Bill
The North Carolina Senate Health Committee passed a bill yesterday that would require that students are told that having an abortion is a significant risk factor for later pre-term births....
5/8/2013 Arkansas Asks Federal Judge to Dismiss Abortion Ban Challenge
On Tuesday, the state of Arkansas asked a federal judge to dismiss a court case that challenges the state's abortion ban after 12 weeks. Attorneys for the state of Arkansas filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of two abortion providers in Little Rock, Arkansas....
5/7/2013 Minnesota Judges Dismiss Anti-Abortion Funding Lawsuit
Last week, a Minnesota judge dismissed a lawsuit that attempted to end state insurance coverage for abortion....
5/6/2013 No Decision Yet for 'Beatriz' in El Salvador
The Supreme Court of El Salvador has still not issued a decision about whether or not it will allow a woman in El Salvador to terminate a life-threatening, non-viable fetus. "Beatriz", who is currently 22 and already a mother of a young infant, was diagnosed with multiple severe illnesses and is 18 weeks pregnant....
5/2/2013 Ireland Unveils New Abortion Legislation
On Wednesday, the Irish parliament unveiled the Protection of Life In Pregnancy Bill which clarifies when a woman can have a life-saving abortion....
5/2/2013 Feminists Critical of Decision to Appeal Plan B Ruling
Late Wednesday night, the Obama Administration filed an appeal in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals challenging a federal judge's decision that emergency contraception must be made available over the counter with no age restrictions....
5/2/2013 Feminists Critical of Decision to Appeal Plan B Ruling
123Late Wednesday night, the Obama Administration filed an appeal in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals challenging a federal judge's decision that emergency contraception must be made available over the counter with no age restrictions....
5/1/2013 Amid Massive Hunger Strike, Obama Renews Push to Close Guantanamo
President Obama announced his renewed desire to close the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay in a press conference yesterday....
4/29/2013 Mary Thom, Former Ms. Magazine Executive Editor, Dies at 68
Mary Thom, one of the longest serving editors of Ms. Magazine, died in a motorcycle crash over the weekend....
4/29/2013 Quinnipiac Will Keep Women's Volleyball in Title IX Settlement
Quinnipiac University has agreed to keep women's volley ball as a varsity sport, increase scholarships for female athletes and expand opportunities for women as part of a Title IX legal settlement. The case against Quinnipiac began in 2009 when the university made an announcement that the school was cutting women's volleyball, men's golf, and men's outdoor track and changing competitive cheerleading to a varsity sport....
4/26/2013 UPDATE: As Death Toll Rises, So Do Protests in Bangladesh
The death toll from a building collapse in Bangladesh on Wednesday has now climbed over 300 as many others are still trapped beneath the wreckage of what used to be garment factories and a shopping center....
4/26/2013 Jenny Yang Confirmed for EEOC
Late last night, Congress approved the nomination of Jenny Yang as a commissioner to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission....
4/25/2013 Woman Could Go To Jail For Life-Saving Abortion In El Salvador
A woman who faces a life-threatening, non-viable pregnancy may have to choose between saving her life or going to jail in El Salvador. "Beatriz", who is currently 22 and already a mother of a young infant, was diagnosed with multiple severe illness and is 18 weeks pregnant....
4/24/2013 Eden Foods Suing Obama Administration, Facing Boycott
Eden Foods, a popular supplier of organic food items, has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act....
4/24/2013 ENDA to be Introduced in Congress Thursday
Both the House and the Senate are expected to reintroduce The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) this Thursday....
4/22/2013 FL House Passes Controversial Abortion Restrictions
The Florida House of Representatives passed an abortion measure last Thursday that would outlaw abortion based on the sex or race of the fetus....
4/19/2013 Senate Rejects Gun Control Bill
The Senate rejected a bill that would have expanded the scope of background checks for potential gun owners on Wednesday....
4/17/2013 NH State Representative Reduces Women to Vaginas
New Hampshire State Rep....
4/10/2013 GA Representative Criticizes Trans Health Care
Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA) recently spoke out against health insurance companies covering gender-related procedures like hair transplants and gender-alignment surgery on the grounds that he himself felt no need to change his gender identity....
4/9/2013 Today is National Equal Pay Day
President Barack Obama has declared today Equal Pay Day to highlight the discrimination women currently face in wages for equal work....
4/4/2013 NC Lawmakers Propose State Religion Bill
Republican lawmakers in North Carolina have proposed a bill that would give the state legislature the authority to establish a state religion and allow prayer in public institutions such as schools. House Joint Resolution 494 challenges the authority of the United States Constitution and the First Amendment, which guarantees the separation of church and state....
4/1/2013 NJ to Consider Ban on "Reparative Therapy"
A bill that would ban so-called "reparative therapy"- therapy intended to "convert" gay men and women to be heterosexual- is headed to the New Jersey Senate floor....
3/29/2013 Pro-Life America Network Director Nominated to MS Board of Health
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) announced that he has nominated Terri Herring to the state's Board of Health Wednesday....
3/27/2013 US Supreme Court Hears DOMA Case
Today, the United States Supreme Court is set to hear the second case on the topic of same sex marriage presented this week....
3/22/2013 Ryan Budget Passes House, Killed in Senate
Yesterday the devastating Ryan Budget for 2014 was passed on a party line vote of 221-207 in the House of Representatives....
3/22/2013 New Hampshire House Rejects Private Prison System
This morning, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to bar the state executive branch from privatizing the prison system....
3/19/2013 Federal Judge Overturns Missouri Birth Control Law
On Monday, a federal judge overturned a Missouri law that would allow employers to deny contraceptive coverage for their employees....
3/19/2013 Philippine Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Birth Control Law
The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily blocked the implementation of the Responsible Parenthood Bill to allow for the opposition to present arguments against the law....
3/13/2013 Senate Hearing on Sexual Assault in the Military Begins Today
Today Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, convened a hearing to investigate sexual assault in the military....
3/12/2013 AZ Ban on Mexican American Studies Ruled Constitutional
On Friday a federal judge ruled that a 2010 law banning Mexican American studies in Tuscon, Arizona, is constitutional. Federal Judge Wallace Tashima of the U.S....
3/11/2013 Suspect in New Delhi Rape and Murder Case Dies in Jail
One of the six suspects in the brutal gang rape and murder of a 23 year-old New Delhi student was found dead early this morning....
3/11/2013 New SD Law Allows Staff to Carry Guns in Schools
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed a bill into law on Friday that will allow staff to carry guns in schools in an effort to provide extra security against school shootings....
3/1/2013 AR Abortion Ban after Twenty Weeks Becomes Law
The Arkansas Senate voted yesterday to override Governor Mike Beebe's (D) Tuesday veto of a bill that bans abortion at twenty weeks....
3/1/2013 Openly Gay MS Mayoral Candidate Found Dead
Mayoral Candidate Marco McMillan of Clarksdale, Mississippi, was found dead on Wednesday in what authorities have ruled is a homicide....
2/28/2013 Teenager Accused in New Delhi Gang-Rape Pleads Not-Guilty
A teenager accused of murder in the violent gang-rape of a New Delhi medical student in December 2012 plead not guilty....
2/27/2013 AR Governor Vetoes Bill that Would Ban Abortion at Twenty Weeks
On Tuesday Governor Mike Beebe (D) vetoed a bill that would have banned abortions in Arkansas after 20 weeks....
2/27/2013 VAWA To Go Before House of Representatives Tomorrow
Late last night, the House Rules Committee decided to bring the inclusive Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) to the House floor for a vote - provided that a restrictive House substitute bill is rejected first. House leadership announced a substitute bill last week that guts necessary protections for students, LGBTQ individuals, immigrants, and Native Americans from the Senate bill....
2/25/2013 OK Senate May Deny Women Affordable Contraception
A vote in the Oklahoma state Senate on a bill that would allow employers to deny contraception and abortion coverage for women in insurance plans passed the Senate Business and Commerce Committee....
2/19/2013 NY Governor to Include Abortion Rights in Women's Equality Act
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) will include a section on expanding and protecting abortion rights in the state of New York as part of a Women's Equality Act....
2/15/2013 MS Bill to Regulate Abortion Passes the Senate
Senate Bill 2795, also known as the "Women's Health Defense Act," [PDF] passed in the Mississippi Senate yesterday on a 39 to 12 vote....
2/14/2013 Royal Canadian Mounted Police Under Scrutiny For Abuse of Aboriginal Women
In a report released on Wednesday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) found that many aboriginal women in British Columbia have been the victims of discrimination, aggressive use of police force, and even sexual assault by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The report, titled "Those Who Take Us Away," features in depth interviews with 50 aboriginal women along the "Highway of Tears" in British Columbia where numerous aboriginal women have gone missing or have been murdered....
2/13/2013 OK House Committee Passes Anti-Abortion Bills
The Oklahoma State House Public Safety Committee passed three abortion-related bills Tuesday that make it more difficult for girls under the age of 18 to receive an abortion without parental consent....
2/12/2013 Coburn Amendment to VAWA Defeated
An amendment which would have severely restricted protections for Native American women under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was defeated yesterday evening. The amendment, proposed by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), would have removed a new provision of VAWA that would allow Native American tribal courts to try non-Native Americans for cases of violence against women that occur on tribal lands against members of the reservation....
2/12/2013 Federal Judges Rules AZ Defunding of Planned Parenthood Unconstitutional
On Friday, a federal judge overturned an Arizona law that prohibited funds from the state's Medicaid program from going to Planned Parenthood because they are affiliated with abortion providers....
2/11/2013 Outrage over Gang Rape Spreads in South Africa
Earlier this month, a seventeen year-old woman was brutally gang-raped in Bredasdorp, South Africa....
2/11/2013 BREAKING NEWS: Defense Department to Extend Benefits to Same-Sex Couples
The Department of Defense released a memo today outlining a plan to extend benefits to same-sex partners of military members....
2/8/2013 Grassley Amendment on VAWA Dies
An amendment to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) proposed by Senator Charles E....
2/7/2013 Tennessee State Senator Submits Mandatory Ultrasound, Waiting Period Bill
Tennessee state Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) introduced a bill earlier this week that would force women to have a mandatory ultrasound no less than 24 hours before having an abortion. Senate Bill 632 [PDF] would require women seeking an abortion to be shown a transabdominal ultrasound and listen to any detected heartbeat....
2/6/2013 Mississippi Senate Bill Threatens Abortion by Pill
On Tuesday, a Mississippi state Senate committee approved a bill that could threaten the use of medical abortion in the state....
2/5/2013 Family Medical Leave Act Turns Twenty
Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which grants job-protected sick leave to those who are recovering or taking care of someone recovering from an illness or those who have had a new child....
2/4/2013 Member of Pussy Riot Hospitalized
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of the Russian punk feminist band Pussy Riot was transferred to a hospital at the end of January for severe headaches....
2/4/2013 India Enacts Harsher Punishments for Sexual Assault
Over the weekend, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and the Union Cabinet approved new provisions to the Indian Penal Code that create harsher punishments for sexual assault and rape....
1/30/2013 Malala Yousafzai Approaching Final Surgeries
Malala Yousafzai, the girls' rights activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban in October 2012, is preparing for her final surgeries....
1/30/2013 New York Conservatives Push Back on Women's Rights Package
Conservative leaders in the New York state Senate are planning on fighting a women's rights proposal from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo over provisions related to abortion. Governor Cuomo has been speaking in support of his "Women's Equality Act," though a bill has not yet been submitted to the state Senate....
1/29/2013 Boy Scouts May Reconsider Anti-Gay Policy
On Monday, two Boy Scouts of America (BSA) board members, Randall Stephenson and James Turley, announced they will seek to end the organization's ban on gay members....
1/28/2013 Sixth Accused Rapist in New Delhi Case Determined to Be A Minor
A Juvenile Justice Board in New Delhi has ruled that a sixth attacker in the fatal rape of a medical student on a bus in December was 17 at the time of the attack....
1/25/2013 Catholic Hospital Claims Fetuses Aren't People in Malpractice Defense
A Colorado Catholic hospital defended itself against a wrongful death suit by claiming that the hospital failed to perform an emergency c-section to save the lives of twin fetuses in court by arguing that fetuses are not people. In 2006, Lori Stodghill was seven months pregnant with twins when she arrived at St....
1/24/2013 Trial in Brutal India Gang-Rape Begins Today
The trial of five men accused of brutally gang raping a 23 year old medical student, who later died of her injuries, on a bus in New Delhi, India, began today....
1/22/2013 VA Senate Pushes Gerrymandering Bill Through During Inauguration
While public attention was focused on the inauguration of President Obama, the Virginia state Senate quickly passed a redistricting measure that could give Republicans a majority in the state senate in 2015....
1/18/2013 Limbaugh Suggests End to Abortion is Guns
Rush Limbaugh responded to a caller who brought up abortion during a conversation about gun control by saying, "You know how to stop abortion? Require that each one occur with a gun." during his show on Wednesday. Rush Limbaugh is known for his inflammatory and ultra-conservative comments....
1/17/2013 Delhi Rape and Murder Case Moved to Fast-Track Court
The case of five men accused of the brutal rape and murder of a 23 year old medical student in New Delhi has been moved to a special "fast-track" court, an Indian magistrate declared on Thursday....
1/17/2013 President Obama Announces Action on Gun Control
Yesterday, President Barack Obama publicly announced a comprehensive plan for addressing gun violence in the United States....
1/15/2013 President Obama, New York to Take Harsher Stance on Gun Control
On Monday, President Barack Obama announced that he will be revealing a proposal of new gun control policies and is willing to take executive actions if necessary....
1/14/2013 New Bus Gang Rape Case Reported in India
A new gang rape case involving a private bus has been reported in India, where the brutal gang rape and death of a 23-year-old female medical student has prompted global outrage and demands for reform....
1/11/2013 NBC's "Parenthood" Shows Teenage Pregnancy, Abortion Decision
In an episode aired on Thursday night, NBC's prime-time television show "Parenthood" highlighted the decision of two characters who decide to terminate an unwanted pregnancy....
1/10/2013 Sri Lankan Domestic Worker Executed in Saudi Arabia
A Sri Lankan domestic worker who was convicted of killing an infant in her care was executed by the Saudi Arabian government on Wednesday. Rizana Nafeek was sentenced to death in 2007 for allegedly murdering a 4 month old infant in 2005 that had been in her care for two weeks....
1/10/2013 Federal Court Upholds MA Clinic "Buffer Zone"
On Wednesday, a federal appeals court upheld a Massachusetts law establishing a protest-free "buffer zone" around abortion clinics. The 1st U.S....
1/9/2013 Federal Judge Blocks NY Stop-and-Frisks Without Suspicion
On Tuesday, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the Bronx Trespass Affidavit Program's (TAP) "stop-and-frisk" practices when performed without reasonable suspicion. Judge Shira Scheindlin of the Federal Court District of Manhattan ruled that aspects of the stop-and-frisks used by the New York Police Department were unconstitutional because officers were stopping individuals outside of residential buildings without sufficient suspicion that they were trespassing....
1/9/2013 West Virginia Legislature Launching New Sex Ed Committee
Lawmakers in West Virginia are forming a subcommittee to look at possible new sex education policies the state can implement in order to address the high numbers of teenagers who do not use birth control in the state. The panel convened on Monday to review statistics about sexual activity among middle school and high school students....
1/9/2013 NYC Teacher Allegedly Fired for Being Trans Sues School
A teacher who alleges that he* was fired from a school where he had worked for over 30 years has filed charges against the Catholic New York City school for damages. Mark Krolikowski was terminated from St....
1/8/2013 Protests Spread As Alleged Attackers Plead Not Guilty to Violent Rape
Three of the five accused attackers in a violent gang rape of a medical student in India will enter pleas of not guilty, according to the BBC. Manohar Lal Sharma, who is representing three of the five men accused of told the BBC that he would be filing representation letters for the three accused men challenging the way the police handled evidence in the case....
1/8/2013 Supreme Court Sets Dates for Prop 8, DOMA Trial
The United States Supreme Court announced the scheduled dates for two same sex marriage cases....
1/7/2013 Record Number of Anti-Choice Provisions in 2011-2012
According a recent report issued by the Guttmacher Institute, 2012 saw a record of anti-abortion provisions enacted into law....
1/4/2013 CA Rape Conviction Overturned Because Victim was Unmarried
On Wednesday, the 2nd District Court of Appeals in Los Angeles, CA overturned the rape conviction of a man who impersonated a woman's boyfriend in order to have sex with her because the woman was not married. The district appeals court found that a law from 1827 that criminalized impersonation of a woman's husband in order have intercourse did not extend to this case because the law did not include protections for women who were not married....
1/2/2013 VA TRAP Law Approved
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell certified new abortion regulations known as TRAP (targeted regulations of abortion providers) laws on Friday, December 28th....
12/21/2012 NRA Calls For Armed Police Officers in Every School
Today the National Rifle Association held its first press conference since the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT in Washington, DC....
12/21/2012 Florida Sees Renewed Push to Ratify ERA
Earlier this month, Florida state Representative Lori Berman (D-Lantana) filed legislation to have Florida be the 36th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Currently only 35 states have ratified the ERA since it was introduced for state ratification in 1972....
12/20/2012 Indian Activists Protest Gang Rape
Protests erupted in India yesterday in response to a violent gang rape on a bus in South Delhi....
12/19/2012 Irish Government Announces Change in Abortion Laws
On Tuesday, the Irish government announced that it will draft new legislation to clarify the country's restrictive abortion ban....
12/18/2012 MT Supreme Court Rejects Same-Sex Partner Benefits Case
On Monday, the Montana Supreme Court decided that a case brought by six couples and the ACLU urging the court to extend partnership benefits to same sex couples was too broad and violated separation of powers. The case, which featured six same sex couples denied rights under various statutes such as bereavement leave, protections in case of divorce, and death benefits, urged the court to recognize the rights of all same sex couples in the state and to change existing statutes to reflect those rights....
12/11/2012 Scalia Defends Parallel Between Homosexuality and Murder
United State Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia defended his controversial stance on gay rights by comparing homosexuality to murder while speaking at Princeton University on Monday. Associate Justice Scalia was speaking at a lecture at Princeton to promote his new book....
12/10/2012 Federal Judge Rules NC Choose Life License Plates Unconstitutional
On Friday, United States District Court Judge James C....
12/7/2012 Mexico's Supreme Court Strikes Down Same-Sex Marriage Ban
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Mexico determined that a state law could not be used to prohibit same-sex marriage in the southern state of Oaxaca....
12/7/2012 BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court Will Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases
The United States Supreme Court has announced that it will hear two cases regarding same sex marriage....
12/6/2012 Same-Sex Marriage Laws Take Effect in MD and WA
Maryland and Washington state began implementing parts of new legislation legalizing same-sex marriage today....
12/6/2012 Recreational Marijuana Use Legal in Washington
As of 12:01am Thursday morning, the recreational use of marijuana became legal in the state of Washington....
12/5/2012 OK State Court Rejects Anti-Abortion Laws
The Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected two anti-abortions laws in near unanimous decisions yesterday....
12/5/2012 Bihar Village Bans Use of Cell Phones by Women
On Sunday, the self-appointed village council of Sunderbari within the state of Bihar in India prohibited the use of mobile phones by unmarried women and girls....
12/3/2012 APA Removes Gender Identity Disorder from DSM-V
The American Psychiatric Association approved changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, or DSM, that would remove transgender from being listed as a mental disorder on Saturday. The DSM-V, the latest edition of the diagnostic guidelines used by the mental health community, will no longer have "gender identity disorder" as a classification....
12/3/2012 UPDATE: Supreme Court Does Not Act on Same Sex Marriage
The Supreme Court has delayed its decision on whether or not it will hear a case on same sex marriage....
11/30/2012 Students Protest Mandatory Gynecological Exams for Civil Service Employees
Students in the Chinese city of Wuhan protested outside the Human Resources and Social Security Department on Monday against the requirement that women who apply for civil service positions in China have a gynecological exam as part of the screening process. Ten university students carrying signs denouncing the exams and wearing large underwear that had "examine" written on the front and crossed out held a demonstration outside the government building....
11/30/2012 Irish Government May Face European Court for Abortion Death
On Thursday, Praveen Halappanavar announced that he will take the Irish government to the European Court of Human Relations over his wife's death after she was denied an abortion last month. According to Gerard O'Donnell, Halappanavar's lawyer, Halappanavar believes the government did not investigate Savita Halappanavar's death in October sufficiently....
11/28/2012 Four Servicewomen File Lawsuit Challenging Ban on Women in Combat
Four female service members, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, filed a federal law suit in San Francisco Tuesday afternoon to end the Pentagon's ban on women serving in direct combat jobs....
11/27/2012 Supreme Court to Consider Same-Sex Marriage Cases
The United States Supreme Court will decide if they will take a case regarding same-sex marriage in a closed meeting this Friday....
11/26/2012 AAP Advocates Plan-B Access for Teens
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released new policy guidelines today in support of increasing access to emergency contraception among teenage girls....
11/16/2012 New Study Finds Women Denied Abortion More Likely to Be in Poverty
A recent study conducted by UC San Francisco's Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) found that women who are denied an abortion in the United States are three times more likely to be under the federal poverty line....
11/16/2012 Appeals Court Rejects MI Affirmative Action Ban
The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected a ban that currently prohibits Michigan from instituting affirmative action policies in higher education on Thursday by an 8 to 7 vote. The Court ruled [PDF] that a 2006 referendum approved by Michigan voters that prohibits race or gender from being used as a factor in university admissions violates the 14th Amendment because it places additional burdens on minorities....
11/15/2012 Air Forces Releases Lackland Sex Abuse Investigation Results
The US Air Force released the results of an investigation into widespread sex abuse charges at the Lackland Air Force Base training facility in Texas this week....
11/15/2012 UPDATE: Irish Leaders Affirm Need to Clarify Abortion Laws
Today, Irish Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore urged the Irish Parliament to clarify the restrictive abortion laws that lead to the death of Indian national Savita Halappanavar in Ireland last month. "It is time to bring legal clarity to the issue," he said....
11/14/2012 Woman Denied Abortion Dies in Ireland
Savita Halappanavar died last month in Ireland after she was denied an abortion while miscarrying her pregnancy....
11/14/2012 SF Health Care Program to Include Transitioning Procedures
San Francisco's Health Commission voted last week to include transitioning procedures for transgender individuals under their universal health care program....
11/13/2012 Catholic Church Continues Fight Against Women's and LGBT Rights
The Catholic church acknowledged Monday that they have no plans to revise their stance on birth control or same-sex marriage despite falling flat with voters this year....
11/12/2012 Malawi Backtracks on Suspended Criminalization of Homosexuality
Last Wednesday, Malawian Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara backtracked on his announcement that Malawi intends to suspend criminalization of homosexuality....
11/12/2012 OH Judge: 'I Don't Want to See Democracy Die in the Darkness'
In Ohio, Secretary of State Jon Husted's 11th hour directive that could cause legitimate provisional ballots to be thrown out is being challenged in a federal court by voting rights advocates....
11/7/2012 Historic Election Results
On Tuesday, November 7th 2012 the United States of America reelected President Barack Obama, while the Democrats and Republics held on to their control of the Senate and the House, respectively....
11/5/2012 Malawi Suspends Criminalization of Homosexuality as Laws are Debated
In Malawi, a law against homosexuality has been suspended and the police have been ordered to stop arresting gay people pending a decision by parliament as to whether to repeal the law....
10/31/2012 Supreme Court Denies Personhood Appeal in Oklahoma
The US Supreme Court refused to hear a case on Monday brought on by the anti-abortion group Personhood Oklahoma, rejecting its attempt to challenge the Oklahoma court's ruling against a proposed Personhood ballot measure in the state....
10/25/2012 Stabbing Outside Oregon Planned Parenthood
Yesterday, a father was stabbed outside a Grant Pass, Oregon, Planned Parenthood clinic after a dispute erupted between his daughter and an anti-choice protestor....
10/24/2012 Federal Court Rules in Favor of Planned Parenthood
Yesterday, a Federal Court of Appeals ruled that Planned Parenthood could not be denied government funding under Medicaid regardless of whether or not the organization has clinics that offer abortions....
10/23/2012 Reproductive Rights Groups Launch Educate Congress Initiative
Reproductive rights groups are partnering up for the 'Educate Congress' initiative, which will send a copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves to every congressional office....
10/22/2012 WI Salon Shooting Followed Domestic Violence Arrest
Yesterday morning 45-year-old Radcliffe Haughton allegedly gunned down seven women at the salon where his estranged wife worked, killing three of them, including his wife, Zina Houghton, before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life....
10/22/2012 New Rules to Ban Planned Parenthood in TX
Last week, the Texas health and human services commissioner, Dr....
10/19/2012 VA Health Commissioner Resigns Over TRAP Laws
Virginia Health Commissioner Dr....
10/18/2012 BREAKING: Another Federal Court Rules DOMA Unconstitutional
Today the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, upholding a lower court's decision....
10/15/2012 Danger Risk Increases for Unmarried Mothers in Mali
Recent reports indicate that radical Islamists are creating lists of unmarried mothers in the northern Mali area, where they have avowed to enforce strict sharia law that forbids women from having any relationships with men outside of marriage....
10/10/2012 SCOTUS Hears Affirmative Action Case
The US Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today in affirmative action case Fisher v....
10/10/2012 AK Court Rules on Parental Notification
In a decision issued earlier this week, an Alaskan Superior Court judge upheld the constitutionality of a state law requiring parental notification for women under 17 who are seeking an abortion....
10/8/2012 San Francisco Forces CPCs to Tell the Truth
Federal Court Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong upheld most of a 2011 San Francisco law that prohibits the false advertising of anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers....
10/4/2012 Marine Corps Admits Women to Combat Course
For the first time, two female soldiers have been admitted into the Marine Corps' Infantry Officer Course....
10/2/2012 PA Court Blocks Enforcement of Voter ID Laws
On Tuesday, just five weeks before Election Day, a Commonwealth Court judge halted enforcement of Pennsylvania's strict new voting ID law from going into effect in the pivotal swing state until after this year's presidential election....
10/1/2012 IL Court Rules on Emergency Contraception Case
Recently, an Illinois Appeals Court ruled in favor of two pharmacists who refused to fill emergency contraception prescriptions on the basis of their religious beliefs....
10/1/2012 Uruguay Legalizes Abortion
In Uruguay, the Chamber of Deputies voted 50 to 49 last week to legalize abortion....
9/25/2012 Uruguay Congress Faces Vote to Legalize Abortion
The Chamber of Deputies of Uruguay will vote today on a measure that could legalize first trimester abortion....
9/21/2012 Illinois Parental Notification Law Reaches State Supreme Court
Arguments began yesterday over a 1995 Illinois state law requiring anyone 17 years or younger to notify a parent before seeking an abortion....
9/21/2012 'Forcible Rape' Provision Removed from New Mexico Child Care Assistance Policy
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez (R) removed a provision of new proposed updates to the state's Child Care Assistance Policy that would add "forcible rape" as a condition for those seeking assistance. The Children, Youth, and Families Department's (CYFD) policy originally stated that a woman seeking assistance for a child must be in contact with the other parent and file a child support claim to be eligible, but the policy made an exception for children "conceived as a result of incest or forcible rape" [emphasis added]. Reproductive justice blog RH Reality Check first posted about the language in the policy on Thursday....
9/19/2012 Chicago Teachers Vote to End Ten Day Strike
On Tuesday, the Chicago Teacher Union voted to end their week and a half long strike and return to the classroom Wednesday morning....
9/18/2012 United Nations Releases LGBT Rights Publication
Yesterday the United Nations released "Born Free and Equal," a 60-page booklet detailing the basic legal rights States must provide LGBT individuals....
9/17/2012 WI Judge Strikes Down Anti-Union Law
Judge Juan B Colas of Dane County Circuit Court ruled late Friday on a 2011 anti-public-employee-union Wisconsin law, ruling most of it unconstitutional....
9/17/2012 Circuit Court Denies Attempt to End Chicago Teacher Strike
A Cook County Circuit Court judge has prevented an attempt by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools to forcibly end the teachers' strike by refusing to schedule a hearing for today. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools filed a suit against the Chicago Teacher's Union for their continued strike after Sunday negotiations did not come to a resolution....
9/12/2012 Appeals Court Says Women Can't be Prosecuted for Medical Abortion
A panel of judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit appeals court ruled yesterday that a woman cannot be prosecuted under an Idaho state law for taking medication to induce an abortion....
9/12/2012 Breaking News: Colorado Personhood Will Not Appear on November 2012 Ballot
Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced today that the Colorado Personhood Coalition has missed the Monday deadline for ballot certification for the "Personhood" Amendment to appear on the November 2012 ballot....
9/6/2012 Federal Court Upholds Arizona 'Paper' Provision
United States District Judge Susan R....
8/31/2012 Florida Voter Registration Laws Permanently Blocked
District Judge Robert Hinkle announced Wednesday that he will granting a motion to permanently block strict voter registration laws that prevent third-party organizations from registering new voters in Florida....
8/29/2012 ACLU Reports Gender Stereotypes Rampant in Public Schools Single-Sex Classes
Gender stereotypes are prevalent in many K-12 public coeducational schools with single-sex academic classes and programs across the country according to the ACLU's "Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes" campaign report released last week....
8/28/2012 HIV Stigma Deters Rural African Women from Seeking Prenatal Care
Many women in rural areas of Kenya do not seek prenatal care in clinics for fear of being stigmatized as being HIV positive, according to a study published in PLoS Medicine, the leading open-access medical journal. The study, based on a 2007-2009 survey of 1,777 pregnant women in a highly populated area of rural Kenya, found that only 44% of young pregnant women gave birth in clinics....
8/28/2012 Another Politician Shows No Understanding of Rape
The Republican nominee for U.S....
8/27/2012 Pussy Riot Members Flee Russia
Two members of feminist punk band Pussy Riot have fled Russia to evade arrest, according to the Huffington Post....
8/27/2012 Former Florida Governor Endorses Obama
Charlie Crist, the former Florida Republican governor, announced his support for President Barack Obama in an editorial in the Tampa Bay Times Sunday on the eve of the Republican National Convention in Tampa....
8/24/2012 Texas Women traveling to Mexico for Abortion Access
Women in southern Texas are increasingly traveling to Mexican pharmacies to obtain a drug to induce medical abortions because abortion clinics are restricted in the state....
8/22/2012 Women Leaders to Speak at DNC
Today the Democratic National Convention Committee announced an additional slate of speakers with a focus on women leaders....
8/21/2012 Augusta National Golf Club Invites First Female Members
The Augusta National Golf Club invited Condoleeza Rice and Darla Moore to become the first female members in the club's history after pressure from women's groups and advocates....
8/20/2012 GOP Lawmakers Subject of FBI Probe
In an exclusive report, Politico reveals the FBI investigated a GOP "fact-finding Congressional trip" to Israel where several lawmakers took a drunken late night dip in the Sea of Galilee....
8/17/2012 Pussy Riot Found Guilty and Sentenced
Three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot were found guilty of "hooliganism" and sentenced to two years in prison today in Russia....
8/16/2012 OH Secretary of State Announces Uniform Early-Voting Policy
On Wednesday Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced that all Ohio districts will follow a uniform early-voting policy....
8/14/2012 Candy Crowley to Moderate Presidential Debate
The bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Monday that CNN's chief political correspondent Candy Crowley will moderate one of three presidential debates this fall, which will be the first time in 20 years that a woman has done so....
8/9/2012 Louisiana School Announces Change to Pregnancy Test Requirement
After much public pressure, a Louisiana school's policy that students be required to take pregnancy tests at the threat of expulsion will be changed, announced school officials yesterday....
8/8/2012 Anti-Abortion Activist to Face Jury Trial in Harassment of Doctor
US District Judge J....
8/8/2012 Abortion Ban Stalls Treatment of Dying Teen
In the Dominican Republic doctors are not treating a 16-year-old girl with acute leukemia because of her pregnancy, CNN reports....
8/7/2012 Transgender Discrimination Barred Under ACA
In response to letters from LGBTQ health and advocacy groups, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced in a letter made public yesterday that, under the Affordable Care Act, discrimination based on gender identity will not be tolerated....
8/6/2012 Kansas Judges Move Forward in Two Abortion Cases Last Week
On Thursday, Kansas District Judge Stephen Tatum dismissed 26 misdemeanor charges against the Kansas City-area Planned Parenthood Overland Park clinic....
8/2/2012 Senator Attaches Failed House Abortion Ban to Cybersecurity Bill
A Republican Senator from Utah, Mike Lee, is attempting to attach a DC abortion ban to a cybersecurity bill....
8/1/2012 D.C. Abortion Ban Fails in House
A bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks in the District of Columbia failed to get enough votes in the U.S....
8/1/2012 Defense of Marriage Act Ruled Unconstitutional Again
A Connecticut Federal Court Judge ruled yesterday that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violates the Fifth Amendment right to equal protection, following suit with several other judges who have made the same ruling in the past two years....
7/31/2012 Personhood USA Files Petition With Supreme Court
Personhood USA is petitioning the US Supreme Court to appeal the Oklahoma Supreme Court decision to block a personhood ballot initiative in April....
7/30/2012 Feminist Punk Band on Trial Today for Anti-Putin Performance
In a case that has garnered a lot of international attention, the trial for Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot began in a Moscow court today....
7/27/2012 US Pledges $150 Million Towards Global AIDS Fight
Hillary Clinton announced over $150 million in new US initiatives to combat the global HIV/AIDS pandemic....
7/24/2012 Sally Ride Dies at 61 from Pancreatic Cancer
Sally Ride, who made history as the first American woman in space in 1983, passed away on Monday at age 61 from a 17 month battle with pancreatic cancer....
7/24/2012 Air Force Staff Sergeant Sentenced in Sex Abuse Case
Air Force Staff Sergeant Luis Walker was found guilty of 28 rape and sexual assault charges by a military jury Friday and was sentenced to 20 years in prison....
7/23/2012 Emails Show Racist Motivation in Arizona's SB1070
The ACLU of Arizona released thousands of emails last week that they argue prove that SB1070, Arizona's harmful anti-immigrant law, was racially motivated....
7/18/2012 Federal Judge Dismisses Contraception Coverage Lawsuit
A federal judge in Nebraska dismissed a federal lawsuit yesterday that sought to block part of the new healthcare policy that will require insurance plans to cover birth control with no co-pays....
7/17/2012 VA Attorney General Refuses to Certify TRAP Regulations
Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli refused to certify the new Virginia targeted regulations of abortion providers (TRAP) yesterday that were passed by the Virginia Board of Health last month....
7/13/2012 Pro-Choice Groups Challenge Arizona Abortion Restrictions
The Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Thursday in an attempt to block an anti-choice law in Arizona....
7/6/2012 Forced Abortion in China Sparks Controversy
Feng Jianmei of China's Shaanxi Province was forced by local officials to abort her second pregnancy this June after violating China's strict one-child policy....
7/5/2012 North Carolina Legislature Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood
The Republican-controlled General Assembly of North Carolina voted to defund Planned Parenthood late Monday night....
7/3/2012 CPC to Open Next to Northern Minnesota's Only Abortion Clinic
A crisis pregnancy center (CPC) is opening up across the street from the Women's Health Center, the only abortion provider in northern Minnesota....
6/29/2012 Truth in Advertising Law Struck Down
A Federal court ruled on Monday that Baltimore and Montgomery County, Maryland, cannot require crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) to post signs indicating what types of services they provide....
6/28/2012 Supreme Court Decision on Affordable Care Act is Historic Advance for Women
Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority The Feminist Majority is elated that the Supreme Court has upheld the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act - an historic advance for women and the most important advance in nearly 40 years. Feminists are determined to protect the gains of the Affordable Care Act, which will protect the lives and health of millions of women and their families each year and make our nation stronger and healthier. This is what women will gain from the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act: Some 32 million people (a majority women) will gain access to health care insurance coverage including 16 million people (also a majority women) who will gain access through Medicaid. Subsidies to purchase coverage
  • About three-fourths of people who purchase through the insurance exchanges (those with incomes between 133% and 400% of poverty) will receive a federal subsidy to help pay for the coverage.
Bans Discrimination
  • By 2014 at the latest, insurers will be banned from "gender rating," or charging women higher premiums than men for the same coverage, both for individual policies and for employer group plans with fewer than 100 employees....
6/28/2012 Breaking: Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare
The Supreme Court this morning upheld President Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a 5-4 decision....
6/28/2012 NH Legislature Overrides Veto of Anti-Abortion Bill
The New Hampshire State House and Senate voted yesterday to overturn Governor John Lynch's veto of a bill that would prohibit late abortions....
6/28/2012 Woman Allowed to Sue Over Conscience Clause
A federal court ruled this week that a Florida woman could sue her local Sheriff's department because, after being raped, the woman was denied the second dosage of the morning after pill by a prison guard who objected to it....
6/26/2012 KS Doctor Loses License
A Kansas doctor's medical license was revoked on Friday over allegations that she did not provide adequate mental health exams on patients she referred to the late Dr....
6/25/2012 Supreme Court Issues Rulings
The US Supreme Court issued three opinions this morning, including a ruling on the controversial immigration law in Arizona....
6/22/2012 Ohio Personhood Amendment Lacks Signatures
A proposed Personhood amendment in Ohio likely will not be on the state ballot this November because the group circulating the petition has received only a small percentage of the necessary signatures....
6/22/2012 CDC Report Links Contraception Use to Lower Abortion Rate
The National Center for Health Statistics, a department of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released a report this week that shows that both pregnancy and abortion rates for women in their twenties have fallen, and credited contraception access and use for the drop in rates....
6/21/2012 NH Governor Vetoes Three Harmful Bills
New Hampshire Governor John Lynch (D) vetoed a bill on Monday that would have classified the death of a fetus as homicide and vetoed two other bills on Wednesday that would have imposed restrictions on voting registration....
6/20/2012 Iowa Could End Medicaid Funded Abortions
A group of 41 Republican lawmakers in Iowa filed a petition with the state's Department of Human Services this week, seeking to end government funded abortions in the state....
6/19/2012 NH Governor Vetoes Late Abortion Ban
New Hampshire Governor John Lynch (D) vetoed a bill on Friday that would have banned late abortions in the state....
6/15/2012 Judge Orders Diocese into Arbitration
A judge has ordered the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City- St....
6/13/2012 Senate Holds ENDA Hearing
A US Senate hearing held yesterday on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) marked the first time a transgender person testified before the Senate....
6/11/2012 Partnership Provides Contraception Access for High School Students
A high school in Los Angeles with high rates of teenage pregnancy has partnered with Planned Parenthood to offer free birth control and emergency contraception in a clinic on the school's campus....
6/8/2012 Ex-Ensign Aide Pleads Guilty
An aide to former Senator John Ensign (R-NV) pled guilty to a misdemeanor violation yesterday, four years after he resigned from his job over a scandal that later forced Ensign to resign from the Senate....
6/4/2012 LA Legislature Restricts Abortion
The Louisiana State Legislature passed two bills restricting abortions last week - one that prohibits abortions in the state after 20 weeks and one that requires a woman seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound 24 hours before the procedure....
6/4/2012 New Campaign Against Sex Segregation in Public Schools
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently launched "Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes Campaign," which calls for the end of unlawful and ineffective sex segregated programs in public schools....
5/31/2012 Fire at New Orleans Clinic
A fire that occurred late last week at a New Orleans women's clinic appears to be arson....
5/29/2012 NM Health Official Asked to Resign after Advocating Condom Usage
The chief medical officer for the New Mexico Department of Health resigned late last week, claiming she was asked to resign by the Governor's office because she gave a television interview in which she advocated that teenagers use condoms to "slow the growth of sexually transmitted diseases." The chief medical officer, Erin Bouquin, told the press that shortly after the interview, she was asked by department Secretary Catherine Torres to resign because she had not "met the expectations of the governor." Governor Susana Martinez's office denies the claim, saying the request that Bouquin step down was the result of department reorganization. In the TV interview, Bouquin was asked by a reporter what the Health Department's message to teenagers was....
5/25/2012 NH Senate Kills 24 Hour Waiting Period Provision
The New Hampshire State Senate voted on Wednesday, without debate, to kill a bill passed by the New Hampshire State House that sought to establish a mandatory 24 hour waiting period before a woman could get an abortion....
5/24/2012 Female Soldiers Sue to Challenge Combat Ban
Two female soldiers filed a lawsuit yesterday charging that the military's ban on women in combat is unconstitutional and violates their equal protection rights under the Fifth Amendment....
5/22/2012 12 Lawsuits Filed by 43 Catholic Institutions Over Contraception Mandate
Forty-three Catholic Organizations filed lawsuits yesterday in 12 federal courts arguing that the Obama Administration's regulation that requires employers to include contraception coverage in their healthcare plans violates the employers' religious freedom....
5/21/2012 UN Report Shows Decline in Maternal Deaths
A UN report (PDF) released last week shows that worldwide maternal deaths declined by 47 percent from 1990 to 2010....
5/18/2012 DC Abortion Restriction Hearing Held
The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution held a hearing yesterday on a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks in Washington, DC....
5/17/2012 Judiciary Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on DC Abortion Restrictions
The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution is holding a hearing today on a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks in Washington, DC....
5/17/2012 House Passes Cantor/Adams VAWA Reauthorization
The Cantor/Adams Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization passed the US House yesterday on a nearly straight party line vote of 222-205....
5/16/2012 Obama Administration Threatens to Veto House Version of VAWA
The Obama Administration released a Statement of Administration Policy (PDF) yesterday in which the administration threatened to veto the House version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), HR 4970, because it does not contain many of the protective provisions that are included in the Senate version....
5/14/2012 AZ Governor Signs Law Expanding Birth Control Coverage Exemption
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a law on Friday that expands an exemption to a state law that requires employers to include birth control coverage in their health plans' coverage of prescription medication....
5/11/2012 Montana Teen Birth Control Coverage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional
Yesterday, District Judge James Reynolds ruled unconstitutional Montana's ban on birth control coverage for teenage girls who are insured by the state's low-income health insurance program for minors, Healthy Montana Kids....
5/9/2012 House Judiciary Committee Passes Cantor/Adams Version of VAWA Reauthorization Bill
The House Judiciary Committee passed the Cantor/Adams VAWA Reauthorization bill in a nearly straight party line vote yesterday....
5/8/2012 FM Statement on House Judiciary Committee Passage of the Cantor/Adams VAWA Reauthorization Bill
The Feminist Majority deplores the passage of the Cantor/Adams VAWA Reauthorization bill by the House Judiciary Committee in a nearly straight party line vote....
5/4/2012 OK House Passes Bill that Allows Civil Action against Abortion Providers
The Oklahoma State House unanimously passed a bill yesterday that allows for patients to sue abortion providers or doctors who prescribe the medication for an abortion....
4/18/2012 ALEC Eliminates Controversial Legislation Taskforce
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) announced on Tuesday that it would disband its task force that pushed legislation such as the Stand Your Ground laws and the voter-ID laws....
4/13/2012 Arizona Governor Signs Anti-Abortion Bill
Arizona governor Jan Brewer signed a bill on Thursday that prohibits abortions in the state after 20 weeks....
4/11/2012 AZ House Passes Anti-Abortion Bill
The Arizona legislature approved a bill on Tuesday that would prohibit abortions in the state after 20 weeks....
4/2/2012 Link Between Education and Access to Maternal Healthcare in India
"Multiple Deprivations and Maternal Care in India," a study conducted by Sanjay Mohanty and published in the March issue of International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, found that in India, impoverished women who lack education face significant barriers in their access to maternal healthcare, including antenatal and post natal care, as well as medical services at the time of their delivery....
3/27/2012 Birth Control Access Linked to Higher Wages for Women
A study conducted by the University of Michigan found that access to birth control earlier in life enabled women to earn higher wages later in their careers....
3/26/2012 Federal Court Hears MD CPC Case
Last Friday, a three-judge panel of the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments to determine the constitutionality of ordinances in Baltimore and Montgomery County, Maryland requiring crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) to post signs indicating what types of services they provide....
3/23/2012 UT Law Requires 72 Hour Waiting Period Before Abortion
On Tuesday, Utah Governor Gary Herbert (R) signed a bill requiring that women undergo a 72 hour waiting period before having an abortion....
3/21/2012 UT Governor Vetoes Abstinence Only Education Bill
Late last week, Republican Governor Gary Herbert (UT) vetoed a bill that would have mandated that public schools teach only abstinence only education, prohibiting the teaching of comprehensive sex education....
3/20/2012 NH Anti-Abortion Bill Returned to House Committee
In New Hampshire, a bill requiring that women undergo a 24-hour waiting period and be given "informational materials" about the medical risks of having an abortion, alternatives to the procedure, and the fetus' gestational age before having an abortion will return to House committee....
3/14/2012 HHS to End Funding for TX Medicaid Women's Health Program
Last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the federal government will stop Title X funding for the Medicaid Women's Health Program in Texas following the state's passage of a law to ban participation of "affiliates of abortion providers," including Planned Parenthood, in the exchange....
3/13/2012 Catholic Church Files Case against Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Attorneys representing the Roman Catholic Church and priests who have been charged in two Missouri sex abuse cases have filed a case in an effort to legally compel the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) to disclose its records from the past twenty-three years....
3/13/2012 Syndicator Halts National Ads on Limbaugh Show for 2 Weeks
In a breakthrough for women's rights groups, Premier Networks, the syndicator for the Rush Limbaugh show, indicated yesterday that it will suspend national advertising for two weeks on local stations....
3/13/2012 Feminist Majority and NOW Supports the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Attorneys representing the Roman Catholic Church and priests who have been charged in two Missouri sex abuse cases have filed a case in an effort to legally compel the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) to disclose its records from the past twenty-three years....
3/12/2012 98 Advertisers Pull Ads on Limbaugh Show
The list of advertisers who have pulled their ads from the Rush Limbaugh show continues to grow and now totals 98....
3/12/2012 OH Senator Introduces Bill Regulating Prescription of Viagra
In response to recent efforts to limit women's access to reproductive health services, Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) has introduced a bill in the Ohio state Senate that would require men seeking medication for erectile dysfunction to first see a sex therapist....
3/6/2012 Special Event on CEDAW and Women's Rights Held Yesterday
Yesterday, the World Bank, the Nordic Trust Fund, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, and the United Nations Foundation held an event on the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in anticipation of International Women's Day on March 8....
3/2/2012 Maryland Governor Signs Marriage Equality Bill into Law
Maryland became the eighth state to legalize gay marriage on Thursday as Governor Martin O'Malley signed the marriage equality bill into law....
3/1/2012 Senate Democrats Preserve Preventive Care for Women
Today the US Senate voted down the Blunt Amendment 51 to 48....
2/29/2012 KS Judge Orders Revocation of Medical License
Judge Ed Gaschler, a state administrative judge, ordered the revocation of Dr....
2/28/2012 Man Indicted for Burning FL Abortion Clinic
Late last week, a federal grand jury charged Bobby Joe Rogers, a homeless man, with destroying the American Family Planning Clinic in Pensacola, Florida, in a firebombing on January 1....
2/23/2012 ND Judge Keeps Injunction Against Medication Abortion
North Dakota District Court Judge Wikcham Corwin ruled to keep an existing injunction on a law banning medical abortions in the state, indicating that the law, which would completely ban medical abortion, violates the state constitution....
2/22/2012 US Supreme Court to Consider Affirmative Action Case
Yesterday, the US Supreme Court indicated that it would hear a case, Fisher v....
2/22/2012 UC Davis to Pay $1.35 Million Settlement in Title IX Case
Last week, the University of California at Davis agreed to pay $1.35 million in a settlement with three women wrestlers after a US Federal Court ruled in August 2011 that the university violated Title IX by not sufficiently expanding intercollegiate athletic opportunities for female students between 1998 and 2005....
2/21/2012 Sex Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against TX Wal-Mart
Late last week, attorneys filed a complaint in US District Court, Northern District of Dallas, on behalf of approximately 50,000 current and former women employees of Wal-Mart, alleging that the corporation discriminated on the basis of sex....
2/16/2012 TX Ultrasound Law to Go into Effect
The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Center for Reproductive Right's request for a rehearing concerning a TX ultrasound law, which will now go into effect immediately....
2/13/2012 Federal Court to Hear Challenge to Proposition 209
The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear a lawsuit today concerning a legal challenge to Proposition 209, which bans state government institutions, including public colleges and universities, from considering race, sex or ethnicity in employment decisions of education admissions in the state of California....
2/8/2012 VA Bill Could Ban Same-Sex Couples from Adopting
Late last week, a bill that would enable state-funded private adoption agencies in Virginia to refuse placements on the basis of their religious or moral beliefs, including banning placements with same-sex couples passed the state House of Delegates by a vote of 71 to 28....
2/7/2012 Anti-Gay Bill Reintroduced in Uganda
David Bahati, a member of the Ugandan Parliament and one of the leaders of the Family or Fellowship of C Street fame (see Jeff Sharlet's latest book on C Street), reintroduced an anti-gay bill today....
2/7/2012 9th Court Panel Rules Proposition 8 Unconstitutional
A three judge panel of the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco just decided (2-1) that Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in California, violates the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution....
2/6/2012 WA Judge to Rule on Emergency Contraception Law
US District Judge Ronald Leighton heard closing arguments last week in a lawsuit concerning a law requiring that pharmacists sell emergency contraception....
1/27/2012 Abortion Medically Safer than Childbirth
A new study, conducted by Dr....
1/26/2012 IN Senate Committee Votes to Restrict Medical Abortion Pill
Yesterday, the Indiana Senate health committee voted 5 to 4 to further restrict women's access to RU-486, or the abortion pill....
1/24/2012 Abortion Rate Stalls Worldwide
"Induced Abortion: Incidence and Trends Worldwide from 1995 to 2008," a study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organization and published in the Lancet, indicates that since 2008, the decline in the worldwide rate of abortions has stalled....
1/12/2012 Appeals Court Upholds TX Sonogram Law
On Tuesday, a three judge panel of the Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to uphold a Texas law requiring that doctors describe ultrasounds in detail and play the sound of the fetal heartbeat, if a heartbeat is present, to women seeking abortions....
1/11/2012 Federal Judge Permits CPC's to Intervene in Abortion Lawsuit
US District Court Judge Karen Scheier ruled to allow two South Dakota crisis pregnancy centers, the Alpha Center and the Black Hills Crisis Pregnancy Center, to intervene in a case regarding a state law requiring that women undergo a 72 hour waiting period and mandatory counseling from a crisis pregnancy center (CPC) before obtaining an abortion....
1/10/2012 US Supreme Court Will Not Hear Appeals on Title IX, Special Education
Yesterday the US Supreme Court indicated that it would not hear appeals on two cases - one involving Title IX and the other involving special education....
1/9/2012 Condom Use Low Among Indian Youth
According to "Condom Use Before Marriage and Its Correlates: Evidence from India," a study published in International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, the majority of people in India having premarital sex between the ages of 15 and 24 did not use condoms....
1/6/2012 Man Arrested for Allegedly Setting Fire to Abortion Clinic
Yesterday federal officials arrested Bobby Joe Rogers for allegedly starting a fire on Sunday the American Family Planning clinic in Pensacola, Florida....
1/3/2012 FBI Investigates FL Abortion Clinic Fire
On Sunday, January 1st, the American Family Planning clinic in Pensacola, Florida burnt nearly to the ground....
12/21/2011 International Family Planning Aid Escapes Massive Cuts
President Obama is expected to sign the FY 2012 omnibus spending bill, which includes $610 million in bilateral and multilateral funding for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), cutting off international family planning by a mere $5 million from 2011....
12/19/2011 First Study of Second Trimester Abortion Patients
According to a study by the Guttmacher Institute's Rachel Jones and Lawrence Finer entitled, "Who Has Second-Trimester Abortions in the United States?," women with lower educational attainment, teenagers, women who have "experienced multiple disruptive events in the last year," and African American women are more likely to have second trimester abortions-at 13 weeks gestation or later....
12/19/2011 President Establishes National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security
Today President Obama issued an executive order to establish the United States' first-ever National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security to formalize the nation's commitment to promoting women's role in conflict prevention and resolution....
12/14/2011 Concerns Arise over Maternal Mortality in Afghanistan
Politicians, economists and activists gathered at the Bonn Conference in early December expressed concerns regarding the impact of the withdrawal of th US on maternal mortality....
12/9/2011 Indian NGOs Release First Statement Supporting Midwives
At a regional midwifery workshop in New Delhi, hosted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), multilateral, bilateral, and international NGOs released the first-ever joint statement indicating their commitment to scaling up efforts for "adapting, disseminating, and implementing the confederation's global standards of education, regulation, and professional association," for midwifery....
12/8/2011 ACLU Will Sue if OH Anti-Abortion Bills Passed
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio has indicated that it will sue if two anti-abortion bills, both of which have passed the state House, become law: a fetal heart beat bill, which would ban abortions after the fetal heartbeat is detected, and another bill that would prohibit Ohio residents from purchasing health insurance that covers abortion. Gary Daniels, associate director of ACLU Ohio, stated that he believes both bills are unconstitutional....
12/8/2011 High Rate of Harassment of Black Lesbians and Transgender Men in South Africa
A report published by Human Rights Watch, entitled "'We'll Show You You're a Women': Violence and Discrimination Against Black Lesbians and Transgender Men," revealed a high rate of discrimination against black lesbians and transgender men in South Africa....
12/7/2011 Rape is Rape Victory
Late yesterday afternoon the FBI Criminal Justice Advisory Board voted unanimously to update the archaic definition of rape in the FBI Uniform Crime Report....
12/7/2011 Feminist Majority Foundation Applauds FBI Advisory Board's Decision to Change Definition of Rape
Late yesterday afternoon, the FBI Criminal Justice Advisory Board voted unanimously to update the archaic definition of rape in the FBI Uniform Crime Report. "It's a great victory," said Eleanor Smeal, president of Feminist Majority Foundation....
12/5/2011 Maternal Mortality Decreases in Afghanistan
The Afghanistan Mortality Survey (AMS) 2010, sponsored by UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the US Government, and the British Department for International Development, revealed that over the past five years, maternal and infant mortality has declined dramatically in Afghanistan....
12/2/2011 Senator Reid Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Ban on FGM
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced legislation that would criminalize the transportation of young girls out of the United States to receive female genital mutilation (FGM) procedures....
12/2/2011 Department of Labor Files Sex Discrimination Lawsuit
The US Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that it will sue Brunswick Corp and Lund Boat Co., both federal contractors, for discriminating against over 200 women job applicants....
12/1/2011 World AIDS Day
UNAIDS released a report in honor of World AIDS Day today documenting the advances in the political, scientific, and medical responses to AIDS made in 2011 and calling for a renewed effort to stop the spread of the disease....
11/30/2011 Nigerian Senate Passes Bill Criminalizing Gay Marriage
Yesterday the Nigerian Senate passed a bill to prohibit same-sex marriage, as well as gay advocacy groups and public displays of same-sex affection....
11/29/2011 Federal Judge Blocks NC Anti- Abortion License Plates
On Monday, U.S....
11/28/2011 NJ Nurses Challenge Hospital Abortion Policy in Court
A dozen New Jersey nurses filed a lawsuit in federal court against the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey alleging that it broke state and national law by requiring that the nurses provide pre- and post- operative care for abortion patients, despite the nurses' objections on religious or moral grounds....
11/28/2011 AL School Board to End Single-Sex Classes
The Tallapoosa County School Board in Alabama announced that it will end its single sex classes at the end of this school year following the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) allegations that the program violates Title IX, a law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all levels of education....
11/23/2011 MO School District to Halt Single-Sex Classes
Adrian school district in western Missouri announced that it will stop offering single-sex classes....
11/18/2011 CA Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Prop. 8 Defense Case
On Thursday, California's Supreme Court ruled that opponents of gay marriage are legally entitled to defend Proposition 8 in court, stating that Proposition 8 proponents have the legal authority to defend the measure....
11/18/2011 Nishimoto Pays $400,000 in Sex Discrimination Settlement
Nishimoto Trading Company, an Asian food importer based in Southern California, has agreed to pay $400,000 to 71 women in conciliation settlement with the US Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), which found the company had engaged in sex discrimination....
11/17/2011 MA State Legislature Passes Transgender Rights Bill
On Wednesday, the Massachusetts state Legislature passed a bill designed to prohibit discrimination against the state's transgender population....
11/14/2011 Felony Charges Against Kansas City Planned Parenthood Dropped
Last week, District Judge Stephen Tatum dismissed 23 felony charges against a Kansas City-area Planned Parenthood and 26 misdemeanor charges in a case alleging that the clinic had falsified records and failed to maintain accurate records....
11/14/2011 Funding for AIDS Prevention Drops Significantly
A report by the European HIV/AIDS Funders Group (EFG) and Funders Concerned about AIDS (FCAA), in collaboration with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), indicated that funding for AIDS-related work from US and European donors decreased by 7 percent, or approximately $44 million, between 2009 and 2010....
11/11/2011 Pittsburgh Public School to End Single-Sex Classes
On Tuesday, Superintendent Linda Lane for Pittsburgh Public Schools recommended that George Westinghouse Academy, a local public high school, end its single sex education program....
11/11/2011 Obama Administration Affordable Care Act Upheld in Appeals Court
On Tuesday, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of the minimum coverage provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)....
10/28/2011 KS Doctors Challenge Revised Anti-Abortion Law in Court
Despite the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's decision to remove some of its proposed regulations on abortion providers, three doctors who perform abortions in Kansas announced that they will continue their challenge to the state's abortion law in court....
10/24/2011 KS Health Department Lessens Abortion Clinic Requirements
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has agreed to remove some of its proposed regulations on abortion providers, including regulations which specify the size and temperature of patients' rooms....
10/24/2011 Report Shows Abortion Frequent in Tehran
According to a study by Amir Erfani, entitled "Induced Abortion in Tehran, Iran: Estimated Rates and Correlates," many women in Tehran obtain abortions, despite Iran's highly restrictive abortion laws....
10/21/2011 San Francisco Board of Supervisors Votes for Greater Transparency for CPCs
On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 to approve a city ordinance that would prevent crisis pregnancy centers from spreading false or misleading advertisements about their facilities....
10/21/2011 Senate Fails to Allow Debate on Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act
Yesterday the Senate, voting 50 to 50, fell short of the vote needed to break the Republican filibuster of the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act....
10/20/2011 OK Judge Blocks Abortion Law
On Wednesday, District Court Judge Daniel Owens ruled to temporarily block a new abortion law in Oklahoma that seeks to restrict the use of abortion-inducing drugs by doctors....
10/18/2011 Vermilion Parish School to Halt Single Sex Program
In Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, the school board announced that it will end a middle school program that segregates classes by sex for at least the next five years....
10/17/2011 Hundreds Rally to Fight Abortion Law
Abortion rights supporters tell Governor McDonnell to reject politically motivated regulations on Virginia's women's health centers The Virginia Coalition to Protect Women's Health rallied with hundreds of supporters in Richmond on Saturday, October 15 to demand that lawmakers stop the war on women's reproductive health and rights....
10/13/2011 KS District Attorney Continues to Prosecute Domestic Violence
Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor announced late yesterday that he will continue to prosecute misdemeanor domestic violence cases....
10/10/2011 CA Governor Signs the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act
Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed sign the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act, allowing farmworkers to privately fill out state-issued ballots for union elections....
10/5/2011 House Democrats Call for Investigation of Justice Thomas
On Thursday, 20 House Democrats, led by Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY), called for an ethics investigation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for allegedly failing to report that his wife was paid $700,000 for her work at the Heritage Foundation between 2003 and 2007....
10/4/2011 Lawsuit Filed in NC over Ultrasound Law
On Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), in conjunction with Planned Parenthood Health Systems, Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation, filed a lawsuit against a new North Carolina law that requires pregnant women to receive ultrasounds and be given information about the fetus before obtaining an abortion....
10/3/2011 Abortion Rates Rise in Africa with Global Gag Rule Enforcement
A study conducted by Stanford researchers, Eran Bendavid and Grant Miller, revealed that when the Global Gag Rule was in effect, rates of abortion increased in Africa....
9/28/2011 Woman in Saudi Arabia Receives 10 Lashes for Driving
On Tuesday, a Saudi court sentenced a woman to 10 lashes with a whip for driving a car....
9/22/2011 Tyson Pays $2.25 Million in Sex Discrimination Settlement
The US Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that Tyson Fresh Meats has agreed to pay $2.25 million, in a sex discrimination settlement, to approximately 1,650 qualified women applicants who were denied employment....
9/20/2011 Senator Boxer Introduces Global Democracy Promotion Act Today
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) will reintroduce the Global Democracy Promotion Act (GDPA) this evening....
9/19/2011 Virginia Adopts Strictest Regulations on Abortion Providers in Nation
The Virginia Board of Health voted Thursday 12-1 to adopt unnecessary and punitive regulations of first-trimester abortion clinics requiring architectural renovations to change clinics into hospitals and change government oversight....
9/19/2011 Clinton says Women are Key to Fueling Global Economic Growth
On Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton cited women as an untapped resource for global economic recovery and growth in her speech before the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) during the inaugural High-Level Policy Dialogue on Women and the Economy in San Francisco, CA....
9/13/2011 Anti-Abortionists Protest at Robert Frost Middle School
Last Thursday, anti-abortion advocates protested at Robert Frost Middle School in Rockville, Maryland....
9/13/2011 Hearing Begins Against KS Doctor for Abortion Referrals
On Monday, a disciplinary hearing began in Kansas for Dr....
9/9/2011 ACLU sues over Anti-choice License Plates in NC
On Thursday, the North Carolina chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU-NCLF) filed a lawsuit in the federal district court for the Eastern District of North Carolina against the state over the production of new anti-abortion license plates that read "Choose Life." The ACLU argues that the production of these plates is "unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination" and in direct violation of the First Amendment. According to the ACLU, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a bill approving production of "Choose Life" license plates but would not pass any of the six proposed amendments to create a plate supporting abortion rights, such as the "Trust Women....
9/8/2011 Plaintiffs in KS Abortion Suit Seek Lesser Clinic Regulations
In Kansas, Dr....
9/7/2011 CA Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Proposition 8
Yesterday, the California Supreme Court heard arguments concerning whether ProtectMarriage, supporters of Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage in California, have standing to represent the state by defending the law in the pending case in the US Ninth Circuit Federal Appeals Court....
9/6/2011 UNFPA Delivers Reproductive Health Services to Horn of Africa
While visiting refugee camps in Kenya late last week, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin emphasized the dire situation of women as a result of the famine in the Horn of Africa....
8/31/2011 Federal Judge Strikes Down Provision of TX Anti-Abortion Law
US District Judge Sam Sparks blocked a provision of a Texas anti-abortion law requiring that doctors describe ultrasounds in detail and play the sound of the fetal heartbeat, if a heartbeat is present, to women seeking abortions....
8/29/2011 Midwife Conference Held to Improve Maternal Health in Africa
In Ghana, approximately 70 midwifery leaders met to participate in a workshop focusing on improving access to midwife services throughout the African continent....
8/22/2011 Elizabeth Warren Considers Run for Senate
Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard law professor and former administration official for the Obama Administration, is considering running for a Republican Scott Brown's seat in the US Senate in Massachusetts....
8/18/2011 Two KY Schools Found in Violation of Title IX
The Office for Civil Rights at the US Department of Education determined, following its investigation, that two high schools in Oldham County, Kentucky violated Title IX by failing to provide equal locker room facilities for male and female athletes....
8/16/2011 NJ Sexual Assault Bill Before Governor
In New Jersey, a bill that would prevent sexual assault survivors from receiving invoices for forensic examinations, as well as for medications to prevent sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy tests, and emergency contraception, awaits the signature of Republican Governor Chris Christie....
8/9/2011 Alcoa Mill Products Pays $540,000 in Settlement
Alcoa Mill Products Inc., the world's leading aluminum manufacturer, has agreed to pay over $540,000 in back wages to 37 Hispanic and African-American and two women job applicants following a compliance review conducted by the US Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) that found that the company had discriminated in its hiring practices....
8/5/2011 Federal Court Rules UC Davis in Violation of Title IX
On Wednesday, US District Court Judge Frank Damrell of Sacramento ruled that the University of California at Davis failed to allow women students equal opportunities to play college sports and violated Title IX, a law passed in 1972 that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all levels of education....
8/4/2011 Federal Court's Block on KS Anti- Abortion Law Challenged
On Monday, the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists filed an appeal on US District Court Judge Carlos Murguia's decision to block the enforcement of a new Kansas anti-abortion law until the pending lawsuit is decided....
8/2/2011 UNFPA Distributes Health Kits to Women in Kenya, Somolia and Ethiopia
In an effort to save the lives of pregnant women and women with newborns in the drought-stricken areas of Somalia and some parts of Ethiopia and Kenya, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is distributing reproductive healthcare kits....
8/1/2011 Summer Celebration of Choice Kicks Off at Carhart Clinic
On Sunday, nearly 200 abortion rights activists gathered at the Reproductive Health Services in Germantown, MD to kick off the Summer Celebration of Choice week in support of abortion provider Dr....
7/25/2011 Hundreds of Same-Sex Couples Wed Sunday in NY
On Sunday, hundreds of same-sex couples officially married in New York as the state's Marriage Equality Act went into effect....
7/25/2011 OH Governor Signs Anti-Abortion Bill
Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) signed a bill into law that will restrict abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy unless a doctor determines the fetus is not viable or if the woman's life is endangered....
7/22/2011 Somalia's Minister for Women and Family Affairs Abducted by Rebels
Asha Osman Aqiil, Somalia's new minister for women and family affairs, was abducted by Islamist rebels late Wednesday night, the day after her appointment was announced....
7/22/2011 Democrat Wins First Wisconsin Recall Vote
Democrat Dave Hansen won in the first of nine recall elections in Wisconsin this week, easily defending his seat in the state Senate from a Republican challenger....
7/20/2011 Archbishop in Philadelphia Abuse Cases Steps Down
Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop of the Philadelphia diocese, which has been the center of a major sex abuse scandal....
7/19/2011 OH Bill to Restrict Late-Term Abortions Before Governor
House Bill 78, which will limit women's access to late-term abortions in the state, has passed the state legislature and will now go to Ohio Governor John Kasich (R), who is likely to sign the bill....
7/19/2011 C-Section Rate Rising
The rate of Cesarean sections in the US is rising quickly and is prompting concern among health professionals....
7/18/2011 Voter ID Bill Sponsor Resigns After Drunk Driving Charge
Ohio state Representative Robert Mecklenborg announced Sunday that he is resigning after news of a drunk driving charge became public....
7/18/2011 Tea Party Convention Cancelled; Organizer Blames Lethargy and Infighting
A Tea Party convention and straw poll scheduled for late September in Kansas has been called off amid sluggish enrollment and allegations of infighting....
7/18/2011 MO Governor Passes Bill Restricting Late-Term Abortions
On Thursday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D-MO) said he will allow two bills that restrict late-term abortions to pass and become a law without his signature....
7/11/2011 World Population Day
In honor of World Population Day today, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), together with National Geographic, IBM, and SAP, launched the 7 Billion Action Campaign, which will run through October 31 when the world population is expected to exceed 7 billion....
7/8/2011 Judge Puts New Arizona Abortion Pill Restrictions on Hold
Planned Parenthood of Arizona has won a temporary victory over new state laws restricting access to mifepristone, also known as RU-486 or the "abortion pill." The two statutes would have taken effect on July 20, requiring the pill to be administered by a doctor rather than a nurse practitioner. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Richard Gama put enforcement of the laws on hold pending an August 22 hearing on a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood, which argues that the laws deny mifepristone users equal protection and violate privacy rights explicitly granted by the Arizona constitution. "This is about women accessing basic health care that has been provided safely for over a decade by nurse practitioners and physicians assistants with no evidence, no medical evidence, that that situation needs to change," said Bryan Howard, president of Planned Parenthood of Arizona....
7/6/2011 US District Court Judge Blocks KS Anti-Abortion Law
US District Court Judge Carlos Murguia blocked a law that would have shut down all but one abortion provider, Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, in the state....
7/6/2011 Federal District Judge Hears Case Against TX Anti-Abortion Law
Today Federal District Court Judge Same Sparks is scheduled to hear arguments in a case filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) on behalf of Texas medical providers challenging Texas' new abortion ultrasound law....
7/5/2011 Federal Judge Blocks SD Anti-Abortion Law
US District Court Judge Karen Schreier blocked a law in South Dakota requiring that women undergo a 72 hour waiting period and mandatory counseling from a crisis pregnancy center (CPC) before obtaining an abortion....
7/1/2011 KS Shuts Down 2 of 3 Abortion Providers
Kansas has closed two of its three abortion providers after they failed to comply with a long list of arbitrary and hastily-imposed state regulations for abortion providers....
6/28/2011 US Supreme Court Strikes Down AZ Campaign Finance Law
In a 5-4 vote yesterday, the US Supreme Court struck down as an unconstitutional violation of free speech a provision in an Arizona public campaign finance law that gives additional public funds to a candidate who adheres to personal spending limits of $500, agrees to participate in at least one debate, will return unspent money, and faces a high-spending opponent who does not accept public funds....
6/28/2011 Judge Blocks IN Law Eliminating Planned Parenthood Funding
US District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt granted a preliminary injunction to block a law eliminating state and Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN).The injunction allows PPIN clinics providing preventive health services to again receive Medicaid reimbursements....
6/24/2011 Same-Sex Marriage Vote Delayed in NY Senate
Yesterday, the New York Senate delayed voting on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage....
6/24/2011 NC Governor Vetoes Voter ID Bill
North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue (D) on Thursday vetoed a bill to require ID at the polls, saying it would put too much of a burden on voters....
6/23/2011 KS Law Could Force Abortion Clinics to Close
The Kansas Department of Health and the Environment announced that it will notify the state's three abortion clinics on July 1 concerning whether the clinics will receive the necessary licenses to continue operating....
6/21/2011 UNFPA Releases Midwife Report
The State of the World's Midwifery 2001, a report released yesterday by UNFPA, indicates that if midwifery services were improved by 2015, approximately 3.6 million lives could be saved each year....
6/17/2011 Catherine Ferguson Academy to Stay Open
Catherine Ferguson Academy announced Thursday just hours before a scheduled protest of its proposed closing that its doors will remain open....
6/17/2011 Catholic Bishops Uphold Failed Rules on Child Sex Abuse
Despite two recent scandals involving child sex abuse by priests, the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops voted to make only minor changes to the church’s abuse policies at a gathering in Bellevue, Washington on Thursday. "The changes are paltry, belated and largely insignificant," David Clohessy, Executive Director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, told Reuters before the vote....
6/17/2011 New Treaty to Establish Labor Protections for Domestic Workers
The International Labor Organization (ILO) adopted a groundbreaking treaty yesterday to extend labor protections to domestic workers....
6/16/2011 NY House Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill
The New York State assembly approved a same-sex marriage bill on Wednesday and is likely to face a vote in the Senate on Friday....
6/15/2011 Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Anti-Union Law
Yesterday the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted 4 to 3 to overturn Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi's decision to strike down a state law limiting the collective bargaining power of public sector unions to negotiate for benefits, hours, and working conditions....
6/14/2011 Center for Reproductive Rights Challenges TX Anti-Abortion Law
Yesterday the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of Texas medical providers challenging Texas' new abortion ultrasound law, which requires that women seeking abortion services obtain and view an ultrasound....
6/14/2011 Vermilion Parish School Board Ends Single-Sex Program
In Vermillion Parish, Louisiana, the school board voted unanimously to end a program at Rene Rost Middle School (RRMS) that separated girls and boys in core curriculum classes for the past two years....
6/13/2011 Studies Show Importance of Post-Abortion Contraception Services
Two studies from the Guttmacher Institute revealed the importance of offering women contraception after they obtain abortion services....
6/10/2011 Global Plan Released to Reduce Mother-Child HIV Transmission
At the 2011 UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS, sponsored by UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNESCO, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), world leaders announced the launch of a Global Plan to eliminate HIV infections in children by 2015 and to help already-infected mothers....
6/8/2011 AstraZeneca Pays $250,000 in Sex Discrimination Settlement
AstraZeneca, one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies worldwide, will pay $250,000 in a sex discrimination settlement filed by the US Department of Labor....
6/2/2011 HHS Rejects Indiana Law to Defund Planned Parenthood
Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) notified Indiana state officials that an Indiana law prohibiting state agencies from contracting with clinics offering abortions violates federal law....
5/31/2011 Senate Democrats Issue Letter Against IN Anti-Abortion Law
Thirty Senate Democrats issued a letter late last week to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting that HHS officials advise Medicaid directors not to implement measures to prevent Medicaid or Title X funding from going to clinics that offer abortion services....
5/30/2011 PPFA and ACLU File Lawsuit Against SD Anti-Abortion Law
Attorneys from Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Sioux Falls against a new South Dakota law requiring that women undergo a 72 hour waiting period and mandatory counseling from a crisis pregnancy center (CPC) before obtaining an abortion....
5/27/2011 WI Man Arrested for Attempted Murder of Abortion Providers
On Wednesday night, Ralph Lang was arrested in his hotel room for plotting to kill doctors and medical personnel at a Madison, Wisconsin Planned Parenthood clinic....
5/27/2011 Circuit Court Judge Rules WI Anti-Collective Bargaining Law Invalid
Yesterday Dane County, Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi struck down a state law limiting the collective bargaining power of public sector unions to negotiate for benefits, hours, and working conditions....
5/25/2011 Christine Lagarde Announces Candidacy for IMF Head
French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde officially announced her candidacy for the director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) late Tuesday at a special press conference in Paris....
5/25/2011 Bill Banning Telemedicine Passes Iowa Senate
In Nebraska, state Senators voted 38-9 yesterday on a bill banning the use of telemedicine to provide women with abortion services....
5/24/2011 Thousands of Irish Women Traveling to Britain for Legal Abortions
The United Kingdom Department of Health released a report today revealing that everyday 12 women travel from Ireland, where abortion is not legal, to Great Britain to obtain abortion services....
5/23/2011 16 Countries Commit to Reducing Maternal Mortality
Late last week, 16 countries (see list here), 9 of which are from the African continent, pledged their commitments to reducing maternal, newborn, and child mortality, as part of the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health....
5/20/2011 Planned Parenthood of IN Receives Thousands in Donations
Planned Parenthood of Indiana has received thousands of dollars in donations after a bill signed early last week by Governor Mitch Daniels made Indiana the first state in the nation to cut state and federal funding for the organization....
5/19/2011 Senator Coburn Implicated in Covering up Ensign Affair
The report of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics which found that former Nevada Senator John Ensign violated Senate ethics, rules and federal law, also revealed that Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) was involved in the cover-up of Ensign's affair....
5/17/2011 Iowa Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Dr. Carhart's Clinic from Opening
Yesterday, the Iowa Senate voted along party lines 26-23 to pass a bill that seeks to prohibit Dr....
5/17/2011 Kansas Governor Signs Anti-Abortion Bill
Yesterday Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R) signed SB 36, a bill requiring that abortion clinics in Kansas be inspected two times per year, one of which must be unannounced....
5/16/2011 Slaughter Introduces Provisions Against Rape in the Military
Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee, introduced provisions to the National Defense Authorization to address the issue of sexual assault in the military late last week....
5/13/2011 Ensign Charged, Coburn Named Collaborator
Following a 22 month investigation, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, chaired by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Vice Chair Johnny Isakson (R-GA), released a report yesterday, supported unanimously by the bipartisan committee of three Democrats and three Republicans, that former Nevada Senator John Ensign violated Senate rules, broke federal law, made false statements to the Federal Election Commission, and engaged in sex discrimination....
5/13/2011 Ugandan Parliamentary Committee Supports "Kill A Gay" Bill
Yesterday, the Ugandan Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee issued a report recommending passage for the Anti-Homosexuality or "Kill a Gay" Bill, which calls for the death penalty in cases of "aggravated homosexuality," for engaging in same sex relations with someone who is HIV positive, and life imprisonment for having sex with someone of the same sex....
5/11/2011 Uganda Anti-Gay Bill Dropped Following Global Outrage
Following vocal condemnation from US political leaders, human rights groups, and activists, the Uganda Parliament decided to drop an anti-gay bill, which would impose life sentences or the death penalty for gay people....
5/11/2011 Health Care Law Challenged in Virginia Appeals Court
The Obama administration defended the constitutionality of the 2010 health care act Tuesday before a panel of three federal appeals court judges in a Virginia courtroom....
5/9/2011 Iowa Senate to Vote on Late-Term Abortion Ban
Iowa legislators are scheduled to vote this week on a bill (HF 657) that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of gestation....
5/4/2011 Save the Children Releases Annual Mothers Index Report
In honor of Mother's Day, Save the Children released its 12th annual Mothers Index report,"Champions for Children: Why Investing in Maternal and Child Health in Developing Countries is Good for America," which rated 164 countries to determine the best countries in which to be a mother....
5/4/2011 Judge Rules in Favor of Woman Shackled During Labor
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5/3/2011 TX Senate Passes Sonogram Abortion Bill
Yesterday, the Texas state Senate passed a bill (SB 16) that would require women to have a sonogram within 24 hours prior to having an abortion....
5/2/2011 UNFPA Statement for International Day of the Midwife
In honor of International Day of the Midwife on May 5, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released a statement highlighting the important role of midwives during childbirth and noting the shortage of approximately 350,000 professional midwives worldwide....
5/2/2011 Equal Opportunity Policy Now Includes Gender Identity and Pregnancy
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4/28/2011 Florida House Passes Six New Anti-Abortion Bills
The Florida Legislature passed six abortion-restricting bills on Wednesday after facing 18 bills, many of which are the most extreme anti-abortion legislation in the nation. One bill passed will require women to both undergo and pay for an ultrasound before having an abortion....
4/27/2011 New Sexual Assault Policy on Campus Introduced in Senate
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4/21/2011 Wichita Judge fails to issue Preliminary Injunction against Anti-Abortion Activist
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4/21/2011 Oklahoma Governor Signs 20 Week Abortion Ban into Law
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed two bills into law Wednesday that will further restrict abortion in the state....
4/20/2011 Polls Show Growing Support for Same-Sex Marriage
A new poll released yesterday by CNN shows support for same-sex marriage in the U.S....
4/18/2011 GA Legislature Passes Anti-Immigration Bill
Late last week, the Georgia state legislature passed a bill similar to Arizona's controversial immigration law that expands the authority of police to check the immigration status of suspects and require employers to check the status of potential employees....
4/18/2011 DOMA Hearing Held in US House
The US House of Representatives Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution held a hearing Friday called "Defending Marriage" on the Defense of Marriage Act....
4/14/2011 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Passes MN Senate Subcommittee
In Minnesota, the state Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that would prohibit women from obtaining abortions after 20 weeks gestation period even through medical evidence does not support the claim of fetal pain....
4/12/2011 US Court of Appeals Upholds Block of AZ Immigration Law Provision
Yesterday the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decided to uphold US District Judge Susan Bolton's ruling to block portions of Arizona's immigration law....
4/12/2011 Congresswoman Speier Condemns Rape in the Military
Following the Pentagon's March 17 release of its latest sexual assault statistics, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) delivered a speech on the floor of the US House of Representatives decrying rape in the military....
4/11/2011 Alabama House Passes Unborn Child Protection Act
The Alabama Republican-controlled House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act late last week that would ban abortions after 20 weeks....
4/1/2011 Anti-Abortion Center Opens Near Dr. Carhart's Clinic
Two anti-abortion groups, Operation Rescue of Wichita, Kansas and Maryland Coalition for Life, have rented the building across the street from the Reproductive Health Services Clinic in Germantown, MD to open what appears to be a crisis pregnancy center (CPC)....
3/24/2011 SD Anti-Abortion Law Requires 3 Day Waiting Period
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard (R) signed an extreme anti-abortion bill into law Tuesday requiring that women undergo a 72 hour waiting period and mandatory counseling from a crisis pregnancy center (CPC) before obtaining an abortion....
3/22/2011 DOJ Finds NOPD Negligent
The Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) released its findings that the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) engaged in misconduct and violated the Constitution....
3/22/2011 Federal Judge Strikes Down Portion of Law Requiring Greater Transparency for MD CPCs
US District Court Judge Deborah Chasanow issued an opinion stating that Montgomery County, MD can no longer require crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) to post signs encouraging women who may be pregnant to seek the attention of a licensed medical practitioner....
3/14/2011 NH House Committee Holds Anti-Abortion Bill
In a vote of 14 to 3, the New Hampshire House Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee voted late last week to hold a bill that would prevent the state's Department of Health and Human Services from establishing a contract with any organization that provides abortion services, such as Planned Parenthood until....
3/10/2011 Wisconsin Republicans Vote for Anti-Union Bill, Breaking Law
Breaking Senate rules and Wisconsin law, Wisconsin Republican senators voted in conference committee yesterday to take away collective bargaining rights of public workers....
3/10/2011 Republican Leaders to Defend DOMA
The Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, convened by Republican House Speaker John Boehner (OH) voted 3-2 yesterday to authorize the House to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court....
3/9/2011 Suspension of Philadelphia Priests in Sex Abuse Scandal
Cardinal Justin Rigali, the archbishop of Philadelphia, announced yesterday that he will suspend 21 priests accused of sexually abusing minors....
3/8/2011 Same-Sex Marriage Act Passes MD House Committee
After postponing the vote from today, the Maryland House is expected to vote tomorrow on the Civil Marriage Protection Act, which would grant marriage rights to same-sex couples in Maryland....
3/3/2011 Wage Gap Persists Despite Women's Educational Advancement
According to a White House report, women surpass men in college enrollment but make less money on average and are more likely to live in poverty....
3/2/2011 ACLU and NWLC File Amicus Brief in Wal-Mart Class Action
Yesterday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Women's Law Center (NWLC), as well as 32 other organizations including the Feminist Majority Foundation, filed an amicus brief in the US Supreme Court in support of a class action suit against Wal-Mart for discriminating against its women employees in stores nationwide....
3/1/2011 Intercall Pays $700,000 in Discrimination Settlement
In a settlement with the US Labor Department, Intercall, a federal contractor, has agreed to pay $700,000 in back wages, interest, and benefits to the 151 minority job applicants who faced discrimination by the company....
2/28/2011 Thousands Gather in New York to Protest War on Women's Health
On Saturday, thousands of women's rights supporters, including activists from the Feminist Majority Foundation, the National Organization for Women (NOW), and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) gathered in Foley Square in Lower Manhattan to protest the defunding of PPFA and the elimination of Title X funding....
2/24/2011 Obama Administration Will No Longer Defend DOMA
Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday the Obama administration will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court on the grounds that it considers the law violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution....
2/23/2011 Over Half a Million People Sign On to Oppose Defunding PPFA
Over 550,000 people signed an open letter to Congress demanding that the Senate stop the amendment to the continuing resolution that would defund Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)....
2/18/2011 Pence Amendment Banning Federal Funding to PPFA Before House
Late into Thursday night and early this morning, the Pence Amendment to the House Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government was debated....
2/17/2011 30,000 Gather to Protest Wisconsin Anti-Union Bill
Over thirty thousand state and local public workers and supporters rallied yesterday in Madison, WI to protest Governor Scott Walker's (R) extreme anti-union bill that proposes to reduce state workers' salaries and take away the right of unions to collectively bargain for salary benefits, hours, and working conditions (MSNBC)....
2/16/2011 IA House Subcommittee Passes Anti-Abortion Bill
On Monday, a subcommittee of the Iowa House Human Resources Committee passed an extreme anti-abortion bill (HF 153), introduced by Representative Kim Pearson (R-Pleasant Hill), that would ban abortions in Iowa even in cases of rape and incest....
2/8/2011 Proposed GA Bill to Refer to Rape Victims as Accusers
Representative Bobby Franklin (R-Marietta) introduced a bill that would change the language of state criminal codes to refer to those who file charges for rape, stalking, and domestic violence as accusers, not victims, until there has been a conviction....
2/4/2011 Green Bay Dressed Beef Awards $1.65 Million for Gender Discrimination
Yesterday, Green Bay Dressed Beef of Wisconsin, a division of American Foods Group LLC, agreed to pay $1.65 million to 970 women who were barred from general laborer positions at the plant in 2006 and 2007....
2/2/2011 Anti-Abortion Rights Groups Seeks to Discredit Planned Parenthood
Live Action, an anti-abortion rights group, is distributing an edited undercover video that appears to show an employee at a Planned Parenthood clinic in New Jersey advising paid actors posing as a pimp and a prostitute on where they can obtain abortion services for girls under the age of 14 and illegal immigrants....
2/1/2011 Ordinance Requiring CPCs To Disclose Services Ruled Unconstitutional
United States District Court Judge Marvin Garbis ruled yesterday that a Baltimore ordinance requiring that "limited-service pregnancy centers" display signs in both English and Spanish indicating that they do not provide or make referrals for abortions or comprehensive birth control services was unconstitutional....
1/28/2011 Pentagon Plan for Gays in the Military Released
The Pentagon is scheduled to release a plan today that will outline the changes that must be made in the military in order to implement the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT)....
1/26/2011 Life at Conception Act Introduced in the Senate
Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the Life at Conception Act in the Senate yesterday that would establish that human life begins at the moment of conception....
1/24/2011 Proposed Housing Protections for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Late last week the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced its proposed housing regulations that would protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people from discrimination....
1/20/2011 Women's Groups Object to Building of Catholic Hospital
A coalition of pro-reproductive rights groups, including the National Organization for Women (NOW), NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, Catholics for Choice and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, have joined to encourage the Maryland Health Care Commission to reject Holy Cross Hospital's proposal to build a hospital in Montgomery County, Maryland....
1/19/2011 US Supreme Court Denies Same-Sex Marriage Appeal in DC
Yesterday the US Supreme Court declined to hear a case filed by Bishop Harry Jackson, the National Organization for Marriage, and the Alliance Defense Fund challenging the District of Columbia's law allowing same-sex couples to marry....
1/18/2011 Iranian Woman's Death Sentence Commuted
Zohre Elahian, a member of Iran's parliament, stated yesterday that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani's hanging sentence had been commuted to a 10 year prison sentence....
1/14/2011 Planned Parenthood's Use of Telemedicine Permitted
Medical regulators for the state of Iowa announced yesterday that they will not punish a Planned Parenthood doctor for prescribing mifepristone, also known as RU-486 or the abortion pill, remotely through telemedicine....
1/13/2011 Abortion Provider Prohibition Act Introduced in the House
Late last week, Representative Mike Pence (R-IN) introduced the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act in the House....
1/6/2011 Tina Tchen Named First Lady's Chief of Staff
Tina Tchen will replace Susan Sher as Michelle Obama's Chief of Staff, the White House announced yesterday....
12/21/2010 Rise in Sexual Harassment at Military Academies
The Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the United States Military Service Academies, issued by the Department of Defense late last week, revealed a 64 percent increase in sexual harassment and assaults at West Point, the Naval Academy, and the Air Force Academy in the past year....
12/16/2010 Irish Abortion Ban Violates Women's Rights
The European Court of Human Rights ruled yesterday that Ireland's constitutional ban on abortions violates a woman's right to adequate medical care in life-threatening situations....
12/13/2010 New Screening More Effective in Diagnosing Uterine Cancer
Transvaginal ultrasounds, a new screening test, may be able to detect early signs of uterine cancer in asymptomatic, postmenopausal women with over 80 percent accuracy....
12/10/2010 TV Interview of Iranian Woman Sentenced to Death for Adultery
A television program on Press TV, backed by the Iranian government, will air an interview today of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman sentenced to death for adultery....
12/9/2010 DREAM Act Passes in the House
The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM) passed in the House by a vote of 216-198 late yesterday....
12/6/2010 Proposition 8 Hearing Today
A three-judge panel of the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear an appeal today in the ongoing Proposition 8 legal battle....
12/6/2010 Demonstrators Gather for Dr. Carhart's First Day at MD Clinic
Anti-choice organizations staged a demonstration and press conference at the Reproductive Health Services clinic in Germantown, Maryland, where prominent abortion provider Dr....
12/3/2010 Senate Takes Action Against Child Marriage
Late Wednesday night, the Senate voted unanimously to pass the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act....
12/1/2010 Unemployment Insurance Benefits Expired
Federal unemployment insurance benefits expired last night after Congress failed to pass an extension for the upcoming year, cutting over two million people off from benefits in December alone and a predicted seven million in the next 12 months....
11/30/2010 Boston Superintendent of Schools Delays Decision to Set up Single-Sex Academies
Carol Johnson, Superintendent of Boston Schools, announced her decision late last week to reevaluate her earlier decision to establish public single-sex academies in Boston city schools....
11/29/2010 IVAWA Vote in the Senate Tomorrow
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to vote on the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) tomorrow....
11/24/2010 NJ House Votes to Restore $5 Million to Family Planning Clinics
On Monday, the New Jersey Assembly voted in favor of allocating $5 million in funding to the state's family planning clinics....
11/23/2010 Dr. Osotimehin Appointed Executive Director of UNPFA
Late last week, Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon appointed Dr....
11/22/2010 Pope Reverses Course, Condones Condoms in Specific Circumstances
On Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI diverged from the Roman Catholic Church's traditional stance against condoms and indicated to a German journalist that condom use might be acceptable in certain circumstances....
11/22/2010 US Ranks Far Behind Other Industrial Nations on Maternal Mortality
A report on maternal mortality released in mid October by UN public health experts revealed the US ranks 41 out of the 171 countries studied and trails far behind other industrialized nations....
11/15/2010 Three Women Lawyers Arrested in Iran
Iranian authorities arrested three women Iranian human rights lawyers on Saturday for so-called security related offenses....
11/11/2010 Deficit Commission Co-Chair Proposal D.O.A.
Deficit Commission Co-Chairs Alan Simpson and Erksine Bowles proposal to reduce the deficit was immediately opposed by leading Democrats, women's rights groups, and labor....
11/11/2010 Deficit Commission Proposal of Co-Chairs Targets Women Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President of Feminist Majority
The Feminist Majority joins its many sister organizations that are outraged at the Deficit Commission Co-Chairs in denouncing their proposal....
11/10/2010 Doctor to Open Three New Clinics
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11/9/2010 GLAD and the ACLU Challenge DOMA in Court
The Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed two lawsuits today challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)....
11/8/2010 North Carolina Anti-Abortion Leader Tried for WANTED Posters
Flip Benham of Operation Rescue/Operation Save America, goes to trial today for stalking and distributing WANTED posters with the names, pictures, and home and office addresses North Carolina abortion doctors....
11/8/2010 Pope Benedict Denounces Abortion, Gay Marriage, and Secularization
Pope Benedict XVI ardently expressed his anti-abortion stance and defended the traditional family structure during his visit to the Spanish pilgrimage site, Santiago de Compostela late last week....
11/5/2010 Abortion Bomb Plotter Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges
Justin Carl Moose pled guilty late last week to plotting to bomb a North Carolina abortion clinic....
11/4/2010 Election 2010: Pro-Choice Sustains Big Losses; Abortion Not Deciding Factor
Unquestionably, the biggest loss is the replacement of pro-choice, feminist Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and the pro-choice Democratic leadership team of Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC), and Assistant to the Speaker Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)....
11/2/2010 Montana, New Jersey Cut Funds for Family Planning
A hearing has been set for May for the lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood of Montana against the state of Montana over its denial of birth control for teenage girls who are insured by the state's low-income health insurance program for minors, Healthy Montana Kids....
11/2/2010 Overturn of DADT Stayed Indefinitely by Federal Appeals Court
On Monday, a federal appeals court three judge panel ruled two to one that the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy will stand indefinitely until the Department of Justice's (DOJ) appeals process concludes....
10/29/2010 Uganda Anti-Gay Bill to Become Law
David Bahati, a member of the Ugandan Parliament and one of the principle leaders of the Family or Fellowship of C Street fame (see Jeff Sharlet's latest book on C Street), stated yesterday that a bill, which would impose life sentences or the death penalty for gay people, will become law in the near future....
10/27/2010 Breastfeeding Costs Not Tax-Exempt
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a ruling stating that breast pumps and other breastfeeding supplies are not subject to the tax breaks offered for other medical expenses....
10/26/2010 Iowa Abortion Adversaries Oppose Telemedicine
At a public comment session late last week, abortion opponents requested the Iowa Board of Medicine prevent Planned Parenthood from using telemedicine to administer abortion medicine....
10/22/2010 Gays Rights Advocates Win in Russian Case
The European Court on Human Rights will fine Russia for banning parades organized by the gay community in Moscow....
10/20/2010 Military Recruiters Accept Openly Gay Applicants
On Friday, the Pentagon informed military recruiters that they may now accept openly gay and lesbian candidates for recruitment....
10/19/2010 OH Elections Commission Rules Against SBA List in False Advertising Complaint
Late last week, the Ohio Elections Commission ruled that US Representative Steve Driehaus (D-OH) can proceed with his complaint that the Susan B Anthony List, an anti-abortion group, is intentionally lying to distort his record....
10/18/2010 Justice Department Appeals Ban on DADT Enforcement
On Thursday, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an appeal of the October 12 order that bans the US military from enforcing the so-called "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) policy....
10/15/2010 Australian Couple Found Not Guilty in Abortion Trial
Late this week, a couple accused of obtaining an illegal abortion in Queensland, Australia, was found not guilty by a District Court jury....
10/14/2010 All Nine Suspects in NYC Hate Crimes Case in Police Custody
The nine suspects accused of hate crimes against three men in New York City are currently in police custody, with the last suspect, 22-year-old Ruddy Vargas-Perez, arrested earlier this week....
10/13/2010 Federal Judge Orders Ban on DADT
Yesterday, US District Court Judge Virginia Phillips issued an order that bans the Department of Defense and the US military from enforcing their so-called "don't ask don't tell" policy, which bars gays from openly serving in the military....
10/12/2010 Two Indigenous Mexican Rape Victims Awarded Damages
Last week, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued separate rulings that the Mexican government must pay damages to two indigenous women who were raped by military soldiers in 2002....
10/6/2010 Leader Connected to Mass Rapes Arrested in DR Congo
Self-proclaimed Lieutenant Colonel Mayele was arrested by the United Nations (UN) mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for his leadership of an armed group that allegedly raped up to 500 people in late July....
10/4/2010 Alleged Stoning of Woman in Pakistan Condemned by US
Last week, the US Department of State released a statement condemning the alleged stoning of a woman by members of the Taliban in northwest Pakistan....
9/27/2010 Mifepristone Telemedicine Programs Gain Success at Drug's 10th Anniversary in US
Tomorrow is the ten-year anniversary of the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of mifepristone, also known as RU-486 or the "abortion pill." Marketed as Mifeprex in the United States, the pill, which is used to terminate a pregnancy in its early stages, has garnered new attention as abortion providers across the country consider establishing telemedicine programs similar to the one pioneered by Iowa Planned Parenthood....
9/24/2010 District Court Rules FL Gay Adoption Ban Unconstitutional
The Florida 3rd District Court of Appeals upheld a circuit court ruling Wednesday that found a law banning gay and lesbian people from adopting children in Florida is unconstitutional....
9/22/2010 Court Rules LA Abortion Clinic Can Remain Open
A state court ruled on Tuesday that an abortion clinic in Shreveport, Louisiana, will remain open until legal proceedings regarding its license suspension have concluded....
9/21/2010 Vote Fails to Break Filibuster on Bill That Would Repeal DADT
Senate Republicans blocked a cloture vote of a defense spending bill that includes an amendment that would repeal the military's so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy today, preventing the bill from going to the Senate floor for debate....
9/21/2010 Solis and Ledbetter Push Paycheck Fairness Act
US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Lilly Ledbetter are working to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and held a webcast on the subject today....
9/20/2010 Increase in Women and Minorities Discharged Due to "Don't Ask Don't Tell"
According to a new study released by the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law Friday, the proportion of women and minorities discharged from the United States military as a result of its so-called "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) policy has increased since 1997....
9/20/2010 Violence Punctuates Afghan Elections
News reports indicate that at least 15 people died during election-related violence in Afghanistan on Saturday, where parliamentary elections were held....
9/16/2010 WHO Report Shows Maternal Mortality Rates Will Not Meet Millennium Development Goals
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced in a report yesterday that although maternal mortality rates have decreased by 34 percent since 1990, the decline in the rate of pregnancy-related deaths is not on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal target for 2015....
9/15/2010 Maloney and Kuster Win Big
Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, won big in her primary last night with over 80% of the vote....
9/13/2010 Ms. Scholar Named President of Shaw University
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9/10/2010 NC Man Arrested After Helping Informant He Believed Would Bomb Abortion Clinic
Justin Carl Moose was arrested earlier this week and charged with "providing information related to the making, use, or manufacture of an explosive, destructive device, or weapon of mass destruction to a person Moose believed was planning to bomb a women's health clinic in North Carolina." According to the FBI, the criminal complaint against Moose "alleges that Moose utilized a social networking website as a platform to advocate violence against women's health care clinics - specifically locations where abortions are performed - and the health care professionals employed at these facilities....
9/10/2010 District Court Rules Don't Ask, Don't Tell Unconstitutional
US District Court Judge Virginia Phillips ruled yesterday that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) is unconstitutional on the basis that it violates both the first and fifth amendment rights of lesbian and gay service members....
9/9/2010 Black Farmers Demand Discrimination Settlement from Congress
John Boyd, the president of the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) held a press conference Tuesday that called for Congress to approve legislation that will fund a historic discrimination settlement against black farmers....
9/8/2010 Probe Launched into Possible Discrimination Against AZ Teachers
The US Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Education have reportedly launched a probe into whether the state has discriminated against non-native English speaking teachers....
9/7/2010 Ashtiani Controversy Heats Up Between Iran and EU
The European Union traded barbs with Iran today regarding the case of Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who was convicted of adultery and originally sentenced to death by stoning....
9/1/2010 China Court to Hear Nation's First HIV Discrimination Case
The case of an unidentified prospective schoolteacher who was denied a job in China because he is HIV positive was the first case of HIV discrimination to be accepted in a Chinese court Monday....
9/1/2010 IL Supreme Court Will Not Hear Parental Notification Appeal
The Illinois Supreme Court announced yesterday that they will not hear an appeal related to a state law that requires parental notification 48 hours in advance for women 17 or younger obtaining an abortion....
8/31/2010 Justice Department Sues AZ Community College System
The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Maricopa Community College District in Arizona on Monday....
8/30/2010 Campaign Workers for Afghan Woman Candidate Murdered
The bodies of five campaign workers who had been working for a woman parliament candidate in Afghanistan's Herat province were found over the weekend....
8/25/2010 Alaska Voters Pass Parental Notification Law
As a result of a voter initiative passed Tuesday in Alaska's primary election, women age 17 and under seeking an abortion in state of Alaska must have their parents notified prior to the procedure....
8/25/2010 New Gas Attack on Afghan Girls' School
A girls' school in Kabul, Afghanistan was the target of a gas attack yesterday....
8/24/2010 Gang-Rape Used as Weapon of War in Congo
Rwandan and Congolese rebels reportedly gang-raped between 150 and 200 women and young boys during a raid of eastern villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo earlier this month, humanitarian aids in the region say....
8/24/2010 Cesar Laurean, Ex-Marine, Convicted of Murder
A jury found ex-marine Cesar Laurean guilty of first degree murder yesterday in the 2007 death of his colleague, Lance Cpl....
8/24/2010 VA Attorney General Issues Opinion on Abortion Clinic Regulations
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued a legal opinion yesterday that empowers the Virginia Board of Health to require women's health clinics that offer abortion procedures to meet hospital-like standards....
8/23/2010 Bangladesh Court Bans Religious Attire Requirements
Bangladesh's High Court ruled late last week that individuals can not be forced to wear religious attire, including the burqa, in workplaces, schools, or colleges. This ruling follows a recent report that Rani Bhabani Women's College in northern Bangladesh has required that all women wear burqas, according to the Canadian Press....
8/19/2010 NE Attorney General Accepts Permanent Stay on Abortion Screening Law
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning announced yesterday that he will not attempt to defend the state's new abortion screening law....
8/17/2010 CA Same-Sex Marriage Blocked by Court of Appeals
The 9th Court of Appeals has imposed an emergency stay on same-sex marriages in California....
8/16/2010 Pregnant Women's Rights Upheld in Florida Court
The Florida District Court of Appeals upheld a pregnant woman's right to exercise authority over her body late last week in Burton v Florida....
8/13/2010 Judge Blocks Louisiana Abortion Law
US District Court Judge Ralph Tyson of Baton Rogue has issued a temporary restraining order on enforcement of a new Louisiana law that requires women to undergo an ultrasound prior to receiving an abortion procedure....
8/13/2010 UN Condemns Mass Rape: Same as Mass Murder
In an exchange with reporters outside the United Nations late last week, a high-ranking UN official described sexual violence during war as one of the greatest security risks of our time....
8/12/2010 Iranian Woman "Confesses" to Murder
A woman who claimed to be Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an imprisoned Iranian woman who faces execution for the crime of adultery, despite solid evidence that she is innocent, appeared yesterday on Iranian primetime television....
8/12/2010 Quinnipiac Adds Women's Teams to Comply with Title IX
In an effort to adhere to Title IX regulations, Quinnipiac University is adding both a women's rugby and golf team, in addition to reinstating their women's volleyball team....
8/12/2010 Same-Sex Marriage To Resume In California
US District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled to remove the temporary stay of same-sex marriages in California this afternoon....
8/10/2010 Female Malaysian Islamic Court Judges Have Equal Power of Male Counterparts
Malaysia's first two women Islamic court judges will have the same power as male judges, the Malaysian government has confirmed....
8/10/2010 Miss Africa USA to Raise Awareness about Female Genital Mutilation
Fatoumata Souma of the Republic of Guinea-Conakry was crowned Miss Africa USA late last month with a platform of raising awareness in the United States about female genital mutilation in Africa....
8/9/2010 New Kenyan Constitution Includes Gains for Women
Sixty-seven percent of Kenyan citizens voted to implement a new constitution late last week, which will decrease the powers of the presidency, expand the rights of citizens and advance the status of women....
8/9/2010 CA Governor Urges Reinstating Same Sex Marriage
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger filed a brief Friday urging US District Judge Vaughn Walker to allow same sex marriages to resume immediately....
8/6/2010 Appeal Filed Against Proposition 8 Ruling
Sponsors of Proposition 8 filed an appeal yesterday of this week's District Court ruling that overruled California's Proposition 8, the electoral referendum passed by voters in California in 2008....
8/5/2010 Baltimore Judge Hears Arguments in CPC Suit
US District Judge Marvin Garbis heard arguments yesterday from the City of Baltimore to dismiss a suit filed by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore against a recent city law requiring truth in advertising by crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) regarding their services....
8/5/2010 UK Watchdog Rejects Complaints About Abortion Services Ad
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), a media regulator in the United Kingdom, announced yesterday that it has rejected 1,054 complaints about the UK's first television commercial for family planning services including abortion....
8/4/2010 Missouri Votes to Reject Elements of Health Care Reform
Voters in Missouri passed Proposition C Tuesday, a referendum attempting to nullify part of the federal health care reform law that will require most Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a tax penalty....
8/4/2010 CA Federal Judge Overrules Prop 8
San Francisco federal judge Vaughn Walker has overruled California's Proposition 8, the electoral referendum passed by voters in California in 2008....
8/3/2010 Orthodox Rabbis Issue Statement Supporting Gays and Lesbians
Modern-Orthodox Rabbis, educators, and mental-health professionals from the US and Israel issued a statement this week urging support and respect for gays and lesbians....
8/2/2010 Crack Cocaine and Powder Cocaine Punishments Modified
Last week, the House of Representatives passed the Fair Sentencing Act, which will lessen the federal sentencing disparity between crack cocaine possession and powder cocaine possession....
7/29/2010 Indian Teacher Without Burqa Banned from Class
Late last week, a student organization in India refused a teacher access to her class unless she wore a burqa....
7/27/2010 Nebraska Attorney General Hesitant to Defend Abortion Restrictions
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said late last week that he is not prepared to exhaust all legal options to defend a state law requiring women to undergo a mental health examination prior to receiving an abortion....
7/27/2010 Augusta State Sued by Anti-Gay Student
Augusta State University is facing a lawsuit filed by graduate student Jennifer Keeton, who alleges that faculty members and administrators threatened to expel her if she did not attend diversity sensitivity workshops and a gay pride parade....
7/23/2010 Judge Rules Quinnipiac Violated Title IX
District Judge Stefan Underhill ruled yesterday that the competitive cheerleading at Quinnipiac does not qualify as varsity sport for purposes of Title IX....
7/20/2010 Kagan Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan in a 13 to 6 vote this afternoon....
7/19/2010 Hamas Institutes Gaza Ban on Women Smoking in Public
Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic group that controls Gaza, announced a ban late last week that prohibits women from smoking water pipes (hookah) in public....
7/16/2010 Report Released on Hate Crimes Against LGBTQ Communities
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) released their "Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay....
7/16/2010 Obama Unveils National HIV/AIDS Strategy
Earlier this week, President Obama unveiled plans to implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which seeks to make the United States "a place where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person ......
7/15/2010 List of Undocumented Immigrants Leaked in Utah
A list of over 1,300 potential undocumented immigrants was leaked to the government and media outlets of Utah this week....
7/15/2010 Nebraska Judge Rejects Abortion Restrictions
A Nebraska judge has ruled against a new law requiring women to undergo a mental health examination prior to receiving an abortion....
7/13/2010 Nebraska Judge Hears Arguments on Anti-Choice Law
A federal judge in Nebraska will hear arguments today regarding the merits of a new law requiring women to undergo a mental health examination prior to receiving an abortion, reports the Associated Press....
7/13/2010 French Parliament Approves Ban on Burqa Veils
France's lower house of parliament approved a ban on Islamic-style burqa veils that cover the face today in a 335 to one vote....
7/13/2010 Michigan Court of Appeals Overturns Same-Sex Custody Ruling
The Michigan Court of Appeals overturned a ruling from a lower court last week that would have given same-sex and unmarried partners the right to seek joint custody....
7/12/2010 St. Louis Board of Aldermen Adds Gender Identity to Non-Discrimination Policy
The Saint Louis Board of Aldermen approved a bill last week that will add gender identity and expression to the city's non-discrimination policy....
7/9/2010 Boston Judge Rules DOMA Unconstitutional
Yesterday, Boston federal judge Joseph L Tauro ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional and that same-sex marriages must be subject to the same benefits as heterosexual marriages....
7/8/2010 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Survey Distributed
The Pentagon began sending 400,000 surveys to members of the armed forces yesterday to gauge their opinions on the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT)....
7/8/2010 Runner Caster Semenya Returns to Competition
South African runner Caster Semenya,is allowed to return to professional competition after nearly a year of being subjected to gender testing by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF)....
7/7/2010 HI Governor Vetoes Civil Unions Bill
Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle vetoed a bill yesterday that would have legalized civil unions in the state....
7/6/2010 ACLU Asks that Religiously-Affiliated Hospitals Provide Required Reproductive Healthcare
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service in a letter late last week "to ensure that religiously-affiliated hospitals provide emergency reproductive care as required by federal law," including emergency abortions....
7/6/2010 Justice Department to File Suit Against AZ Immigration Law
The United States Justice Department filed a suit against Arizona's new immigration law today....
7/2/2010 Feminist Issues Addressed at Kagan Hearing
Throughout the course of the Elena Kagan hearings, several feminist issues have been addressed....
7/2/2010 House Subcommittee Approves Family Planning Funding
The House State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee approved a markup of the FY 2011 appropriations bill yesterday afternoon that will allocate $735 million to family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs....
7/1/2010 WI Supreme Court Upholds Same-Sex Marriage Ban
The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state constitution's ban on same-sex marriages and civil unions yesterday....
7/1/2010 CPC "Truth in Advertising" Legislation Introduced
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced a bill yesterday that would regulate the misleading advertising practices of Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs)....
6/30/2010 Legislation Makes Psychological Violence a Crime in France
The French Parliament unanimously passed groundbreaking legislation yesterday making "psychological violence" punishable by law....
6/30/2010 Lawsuit Filed Against Anti-Choice NE Law
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland filed a lawsuit Monday challenging an anti-choice Nebraska law that is scheduled to go into effect on July 15....
6/28/2010 Gay Pride Parades on Stonewall Anniversary Marred by Controversy
This past weekend gay pride marches were held across the country on the 41st anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which broke out after police raided the Stonewall Inn, a New York City gay bar....
6/28/2010 European Court Rules It Can't Force Adoption of Same-Sex Marriage
Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that same-sex marriage is not a basic universal human right....
6/25/2010 Julia Gillard is Australia's First Woman Prime Minister
Julia Gillard became Australia's first woman prime minister yesterday, after former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd abruptly stepped down from his position....
6/24/2010 New York State Senate Passes the Dignity for All Students Act
The New York State Senate passed the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) on Tuesday night, a measure which would protect New York state public school students from harassment based on their sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, or sex....
6/23/2010 38th Anniversary of Title IX Brings New Enforcement Bills in Congress
Today marks the 38th anniversary of Title IX, a law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in all levels of education....
6/22/2010 Fremont, Nebraska, Passes Anti-Immigration Measure
Voters in Fremont, Nebraska, passed an ordinance yesterday that will ban employers and landlords from hiring or renting to illegal immigrants....
6/21/2010 New York State Senate Passes Bill Allowing Victims of Sex Trafficking to Clear Records
On Wednesday, the New York State Senate passed legislation that enables victims of sex trafficking to clear their records of prostitution-related offenses....
6/17/2010 Louisiana Approves Wave of Anti-Abortion Legislation
The Louisiana legislature passed a bill yesterday which requires women seeking abortions in the state to undergo an ultrasound prior to the procedure....
6/15/2010 Alaskan Governor Vetoes Child's Healthcare Funding Due to Abortion Concerns
Alaskan Governor Sean Parnell vetoed a bill earlier this month that would have expanded funding for the Alaskan version of the federal Children's Health Insurance Program, Denali Kidcare....
6/15/2010 Boy Scouts and the City of Philadelphia in Court Over Anti-Gay Policy
A trial to settle a tense dispute between the City of Philadelphia and the local Boy Scouts council began on Tuesday....
6/15/2010 U.S. State Department Revises Policy on Gender Change in US Passports
The U.S....
6/11/2010 Iowa Planned Parenthood Makes Mifepristone More Accessible
Planned Parenthood clinics in Iowa have introduced a program that enables mifepristone, also known as RU-486 or the "abortion pill," to be administered to patients while videoconferencing with their doctors, reports the New York Times....
6/11/2010 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Still Affects Service Members
The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), a non-profit organization dedicated to ending Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT), issued a statement on Wednesday warning gays and lesbians in the military to continue to respect DADT as the law, despite the fact that Congress is reportedly working on legislation that would repeal the policy....
6/10/2010 Saudi Court Convicts Man for Kissing
This week a young man in Saudi Arabia was convicted and sentenced to 90 lashes and four months jail time after being caught on mall security cameras kissing a woman, reported the Associated Press....
6/9/2010 International Call for Improved Women's Health, Gates Foundation Donates $1.5 Billion
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced a new joint collaboration to address women's and children's health during his opening address for the second global Women Deliver conference this week in Washington, DC....
6/7/2010 Judge Dismisses Roeder's Petition for Release
A Sedgwick County Kansas judge dismissed a petition for release filed by Scott Roeder, the convicted murderer of George Tiller, MD, on Friday at the request of Roeder's attorney....
6/7/2010 ACLU Files Appeal Brief Challenging Sex-Segregation Case
On May 28, the ACLU Women's Rights Project and the ACLU of Louisiana filed an appeal brief challenging the legality of sex-segregated classes at Rene A....
6/4/2010 Parental Notification Initiative to Appear on the Alaska Ballot
On Wednesday, the Alaska State Supreme Court ruled that a parental notification initiative will appear on the Alaska primary ballot in August....
6/4/2010 South Carolina Republicans Back Down From Abortion Restrictions to Pass Budget
The South Carolina legislature approved a nearly $5 billion state budget yesterday that includes a provision allowing the state health insurance plan to cover abortions in cases of rape, incest, or if the mother's life is in danger....
6/2/2010 Tiller Honored on Senate Floor
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) made a floor statement late last week honoring abortion provider George Tiller, MD, who was murdered by Scott Roeder one year ago, on May 31, 2009....
5/27/2010 Marie Stopes Abortion Ad Airs on British Television
The United Kingdom's first television ad for abortion services ran earlier this week....
5/27/2010 Maryland CPC Sues Over Disclosure Law
A crisis pregnancy center (CPC) in Silver Spring, Maryland, filed a lawsuit last week in US District Court against Montgomery County, Maryland, over the county's disclosure law....
5/26/2010 Oklahoma Legislature Overrides Abortion Reporting Bill Veto
The Oklahoma state legislature overrode Governor Brad Henry's (D) veto of a bill that will require doctors to report detailed information about patients seeking abortions to the government yesterday....
5/26/2010 Class Action Status Granted for Quinnipiac Title IX Lawsuit
District Court Judge Stefan Underhill granted class action status to a Title IX suit brought by the Quinnipiac University women's volleyball team yesterday....
5/25/2010 Oklahoma House Overrides Veto on Abortion Reporting Bill
The Oklahoma state House voted 84 to 13 yesterday to override Governor Brad Henry's (D) veto of a bill that would require doctors to report detailed information about patients seeking abortions to the government....
5/24/2010 Supreme Court Rules that Chicago Firefighter Discrimination Suit can Continue
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that 6,000 black applicants to the Chicago fire department can proceed with their discrimination lawsuit even though their complaint was filed more than 300 days after the incident....
5/24/2010 Legislation to Ban Burqa Sent to French Parliament
The French Council of Ministers approved a bill last week that would ban both the burqa and the niqab....
5/20/2010 Student Non-Discrimination Act Introduced in Senate
The Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) was introduced in the US Senate today by Senator Al Franken (D-MN)....
5/20/2010 Saudi Woman Fights Back Against Religious Police
A Saudi Arabian woman who punched a religious police officer who was questioning her for illegal socialization with an unrelated male may face prison time and lashings....
5/18/2010 Novartis Loses Sex Discrimination Case
Novartis Pharmaceuticals lost a class action sex discrimination suit yesterday in New York District Court....
5/18/2010 Arizona Nun Excommunicated for Approving Emergency Abortion
A Catholic nun in Arizona was recently reassigned and "automatically excommunicated" following controversy after she approved an emergency abortion during a patient medical crisis late in 2009....
5/12/2010 Oklahoma Legislature Passes Anti-Choice Law Requiring Publication of Patient Information
The Oklahoma state Senate voted 32 to 11 today in favor of legislation that would require doctors to report detailed information about patients seeking abortions to the government....
5/12/2010 Afghan Schoolgirls Targeted in New Gas Attack
Two suspected gas attacks on Afghan schoolgirls sickened dozens of girls from the northern Kunduz Province and at least six from Kabul yesterday....
5/12/2010 Capps Introduces Maternal Health Bill
Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA) introduced the Improving Global Maternal and Newborn Health Outcomes while Maximizing Successes Act (Global MOMS Act) yesterday....
5/11/2010 French Parliament Adopted Formal Resolution Condemning the Burqa
The French Parliament adopted a non-binding formal resolution today against the burqa, a head-to-toe garment worn by some Muslim women....
5/7/2010 DOMA Challenge Begins in Federal Court
US District Court judge Joseph Tauro heard arguments in a challenge of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) yesterday....
5/7/2010 University of Wisconsin Medical Center Still Plans to Offer Late Abortions
The University of Wisconsin Medical Center (MSC)released a statement Wednesday refuting reports that it no longer plans to offer late abortions up to the 22nd week of pregnancy....
5/6/2010 Kansas Senate Votes Against Veto Override of Anti-Choice Bill
The Kansas state Senate failed yesterday to override Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson's (D) veto on an anti-choice bill that would have altered the definition of a viable fetus and required medical documentation for a late-term abortion if enacted....
5/5/2010 Ahmadinejad Defends Iranian Seat on UN Commission on the Status of Women
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defended Iran's election to the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women yesterday as feminists worldwide remain outraged by the country's appointment to the council....
5/4/2010 New Oklahoma Ultrasound Law Blocked
Oklahoma state Attorney General agreed yesterday to a state judge's order to temporarily block enforcement of a new anti-choice state law for 45 days....
5/4/2010 Kansas House Votes to Override Abortion Bill Veto
The Kansas state House voted yesterday to override Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson's (D) veto on an anti-choice bill that would alter the definition of a viable fetus and require medical documentation for a late-term abortion if enacted....
5/3/2010 Victory Against Georgia Anti-Choice Bill
A Georgia bill that sought to criminalize abortions on the basis of race died in the state House's Rules Committee on the final day of the legislative session Friday....
5/3/2010 Kansas Legislature Fails to Override Abortion Bill Veto
The Kansas state House failed to override Governor Mark Parkinson's (D) veto on an anti-choice bill Friday....
4/30/2010 Investigation Launched into Nigerian Parliamentarian's Marriage to Underage Girl
A formal investigation into Nigerian Senator Ahmed Yerima's alleged marriage to an underage girl was launched yesterday by Nigeria's parliament....
4/29/2010 Outrage Erupts Over Failed Iranian Bid for UN Commission on Status of Women
Feminists worldwide are outraged over an attempt by Iran to gain a seat on the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)....
4/28/2010 Lawsuit Filed to Block Enforcement of New Oklahoma Ultrasound Law
The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) filed a lawsuit yesterday to stop the enforcement of a new Oklahoma state law that extends existing ultrasound requirements for women seeking an abortion....
4/28/2010 Bill Introduced to Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health in Developing Nations
Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY) introduced the Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2010 late last week....
4/26/2010 Report Released on Women and Lung Cancer
The Mary Horrigan Connors Center For Women's Health and Gender Biology released a report today on women and lung cancer....
4/23/2010 Mississippi, Louisiana, Moving to Ban State-Backed Insurance Abortion Coverage
The Mississippi and Louisiana state legislatures are both moving to pass legislation that would ban abortion coverage in each state's respective health insurance exchange being created as a result of the new federal health care package....
4/22/2010 France and Belgium Move Toward Veil Bans
French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced yesterday that he plans to introduce a ban prohibiting women from wearing a full veil in public....
4/22/2010 Tennessee Legislators Approve Ban on State-Backed Insurance Abortion Coverage
Both the Tennessee state House and state Senate passed a bill this week that would ban offering abortion coverage in the state's to-be-created health insurance exchange....
4/21/2010 Oklahoma Senate Passes Five New Anti-Choice Bills
The Oklahoma Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed five new abortion restriction bills Monday....
4/21/2010 Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Hastings Law Student Group Discrimination Case
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in a case where the University of California's Hastings College of Law has refused to recognize a student group, the Christian Legal Society (CLS), because it violates the school's anti-discrimination policies by banning all non-Christian and all lesbian or gay students from membership....
4/16/2010 Kansas Governor Vetoes Abortion Regulation Bill
Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson (D) vetoed a bill Thursday that would have altered the definition of a viable fetus and require medical documentation for a late-term abortion....
4/14/2010 Mississippi School District Ordered to Desegregate
US District Court Judge Tom Lee ordered the Walthall County School District in Mississippi yesterday to desegregate its classes within 30 days....
4/14/2010 Hoyer Indicates House of Representatives May Move on ENDA, DADT
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said yesterday that the House will likely consider legislation to establish the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) sometime this year....
4/13/2010 Nebraska Further Reduces Abortion Access
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman signed two bills into law today that will restrict women's access to abortion in the state....
4/13/2010 Anti-Choice Pharmacy in Virginia Closes Due to Lack of Business
A so-called "pro-life pharmacy" in Chantilly, Virginia, closed in March due to lack of business....
4/12/2010 Child Bride Dies of Internal Bleeding Three Days After Marriage in Yemen
A Yemeni child bride died earlier this month from severe internal bleeding just three days after being married to a man at least twice her age....
4/9/2010 Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Announces Retirement
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement from the high court today....
4/9/2010 Austin, TX Becomes Second City to Enact "Truth in Advertising" Law For CPCs
Austin's City Council approved "truth in advertising" for crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) Thursday, making the capital of Texas the second city in the US to enact the law....
4/7/2010 Texas Man Arrested For Threats Against Abortion Clinic
The FBI arrested Plano, Texas, law school graduate Erlyndon Joseph Lo on Saturday, after he filed a lawsuit against the nine Supreme Court justices for $999 trillion and demanded a ban on abortion....
4/7/2010 Novartis Sex Discrimination Case Begins Today in New York
Proceedings in a class-action lawsuit against Novartis Pharmaceuticals begin today in New York District Court....
4/7/2010 WA Man who Threatened Members of Congress Arrested
A Washington state man was arrested yesterday for repeated violent voicemail threats to Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) because of the way the congresswoman voted on the the health care reform bill....
4/6/2010 OK Governor Approves Three Anti-Choice Bills
Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry (R) signed three anti-choice bills into law yesterday....
4/6/2010 NV Supreme Court to Hear Personhood Initiative Challenge
The Nevada state Supreme Court will hear arguments today in a case that seeks to overturn a lower court ruling and place a so-called "personhood" amendment on the fall ballot....
4/5/2010 Personhood Initiative to be on Ballot in MS
The Mississippi Secretary of State announced late last week that a so-called "personhood" initiative will be on the state ballot in the fall elections....
4/5/2010 Austin Second City to Consider Truth in Advertising Law for CPCs
Austin, Texas, may soon become the second city in the nation to have a law mandating crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) post signs informing the public about their services....
4/1/2010 Nebraska Abortion Restriction Bill Advances
Nebraska's Senate voted 38 to 5 on an abortion bill which will affect how long into a pregnancy abortion is legal, based on the fetus's possible ability to feel pain....
3/31/2010 Oklahoma Legislature Passes Anti-Choice Bills
The Oklahoma state House approved three anti-choice bills Monday....
3/31/2010 Archdiocese of Baltimore Sues City Over CPC Disclosure Law
The Archdiocese of Baltimore filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the city of Baltimore's law mandating truth in advertising by crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) about their services....
3/30/2010 Court Rules Against Patents on Breast Cancer Genes
A New York District Court judge ruled yesterday that patents on the human BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which are associated with breast and ovarian cancer, are invalid because the patents were "directed to a law of nature and were therefore improperly granted." The ruling (see PDF) did not consider claims that the patents are unconstitutional....
3/30/2010 Colorado Bans Gender Rating in Health Insurance
Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed a law yesterday that will prohibit health insurance companies from charging men and women different rates on the same policies, a practice known as gender rating....
3/30/2010 GA Anti-Choice Bill Approved by State Senate
A Georgia bill that seeks to criminalize abortions on the basis of race was approved by the state Senate late last week on a 33 to 14 vote....
3/29/2010 CO Personhood Initiative Will Be on November Ballot
A so-called "personhood" ballot initiative, Amendment 62, will again be on the Colorado ballot in the November elections....
3/26/2010 KS Legislature Negotiating on Anti-Choice Law
Members of the Kansas state House and state Senate met yesterday to negotiate on a law that would restrict some access to late abortion in the state....
3/24/2010 Judge Rules in Favor of MS High School Student in Prom Discrimination Suit
A US District Court judge ruled yesterday that an Itawamba County, Mississippi, school board infringed upon a high school student Constance McMillan's First Amendment rights when it denied her attendance to the prom because she wanted to wear a tuxedo and attend with her girlfriend....
3/24/2010 US District Judge Rules in Favor of Women's Softball Team in Title IX Suit
A US District Judge in Hawaii ruled in favor of a women's high school softball team's Title IX claim in Maui County, HI, late last week....
3/15/2010 Legislation Introduced to Expand Women's Access to Higher-Paying Jobs
Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the Women and Workforce Investment for Nontraditional Jobs (Women WIN Jobs) Act late last week....
3/12/2010 US Senate Committee Hearing on Paycheck Fairness Act
The US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a hearing yesterday on the Paycheck Fairness Act and the wage gap....
3/11/2010 GA Anti-Choice Bill Passes Legislative Committee
A Georgia bill that seeks to criminalize abortions on the basis of race was voted out of the state House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee yesterday on a 7 to 6 vote....
3/10/2010 World War II Women Aviators to Receive Congressional Medals
The first women to fly US military aircraft will be awarded with Congressional Gold Medals today on Capitol Hill....
3/10/2010 US Secretary of Education Speaks on Ensuring Education Equity
US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan pledged to ensure education equity in a Selma, Alabama, speech Monday....
3/5/2010 AIG and Walmart Settle Major Discrimination Suits
Walmart and two subsidiaries of American International Group Incorporated (AIG) settled two major discrimination lawsuits this week....
3/4/2010 Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules Abortion Law Unconstitutional
Yesterday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld the February ruling of a state District Court that an anti-choice state law not yet enacted is unconstitutional....
3/1/2010 Hearing Held on NE Anti-Choice Bill
A public hearing was held late last week before the judiciary committee of the Nebraska state legislature on a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in the state....
2/26/2010 Spain Reforms Abortion Laws
Spain's Senate gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill that liberalizes the countries abortion laws....
2/25/2010 Supreme Court to Decide If Ledbetter Applies to Firefighter Discrimination Claim
The Supreme Court heard a racial discrimination case Monday where they might apply the Ledbetter Act for the first time in a Supreme Court decision ....
2/23/2010 Bill to Repeal Abortion Introduced in FL
A bill that would ban abortion in nearly all circumstances, without exception for rape or incest, was introduced late last week in the Florida state House....
2/22/2010 Court Rules Anti-Choice Law Unconstitutional in OK
An Oklahoma County District Judge Daniel Owens ruled Friday that an anti-choice state law not yet enacted is unconstitutional, thus blocking enforcement of the law....
2/22/2010 Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against CA Anti-Affirmative Action Measure
A class action lawsuit was filed last week alleges that the civil rights of Black, Latina/o, and Native American applicants to California schools are violated due to an amendment, Proposition 209, to the state constitution....
2/22/2010 Judgment in LA Firefighter Discrimination Case Reversed
The 2nd District Court of Appeals reversed the judgment in a 2007 discrimination case against the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD)....
2/19/2010 Marjan Kalhor is First Iranian Woman Olympian
Skier Marjan Kalhor, 21, is the first woman to represent Iran in the Winter Olympics....
2/18/2010 NH House Rejects Fetus as Person Bill
The New Hampshire state House voted 219 to 122 yesterday against a bill that treated a fetus as a person for the purposes of homicide....
2/11/2010 Class Action Discrimination Complaint Filed Against Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
A group of female and Hispanic Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) employees filed a class action complaint yesterday against their employer with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination....
2/11/2010 Personhood at Issue in NH Bill
The New Hampshire state House postponed a vote yesterday on a bill that treats a fetus as a person for the purposes of homicide....
2/11/2010 Study Indicates Ohio is Hub of Sex & Labor Trafficking
A new report released yesterday by the Ohio Trafficking in Persons Study Commission indicates that approximately 1,800 American and immigrant children are coerced into sex-trafficking or forced labor in Ohio....
2/10/2010 NY State Senator Expelled due to Domestic Abuse Charges
The New York state Senate voted 53 to 8 yesterday to expel Senator Hiram Monserrate (D) because of misdemeanor assault charges....
2/10/2010 VA Senate Passes Bill to End Sexual Orientation Discrimination Among State Workers
The Virginia state Senate passed a bill to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation for state workers and in hiring for government jobs Monday....
2/9/2010 Roeder Attorneys Seek New Trial
Attorneys for Scott Roeder, who was convicted last month in the murder of abortion provider George Tiler, MD, asked for a new trial yesterday....
2/8/2010 Laura Chinchilla Elected First Woman President of Costa Rica
In a landmark victory on Sunday, Laura Chinchilla was elected as the first woman president of Costa Rica....
2/4/2010 "Abstinence-Plus" Sex Education Proposed in Mississippi
The Mississippi state House passed a bill Tuesday on an 84-35 vote that will allow "abstinence-plus" sex education to be offered in the state....
2/4/2010 International Violence Against Women Act Reintroduced in Congress
The bipartisan International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) was reintroduced today in both the US House and Senate....
2/3/2010 Study on Abstinence-Only Program Increases Funding Debate
A new report released this week indicates that abstinence-only classes "might" be effective, increasing the debate regarding abstinence-only funding....
2/2/2010 Hearing Held in Breast Cancer Gene Patent Lawsuit
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) argued today in federal court that human gene patents are unconstitutional and therefore invalid....
2/1/2010 Clinton Endorses Liberian President Sirleaf's Re-election Bid
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced her support of Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's re-election bid late last week....
1/28/2010 Some Feminist Issues Addressed in State of the Union Address
President Barack Obama mentioned several feminist issues in his second State of the Union address last night....
1/28/2010 Lifetime Abortion and Contraceptive Rights Advocate Ruth Proskauer Smith Dies
Lifelong abortion and contraceptive rights advocate and NARAL founding member Ruth Proskauer Smith died late last week at age 102 in New York City....
1/27/2010 Bill Introduced to Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks in NE
A bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy was introduced in the Nebraska state Legislature late last week by Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood (R)....
1/27/2010 Bangladesh High Court Orders Protection for Flogged Rape Victim
Bangladesh's high court ordered local authorities to find and protect a 16-year-old girl who received 101 lashes last month as punishment for becoming pregnant after she was raped last year....
1/20/2010 Coakley Loses Senate Race to Brown
Republican state Senator Scott Brown won the election to fill the late Senator Ted Kennedy's seat yesterday over Democratic nominee state Attorney General Martha Coakley....
1/19/2010 Signatures Submitted in Support of Alaska Parental Notification Initiative
Sponsors of a proposed Alaska ballot initiative seeking a law that would require parental notification before a minor can obtain an abortion submitted signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot late last week....
1/19/2010 Two Women Karzai Nominees Rejected
The Afghan parliament rejected more than half of President Karzai's cabinet nominees, including two women, late last week....
1/15/2010 DC Judge Rules Against Gay Marriage Referendum
A Washington, DC, Superior Court judge ruled yesterday that a referendum on same-sex marriage would violate the city's Human Rights Act....
1/14/2010 Supreme Court Blocks Airing of Proposition 8 Trial
The Supreme Court issued an unsigned 5 to 4 opinion yesterday barring broadcasting of the Proposition 8 trial....
1/13/2010 Coakley Race Tightens
A new Rasmussen poll released yesterday shows Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Democratic nominee to fill the seat of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, holding a slim two point lead over Republican nominee State Senator Scott Brown....
1/12/2010 Kim Gandy, Former NOW President, Joins Feminist Majority Leadership
Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation and the Feminist Majority, announced today that Kim Gandy has become Vice President and General Counsel of both organizations....
1/12/2010 Kim Gandy, Former NOW President, Joins Feminist Majority Leadership
Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation and the Feminist Majority, announced today that Kim Gandy has become Vice President and General Counsel of both organizations....
1/11/2010 Historic Proposition 8 Trial Begins Today
Proceedings are underway in the historic trial that will decide whether California's Proposition 8, the November 2008 ballot initiative that overturned the right of same-sex marriage in the state, is constitutional....
1/8/2010 Nevada Judge Rejects Personhood Initiative Petition
A Nevada judge ruled that a "personhood" amendment petition can not be circulated because it is too vague and violates a state law that limits the ballot measure questions to one subject....
1/7/2010 Several Key Kennedys Endorse Coakley in Advance of Election
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Democratic nominee to fill the seat of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, today won the endorsement of key members of the Kennedy family....
1/6/2010 New Settlement Reached in Slippery Rock Title IX Case
A new settlement was reached late last month in a Title IX case against Slippery Rock University that was originally filed in 2006 and settled in 2007....
1/5/2010 First Transgender Appointee Named
Amanda Simpson, the first known openly transgender presidential appointee in the United States, started work today at the US Department of Commerce....
1/5/2010 US and South Korea End HIV Travel Ban
As of January 1st the HIV travel bans instituted in the United States and South Korea were lifted....
1/4/2010 Military Drops Iraq Soldier Pregnancy Policy
The United States military announced late last month that it was reversing its new policy that allowed female soldiers and their sexual partners in Iraq to be court-martialed in the event of a pregnancy....
12/21/2009 Judge Protects Patient Information in Oklahoma
A judge on Friday extended a temporary restraining order for an Oklahoma law requiring online publication of personal information for women obtaining abortions in the state....
12/18/2009 Judge to Rule on Oklahoma Abortion Reporting Law
An Oklahoma judge will rule today on a state law requiring online publication of detailed records for women undergoing abortions performed in the state....
12/15/2009 DC City Council Votes for Same Sex Marriage
The Washington, DC, city council voted for the second time today to legalize same-sex marriage....
12/14/2009 Uganda Bars Female Genital Mutilation
The Ugandan parliament unanimously passed a bill late last week that bans female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country....
12/14/2009 Iran Cracks Down on Women's Rights Activists
Somayeh Rashidi, an Iranian women's rights activist with the One Million Signatures Campaign, was targeted this morning with a search of her home and a summons to court....
12/11/2009 Domestic Violence Confidentiality Program Introduced in OH
Ohio state representative Kathleen Chandler introduced a bill this week that would establish a program to protect the confidentiality of domestic violence victims....
12/10/2009 Justice Sotomayor Makes History with First Opinion
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor became the first to use the term "undocumented immigrant" in a Supreme Court decision when her first opinion from the high court was released Tuesday....
12/9/2009 Coakley Wins Senate Primary for Kennedy Seat
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley won the Democratic US Senate primary for the special election to fill the late Senator Ted Kennedy's seat yesterday....
12/8/2009 Boxer Delivers Floor Speech on Nelson Amendment
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) delivered a floor speech yesterday in the US Senate addressing the anti-abortion Stupak/Pitts amendment in the House of Representatives and the similar Nelson amendment proposed this week in the Senate....
12/7/2009 Irish Abortion Challenge Hearing This Week
The case of three Irish women who are challenging Ireland's abortion ban will be heard by the full 17 member chamber of the European Court of Human Rights this week....
12/7/2009 France Considering Gender-Based Business Quotas
A bill introduced in the French parliament last week would require all companies on the Paris Stock Exchange to ensure that 50 percent of their board members are women by 2015....
12/3/2009 College Campuses Not Meeting Requirements to Report Sexual Assault
A new report released this week on sexual assault on college campuses found that many US colleges and universities routinely fail to uphold established legal obligations to survivors of sexual assault....
12/1/2009 Keep Pledges to Afghan Women and Girls: Build Lasting Peace
Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation joined Women for Afghan Women in a press conference, on the same day President Obama is announcing the new US policies for Afghanistan and Pakistan, to keep in focus the plight of Afghan women and girls....
11/30/2009 Legal Challenge of Alaska Personhood Initiative Filed
A lawsuit was filed last week that challenges a so-called "personhood initiative" petition in Alaska....
11/23/2009 Anti-Choice Groups Oppose Nevada Personhood Initiative
Four anti-choice groups released a statement last week opposing a personhood initiative petition that is currently gathering signatures in Nevada....
11/19/2009 Suit Filed in Attempt to Force DC Definition of Marriage Vote
Bishop Harry Jackson filed a lawsuit against the Washington, DC Board of Elections and Ethics Wednesday, in an attempt to force a ballot initiative on same-sex marriage in the District....
11/19/2009 UN Report Says Women Most Vulnerable to Climate Change
The United Nation's Population Fund (UNFPA) released a report Wednesday that indicates women, especially poor women living in developing countries, are more susceptible to the negative effects of climate change....
11/17/2009 New Mammogram Guidelines Published, Recommendations Questioned
An independent panel appointed by the Department of Health and Human Services released a recommendation Monday that women should not have mammograms until their 50s and that subsequent mammograms should be performed every other year....
11/17/2009 Girls' School Bombed in Pakistan
A Pakistani middle school for girls was bombed late last night near Peshawar, which is in the northern region bordering Afghanistan....
11/16/2009 HPV Vaccination Immigration Requirement Rescinded
Effective December 14th, young women who are seeking legal permanent resident status in the United States will no longer be required to be vaccinated against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV)....
11/13/2009 Catholic Church Threatens to Withdraw DC Aid
The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, DC, threatened Wednesday to stop offering social services if the city passes a bill to legalize same-sex marriage....
11/11/2009 DC Same-Sex Marriage Bill Approved by Council Committee
The DC Council's Committee on Public Safety and Judiciary approved a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the nation's Capital yesterday, advancing it to a full Council vote in December....
11/10/2009 WHO Report Reveals Health Disparities in Men and Women
A study released yesterday by the World Health Organization (WHO), found that the leading cause of death and disease among women in low and middle-income countries worldwide, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, is HIV/AIDS....
11/9/2009 Senate Introduces Law to Fight Rape Kit Backlog
US Senator Al Franken (D-MN) introduced a bill late last week that will address the national backlog of untested rape kits....
11/6/2009 Pakistan Passes Stronger Sexual Harassment Penalties
Pakistan's National Assembly passed a law increasing the penalty for sexual harassment yesterday....
11/5/2009 Washington State Likely to Approve Domestic Partner Law
Washington's Referendum 71, a measure approving the expansion of benefits provided under the state's domestic partnership law, is projected to pass once all votes from Tuesday's election are counted....
11/3/2009 Lawsuit Against Patent of Breast Cancer Genes Proceeds
A federal district judge ruled yesterday that a lawsuit challenging patents on genes related to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer can move forward in court....
11/2/2009 Roeder Auction Briefly Posted on eBay
Items planned to be sold in an online auction to support the legal defense of Scott Roeder, the alleged murderer of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller, MD, were posted briefly on eBay last night....
10/28/2009 Ebay Blocks Roeder Auction
Ebay announced yesterday that it will block an online auction planned to support the legal defense of Scott Roeder, the alleged murderer of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller, MD....
10/26/2009 Pepsi Pulls Sexist iPhone App
Last Thursday PepsiCo pulled a controversial iPhone application that was criticized for being sexist....
10/23/2009 House Committee on Foreign Affairs Holds Hearing on International Violence Against Women Act
The US House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight held a hearing Wednesday to examine international violence against women and solutions....
10/22/2009 Protesters Clash Over Proposed Peru Abortion Law Change
As a Peruvian congressional committee met Tuesday to review a bill allowing limited exceptions to the country's ban on abortion, hundreds of protestors both for and against the measure demonstrated outside....
10/21/2009 Enforcement of Anti-Choice Oklahoma Law Delayed
Enforcement of an anti-choice Oklahoma law set to take effect on November 1st has been delayed by a temporary restraining order granted Monday....
10/21/2009 Women in Kuwait Can Now Get Passports Without Spousal Permission
Kuwait's constitutional court ruled today that married women have the right to obtain a passport without spousal permission on the grounds that the requirement violates the principal of equal rights for women and men....
10/20/2009 Pink Taxis Cater to Mexican Women
A fleet of 35 pink taxis, driven exclusively by women, are now in business in Puebla, Mexico....
10/16/2009 CA Judge Rejects Petition to Dismiss Constitutional Challenge to Proposition 8
US District Judge Vaughn Walker rejected a petition Wednesday that sought the dismissal of a pending constitutional challenge to Proposition 8, the November 2008 ballot initiative that overturned the right of same-sex marriage in the state....
10/15/2009 Celebrated Journalist Nan Robertson Dies
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nan Robertson died of heart failure on October 13 at a nursing home in Rockville, Maryland....
10/14/2009 Kuwaiti Lawmaker Intends to Overturn Sharia Mandates in Election Law
Rula Dashti, a female Kuwaiti lawmaker, proposed an amendment on Sunday to overturn an election law that requires women in parliament to follow sharia law....
10/14/2009 Woman Fired for Being Transgender
A Georgia transgender woman filed a lawsuit late in September because she was fired from her job as a legislative editor for the Georgia General Assembly because she announced her intent to transition from male to female....
10/13/2009 California Gay Rights Bills Signed
Gay rights advocates are commending two bills signed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday, one creating a state day of recognition for the late activist Harvey Milk and one granting the rights of marriage to same-sex couples who legally wed in other states....
10/12/2009 First Woman Awarded Nobel in Economics
Elinor Ostrom became the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics today, October 12, 2009....
10/7/2009 New Oklahoma Law Mandates Publication of Abortion Info
A new Oklahoma law set to take effect on November 1, will require doctors to report extensive information about each abortion performed in the state, which will then be published on government websites....
10/5/2009 Images of Rape Spark Outrage in Guinea
Political demonstrations in Guinea have led to the circulation of cell phone snapshots depicting rape against Guinean women....
9/29/2009 Zimbabwean Activist Acquitted
Zimbabwe's Supreme Court dropped all charges against human rights activist Jestina Mukoko and 8 others yesterday, ruling that their rights had been violated while imprisoned....
9/24/2009 Wisconsin Anti-Choice Protestors Target Contraception
The anti-choice campaign 40 Days for Life began its series of nationwide protests yesterday, with demonstrations scheduled to take place in more than 200 cities in 45 states and 5 Canadian provinces....
9/24/2009 Hearing Held on Employment Non-Discrimination Act
The US House of Representatives held a hearing yesterday on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009 (enda)....
9/23/2009 Teen Birth Rates Higher in Religious States
A new study published by Reproductive Health found that US states with higher religiousity also have higher teen birth rates....
9/22/2009 Co-Ed School Bombed in Pakistan
Taliban insurgents are suspected of bombing a coeducational primary school last Tuesday in Peshawar, Pakistan....
9/22/2009 First Woman Appointed to Lead Army Drill Sergeant School
Command Sergeant Major Teresa King takes charge of the Drill Sergeant School, the Army's largest training institution for drill sergeants, in Fort Jackson, SC today and is the first woman ever appointed to head the school....
9/21/2009 Medical Journal Indicates Birth Control Access Could Impact Climate Change
The Lancet, a British Medical Journal, published an editorial last week that indicates increased access to birth control could slow population growth, thereby hampering climate change....
9/18/2009 Indiana Overturns Voter Identification Law
A state appellate court in Indiana ruled yesterday that a state law requiring voters to show identification was unconstitutional....
9/18/2009 Military Contractor Wins Right to Sue for Rape
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that former military contractor Jamie Leigh Jones' 2005 federal lawsuit filed against the Halliburton Corporation and its affiliated subsidiaries can be tried in court rather than undergoing binding arbitration....
9/17/2009 Yemeni Embassy Responds to Child Bride's Death
The Yemeni Embassy in Washington, DC is responding to media coverage of the death of a 12-year-old child bride last week....
9/15/2009 12-Year-Old Yemeni Girl Dies During Childbirth
A Yemeni child bride died on Friday from severe bleeding during childbirth....
9/11/2009 US Contractors in Afghanistan Accused of Sex Trafficking
Contractors hired to guard the United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan have been accused of sex trafficking....
9/10/2009 FDA Panel Issues HPV Vaccine Recommendations
A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended yesterday that the FDA approve the expansion of Gardasil use to boys and men between the ages of 9 and 26 and also approve Cervarix, a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, for use in women....
9/9/2009 Sotomayor to Hear, Kagan to Argue First Supreme Court Case
Justice Sonia Sotomayor will hear her first case as a Supreme Court Justice today after a formal investiture ceremony yesterday in which she was officially sworn into office for the third time....
9/2/2009 DC Definition of Marriage Petition Filed
Opponents of same-sex marriage filed a petition in Washington, DC yesterday requesting a ballot initiative that would define marriage as only between men and women....
8/28/2009 FMF Defends Targeted Nebraska Abortion Provider
The Feminist Majority Foundation joined pro-choice supporters nationwide in announcing their full support of Dr....
8/28/2009 Ohio Court Rules Against Woman Fired for Pumping Breast Milk
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 7 to 2 yesterday against LaNisa Allen, who filed a discrimination complaint after being fired from her job at Totes/Isotoner because she took unauthorized breaks to pump breast milk....
8/28/2009 Feminist Majority Foundation Defends Targeted Nebraska Abortion Provider
The Feminist Majority Foundation joined pro-choice supporters nationwide in announcing their full support of Dr....
8/26/2009 Feminist Movement Loses Champion for Women's Rights
Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) died late last night at his Massachusetts home after a lengthy battle with brain cancer....
8/26/2009 Women's Equality Day Celebrated
Today marks Women's Equality Day in the United States, commemorating the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote....
8/25/2009 South Africa Stands Behind Athlete Targeted for Gender Testing
South Africa is defending Caster Semenya, who won the gold medal in the women's 800 meter race at the World Championships held in Berlin last week and is being gender tested by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAC)....
8/25/2009 Reproductive Healthcare Access Studies Released
A study recently released by the Guttmacher Institute found that the legalization of mifepristone in 2000 has not dramatically improved geographic access to abortion services in the US....
8/20/2009 Oklahoma Will Appeal Ruling on Abortion Law
Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson's office confirmed yesterday that the state will file an appeal with the state Supreme Court of a judge's decision to overturn a controversial abortion law....
8/19/2009 Oklahoma Judge Strikes Down Restrictive Abortion Law
An Oklahoma judge yesterday overturned a state law requiring women seeking abortions must first receive an ultrasound and a description of the fetus from a doctor....
8/19/2009 NY Governor Promises to Sign Shackling Bill
New York Governor David Paterson promised a group of protesters yesterday that he will sign a bill that will prohibit incarcerated pregnant women from being shackled while in labor....
8/14/2009 Revised Shia Law Published Days Before Afghanistan Elections
The controversial Shia family law, with some revisions, that restricts the rights of Shia women in Afghanistan was published in the country's official Gazette on July 27th, making the law's provisions official....
8/12/2009 Judge Rules in Favor of Florida Gay Straight Alliance
A federal judge ruled Monday that the Gay-Straight Alliance at Yulee High School in Yulee, Florida, must be permitted to meet on campus and be granted the same privileges as other student clubs....
8/12/2009 Commission Finds College Policy Discriminatory
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled that Belmont Abbey College discriminated against its employees on the basis of sex by denying them health care coverage of contraceptives....
8/11/2009 Doctor Carhart Loses Federal Protection
The US Department of Justice has withdrawn the federal marshals charged with protecting Leroy Carhart, MD, one of the few physicians in the country who provides late abortions....
8/10/2009 Sotomayor Sworn in to Supreme Court
Judge Sonia Sotomayor was officially sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court on Saturday....
8/10/2009 Fox Commentator Jokes about Poisoning Nancy Pelosi
Fox News commentator Glenn Beck joked about poisoning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) wine on his show last week....
8/10/2009 Hillary Clinton in Congo to Denounce Rape as Weapon of War
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to denounce atrocities against women in the war-ravaged country....
8/7/2009 Women's Insurance More Adversely Affected by Recession
Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and her colleagues released a report yesterday stating that more than 1.4 million women are adversely affected by the recession because they are losing their health insurance through their own or their spouse's job loss....
8/6/2009 Rape of Men Used as Weapon of War in Congo
Cases of rape against men are skyrocketing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where rape against women has been increasingly frequently as a weapon of war in recent years....
8/3/2009 Medical Abortion Pill Mifepristone Approved in Italy
The Italian Pharmaceuticals Agency (AIFA) has approved mifepristone, also known as RU-486, for use through the seventh week of pregnancy....
8/3/2009 Pioneering Activists to Recieve Presidential Medal of Freedom
The White House announced last week that President Barack Obama will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to a number of pioneering feminists and civil rights leaders....
7/31/2009 Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Travels to UK
Shirin Ebadi, one of Iran's leading human rights defenders, is in London on Amnesty International's invitation....
7/28/2009 Senator Gillibrand Announces "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Hearing
Senator Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY) announced yesterday that a Senate hearing on the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on homosexuals in the military will be held in the fall....
7/27/2009 Gaza Judge Rules Female Lawyers Must Wear Headscarves
Gaza Supreme Court Chief Justice Abdul-Raouf Halabi released an edict today mandating that female lawyers must wear long dark clothing under their robes and scarves to cover their hair when they appear in court....
7/22/2009 Sex Education Amendment Passes in House Committee
The US House Energy and Commerce Committee approved legislation to support comprehensive sex education yesterday, adding the Healthy Teen Initiative amendment to the proposed health care reform bill, Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009....
7/22/2009 New Delhi Supreme Court Rules on Rape Victim's Pregnancy
New Delhi's Supreme Court overturned a lower court's decision yesterday, ruling against terminating the pregnancy of a nineteen-year-old mentally handicapped rape victim....
7/13/2009 Abstinence-Only Funding Removed from Appropriations Bill
On Friday, the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (Labor HHS) eliminated traditional sources of funding for abstinence-only programs by passing an appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2010....
7/13/2009 Appeals Court Rules Pharmacists Can't Refuse Plan B
The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that pharmacists in Washington State must dispense Emergency Contraception (EC), also known as Plan B, even if they have personal religious objections to the medication....
7/13/2009 Law Protecting Clinic Buffer Zone Upheld
The US 1st Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Massachusetts law on Friday, allowing a 35-foot safety buffer zone between protestors and abortion clinic entrances....
7/10/2009 Senate Moves on Permanently Banning Global Gag Rule
The Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to the foreign aid appropriations bill yesterday that would permanently ban the Global Gag Rule....
7/8/2009 House Appropriations Committee Rejects Abortion Ban Amendment
The House Appropriations Committee rejected an amendment yesterday to the federal appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2010 that would have enabled the continuance of a ban on using local funds to help low-income women in Washington, DC access abortion services....
7/7/2009 Alabama School District Ends Single-Sex Classes
School officials in Lawrence County, Alabama, have agreed to end single-sex classes....
7/6/2009 ACLU Challenges Arizona Restriction on Inmates' Abortion Rights
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is again asking an Arizona court to stop Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio from preventing female inmates from accessing abortion services....
7/6/2009 Appropriations Bill Could Eliminate DC Funding Bans
The federal appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2010 includes several items that would end funding bans affecting several different issues in Washington, DC....
7/2/2009 HHS Proposes Regulations to Eliminate HIV Travel Ban
The US Department of Health and Human Services has released proposed regulations that would repeal a ban preventing HIV-positive foreigners from entering the country....
7/2/2009 DOJ Will Not Appeal Transgender Discrimination Decision
The Department of Justice chose not to appeal a decision in which a US District Judge ruled that the Library of Congress violated the Civil Rights Act in the case of Diane Schroer, a transgender woman, whose job offer from the Library of Congress was rescinded when she announced she was transitioning....
6/30/2009 Supreme Court Rules in Favor of White Firefighters
The Supreme Court yesterday ruled in a razor slim 5-4 decision in favor of a group of white firefighters from New Haven, Connecticut on a Title VII race case that has far reaching impact on race, sex, and ethnicity employment cases....
6/26/2009 Supreme Court Rules Student Strip-Search Unconstitutional
The US Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the strip-search of 13-year old student Savana Redding at her Arizona public school was unconstitutional....
6/25/2009 Court of Appeals Upholds Virginia Late Abortion Ruling
A 2008 court decision which declared unconstitutional a Virginia ban on a specific abortion procedure was overturned yesterday by the Fourth District US Court of Appeals in a split 6 to 5 decision....
6/24/2009 Rape Continues as a Weapon of War in the Congo
During a failed prison break, 20 women were brutally raped in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) late Sunday....
6/22/2009 NOW Elects New Leadership
The National Organization for Women (NOW) elected Terry O'Neill to be its next President in a tight race this past weekend at their national conference in Indianapolis, Indiana....
6/19/2009 Murder of Dr. George Tiller - Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President
The Feminist Majority Foundation is deeply saddened and outraged by the assassination of Dr....
6/17/2009 Egypt Approves Quota for Women in Parliament
The Egyptian parliament passed a law Sunday adding 64 seats reserved for women to the lower house of the legislature....
6/16/2009 Operation Rescue Announces Targeting of Nebraska Clinic
Operation Rescue announced yesterday that they will continue to target Leroy Carhart, MD, a Nebraska abortion provider....
6/16/2009 2009 Human Trafficking Report Issued by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued the ninth annual Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report today....
6/15/2009 Title IX Lawsuit Likely Against Florida High School Athletic Association
The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) may face a Title IX lawsuit in response to its plan to save school districts money by reducing the number of scheduled games....
6/12/2009 Congressional Hearing Held on Healthy Families Act
The House Workforce Protections Subcommittee held a hearing yesterday on the Healthy Families Act....
6/11/2009 Third Politically Driven Shooting Kills Guard at Holocaust Memorial Museum
The Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC remains closed today after a gunman fired shots, which resulted in the death of Stephan Tyrone Johns, a security guard at the museum....
6/10/2009 Tiller's Wichita Clinic Closes
The family of Dr George Tiller announced yesterday that the Women's Health Care Services clinic in Wichita, Kansas will be permanently closed, effective immediately....
6/8/2009 Federal Investigation Opened in Tiller Murder
The Department of Justice (DOJ) opened an investigation of possible federal crimes associated with the murder of George Tiller, MD, Friday....
6/8/2009 Supreme Court Will not Hear Don't Ask, Don't Tell Case
The Supreme Court announced today that they will not hear a case that challenges the constitutionality of the federal government's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy....
6/8/2009 Incidence of Rape in Democratic Republic of Congo Soaring
The number of rapes reported in Sud-Kivu, an eastern province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in the last three months was more than half the total number of incidents reported there last year....
6/3/2009 Murder Charge Filed in Death of George Tiller
Scott Roeder, who allegedly fatally shot George Tiller, MD on Sunday, was formally charged with first degree murder yesterday....
6/3/2009 Harriet's List Founded in Missouri
Harriet's List, a new Political Action Committee geared toward supporting progressive women candidates in Missouri, was launched yesterday at a press conference in University City, Missouri....
6/2/2009 Indian Parliament to have First Woman Speaker
Indian parliamentarian Meira Kumar is expected to become India's first female Speaker on Wednesday....
6/1/2009 George Tiller, MD, Murdered
George Tiller, MD, was assassinated yesterday at his church in Wichita, Kansas....
5/28/2009 Roxana Saberi Returns to US, Greeted by Clinton
Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday after returning to the United States late last week....
5/28/2009 Quinnipiac Women's Volleyball Reinstated Due to Title IX Lawsuit Injunction
Quinnipiac University announced Tuesday that it will reinstate its women's volleyball team as a result of an injunction issued last week in a Title IX lawsuit against the school, which is in Hamden Connecticut....
5/27/2009 Anti-Shackling Legislation Moving in New York Legislature
A bill that would prohibit incarcerated pregnant women from being shackled while in labor has passed in both houses of the New York state legislature....
5/26/2009 Feminist Majority Foundation: Prop. 8 Decision Tragic; Vows to Fight On
The California Supreme Court decided today to uphold Proposition 8, the November 2008 ballot initiative that overturned the right of same-sex marriage recognized in a May 2008 California Supreme Court decision....
5/26/2009 California Supreme Court Rules Proposition 8 Stands
The California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8, the November 2008 ballot initiative that overturned the right of same-sex marriage in the state, in a 6 to 1 ruling today....
5/26/2009 Sonia Sotomayor Named Supreme Court Nominee
President Obama announced the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the US Supreme Court this morning....
5/21/2009 California Assembly Passes Fair Pay Legislation
The California state Assembly passed a state-level version of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Monday on a 49 to 28 vote....
5/21/2009 Nepal's Supreme Court Orders Expanded Abortion Access
The Supreme Court of Nepal ruled yesterday that the Nepalese government must enact legislation that guarantees women's access to safe abortion services....
5/20/2009 Los Angeles City Council Approves Funds to Process Rape Kits
The Los Angeles City Council voted Monday to approve funds to test the city's enormous backlog of untested rape kits....
5/19/2009 Supreme Court Rules on Pregnancy Discrimination Case
The Supreme Court ruled that maternity leave taken prior to the 1979 Pregnancy Discrimination Act does not have to be credited to pensions in a 7 to 2 decision issued Monday....
5/15/2009 Randall Terry Plans to Target Obama's Notre Dame Speech
Randall Terry, the founder of the militant anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, is planning to "make a circus" out of President Obama's Sunday commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame....
5/15/2009 Tiller's Wichita Clinic Vandalized
The Women's Health Care Services clinic in Wichita, Kansas, was severely vandalized earlier this month....
5/14/2009 Lawsuit Filed on Patents of Genes Associated with Breast Cancer
A lawsuit filed this week in a US District Court by the ACLU charges that patents of two genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer violate the first amendment and are invalid because genes are a "product of nature." Myriad Genetics and the University of Utah Research Foundation currently hold patents on the BRCA1 and BRCA 2 genes and have exclusive rights to perform diagnostic testing on the genes....
5/14/2009 Women Dominate Supreme Court Nominee Short List
White House sources have confirmed a six-person short list of potential Supreme Court nominees being considered by President Obama to replace retiring Justice David Souter....
5/12/2009 Testimony Heard in Quinnipiac Title IX Lawsuit
A Quinnipiac University coach and student athletes testified yesterday while seeking a temporary injunction to prevent the school from eliminating the women's volleyball team while their lawsuit against the school is in court....
5/8/2009 Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Applied to Tenure Case
Mississippi US District Judge Tom Lee applied the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 to a Jackson State University tenure discrimination case late in April....
5/5/2009 Human Rights Violations Continue in Iran
Delara Darabi, a 23-year-old Iranian woman convicted of a murder that occurred when she was 17, was unexpectedly hanged last Friday at Rasht Central Prison....
5/1/2009 Saudi Arabian Girl Wins Divorce
An eight-year-old Saudi Arabian girl has divorced her 47 year-old husband in an arrangement made out of court....
4/29/2009 Sojourner Truth Bust Unveiled in DC
Michelle Obama unveiled a bust of Sojourner Truth, known for her abolitionist and women's rights work, at the US Capitol yesterday....
4/28/2009 Roxana Saberi on Hunger Strike
Iranian-American Journalist Roxana Saberi is continuing a hunger strike she initiated last week while imprisoned in Iran....
4/27/2009 Dominican Republic Legislature Approves Bill Outlawing Abortion
A bill that would ban all abortion in the Dominican Republic was approved by the country's Revisory Assembly last week....
4/27/2009 California Attorney General Says Anti-Affirmative Action Measure Unconstitutional
California Attorney General Jerry Brown said in a letter to the California state Supreme Court that Proposition 209, an amendment to the California constitution passed in 1996 that prohibits affirmative action in public employment, education, and contracting, is unconstitutional....
4/24/2009 Same Sex Marriage Codified in Connecticut
Connecticut Governor M Jodi Rell signed legislation Thursday that codified same sex marriage in accordance with a 2008 court ruling....
4/24/2009 Wisconsin State Senate Reappoints Pro-Choice Hospital Board Members
Three pro-choice appointments were approved for the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority Board and the state Medical Examining Board by the Wisconsin state Senate yesterday despite opposition from Republicans and anti-choice activists....
4/20/2009 Oregon House Passes HPV Vaccine Bill
The Oregon state House voted 48 to 12 in favor of a bill that would require state-regulated health insurance programs to cover Gardasil for female beneficiaries....
4/16/2009 Saudi Justice Minister Moves to Regulate Child Marriage
Saudi Arabian Justice Minister Muhammad Al-Issa announced plans to enact laws regulating child marriages in the country just days after judge Sheikh Habib Al-Habib again refused to annul an eight-year-old girl's arranged marriage last weekend. In an interview with Al-Watan, a Saudi Arabian newspaper, Al-Issa said the law will regulate child marriage in order to prevent child abuse, but did not indicate whether new laws would illegalize the practice, according to CNN....
4/14/2009 Agreement Reached in Longstanding Michigan Title IX Battle
An agreement was reached Friday between the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and Communities for Equity concerning a Title IX lawsuit filed in 1998....
4/13/2009 Saudi Judge Rules that Eight Year Old Girl Cannot Annul Marriage
Saudi Arabian judge Sheikh Habib Al-Habib again refused to annul an eight-year-old girl's arranged marriage Saturday....
4/9/2009 New Hampshire State House Passes Gender Identity Bill
The New Hampshire state House passed a bill yesterday that would make discrimination on the on the basis of "gender identity or expression" illegal under the state's existing anti-discrimination laws....
4/6/2009 Flogging of Pakistani Woman by Taliban to be Investigated
Video of Taliban militants flogging a young woman who was accused of having a pre-marital sexual encounter became public this past weekend and Pakistan's Supreme Court announced an investigation yesterday....
4/3/2009 Iowa Supreme Court Rules Same Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that the Iowa Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection clause of the state constitution....
3/31/2009 Virginia Governor Signs Legislation that Will Fund Fake Clinics
Virginia Governor Tim Kaine signed legislation Monday that will enable the sale of a "Choose Life" license plate in the state....
3/30/2009 Tiller Vindicated, New Complaint Filed
A Wichita jury ruled Friday that George Tiller, MD is not guilty of illegal abortion on all 19 criminal charges brought against him....
3/27/2009 Feminists Announce New Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls
Dr....
3/27/2009 FMF and Sima Samar Announce New Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls
Doctor Sima Samar and Eleanor Smeal discussed the human rights conditions in Afghanistan and announced a new campaign for Afghan Women and Girls in a press conference today (C-SPAN covered the press conference live and will replay it)....
3/27/2009 Dr. Tiller Vindicated!
A Wichita jury has just ruled that Dr....
3/26/2009 Feminist Majority Foundation to Hold Press Conference with Dr. Sima Samar
On Friday, March 27, the Feminist Majority Foundation will hold a press conference at the National Press Club on Afghan women and girls at a crucial time of U.S....
3/26/2009 Tiller Testifies in his Own Defense
Doctor George Tiller testified in his own defense yesterday in his criminal trial....
3/26/2009 Mobile, Alabama School District will End Sex Segregation
A settlement agreement was reached to end illegal and discriminatory sex segregation in the Mobile, Alabama School District this week....
3/18/2009 Vatican Defends Pope's Remarks on Condoms and the AIDS Crisis
The Vatican is now defending comments made by Pope Benedict XVI indicating that condoms "increase the problem" of AIDS....
3/17/2009 Former Representative Marilyn Musgrave to Lead Anti-Choice PAC Campaign
Former US Representative Marilyn Musgrave will be the new program director of a campaign that will target pro-choice congressional incumbents in the 2010 election cycle....
3/16/2009 Tiller Trial Jury Selection Begins Today
Jury selection in the criminal trial of Dr George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas, begins today....
3/16/2009 Margaret Hamburg Chosen for FDA Commissioner Post
President Obama announced Saturday Dr Margaret Hamburg, New York City's former health commissioner, as his choice for Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration....
3/13/2009 New Republican Chairman Under Fire About Abortion Remarks
Michael Steele, the new Chairman of the National Republican Committee, is now drawing criticism from anti-choice forces and members of his own party after he called abortion an "individual choice" in an interview with GQ magazine. In the interview, Steele said "The choice issue cuts two ways....
3/13/2009 Poll Finds Californians Remain Split on Same-Sex Marriage Amendment
A poll released this week found that registered voters in California remain sharply divided on a constitutional amendment that would allow same-sex marriage in the state....
3/12/2009 New Female Condom Approved by Food and Drug Administration
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted regulatory approval to a second generation female condom (FC2) after preliminary unanimous approval by a FDA panel late last year....
3/11/2009 Afghan Student's 20 Year Sentence for Supporting Women's Rights Upheld by Supreme Court
Afghan student and journalist Parwez Kambakhsh's sentence of 20 years in prison for blasphemy after he circulated an article about women's rights under Islam was recently upheld by Afghanistan's Supreme Court....
3/9/2009 Obama Administration Moves to Rescind Bush-Era Rule that Threatens Women's Healthcare Access
The Obama Administration formally moved Friday to rescind Bush-era regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that threaten women's access to contraception and comprehensive health care....
3/6/2009 Proposition 8 Seems Unlikely to be Overturned
The California state Supreme Court appears unlikely to overturn Proposition 8 after hearing oral arguments in the case to overturn the measure yesterday....
3/5/2009 Kansas State House Passes Abortion Legislation
Two anti-choice bills passed yesterday in the Kansas state House and will now move to the state Senate....
3/4/2009 Senator Vitter Introduces Appropriations Amendment to Strip Title X Funds
Senator David Vitter (R-LA) introduced an amendment to the Senate omnibus appropriations bill currently under debate that would drastically cut family planning funding under Title X....
2/27/2009 Obama Administration Plans to Rescind Bush-Era Rule that Threatens Womens Healthcare Access
The Obama Administration indicated today that they plan to rescind Bush-era regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that threaten women's access to contraception and comprehensive health care....
2/27/2009 French Women's Group to Establish Official Chapter in Morocco
Ni Putes Ni Soumises, a French women's group working to combat violence against France's large Muslim women immigrant population plans to open its first formal chapter in Morocco....
2/26/2009 Tiller Case to Move Forward in Kansas Court
A motion by Dr George Tiller's lawyers to dismiss the criminal case against him was denied yesterday by Sedgwick County District Judge Clark Owens....
2/25/2009 Republican Utah State Senator Stripped of Committee Chairmanship over Anti-Gay Remarks
Utah Republican state Senator Chris Buttars was removed from his membership and chairmanship of both the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee and the Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee Friday after public controversy about anti-gay remarks Buttars made to a documentary filmmaker....
2/25/2009 Supreme Court Ruling Reinstates Gun Ban on Abusers
The US Supreme Court ruled in a 7 to 2 decision yesterday that those convicted of misdemeanors related to domestic violence can not legally possess firearms....
2/23/2009 Clinton Speaks to Thousands at South Korean Women's University
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at Ewha Women's University in South Korea last week....
2/18/2009 Mississippi State House Passes Comprehensive Sex Education Legislation
Legislation passed late last week in the Mississippi state House that would allow the state's Departments of Education and Health to test a comprehensive sexual education pilot program in two school districts....
2/17/2009 Arkansas State House of Representatives Approves Late-Term Abortion Ban
The Arkansas House of Representatives passed a bill late last week that would ban so-called partial birth abortions in an 84 to 6 vote after no debate....
2/11/2009 Queer Theory, Women's Studies Courses Threatened in Georgia
Republican Georgia state Representatives Charlice Byrd and Calvin Hill have spearheaded efforts in the state to cut funding for professors who teach college-level courses on queer theory, reproduction, and sexuality....
2/9/2009 Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Established by President Obama
President Obama announced late last week that he plans to maintain and expand President Bush's Office on Faith Based Initiatives....
2/9/2009 UN Human Rights Council Urges Saudi Arabia to Give Women Rights
At a meeting late last week, members of the United Nations Human Rights Council urged Saudi Arabia to actively work to end pervasive human rights violations in the country, particularly those against women and children....
2/6/2009 University of Wisconsin Hospital Board Approves Plan to Offer Second-Term Abortions
The University of Wisconsin Health Center Authority Board voted 11 to 3 to offer abortions to women up to the 22nd week of pregnancy at a hearing this week....
2/5/2009 Arizona State University Settlement Reforms Harassment and Assault Policies
A settlement of $850,000 from a 2004 rape case has resulted in reform of sexual harassment and misconduct response policies at Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University....
2/4/2009 European Court of Human Rights Rules in Favor of Women on Waves
A Chamber Judgment released yesterday by the European Court of Human Rights found that Portugal had violated Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights in 2004 when Women on Waves, a Dutch nonprofit organization that provides medical abortions in international waters, was banned from entering Portuguese waters on a ministerial order....
2/3/2009 Anti-Choice Bills Move in Utah House
Two anti-choice bills were passed by the House Health and Human Services Committee in the Utah state House last week....
2/2/2009 Federal Grand Jury Probes LA Archdiocese about Sex Abuse
US Attorney Thomas P O'Brien has launched a federal investigation into the way the Los Angeles archdiocese, led by Cardinal Roger M Mahony, dealt with priests accused of sexual abuse....
1/29/2009 President Obama Signs Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was signed this morning by President Obama and is the first bill he has signed while in office....
1/28/2009 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Passes Congress
The House passed the final version of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (H.R....
1/23/2009 Arizona State House Committee Approves Late Term Abortion Ban Bill
Republican legislators in the Arizona state House Health and Human Services Committee this week approved a bill that would criminalize late term abortion except in cases where a woman's life is endangered....
1/22/2009 36th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Today marks the 36th anniversary of the US Supreme Court decision that gave women the right to a legal abortion....
1/21/2009 UNICEF Report Indicates Staggering Maternal Death Rates
The 2009 State of the World's Children report released by the United Nations Childrens Fund last week shows childbearing to be one of the greatest health risks for women around the world....
1/14/2009 Clinton's Confirmation Hearing Addresses International Women's Rights Issues
Senator Hillary Clinton's confirmation hearing for Secretary of State yesterday covered a range of women's issues, including the plight of women worldwide....
1/13/2009 University of Wisconsin Plan to Offer Second-Term Abortions
The University of Wisconsin announced it's plan to offer second-term abortions at one of their campus health clinics....
1/9/2009 Paycheck Fairness Act, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act First Bills to Pass House
In an outstanding victory for women's rights, the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act were the first bills to pass the House in the new legislative session....
1/6/2009 Nobel Laureate and Activist Dr. Shirin Ebadi's Safety Threatened
Dr....
12/12/2008 Congress Passes Strong Anti Trafficking Law
Late Wednesday night, the Senate passed by unanimous consent the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Act that was passed earlier in the day by the House....
12/12/2008 New Jersey Panel Finds Civil Unions are Separate, but not Equal
The New Jersey State Civil Union Review Commission has found that the state's civil union law does not provide the same protections to gay couples as marriage does to heterosexual couples....
12/11/2008 Abortion Opponents Lobby to Remove Planned Parenthood Funding
Anti-choice forces are aiming to end government subsidies received by Planned Parenthood that total $335 million a year....
12/8/2008 Kansas State Supreme Court Opinion Issued Friday in Relation to Ongoing Tiller Case
The Kansas State Supreme Court issued a ruling Friday in a lawsuit related to former Attorney General Phill Kline's conduct in an ongoing case with Dr....
12/8/2008 Abortion Rift Leads Uruguayan President to Resign from Socialist Party
Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez resigned from the Socialist party last week after disagreement with the party over abortion legislation that he vetoed in November....
12/5/2008 New Study Finds No Link Between Abortion and Long-Term Mental Health Issues
A new review published in the journal Contraception by Johns Hopkins researchers found no link between abortion and psychological trauma or long-term effects on mental health....
11/26/2008 Florida's Gay Adoption Ban Ruled Unconstitutional by Circuit Court
A circuit court judge ruled Tuesday that a law banning gay and lesbian people from adopting children in Florida is unconstitutional....
11/24/2008 Hearings Show Tiller May Have Been Trapped
Pre-trial hearings took place last week in the case against abortion provider Dr....
11/21/2008 Discrimination Lawsuit Settled Against eHarmony, New Suit Looms
A lawsuit that charged online matchmaking service eHarmony with discriminating against gay and lesbian individuals was settled yesterday....
11/20/2008 Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Honors Those Lost to Violence
Today is the tenth annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, which honors those of the transgender community lost to violence....
11/18/2008 ACLU Questions Segregation in Mobile, Alabama School
The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Alabama sent a letter last week to the Mobile County School System, the largest school system in Alabama, warning that mandatory sex segregation policies are illegal....
11/13/2008 Afghan Schoolgirls Targeted in Acid Attack
A group of Afghan girls walking to school were sprayed with battery acid by two men on motorcycles Wednesday....
11/13/2008 Temporary Injunction Delays Oklahoma Anti-Abortion Law
A temporary injunction has prevented an Oklahoma anti-abortion law from going into effect November 1....
11/13/2008 Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Now Issued in Connecticut
Connecticut began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Wednesday morning....
11/12/2008 Anti-Choice Groups Plan Protest at Tiller Hearings
Operation Rescue announced Tuesday their plan to respond to a week-long hearing in the case against Dr....
11/11/2008 Milwaukee Voters Approve Paid Sick Leave Law
Milwaukee voters approved a ballot referendum last week that will require paid sick leave for workers....
11/11/2008 Pay Gap Persists Between Male and Female CEOs
A recent CEO Pay Survey finds that a wage gap exists between male and female CEOs....
11/10/2008 Historic Election Results for New Hampshire State Senate
The New Hampshire state senate is the first state-level legislature in the United States to have a female majority....
11/3/2008 Election protection offered by several groups
In an effort to combat either organized or accidental voter suppression in tomorrow's election, nonpartisan voter protection organizations such as the Election Protection coalition have launched nationwide projects aimed at ensuring all voters arrive informed and prepared for any problems they might encounter at the polls....
10/30/2008 Virginia's attorney general still trying to reinstate abortion ban
The 4th U.S....
10/27/2008 Virginia Pharmacy Certified "Birth Control-Free"
A pharmacy in Chantilly, Virginia has become the seventh pharmacy to be officially certified 'birth control-free' by anti-choice group Pharmacists for Life International, as reported by the Associated Press....
10/23/2008 Support for Women's Rights May Cost Afghan Student 20 Years
Afghan student Parwez Kambakhsh has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for blasphemy, having circulated an article about women's rights under Islam, reports the Los Angeles Times....
10/21/2008 Kansas Attorney General Claims Case Against Tiller Should Not Be Thrown Out
Kansas Attorney General Steve Six said in a statement last week that the mishandling of abortion provider Dr....
10/20/2008 Boston University's Women's Resource Center Opens Doors
Boston University's Women's Resource Center opened Saturday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and remarks from members of the University community....
10/17/2008 South Dakota Abortion Ban Memo Leaked
An internal memo from Sanford Health System lawyers indicating that the proposed abortion ban in South Dakota could have serious legal implications for hospitals was leaked on Wednesday....
10/15/2008 Anti-Abortion Ordinance Proposed in Allen County Indiana
An Indiana anti-abortion organization recently drafted an anti-abortion ordinance as part an effort to pass like-minded legislation at the county level that was previously rejected by the statewide legislature....
10/14/2008 Australian State Decriminalizes Abortion
In Australia, the state Parliament of Victoria voted Friday to decriminalize abortion....
10/13/2008 Same-Sex Marriage to be Recognized in Connecticut
The Connecticut State Supreme Court ruled Friday that banning same-sex marriage violates the state constitution....
10/13/2008 Lawsuit Filed Against Oklahoma Ultrasound Requirement
The Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit late last week against an Oklahoma abortion law that requires doctors to perform an ultrasound and describe the image to a woman before she can have an abortion....
10/9/2008 Planned Parenthood Sued for Allegedly Ignoring Statutory Rape
Parents of a young woman who was 14 years old when she received an abortion in 2004 are suing Planned Parenthood for allegedly ignoring evidence of statutory rape....
10/8/2008 Colorado Voter Registration Errors Impact Thousands
As voter registration in Colorado closed on Monday, state officials noted that thousands of the new Colorado voter registration forms were completed incorrectly....
10/7/2008 Supreme Court Refuses Missouri Abortion Rights Appeal
Yesterday the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from the state of Missouri regarding a woman's right to abortion in prison....
10/2/2008 South Dakota Lawsuit Seeks Disclosure of 2006 Abortion Ban Donor
In a South Dakota Supreme Court case heard this week a lawyer for the Secretary of State argued that the name of a 2006 donor to an anti-choice organization should be made public....
10/1/2008 New Requirement Says Immigrant Women Must Receive HPV Vaccination
A new Federal Immigration Authorities mandate requires immigrant women ages 11 to 26 seeking permanent residence to be vaccinated against the Human Papillomavirus....
9/29/2008 New Poll Indicates Narrow Support for Parental Notification Initiative in CA
A new Field Poll (see PDF)released last Friday shows that a narrow majority of California voters favor the states latest parental notification initiative....
9/26/2008 US Office of Personnel Management Opposes Domestic Partnership Benefits
The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing this week on the Domestic Partnerships Benefits and Obligations Act....
9/24/2008 Attorney General Overturns Decision in Female Genital Mutilation Asylum Case
US Attorney General Michael Mukasey overturned a federal court decision Monday in an asylum case for Alima Traore, a Malian woman....
9/22/2008 British Columbia Sustains Abortion 'Bubble Zone' Law
The British Columbian Appeal Court recently dismissed challenges to the Canadian Access to Abortion Services Act....
9/22/2008 Judge Rules Transgender Discrimination Violates Civil Rights Act
A federal judge ruled Friday that Diane Schroer, a transgender woman, was discriminated against when she was not hired as a terrorism research analyst at the Library of Congress' Congressional Research Service....
9/18/2008 Dr. Tiller Files to Dismiss Charges
Kansas abortion provider Dr George Tiller's attorneys filed papers Monday that seek to dismiss the criminal charges against him by the Kansas Attorney General....
9/17/2008 Department of Education Finds California College Violated Title IX
The United States Department of Education has found that San Diego's Mesa College violated Title IX legislation based on an October 2007 complaint....
9/17/2008 Illinois Appellate Court Declares a Fertilized Egg Is Not a Person
An Illinois county court ruling that a fertilized unimplanted egg is a person was overturned by an appellate court last week. Executive Director of the Illinois ACLU, Colleen Connell writes on the ACLU blog that if the decision was "left undisturbed, the lower court's decision could have limited the ability of women in Illinois to access contraceptive services and genetic testing." This issue is particularly relevant because a Colorado ballot measure (see PDF) that will be on the November ballot would grant "personhood" to a fertilized egg if approved by voters....
9/11/2008 Anti-Abortion Forces Target Houston Builder
A Houston Planned Parenthood is being targeted by anti-abortion protesters....
9/11/2008 Passport Denial Case Filed by ACLU
The ACLU filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday against the US Department of State for refusing to issue passports to US citizens born by midwives along the US-Mexico border....
9/10/2008 Maryland's Court of Appeals Removes Discriminatory Ballot Measure from November Ballot
Yesterday, Maryland's High Court rejected a petition effort that would have interfered with a recent Montgomery County law banning discrimination based on gender identity....
9/9/2008 Sexist Comments Continue Against Sarah Palin & Hilary Clinton
Donny Deutsch recently made sexist comments about Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin and former Democratic Presidential contender Hillary Clinton. Deutsch appeared on CNBC's Squawk the Street (Watch the video here) and made several misogynistic comments including praising Palin for earning respect through her ability to make men "want to mate with her" and calling Senator Clinton's loss in the Democratic Primaries a direct result of the fact that she "didn't put a skirt on." Deutsch also said that "if you were gonna sell a new concept, a Woman in Power, to the American people, if it was a cereal, was a product, what ingredients would you put in? Hillary Clinton never figured it out....
9/9/2008 Spain to Consider Liberalizing Abortion Laws
The Spanish government has appointed an expert panel to explore possible changes to Spanish abortion law....
8/26/2008 Women's Equality Day on First Day of DNC Women's Caucus
Today, Women's Equality Day, is also the first day of the Democratic Women's Caucus at the national convention in Denver....
8/22/2008 Proposed Health and Human Services Regulation Threatens Women's Healthcare Access
Women's access to contraception and health care would be seriously threatened if draft regulations, released Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services, are enacted. The new regulations (see PDF) are justified in the draft with the following rationale: "Despite the fact that several conscience statutes protecting health care entities from discrimination have been in existence for decades, the Department is concerned that the public and many health care providers are largely uninformed of the protections afforded to individuals and institutions under these provisions....
8/21/2008 New Challenge Filed to Reopen H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College
A new challenge was filed Wednesday to reopen H....
8/20/2008 Amicus Brief to be Filed in Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee
The Womens Rights Project of the ACLU and the National Womens Law Center will file an amicus brief late in August....
8/14/2008 Chicago Clergy Sexual Abuse Settlement Reached
The Archdiocese of Chicago announced a $12.6 million settlement for 16 survivors of sexual assault by priests....
8/13/2008 Campaign Launched against South Dakota Ban
A coalition of groups including Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and NARAL held a press conference in Washington DC Tuesday....
8/12/2008 Emergency Contraception Not Abortion, Rules Columbian High Court
The Columbian high court has ratified a government health agency's authorization allowing importation and distribution of emergency contraception (EC) within the country....
8/11/2008 Democratic Platform Adopted, Victory for Women
The Democratic Platform Committee adopted a very strong platform for women this weekend in Pittsburgh....
8/8/2008 Abortion Stance Theorized to be Anthrax Suspect's Motive
Bruce Ivins, the biodefense researcher accused by the Department of Justice of being solely responsible for the 2001 anthrax attacks, may have been motivated by personal anti-abortion politics....
8/8/2008 Rape, Sex Abuse of Afghan Girls Continues
Afghan girls continue to be sexually exploited, reported the Afghan Interior Ministry Thursday....
8/6/2008 IL Governor Signs Law to Track Domestic Batterers Using GPS Technology
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) signed a measure into law that allows authorities to track convicted domestic violence offenders via satellite using GPS technology....
8/1/2008 Government Accountability Office Releases Domestic Worker Abuse Report
The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report this week on abuse of domestic workers by diplomats....
7/29/2008 Judge Rules Against Tiller in Abortion Law Decision
Sedgwick County District judge, Clark Owens, found criminal allegations against George Tiller to be constitutional based on a 1998 state law....
7/29/2008 Court Reviews Virginia Abortion Decision
The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals will review the constitutionality of a Virginia law banning late-term abortions this fall....
7/28/2008 Sex Testing Set Up for Olympics
Beijing Olympic officials have set up a sex determination lab to test female athletes suspected of being males, Chinese media reported yesterday....
7/25/2008 Catholic Organizations Ask Pope Benedict to Lift Anti-Contraception Ban
Over 50 Catholic organizations published a letter addressed to Pope Benedict XVI last week urging the Pope to lift the Church's anti-contraception policy introduced in the Humanae Vitae, the1968 Encyclical Letter of Pope Paul VI....
7/17/2008 Democratic Women in Congress Rally for Fair Pay
The Democratic women Senators and Members of the House held a rally today to support passage of fair pay legislation....
7/11/2008 Anti-Abortion Measures on November Ballots in CA, CO, and SD
Anti-abortion measures will be on the state-wide November ballots in California, Colorado, and South Dakota....
7/10/2008 Disgraced Senator Appeals FEC to use Campaign Funds for Legal Fees
Senator David Vitter (R-LA), has appealed to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) for authorization to use campaign funds to pay over $200,000 in legal and public relations fees stemming from his alleged involvement with the DC Madam scandal....
7/8/2008 Abortion Rights Leader Awarded Highest Canadian Recognition
Henry Morgentaler, the former leader of Canada's fight to legalize abortion, is receiving the highest civilian recognition in the nation, the Order of Canada....
7/7/2008 Maternal Health Advocates Ask G8 for Billions
The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health will ask world leaders to commit an additional $10.2 billion annually to support maternal and child health this week at the G8 summit in Japan....
7/3/2008 Dr. Tiller Vindicated
A Kansas Grand Jury adjourned on Wednesday without finding substantial evidence that Dr Tiller, a late-term abortion provider, violated any abortion laws....
7/3/2008 Federal Court Rules Graphic Abortion Images are Protected Speech
The Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday that anti-choice activists who displayed graphic images on a truck circling a middle school are protected by the first amendment....
6/30/2008 Supreme Court Cites Sixth Amendment to Discount Testimony of Murdered Domestic Abuse Victim
The Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a lower court ruling which allowed the previously recorded testimony of a murdered domestic abuse victim to be used as evidence in the trial of her alleged killer....
6/20/2008 VA Promises Improved Health Care for Women Vets
Veterans Affairs Secretary James Peake said on Friday that the agency is working to improve the health care offered to women vets....
6/17/2008 Same-Sex Couples Marry in California
Same-sex couples were legally married in California on Monday, as the state's Supreme Court ruling overturning California's ban on gay marriage took effect....
6/17/2008 Iranian Activists Arrested After Peaceful Gathering
Nine Iranian women activists were arrested last week on Iran's national day of solidarity with women....
6/16/2008 Cruel Facts of Afghan Redevelopment
A meeting of international donors in Paris last week revealed many disconcerting facts related to the redevelopment in Afghanistan, after the Bush Administration promised a Marshall Plan for the country....
6/13/2008 Feder Wins VA 10th District
Judy Feder won the Democratic primary for Virginias 10th district Tuesday night....
6/13/2008 Michigan Governor to Veto Abortion Ban
Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm is expected to veto a ban on certain late-term abortion procedures known as "partial-birth abortion," which the Michigan state Senate passed this week....
6/12/2008 Pingree Wins Maine Primary Nomination
Chellie Pingree won the Democratic nomination to fill the Congressional seat of Maine's 1st District on Tuesday....
6/11/2008 ACLU Challenges Unlawful Sex-Segregated Classrooms
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Kentucky filed an amended complaint on behalf of five families last month against the Breckinridge County Middle Schools, asserting that instituting sex-segregated classes is both illegal and discriminatory....
6/6/2008 Anti-Contraceptive Extremists Protest Clinics
The anti-contraception group American Life League (ALL) plans to protest clinics across the country on Saturday, June 7th....
6/4/2008 Canadian Women March Against Anti-Choice Bill
Nearly 1,000 people gathered at Lahaie Park in the Plateau Mont Royal in Montreal, Canada last weekend to express their concern over a proposed bill that attempts to label a fetus as its own person. The women were against a recently proposed Canadian bill that has the potential to rollback reproductive rights....
5/28/2008 Michigan House Approves Late Term Abortion Ban
The Michigan House passed legislation on Tuesday that would ban a specific late term abortion procedure that is already banned by the federal government....
5/27/2008 California to Begin Marrying Same-Sex Couples June 14
California county clerks will be authorized to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples as early as June 14 of this year....
5/22/2008 Time Restriction on Abortion Defeated in the UK
The United Kingdom House of Commons rejected a proposal on Tuesday that would reduce the current restriction on abortions after 24 weeks....
5/21/2008 Federal Court Overturns Virginia Late Term Abortion Ban
A federal appeals court yesterday overturned Virginias ban on late term abortions for the second time....
5/21/2008 Maternal Mortality and Obstetric Fistula Addressed at Press Conference and Hill Briefing
The Congressional Democratic Women's Working Group hosted a press conference and rally followed by a Congressional briefing yesterday focused on maternal mortality around the world and the realities faced by women suffering from obstetric fistula....
5/20/2008 Ninety Percent of Adolescent Girls Experience Sexual Harassment
A study released this month reports that 90 percent of girls between the ages of 12 and 18 reported experiencing sexual harassment....
5/15/2008 Anti-Abortion Ballot Measure Petition Submitted in Colorado
Anti-abortion groups seeking to place a so-called "personhood initiative" on the November state ballot in Colorado submitted 131,245 signatures this week, well over the 76,000 signatures required to place the measure on the ballot....
5/15/2008 Nepalese Police Arrest Over 500 Tibetan Women
Nepalese police arrested more than 500 Tibetan women who were protesting outside the Chinese Embassy on Saturday for a free Tibet....
5/15/2008 California Supreme Court Overturns Gay Marriage Ban
The California Supreme Court ruled 4-3 today to overturn state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage....
5/12/2008 Quitting Smoking Significantly Decreases Women's Health Risks
A study released last week revealed that women who quit smoking will receive significant health benefits within 5 years of quitting....
5/9/2008 Detroit Police Department's Pregnancy Policies Determined Discriminatory
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently upheld Officer Tisha Prater's complaint against Detroit Police Department's pregnancy policies....
5/7/2008 Kansas Supreme Court Limits Grand Jury's Power in Dr Tiller Case
The Kansas Supreme Court determined guidelines today to limit the power of the grand jury investigating the case of Dr George Tiller, a late term abortion provider from Wichita....
5/5/2008 Kansas Senate Attempted Override of Anti-abortion Bill Veto Fails
An attempt by Republican lawmakers in the Kansas Senate to override Governor Kathleen Sebelius's veto of an anti-abortion bill failed last week....
5/5/2008 Appeals Court Maintains Injunction on Emergency Contraception Access
In a split decision last week, the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals denied requests from state officials, womens and civil rights groups to block a preliminary injunction allowing pharmacists in Washington to continue to refuse to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception while they appeal the decision....
5/1/2008 Ms. Magazine Forum Raises Awareness on International Family Planning
Ms Magazine held a forum at the National Press Club on Wednesday to raise awareness for the effort to increase funding for international family planning to $1 billion in the Foreign Operations Appropriations Act....
4/29/2008 Study Links High Doses of HRT to Increased Risk of Stroke
A new study has linked high doses of hormone replacement therapy to increased risk for stroke....
4/25/2008 Iowa Governor Sign HPV Vaccine Law
Iowa Governor Chet Culver signed a bill into law last week requiring state-regulated insurance companies to cover the costs of human papillomavirus vaccines....
4/24/2008 House Committee Holds Hearings on Failed Abstinence-Only Policy
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on Wednesday to assess the effectiveness of abstinence-only programs in the US....
4/23/2008 High Birthrates Linked to Poverty in the Philippines
High birthrates help keep Filipino families in poverty, the Washington Post reports....
4/22/2008 Kansas Governor Vetoes Abortion Bill
Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius vetoed an anti-abortion bill on Monday....
4/21/2008 Oklahoma Legislature Overrides Governors Veto of Anti-Abortion Bill
The Oklahoma Legislature overrode the governor's veto of an omnibus anti-abortion bill on Thursday....
4/21/2008 Illinois House Approves GPS Tracking for Stalkers
Last week the Illinois House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation giving judges the power to order GPS tracking for violators of protection orders....
4/17/2008 Victims Call on Pope to Appropriately Address Sex Abuse Scandal
A support group for victims of clergy sex gathered in Washington, DC for the pope's visit to demand that he hold bishops and cardinals accountable for concealing sex crimes committed by priests....
4/16/2008 Study Highlights Economic and Health Disparities Faced by Women after Katrina
Women continue to face discrimination in the aftermath of Katrina, which inhibits the recovery process, a study released last Friday reports....
4/16/2008 Texas Company Sued for Defrauding Pregnant Women
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a lawsuit this week against an Austin-based company and its owners, Brian McDonald and Aaron Bouren, for selling fraudulent healthcare discount cards to uninsured pregnant women....
4/15/2008 Arizona House Committee Approves Abortion Procedure Ban
The Arizona House Committee on Natural Resources and Public Safety voted 6-3 last week to approve a ban on the so-called "partial-birth abortion" procedure....
4/14/2008 Oklahoma Senate Approved Omnibus Anti-Abortion Bill
The Oklahoma state Senate voted last week to approve an anti-abortion omnibus bill....
4/11/2008 Polygamist Sect Creates Environment of Sexual Abuse for Teenage Girls
A raid by Texas police on a compound owned by a fanatic polygamous sect revealed an environment rife with sexual abuse....
4/10/2008 Reproductive Health Database Censorship Due to Abortion Advocacy Articles
After investigating why the word "abortion" would be removed as a search term from the worlds largest reproductive health database, National Public Radio (NPR) reports that the restriction stems from seven articles by an abortion advocacy magazine available on the website....
4/8/2008 Military Contractor in Iraq Faces More Rape Allegations
Another woman has come forward with allegations of rape by both a fellow KBR employee and a US soldier while working for KBR in Iraq....
4/8/2008 Kansas Supreme Court Hears Tiller Patient Records Subpoena Arguments Today
The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments today over the validity of a grand jury subpoena of private medical records of some 2,000 of Dr Tiller's patients....
4/7/2008 Abortion Restored in Reproductive Health Database
Dean of the John Hopkins University Public Health School, Dr....
4/7/2008 Oklahoma House Approves Anti-abortion Omnibus Bill
The Oklahoma House voted 80-12 last week in favor of an omnibus anti-abortion bill....
4/3/2008 Feminist Activist Jan Welch dies at 69
Eleanor Janet "Jan" Welch, 69, a lifelong National Organization for Women (NOW) and Feminist Majority activist, died at her home in Alexandria, Virginia, on March 31 of complications related to pancreatic cancer. In the early 1970's, Welch was chapter president of Philadelphia NOW and a member of the Executive Committee of Pennsylvania NOW....
4/2/2008 Senate Bill Targets Deceptive Advertising by Pregnancy Crisis Centers
Senator Robert Menendez introduced a bill in the Senate yesterday that would regulate the misleading advertising practices of Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs)....
4/2/2008 Anti-Affirmative Action Initiative Faces Charges of Fraud
Affirmative action advocates are urging voters in Colorado to speak out against the fraudulent practices of petitioners for an anti-affirmative action ballot initiative....
3/31/2008 Over Half of US Nurses Report Abusive Treatment at Work
In a recent survey, over 90% of nurses questioned reported witnessing abusive behavior against other nurses, and over half reported experiencing abuse themselves....
3/31/2008 Mississippi House Approves Anti-Abortion Bill
The Mississippi House approved an anti-abortion bill last week that would further restrict abortions in the state, and possibly violate federal privacy laws....
3/28/2008 Pregnancy Discrimination Reports at Record High
Reports of pregnancy discrimination to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are at an all time high....
3/26/2008 Domestic Violence Survivor Brings Case to International Tribunal
Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union and the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic filed an addendum brief with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) this week in the landmark case of a domestic violence survivor....
3/25/2008 Anti-Abortion Extremist Breaks Agreement to Stay Away from Mississippi Clinic
Anti-abortion extremist Roy McMillan admitted in court on Friday that he had violated a federal agreement to stay away from Mississippi's only abortion clinic....
3/12/2008 Woman Receives Military Honors for Tour in Afghanistan
Army Specialist Monica Lin Brown earned the prestigious Silver Star for saving the lives of her fellow soldiers in Afghanistan....
3/10/2008 Feminists Celebrate National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers
Today, March 10th, feminists across the country celebrate the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers....
3/7/2008 Oregon Requires Hospitals to Dispense Emergency Contraception to Sexual Assault Victims
Oregon state legislature established rules on Monday that will ensure the 2007 law requiring hospitals to offer emergency contraception (EC) to victims of sexual assault is effectively implemented....
3/5/2008 Kansas Planned Parenthood Cleared of Charges
A Kansas Planned Parenthood clinic was cleared of any wrongdoing on Monday when the grand jury refused to issue an indictment....
3/3/2008 Kansas Supreme Court Sets Date for Subpoena Arguments
The Kansas Supreme Court announced last week that it will hear arguments on three subpoenas for patient records by the grand jury investigating Dr George Tiller on April 8th....
2/29/2008 More Women Work Longer into Pregnancy and Returning to Work Faster
Women are working later into their pregnancies and taking shorter maternity leaves, according to a report by the US Census Bureau Monday....
2/29/2008 Iowa to Reject Federal Abstinence-Only Funds
Following a state-briefing Thursday morning, Iowa Governor Chet Culver agreed to reject Title V federal abstinence only funds, Radio Iowa reports....
2/26/2008 Massachusetts Attorney General Supports Clinic Safety Buffer Zones
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a brief in federal court last week responding to a lawsuit by anti-abortion extremists challenging the state�s clinic safety buffer zone laws....
2/25/2008 Planned Parenthood Faces Medical Records Subpoena
A Kansas judge in Johnson county pushed attorneys for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Missouri (PPKM) to agree to turn over medical records subpoenaed by the grand jury investigating PPKMs reproductive health clinic on Friday....
2/22/2008 Denver Allows Anti-Abortion Groups to Apply for Protest Permits
Denver city officials announced on Wednesday that anti-abortion groups planning to protest the Democratic National Committee convention this summer can apply for permits beginning March 3....
2/20/2008 Kansas Supreme Court Blocks Subpoena of State Attorney General
The Kansas Supreme Court temporarily blocked the subpoena of Kansas State Attorney General Stephen Six's office on Tuesday....
2/20/2008 Woman Arrested by Saudi Religious Police for Drinking Coffee with a Man
An American business woman was arrested on February 4 for being in the family section of a Starbucks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with a male colleague....
2/19/2008 Missouri Plan B Bill Presented to State House Panel
A new law introduced to Missouri State House panel last week would re-classify emergency contraception (EC) as "abortifacient," even though the FDA does not use that classification for EC....
2/14/2008 Saudi Arabia Forbids Red for Valentine's Day
The government of Saudi Arabia has banned the color red from all shops in order to prevent celebration of Valentine's Day....
2/12/2008 Women Testify Against Air Force Colonel on Charges of Sexual Assault
Three women testified on Monday at a military hearing against US Air Force Colonel Samuel Lofton III....
2/8/2008 Tiller Grand Jury Subpoenas Kansas Attorney General
The grand jury investigating Dr George Tiller subpoenaed Kansas Attorney General Stephen Six's office this week....
2/7/2008 November Ballot Initiative Round Up
Ten states may have anti-abortion initiatives and five may have anti-affirmative action initiatives on the November state ballots....
2/7/2008 Anti-abortion Activists Sue Rapid City School
A South Dakota anti-abortion group filed suit against the Rapid City school district on Monday in response to the school's repeated refusal to allow the group to use a middles school auditorium....
2/6/2008 Kansas Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Subpoena of Tiller Patient Records
The Kansas Supreme Court temporarily blocked a grand jury�s subpoena of the medical records of some 2,000 women who sought late-term abortions at Dr....
2/6/2008 Chiles Policy of Free Emergency Contraception Under Threat
Conservative officials in Chile are threatening the countrys progressive emergency contraception (EC) policies with a lawsuit that would ban EC....
2/5/2008 Bush Budget Cuts International Family Planning; Provides Abstinence Only
The proposed FY 2009 budget released by President Bush on Monday would slash funding for international family planning and sexual and reproductive health programs....
2/4/2008 Tiller Takes Patient Information Fight to KS Supreme Court
Attorneys for Dr George Tiller appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court Friday over an order from the grand jury to turn over patient medical records....
1/30/2008 Arizona Governor Rejects Federal Abstinence-Only Funds
In a letter to the federal government last week, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano rejected $1 million in Title V federal funds for abstinence only education programs....
1/29/2008 Kansas Grand Jury Subpoenas Dr. Tiller�s Patients� Medical Records
A Kansas Grand Jury issued two subpoenas last week for the medical records of approximately 2,000 women who sought abortions at Dr....
1/29/2008 Ohio Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Abortion Records Case
The Ohio Supreme Court refused this week to consider whether or not the parents of a teenager who obtained an abortion without their consent have a right to the medical records of other minors from the Planned Parenthood clinic....
1/25/2008 Study Finds Pharmaceutical Industry Failing Pregnant Women
British researchers said this week that the pharmaceutical industry is failing to develop new medications for pregnancy complications....
1/23/2008 Lethal Consequences of Global Gag Rule in Kenya
The Global Gag Rule prohibits family planning programs receiving US federal funds from speaking about or counseling on abortion....
1/23/2008 Teens Arrested in Forced Prostitution Case
Last week teenage gang members were arrested in Fort Worth, TX in connection with a forced prostitution ring that victimized girls as young as 12....
1/22/2008 35th Anniversary of Roe v Wade
Today marks the 35th anniversary of the US Supreme Court decision that gave women the right to a legal abortion....
1/22/2008 Wichita Pro-Choice Community Rallies Behind Dr. Tiller
As they marked the 35th anniversary of the landmark US Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, supporters gathered today outside the Women�s Health Care Services clinic in Wichita, Kansas....
1/17/2008 Indiana Bill Could Allow Pharmacists to Refuse to Dispense Birth Control
A bill passed by the Indiana Senate Health Committee could allow pharmacists to refuse to dispense emergency birth control (Plan B) and other contractive pills....
1/15/2008 UM Hospital Nurses Practitioners, PAs Sue for Pay Discrimination
A group of 30 female nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the University of Michigan Health System are suing the university for wage discrimination....
1/15/2008 Pentagon Refuses to Investigate KBR Gang-Rape Allegations
Department of Defense Inspector General Claude Kicklighter has refused to investigate the allegations of gang-rape made by former Halliburton/KBR employee Jamie Leigh Jones....
1/14/2008 Abortion Foes Focus on States
As the 2008 elections approach, anti-abortion activists have turned their attention to states....
1/10/2008 Women in Greece Defy Men-Only Rule
About 10 women defied a strict ban from the all-male Mount Athos monastic sanctuary on the Athos peninsula of Greece....
1/9/2008 Kansas Grand Jury Begins Tiller Investigation
A Kansas Grand Jury convened on Tuesday to begin an investigation into Dr George Tiller, one of the few late-term abortion providers for women with troubled pregnancies and complicated health problems....
12/21/2007 Congress Approves Funding for Programs for Afghan Women
The omnibus spending bill passed by Congress and sent to the White House yesterday includes $75,000,000 for programs that aid Afghan women and girls....
12/21/2007 Lawsuit Challenges Philadelphia Clinic Safety Buffer Zones
US District Judge Nora Barry Fischer heard arguments this week on a lawsuit challenging a Philadelphia city ordinance that established safety buffer zones around reproductive health clinics....
12/20/2007 New Mexico 15th State to Reject Federal Abstinence Only Funds
New Mexico joined 14 other states in rejecting federal Title V matching funds for abstinence only education programs on Wednesday....
12/20/2007 Hearing on Alleged Halliburton/KBR Gang Rape Cover Up
Alleged rape victim Jamie Leigh Jones testified before the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terror, and Homeland Security on Wednesday....
12/19/2007 Planned Parenthood Files Lawsuit Against Anti-Abortion Initiative
A St Louis woman, represented by Planned Parenthood of the St....
12/17/2007 Saudi Rape Victim Pardoned
Saudi King Abdullah has pardoned the rape victim who was previously sentenced to 200 lashes and a six month prison term for being alone in a car with an unrelated man when she was abducted and raped by seven men....
12/12/2007 Arsonists Set Fire to Albuquerque Clinic
Arsonists set fire to a clinic in Albuquerque last week....
12/10/2007 Former Fresno State Coach Wins $19 Million in Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit
Former Fresno State women�s basketball coach Stacy Johnson-Klein was awarded $19 million last week in a sex discrimination lawsuit against the school....
12/6/2007 Brazilian Congress Investigates Prison Rape Case
The Brazilian Congress has assigned a committee to probe into allegations that a fifteen year old girl was raped repeatedly after being placed in the same cell as twenty male offenders in the state of Para....
12/5/2007 Grand Jury Set to Convene on Dr Tiller
A Kansas grand jury investigation on Dr George Tiller, one of the few late-term abortion providers for women with troubled pregnancies and complicated health problems, is set to begin January 8, 2008....
12/4/2007 Pharmacist Sues After Being Fired for Refusing to Dispense EC
A Detroit pharmacist is suing his former employer, Target, alleging that he was fired for refusing to dispense emergency contraceptives....
12/3/2007 Group Seeks Anti-Choice Ballot Initiative in Missouri
The Elliot Group, an anti-abortion group based out of Springfield, Illinois, is seeking to add a ballot initiative to the Missouri 2008 election that could greatly reduce access to abortion in the state....
11/30/2007 Judge Allows a Kansas Grand Jury to Investigate Planned Parenthood
A Johnson County, Kansas judge refused this week to prevent a Kansas grand jury investigation of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park, Kansas....
11/28/2007 Texas Courts Ruling Affirms Laws that Grant Fetuses Legal Protections
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled unanimously last week that state laws granting legal protections to fetuses do not conflict with Roe v Wade....
11/26/2007 Saudi Justice Ministry Upholds Rape Victim�s Sentence of 200 Lashings
The Saudi Arabia Justice Ministry on Saturday defended the sentencing of a rape victim to prison time and 200 lashings, despite international outrage....
11/19/2007 Rape Victim Sentenced to 200 Lashings
A rape victim in Saudi Arabia was sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail last week because she was in an unrelated man�s car at the time of the attack....
11/19/2007 $50 Million Settlement in Alaskan Priest Sex Abuse Case
The Jesuit order of Roman Catholic priests agreed to a $50 million settlement with 110 Eskimo victims of alleged sexual abuse....
11/15/2007 Massachusetts Expands Clinic Buffer Safety Zone
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick this week signed a bill expanding the clinic safety buffer zones in the state to 35 feet....
11/13/2007 Federal Judge Orders Anti-Abortion Extremist to Remove Threats to Clinic Staff from Website
A federal judge last week ordered anti-abortion extremist John Dunkle to remove message from his website that threatened clinic physicians and staff....
11/12/2007 Federal Injunction Allows Washington State Pharmacists to Refuse to Dispense EC
A federal judge last week issued a preliminary injunction against a Washington state rule that requires pharmacies to provide emergency contraceptives like the morning after pill....
11/7/2007 Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Mukasey Nomination
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve Judge Michael Mukaseys nomination as attorney general on Tuesday, despite his refusal to define water-boarding as torture....
11/5/2007 South Dakota Abortion Ban May Return on the 2008 Ballot
Anti-abortion extremist groups are in the preliminary stages of getting an abortion ban initiative on the 2008 South Dakota ballot....
11/5/2007 Pelosi Led House Cuts Earmarks in Half
The US House of Representatives has cut in half earmarks in the appropriations bills for the military and 11 other agencies compared to last year....
11/1/2007 Global Gag Rule House Hearings Reveal Its Anti-Birth Control Impact
House Foreign Affairs Committee hearings yesterday on the Global Gag Rule, which prohibits family planning programs receiving US federal funds from speaking about or counseling on abortion, revealed its profound anti family planning and lethal impact on the poorest women in the world....
10/30/2007 Kansas Grand Jury on Tiller Blocked
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday blocked a grand jury investigation of Dr....
10/29/2007 Peace Protests Across Country
Tens of thousands of peace activists took part in marches across the country on Saturday, marking the fifth anniversary of the Senate�s vote to authorize the invasion of Iraq....
10/26/2007 Abortion Foes Threaten Planned Parenthood Federal Funding
Anti-abortion groups are urging Congress to suspend Planned Parenthood�s federal funding....
10/24/2007 Blackwater Accused of Tax Evasion
Rep Henry Waxman, D-CA, chair of the House oversight committee, asserted Blackwater USA may have violated US tax laws and possibly defrauded the federal government of millions of dollars....
10/23/2007 Maternal Mortality Conference Concludes with Calls for Change
The Women Deliver conference on global maternal mortality in London has just concluded....
10/19/2007 Former Kansas Attorney General Renews Attack on Planned Parenthood
Phill Kline, the former Kansas attorney general and extreme abortion-rights foe, has used his new position as Johnson County district attorney to levy more than 100 charges against Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri....
10/19/2007 Women�s Health in US Deteriorating
According to a study released this week by the National Women�s Law Center (NWLC), the status of women�s health within the US is in an overall state of decline....
10/17/2007 Nancy Tsongas Wins House Seat in MA
Nancy Tsongas will be the first woman to represent the state of Massachusetts in Congress since 1983 and the first woman to represent Massachusetts� fifth district since 1960....
10/15/2007 Maternal Mortality: Appalling Lack of Progress Globally and in the US
In advance of the upcoming Women Deliver conference in London, a report released Friday shows that worldwide maternal mortality rates have been declining at a rate of less than one percent a year....
10/12/2007 Congresswoman Maloney Fights for Afghan Women�s Programs
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), along with eight co-signers, has sent a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs in support of funding for programs for Afghan women and Afghan women�s rights....
10/10/2007 Catholic Bishop Faces Contempt of Court Charges in Sex Abuse Case
Criminal contempt of court proceedings began against Orange County Catholic Bishop Tod Brown on Tuesday....
10/9/2007 International Tribunal to Consider US Domestic Violence Case
An international human rights tribunal has accepted a petition by a US mother of three small girls who were murdered by her estranged husband after local police refused to act....
10/9/2007 Three More Women Claim Discrimination by Madison Square Garden
After being ordered to pay millions in punitive damages to a former executive last week for sex discrimination (including sexual harassment by New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas), Madison Square Garden (MSG) is again facing charges of discrimination and sexual harassment. Diane Henson and an unnamed co-worker who worked as security supervisors at MSG are set to file a lawsuit claiming that they were denied promotions because they were African American women, according to the New York Post....
10/8/2007 Late-Term Abortion Provider Target of Multiple Investigations
Operation Rescue has filed a complaint with the Kansas Board of Healing Arts against Dr....
10/8/2007 Study Reveals Gender Bias in Treatment of Heart Disease
Men suffering from heart disease are 2-3 times more likely to receive life-saving implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) than women with the disease, a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found....
10/3/2007 Nicaraguan Abortion Ban Jeopardizes Women�s Health, Lives
A study released yesterday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) found that Nicaraguan women�s health and lives have been put at risk by the country�s blanket ban on abortions, imposed one year ago....
10/2/2007 Aurora Planned Parenthood Has Opened
Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area�s new clinic in Aurora, Illinois finally opened its doors today after being cleared of allegations of fraud....
10/2/2007 World Leaders Address Lagging Maternal and Child Health Goals
Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg recently unveiled a new World Health Organization (WHO)-led collaboration of governments and organizations designed to improve maternal and child health worldwide....
10/1/2007 CT Catholic Hospitals to Dispense EC to All Rape Victims
Connecticut Roman Catholic bishops softened their opposition Thursday to a new state law requiring hospitals to dispense emergency contraception (EC) to all rape victims....
9/27/2007 Philadelphia Court Defends Right to Dispense EC without Parental Notification
On Friday in Philadelphia, the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that a city health clinic did not violate the rights of a 16-year-old girl by giving her the emergency contraception she requested, or the rights of her parents by not notifying them. The girl, Melissa Anspach, went to the clinic in January 2004 fearing that she was pregnant and requested emergency contraception....
9/26/2007 Imus Incident Sparks House Hearing on Discrimination
The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing yesterday to discuss the impact of sexist, misogynistic and racist themes in the media, with an emphasis on Hip-Hop music and culture....
9/26/2007 Breast Cancer Study Shows Decreased Deaths from 2001 to 2004
Breast cancer deaths in the US have decreased slightly from