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12/19/2014 Woman on Life Support Revives Ireland Abortion Debate
Debate surrounding Ireland's ban on abortion has come up again following a current case involving a woman who is being kept on life support because she is pregnant. The woman's family wants her to be taken off life support, but doctors refuse because Irish law says they must do what they can to protect the 16-week-old fetus....
12/15/2014 Ohio House Rejects Six Week Abortion Ban
An Ohio bill that would have banned abortions as early as six weeks failed to pass in the Republican-controlled Ohio House Wednesday. House Bill 248, a direct affront to Roe v....
12/15/2014 The Spending Bill Lifted the Abortion Ban for Peace Corps Volunteers
The Senate Saturday passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that included expanded abortion coverage for Peace Corps volunteers in case of rape, incest, and when the life of the parent is threatened. The Senate's Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act brings w0rkers' health care coverage in line with all federal employees, and lifts a 35-year ban on federal funding for abortion in case of rape, incest, or life endangerment for Peace Corps volunteers....
12/10/2014 Activists Call on the President to Stand with Survivors of Rape in War
Dozens of activists braved the rain yesterday at a rally outside of the White House, where they called on President Obama to stand with women and girls raped in conflict. More than 20 organizations, including the Feminist Majority, the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), Advocates for Youth, and several human rights and faith-based groups, came together to urge President Obama to ensure that US foreign assistance helps survivors of war rape access comprehensive medical care, including abortion. "Rape as a tool of war is older than the scriptures," said Reverend Harry Knox, president and CEO of Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, at the rally....
12/2/2014 Supreme Court to Decide if Online Domestic Violence Threats are Protected SpeechSupreme Court to Decide if Online Threats are Protected Speech
Trigger Warning: Graphic descriptions of violence. In November of 2010, a Pennsylvania court granted the wife of Anthony Elonis a protective order after he wrote a violent Facebook stating, in graphic terms, that he would kill her....
11/25/2014 Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal Responds to Ferguson Grand Jury Decision
The following is the statement of Eleanor Smeal, the Founder and President of the Feminist Majority Foundation: "The Feminist Majority Foundation is outraged at the decision not to indict Darren Wilson. This should have been a public trial....
11/25/2014 Marissa Alexander Has Accepted a Plea Deal
Marissa Alexander, the woman imprisoned for firing a warning shot in the presence of her abusive husband, chose to accept a plea deal Monday with the state of Florida, pleading guilty to three felony counts of aggravated assault. As part of the plea deal, Alexander received three years imprisonment, but she will be credited for the time she's spent behind bars....
11/24/2014 UVA President Suspends Greek Life Organizations After Revelation of Campus Rape Culture
University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan announced on Saturday that all fraternities and sororities will be suspended until January 9 in the wake of several allegations of rape at the university....
11/24/2014 Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal Responds to Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

The following is the statement of Eleanor Smeal, the Founder and President of the Feminist Majority Foundation.


"The Feminist Majority Foundation is outraged at the decision not to indict Darren Wilson. This should have been a public trial....
11/21/2014 UN Expert Calls for Action To End Violence Against Women in Afghanistan
United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Rashida Manjoo returned last week from a nine-day official visit in Afghanistan with a call to the Afghan Government and the international community to continue its focus on creating sustainable solutions to reduce violence against women. This was Manjoo's third visit to Afghanistan, and the Special Rapporteur noted many positive developments since her travel to the country in 1999, during the Taliban regime, and in 2005. In particular, Manjoo cited the creation of the Elimination of Violence Against Women Law (EVAW) by presidential decree in 2009 as "a key step towards the elimination of violence against women and girls."EVAW criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women - including rape, child and forced marriage, domestic violence, trafficking, and forced self-immolation - and specifies punishment for perpetrators....
11/20/2014 Oklahoma City Police Officer Charged With 36 Counts of Sexual Assault Will Go to Trial
After a two-day preliminary hearing, an Oklahoma state court judge ordered that Daniel Holtzclaw, an Oklahoma City police officer, will stand trial for sexually assaulting 13 African-American women while on duty. Holtzclaw is charged with 36 counts of sexual assault, including six counts of first-degree rape, and multiple counts of forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery, and indecent exposure. During the hearing, all 13 women gave testimony against the police officer, who is alleged to have used his power as an officer to commit these crimes....
11/19/2014 Ms. Wonder Awards Honor Young Grassroots Leaders in Anti-Violence, Fair Wage Movements
"I don't think I've ever been in a room with so much personal history, and so much future," Gloria Steinem opened. Today, Ms....
11/14/2014 UN Committee Reviews US on Police Brutality and Gender-Based Violence
Police brutality, military sexual assault, and gender-based violence in the US came under scrutiny this week as the United Nations Committee Against Torture conducted its periodic review of the United States' compliance with the international Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). In preparation for the review, the UN asked the United States to provide the Committee with specific information on what steps the US has taken to "prevent and punish violence and abuse of women," in particular women of color....
11/12/2014 12 Countries Have Called on El Salvador to Stop Criminalizing Abortion
12 countries have come out this week in public opposition of El Salvador's extreme abortion ban. As part of a review currently being conducted by the United Nations Human Rights Council, Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Iceland, Luxembourg, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK all submitted statements urging El Salvador to lift its complete ban on abortions....
11/10/2014 Columbia University Fined Student Activists for the Carry That Weight Day of Action
A student-run feminist group at Columbia University is facing up to $1,500 in fees due to a protest of campus rape and sexual assault held last week. The Columbia Student group Carry That Weight Together garnered nationwide attention last week when they organized a national Day of Action, in which over 130 campuses from Stanford University in California to Eastern European University in Budapest, Hungary, participated....
11/4/2014 This Election Day, Students Are Mobilizing Against Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures
Students in North Dakota and Tennessee are getting out the vote against anti-abortion and anti-birth control ballot measures being decided today at the polls....
11/3/2014 Major Local and National Newspapers Want Colorado to Vote No on Amendment 67
18 newspapers in Colorado have spoken out against Amendment 67, a personhood amendment being decided by voters tomorrow which would ban all abortions in the state - including in cases of rape, incest, or to save a woman's life - as well as end in-vitro fertilization and restrict access to common forms of birth control like the pill and IUDs. The 18 newspapers include the Denver Post, the state's most popular paper garnering more than 10 million digital page views per month and read regularly by more than 610,000 readers....
11/3/2014 Celebrities and Survivor Advocates Encourage Tennessee and North Dakota Voters to Reject Anti-Abortion Measures
Advocates for survivors of sexual violence in North Dakota and Tennessee urged voters to turn down two dangerous anti-abortion measures when they go to the polls on this Tuesday, stressing the damage these measures would cause. Saturday, in South Nashville, Vote No On 1 supporters were joined by actor-activists Ashley Judd and Connie Britton, who shared their own reasons for opposing Amendment 1 in Tennessee....
11/3/2014 There's A Lot at Stake for Women on Election Day Tomorrow
Election Day is tomorrow, November 4 - and this year, there is much at stake for women, people of color, and young people. In many states, voters will directly decide several critical issues in their states - from raising the minimum wage to paid sick days, from abortion access and women's civil rights to decriminalization of marijuana - through ballot measures. In Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska, and South Dakota voters will have the opportunity to increase their state's minimum wage at the polls tomorrow....
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1
Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot. SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy." "We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event. SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color....
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....
10/27/2014 Mullah Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Rape Under Afghanistan's EVAW Law
Judge Mohammad Suliman Rasuli sentenced Mullah Mohammad Amin - a religious leader from Afghanistan - to 20 years in prison Saturday for the rape of a 10-year-old girl in Kunduz province. Mullah Amin admitted to having sex with the girl, whose name has not been released, but claimed that the child had seduced him....
10/27/2014 Tennessee OB/GYNs Urge Voters to Reject Amendment 1
A coalition of local doctors is urging Tennesseans to vote no on Amendment 1, an anti-abortion ballot measure that one doctor called "a setback for women's rights." During a press conference at a Planned Parenthood facility in Nashville last week, one obstetrician-gynecologist warned that Amendment 1 would give politicians the right to make medical decisions they aren't qualified to make. "Supporting Amendment 1 will erode a woman's fundamental right to autonomous decision-making and privacy regarding her own health care," Dr....
10/23/2014 All of Tennessee's Major Newspapers Have Urged Voters to Reject Anti-Abortion Amendment 1
All four of Tennessee's major papers have spoken out to oppose Amendment 1, a dangerous anti-abortion measure that will be decided by voters this fall....
10/21/2014 Hulu Silences Rape Survivor Speaking Out Against Anti-Abortion Amendment 67 in Colorado
Hulu, an online, ad-supported streaming service, has refused to run an advertisement from the "No on 67" campaign in Colorado, citing the company's policy regarding "controversial" political positions on issues like abortion. In a letter to the CEO of Hulu, dated October 10, the Vote No on 67 Campaign, which is supported by the Feminist Majority Foundation, asked the company to reconsider its unwillingness to air a 35-second spot featuring a rape survivor's testimony about the far-reaching impact of Colorado's proposed Amendment 67....
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....
10/17/2014 Student Activists Across the Country Are Fighting Extreme Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures
In Tennessee, North Dakota, and Colorado - three states deciding ballot measures aimed at restricting birth control access and outlawing abortion in the upcoming election - student activists are mobilizing to get out the vote. Members of student-led Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance group Vanderbilt Feminists at Vanderbilt University have been working tirelessly to get out the word about Tennessee's Amendment 1, which would take the right of privacy for reproductive rights out of the state constitution and give local legislators the power to restrict access to abortion, even in the case of rape, incest, or to save the life of the woman, and outlaw many forms of birth control, such as the IUD or the pill....
10/14/2014 Activist Dolores Huerta Fights for Reproductive Rights in Colorado
Legendary human rights leader Dolores Huerta will be in Denver, Colorado next Friday to Get Out the Vote for the 2014 election. Huerta, a Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, will be on the educational facility the Auraria Campus to take a stand against proposed Amendment 67, a personhood initiative on the Colorado ballot this Fall aimed at restricting abortion and birth control access. If passed, Amendment 67 would extend the definition of "person" and "child" to a fertilized egg in the Colorado criminal code and Wrongful Death Act....
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....
10/6/2014 Religious Leaders Unite in Tennessee and Colorado to Oppose Extreme Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures
Local religious leaders have come together to denounce ballot measures in Tennessee and Colorado that, if passed, would jeopardize access to abortion in those states. At Sunday services last week, local clergy from Southern Baptist, Assemblies of God, United Pentecostal, Presbyterian and Free Will Baptist churches, as well as leaders of other faiths, spoke out against Tennessee's Amendment 1, which would allow the government to interfere with women's personal health decisions....
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....
9/26/2014 Michigan Lawmakers Push for Insurance Plans to Offer Abortion Coverage Options
Michigan state legislators are introducing a new bill that would require private health insurance companies to make "abortion riders" available to health care seekers. The proposal is a far cry from reproductive justice advocates' persistent call for integrated health coverage that includes coverage for comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion services....
9/25/2014 New Legislation Would Improve Access to Emergency Contraception for Survivors of Sexual Assault
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced legislation this week to make emergency contraception more widely available to survivors of sexual assault. The Emergency Contraception Access and Education Act of 2014, co-sponsored by Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), would require hospitals that receive federal funding - including Catholic hospitals - to tell sexual assault survivors who go to the emergency room that emergency contraception (EC) is available to them and to provide EC to survivors regardless of their ability to pay. Murray has introduced a similar bill every year for more than a decade....
9/24/2014 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....
9/19/2014 New White House Campaign Seeks to Engage Men and Empower Campus Activists in Fight to End Sexual Assault
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden today announced the launch of It's On Us, a multi-platform media campaign and national action plan targeted at ending campus sexual assault....
9/17/2014 Despite Regulations Mortgage Lenders Still Discriminate Against Pregnant Borrowers
Pregnancy could be jeopardizing your chances of getting a new home, according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In 2014 alone, HUD has launched 15 maternity leave discrimination investigations....
9/12/2014 Violence Against Women Act Turns 20
Saturday will be the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges. President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary....
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....
9/2/2014 California Legislators Pass Affirmative Consent Bill to Combat Campus Sexual Assault
California legislators passed a bill last week that would require state colleges and universities to adopt a standard of unambiguous, affirmative consent for students who engage in sexual activity. SB 967 is the first of its kind....
8/28/2014 Senator Boxer Pushes for Sexual Assault Victim Advocates at California Universities
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) urged California universities to create independent sexual assault victim's advocates on their campuses in a letter sent out on Tuesday. "As our students return to campus, they are counting on their universities to not only educate them, but also to protect them," Senator Boxer wrote in the letter to university presidents and leaders....
8/18/2014 Suicidal Rape Victim Denied Abortion in Ireland
A suicidal young woman who became pregnant as a result of rape was refused an abortion in Ireland. The woman, now 18, was raped as a minor....
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....
8/13/2014 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....
8/7/2014 US-Africa Leaders Summit Closes With Funding Commitments and Focus on Women
After three days of unprecedented meetings between the US and leaders from nearly 50 African countries, the US Africa Leaders Summit ended Wednesday....
7/23/2014 UConn to Pay Over $1.2 Million in Sexual Assault Settlement
The University of Connecticut (UConn) will pay $1.28 million in settlement fees for a sexual assault lawsuit brought against the university by five sexual assault survivors. The federal lawsuit was brought by five women after four of the women had filed complaints with the Department of Education (ED) alleging that UConn had mishandled rape cases and failed to take action on reports of harassment, in violation of Title IX....
7/17/2014 Federal Judge Finds California Death Penalty Unconstitutional
A federal judge ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional, finding that the sentence "serves no penological purpose." US District Judge Cormac J....
7/11/2014 Revenge Rape in India Leads to Three Arrests
A man in eastern India was arrested for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl this week in "retaliation" for the girl's brother having allegedly sexually assaulted a woman. Three people were arrested in connection with the event: the alleged rapist, the brother of the girl (charged with molestation), and a member of the village council accused of ordering the crime....
7/10/2014 Georgia Law Banning Insurance Coverage of Abortions Goes Into Effect
A new law just took effect in Georgia that bans coverage of abortion in health plans purchased in the state health insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)....
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....
7/8/2014 Missouri Governor Vetoes 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon last week vetoed a 3-day waiting period for abortions and issued a fiery response to state lawmakers who signed off on the measure....
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....
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....
6/23/2014 Senate Subcommittee to Tackle Violence Against Women Globally
Engaging the US in the global fight to end gender-based violence will take center stage tomorrow as part of a Senate subcommittee hearing aimed at fully combating violence and discrimination against women worldwide. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chair of the Senate Foreign RelationsSubcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women's Issues hearingwill preside over the hearing at which several women Senators will testify, including Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Patty Murray (D-WA). The Senate Subcommittee hearing will focus on how the US and the international community can work to prevent violence against women, promote women's rights, and empower women and girls globally....
6/20/2014 Michigan Democrats Aim to Repeal Law Requiring Separate Insurance Coverage of Abortion
Two Michigan lawmakers introduced state legislation to repeal a Michigan law that forces women to buy additional health insurance coverage for abortion, even in cases of rape or when a women's health is endangered. Michigan State Senator Gretchen Whitmer, the Senate Minority Leader, and State Representative Sarah Roberts, both Democrats, introduced the legislation this week....
6/18/2014 Senate Set to Approve Rape Kit Backlog Funds
The Senate today is expected to approve $41 million in funding to process hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits across the country. The measure is part of the $51.2 billion Justice Department budget for 2015.The House passed the budget in May leaving the funds in tact.The bill has been up for consideration in the Senate since June 12, with a final vote expected today. "Outrageous that 10s of thousands untested sex assault kits sitting in crime labs or police lockers, "Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Sen....
6/11/2014 Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict Convenes This Week
Representatives from over 140 nations are attending the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London this week....
6/5/2014 Mass Grave in Ireland Contains Remains of Almost 800 Children from Catholic Mother-and-Baby Home
The remains of almost 800 children found in a mass grave in western Ireland have been determined to be from a home for unwed mothers that operated in Tuam, County Galway for 35 years between 1926 to 1961. The deaths of the children likely occurred because of neglect, disease and malnutrition, which was rampant according to a 1944 government investigation of the home....
6/4/2014 Poll Shows Widespread Online Harassment of Women
A recently released poll by Rad Campaign, Lincoln Park Strategies, and Craig Newmark of Craigconnects reveals that women experience of majority of online harassment - and that the impact can be devastating. The poll found that 25 percent of all Americans have experienced a form of harassment online; of them, a whopping 57 percent are women....
5/27/2014 Deadly Shooting at UCSB Motivated by Misogyny
A 22-year-old man went on a shooting and stabbing rampage on Friday night near the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) campus in Isla Vista, killing six students and injuring 13 more....
5/21/2014 Mississippi Personhood Initiative Fails
A campaign to put a "personhood" initiative on Mississippi's November 2015 ballot failed last week after the initiative's organizers - Personhood Mississippi - did not turn in petitions with the required number of signatures on time. The measure, known as Initiative 41, proposed to amend the Mississippi state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" beginning at conception....
5/15/2014 Missouri Legislature Passes 72-Hour Waiting Period Bill
The Missouri House voted last night, in the middle of an ongoing 3-day protest on the steps of the state capitol, to approve a measure that will triple Missouri's waiting period for an abortion procedure from 24 hours to 72 hours....
5/13/2014 Boko Haram Proposes Swap of Kidnapped Girls for Prisoners
Boko Haram, the terrorist group that kidnapped over 200 teenage girls from their school in Northeast Nigeria one month ago, released a video yesterday on YouTube offering to free the girls in return for the release of imprisoned group members. Around 100 girls are shown in the video praying and wearing full grey veils....
5/13/2014 Missouri Activists Stage 72-Hour Protest of Abortion Waiting Period
Reproductive rights activists in Missouri are halfway through a 72-hour rally on the steps of the state capitol in protest of a state bill that would require a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking abortion. The Women's Filibuster began yesterday at 2 pm and will end on Thursday at 2 pm....
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 Reports Reveal Decrease in Maternal Mortality, Need for Faster Progress
Two reports by United Nations agencies reveal that there has been significant progress in reducing maternal mortality worldwide over the last decade, but much more can be done to protect women's lives. Maternal deaths have dropped 45 percent since 1990, according to the new UN data....
5/6/2014 Vatican Questioned by UN Panel on Child Sex Abuse Scandal
The Vatican came under fire yesterday during questioning by the United Nations Committee Against Torture, which demanded answers from Archbishop Silvano Tomasi - the Vatican's representative in Geneva - on the Holy See's response to widespread sexual violence and abuse by priests. The Committee called on the Archbishop to demonstrate the systems the Holy See has in place to prevent torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment, including rape and sexual abuse....
5/2/2014 Nigerians Demand More Rescue Efforts for 200 Kidnapped Girls
Nigerians are demanding that their government do more to bring home the roughly 200 girls who were kidnapped more than two weeks ago on April 14 by the militant insurgency group Boko Haram. Protesters took to the streets of Abuja and Lagos this week to criticize the Nigerian government's handling of the mass kidnapping....
4/24/2014 Mississippi Governor Signs 20-Week Abortion Ban Into Law
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed a bill into law yesterday that bans abortion 20 weeks after a woman's last menstrual period, effectively at only 18 weeks. "With the women and families of their state facing extreme poverty, unacceptable rates of maternal mortality, and skyrocketing teen pregnancy, Mississippi's elected officials have more than enough real work to do to bolster women's well-being in their state," said Nancy Northrup, CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, in a statement....
4/18/2014 Dartmouth President Calls For Changes In Wake of Federal Sexual Assault Investigation
Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon gave a powerful speech Wednesday night calling for significant changes on campus in light of its high rates of sexual assault, high-risk drinking, and discriminatory social scene. "Darmouth's promise is being hijacked by high-risk and harmful behaviors, behaviors that are hurting too many of our students, dividing us as a community and distracting from our important work of teaching and learning," Hanlon said....
3/14/2014 Students and Activists Demand Sexual Assault Reform at Dartmouth
Thousands of people are calling on Dartmouth College in New Hampshire to improve its sexual assault policies, after a student whose name appeared in a "rape guide" on a student-run website was sexually assaulted. Women's advocacy group UltraViolet created a petition demanding that Dartmouth "take student recommendations seriously and expel rapists, list rape as a punishable offense and expulsion as the preferred punishment in the student handbook, and block access to the 'rape guide' on campus." Over 50,000 people have already signed on....
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....
3/6/2014 Michigan State University Under Federal Investigation for Handling of Sexual Assault Cases
The US Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is currently investigating Michigan State University (MSU) for its potential mishandling of sexual assault cases. A student who was allegedly sexually assaulted in an MSU dorm room in August 2010 by two student athletes filed charges against the university under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination in education on the basis of sex....
3/4/2014 Students File Two Federal Complaints Against UC Berkeley for Mishandling Campus Sexual Assault Cases
Thirty-one current and former students filed a federal Title IX complaint against the University of California at Berkeley last week, alleging that the university had discouraged reporting of campus sexual assault, failed to inform victims of their rights, and had mishandled sexual assault cases being heard through the school's disciplinary process....
2/26/2014 Libya To Compensate Victims of Rape During 2011 Conflict
Libya's cabinet introduced a decree last week that will recognize women raped during the 2011 uprising as war victims and provide them with compensation....
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....
2/14/2014 Afghan Women Rise for Justice at Kabul Protest
Around 100 Afghan women marched in Kabul yesterday to speak out against violence against women as part of One Billion Rising, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. Calling for "no more violence" and "justice, justice," Afghan women also demanded continued gains for women's equality in the country....
2/13/2014 One Billion People Worldwide Will Rise for Justice Tomorrow
Millions of people will rise for justice tomorrow for One Billion Rising's global V-Day events, including a rally in Washington, DC. One Billion Rising "is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice - courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not....
2/6/2014 Thousands Protest Spain's Plan to Restrict Abortion
Thousands of people marched to Spain's parliament in Madrid on Saturday to protest a potential new law that would severely restrict women's right to have an abortion. The law, which was passed by Spain's cabinet in December 2013, would allow abortion only in cases of rape or if the physical or psychological health of the mother is threatened, effectively banning it in all other circumstances....
1/30/2014 Maryland Considers College Sexual Assault Reporting Bill
A Maryland House of Delegates committee heard testimony yesterday on a bill that would require all state universities and colleges to administer an anonymous sexual violence survey every three years to more accurately determine how many assaults are occurring on campuses and then report those findings to the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The legislation, sponsored by Del....
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....
1/27/2014 Report Shows Increase in Officer-on-Inmate Sexual Assault in US Prisons
A new report issued by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics indicates that allegations of rape and sexual assault by prison inmates are increasing, and that 49 percent of the alleged crimes involve correctional officers. The report, which defined sexual victimization as non-consensual sexual acts, abusive touching, threats, and verbal sexual harassment, found 8,763 cases of alleged sexual abuse of inmates in a 2011 survey of administrators across federal and state prisons, local jails, military prisons, and jails in Indian country....
1/24/2014 French National Assembly Passes Abortion Amendment Increasing Access
The French National Assembly Tuesday passed an abortion provision modifying a 1975 law which requires women to prove they are "in distress" to legally terminate a pregnancy....
1/22/2014 FMF Applauds White House Initiative to Prevent Campus Rape
WASHINGTON — Feminist Majority Foundation today applauds President Barack Obama and the White House Council on Women and Girls for taking concrete steps to prevent and respond to the national epidemic campus sexual violence. Today, President Obama will sign a presidential memorandum creating a task force of cabinet officials to come up with recommendations for universities to prevent campus rape and for federal agencies to hold accountable schools that don’t adequately address sexual violence....
1/22/2014 White House Launches Task Force to Prevent Campus Sexual Assault
President Barack Obama announced today the creation of a task force to combat campus sexual assault and released a report that declares "no one in America is more at risk of being raped or assaulted than college women." The task force and report mark the first time the White House has taken such public and aggressive steps to address campus violence....
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....
1/10/2014 California Bill Would Change Reporting Requirements for Rapes on College Campuses
California Assemblyman Mike Gatto introduced a state bill this week that would change the rules for reporting rapes on college campuses in an effort to hold universities more accountable....
1/10/2014 All-Male Congressional Committee Holds Hearing on Restricting Abortions
A House judiciary subcommittee held an all-male hearing yesterday on restricting women's access to abortion. Not one female member of Congress is on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice which is considering whether to advance the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R....
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 Israel May Fund Abortions For Women Ages 20 to 33
The Israeli government may start funding abortions for women aged 20 to 33 if recommendations recently made by a Health Ministry committee are enacted. Israeli women under the age of 17 and over the ago of 40 already receive subsidized abortion services for personal reasons....
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....
12/6/2013 Michigan Considers Forcing Women to Purchase Separate Insurance for Abortion Coverage
Michigan lawmakers are considering legislation that would require women to purchase a separate insurance policy for abortion coverage....
12/2/2013 Representatives Push President to Protect Detainees from Sexual Abuse
A bipartisan group of 12 members of Congress are urging US President Barack Obama to issue stronger protections to prevent the sexual abuse of immigrant detainees in a newly-released letter. The letter comes in light of a report recently released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealing the need for additional actions by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to address sexual abuse in immigrant detention centers....
11/25/2013 Today Is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Today marks the fourteenth annual United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, a part of the United Nations Secretary General's Campaign to End Violence Against Women (UNiTE)....
11/20/2013 Albuquerque Voters Defeat Anti-Abortion Ballot Measure
Last night, voters in Albuquerque, New Mexico defeated an unprecedented ballot measure that would have banned abortion after 20 weeks and contained no exceptions for rape, incest, or the health of the woman....
11/19/2013 Albuquerque Residents Vote On 20 Week Abortion Ban Today
Residents in the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico will vote on a ballot measure today that, if passed, would ban abortion after 20 weeks of gestation without exceptions for the life and health of the mother or survivors of rape or incest....
11/7/2013 Lawmakers Push for Changes in Military Sexual Assault Prosecutions
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and a team of bipartisan lawmakers kicked off a two-week push yesterday to pass the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA), an amendment to the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)....
11/6/2013 Feminists, Abortion Rights Win in Virginia
Feminists supported Virginia Democratic Candidates Terry McAuliffe for Governor and Dr....
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....
10/24/2013 Etsy and Facebook Remove Content Glorifying Violence Against Women
Online marketplace Etsy is currently under fire from activists for allowing a shop, called "FyourT," to sell T-shirts that make light of and encourage rape....
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....
10/11/2013 UMD Mandates Sexual Assault Education for University Community
The University of Maryland, College Park Senate voted 70-1 yesterday to approve a sexual misconduct policy that includes mandated sexual assault education for every member of the university community....
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....
9/18/2013 UN Agencies Condemn Violence Against Women in Afghanistan
UN Women, the United Nations agency committed to gender equality and women's empowerment, condemned the recent intimidation and targeted killings of Afghan women government officials....
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....
9/13/2013 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....
9/6/2013 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....
9/3/2013 Naval Academy Rape Hearing Expected to End Today
After a week of testimony, a preliminary rape hearing by the US Naval Academy is expected to end today....
8/29/2013 Victim Blaming Judge Gives Rapist 30 Day Sentence
Montana District judge G....
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 Naval Academy Will Integrate Sexual Assault Prevention into Curriculum
On Wednesday, the US Naval Academy announced that it will integrate sexual assault prevention into the academic program in an effort combat high rates of sexual assault in the military. Commandant Captain Bill Byrne, who took over the academy this summer, wants to change the current Sexual Harassement and Assault Prevention Education initiative from after-class trainings to part of the classroom structure starting on "Day One." The program discusses rape and its psychological effects, consent, dating, the effects of alcohol, and what bystanders can do to stop assault....
8/15/2013 Women in Papua New Guinea Face Severe Violence
A new report reveals that women in Papua New Guinea (PNG) face severe gender-based violence, affecting two thirds of families....
8/14/2013 DOE Investigating USC Classification of Rape
The University of Southern California (USC) currently classifies sexual assaults on campus as "injury response," preventing the Los Angeles Police Department from being notified of the attack....
8/9/2013 Honor Killing Leaves Unease About Future of Afghan Women Rights
A Mullah has issued fatwa, or religious edict, for the execution of a woman named Halima who has been in hiding since April....
8/7/2013 14-Year-Old Victim Blamed in Court for Sexual Assault While in Juvenile Detention
Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana is arguing that a 14 year old girl in juvenile detention shares responsibility for her sexual assault by a 40 year old prison guard. Angelo Vickers, a former Terrebonne Parish Detention Center guard, is currently serving a 7 year sentence for child molestation, for which he plead guilty to in 2009....
8/6/2013 Air Force Veteran Responds to Victim-Blaming Poster
A female veteran reacted to a Air Force base victim blaming sexual assault awareness poster that was posted in the women's restroom by posting a rival flier with actual resources for survivors. Jennifer Stephens, a federal employee and a veteran in the Ohio Air Force, was outraged over a poster about sexual assault by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base sexual assault coordinator she found in a women's restroom....
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....
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....
7/18/2013 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....
7/15/2013 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 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....
7/10/2013 Duke University to Expel Students Disciplined for Sexual Assault
Yesterday, Duke University announced that the "preferred sanction" for attackers in cases of sexual assault will now be expulsion....
7/10/2013 Texas Anti-Abortion Bill Advances
On Tuesday, the Texas House of Representatives tentatively passed restrictive abortion bill HB2 in the second special session, two weeks after Senator Wendy Davis' filibuster on SB5....
7/8/2013 11-Year-Old Chilean Rape Victim in Jeopardy
The life threatening pregnancy of an 11-year-old rape victim is sparking debate around abortion in the socially conservative country of Chile....
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....
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 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)....
6/19/2013 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....
6/17/2013 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 Women of Senate Vow to Continue Fight Against Military Sexual Assault
Various women in the Senate have vowed to continue the fight against military sexual assault despite Senator Carl Levin's announcement Tuesday that he would be removing a provision in the defense spending bill that would take sexually violent cases out of the chain of command. Speaking to MSNBC's Chris Hayes Wednesday, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) said, "You know, for 20 long years, various secretaries of defense have said these words: 'We have zero tolerance for this kind of activity in the military and were not going to allow it.' And every single secretary of defense never made the changes....
6/13/2013 House Committee Advances Nationwide Abortion Ban
Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee voted 20 to 12 along party lines to approve a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks nationwide....
6/11/2013 Afghan Police Accused of Violence Against Women
The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission accused the police of violence against women in a recently released report, attributing close to 15 percent of honor killings and sexual assaults in the region to the police force....
6/7/2013 OH Senate Passes Anti-Abortion State Budget
Thursday evening, the Ohio state Senate passed a $61.7 billion state budget that partially defunds Planned Parenthood and could close abortion clinics across the state....
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....
5/30/2013 Kenyan High Court Demands Police Investigate Rape Cases
In a landmark victory, the High Court in Meru, Kenya ruled Monday that local police had failed to properly investigate hundreds of rape cases over the past several years....
5/29/2013 Facebook to Revise Harmful Content Policy After Social Media Campaign
Yesterday Facebook announced that it will revise its harmful content policy to include gender-based violence after a social media campaign pressured advertisers to pull their ads from the website....
5/29/2013 Italy Passes European VAW Treaty
On Tuesday, Italy's lower house of parliament unanimously approved a European treaty to end violence against women while the country mourned a 15-year-old victim of intimate partner violence. The lower house of parliament ratified the Council of Europe's Istanbul convention, which would create and reinforce legal measures to prevent and prosecute gender-based violence....
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....
5/22/2013 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....
5/20/2013 Afghan Violence Against Women Law Blocked in Parliament
On Saturday, the Speaker of the Lower House of Afghan Parliament delayed a vote on the Elimination of Violence against Women law after two hours of vociferous debate between conservative religious and more liberal members of Parliament....
5/17/2013 Doctors Ask Judge to Block 12 Week Ban During Legal Challenge
Two doctors have requested that a federal judge temporarily block enforcement of Arkansas' 12 week abortion ban while the ban is facing legal challenges....
5/15/2013 Army Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator Face Sexual Assault Charges
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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 Air Force Sexual Assault Unit Chief Charged with Sexual Battery
The chief of the Air Force's branch on sexual assault prevention and response was arrested over the weekend on charges of sexual battery....
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....
5/2/2013 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....
5/1/2013 Signature Drive for 2015 Mississippi Personhood Begins
Last week, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood approved the language for a 2015 ballot measure that would amend the Mississippi state constitution to define life as beginning at conception....
4/26/2013 DOJ Issues Guidelines for Medical Examinations of Sexual Assault Victims
New national guidelines on forensic medical examination in sexual assault cases were released by the Department of Justice this Wednesday....
4/26/2013 Bill to Expand Abortion Access in Peace Corps Introduced
On Thursday, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced a bill that would extend insurance coverage for abortion in cases of rape or incest to Peace Corps volunteers....
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....
4/25/2013 HRW Report Finds Afghan Women Police Officers Face Harassment, Violence
Female police officers in Afghanistan are fighting harassment in co-ed changing facilities and restrooms at the hands of male colleagues, according to a recent report by the Human Rights Watch (HRW). In the story, released today, HRW found that women in the Afghan police force face sexual harassment, assault, and even rape from male colleagues....
4/22/2013 Arrests made in Delhi Child Rape Case
Two men thought to have played a part in the abduction and rape of a five year old girl in New Delhi are now in custody....
4/19/2013 Five Year Girl in Critical Condition After Rape
A five year old girl is in critical condition after being allegedly kidnapped and raped in Delhi, India....
4/17/2013 STOP Act Reintroduced in Congress
At a press conference this morning, Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-CA) announced that she is reintroducing the Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act (STOP Act) to address sexual assault in the military. In an official statement, Speier said "The epidemic of military rape and sexual assault is a damning indictment of the military judicial system's treatment of these cases....
4/4/2013 Florida House Committee Advances Anti-Abortion Bill
The Florida House Judiciary Committee narrowly passed a bill that could threatened abortion access to women of color in the state on Wednesday. HB 845 would ban abortion for sex-selection or race-selection purposes....
4/3/2013 Four Sisters Victims in Acid Attack in Northern India
Four sisters were attacked with acid in the northern Indian State of Uttar Pradesh by two unidentified men on a motorbike Tuesday evening....
3/22/2013 Kansas House Passes Abortion Restrictions
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3/18/2013 Steubenville Teenagers Found Guilty of Rape
The two teenagers accused of raping a sixteen year old girl from West Virginia were found guilty in juvenile court this past Sunday....
3/14/2013 Steubenville Trial Begins
Yesterday, both sides made opening statements in the case of two high school football players accused of raping a 16 year old classmate in Steubenville, Ohio....
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....
3/11/2013 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....
3/8/2013 Idaho "Fetal Pain" Bill Struck Down By Federal Court
On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that an Idaho law banning abortion after 20 weeks is unconstitutional because it places an undue burden on a woman seeking to terminate a pregnancy before viability....
3/8/2013 Today is International Women's Day
Today marks over a century of honoring women on International Women's Day....
3/7/2013 AR Legislature Passes Toughest Abortion Ban in the US
Yesterday, the Arkansas state legislature voted to override Governor Beebe's veto of the Human Heartbeat Protection Act, which bans abortion after a heartbeat can be detected with a standard ultrasound (usually 12 weeks)....
3/7/2013 President Obama to Sign VAWA Today
President Obama will sign the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) into law today....
3/6/2013 Lieutenant General Overturns Service Member's Rape Conviction
On Monday, Lieutenant General Craig Franklin overturned the rape conviction of an air force service member who was found guilty by a jury....
3/6/2013 AR Senate Overrides Governor's Veto of Abortion Bill
The Arkansas Senate voted to override Governor Mike Beebe's (D) veto of the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act yesterday....
3/5/2013 AR Governor Vetoes 12 Week Abortion Ban
Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe (D) vetoed a bill that would have banned abortion after a heart beat was detected with a standard ultrasound - usually around 12 weeks - on Monday....
3/5/2013 Somali Appeals Courts Clear Alleged Rape Survivor
On Sunday, a Somali appeals court overturned the conviction of an alleged rape survivor who accused security forces of raping her in August 2012....
3/4/2013 Protests Break Out in India After Sexual Assault of a Minor
Protests are breaking out across New Delhi, India after a seven year old girl was sexually assaulted while at school....
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 Military Rape Documentary The Invisible War Does Not Win Oscar
Last night, The Invisible War, a documentary on rape in the United States military, was considered for the 2013 Oscar for "Best Documentary Feature." The Invisible War chronicles the ongoing epidemic of rape and sexual assault perpetrated within the ranks, and the military's failure to adequately prosecute the perpetrators of such crimes....
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....
2/14/2013 AR Revised "Heartbeat" Bill Could be Enacted Without Governor
The Arkansas "heartbeat" bill that is currently being debated in the Arkansas state House could ban abortion after 12 weeks and be voted into law without the governor's approval....
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....
2/7/2013 Somalia Jails Alleged Rape Victim
A Somali woman who accused government security forces of rape was sentenced to one year in prison on Tuesday after the court ruled that her accusation was false....
2/6/2013 Colorado Bill Banning Abortion Dies
A proposed bill that would have made it illegal to receive or perform an abortion in the state of Colorado has died in a state House committee....
2/5/2013 Two Bills Limiting Abortion Access Pass in Arkansas House
Yesterday, the Arkansas state House approved a bill that would outlaw abortions after twenty weeks of pregnancy without any exception for rape or incest on a vote of 75 to 20....
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....
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The Arkansas state Senate passed the Human Heartbeat Protection Act in a 28 to 6 decision Thursday....
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 New Mexico Bill Would Criminalize Abortion After Rape/Incest
Under a proposed law in the New Mexico state House of Representative, a woman who has an abortion after being raped could face felony criminal charges....
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....
1/23/2013 Morocco To Change Rape Law that Forces Marriage
The Moroccan government earlier this week, announced plans to change a law that allows rapists to avoid prosecution by marrying their victim if she is underage....
1/18/2013 Pauline Friedman Phillips, Original 'Dear Abby,' Dies at 94
Pauline Friedman Phillips, the original writer for the advice column "Dear Abby" and a fierce women's rights activist, died on Wednesday in Minneapolis....
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....
1/16/2013 Indonesia Supreme Court Candidate Jokes Rape Victims "Might Enjoy It"
On Monday, a candidate for the Indonesian Supreme Court joked before the parliamentary selection panel that women who were raped may have enjoyed it. Muhammad Daming Sanusi made the comment when he asked whether he considered the death penalty to be a reasonable punishment for rape....
1/15/2013 Paul Ryan Co-Sponsors House Personhood Bill
Conservative Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), along with 16 other representatives, have co-sponsored the "Sanctity of Human Life Act," which would give full person rights to a human embryo. The "Sanctity of Human Life Act" was originally introduced in 2011 by Representative Paul Broun (R-GA)....
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....
1/8/2013 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....
1/4/2013 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 Death of Indian Rape Victim Sparks Global Outrage
The brutal gang rape and death of a 23-year-old female medical student in India has prompted global outrage, Reuters reports. The physiotherapy student was tortured and raped by a group of six men who were armed with a metal bar on a private bus in New Delhi on December 16th....
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....
12/12/2012 Rick Perry Wants to See End of All Abortion
Yesterday, Texas Governor Rick Perry vowed that he would do everything in his power to end abortion access. At a press conference by Texas Right to Life, Rick Perry told attendees "Let me be clear, my goal - and the goal of many of those joining me here today - is to make abortion at any stage a thing of the past....
12/11/2012 Michigan Anti-Abortion Package Passes Senate
The state Senate of Michigan passed a package of anti-abortion legislation last week in an effort to pass abortion restriction legislation before the end of the lame duck session....
12/7/2012 SC Senator to Head Heritage Foundation
South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint announced on Thursday that he will be leaving the Senate to lead the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation at the end of the year. Jim DeMint was a vocal Tea Party Republican in the Senate who is credited by the New York Times as helping spark the Tea Party movement....
12/5/2012 Senate Passes Defense Budget Including Abortion Access
Last night the Senate voted to approve the National Defense Authorization Act, which details the military's budget and spending for 2013 and expands servicewomen's right to abortion access. The NDAA would extend insurance coverage for abortion to military women who were raped....
11/30/2012 Obama Administration Endorses Abortion Access for Military Survivors of Rape
The Obama Administration released an official statement yesterday that includes support for abortion access for military survivors of rape....
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....
11/14/2012 Ugandan Speaker: "Kill A Gay" Bill Will Pass This Year
This week Uganda's parliamentary speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, said Uganda's "Kill a Gay" bill will be passed by the end of the year and intends to offer it as a so-called "Christmas Gift" for Ugandans....
11/12/2012 Gaddafi's Former PM On Trial for Mass Rape
Former Libyan prime minister Al Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi appeared in court today to face charges including ordering a mass rape and corruption during the war that overthrew Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi....
11/9/2012 Kim Gandy: New President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence
This week Kim Gandy left her position as Vice President and General Counsel of the Feminist Majority Foundation to take the helm as President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence....
11/9/2012 Massive Age Gaps in Voting for 2012 Elections

Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation

For years, young voters have been discounted and labeled as apathetic no shows when it comes to voting....
11/9/2012 Historic Gender Gap Rules: Women's Votes decisive in Presidential and Senate Races
President Barack Obama won re-election with 55% of women's votes and 45% of men's votes for a decisive and historic 10% gender gap, according to CNN exit polls....
10/24/2012 Mourdock: 'God Intends' Pregnancy from Rape
During a debate on Tuesday night, Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said that women who have been raped should be required to carry resulting pregnancies to term because the pregnancy is "a gift from God" that "God intended to happen." His statement in full [VIDEO]: "I believe life begins at conception....
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....
10/23/2012 Akin Compares McCaskill to a Dog
Missouri Senate candidate and current Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) recently compared his opponent Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to a dog in remarks he made at a campaign fundraiser....
10/22/2012 Activists Project "Rape Is Rape" onto US Capitol Sunday
Stories of sexual violence, punctuated by the words "RAPE IS RAPE," were projected onto the U.S....
10/11/2012 Ms. Celebrates 40 at Sold-Out Press Club Event
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10/1/2012 Uruguay Legalizes Abortion
In Uruguay, the Chamber of Deputies voted 50 to 49 last week to legalize abortion....
9/28/2012 Todd Akin Admits Arrest for Blocking Abortion Clinic Entrance
Yesterday, Right Wing Watch released a video from early in Todd Akin's Senate campaign in which Akin admits to having been arrested for blocking the entrance to an abortion clinic....
9/26/2012 University of Montana Gets $300K VAWA Grant
Following an investigation into the handling of sexual assault reports at the University of Montana in Missoula launched last spring, the university is receiving a $300,000 grant to hire a violence intervention director and expand campus wide programs addressing violence....
9/26/2012 UPDATE: Phyllis Schlafly Endorses Todd Akin in Missouri Race
Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) has passed the deadline for withdrawing his campaign for the United States Senate, meaning he will officially be on the ballot in November challenging incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO)....
9/25/2012 Todd Akin Will Run in Missouri Senate Race
Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) has passed the deadline for withdrawing his campaign for the United States Senate, meaning he will officially be on the ballot in November challenging incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO)....
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 '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....
9/6/2012 Sandra Fluke Tackles Contraception, Abortion, and Domestic Violence at DNC
Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law School student Republicans refused to allow to testify at a House Committee hearing on the religious exemption on contraception coverage and women's health, addressed the Democratic National Convention last night in Charlotte, North Carolina....
9/4/2012 MD Congressman in Tight Race Steps into Rape/Abortion Debacle
Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) entered the rape exception debate when speaking at a town hall on Thursday....
8/31/2012 Mitt Romney accepts Republican Nomination
Mitt Romney officially accepted the Republican Presidential nomination Thursday evening....
8/28/2012 Another Politician Shows No Understanding of Rape
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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 Claire McCaskill Leading in Polls over Todd Akin
Incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is leading by 10 points over challenger Congressman Todd Akin, according to a Rasmussen poll released Thursday....
8/23/2012 Personhood USA Criticizes Romney-Ryan Support of Rape Exception
Personhood USA criticized the Romney-Ryan ticket after the campaign announced it would not oppose abortion in cases of rape. The "pro-life" organization originally praised Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan for his continued efforts to defend "personhood" - which could ban emergency contraception, birth control pills, and IUDs as well as all abortions, even in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the woman or girl....
8/21/2012 Gender Gap in Election Poll Puts Obama Ahead
According to a recent poll by NBC/The Wall Street Journal, President Barack Obama has a 15 point advantage among female voters over Mitt Romney for the 2012 presidential election. The recent poll data [PDF] shows that President Obama leads by six points over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney among all registered voters....
8/20/2012 Congressman Akin's "Legitimate Rape" Comments Spark Controversy
On a local Missouri TV station on Sunday, Missouri U.S....
8/13/2012 Romney Announces Ryan as VP Pick
On Saturday Mitt Romney announced Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his vice-presidential running mate....
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 Colorado Personhood Signatures Submitted
On Monday the Colorado Personhood Coalition submitted 112,121 signatures to the secretary of state, surpassing the 86,105 signatures required to get its anti-abortion initiative on the ballot in November....
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....
7/16/2012 Court-Martial Begins in Air Force Sex Abuse Case
Today, Air Force Sergeant Luis Walker's court-martial in the Lackland Air Force Base sexual abuse scandal begins in Texas....
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....
6/20/2012 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....
6/12/2012 CT Declares Abortion an Essential Health Benefit
The state of Connecticut declared abortion an "essential health benefit" last week and, as a result, the procedure must be covered by the state's health exchange under the Affordable Care Act....
6/11/2012 Report Highlights Violence Against Women in Central America
A new report found that the rate of violent crimes against women in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala has drastically increased, reaching crisis level....
6/8/2012 DHS Bill Includes Anti-Abortion Rider
The US House of Representatives passed a Homeland Security spending bill yesterday that includes an anti-abortion rider....
6/7/2012 Personhood Initiative Pursued in Montana
Opponents of abortion are working to include a personhood initiative on the state's ballot this November....
6/1/2012 Bishops Paid Abusive Priests to Leave
Documents released yesterday show that Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York authorized payments, some as much as $20,000, to priests who sexually abused children as a means of encouraging them to leave the ministry....
5/25/2012 Reproductive Health Amendment Included in Defense Bill
An amendment offered by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) that extends reproductive health services to servicewomen was approved yesterday by the Senate Armed Services Committee and will be included in the National Defense Authorization Act....
5/23/2012 Article Highlights Sexual Violence against Native American Women
An article in the New York Times today investigated the high rate of sexual violence against Native American Women, an issue that is receiving more attention in light of the debate over the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA)....
5/2/2012 Georgia Bans Abortions After 20 Weeks
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill yesterday that prohibits women in the state from having an abortion after 20 weeks gestation, on the unsupported premise that the fetus can experience pain at 20 weeks....
5/2/2012 DOJ Investigating Sexual Assaults in Montana
The Department of Justice announced yesterday that it is launching an investigation into the handling of sexual assault reports at the University of Montana in Missoula....
4/25/2012 Florida Governor Vetoes Rape Crisis Center Funding
Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed $1.5 million in funding for the state's rape crisis centers this week....
4/19/2012 Obama Signs Memo Addressing Domestic Violence in Federal Agencies
President Obama signed a memorandum (PDF) yesterday requiring federal agencies to create comprehensive policies to assist employees who are victims of domestic violence....
4/18/2012 Violence Against Women Act Forum Held
Vice President Joe Biden will hold a forum today with other senior officials to discuss the importance of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act....
4/16/2012 Pentagon Releases Sexual Assault in the Military Report
The Pentagon released its annual report (PDF) on sexual crimes in the military last Friday, finding a slight increase in the number of sexual assaults....
4/6/2012 Obama Forum on Women and the Economy
This morning, President Barack Obama, in addressing some 300 women leaders, activists, business leaders and entrepreneurs and academics at a White House Forum on Women and the Economy, emphasized the gains for women under his Administration, including increasing judicial appointments, preventive health care coverage, removal of sex discrimination in insurance pricing and saving teacher jobs....
3/28/2012 GA Senate Passes Fetal Pain Bill
The Georgia Senate voted 36 to 19 to pass a bill that would prohibit women in the state from having an abortion after 20 weeks gestation, on the unsupported premise that the fetus can experience pain at 20 weeks....
3/19/2012 55 Percent of Women Live in States Hostile to Abortion
A study published by the Guttmacher Institute found that 55 percent of reproductive-age women in the United States reside in states that are "hostile" to women's rights to have an abortion....
3/15/2012 Senator Coons Calls for VAWA Reauthorization
On Tuesday, US Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and co-chair of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, issued a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid calling for a full Senate vote on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011 (VAWA)....
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 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....
3/6/2012 Rape in the Military Lawsuit Filed in Federal Court Today
A press conference was held at the National Press Conference today to announce a new lawsuit being filed in the US District Court in Washington, DC on behalf of eight current and former members of the Navy and Marine Corps....
3/1/2012 PA House Shelves Ultrasound Bill
Following controversy surrounding an ultrasound bill in Virginia, Pennsylvania House Republicans announced yesterday that a similar ultrasound bill will not go to the floor for a vote, although the bill has 110 co-sponsors....
2/29/2012 VA Senate Passes Ultrasound Bill
Yesterday the Virginia Senate voted 21 to 19 to pass a bill requiring women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound....
2/17/2012 OK Senate Passes Personhood Bill
On Wednesday, the Oklahoma state Senate voted 34 to 8 in favor of a bill, which states that life begins at conception and would give rights to a fertilized egg....
2/8/2012 Santorum Revives Campaign, Touts Anti-Contraceptive Position
Yesterday Rick Santorum won the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses, as well as a nonbinding Missouri primary....
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....
1/31/2012 Blog Carnival Will Support VAWA Reauthorization
A blog carnival is beginning today in support of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), sponsored by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID)....
1/30/2012 UN Secretary General Promotes Women's Rights, Gay Rights
In a speech to the African Union Summit in Ethiopia, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for the end to discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation....
1/19/2012 Republican Presidential Candidates Attend Personhood USA Forum
Yesterday, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul via webcast spoke at a forum in South Carolina, hosted by Personhood USA, to discuss birth control, abortion, and the personhood amendments, which may appear on many state ballots....
1/18/2012 Twenty-five KS Members to Sponsor Personhood Amendment
Twenty-five Members of the Kansas House of Representatives announced that they will co-sponsor a personhood amendment in the state....
1/13/2012 UN Agencies Address Maternal Health in Haiti
Two years since the earthquake in Haiti, UN Women and UNFPA Haiti, in collaboration with the Ministry for Women Conditions and Women's Rights (MCFDF), have worked work to improve conditions for women, who still face rapes and gender-based violence at an alarming rate....
1/12/2012 OH Ballot Board Approves Language for Personhood Amendment
The Ohio Ballot Board approved the language purposed by anti-abortion rights groups for a personhood amendment, which proposes to give constitutional rights to a fertilized egg....
1/6/2012 FBI Director Approves of New Rape Definition
Today the White House announced that FBI Director Robert Mueller has approved the change recommended by several committees of the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Service....
1/6/2012 Feminist Majority Foundation Celebrates FBI Approval of New Rape Definition - FBI Director's Action Follows Extensive Campaign By Women's Rights Supporters
Feminist Majority Foundation Celebrates FBI Approval of New Rape Definition - FBI Director's Action Follows Extensive Campaign By Women's Rights Supporters "Updating the FBI Uniform Crime Report definition of rape is a big win for women," said Eleanor Smeal, president of Feminist Majority Foundation....
1/4/2012 Romney Narrowly Wins in Iowa Caucus
Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, defeated former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum by eight votes in the Iowa caucus, which had low voter turnout....
1/3/2012 Virginity Tests Banned in Egypt
Last week, an administrative court in Egypt banned virginity tests for women who had been arrested....
12/21/2011 OH Attorney General Calls for Processing of Rape Kits
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is calling for state police departments to send all rape kits to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation....
12/16/2011 FBI Director Expects Change in Definition of Rape
(correction from original story) FBI Director Rober Mueller told a Senate panel Wednesday that the FBI National Crime Information Center Advisory Board recommended to update the current Uniform Crime Report definition of rape that many say is too narrow....
12/16/2011 Ohio Senate President Halts Hearings on Heartbeat Bill
On Wednesday, Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus (R-OH) announced that he will suspend hearings on the "heartbeat bill" due to the confusion created by the 20 amendments to the bill submitted by its supporters....
12/15/2011 CDC Survey Reveals 1 in 4 Women Experience Domestic Violence
A survey released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 1 in 4 women in the United States, or 24 per minute, experienced intimate partner violence by either a husband or boyfriend....
12/12/2011 Three Women Awarded Nobel Prize
On Saturday, three women were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway....
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....
12/6/2011 Members of Congress Push for Greater Sexual Assault Prevention in the Military
Yesterday Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee, and 46 bipartisan Members of Congress, issued a letter to the House and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairs and Ranking Members calling for the adoption of five provisions to the FY2-12 National Defense Authorization Act to "ensure zero tolerance for sexual assault in the ranks." The provisions would "clarify victim access to legal counsel, record maintenance and confidentiality, and expedite unit or station transfer." Congresswoman Slaughter stated, "Imagine being a victim of rape while serving in the military, and being forced to face your attacker each and every day in order to continue doing your job....
12/1/2011 No Senate Vote on Lifting Ban on Military Abortion Coverage for Rape, Incest
Senate leadership indicated yesterday that they will not permit a vote on an amendment to the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act introduced by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), which would remove the military's ban on health coverage for abortions in instances of rape or incest....
11/30/2011 Violence Against Women Act Introduced for Reauthorization Today
Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) will introduce a bipartisan bill today to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)....
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 OH Senate Republicans to Push Heartbeat Bill
Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus (R) announced that the Senate Republicans plan to advance a "heartbeat bill" that has already passed the House....
11/22/2011 Virginia Delegate Introduces Personhood Amendment
On Monday, Virginia state Delegate Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County) filed a "personhood" bill, which states that life begins at conception and proposes to give constitutional rights to a fertilized egg....
11/21/2011 Rapes on the Rise in Somali Camps
In the past two months, the number of rape cases has increased dramatically in camps in the Somali town of Galkayo as a result of decreased security, a "culture of impunity," and a rise in the number of attacks on internally displaced people (IDPs)....
11/17/2011 Speier Introduces Bill to Eliminate Rape in the Military
Yesterday Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced legislation to strengthen protections for victims of sexual assault in the military....
11/16/2011 DC Leaders Reject Deal with Congress Over Abortion Funding
Leaders of the District of Columbia rejected a legislative deal with Congress this morning that would have given DC autonomy over the city budget in exchange for a permanent measure that would ban the District from using its own funds for abortion services....
11/16/2011 Personhood Amendment Issue in Georgia General Assembly
Georgia State Senator Barry Loudermilk (R) and State Representative Rick Crawford (D) announced plans yesterday to introduce so-called "personhood" amendments to the Georgia State Constitution that would grant full individual rights to fertilized eggs in next year's General Assembly session....
11/15/2011 Personhood Initiatives May Expand in 2012
Despite the defeat of Initiative 26, the so-called Personhood Amendment, by Mississippi voters last week, the group sponsoring the initiative, Personhood USA, has announced that they will attempt to place similar initiatives on the ballot in at least five states in 2012....
11/11/2011 Priest Abuse Victim Awarded $100 Million
A civil jury in Miami awarded a record $100 million to Andres Sousana, who alleged that he was drugged and raped by a Roman Catholic priest when he was 14 years old....
11/10/2011 Israel's Former President Sentenced for Rape
Israel's Supreme Court's three-judge panel ruled unanimously to reject former President Moshe Katsav's appeal of his rape charges....
11/9/2011 Women's Right Advocates Victorious in Defeating Mississippi Personhood Amendment
In an exciting and important victory for women's rights advocates, Mississippi voters defeated the Personhood Amendment....
11/9/2011 Women's Right Advocates Victorious in Defeating Mississippi Personhood Amendment
In an exciting and important victory for women's rights advocates, Mississippi voters defeated the Personhood Amendment....
11/7/2011 Personhood Amendment to Appear on MS Ballot Tomorrow
Tomorrow Mississippi voters will have the opportunity to vote on the Personhood Amendment, a ballot initiative that "would amend the Mississippi Constitution to define the word 'person' or 'persons,' as those terms are used in Article III of the state constitution, to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof." According to Politico, a new poll reveals that 44 percent of Mississippi voters oppose the amendment and 45 percent support it....
11/1/2011 HHS Ends Grant to Catholic Church for Failure to Make Reproductive Health Referrals
The Catholic Church is at odds with the Obama Administration over a recent decision to end Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funding to the U.S....
10/20/2011 FBI's UCR Subcommittee votes unanimously to recommend change on rape definition
Yesterday, the Uniform Crime Report Subcommittee of the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) voted unanimously to recommend a new, more inclusive definition of Rape in the UCR Report....
10/20/2011 FBI's UCR Subcommittee votes unanimously to recommend change on rape definition
The Uniform Crime Report Subcommittee of the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) has voted unanimously to recommend a new, more inclusive definition of Rape in the UCR Report....
10/14/2011 Nigerian Government Petitions for Increased Advocacy for Women's Rights
Recently, Education as Vaccine, a Nigerian organization, petitioned the Ministry of Women Affairs to adopt a more aggressive stance on women's rights issues in the country....
10/6/2011 House Foreign Affairs Committee Votes to Defund UNFPA
Yesterday the House Foreign Affairs Committee voted along party lines to pass a bill to defund the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....
9/29/2011 Rape is Rape Campaign Update
The FBI's Criminal Justice Information Service is considering modernizing the definition of rape, which currently does not include forced anal sex and/or oral sex, vaginal or anal fisting, rape with an object (even if serious injuries result), and other injurious and degrading sexual assaults....
9/23/2011 Nigerian Women Organize March against Rape
On Thursday, Nigerian women announced plans to march in protest of rape and sexual violence....
9/21/2011 Abortion-Rights Supports Protest OH Fetal Heartbeat Bill
Supporters of abortion-rights and anti-abortion rights gathered at the Ohio Statehouse yesterday concerning a bill that, if passed, would ban abortions after the fetal heartbeat is detected....
9/12/2011 Analysis of Abortion Practice in Colombia Released
"Unintended Pregnancy and Induced Abortion in Colombia: Causes and Consequences," the first report released in approximately twenty years analyzing abortion in Columbia, revealed that approximately "one in 26 Columbian women had an abortion in 2008" and that an estimated one third of pregnancies resulted in an abortion....
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....
7/28/2011 ACOG Recommends Routine Sexual Assault Screening
Sexual assault screening should be a routine part of a woman's healthcare, according to a new Committee Opinion of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists....
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....
6/27/2011 Former Rwandan Minister of Women and Families Convicted of Genocide
Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, former Rwandan minister for women and family affairs, is the first woman to be convicted of genocide by the United Nations Chamber of the Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)....
6/8/2011 Bill Introduced Lifting Block on Servicewomen's Abortion Rights
On Monday, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28) and Senator Kristin Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced the Military Access to Reproductive Care Act (MARCH) that would remove the ban preventing servicewomen from obtaining an abortion in cases of rape and incest....
5/31/2011 Virginity Checks Performed During Egypt Protests
A senior Egyptian general confirmed findings in an Amnesty International report that during the uprisings in Egypt, military officials conducted virginity checks on women who were arrested during the uprisings....
5/30/2011 Bill Allowing Military to Cover Abortions for Rape Victims Introduced
Last week, Representative Susan Davis introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have allowed military health care plans to cover abortion services for service women who had been raped....
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....
5/16/2011 IMF Head Charged with Sexual Assault
On Sunday, Port Authority police detectives pulled International Monetary Fund (IMF) head Dominique Strauss-Kahn off of an Air France flight in John F....
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....
5/12/2011 Rape in the Congo Much Higher than UN Reports
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health revealed that in the Democratic Republic of Congo, women are raped at a rate 26 times higher than the rate of 16,000 rapes yearly reported by the United Nations (UN)....
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....
5/3/2011 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....
4/27/2011 New Sexual Assault Policy on Campus Introduced in Senate
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4/14/2011 Sexual Assault in the Military Bill Introduced in the House
On Wednesday, Representatives Mike Turner (R-OH) and Niki Tsongas (D-MA) introduced the Defense STRONG (Sexual Trauma Response, Oversight and Good Governance) Act that would increase the legal rights and protections for service members who have experienced sexual assault during their military service....
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 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 Anti-Abortion Supporters Push to Restrict Insurance Coverage
Anti-abortion forces in 28 states are pressuring state lawmakers to pass legislation restricting private health insurance plans from covering abortion services....
4/1/2011 VA Governor Amends Insurance Exchange Bill to Ban Abortion Coverage
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) added an amendment to a bill passed by the state's general assembly that would prohibit private health insurance companies that participate in the state health exchange from covering abortion services, except in cases of rape, incest, and when the woman's life is endangered....
3/31/2011 Ohio House Committee Passes Heartbeat Bill
Yesterday, the Ohio House Health and Aging Committee voted 12 to 11 on the "Heartbeat Bill" (HB 125) that would require women seeking abortions to undergo an ultrasound and prevent them from obtaining abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected....
3/25/2011 Anti-Abortion Bill Passes Idaho Senate
On Wednesday, the Idaho Senate voted to approve the Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks, unless the woman's life is endangered, and making it a felony for abortion providers to conduct the procedure after 20 weeks....
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....
3/18/2011 Anti-Abortion Measure Passes Idaho Senate Committee
On Wednesday, the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee voted 7-2 to approve a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks, unless the woman's life is endangered....
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....
2/22/2011 Obama Repeals Bush Conscience Rules
On Friday, the Obama administration rescinded the "conscience" rules, first instituted under the Bush administration, that granted protections to medical providers who refused to provide abortions, sterilization, in-vitro fertilization, and other medical procedures, such as care to AIDS patients, due to moral objections. Under the "conscience" rules, hospitals could refuse to provide emergency contraception to rape victims and pharmacists could refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control pills....
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....
2/15/2011 Case Announced Against Sexual Assault in the Military
A press conference was held this morning to announce a lawsuit filed by attorney Susan Burke in the Eastern Virginia federal court against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates for failing to prevent, investigate, and prosecute the sexual assault and rape of the 17 plaintiffs....
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....
2/7/2011 Proposed PA Bill Would Restrict Abortion Coverage
The Pennsylvania state Senate will vote today on Senate Bill 3, introduced by Senator Don White (R-11), which would prohibit private insurance plans sold in the Pennsylvania health insurance exchange from covering abortion services, except in cases of rape, incest, or when the woman's life is endangered....
2/4/2011 "Forcible Rape" Clause Removed from Chris Smith Bill
Following an outcry from women's rights groups and others, House Republicans have removed the "forcible" to describe the rape exception in H.R....
1/27/2011 Ugandan Gay Rights Activist Murdered
David Kato, a gay rights activist in Uganda, was beaten and killed in his home yesterday....
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....
1/13/2011 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....
1/10/2011 Anti-Abortion Bills Proposed in FL and NE
Last week, Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) in Florida and Representatives Annette Dub (D-NE) and Beau McCoy (R-NE) in Nebraska proposed bills that, if passed, would ban abortion coverage in insurance policies sold in state health insurance exchanges....
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....
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)....
11/3/2010 Colorado Personhood Ballot Initiative Overwhelmingly Defeated
In a strong victory for reproductive rights, the Colorado ballot initiative Amendment 62 was defeated by an overwhelming margin of 2-to-1 on Tuesday night....
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....
10/26/2010 Anti-Choice Protesters Demonstrate at Abortion Conference in Spain
On Saturday, the ninth congress of the Netherlands-based International Federation of Professional Abortion and Contraception Associates (FIAPAC) a pro-choice group, was held in Seville, Spain....
10/22/2010 Uganda Newspaper Publishes List Outing Gay Individuals
Earlier this month, a Ugandan newspaper published a list of homosexuals along with their names and addresses and a yellow banner on the side reading, "hang them." The newspaper, named Rolling Stone, which is not connected to the same-name American magazine, stated that a deadly disease has been attacking homosexuals and that they are raiding schools and recruiting children, according to AOL News....
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 Congolese Women March Against Mass Rapes
On Sunday, thousands of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo marched against mass rapes, which have become increasingly prevalent in the country as a weapon of war....
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....
9/30/2010 UN Official to Investigate Mass Rape in DR Congo
United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Margot Wallstroem arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Tuesday to investigate the mass rape of civilians that occurred there in June and July of this year....
9/17/2010 Hearing Held on Trafficking of Minors in US
A hearing was held Wednesday by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security that addressed sex trafficking of domestic minors within the United States....
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....
9/14/2010 American Women Must Not Be Fooled: Smeal Calls for National Reform in Rape Reporting and Investigating
Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, testified today before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs at its hearing "Rape in the United States: The Chronic Failure to Report and Investigate Rape Cases" and will call for national reform in the reporting and investigating of rape crimes....
9/14/2010 Smeal Testified at Rape Hearings
Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, testified today before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs at its hearing "Rape in the United States: The Chronic Failure to Report and Investigate Rape Cases" and called for national reform in the reporting and investigating of rape crimes....
9/13/2010 Smeal to Testify at Rape Hearings
Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, will testify tomorrow, September 14, 2010 at 2:15 p.m....
9/9/2010 Sex Offender Law Signed in CA
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a law today, called "Chelsea's Law," that stiffens penalties for violent sex offenses against children....
9/8/2010 Women Imprisoned for Miscarriages Freed In Mexico
Seven women who had been imprisoned in Guanajuato state in Mexico after alleged abortions were freed yesterday....
8/27/2010 Polish Parliament Hearing Held Regarding Women Traveling for Abortions
Leading Polish activists held a civil hearing at the Polish parliament yesterday on the rising number of Polish women who are traveling abroad to obtain access to abortion....
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....
8/20/2010 Parts of New Louisiana Ultrasound Law Blocked
A federal court yesterday ratified an agreement to block two provisions of a new Louisiana state ultrasound law....
8/20/2010 Filipina Nurses File Class Action Suit in CA
The California Nurses Association (CNA) is bringing a class-action lawsuit against California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Sutter Health, CPMC's overseeing company, for intentionally engaging in hiring discrimination against Filipina nurses....
8/19/2010 Suit Filed in Yearbook Exclusion Case
Caera Sturgis, who is represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Wesson Attendance Center in Mississippi for excluding her name and photo from the senior year book after she chose to wear a tuxedo in her portrait....
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....
8/11/2010 Argentina's Reproductive Policies Failing Women
Human Rights Watch released a report yesterday indicating that Argentina is failing to provide adequate reproductive health care for women....
7/30/2010 Obama Signs Bill to Combat Crime on American Indian Reservations
President Obama passed a bill yesterday that expands the authority of tribal law enforcement agencies and strengthens communication between federal, state, and tribal law enforcement bodies....
7/12/2010 UK Moves to Give Anonymity to Rape Defendants
United Kingdom Justice Minister, Crispin Blunt, has announced that the British government plans to bring forward legislation that would grant anonymity to those accused of rape until they are charged....
7/7/2010 Louisiana Abortion Bills Become Law
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed three bills on Tuesday instituting new restrictions on abortion rights in the state....
7/6/2010 Spain's Abortion Law Faces Opposition
A law liberalizing Spain's abortion restrictions took effect yesterday, but remains under review in the country's Constitutional Court....
6/22/2010 Slaughter and Murray Introduce Emergency Contraception Education Bill
Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA.) introduced a bill last week that would establish a public education program to inform women and their health care providers about emergency contraception....
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....
6/9/2010 Florida Governor Indicates Plans to Veto Anti-Choice Bill
Florida Governor Charlie Crist (I) suggested yesterday that he plans to veto a bill that would require women in their first-trimester of pregnancy to undergo and pay for an ultrasound before getting an abortion in the state....
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 Defense Bill Amendment Would Authorize Abortions at Military Hospitals
Senate Armed Services Committee voted 16 to 10 to add an amendment to the defense spending bill last week that would expand abortion access to women seeking care at US military hospitals....
5/5/2010 Marshall Will Face Runoff in NC, Brunner Loses OH Primary
Two women Secretaries of State, both feminists, put in strong performances in the first Democratic primaries of the election season for US Senate....
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....
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)....
4/29/2010 FL Senate Republicans Push Anti-Abortion Legislation, House Democrats Push Back
The Republican-majority Florida Senate pushed three separate anti-abortion measures through Wednesday....
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 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....
4/12/2010 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....
3/23/2010 Obama Signs Historic Health Bill; Key Provisions Go into Effect in 2010
"This is the beginning of a dramatic expansion of health care access, eventually adding coverage for 32 million people, increasing access to family planning and preventive care, and starts to limit some of the most despicable insurance company practices," said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation....
3/17/2010 SC Legislature Overturns Proposed Abortion Coverage Ban
The South Carolina state House voted 57 to 54 early this morning against a provision in the proposed state budget that would have ended health insurance abortion coverage for victims of rape or incest....
2/26/2010 Spain Reforms Abortion Laws
Spain's Senate gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill that liberalizes the countries abortion laws....
2/24/2010 South Carolina Proposal Would Ban Abortion Coverage by State Insurance
A South Carolina state House budget panel approved a measure Monday that would end health insurance payments for pregnant victims of rape or incest who seek abortions....
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....
2/10/2010 Iranian Feminists Issue Global Call for Action
A group of Iranian feminists and activists are asking women's rights groups and feminists worldwide for support in demanding "an end to state-led violence and repression" and "immediate release of all political detainees in Iran." Thus far, more than 40 women's rights groups from 9 countries are supporting partners....
2/5/2010 Pentagon Plans to Provide Emergency Contraception on US Military Bases Worldwide
The Pentagon will begin providing emergency contraception (EC) at US military base health facilities worldwide, the Department of Defense announced yesterday....
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....
1/27/2010 Slaughter Speaks Out on Need for Comprehensive Sex Ed
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) commented on the need for comprehensive sex education programs after the release of a study yesterday indicating that 2006 was the first year since 1990 where teen pregnancy rates rose in the US....
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....
1/12/2010 Franken & Snowe Introduce Military EC Bill
Under legislation introduced by Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME), emergency contraception (EC) would become available to all service members at all US military bases worldwide....
12/16/2009 Congressional Hearing Held on Rape Kit Backlog
The Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing yesterday on the national rape kit backlog, the reauthorization of the Debbie Smith Act, and current legislation introduced in the Senate that is intended to incentivize the processing of rape kits....
12/15/2009 Spain Compromises on Abortion Reform Bill
Spain's ruling Socialist Party agreed last week to remove a provision to their abortion reform bill that would have allowed girls between age 16 and 18 to obtain abortions without their parents' knowledge....
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....
11/30/2009 UN Launches Violence Against Women in Afghanistan Campaign
The UN announced a 16 day campaign to eliminate violence against women in Afghanistan in a press conference today....
11/25/2009 UN Pledges Millions to Fight Violence Against Women
The United Nations announced Tuesday $10.5 million in new grants to bolster international efforts to end violence against women....
11/20/2009 Rape Kit Backlog Bill Introduced in House of Representatives
Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced a bill today in the House to address the national crisis of untested rape kit backlogs....
11/10/2009 Women Join Elite Iraqi Police Officer Corps
For the first time, 50 women graduated from Iraq's police officer training academy yesterday, alongside 1,050 male peers....
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....
10/30/2009 Militants in Somalia Targeting Women Without Veils or Socks
Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia are allegedly rounding up and beating women who are not wearing veils or socks....
10/27/2009 House Passes Act that Includes Coast Guard and Cruise Sexual Assault Provisions
The House passed a Coast Guard Reauthorization Act Friday that requires annual reporting of the number of sexual assaults on and by members of the Coast Guard and establishes requirements for owners of cruise ships....
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....
10/5/2009 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....
10/2/2009 Statement of Eleanor Smeal President, Feminist Majority Foundation On the Arrest of Roman Polanski
The Feminist Majority Foundation joins our sister feminist organizations in working to ensure rape is prosecuted as the heinous crime that it is, especially against girls....
10/1/2009 UN Security Council Condemns Sexual Violence in War
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton led the United Nations Security Council yesterday in adopting a resolution condemning sexual violence in war zones....
9/30/2009 Biden Marks Anniversary of Violence Against Women Act
Vice President Joe Biden hosted a gathering yesterday for women's rights leaders yesterday to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act....
9/30/2009 Sudanese Refugees Face Rape, Violence
Sudanese women refugees living in eastern Chad face a constant threat of rape and other violence against women....
9/25/2009 Ballot Language in Personhood Initiative Approved
The Florida Secretary of State's office approved ballot language this week for a so-called personhood initiative proposed by Personhood Florida and the American Life League....
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....
9/14/2009 Petition Circulating for Florida "Personhood" Initiative
A campaign was launched Friday in Florida to put a constitutional amendment on the state's 2010 ballot that would legally define fertilized embryos as people....
9/2/2009 Generic of Plan B Approved for Over-the-Counter Distribution
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved emergency contraceptive Next Choice, a generic version of Plan B, for over-the-counter use....
9/1/2009 Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate has Anti-Women's Rights Record
The recently published graduate thesis of Virginia Attorney General Robert McDonnell, who is also the Republican candidate for Virginia Governor, demonstrates opposition to women's rights....
8/20/2009 Bahamas Proposal to Ban Marital Rape Sparks Controversy
A bill in the Bahamian legislature that would criminalize marital rape has sparked public debate....
8/18/2009 Marriott Retracts Victim-Blaming Defense Strategy
Lawyers representing the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa withdrew special defenses Monday in a lawsuit involving a woman who was raped at gunpoint in the hotel's parking garage in front of her children....
8/11/2009 Reports of Rape in Iran Jails Surface
Iranian opposition leader Mahdi Karroubi announced Sunday that he has received reports of jailers raping prisoners during the government crackdown on protesters after June's disputed presidential election....
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....
8/6/2009 APA Says Gay-to-Straight Therapy Does Not Work
The American Psychological Association (APA) announced yesterday that psychologists should not advise gay clients that therapy can help them become straight....
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....
8/4/2009 Abortion Hotline Launched in Argentina
A hotline was launched in Buenos Aires, Argentina last week to give women information they need to terminate pregnancies using the drug Misoprostol....
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....
7/17/2009 Court Filing Allows Asylum for Battered Women
A legal brief filed by the Obama administration reverses a Bush administration policy that prohibited battered women from seeking asylum in the US....
7/15/2009 Former President Carter Leaves Baptist Church
Former President Jimmy Carter issued a statement Sunday announcing he is severing all ties with the Southern Baptist Church due to their treatment of women....
7/14/2009 FDA Approves Single-Dose Plan B Emergency Contraceptive
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a single-pill version of the Plan B emergency contraceptive, which is currently available as a two-pill dose....
7/10/2009 Afghanistan Amends Shia Law
Afghanistan's Justice Ministry yesterday released a revision of the controversial Shia law that legalized rape within marriage, among other provisions....
7/9/2009 UN Envoy Calls on Afghanistan to Fight Violence Against Women
Kai Eide, the United Nations Special Envoy to Afghanistan, urged Afghan leaders to fight violence against women at a meeting in Kabul where he announced a new UN report on the subject....
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....
6/19/2009 Petition Filed Against Peru with UN CEDAW Committee
A 16-year-old Peruvian rape survivor filed a petition with the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) against Peru yesterday....
6/19/2009 One in Four South African Men Admit to Rape
According to a survey by the Medical Research foundation (MRC), one in four men in South Africa have admitted to committing rape....
6/19/2009 Chinese Woman Acting in Self-Defense Spared Criminal Responsibility
A court in the Hubei Province of China ruled this week against penalizing 21-year-old Deng Yujiao, a waitress who fatally stabbed a Communist Party official who was attempting to rape her....
6/18/2009 WWII Women Pilots Granted Congressional Gold Medal
Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) will collectively receive the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor....
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....
5/29/2009 Abortion Hotline Launched in Chile
A hotline that will give Chilean women information they need to self-terminate a pregnancy was launched yesterday by a network of feminist organizations....
5/29/2009 Anti-Choice Nebraska Bill Nears Final Vote
A final vote is expected today on a Nebraska bill that would require doctors to provide certain information to women who are seeking an abortion, including requiring the viewing of ultrasound images....
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 Anti-Choice Tennessee Bill Passes in House
A proposed constitutional amendment to the Tennessee state constitution that would void a 2000 state Supreme Court decision on abortion restrictions was approved by the state House in a 76 to 22 vote yesterday....
5/11/2009 Spain to Make Emergency Contraception Available Over-the-Counter
Spain announced plans to offer emergency contraception over-the-counter today with no age restrictions....
5/1/2009 Missouri State House Approves Plan B Restrictions
The Missouri state House approved an amendment to a licensing bill this week that could restrict access to Emergency Contraception (EC), also known as Plan B, in the state....
4/28/2009 Karzai Vows Amendments to Afghan Shia Law
Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced in a press conference yesterday that a controversial Shia Family law whose implementation would severely restrict women's rights by legalizing rape within marriage, will be amended and that the human rights of women and girls will be respected by the law....
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....
4/23/2009 FDA Expands Access to Plan B
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday that it will not appeal a court order directing the FDA to make emergency contraception available over-the-counter to women as young as 17....
4/17/2009 Afghan Government will Revise Controversial Law, Says Karzai
Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced yesterday that his government will revise a controversial law that would severely restrict women's rights by legalizing rape within marriage, among other provisions....
4/10/2009 Anti-Choice Tennessee Bill Remanded to State Finance Committee
A proposed constitutional amendment to the Tennessee state constitution was sent to the state House Budget Subcommittee yesterday instead of being scheduled for a floor vote in the House....
4/8/2009 Afghanistan will Review New Shia Law that Restricts Women's Rights
Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced this weekend that the Afghan government, specifically the minister of justice, will review a new Shia family law he signed sometime last month that would severely restrict women's rights in Afghanistan....
4/2/2009 Study Indicates Teens Understand Labeling for Emergency Contraception
A new study indicates that teenager's comprehension of emergency contraception (EC) labeling is comparable to that of adults....
4/1/2009 Afghan Women's Rights may be Severely Restricted by New Law
A new Shia family law signed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai sometime last month, but not yet published, would severely restrict women's rights in Afghanistan....
4/1/2009 Report Released on Los Angeles Rape Kit Backlog
A Human Rights Watch report released yesterday found that there are at least 12,669 untested rape kits in Los Angeles County, the largest known backlog of its kind in the US....
3/27/2009 Dr. Tiller Vindicated!
A Wichita jury has just ruled that Dr....
3/24/2009 Court Rules that FDA Reconsider Restrictions on Sale of Plan B
Edward Korman, a New York District Court Judge ruled yesterday that the FDA must reconsider its 2006 ruling that allowed emergency contraception (EC), also known as Plan B, to be sold without a prescription to women 18 and older....
3/23/2009 Vatican Bioethics Official Disagrees with Vatican on Excommunication of Brazilian Doctors
Archibishop Rino Fisichella, a Vatician bioethics official, wrote last week against the Vatican's support of excommunicating the Brazilian doctors who were involved with securing an abortion for a 9-year-old girl who became pregnant with twins after being raped by her stepfather....
3/19/2009 Department of Defense Report Indicates Sexual Assault in the Military is Sharply Rising
The Department of Defense released a report this week that shows an 8 percent increase of sexual assault involving service members from fiscal year 2007....
3/19/2009 Anti-Choice Bill Reintroduced in Florida Legislature
State-level legislation was reintroduced in the Florida legislature Wednesday that would require women who are seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound and the option to view the images prior to the procedure....
3/10/2009 Vatican Supports Brazilian Catholic Church for Excommunicating those who Aided Raped Child
A senior Vatican cleric defended the Catholic Church of Brazil's plans to excommunicate those who aided a child pregnant as a result of rape....
3/6/2009 Catholic Church Excommunicates Doctors for Aiding Raped Child
The Catholic Church in Brazil plans to excommunicate all of the doctors involved in securing an abortion for a 9-year-old girl who became pregnant with twins after being raped by her stepfather....
2/23/2009 Spain Moves Towards Abortion Law Reform
A Spanish parliamentary committee approved a report on reform of Spain's restrictive abortion laws last week that recommends the legalization of first trimester abortions....
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....
1/14/2009 Prevention First Act Introduced
The Prevention First Act was introduced yesterday by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Rules Committee Chair Louise M....
1/13/2009 Rape as a Weapon of War Increases in Congo
Rebels raped more than 80 women in two days in the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo....
1/12/2009 Afghan Rape Victim Forced to Undergo Violent Abortion
A 14-year-old rape victim was admitted to an Afghan hospital in critical condition recently when she contracted an infection after a forced abortion....
1/7/2009 Utah State Legislators Will Wait to Propose Abortion Ban
Conservative Utah state legislators will wait to propose legislation that would ban abortion in the state because of the anticipated cost involved in legally defending an abortion ban....
1/5/2009 Department of Justice Reports Increase of Rape, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence in US
According to a new Department of Justice (DOJ) report, the rates of rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence in the United States have soared over the past two years....
12/17/2008 Several Massachusetts Hospitals Violating Emergency Contraception Laws
A statewide survey released yesterday by NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts found that staff at several hospitals may be in violation of a 2005 state law that requires emergency rooms to offer emergency contraception (EC) to rape survivors....
12/17/2008 Congolese Women Protest Rape in Kinshasa
Thousands of Congolese women marched in Kinshasa yesterday to denounce sexual violence against women and children as a tactic of war....
12/10/2008 Domestic Violence Gains Increased Attention in Angola
Angola's Ministry of Family and Women Promotion (Minfamu) met this week to collaborate on a draft law intended to combat violence against women....
12/9/2008 Ugandan Legislator Urges Legalization of Abortion
Rebecca Kadaga, the Deputy Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, has recently called for the legalization of abortion in Uganda....
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 Feminist Majority PAC and NOW PAC Endorse Carolyn Maloney for NY Senate Seat
The Feminist Majority Political Action Committee and the National Organization for Women (NOW) Political Action Committee announced their endorsement of New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney for appointment to the U.S....
11/25/2008 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Today marks the United Nations' (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women....
11/24/2008 Hearings Show Tiller May Have Been Trapped
Pre-trial hearings took place last week in the case against abortion provider Dr....
11/14/2008 Uruguayan President Vetoes Abortion Rights Legislation
Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez vetoed legislation Thursday that would have legalized abortion in the first trimester....
11/7/2008 Thirteen-Year Old Rape Victim Stoned to Death
The United Nations reported Tuesday that a thirteen-year old Somali girl was stoned to death after her family tried to report her rape....
10/29/2008 Plan to Clear Rape-Kit Backlog Announced in L.A.
A week after a city controller's audit showed a backlog of 7,038 "rape kits" awaiting testing, the mayor and police chief of Los Angeles announced plans to increase staffing and funding to analyze the stored evidence. As reported in the Los Angeles Times, under the plan the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) would provide $700,000 to hire 10 more DNA analysts and six support staffa third more than the current staff leveland the city would add $250,000 to pay private laboratories to help the LAPD catch up....
10/29/2008 Sexual Trauma Affects Many Women Veterans
A new study presented yesterday to the American Public Health Association has found that one in seven women military veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts seeking Veterans' Administration (VA) medical care report having experienced sexual trauma during their service....
10/28/2008 Race is Neck-in-Neck to Defeat Abortion Ban in South Dakota
In polling released this weekend by the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, a measure to ban abortion in South Dakota is currently running dead even....
10/22/2008 Huge Backlog of Rape-Kit Analyses Hinders Justice
The draft of an audit report from the Los Angeles city controller's office has revealed disturbing statistics about the handling of sexual assault investigations by the city's police department. As of September 4, 2008, the city had a backlog of 7,038 "rape kits" waiting in freezers for analysis, according to the audit....
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....
10/16/2008 Women on Waves Arrives in Spain
The Women on Waves ship will arrive in the harbor of Valencia in southern Spain today where it will remain through October 21....
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....
10/3/2008 Utah Lawmakers Plan Anti-Choice Legislation
Several conservative Utah state lawmakers announced plans this week to sponsor anti-choice legislation in the 2009 legislative session....
9/15/2008 South Dakota Anti-Choice Measure Receives Support from Local Church Leaders
Several South Dakota church leaders declared their support last week for a November ballot initiative that would ban almost all abortions in South Dakota....
9/12/2008 Dr. Kaye Whitley Testifies at Congressional Hearing on Sexual Assault in the Military
The Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs on Wednesday held a hearing on sexual assault in the military....
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....
9/5/2008 Republican Party Platform Reviewed
The official Republican Party Platform adopted this week has the potential to threaten women's rights domestically and abroad....
9/2/2008 Rapists Freed in Afghanistan to be Investigated
There will be a full investigation into the case of two convicted rapists who were given a pardon by Afghan President Hamid Karzai in May....
8/29/2008 Mexico City Abortion Access Upheld
The Mexican Supreme Court has ruled 8-3 that a Mexico City law that allows abortion in the first trimester is constitutional....
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....
8/8/2008 Rape, Sex Abuse of Afghan Girls Continues
Afghan girls continue to be sexually exploited, reported the Afghan Interior Ministry Thursday....
8/1/2008 Congress Hears Testimony on Sexual Assault in the Military
The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs held a hearing on sexual assault in the military....
7/31/2008 Proposed Health and Human Services Rule Would Override MN EC Law
A proposed rule change to Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations would endanger a Minnesota law that requires doctors to offer rape victims emergency contraception....
7/24/2008 House Passes Grant for Processing Untested Rape Kits
The House of Representatives passed the Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2008 last week, which will help process a backlog of rape kits across the country....
7/23/2008 US Female Soldiers Speak Out Against Sexual Assault
With over 190,000 women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, female soldiers have brought sexual assault in the military to the attention of military authorities and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)....
7/21/2008 South Dakota Abortion Law Takes Effect
South Dakota abortion providers are now required to recite a script telling patients that the procedure will "terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique living human being." They must then warn the woman of a supposed increased risk of suicide....
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....
6/17/2008 So-Called "Pro-Life" Pharmacies Refuse to Stock Birth Control
A small but growing number of so-called "pro-life" pharmacies are refusing to stock birth control products, condoms, and emergency contraception....
5/28/2008 Report Finds Evidence of Child Abuse by Aid Workers
A report released Tuesday by Save the Children UK states that children living in conflict-effected zones are being sexually abused by international humanitarian aid workers and UN peacekeepers....
5/19/2008 Harvey Karman Dies at 84
Harvey Karman, whose invention led to safer, less painful abortions, died this month of a stroke in Santa Barbara, California....
5/15/2008 States Required to Pay for Anonymous Rape Kits
Under the renewed Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), states will be required to pay for anonymous rape kits starting next year....
5/13/2008 KBR Rape Case to Go to Court
A judge ruled on Friday that an alleged Halliburton/KBR rape case can go to court, rather than closed arbitration....
5/6/2008 Students Protest University Honoring Notorious Anti-Feminist
Students at Washington University in St Louis are organizing in protest of the University's plans to honor notorious anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly with an honorary doctorate degree at the school's commencement ceremony May 16....
4/28/2008 South Dakota Abortion Ban Petition Certified
South Dakota Secretary of State Chris Nelson certified last week that a petition for an abortion ban ballot initiative has enough signatures to be placed on the statewide November ballot....
4/18/2008 National Week of Action for Reproductive Justice
The Third Wave Foundation launched the first annual National Week of Action for Reproductive Justice on Wednesday....
4/17/2008 Violence against Women More than Doubled in Pakistan Last Year
A report released by Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Monday reveals that violence against women has gone up to 4,276 recorded cases....
4/15/2008 Anti-Sexual Assault Organization Launches Online Counseling Hotline
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the US, launched an online counseling service yesterday....
4/15/2008 Yemeni Girl Demands Divorce
Eight-year-old Nojoud Muhammed Nasser filed a lawsuit in Yemen against her father who forced her to marry a 30-year-old man....
4/14/2008 Oklahoma Senate Approved Omnibus Anti-Abortion Bill
The Oklahoma state Senate voted last week to approve an anti-abortion omnibus bill....
4/9/2008 Rape Still Widespread in Darfur
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Monday that sexual violence in Darfur continues to be a constant threat for women and girls....
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....
4/3/2008 Senate Committee Hearing on Rape as a Weapon of War
On Tuesday, United States Senator Dick Durbin chaired the first-ever Congressional hearing on the use of rape as a weapon of war....
4/3/2008 Anti-Abortion Group Files Petition Signatures for Ballot Initiative
An anti-abortion group filed enough signatures on Monday to include the anti-abortion ban on the November 2008 South Dakota state ballot....
3/12/2008 Ghanaian Women Spread Message of Safe Abortions
Traditional women leaders in Ghana are teaching other Ghanian women about their rights to abortion....
3/3/2008 Wisconsin State Senate Approves EC Access for Rape Victims
The Wisconsin state Senate voted 25-6 to pass the Compassionate Care for Rape Victims bill last week....
2/27/2008 Anti-Choice Amendment Restricts Abortion Funding for Indian Health Services
US Senate passed Senator David Vitter's (R-Louisiana) anti-choice amendment that would prevent funding for abortion for the Indian Health Services (IHS) yesterday....
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....
2/13/2008 Alleged KBR Rape Victim Testifies at Another House Hearing
Jamie Leigh Jones, a former KBR employee, testified again on Tuesday at a Congressional hearing that she was drugged and gang-raped by a group of her co-workers in the Green Zone KBR camp in Iraq in 2005....
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 Iran Shuts Down Feminist Magazine
The Iranian government forced Irans influential womens magazine Zanan ("Women" in Farsi) to close down last 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....
1/28/2008 Sexual Violence in Kenya Continues to Escalate
Sexual violence continues to rise amidst post-election clashes in Kenya....
1/18/2008 Sexual Violence in Kenya Increasing Amidst Post-Election Chaos
Health workers in Kenya are reporting an increase in sexual violence amidst the chaos following the country�s presidential elections....
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....
1/11/2008 Controversy Over Abortion Rights for Rape Victims in Egypt
A draft bill introduced in the Egyptian Parliament that would allow rape victims to have abortions has met with controversy....
1/9/2008 Spanish Abortion Clinics on Strike
Private clinics, which perform most of the abortions in Spain, began a five day strike on Tuesday in response to alleged harassment and persecution by government investigators and anti-abortion extremists....
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....
12/14/2007 Prosecutor in Aborigine Rape Case Suspended
The lead prosecutor in a child rape case has been suspended pending an investigation into his decision to not seek jail sentences for nine young men who confessed to gang-raping a ten year old Aboriginal girl....
12/12/2007 Halliburton/KBR Cover Up Alleged Gang Rape
A Texas woman filed a federal lawsuit in May against Halliburton and its former subsidiary KBR, stating that she was drugged and gang-raped by a group of her co-workers in the KBR camp in the Green Zone in Iraq in 2005....
12/6/2007 Sexual Assault Suit at Colorado University Settles
The University of Colorado announced on Monday that it will settle a Title IX lawsuit that accused the university of deliberate indifference to sexual harassment and assault by football players and recruits....
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....
12/3/2007 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....
11/26/2007 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....
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....
10/1/2007 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....
9/11/2007 University of Colorado Rape Lawsuit Reinstated
A lawsuit alleging that University of Colorado (CU) football players and recruits gang-raped two women in 2001 was reinstated by a federal appeals court Thursday....
9/10/2007 Plan B Bill Moves in Wisconsin
After a long delay, the Compassionate Care for Rape Victims Bill is now being considered by the Wisconsin State Assembly....
8/27/2007 Maloney Proposes Global Women's Rights Office
In honor of Women's Equality Day (August 26), Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has announced that when the House reconvenes this fall, she will introduce a bill to equip the US government to advocate for global women's rights....
8/23/2007 Catholic Church Denounces Amnesty's Support of Limited Abortion Rights
Catholic leaders have denounced Amnesty International following the organization's adoption of a new policy in support of limited abortion rights....
8/13/2007 Rapist Released After Serving Only Six Months of Ten-Year Sentence
William Beebe, a man convicted of rape after he sent a letter of apology to his victim 21 years after raping her, is scheduled for parole just six months into his 10-year jail sentence....
8/10/2007 Air Force Woman Could Be Convicted in Her Own Rape
A woman airman in the US Air Force who was allegedly raped by three of her male counterparts is being charged with indecent acts, according to an AP report....
7/26/2007 Prosecutors Seek Appeal in Rape Case Dropped for Language Barrier
After a Montgomery County judge in Maryland dropped nine counts of rape, sex abuse, and child abuse against a man because the court was unable to find a translator, prosecutors have announced that they will seek an appeal....
7/20/2007 EMU President Fired After Rape and Murder Cover-Up
Eastern Michigan University President John Fallon, along with two other university officials, was fired after being accused of attempting to cover up the rape and murder of a student in an on-campus dormitory room....
7/20/2007 Louisiana: Governor Signs 3 Anti-Abortion Measures
Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco (D) signed three bills last week that restrict women's access to abortion....
7/19/2007 Minnesota Pioneers First-Ever Report on the High Cost of Sexual Assault
In an effort to initiate a statewide plan for sexual assault prevention, the Minnesota Department of Health released a first-of-its-kind report illustrating the economic implications of sexual assault, placing the final figure at approximately $8 billion dollars in 2005....
7/13/2007 Nebraska Judge Declares Mistrial in Rape Case after Language Ban
District Judge Jeffre Cheuvront declared a mistrial yesterday in a Nebraska rape case in which the alleged victim would have been unable to say certain words, including "rape" and "assault"....
7/11/2007 New Armed Services Sub-Committee Chair Challenges Sexual Harassment in the Military
Representative Susan Davis (D-CA), a member of the male-dominated House Armed Services Committee, announced that she plans to attack head-on the issue of sexual harassment in the military....
7/9/2007 Report Denounces University's Handling of Student's Rape and Murder
The US Department of Education has released an 18-page report confirming that Eastern Michigan University (EMU) mishandled student Laura Dickinson's rape and murder case in December 2006....
7/3/2007 10 African Leaders Call for Safe, Legal Abortion
Political leaders of 10 African countries this week called for the legalization of safe abortion procedures in an effort to curb maternal mortality among African women....
7/3/2007 Brazil Will Provide Morning-After Pill to Poor
Morning-after pills will be included in Brazil's newly expanded birth control program, a health official announced Monday....
7/2/2007 Israeli President Escapes Jail Time for Rape Charges
Women's rights activists in Israel are expressing outrage at a plea bargain that will exempt President Moshe Katsav from going to prison for sexual harassment and rape....
6/29/2007 19 New Charges Filed Against Dr. George Tiller
Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison (D) filed 19 charges yesterday against one of the few providers of later term abortions in the US....
6/26/2007 Kansas Moves to Ban Late-Term Abortions
Kansas State Representative Arlen Siegfried (R), the chairman of the Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee, announced that he will fight for a bill banning all abortions after the 21st week of pregnancy....
6/25/2007 New Anti-Rape Law in Thailand
The National Legislative Assembly of Thailand approved a new law last week that criminalizes marital rape....
6/8/2007 Support for Family Planning Services Strong with American Public and Congress
On the 42nd anniversary of Griswold v Connecticut, the Supreme Court case that established the right to birth control, new poll results showed yesterday that an overwhelming majority of Americans support access to birth control and other family planning services....
5/31/2007 Mexican Supreme Court Will Consider New Abortion Law
The Mexican Supreme Court announced on Tuesday that it will hear a case filed by the National Human Right's Commission (NHRC) and the Attorney General's Office to determine whether Mexico City's law allowing abortion in the first three months of pregnancy is constitutional....
5/24/2007 Final Actions Taken on Abortion Bills in KS, OK, and GA
Bills regulating abortion reached their end stages in three states this past week....
5/17/2007 CT Governor Signs EC Bill for Sexual Assault Victims
Connecticut Governor M Jodi Rell (R) signed a bill yesterday ensuring that all licensed health care facilities make emergency contraception available to victims of sexual assault....
5/16/2007 XM Radio Gives One Month Suspension to Jocks for Rape Joke
XM Satellite Radio announced yesterday that Gregg "Opie" Hughes and Anthony Cumia, the hosts of "The Opie and Anthony Show," will be suspended for 30 days after making vulgar and graphic rape jokes during their morning show last week....
5/8/2007 Two Women Appeal Rape Case Against the University of Colorado
Two women who allege they were sexually assaulted by University of Colorado (CU) football players in 2001 are asking the federal Court of Appeals to revive their lawsuit against the school for fostering a climate conducive to sexual assault by men athletes....
5/4/2007 Ireland's High Court to Hear Case Over Teen's Right to Abortion
A 17-year-old Irish girl petitioned Ireland's High Court yesterday for the right to travel to England to obtain an abortion, which remains illegal in Ireland even in cases of rape, incest, and severe fetal anomalies....
4/30/2007 Amnesty: US Fails to Protect Indigenous Women from Sexual Assault
A new Amnesty International report finds that one in three Native American women will be raped in her lifetime, twice the national average for non-Native women....
4/26/2007 North Dakota Passes Trigger Abortion Ban
The North Dakota legislature has passed a bill that would ban abortions in the event that the US Supreme Court rules that such laws are constitutional....
4/25/2007 Mexico City Legislature Legalizes Early Abortions
The Mexico City Legislative Assembly voted yesterday evening to legalize first-trimester abortions in a 46-19 vote, with one abstention....
4/11/2007 Portugal Government Legalizes Abortion
Anibal Cavasco Silva, president of Portugal, ratified a new law Tuesday legalizing abortion up until the 10th week of pregnancy....
3/23/2007 Mississippi Governor Signs Abortion Trigger Law
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (R) signed a bill into law yesterday that will outlaw and criminalize all abortions in the event that the US Supreme Court overturns its 1973 decision in Roe v Wade....
3/22/2007 South Australian Court Makes Controversial Rape Ruling
The Court of Criminal Appeal in South Australia cleared the record of a man who had been found guilty by a jury of raping a woman....
3/21/2007 Polish Woman Wins Case After Denied Abortion
A Polish woman who was denied an abortion, even though her health was jeopardized by the pregnancy, won her case before the European Court of Human Rights....
3/21/2007 Bush Nominates Anti-Choice WY Lawyer to be District Judge
Wyoming Republican Senators Mike Enzi and Craig Thomas announced on Monday that President Bush has nominated Wyoming lawyer Richard Honaker to serve as a US District judge....
3/16/2007 EC Now Required in Colorado Emergency Rooms
Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed a bill Thursday that will require hospital emergency rooms to provide information about emergency contraception (EC) to victims of sexual assault....
3/14/2007 Mexico City Moves to Liberalize Abortion Laws
A bill that would legalize abortion laws in Mexico City is moving through the capital's city assembly and is expected to pass within months....
3/12/2007 Study Finds 3 Out of 4 Liberian Women Experience Rape
Three out of every four Liberian women have been raped, a recent survey by the London-based medical aid agency Merlin found....
3/12/2007 Portuguese Parliament Approves Abortion Reform
Portugal's parliament voted overwhelmingly to liberalize the country's abortion laws on Thursday....
3/8/2007 Young Girls Speak, are Focus of 51st Meeting on Status of Women
Over 6,000 women and men from around the world gathered in New York for the 51st annual meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women....
2/26/2007 Two Women Allegedly Gang-Raped by Iraqi Security Forces
Two alleged gang rapes of Iraqi women by national security forces caused an uproar in Iraq last week....
2/23/2007 SD Senate Nixes New Abortion Ban
South Dakota senators in the State Affairs Committee voted 8 to 1 on Wednesday to kill, a proposed ban on abortion similar to the one rejected by voters last year....
2/15/2007 Case Closed: KS Supreme Court Dismisses Charges against Dr. Tiller
The Kansas Supreme Court has granted Attorney General Paul Morrison's (D) request that charges against George Tiller, one of the country's few providers of late-term abortion, be dropped....
2/15/2007 SD House Passes Revised Abortion Ban
South Dakota's House of Representatives passed the so-called "Women's Health and Human Life Protection Act" by a vote of 45-25 yesterday....
2/12/2007 Portugal Abortion Referendum Fails, Government Moves to Legalize
After a referendum on Portugal's strict abortion laws failed due to low voter turn-out, the country's Socialist government has announced that it will work to legalize abortion in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy....
2/8/2007 Rep. Slaughter Reintroduces Prevention First in House
Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY) reintroduced the Prevention First Act in the House on Monday....
2/5/2007 Legislatures in SD, UT, WY Consider Abortion-Related Bills
State legislatures in South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming are considering recently introduced measures that would affect state abortion policies....
2/2/2007 Abortion Ban Moves Through Mississippi Senate
An abortion ban has been introduced in the Mississippi State Senate....
1/31/2007 Rape Victim Jailed, Denied EC After Reporting Crime
A Florida college student was arrested over the weekend after reporting her rape to the police....
1/31/2007 SD Legislature Reintroduces Revised Abortion Ban
An abortion ban, similar to the previous ban that was soundly rejected by voters in November 2006, will be introduced into the South Dakota House of Representatives today....
1/30/2007 SD Anti-Abortion Legislators Redraft Abortion Ban
South Dakota legislators announced Monday that they will reintroduce a new version of their previous abortion ban that was rejected by voters in the November elections....
1/24/2007 Israeli President Takes Leave of Absence Following Rape, Harassment Charges
Israeli President Moshe Katsav announced to parliament this morning that he will take a leave of absence following the attorney general's decision to charge Katsav with rape, harassment, sexual relations involving the abuse of power, obstruction of justice, and illegally accepting gifts....
1/23/2007 Israeli President Faces Rape Charges
Israeli Attorney General Meni Mazuz announced this morning that he intends to charge Israeli President Moshe Katsav for rape, sexual harassment, and the abuse of power....
1/11/2007 Turkish Government Taking Unprecedented Steps Against
Facing pressure from women's groups and the European Union, the Turkish government has begun a major media campaign condemning all violence towards women, especially so-called "honor" killings....
1/5/2007 Togo Increases Accessibility to Abortion
A law newly passed in Togo expands abortion rights, legalizing abortion in cases of rape or incest and when the fetus is at risk of a serious medical condition....
1/2/2007 More Developments in Kline's Attack on Abortion Provider Dr. George Tiller
Over the past two weeks in his last remaining days in office, ousted Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline (R) has continued to pursue his case against George Tiller, one of the only providers of late-term abortions in the US....
12/21/2006 Displaced Women in Darfur Suffer Severe Depression
A new study of internally displaced women in Sudan's South Darfur illuminates the bleak status of women's mental health in the volatile region....
12/15/2006 Massachusetts Hospitals Hinder EC Access for Rape Survivors
Though Massachusetts state law mandates that hospitals offer emergency contraception (EC) to rape survivors, a recent survey reveals that it may not be readily accessible in all state emergency rooms....
11/30/2006 Nicaraguan Woman's Death Called First Casualty of Total Abortion Ban
Many women�s rights advocates are arguing that the recently passed abortion ban in Nicaragua caused the death of a young woman experiencing complications with her pregnancy earlier this week....
11/16/2006 Pakistan's Lower House Amends Rape Laws Punitive to Victims
Pakistan's lower house of parliament approved changes to the country's punitive rape laws yesterday....
11/14/2006 Ireland Teens Respond to Age of Consent Ruling
Ireland's Supreme Court ruled in May that statutory rape consists of any man or boy having intercourse with a girl under the age of 15....
11/9/2006 EC Available OTC Soon; CRR to Subpoena EC White House Documents
The Reproductive Health Technologies Project announced on Monday that emergency contraception (EC) will be available behind pharmacy counters without a prescription for women 18 years and older as early as this week....
11/6/2006 SD Abortion Ban Lobby Received $750,000 in Questionable Funds
On the eve of Tuesdays election, news has broken that Vote Yes for Life, the group trying to pass a sweeping abortion ban in South Dakota, may have received an illegal donation of $750,000 -- the largest single amount received by either side of the South Dakota abortion ban debate....
11/6/2006 Kansas Abortion Provider Requests Investigation of TV Remarks
Abortion provider George Tiller plans to ask the Kansas Supreme Court today to investigate if Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline and FOX TV Host Bill OReilly violated patients privacy during an interview on Foxs "The OReilly Factor." OReilly reported that a "source inside" one of the two abortion clinics under investigation by Kline said that Tiller provided late-term abortions to depressed women....
11/6/2006 Saudi Gang Rape Victim Punished
A Saudi victim of gang rape was sentenced to 90 lashes for being alone in a car with a male friend who was not her husband prior to her rape....
11/1/2006 MD Court Rules Consent Only Needed Prior to Sexual Act in Alleged Rape Cases
A three-judge panel of the Maryland Special Court of Appeals reinforced the provision of Maryland's rape law that says a woman who gives consent prior to intercourse cannot withdraw her legal consent during the act....
11/1/2006 Poland: Parliament and President Disagree on Abortion Ban
Poland's parliament introduced a constitutional amendment last week that would ban all abortions in the country, but both the President and Prime Minister have expressed their disapproval of the ban....
10/27/2006 Nicaragua Outlaws All Abortion
The Nicaraguan legislature voted yesterday to outlaw all abortions, making it the third country in the Western Hemisphere to outlaw abortion without exception....
10/27/2006 Spelman Women Celebrate Centers 25th Anniversary
The Women's Research & Resources Center at Spelman College, the first of its kind at a historically black college, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year....
10/23/2006 Rectifying Sexual Violence Still a Major Concern in Liberia
Despite a major anti-rape law implemented in Liberia early this year, a United Nations report found that progress has been slow in abolishing sexual and gender-based violence due to flaws in the judicial system....
10/19/2006 Portuguese Parliament to Vote on Abortion Referendum
The Portuguese Parliament is set to vote on whether to hold a referendum that would let voters decide whether to legalize abortion....
10/16/2006 UK Proposes Changes in Rape Laws
The United Kingdom is considering new legislation that would make it easier to convict rapists, even if the victim was intoxicated at the time of the rape....
10/16/2006 Zimbabwe Parliamentarian Claims Women's Inferiority
Timothy Mubhawu, a member of parliament (MP) in Zimbabwe, is insisting that the national assembly reject a bill that would criminalize domestic violence....
10/13/2006 Nicaragua Considers Banning All Abortion
A proposed law in Nicaragua banning all abortions, even when a woman or girl's life is at risk, is currently under review by the country's judicial commission and may be voted on soon....
10/12/2006 South Dakota Abortion Ban Advocates Use "Feminist" Language
Anti-abortion advocates in South Dakota have turned to women-centered messages to promote the extensive abortion ban on November's ballot....
10/11/2006 Thirty Years is Enough for Hyde Amendment
October marks the 30th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, the law that prohibits using federal funds for abortions....
10/4/2006 Clinton Introduces Bill to Protect Sexual Assault Victims
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) introduced the Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies (CARE) Act in the Senate last week....
9/28/2006 Report Reveals Bride-Kidnapping, Domestic Abuse in Kyrgyzstan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report yesterday that exposed the bride-kidnapping and violent domestic abuse that occurs among women in Kyrgyzstan....
9/18/2006 Proposed Bills Threaten Rights of Sexual Assault, Rape Victims
The US Senate Armed Services Committee may vote as early as tomorrow on two pieces of legislation that could greatly reduce the rights of victims of sexual assault and rape....
9/12/2006 Pakistan: Reforms of Cruel Rape Law Fail
In a blow for women's rights in Pakistan, the government's proposals for reforming the country's cruel rape laws were dropped today....
9/7/2006 UNFPA Releases 2006 State of the World Report
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released its 2006 State of the World Population report yesterday in a morning briefing in Washington, DC, emphasizing the importance of women's issues and international migration....
8/28/2006 Significant Increase in Misconduct by Military Recruiters
In a recent investigative study, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported a significant increase of inappropriate conduct by military recruiters....
8/28/2006 Australian Legislators Fight Deceptive Pregnancy Counseling Centers
Legislators in Australia are working to pass a bill that would require pregnancy counseling centers to make their positions on abortion clear in order to not mislead women seeking abortions....
8/24/2006 BREAKING NEWS: FDA Approves Over-the-Counter Status for EC
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its approval of over-the-counter status for Plan B emergency contraception for women 18 years and older at a press conference today....
8/24/2006 Three Male Suspects Identified in Connection to Juarez Murders
A man arrested Monday in Denver on illegal immigration charges has been named by US and Mexican authorities as one of three suspects in dozens of rapes and murders in Juarez, Mexico....
8/15/2006 South Africa: Women Celebrate Historic Women's March
In celebration of Women's Day, thousands of South African women re-enacted an historic march through South Africa's capital, Pretoria, on Wednesday....
8/3/2006 Pakistan to Consider Amending Rape Laws
The Pakistani parliament will consider and likely approve a bill that would ease overly strict restrictions applied under Islamic law that make it nearly impossible to prove a woman has been raped....
7/24/2006 Kenya Toughens Law on Sexual Predators
A new law in Kenya has created stricter punishments for rapists and sexual predators, but has failed to criminalize marital rape and female genital mutilation....
7/17/2006 Fresno Football Players Arraigned in Rape of 11-Year-Old Girl
Two Reedley College football players were arrested and several other college football players are said to have been involved in the alleged rape of an 11-year-old girl at a Fresno, California apartment....
7/11/2006 Pakistan to Free More than 1,000 Women
Pakistan's President signed an amendment to a controversial Islamic law on Friday that will allow 1,300 women facing charges of adultery and other minor crimes to be released from prison on bail....
7/10/2006 California Forms Network to Reduce Unintended Pregnancies
More than 50 Californian advocacy groups, including the Pharmacy Access partnership and the Feminist Majority Foundation, have joined together to form the California Emergency Contraception Network....
7/6/2006 Amnesty May Be Granted to Ugandan Responsible for Kidnapping, Sex Slavery
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced Tuesday that if peace talks are successful, he will grant amnesty to Joseph Kony, head of a Ugandan terrorist organization, despite the atrocities Kony has committed over the past 19 years....
7/5/2006 American Ex-Solider Accused of Rape, Murder in Iraq
A former US soldier was accused on Monday of raping and murdering a young Iraqi woman and killing her three family members in their home....
7/3/2006 Oglala Sioux Tribe President Impeached Over Women's Health Clinic
Oglala Sioux Tribe president Cecelia Fire Thunder was impeached on Thursday for her proposal to build a women's health clinic on tribal land in South Dakota....
6/29/2006 Coast Guard Cadet Sentenced for Extortion, Sodomy, and Indecent Assault
Coast Guard cadet Webster Smith, 23, was sentenced yesterday to six months in prison for extortion, sodomy, indecent assault, and other charges....
6/26/2006 A Year Later, Bush Announces His Support of Contraception
Nearly a year after the President was asked his stance on birth control, the Department of Health and Human Services answered on behalf of President Bush in a letter to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and other members of Congress....
6/20/2006 SD Abortion Ban Stayed; Referendum to Repeal Ban Qualifies
Activists in South Dakota have succeeded in gathering enough signatures to hold a referendum in November on the state's extreme abortion ban, South Dakota's secretary of state announced yesterday....
6/19/2006 Louisiana Governor Signs Abortion Ban into Law
Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco (D) signed an extreme ban on abortion into law this weekend....
6/15/2006 Results of Scottish Review of Rape Law Announced
In response to concerns that prosecutions for rape often fail to lead to successful convictions, Scottish Solicitor-General Elish Angiolini has released the results of a review that began in 2004....
6/8/2006 Oglala Sioux Tribe Bans Abortion on Reservation, Suspends Tribal President
The Oglala Sioux tribe in South Dakota voted to ban abortion on the Pine Ridge Reservation and suspend tribal president Cecelia Fire Thunder for 20 days after she announced her intention to build a womens health clinic on the reservation....
6/2/2006 Louisiana House Approves Abortion Ban
With an 85-17 vote, the Louisiana House passed a ban on most abortions, with exceptions to save the life of the pregnant woman or prevent serious physical harm....
5/24/2006 Louisiana House Committee Passes Abortion Ban
Louisiana's State House Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice approved a near-total ban on abortion last Wednesday and the bill, already approved by the Senate, is moving to the House floor for debate....
5/11/2006 Colombia to Permit Abortions in Certain Cases
Reversing its complete ban on abortion under any circumstances, Colombia will now grant access to abortion when a pregnancy results from incest or rape or when the woman's life is endangered....
5/9/2006 OB-GYNs Urge Women to Get Advance Plan B Prescriptions
Women should get a prescription for emergency contraception (EC) now, in case they need it later, advises the new "Ask Me" campaign by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists....
5/1/2006 Thousands Rally Across the US to Stop Genocide
Thousands gathered in 12 different locations yesterday to support Sudan's Darfur region and rally against the genocide-in-progress....
4/28/2006 Louisiana Senate Approves Strict Abortion Ban
The Louisiana State Senate approved a near-total ban on abortion on Wednesday, allowing abortion only to save a woman's life....
4/28/2006 Women Protest Male MP's Trivialization of Rape in Kenya
When women in Kenya say 'no' to sex they really mean 'yes' - according to Paddy Ahenda, a male Kenyan member of parliament (MP), whose statements this week during a parliamentary debate prompted 12 of the 18 women MPs in the room to walk out in spontaneous protest....
4/20/2006 Louisiana Senate Considers Abortion Ban
Following in the steps of South Dakota, the Louisiana State Senate is considering a near-total ban on abortions in the state, which would allow abortions only to save the life of a pregnant woman....
4/18/2006 Two Indictments in Duke Rape Case
Early today, two sophomore members of the Duke University lacrosse team were arrested on charges of rape, sexual assault and kidnapping....
4/17/2006 Colorado Governor Vetoes Emergency Contraception Bill
Bill Owens, the Republican Governor of Colorado, has vetoed State House Bill 1212, which would have allowed pharmacists to dispense emergency contraception (EC) without a doctor's prescription....
4/13/2006 Alleged Victim of Rape at Duke Identifies Attacker
The victim of an alleged sexual assault by three white Duke lacrosse players has identified at least one of her attackers, according to District Attorney Mike Nifong....
4/11/2006 UK: Rape Cases Resulting in Fewer Convictions, More Cautions
Government figures in the United Kingdom show that the number of offenders cautioned for rape is increasing, as is the number of rape reports, but that convictions are becoming rarer....
3/31/2006 Gang Rape Alleged at Duke University
Duke University has suspended games of the men's lacrosse team, which was ranked number two in the nation, while allegations of gang rape involving members of the team are investigated....
3/27/2006 Referendum Campaign Launched Against South Dakota Abortion Ban
A new coalition called South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families announced on Friday that it was launching a referendum campaign to repeal the South Dakota abortion ban....
3/24/2006 France Raises Age of Marriage for Women to 18
French women will now need to be 18 years or older to consent to marry, three years older than previously required by law....
3/16/2006 Mississippi Senate Seeks to Negotiate Abortion Ban
The abortion ban passed recently by the Mississippi House of Representatives is now before the Senate, which voted yesterday to begin negotiating changes to the bill so that it would not invalidate existing abortion provisions....
3/15/2006 Mexico Compensates Rape Victim for Denying Her Right to an Abortion
Nearly seven years after Paulina Ramirez became pregnant from a rape attack in her home by a heroin addict, the Mexican government has agreed to pay her reparations for forcing her to carry the pregnancy to term....
3/13/2006 Protests for Women's Rights Mark International Women's Day Across Asia
A series of protests and rallies for women's rights occurred in several Asian countries in the days leading up to International Women's Day, March 8....
3/8/2006 Mexico: Rape Victims Denied Access to Abortion
Rape victims in Mexico face hostile officials who actively prevent women from accessing legal abortion services, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW)....
3/3/2006 Human Rights Group Blasts Unwarranted Detention of Libyan Women and Girls
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released a report condemning Libya's practice of confining women and girls in prison-like facilities for suspected moral transgressions....
3/2/2006 Mississippi House Considers Virtual Abortion Ban
Mississippi's House is currently considering a ban on all abortions in the state except those necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman or girl....
2/24/2006 Italian Supreme Court: Sex Abuse of Non-Virgins a Less Severe Crime
In a decision condemned by women's groups, Italian MPs, and UNICEF, Italy's Supreme Court ruled last week that sexual abuse is less serious if the victim is not a virgin....
2/17/2006 Australian Parliament Moves to Make RU-486 Available
An effective ban on RU-486 in Australia ended this week when the Australian House of Representatives passed a bill to remove Health Minister Tony Abbot's veto over the drug....
2/13/2006 Polish Woman Denied Abortion Takes Case to European Court
A Polish woman who suffered severe health consequences after being denied an abortion is taking her case before the European Court of Human Rights....
2/10/2006 Australia Moves Closer to Allowing Mifepristone Access
The Australian Senate passed a measure this week that will increase womens access to mifepristone....
2/6/2006 Catholic Hospitals Dodge Emergency Contraception Laws
Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) released last week the results of a survey that found Catholic hospitals were not fully complying with laws requiring emergency contraception be provided to rape victims....
1/27/2006 Kansas Will Comply With Medicaid Regulations, Fund Abortions
A federal district judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline (R) that sought to prevent Kansas from funding abortions for the state's Medicaid recipients....
1/18/2006 Africa's First Elected Woman Leader Sworn In as President of Liberia
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was sworn in as the president of Liberia on Monday, making her the first democratically elected female head of state in Africa....
12/13/2005 Women's Rights Treaty Enacted by Fifteen African Nations
Fifteen African countries have ratified the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa, affirming that reproductive rights are human rights....
12/12/2005 Massachusetts Makes Emergency Contraception Available at All Hospitals
In a victory for women's health, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) reversed his position under pressure and will support a state law that makes emergency contraception available at all hospitals, regardless of religious affiliation....
12/6/2005 Young Women Have Highest Risk of HIV/AIDS
A new report from the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) of South Africa reports that 16.9 percent of young women in 2005 were infected with HIV/AIDS, a jump from a rate of 12 percent in 2002....
11/1/2005 House Considers Bill to Help Military Rape Survivors
Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) recently reintroduced legislation allocating three years of funds to improve the military's response to rape cases....
10/28/2005 Students Protest Pharmacist's Refusal to Give Rape Survivor EC
More than 70 students, community members, and local politicians held a demonstration outside of Fry's Food and Drug Store in Tucson, Arizona, yesterday to protest its refusal to fill a rape survivor's prescription for emergency contraception (EC)....
10/20/2005 UN Peacekeepers Still Abusing Women, Says Report
Despite recent international attention to the problem, United Nations peacekeepers are still sexually exploiting and abusing women in the countries in which they serve, according to a report released yesterday by Refugees International....
10/6/2005 British Government Considers Banning Forced Marriages
The British government is considering a proposal to ban forced marriages, making clerics, imams, and parents liable for prosecution....
10/4/2005 UN Peacekeepers Suspended from Police Force after Sex Abuse Allegations
Eleven Nigerian police officers who were part of a United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been suspended from the Nigerian police force in the course of investigations into the sexual abuse of Congolese women and girls....
9/30/2005 Violence Against Women Act Reauthorized; Cuts Made to Minority Programs
The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act programs through fiscal year 2009....
9/30/2005 Portugal Agrees to Hold Abortion Referendum
Portugal's parliament on Wednesday voted to hold a referendum to decriminalize abortion during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy....
7/22/2005 Massachusetts May Soon Have Pharmacy Access to Emergency Contraception
This week, the Massachusetts House and Senate both overwhelmingly approved legislation to make emergency contraception available from pharmacists without prescriptions and to require hospitals to offer it to rape victims....
7/14/2005 All-Female African Village Still Thriving After 10 Years
The all-female village of Umoja, Kenya is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year as a prosperous community after ten years of struggle and opposition....
7/12/2005 Five Gang-Rape Suspects Arrested in Pakistan
In Chiniot, Pakistan, five men have been arrested for the gang-rape of Fauzia Altaf....
6/28/2005 Victory for Pakistan Gang-Rape Victim
The Pakistan Supreme Court reopened the case of gang-rape victim Mukhtar Mai (also known as Mukhtaran Bibi) yesterday following pressure from human rights groups and governments worldwide....
6/21/2005 Study Finds Violence Against Women Pervasive in Ugandan Refugee Camp
A study by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reveals high levels of sexual and physical violence committed against women and girls in the Pabbo camp for internally displaced persons (IDP), Uganda's largest war refugee camp....
6/16/2005 Senators Reintroduce Bill to Provide EC to Rape Survivors
Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Jon Corzine (D-NJ) held a press conference yesterday to announce their introduction of the Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies (CARE) Act....
6/16/2005 Raped Woman Allowed to Leave Pakistan
After significant international pressure, the Pakistani government has removed travel restrictions it had placed on the survivor of an infamous gang rape....
6/14/2005 Violence Against Women Act 2005 Introduced for Reauthorization
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), first passed by Congress in 1994, was introduced in the Senate for reauthorization this past week....
6/2/2005 Indiana Subpoenas Medical Records of Girls Under the Age of 14
Indiana Superior Court Judge Kenneth Johnson has ruled that Planned Parenthood of Indiana must turn over confidential medical records of more than 80 patients....
5/17/2005 Woman Aid Worker Kidnapped in Kabul
In another in a series of attacks on aid workers in Afghanistan, an Italian woman working for CARE International was abducted Monday evening in Kabul....
5/12/2005 Georgia Enacts 24-Hour Waiting Period, Tightens Parental Notification Laws
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue signed into law a bill on Tuesday that imposes 24-hour waiting periods on women seeking abortions in the state, and tightens the application of its parental notification laws....
5/9/2005 Women Demand Punishment for the Killers of Four Afghan Women
A group of 200 women from 26 Afghan women's groups protested in Kabul on Thursday to demand that the killers of four Afghan women be punished for their crimes....
5/3/2005 Three Afghan Women Killed As Warning to Stop Working for Aid Groups
Three Afghan women were found raped and strangled to death in the northern province of Baghlan with a warning for women to stop working for aid groups....
4/21/2005 Creator of Law that Restricts Federal Funding of Abortion Announces Retirement
Representative Henry Hyde (R-IL), author of the law that prohibits the use of federal money for abortion services, announced on Monday that he will retire at the close of this term after more than 30 years in office....
4/8/2005 Colorado Governor Vetoes Emergency Contraception Bill
Colorado Governor Bill Owens (R) vetoed a bill on Tuesday that would have required all hospitals to inform rape victims about emergency contraception....
4/7/2005 Almost Half of All Pregnant Women in Swaziland Have HIV
A new survey shows that 42.6 percent of pregnant women in Swaziland have contracted HIV/AIDS....
4/6/2005 New Jersey Law Will Require Hospitals to Provide EC to Sexual Assault Victims
Governor Richard Codey of New Jersey recently signed legislation that will require hospitals in the state to inform sexual assault victims about emergency contraception (EC) in order to prevent unwanted pregnancy after rape....
3/31/2005 Kenyan Women Take Complaints of Rape by British Military to the United Nations
Several hundred Kenyan women from the Samburu and Masai tribes seeking compensation for being raped by the British military 15 years ago are taking their case to the United Nations....
3/30/2005 Report Shows Three Times More Women Killed Than Men in Tsunami-Hit Areas
A leading aid organization reports that three times as many women were killed on average than men in the some of the tsunami-hit areas in India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka....
3/24/2005 Brazils New Family Planning Program Angers Catholic Church
Brazil has launched a new family planning program that distributes free contraceptives through the country's 6,012 hospitals and 63,662 clinics, angering Brazil's Roman Catholic Church....
3/23/2005 SD: Governor Signs into Law the Nation's Toughest Anti-Abortion Bills
Governor Michael Rounds (R) signed four of the nation's toughest anti-abortion bills into law last week that will drastically restrict a woman's right to choose in South Dakota....
3/22/2005 Indiana: Planned Parenthood Fights AG's Attempt to Obtain Records
Planned Parenthood of Indiana sued the state last week, filing both temporary and permanent injunctions against Attorney General Steve Carter, who has demanded the medical records of 73 low-income Planned Parenthood patients under the age of 14....
3/21/2005 One in Seven Attending Military Academies Report Being Sexually Assaulted
The US Department of Defense released a report on sexual misconduct on three military academies' campuses, showing that one female student in seven reported being sexually assaulted last spring....
3/18/2005 Kansas Attorney General Accused of Violating Gag Order
Two abortion clinics have accused Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline of violating a gag order barring him and the clinics from discussing publicly Kline's attempts to obtain the unedited medical records of 90 women and girls who sought late-term abortions in 2003....
3/14/2005 New Bill Seeks to Correct Decision to Omit EC from National Guidelines
The "Best Help for Rape Victims Act" was introduced last week to require the Department of Justice to include emergency contraception (EC) in the National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examination....
3/14/2005 Congo Government Fails to Protect Tens of Thousands of Rape Victims
A leading human rights organization issued a report last week documenting how the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has not taken the necessary steps to prosecute the militiamen and renegade soldiers responsible for raping and beating tens of thousands of women and girls in the eastern part of the country....
3/10/2005 Bush Nominates Anti-UN Candidate for Ambassador to the UN
Earlier this week, President Bush nominated John Bolton to be the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, angering women's rights and human rights advocates....
3/7/2005 Report Shows Dire State of Family Planning Funding
A report released last week by the Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) brought to light the dire state of family planning funding in the United States, made worse in recent years by anti-choice legislation and restrictive budget proposals....
3/4/2005 Village Gang-Rape Convicts Freed By Pakistani Court
Five of the six men sentenced to death by a Pakistani court for gang-raping a 30-year-old woman, Mukhtar Mai, were acquitted by a village council yesterday, angering the human rights community....
3/2/2005 Kansas Attorney General Seeks Women's Abortion Records
Two clinics in Kansas are fighting attempts by Attorney General Phill Kline to subpoena unedited medical records of 90 women and girls who sought late-term abortions in 2003....
2/24/2005 Report Finds Iraqi Women No Better Off
Iraqi women are no better off now than they were under the rule of former dictator Saddam Hussein according to a report released on Monday by Amnesty International....
2/22/2005 UN Reports that Afghanistan Could Easily Slip Back Into Chaos
The United Nations Development Program's (UNDP) first ever Afghanistan Human Development Report found that while the country has made progress since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, Afghanistan could easily fall back into chaos....
2/17/2005 Polish Parliament Drops Vote to Liberalize Abortion
Poland's Parliament voted 199 to 183 to drop a measure that would have liberalized the severely restrictive abortion laws in a country that currently has a very powerful Catholic hierarchy....
2/16/2005 South Dakota Considers Several Anti-Choice Bills
South Dakota's Republican-dominated House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday that would outlaw abortion in the state if a woman's right to choose was no longer protected by the federal government....
2/14/2005 Congresswoman Maloney Prevented from Testifying on EC for Rape Survivors
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) was prevented from testifying on Thursday about the need to include information on emergency contraception in the Department of Justice's (DOJ) guidelines for the treatment of sexual assault victims before an advisory committee working to strengthen the federal Violence Against Women Act....
2/11/2005 UN Peacekeepers Banned From Having Sex with Local Congolese
United Nations peacekeepers stationed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been banned from having sex with local residents as a result of allegations of widespread sexual abuse of women and girls by peacekeepers....
2/10/2005 United Nations Official Accuses Iran of Women's Rights Abuses
A United Nations human rights investigator accused Iran of sentencing women to death based on flimsy evidence and called on the Iranian government to abolish the death penalty....
2/3/2005 UN Commission Finds Crimes Against Humanity in Sudan; Urges International Court Action
A United Nations-appointed commission released a report earlier this week that found that the pattern of atrocities in the Sudan did not constitute acts of genocide committed by the government, but instead found the government guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes....
1/25/2005 Male Dominance Has Led to World's Highest Rate of HIV in Swaziland
Experts are pointing to polygamy, rape, sexual violence, and legal exploitation as the main causes why Swaziland, an African country that borders South Africa, has the world's highest HIV infection rate (39 percent)....
1/25/2005 Ashcroft Opts Out of Aiding Guatemalan Asylum Seeker
US Attorney General John Ashcroft will neither grant nor deny asylum to a Guatemalan woman who fled her country after ten years of abuse at the hands of her husband, including being raped, whipped with electrical cords, and threatened with death....
1/24/2005 Ex-Priest's Trial for Child Rape Begins
The trial against Paul Shanley, a 73-year-old defrocked Catholic priest facing three counts of child rape and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child, begins tomorrow....
1/14/2005 Members of Congress Urge Inclusion of EC in Federal Sexual Assault Guidelines
Ninety-seven US Lawmakers, led by Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), sent a letter Tuesday to the Department of Justice, in which they "strongly urged" the revision of its new guidelines for the treatment of sexual assault survivors to include information about emergency contraception (EC)....
1/10/2005 Female Victims of Tsunami Face Violence and Threats to Health
Local women's organizations in tsunami-affected areas are reporting violence, including rape, against women and girls....
1/7/2005 Gang Members Convicted of Slaying 12 Women in Juarez
Ten members of a Mexico gang were convicted in the killings of 12 women in the border city of Juarez....
12/16/2004 Pentagon Report Blames Air Force Academy Leadership for Sex Abuse
Pentagon Inspector General Joseph Schmitz released a report last week on his investigation into the Air Force Academy's sexual assault scandal that found a succession of commanders responsible for the lack of attention paid to the rampant occurrences of rape and sexual abuse....
12/15/2004 HHS Secretary Nominee Opposes Abortion Rights
President Bush on Monday nominated Republican Mike Leavitt to replace Tommy Thompson as Secretary of Health and Human Services....
12/8/2004 Governments Fail to Protect Women from Violence During War
A leading human rights group has issued a global call to action to challenge violence against women and the failure of governments to prevent it....
11/29/2004 Investigators Find Cases of UN Sex Abuse in Congo
Investigators sent to the Democratic Republic of Congo reported more than 150 cases of pedophilia, rape and soliciting prostitutes by United Nations officials and peacekeepers....
11/18/2004 Poland's Restrictive Abortion Laws Criticized by UN Committee
The United Nations Human Rights Committee recently criticized Poland's strict abortion laws....
11/17/2004 NC Public Radio Station Bars Ad with the Phrase "Reproductive Rights"
A North Carolina public radio station refused to run an underwriting announcement as it was submitted by Ipas, an international womens rights and health organization, because it contained the phrase reproductive rights. Citing fear of being fined by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the radio station, WUNC-FM, maintained that use of the phrase could be construed as an endorsement of abortion, the Boston Globe reports....
11/15/2004 Foreign Women Raped In Ivory Coast
Several dozen foreign women were raped in the Ivory Coast over the past week as a result of recent anti-French riots....
11/8/2004 King Releases Nepalese Women Imprisoned for Having Abortions
Nepal's King Gyanendra granted amnesty to 12 female prisoners who were jailed for having abortions....
11/1/2004 Activists Protest Murders of Young Women at the Mexican Border
Over 1,000 Mexicans and dozens of American and Canadian activists are demanding justice for the hundreds of women and girls murdered in Mexico's border town of Juarez....
10/28/2004 Brazilian Court Rules Against Aborting Fetuses Without Brains
Brazil's highest court has ruled against allowing abortions in cases where the fetus has developed without a brain....
10/26/2004 UN Still Divided on US-Backed Ban on All Forms of Human Cloning
Despite pressure from the United States, the United Nations has delayed a vote on a proposal to ban all forms of human cloning, including stem cell and other therapeutic cloning research that scientists believe has the potential to treat serious illnesses such as cancer and spinal cord injuries....
10/21/2004 UNICEF: Violence and Sexual Exploitation Continue in Sudan
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reports that rape is still being used as a weapon to terrorize women and girls, their families, and their communities in Darfur, Sudan....
10/13/2004 Rape Kit Logjam Finally Broken
Little noticed in the unusual Saturday session, the Debbie Smith bill passed the US Senate....
10/6/2004 Sierra Leone Gay and Lesbian Rights Activist Murdered
A leading Sierra Leone gay and lesbian rights activist was found brutally murdered in her office....
9/30/2004 Majority of Portuguese Want Abortion Law Reformed
A recent poll shows that nearly 77 percent of Portuguese want a new referendum on Portugal's restrictive abortion laws....
9/28/2004 Group Criticizes Islamic Law in Nigeria Citing Discriminatory Practices
Sharia (Islamic) courts in northern Nigeria impose discriminatory and harsh sentences and have failed to respect due process rights, according to a report just released by Human Rights Watch (HRW)....
9/21/2004 US House Votes to Allow Doctors to Refuse to Perform Abortions
Earlier this month, the US House of Representatives voted to approve the Federal Refusal Clause, which will allow any doctor, hospital, or health care provider to refuse to perform an abortion, and refuse to refer a patient seeking an abortion to another doctor, even in the case of rape or medical emergency....
9/10/2004 Powell Reports Genocide in Sudan
In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, US Secretary of State Colin Powell declared that genocide has occurred in the Darfur region of the Sudan....
9/2/2004 Sudanese Women Raped by Militia
Large numbers of Sudanese women are being raped by, or have lost their husbands to, the mostly-Arab militia called the Janjaweed....
8/24/2004 Muslim Cleric Opposes Calls To Protect Women From Marital Rape
One of Malaysia's most prominent clerics, Mufti Harussani Zakaria, has angered women's rights and human rights groups by opposing calls to protect women from rape within marriage....
8/23/2004 Women on Waves Leaves for Portugal
Women on Waves will set sail for Portugal this afternoon to bring attention to the nation's restrictive abortion policies....
8/3/2004 Governor Breaks Promise and Alters Abortion Policy in Alaska
Governor Frank Murkowski (R) of Alaska broke an election-year promise made in 2002 when he signed a bill into law affecting abortion policy last week....
7/8/2004 Three Women Stand Trial for Abortion in Portugal
Three Portuguese women are standing trial for allegedly undergoing illegal abortions....
7/7/2004 Extremist Nominee Confirmed to US District Court
In a vote of 51 to 46 yesterday, the Senate confirmed James Leon Holmes to the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas....
6/29/2004 Missouri 24-Hour Waiting Period Law Suspended Pending Court Case
A Missouri mandatory delay for abortion services law was suspended last Tuesday pending the outcome of a legal challenge filed by two Planned Parenthood affiliates....
6/23/2004 Unnecessary Pap Smears Administered to 10 Million Women
Approximately 10 million American women who have had hysterectomies are unnecessarily receiving Pap smears, a new study has revealed....
6/18/2004 Top FDA Scientists Criticize Rejection of EC Over the Counter
Top Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientists wrote an internal memo criticizing FDA leadership for rejecting Barr Laboratories' application for over-the-counter status for its emergency contraceptive Plan B....
6/18/2004 Kofi Annan Opposes Allowing US Troops Exemption from International Court
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan is urging the Security Council to oppose the United States' attempt to obtain another exemption for US troops from prosecution under the International Criminal Court (ICC)....
6/11/2004 Air Force Cadet Takes Plea Deal in Rape Case
Douglas Meester, the Air Force cadet accused of rape last year, settled his case with a reprimand and a fine of $2000 on Tuesday....
6/7/2004 Report: Turkey Fails To Protect Women from Violence
A leading human rights organization issued a report criticizing the Turkish government and judiciary for failing to protect women from violence....
6/4/2004 Army Report Finds Increase in Sexual Assault
An internal Army report released yesterday acknowledged the alarming increase in numbers of rapes and sexual assaults within its ranks and indicated that these crimes may have been facilitated by faults and oversights within the system....
6/1/2004 UN Peacekeepers Allegedly Sexually Abuse Teenage Girls in Refugee Camp
Young female refugees in the Congo who were raped by militiamen are now allegedly being sexually exploited by United Nations peace troops....
5/27/2004 Trafficked Victim Allowed to Remain in US
A Mexican woman who served 22 years in prison for the murder of the man who bought and raped her in 1976 was released and allowed to remain in the United States after pressure from various human rights group and members of Congress....
5/19/2004 Report: Sexual Assault of Women in US Military Major Problem
The Department of Defense (DOD) released a report last week that found 112 cases of sexual assault of women in the military by their male counterparts over the past 18 months in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait....
5/14/2004 Iraqi Female Prisoners Face Trauma Even After Release
Women's rights and human rights advocates fear that whether or not there was widespread sexual abuse of female prisoners in Iraq, the women who were imprisoned face even more problems upon release....
5/11/2004 NH Bill to Allow Access to EC Directly From Pharmacists
Last Wednesday, the New Hampshire House passed a bill that would allow women to purchase emergency contraception directly from pharmacists without a prescription....
5/11/2004 Spain's New Prime Minister Makes Women's Equality a Top Priority
The new Prime Minister of Spain, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, appointed half of his cabinet seats to women and is making female empowerment a top priority....
5/5/2004 FL: Legislature Seeks Parental Notification Constitutional Amendment
The Republican-controlled Florida legislature on Friday garnered the three-fifths majority necessary to place a proposed constitutional amendment restricting abortion access for young women on the ballot this November....
5/5/2004 FDA Approval of Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception Uncertain
Barr Laboratories, distributors of the emergency contraceptive Plan B, are reportedly concerned that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will not approve their proposal to make the drug available without a prescription....
4/12/2004 Experts Speak Out Against FDA Delay on Emergency Contraception
Several members of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) expert advisory committees are speaking out against the agencys delay of its decision to make the emergency contraceptive Plan B available without a prescription....
4/2/2004 Iraqi Female Minister Escapes Assassination
Earlier this week, Iraqs only female interim minister, Nasreen Barwari, escaped an assassination attempt near Mosul....
3/31/2004 Women's Bill Introduced in Pakistan
A bill to abolish laws that discriminate against women in Pakistan has been presented before Pakistan's parliament....
3/22/2004 Huge Shortage of Girls in China
The United Nations (UN) has reported that China will face a huge shortage of girls that will cause major problems for China's family and social stability if the trend is not changed....
3/12/2004 Air Force Ordered Study on Sexual Misconduct and Rape
An Air Force five-month review found that ninety-two accusations of rape by Air Force personnel were reported to military officials from 2001 to 2003 in the Pacific....
3/2/2004 Pentagon Questioned About Sexual Assaults in Military
Both Democrat and Republican Senators questioned top Pentagon officials and officers last week about the military's failure to protect servicewomen from sexual assault, to provide the proper medical treatment and counseling to victims, and to punish the violators....
2/27/2004 Rape Charges Continue to Surface at Colorado University
In the weeks since ex-University of Colorado football place-kicker Katie Hnida's accusation that she was raped by a teammate and sexually assaulted by several fellow players in 2000, seven more women have come forward alleging they were also raped by CU players or recruits....
2/26/2004 SD: Bill to Ban Most Abortions Goes to Governor for Signature
A bill that would ban almost all abortions in South Dakota was passed by the state House on Wednesday....
2/24/2004 The US & the Global Gag Rule
United States funds represent a significant proportion of the budgets of many international nongovernmental organizations that provide essential health care to women in the developing nations....
2/19/2004 FDA Delays Approval of Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception
The Food and Drug Administration announced on Friday that it would delay its decision on over-the-counter status for the emergency contraceptive Plan B....
2/18/2004 Portuguese Women Acquitted In Abortion Case
Seventeen people, including seven women who were accused of undergoing illegal abortions in Portugal, were acquitted yesterday of breaking Portugal's strict abortion laws....
2/6/2004 SD: Committee Rejects Requiring Emergency Contraception for Rape Victims
The South Dakota House Health Committee on Monday rejected 11-1 a proposal to require hospitals to offer rape survivors emergency contraception....
2/4/2004 Pharmacist Refuses to Fill Prescription for Emergency Contraception
A pharmacist in Denton, Texas drew protestors for refusing to fill a prescription for emergency contraception for a victim of rape....
2/3/2004 US Cuts Aid to Ecuador Over International Criminal Court
The United States is withholding millions of dollars in military aid to Ecuador because of Ecuador's reluctance to sign an agreement with the US that would grant US military immunity from the International Criminal Court (ICC)....
1/29/2004 Portugal: Advocates Campaign for Abortion Decriminalization Referendum
Portuguese abortion rights activists have collected over 100,000 signatures to force Parliament to consider a decriminalization referendum that would make abortion legal during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy....
1/13/2004 Court Rules No Guardian For Fetus
A Florida Appeals Court ruled on Friday that the state could not appoint a guardian for a mentally disabled rape victim's fetus....
1/5/2004 Indian Court Rules That Rape Cases Must Have Female Judges
India's Supreme Court has set up special courts to deal with rape cases that will be judged by female judges....
12/23/2003 GA: Court Denies Medicaid Coverage for Abortions
A Georgia court on Monday ruled that the state is not required to pay for medically necessary abortions for poor women through Medicaid....
12/12/2003 MN: Health Dept. Criticizes Website Linking Abortion, Breast Cancer
Minnesota Health Department officials are questioning a statement posted on the department's website to comply with a new law asserting that having an abortion increases a woman's risk of breast cancer....
12/11/2003 IL: Group Pushes to Clear Rape Kit Backlog
A group of women in Chicago has banded together to address a mounting backlog of untested rape kits at the Illinois State Police Crime Lab....
12/3/2003 Report: One-Third of Women Will Be Abused in Lifetime
The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) released its findings that one third of women will be beaten, raped, or otherwise abused in her lifetime....
11/26/2003 Liberian Women Demand Peace
Last week, over 800 women marched through Monrovia, Liberia demanding peace in their West African country....
11/19/2003 Cherie Booth Criticizes Bush's Stance on the International Criminal Court
Cherie Booth, a leading human rights attorney and Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife, criticized the Bush administration's opposition to the International Criminal Court (ICC)....
11/14/2003 Afghan Human Rights Official Calls for More Peace Troops
Speaking before a conference of human rights defenders at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Dr Sima Samar, Chair of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, called for an expansion in the size, range, and mandate of international peacekeeping forces in Afghanistan in order to secure women's rights and human rights....
11/13/2003 House Passes DNA Testing Legislation
The US House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the Advancing Justice Through DNA Technology Act (HR 3214), authorizing over $1 billion to facilitating the testing and processing of DNA kits in criminal cases....
11/10/2003 FDA Panel to Consider EC Over-the-Counter Status
A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel will meet next month to consider over-the-counter sales status for the emergency contraceptive (EC) Plan B....
11/10/2003 Schwarzenegger Hires Private Firm to Investigate Groping Allegations
Against the protests of women's rights advocates, Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger recently hired a private investigation firm to look into allegations that he groped at least 16 women in the past three decades....
11/6/2003 Activists Demand Justice in Juarez Murders
Human rights activists marched in Washington to the Mexican Embassy this weekend to demand justice for over 370 women who have been victims of serial killings in the Mexican state of Chihuahua....
11/6/2003 Women on Waves Cleared of Accusations in Poland
After a four-month-long investigation, Women on Waves has been cleared of charges of breaking strict abortions laws by of performing illegal abortions in Poland and by introducing the abortion pill mifepristone (RU 486) into the country....
10/28/2003 Air Force Academy Struggles with New Sex Assault Allegations
Months after the administrative shakeup replaced top brass at the US Air Force Academy, officials at the institution say incidents of sexual assault or harassment continue to occur....
10/24/2003 Rwanda Tops Sweden With Highest Proportion of Female Members of Parliament
After elections held earlier this month, Rwanda achieved the highest proportion of female parliamentarians in the world....
10/23/2003 Pakistan: Majority of Jailed Women are Rape Victims
The National Commission on the Status of Women in Pakistan recently issued a report on the Hudood Ordinances, stating that as many as 88 percent of female prisoners are serving time for violating the 1977 Zina Ordinance, which makes fornication a crime and adultery a state offence....
10/17/2003 Swiss Diplomat Raped In India
A Swiss diplomat was raped after a film festival in India earlier this week....
10/6/2003 Report: Afghan Women Still Facing Human Rights Abuses
Amnesty International issued a report today asserting that women's rights in Afghanistan have barely improved since the fall of the Taliban....
10/2/2003 NY Hospitals to Offer Rape Victims EC
New York joined California, Washington and New Mexico yesterday, becoming the fourth state to mandate that hospitals offer rape victims emergency contraception (EC)....
9/30/2003 Indiana Supreme Court Expands Medicaid Coverage for Abortions
Last week, Indiana's Supreme Court expanded Medicaid coverage to include abortions for low-income women when the pregnancy poses a serious risk to the woman's health....
9/17/2003 Japanese Court Sentences US Marine For Rape
A Japanese court sentenced Lance Corporal Jose Torres to three-and-a-half years in prison for raping a woman in Okinawa, Japan....
9/10/2003 Feminist, Labor Activist Named to UC Board of Regents
Dolores Huerta, an icon of the feminist and labor movements, was appointed yesterday to a five-month term on the University of California Board of Regents....
9/4/2003 Perfume As Rape Risk?
The leader of an Islamic Party in Malaysia is facing harsh criticism from women's groups after saying that women who do not want to be raped or molested should stop wearing lipstick and perfume....
9/3/2003 Air Force Academy Report Confirms Sexual Assault Is Widespread Problem
A Department of Defense report of initial findings released on August 21 confirmed the claims of former cadets that sexual assault is a widespread problem at the Air Force Academy....
8/28/2003 Russia Increases Restrictions on Abortion
Russia increased its restrictions on abortion for the first time in nearly 50 years....
8/25/2003 Report: Domestic Violence in Uganda Increases Risk of AIDS for Women
A Human Rights Watch (HRW) report reveals that the Ugandan government's failure to address rape and attacks on women by their husbands increases women's risk of contracting HIV....
8/21/2003 Kenyan Widows Face Dangerous Tradition
A major national newspaper recently investigated a traditional requirement that widows in Kenya often face that is being blamed for helping spread HIV/AIDS....
8/20/2003 Afghanistan: Security and Rule of Law Failing Due to Lack of Funds
Amnesty International issued a report last week on the failure of donor countries in supporting efforts to reestablish the rule of law in Afghanistan....
8/19/2003 Florida State Officials Face Possible Charges in Rape Case
Several Florida State University officials face possible charges after evidence was revealed that suggests at least one official had discouraged an alleged rape victim from reporting the incident to the police....
8/19/2003 Groups Granted Motion in Mentally Disabled FL Rape Case
In what is becoming an increasingly moot point for the severely disabled, pregnant 22-year-old woman who was raped while in state custody and due to give birth later this month, Florida's 5th District Court of Appeals last week granted an emergency motion, giving abortion-rights and civil rights groups "friends of the court" status in an appeal involving Jennifer Wixtrom, who seeks guardianship of the woman's fetus and the state Department of Children and Families (DCF)....
8/14/2003 Report: Govt. Fails to Investigate Women Killed in Juarez
Amnesty International issued a report asserting that Mexican police have failed to take the necessary actions to investigate the abductions and brutal murders of women and girls in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico....
8/12/2003 Bill Introduced to Ensure Rape Victims Offered EC
Legislators in Congress have introduced a bill that would require hospitals that receive federal funds to provide access to emergency contraception for sexual assault victims....
8/5/2003 IL Gov. Signs Laws Clarifying Rape, Requiring Contraceptives Coverage
Late last month Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) signed a law clarifying rape as any situation where someone continues to have intercourse after the partner asks to stop....
8/5/2003 NYC Launches Program to Indict DNA Profiles
New York City yesterday unveiled an innovative project allowing indictments against DNA profiles matching biological evidence collected from unsolved sex crimes....
7/25/2003 Okinawa: Marine Pleads Guilty to Rape
The US marine arrested in June for allegedly punching and raping a 19-year-old Japanese woman in Okinawa pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of rape and assault, reported Reuters....
7/17/2003 US Naval Academy: Midshipmen Face Rape Charges
Vice Admiral Charles Moore, acting superintendent of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, issued a decision last week to court-martial a fourth-year midshipman, charged with raping a first-year student, reported the Associated Press....
7/16/2003 Law Enforcement Fails to Respond to Reports of Rape and Abduction in Iraq
Widespread reports of abduction and rape of women in Iraq have been met with disinterest from Iraqi and US authorities, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports in a study released today....
7/15/2003 LAPD Domestic Violence Whistle Blower Serves Time in Prison
A criminal defense consultant recently completed a 45-day federal prison sentence for exposing a pattern of domestic violence and cover-up by officers in the Los Angeles Police Department....
7/11/2003 Kenyan Women Win Legal Aid to Sue British Troops for Rape
Several hundred Kenyan women who accused British soldiers of sexual assault and gang rape won legal backing to take the British Army to court....
7/8/2003 Air Force Academy Cadet Faces Court-Martial
The Air Force Academy last week announced a decision by Brigadier General Johnny Weida to court-martial Douglas Meester, 20, the first cadet to be tried since the rape scandal erupted last year....
7/3/2003 Women on Waves Investigated for Missing Abortion Pills
As Women on Waves finishes its historic trip to Poland, Polish police are investigating the group for distributing the abortion pill mifepristone (RU 486), which is illegal in Poland....
7/1/2003 Countries Set to Lose US Aid Over ICC Immunity
Threatened with cuts in US military assistance, nearly 50 countries-mostly small, poor nations strongly reliant on international aid-have signed immunity deals (also known as Article 98 agreements) with Washington, allowing the US to effectively bypass the International Criminal Court (ICC)....
7/1/2003 Mentally Disabled Florida Rape Survivor to Carry Pregnancy to Term
After much back and forth about the health risks of a pregnancy for a mentally disabled woman who became pregnant after she was raped while under the state's care, a Florida judge approved a decision made by the woman's court-appointed guardian to carry her pregnancy to term....
7/1/2003 Sex Assault Expert Appointed to Air Force Academy Panel
The Pentagon on Thursday appointed a sexual assault expert to a panel investigating the recent rape scandal at the Air Force Academy....
6/27/2003 Women on Waves Performs First Abortion in International Waters
Women on Waves successfully performed the first abortion in international waters off the coast of Poland yesterday....
6/26/2003 Emergency Contraception Approved Without Prescription in Australia
The Australian Therapeutic Goods Association Committee on National Drugs and Poisons made a preliminary decision to allow the selling of emergency contraception (EC) over the counter....
6/24/2003 Rape Case Highlights Inadequacy of Yale Sex Assault Policy
A federal judge dismissed on April 30 charges of breach of contract, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress made by a former student who claims she was raped while at Yale, but her charges of defamation and inadequate protection from harassment will go to trial....
6/23/2003 Anti-Abortion Activists Protest Women on Waves
Anti-abortion protesters threw red paint and eggs at the Women on Waves (WOW) boat and its supporters yesterday....
6/20/2003 FMF Assists Women on Waves in Poland
Women on Waves (WOW), a non-profit organization based in the Netherlands whose mission is to prevent unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortions throughout the world, arrives today in Poland - where access to abortion is extremely restricted - to provide abortion and reproductive health services to women on a specially equipped ship....
6/20/2003 Women on Waves in Poland
FMF Provides Security Training to Mobile Abortion Clinic WASHINGTON, DC-- Women on Waves arrives today in Poland, where access to abortion is extremely restricted, to provide abortion and reproductive health services to women on a specially equipped ship....
6/18/2003 Okinawa: Marine Arrested for Rape
Coming on the heels of the ongoing Air Force Academy scandal, a US marine accused of punching and raping a 19-year-old Japanese woman in Okinawa was arrested this week, highlighting the continuing problem of sexual violence in the military....
6/16/2003 Air Force Academy Leadership Failed to Act on Sexual Assaults
An investigation by the Denver Post found that Air Force Academy brass and board members failed to act aggressively to protect female cadets from a pattern of sexual assault over the past 20 years....
6/13/2003 Women in Iraq Face Restrictions on Rights
Iraqi women are seeing their rights increasingly constrained by religious groups gaining increased power and the almost nonexistent security....
6/12/2003 US Seeks Extension of Immunity from the ICC
Exacerbating an already deteriorating reputation in the international community, the United States this week resumed its call for extended immunity from the International Criminal Court (ICC)....
6/9/2003 New Air Force Academy Policy Nixes Victim Confidentiality
Altering its position held earlier this spring, the US Air Force Academy this weekend unveiled a new sexual assault policy that rejects the confidentiality of victims reporting assault....
6/5/2003 Man Sentenced to Only One Year for Killing Sister in Jordan
A 20-year-old man, who strangled his pregnant sister to death, was sentenced to one year in prison by the Jordanian Criminal Court....
6/3/2003 Florida Judge Refuses To Appoint Guardian for Fetus
Stating there is no legal basis for such a request, Florida judge refused Governor Jeb Bush's plea that the state appoint a guardian for the fetus of a severely disabled woman who became pregnant after being raped in state custody....
5/30/2003 Female Cadets Blamed for Alleged Sexual Assaults at Air Force Academy
Mirroring the hostility many female cadets confronted when they reported sexual assault incidents at Colorado’s Air Force Academy, a woman appointed to a panel charged with investigating the academy’s mishandling of more than 50 sexual assault incidents has said that she questions the truthfulness of the female cadets’ allegations....
5/29/2003 Anti-Abortionists Target Mentally Retarded Rape Victims
A Florida anti-abortion group is now claiming that they have persuaded a Miami judge to change his ruling in what has become a highly charged case involving a severely disabled woman who became pregnant after she was raped....
5/23/2003 Congress Upholds Abortion Ban for Servicewomen Overseas
Both the US House and the Senate rejected amendments to $400 billion defense spending bills that would have repealed a ban on abortions for women stationed overseas....
5/20/2003 EC: NM Allows Direct Dispensation by Pharmacists
New Mexico last Thursday became the fourth state-joining Alaska, California, and Washington-to allow direct dispensation of emergency contraception (EC) by pharmacists....
5/15/2003 Burmese Women Suffer Systematic Rapes From Military
A new report reveals that Burma's army has been using rape as a weapon of war against ethnic women....
5/15/2003 Studies Released on EC, Controversy Continues in States
US minority women are less informed about emergency contraception (EC), also known as the "morning-after" pill, according to a new study by ACOG....
5/14/2003 Hearings Held for Cadets Charged in Air Force Sex Scandal
One month after new leadership was installed to quell the embarrassing sexual assault scandal plaguing the US Air Force Academy, hearings were held for two cadets accused of sexual assault....
5/5/2003 Police Chiefs Wife Dies; Reports of Abuse Continue to Surface
After filing for divorce to escape more than a decade of abuse, Crystal Brame, the estranged wife of Tacoma Washington Police Chief David Brame, died Saturday after clinging to life for nearly a week....
4/29/2003 Afghanistan: Constitutional Commission Includes Seven Women
A 35-member commission appointed to review Afghanistan's draft constitution includes seven women....
4/29/2003 JMU Students Fight for Access to Emergency Contraception
Nearly 3,000 students demanded that James Madison University's Board of Visitors reverse their decision to stop the student health center from dispensing emergency contraception....
4/25/2003 Florida Court Strikes Down Punitive Adoption Law
The Fourth District Court of Appeals struck down a Florida law that required birth mothers, including rape victims and teenage girls, who wanted to give their child up for adoption to take out newspaper ads publicizing their sexual histories, purportedly to identify the father....
4/25/2003 Harvard Panel Recommends New Sexual Assault Policy
A report issued last week by a Harvard panel urged the college to change its current controversial sexual assault policies to include more education and a more efficient review process....
4/21/2003 Request Filed for Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception
Women's Capital Corporation, makers of the emergency contraceptive Plan B, submitted their request to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today to make Plan B available over the counter....
4/18/2003 Air Force Academy Installs New Leadership, Proposes Changes
One week after replacing its top brass, the embattled US Air Force Academy is bracing for institutional changes, promising to confront the embarrassing rape scandal that has plagued the academy the last several months....
4/17/2003 Senate Committee To Consider Anti-Abortion Activist
In another example of Bush's court-packing plan, the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the nomination of anti-abortion lawyer James Leon Holmes to the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas after the spring recess....
4/4/2003 Senate Calls For Independent Review of Air Force Academy Rape Scandal
After Senators from both sides of the aisle demanded that a climate of hostility toward women at the nation's Air Force Academy be addressed, the Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to appoint an independent panel to investigate the academy's handling of close to 60 sexual assault allegations from female cadets over the past decade....
4/4/2003 College Students Take Back the Night
Students across the nation are commemorating Sexual Assault Awareness Month with major events, rallies, and Take Back the Night events....
4/2/2003 Democrats Maintain Estrada Filibuster, Senate Passes Tymkovich
Senate Democrats defeated the fourth cloture vote today with a vote of 55-44, maintaining a two-month filibuster against Miguel Estrada....
3/31/2003 Hearing, Vote Scheduled for Right-Wing Judicial Nominees
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on Carolyn Kuhl, a Bush nominee to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, whose record is anti-womens rights....
3/28/2003 States Debate Human Cloning Issue
As federal legislation to ban all types of human cloning makes its way through the US Congress, similar proposals are appearing at the state level many propelled by claims by anti-abortion forces that the practice threatens unborn lives....
3/27/2003 Arizona Students Campaign Against Battin 1000
Students in Arizona are rallying support around the nation against an anti-abortion fundraising campaign led by professional baseball players and executives....
3/26/2003 Air Force Academy to Change Leadership
Air Force Secretary John Roche and chief of staff General John Jumper told the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday that the academy’s top four leaders will be replaced and reassigned....
3/24/2003 Senate Committee Debates Stem Cell Research
Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Orrin Harch (R-UT) launched Senate debate last week on a bill he introduced to support stem cell research, a stance that breaks away from his typically far-right ideology....
3/21/2003 Study Shows Emergency Contraception Reduces Unwanted Pregnancy
A study by researchers at the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles demonstrated that teenage mothers who are given an advance supply of emergency contraception are less likely to get pregnant, Reuters Health reported Wednesday....
3/17/2003 Air Force Proposes Separating Cadets by Gender to End Sexual Assault
As investigation continues into reports of at least 56 sexual assaults at the United States Air Force Academy over the past 10 years, military officials are proposing changes that include housing male and female cadets in separate dormitories and training Air Force nurses and investigators to deal with sexual assault....
3/17/2003 More Federal Dollars Proposed for DNA Testing
Attorney General John Ashcroft last week announced a proposal that would allocate $1 billion over five years for DNA testing....
3/13/2003 Catholic Church Revokes Decision to Punish Nine-Year-Old Rape Victim
After protest from feminists, Roman Catholic authorities in Managua, Nicaragua decided to backtrack from their decision to excommunicate a nine-year-old rape victim, her parents, and their doctors for terminating the childs pregnancy, the Guardian reports....
3/12/2003 EC, Health Exception Amendments to Abortion Procedures Ban Defeated
The Senate on Tuesday rejected an amendment introduced by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Harry Reid (D-NV) to provide $10 million over five years to improve awareness about emergency contraception (EC), make EC available to rape victims in emergency rooms across the country, and require insurance companies to cover prescription contraceptives....
3/12/2003 Emergency Contraception Finds Support in New York
Bills in the New York State Assembly and the New York City Council would expand womens access to emergency contraception (EC)....
3/11/2003 Senators Introduce EC Amendment to So-Called Partial-Birth Abortion Ban
As debate continued on the floor of the US Senate today over unconstitutional legislation that would ban so-called "partial birth abortions, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced an amendment that would provide $10 million over the next five years to improve awareness about emergency contraception (EC), make EC available to rape victims in every emergency room across the country and require insurance companies to cover contraceptives. If we are going to jeopardize womens health by banning certain health procedures, we must protect womens health by covering contraceptives, Murray argued on the floor this morning....
3/10/2003 Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Another Anti-Woman Nominee
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved another one of President Bushs far-right, anti-woman judicial nominees late last week....
3/7/2003 Air Force Cites 54 Cases of Rape, Sexual Assault in Academy
Air Force Secretary James Roche revealed yesterday that there have been 54 cases of alleged rape or sexual assault at the Air Force Academy, and acknowledged that number was likely to be much higher, according to the Los Angeles Times....
3/6/2003 Afghanistan: Injustices Against Women and Girls Persist
Despite some measures of progress following the Talibans fall from power in late 2001, Afghan women and girls continue to suffer brutal acts of violence and inequality, according to a United Nations (UN) report released today....
3/6/2003 Ashcroft to Review Gender-Based Violence as Basis for Asylum
Attorney General John Ashcroft is reconsidering a case that could have far-reaching implications for using gender-based persecution and violence as a basis for granting asylum to refugees, according to the Los Angeles Times....
3/4/2003 Baseball Players, Owners Launch Anti-Abortion Fundraising Initiative
Close to 100 baseball executives and professional baseball players have announced an initiative to raise $1 million for the American Life Leagues (ALL) planned Campus for Life. The Campus for Life will be built in Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C., and its intended purpose is to lend academic credibility to the anti-abortion movement and to train the next generations leaders, according to the Arizona Republic....
3/3/2003 Rape Charges Continue to Unfold at Air Force Academy; Pentagon Criticized for Disbanding Sexual Assault Committee
With widespread reports of sexual assault against female cadets continuing to surface at a Colorado Air Force Academy, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has come under fire for disbanding a panel that addressed sexual assault throughout the military....
2/28/2003 House Passes Ban on All Human Cloning
With the full support of President Bush, the US House of Representatives passed a ban yesterday on all types of human cloning with a vote of 241 to 155....
2/25/2003 States Lose Track of Thousands of Sex Offenders
Parents for Megan’s Law, a group named after a 7-year old New Jersey girl who was raped and killed by a child molester who moved in across the street, has released a new survey finding that states across the country have lost track of tens of thousands of rapists, child molesters, and other sex offenders supposed to be registered in Megan’s Law databases....
2/24/2003 FL: Adoption Law Mandating Disclosure of Intimate Details Set to Change
A Florida adoption law that requires pregnant women considering adoption to publish intimate details about their sexual history purportedly to identify the fatheris getting an overhaul, reports Reuters....
2/24/2003 Nine-Year-Old Nicaraguan Rape Victim Granted Abortion
After much debate in Nicaragua, a nine-year-old girl who became pregnant after being raped was granted an abortion by the Nicaraguan health ministry in a private clinic....
2/21/2003 FMLAs Celebrate V-Day with Safe Sex Campaigns, Performances, and More
The WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY FMLA organized a V-Day celebration with chocolate vaginas....
2/21/2003 Air Force Academy Probed for Mishandling Rape Charges
Following an investigative news piece by Denvers 7NEWS last week, the Pentagon has launched an investigation of the Air Force Academy for allegedly punishing women cadets who reported sexual assaults by fellow students, according to the Washington Post....
2/21/2003 Congress Approves Spending Bill With Abortion Restrictions
With the presidents signature expected any day, the US Congress approved the fiscal year 2003 $397.4 billion omnibus spending bill last week with several anti-women measures - including continued bans on federal spending for abortions....
2/20/2003 Judge Denies Boston Archdioceses Request to Dismiss Civil Lawsuits
A Superior Court judge yesterday rejected a motion filed by the Archdiocese of Boston, seeking dismissal of 500 civil lawsuits alleging priest sex abuse....
2/11/2003 Afghan Warlords Will Face International Criminal Court
Human Rights Watch reports that Afghan warlords who commit atrocities in the future may face prosecution by the new International Criminal Court (ICC)....
2/10/2003 Survey: Sex Offenders Not Accounted For
Despite registration that is required annually nationwide, the whereabouts of more than 77,000 convicted sex offenders are unknown in 32 states, according to a survey conducted recently by Parents for Megans Law, a nonprofit advocacy group....
2/6/2003 Six Female Judges Elected to International Criminal Court
Six women and one man were elected to the 18-member International Criminal Court (ICC) after the first round of voting on Tuesday....
1/31/2003 EU Accession Treaty: Catholics Call for Protection of Polands Abortion Policies
The Roman Catholic Church in Poland is demanding that the treaty allowing its accession to the European Union (EU) contain language stipulating Polands freedom to set its own abortion policy....
1/24/2003 Senate Passes Spending Bill Without Abortion Restrictions
The Senate passed a $390 billion spending bill last night that lacked funding restrictions on abortion....
1/16/2003 Rape Used as Systematic Weapon of War in Sierra Leone
Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report today stating that all parties in Sierra Leones ten-year civil war committed systematic sexual violence....
1/14/2003 New Jersey Expected to Pass Bill in Support of Stem Cell Research
While far-right extremists are pushing the US Congress to approve legislation banning all types of cloning, the New Jersey legislature is expected to pass a bill in support of the therapeutic cloning needed for stem cell research....
1/13/2003 Afghanistan Joins ICC, Stability Remains Key Concern
Afghanistan today announced its decision to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), signaling the governments increased efforts to weaken the power of feuding warlords, reported the Reuters English News Service....
1/13/2003 CA High Court Rules That Rape is Still Rape if Victim Changes Mind
In a ruling that changes the legal definition of rape in California, the CA Supreme Court ruled recently that rape could still occur if a victim changes his or her mind during sexual intercourse....
1/10/2003 House Reintroduces Human Cloning Ban Legislation
Compelled by Clonaids latest claims crediting itself with the first-born human clone, House representatives Dave Weldon (R-FL) and Bart Stupak (D-MI) on Wednesday reintroduced the Human Cloning Prohibition Act, calling for a total ban on reproductive as well as therapeutic human cloning....
1/9/2003 Polish Women Push For Loosening of Anti-Abortion Law
Polish womens groups on Tuesday demanded a loosening of the countrys anti-abortion law, marking the 10th anniversary of the legislation....
1/9/2003 California Loses Track of 33,296 Sex Offenders
California has lost track of 33,296 sex offenders, or 44 percent of the 76,350 who registered with the state at least once, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday....
1/3/2003 Senate Gains Additional Woman Senator
The total number of women US Senators rose to 14 in December, a new record, when Senator Frank Murkowski (R-AK) appointed his daughter, Lisa Murkowski, to finish his term after being elected governor of Alaska....
12/19/2002 Rapes Go Unreported in Atlanta Police Department
Over a year and a half after an internal audit of the Atlanta Police Department found 34 unreported rape cases, Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington has launched an investigation....
12/19/2002 Prescribe Choice Hits Fever Pitch: Emergency Contraception Action Day and More Activism!
The Feminist Majority Foundation's Emergency Contraception Over-the-Counter (ECOTC) campaign is petitioning the Food and Drug Administration to allow women to access EC over the counter without a prescription so that it can be easily and quickly accessible to all women in the United States....
12/19/2002 And More Feminist Activism!
The group SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY FMLA declared November, Gender Wage Gap Awareness Month, and held their second Pay Equity Bake sale to demonstrate the average wage gap experienced by women in 2001 in California....
12/17/2002 Study Shows Emergency Contraception Reduces Unwanted Pregnancy
An Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) study released today revealed that emergency contraception (EC) was responsible for reducing unwanted pregnancies and lowering the number of abortions in the US by as many as 51,000 in the year 2000....
12/16/2002 Phoenix Police Worst at Solving Rape Cases
Phoenix, the sixth largest city in the country, has the worst record of solving rape cases among the nations big cities, reports the Arizona Republic....
12/12/2002 Honor Killings on the Rise in Pakistan
Honor killings in Pakistan have risen 25 percent since last year, according to Pakistans Human Rights Commission (HRC)....
12/11/2002 Human Rights Day Marked by Protests for Peace
International Human Rights Day, held yesterday on the anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, was marked yesterday by protests, rallies, and marches across the United States against plans for war against Iraq....
12/11/2002 Rush Limbaugh Attacks Ms. Women of the Year
Rush Limbaugh, the conservative talk show host known for his anti-feminist rants, devoted an entire show to the 2002 Ms. Women of the Year....
12/9/2002 Senate Split 51-48 for Republicans after Landrieu Wins Seat in Louisiana
First-term Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu beat her Republican opponent, Suzanne Haik Terrell, by 52 to 48 percent in Louisianas runoff election on Saturday....
12/6/2002 Landrieu Faces Terrell for Senate in Louisiana Runoff Race
Mary Landrieu, a first-term Democratic US Senator, faces Republican challenger Suzanne Haik Terrell in tomorrows runoff race in Louisiana....
12/6/2002 Thousands of Feminist Activists to Participate in National Day of Action
Feminist activists on campuses and in communities across the country will participate tomorrow in the Feminist Majority Foundations National Day of Action for Emergency Contraception Over the Counter (EC OTC) by collecting petitions to make emergency contraception available over the counter....
12/5/2002 WHO, Others Mark International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women
After releasing a study in October that for the first time called violence against women a global health problem, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a campaign to prevent violence against women through public education....
11/26/2002 Latina Leader Dolores Huerta Awarded Puffin/Nation Prize
Celebrated labor leader and Feminist Majority Foundation Board member Dolores Huerta won the second annual Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship....
11/25/2002 UNHCR Investigates Sex Abuse of Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has dispatched a fact-finding team to investigate reports that 18 Bhutanese refugees were sexually assaulted in Nepal by aid workers from local non-governmental organizations, the UN Wire reports....
11/7/2002 Rape Used as Weapon of War in Congo
The first complete report on the rape and abuse of women during the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo concludes that all sides commit atrocities against women as a common military tactic intended to subdue the civilian population. The report, entitled Womens Rights Violations During the Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was compiled by two researchers at the local organization, Association for the Rebirth of Human Rights in Congo, according to Womens Enews....
10/29/2002 Bishop Admits to Promoting Sexually Abusive Priest
Bishop Thomas Daily admitted in testimony made public yesterday to promoting Paul Shanley two decades ago to head a Boston parish, despite knowing that Shanley had openly expressed his approval of sexual relations between men and boys, according to the Boston Globe....
10/28/2002 Leadership Alliances Nationwide Promote EC and Mifepristone Access on Campus
In February of 2001, more than 70 organizations, including the Feminist Majority Foundation, submitted a joint petition to the FDA demanding that emergency contraception be approved for over-the-counter use....
10/28/2002 Leadership Alliances Work to Promote Women's Health, Positive Body Image, and Sexual Assault Prevention
The FMLA at SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY brought Julz Chavez, creator and owner of a new doll line "Get Real Girl," to speak about the need for realistic and healthy images in toys and products for children....
10/24/2002 Arizona Supreme Court Rules Against Ban on Medicaid Funding for Abortions
Arizonas Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that the ban on using Medicaid funding to perform medically necessary abortions on low-income women was unconstitutional, reversing a state appeals court ruling....
10/23/2002 Native American Women Denied Abortion Services
Native American woman activist Charyn Asetoyer met with a group of abortion rights advocates on Capitol Hill today to talk about the dismal state of reproductive healthcare on Indian reservations in the US....
10/22/2002 Oregon to Vote on Universal Health Care
Oregon could become the first state in the country to have universal health care, if Measure 23 passes on November 5....
10/17/2002 Tight Senate Races Hold Key to Balance of Power
With the current Senate at only a one-vote majority for the Democratic Party, the mid-term elections on November 5 are seen as crucial by both liberals and conservatives alike....
10/16/2002 LAPD Whistle Blowers Case Heard by Appeals Court
Robert Mullally, the legal researcher turned whistle-blower who brought attention to domestic violence felonies committed by Los Angeles police officers, may face time in federal prison for leaking personnel files to a local television station....
10/16/2002 Utah: Plural Wife is First Woman Charged in Polygamy Case
In the first case of its kind, a Utah woman is facing charges for aiding and abetting a polygamist relationship between her legal husband and her then 16-year-old sister....
10/15/2002 Alabama Enacts Abortion Waiting Period
Alabamas informed consent law (SB 333) went into effect yesterday, mandating that all women seeking an abortion meet with a health care professional 24-hours prior to the procedure....
10/10/2002 US Rejects European Compromise on ICC
Despite a compromise offered by the European Union (EU) last week that could exempt US military personnel and diplomats from prosecution in the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Bush Administration is continuing to press for full exemption of all US citizens, the New York Times reports....
10/3/2002 Unocal Liable For Human Rights Abuses Abroad
A federal appeals court ruled recently that Unocal, the giant US oil company based in California, may be held legally responsible for forced labor, rape and murder committed by Burmese soldiers during the construction of a major Unocal gas pipeline project completed in 1999....
10/2/2002 Catholic Doctrines Imposed When Hospitals Become Secular
In the sale of several Catholic hospitals to secular entities, the Catholic Church has imposed conditions of sale that stipulate a continued ban, sometimes indefinite, on healthcare options such as abortion previously forbidden under Catholic doctrine, according to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune....
10/1/2002 EU Compromises Stance on US Immunity from the ICC
The European Union (EU) agreed yesterday to allow its 15 member nations to form bilateral immunity agreements with the United States to exempt US military personnel from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC)....
9/30/2002 Women Gain Abortion Rights in Nepal
In a huge step forward for womens rights in Nepal, the King of Nepal recently signed a bill that officially legalizes abortion, makes sexual abuse against children a crime and allows women to inherit property from their parents....
9/27/2002 Los Angeles City Council Moves to Strengthen Rape Investigations
With the help of the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women , two Los Angeles city council members have proposed a new bill that would create a local version of the federal Debbie Smith Act, which authorizes money to reduce the national backlog of untested DNA rape kits....
9/26/2002 House Passes Bill Restricting Access to Abortion
The US House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday that will allow health care providers, including hospitals and health plans, to refuse to perform abortions, offer abortion training, cover abortions or provide medically accurate information about abortions and still receive federal funding....
9/26/2002 Scientists Say Bush Has Brought Stem Cell Research to a Standstill
Several scientists told a US Senate subcommittee yesterday that President Bush has severely thwarted research on embryonic stem cells that could hold the key to cures for such degenerative diseases as Parkinsons, neural injuries and diabetes....
9/26/2002 TX Court Rules for Medicaid Funds for Abortion
Last week, a Texas court of appeals ruled that denying Medicaid funding to poor women seeking abortion violates their equal rights....
9/25/2002 Support Group for Victims of Priest Abuse Fights Subpoena
The victims support group SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) has vowed to fight a subpoena that they argue is meant to intimidate and harass victims of sexual abuse by priests, according to the Boston Globe....
9/20/2002 Government Cracks Down On Internet Sale Of Date Rape Drug
The US Department of Justice announced 119 arrests in 84 cities in the United States and Canada yesterday, following a two-year, multi-agency investigation into the sale of the date rape drug GHB over the Internet....
9/16/2002 Senate Passes Bill to Test More Rape Kits
The Senate last week unanimously approved the DNA Sexual Assault Justice Act of 2002 (S 2313), a bill aimed at reducing the growing nationwide backlog of DNA evidence for sexual assault cases....
9/16/2002 Rwandas Female Minister Charged With Rape As A Crime Against Humanity
Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, Rwandas Minister of Family and Womens Affairs, is the first woman to ever be charged with rape as a crime against humanity....
9/13/2002 Doctors Call For Over-the-Counter Access to Emergency Contraception
As the United States continues to experience one of the highest rates of unintended pregnancy in the developed world, support for emergency contraception (EC) is increasing, backed by several studies and prominent doctors....
9/11/2002 Three Arrested In New York For Forcing Russian Women Into Sexual Slavery
Three people were arrested in New York City recently and accused of bringing at least 30 Russian women into the US and forcing them to dance nude in strip clubs....
9/6/2002 Judge Sends Sexual Abuser Home To Live With Teenage Victim
A Montgomery County, Maryland judge with a long history of rulings against women has angered law enforcement officials for a decision that may have led to further sexual abuse of a now 15-year-old girl....
9/6/2002 DNA Proves Michigan Man Did Not Rape/Murder—17 Years Too Late
Eddie Joe Lloyd walked out of a Michigan prison a free man last week after spending 17 years behind bars for a rape and murder that DNA tests prove he did not commit....
9/3/2002 Six Men Sentenced to Death for Gang Rape in Pakistan
A Pakistani judge sentenced six men to death by hanging for the tribal court-ordered gang rape of a woman in the village of Meerwala....
8/30/2002 Debate Over Medicaid Funding For Abortions Resumes In Florida
A judge in Florida refused to dismiss a lawsuit yesterday challenging the states ban for funding most abortions under Medicaid....
8/29/2002 States Prosecute Priests for Sex Abuse Going Back Several Decades
Prosecutors in several states are working around the statute of limitations on sexual abuse cases in order to prosecute priests for child molestation and rape that occurred over the past several decades, according to the New York Times....
8/28/2002 Utah Polygamist Gets Minimum Sentence For Child Rape
Convicted Utah polygamist Tom Green received a lenient sentence of five years to life yesterday for child rape of his 13-year-old spiritual wife. Fourth District Court Judge Donald Eyre sentenced Green to the minimum sentence for the first-degree felony conviction he will serve this sentence concurrently with his 2001 bigamy sentence of up to five years....
8/27/2002 Philadelphia Judge Stands Tough Against Domestic Violence
A Philadelphia judge took a stand against domestic violence recently when he sentenced a man to 11-22 years in prison for the all too common crime of assaulting his wife....
8/26/2002 Bush Threatens NATO in Latest Attempt To Undermine ICC
In President Bushs latest attempt to strong arm US allies into supporting demands for American immunity from the International Criminal Court (ICC), the administration is threatening to use the US role in NATO against the European Union should they refuse to exempt American personnel from the newly created court, the New York Times reported today....
8/26/2002 Womens Equality Day Celebrated Today
In celebration of Womens Equality Day, Ellen Goodman announced the "Equal Rites Awards" in her national column a satirical spoof meant to honor those who have "set back the cause of women." Among Goodmans honorees are President Bush for the "Mixed Message Award"Goodman describes Bush as "the world leader who bragged about liberating women of the world [who] now hedges, hems and haws about supporting the United Nations treaty for womens equality (CEDAW)." Others include the "Blind Justice Award" to the Pakistani tribal council that sentenced a young woman to gang rape, the "International Ayatollah Award" to the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Saudi Arabiawho wouldnt let 15 girls out of a burning school because their hair wasnt covered, and the "Our Make War, Not Love" prize for the 200 US soldiers who used their government credit cards at strip clubs to pay for lap dances....
8/23/2002 MA Police Officer Accused of Rape
A Nantucket Police Officer, working in a temporary summer position, has been charged with rape....
8/22/2002 Women Demand Churchs Attention for Sexual Abuse of Nuns by Priests
Despite worldwide focus on the notorious child sexual abuse scandal, the Catholic Church is continuing its routine of secrecy, denial, and feigned alacrity in regards to the little-publicized issue of nun sexual abuse by priests....
8/14/2002 Cardinal Law Admits He Knowingly Allowed Abusive Priests To Remain In Ministry
In seven hours of videotaped testimony released today in a Boston court, Cardinal Bernard Law admitted to allowing priests accused of sexual abuse, as well as those who had admitted to abuse, to remain in the ministry without informing parishioners....
8/13/2002 Priest Scandal Extends Worldwide; Catholic Heartland of Ireland Reels With Revelations
After years of sexually abusing young boys while leaders of the Catholic church looked the other way, a prominent Irish priest was arraigned on 29 charges of sodomy, indecent assault and gross indecency showing that the scandal that has rocked the church in the US extends even as far as the devoutly Catholic stronghold of Ireland....
8/12/2002 Bush Continues Attack on ICC
In yet another attempt to undermine the power of the first international court created solely to protect victims of genocide and other crimes, the Bush administration has threatened to withdraw military aid to countries that will not guarantee US immunity in the International Criminal Court (ICC)....
8/9/2002 Bush Administration Blocks Corporate Responsibility Overseas
With the State Department urging a US court to dismiss a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corporation for its operations in Indonesia, the Bush administration is making its second bid this year to restrict international corporate responsibility for human rights violations abroad, the New York Times reported today....
8/8/2002 Florida Adoption Law Forces Disclosure of Intimate Details
For the first time since its enactment last October, a Florida adoption law that requires pregnant women considering adoption to publish intimate details about their sexual history purportedly to identify the father was challenged by six women claiming it unconstitutionally violates their privacy....
8/7/2002 Bush Seeks Nations Pledges For US Immunity in ICC
The Bush administration is asking other nations to promise that they will not press charges against American peacekeepers and other personnel through the new International Criminal Court (ICC)....
8/2/2002 Senate Committee Approves Bill to Test More Rape Kits
In an effort to address the growing backlog nationwide of DNA evidence for sexual assault cases, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the DNA Sexual Assault Justice Act of 2002 earlier this month....
8/2/2002 LAPD Destroyed Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases; Reform of Police Procedure Urged
The Los Angeles Police Department has admitted that inadequate training caused the destruction of DNA evidence from over 1,100 sexual assault cases....
7/29/2002 Pakistan: Police Response to Crimes Against Women Lacking
The suicide of a young woman raped at gunpoint follows a series of recent incidents in which horrific crimes against women in Pakistans Punjab province have been brought to the worlds attention....
7/24/2002 American Troops To Guard Afghan President
With conditions in Afghanistan still described as unstable, American soldiers will take over President Hamid Karzais personal security detail, Karzais Spokesman Said Tayab Jawab announced yesterday....
7/22/2002 FDA Approves Date Rape Drug in Treating Sleep Disorder
The Food and Drug Association (FDA) recently approved the dangerous date rape drug GHB for its first legal use as a medical product in treating a complication of narcolepsy, according to the Associated Press....
7/17/2002 Officer Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting Female Inmate
Another law enforcement officer has pled guilty to sexually assaulting a female inmate....
7/11/2002 Bush Backs Down from Demand for ICC Immunity
In light of severe criticism from some of its closest European allies, the Bush administration agreed yesterday to drop its demand for US troops serving in United Nations peacekeeping missions to be declared immune from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC)....
7/11/2002 Bushs Bioethics Panel Unable to Agree on Cloning
After seven months of debate, the Presidents Bioethics Council released a report today announcing that the 18-member panel was unable to reach consensus on the highly contentious cloning issue....
7/11/2002 Officers Investigated for Sexual Assault at Indiana Women’s Prison
Four male correctional officers from the Indiana Women’s Prison have been suspended on charges that they raped female inmates....
7/9/2002 Report: Rape Used as Weapon of War by Burmese Military
Relations between the US and Burma (Myanmar) are once again strained following a report by Thailand-based human rights activists that charges the Burmese military with using systematic rape of ethnic civilians as a war tactic....
7/3/2002 Six Arrested in Tribal Council-Ordered Gang Rape in Pakistan
District police in Pakistans Punjab province arrested six suspects yesterday in connection with the tribal court-ordered gang rape of an 18-year-old girl....
7/3/2002 UN Halts Return of Refugees to Afghanistan
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has suspended the return of refugees to Afghanistans central and northern regions because of deteriorating security as a result of rival warlords....
7/3/2002 Cincinnati Officers Sued in Sexual Assault Case
A woman who alleges that two Cincinnati police officers raped her while she was intoxicated has filed a lawsuit against the officers....
7/1/2002 Bush Administration Threatens to Withdraw US Peacekeeping Troops if Americans Are Not Exempted from ICC
As the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened its doors in The Hague today, the United States government showed its opposition by casting a vote in the UN Security Council to withdraw American peacekeepers in Bosnia....
6/27/2002 Feminist Majority Urges Expansion of Peace Troops in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON, DC - In the wake of threats against human rights advocates in Afghanistan after the Loya Jirga and continued reports of violence against women in the provinces, the Feminist Majority has renewed its call for the immediate expansion of international peacekeeping troops in Afghanistan....
6/27/2002 Colorado Sheriff’s Official Charged with Assaulting His Wife
Major Carlos Jackson of the Denver Sheriff’s Office has been charged with misdemeanor domestic violence and assault for four attacks on his wife....
6/27/2002 Additional Charges Filed Against California Officer Accused of Serial Rape
Prosecutors filed additional charges last week against Officer Ronald VanRossum, a San Bernadino, California police officer accused of raping more than a dozen women while on patrol....
6/25/2002 Utah Polygamist Found Guilty of Raping 13-year-old
Tom Green, a convicted Utah polygamist, was convicted yesterday of raping his 13-year-old wife, Linda Kunz, in 1986....
6/25/2002 Senate Committee to Address Expansion of Peacekeeping Troops in Afghanistan
In the wake of violence and intimidation against human rights advocates in Afghanistan, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing at 10:45 a.m....
6/21/2002 Senate Votes to Lift Ban on Overseas Abortions for Military Personnel
Legislation that could repeal a federal ban on abortions overseas for women serving in the military passed today in the US Senate by a vote of 52-40....
6/21/2002 More Peacekeeping Forces Desperately Needed in Afghanistan
Conditions in Afghanistan are described by international aid workers as dangerous and unstable....
6/19/2002 Russian Women Call for End to Sex Trafficking
A coalition of Russian womens groups appealed to President Vladimir Putin to establish a task force to combat trafficking in humans....
6/17/2002 Recent Spate of Violence Could Push Aid Organizations out of Afghanistan
Reports of violence in northern Afghanistan, including the gang rape of a female international aid worker, have raised further concerns about security in the war-torn nation with several international groups threatening to leave the country....
6/4/2002 Honduran Women Trafficked in Texas
Forty Honduran women and girls, lured by the promise of jobs as maids and waitresses, trekked for days from Choluteca, Honduras to Fort Worth, Texas only to be tricked and forced into a Texas couples sex trafficking ring....
5/31/2002 As Many As 27 Million Worldwide Forced into Slavery
A Britain-based nongovernmental organization, Anti-Slavery International, released a report Monday showing that the number of people forced into slavery has risen to an estimated 27 million....
5/29/2002 Indonesian Military Accused of Inaction While Witnessing Rape
An ad hoc tribunal investigating the involvement of 18 Indonesian military and police officials in massacres resulting in 1,000 deaths during and following East Timors 1999 vote for independence heard the first testimony Tuesday from an East Timorese....
5/28/2002 Violence Against Women Leads to Major Health Problems Globally
Preliminary data collected by the World Health Organization(WHO) found that women worldwide suffer from severe health problems resulting from pervasive violence against women....
5/28/2002 Priest Pleads Guilty to Date-Rape Drug Charges
A Roman Catholic priest from Illinois pled guilty this week to charges that he conspired to make and distribute gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), also known as the “date-rape” drug....
5/24/2002 Violence Against Women Leads to Major Health Problems Globally
Preliminary data collected by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that women worldwide suffer from severe health problems resulting from pervasive violence against women....
5/24/2002 Priest Pleads Guilty to Date-Rape Drug Charges
A Roman Catholic priest from Illinois pled guilty this week to charges that he conspired to make and distribute gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), also known as the date-rape drug....
5/17/2002 Pakistani Rape Victim Sentenced to Death by Stoning
Zafran Bibi is on death row, sentenced to death by stoning for having sex outside marriage....
5/16/2002 A Call for Justice in East Timor
Over 125 women representing 14 countries and 22 US states joined with the East Timor Action Network (ETAN) to urge the United Nations Security Council to establish an international tribunal for East Timor....
5/14/2002 Women Military Personnel Continue to Have Restricted Abortion Access
The House last week rejected an amendment to the defense appropriations bill that would have allowed US servicewomen overseas to use their own funds to obtain abortions at military hospitals....
5/14/2002 Indian Women Protest Unprecedented Violence in Gujarat
Thousands of women in state capitals throughout India including New Delhi and Chennai demonstrated yesterday, denouncing the violence committed against women in Gujarat following the religious riots in late February....
5/7/2002 Rape Victims Not Routinely Offered Emergency Contraception
A survey of Pennsylvania hospital emergency departments shows that only one in three hospitals routinely offer emergency contraception (EC) to survivors of rape, and half of these hospitals have no standard procedure for counseling patients about EC....
5/6/2002 Bill Introduced to Improve DNA Evidence Collection for Sexual Assault Cases
The Debbie Smith Act, a bill requiring that health officials test rape victim DNA samples within 10 days of receipt, has been introduced in the House and Senate....
5/1/2002 Mother Jones Profiles Unsolved Murders of Women in Juarez
In the May/June issue of Mother Jones, Evelyn Nieves takes an in depth look at the murdered women of Juarez, Mexico and the womens rights groups that are pressuring the Mexican government to find the killer(s) responsible for the deaths of nearly 270 women in this border city, across from El Paso, Texas, since 1993....
4/18/2002 House Passes Anti-Abortion Legislation
In a 260-161 vote, the House yesterday passed the Child Custody Protection Act (HR 476), which would make it a federal crime for an adult to transport a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion if that adult is not the minors parent....
4/11/2002 ICC Ratified by 66 Countries, Will Begin Operation in July
Ten nations ratified the International Criminal Court (ICC) today bringing the total number of nations to ratify the 1998 Rome treaty to 66, meaning that the ICC will finally enter into force this July....
4/9/2002 Vatican Knew of Past Allegations Against Boston Pedophile Priest
Church records released under court order in Massachusetts show that the Archdiocese of Boston knew of allegations of pedophilia against priest Paul Shanley and had shared information about the allegations with the Vatican by 1979....
4/5/2002 Feminist Majority Student Group Mobilizes for Women in Juarez
Students in the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance at the University of Texas, El Paso are working with the Coalition on Violence Against Women and Families to organize a silent protest against the murders of hundreds of women in Juarez, Mexico, across the border with El Paso....
4/3/2002 Washington State Hospitals Must Provide EC to Rape Survivors
Emergency rooms in Washington state hospitals will now be required to provide emergency contraception (EC) to victims of rape....
4/1/2002 ICC may be 'Unsigned' by US
Ambassador for War Crimes Issues, Pierre Prosper, stated Thursday that the Bush Administration is considering "unsigning" the treaty authorizing the soon-to-be launched International Criminal Court (ICC)....
3/15/2002 Nepal to Legalize Abortion
In a victory for Nepalese women, the Lower House of Parliament amended the Nepalese Civil Code to legalize abortion in the first trimester, in cases of rape or incest, or to protect a womans health....
3/1/2002 Nepalese Push for More Liberal Abortion Laws
Six Nepalese women die each day from botched illegal abortions according to Panos, an international non-profit organization focusing on the developing world....
2/22/2002 Brutal Murders of Women Workers Continues in Mexico Border City
Nearly 270 women have been raped and murdered in Juarez, Mexico since 1993, yet Mexican officials are still no closer to finding their killers....
2/14/2002 National Geographic Exposes Honor Killings
National Geographic yesterday premiered a documentary on its cable television channel focusing on honor killings in Pakistan....
2/13/2002 Women Used As Sex Slaves for Taliban, al Qaeda
While reports of the Talibans involvement in the trafficking of Afghan women was long reported by Afghan refugees fleeing Afghanistan during the Talibans rule, more detailed and numerous accounts continue to emerge following the collapse of the brutal regime....
2/12/2002 Catholic Priest Charged With Making Date Rape Drug; Boston Scandal Intensifies
Rev....
2/12/2002 Mexico Supreme Court Approves Restricted Abortion
The Mexican High Court ruled last Wednesday that women in Mexico City may obtain abortions to preserve their health or in cases of rape....
2/11/2002 Boston Cardinal Refuses to Resign
Returning from a week-long trip to the Vatican, Cardinal Bernard Law of the Roman Catholic Boston Archdiocese announced yesterday that he has no plans to resign after knowingly allowing alleged pedophiles to remain in their posts as priests for decades....
2/8/2002 Boston Archdiocese Identifies More Priests as Alleged Pedophiles; Archdiocese Influence in Legislation Wanes
During an ongoing review of church personnel records, the Boston Archdiocese identified at least 60 priests who have allegedly molested and abused children over the span of forty years....
2/7/2002 Ecuador and Portugal Ratify the ICC
Ecuador and Portugal became the 51st and 52nd countries to ratify the International Criminal Court (ICC) this week, joining the international community in its commitment to prosecuting the most heinous crimes against humanity....
1/28/2002 Nigerian Woman Sentenced to Death by Stoning Changes Defense
Sufiyatu Huseini, the Nigerian woman sentenced to death by stoning for alleged adultery, is now being helped by a local womens rights group (financed by the Ford and MacArthur Foundations) who have hired lawyers to defend Huseini....
1/24/2002 Former Catholic Priest Convicted of Pedophilia
John J....
1/18/2002 Portuguese Nurse Imprisoned for Performing Abortions
Nurse Maria do Ceu Ribeiro was sentenced to eight years and six months in jail for providing abortions in Portugal where abortion is illegal except in cases of rape and in cases where pregnancy poses a serious risk to the woman....
1/16/2002 Boston Priest Arrested for Allegedly Raping Teenager
Kevin E....
1/10/2002 Nigerian Woman Still in Danger of Stoning
Sufiyatu Huseini (also referred to as Sufiya Hussaini in earlier reports) is still awaiting a decision from an Islamic sharia appeals court that will determine whether she lives or dies....
1/9/2002 Vatican Directs Priests Accused of Pedophilia to Stand Trial in Secret Church Courts
Scandalized by public outcry over widespread pedophilia and sexual abuse committed by Catholic clergy, Pope John Paul II issued a directive ordering the Vaticans Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith to set up guidelines for handling the problem....
1/9/2002 Truth Be Told - Part II
But I have hope that what happened to America may create a world where justice and democracy are not just words....
12/19/2001 Casualty of War - Part II
He makes the decisions ....
12/14/2001 Male-Dominated Cultures May Put Women More At Risk for HIV/AIDS in Africa
Women participating in the 12th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Africa declared that cultural attitudes assuming male domination over women and a lack of womens rights contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS among African women....
12/12/2001 New Drug May Be Effective in Treating Breast Cancer
Studies presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium indicate that a new class of hormone therapy may replace Tamoxifen in the treatment of certain types of breast cancers....
12/10/2001 Senate Votes for Anti-International Criminal Court Amendment
The Senate voted 78-21 in favor of adopting an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Act that would block the United States from participating in the International Criminal Court (ICC)....
12/10/2001 Anti-Choicers in a Time of War
At the same time that our government is bolstering support for the "War on Terrorism" by condemning the Taliban's treatment of women, U.S....
12/6/2001 If Women Had A Foreign Policy
Looking for ways to measure 30 years of Ms., I scribbled down notes: the first issue featured unpublished work by Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath, two dead women....
12/3/2001 Nigerian Woman to Appeal Death Sentence For Adultery
An Islamic court of appeals in Sokoto state, Nigeria has granted Safiya Hussaini a stay of execution, allowing Hussaini to appeal the decision of a lower Islamic court sentencing her to death by stoning....
11/28/2001 Kidnappings, Rape, and Torture Reported in Kabul
As Taliban soldiers began to flee Kabul about three weeks ago, they kidnapped girls and young women from the area, according to Northern Alliance officials and Kabul residents....
11/27/2001 Pope Apologizes for Sexual Abuse of Nuns
Pope John Paul last week apologized to those who were victims of sexual abuse and rape committed by clergy members, including priests....
11/9/2001 Vatican Denounces UN Effort to Save Refugees
While Afghan women are in the midst of a refugee health crisis that threatens the lives of millions, the Vatican has criticized efforts by the United Nations to provide sound healthcare information and services....
11/7/2001 Pro-Choice Candidates Emerge Victorious
On Tuesday, both New Jersey and Virginia elected pro-choice governors to lead their states....
11/5/2001 Afghan Refugee Women Face Danger in Camps
Even after escaping the Taliban and fleeing to refugee camps in Pakistan, Afghan women are not free from danger, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) representative Dr....
11/2/2001 Pro-Choice Candidates Ahead in 2001 Elections
Pro-Choice Virginia gubernatorial candidate Mark Warner (D), according to a recent Washington Post poll, enjoys a 10-point lead over his staunchly anti-choice opponent, Mark Earley (R)....
10/30/2001 Mr. Lady Rocks
We're a community service, not just a business," say Kaia Wilson and Tammy Rae Carland, cofounders of Mr....
10/25/2001 Portugese Women on Trial for Illegal Abortions
Seventeen Portugese women accused of having illegal abortions and twenty-six others accused of aiding the illegal abortions have gone to trial and are now facing jail sentences of up to three years....
10/23/2001 Incidents of Rape Increase in 2000
A report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) indicates the first increase in reported rapes since 1992....
10/16/2001 Britain Ratifies ICC; US Opposition Continues
Britain became the 42nd country to ratify the International Criminal Court (ICC) Treaty, increasing pressure on the United States, one of the few Western nations not to ratify the treaty, to follow suit....
10/12/2001 Abortion Under Attack: Dispatches From the Front
In the U.S., George W....
10/9/2001 Afghan Women Refugees in Continued Crisis
Acknowledging a healthcare crisis for Afghan women refugees, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has requested $4.5 million for donor countries to provide refugees with reproductive healthcare services including services intended to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)....
10/5/2001 Comfort Women Have No Legal Recourse
U.S....
10/1/2001 Gender Matters
It's been said that girl power is Africa's own vaccine against HIV, and that should be true for the whole world," stated Kofi Annan, secretary general of the United Nations, during the organization's first-ever Special Session on HIV/AIDS in late June....
10/1/2001 A Court For Human Rights
"The women of Rio Negro, some of them pregnant, were dragged from their homes, and along with their children, were raped, tortured, and killed....
9/27/2001 Hear the Voices of Women - Part II
SPAIN: "Thousands of people in the heart of Western civilization (New York) have had to die in order for the international community to react and consider putting an end to (terrorists/fundamentalist leaders.) The West never cared when the Taliban attacked Afghan women's rights, when they assaulted them, when they killed them....
8/28/2001 The Sins of the Fathers
A friend in the sisters of Loretto told me after a trip to Ghana in the early 1990s that sisters there reported that priests forced them to have sex before they were allowed to receive grants from groups abroad....
8/23/2001 Two Marines Charged with Raping Trainees
The Marine Corps has charged two drill instructors with raping female students at the Ft....
8/22/2001 Women's Rights Opponent to Finally Leave Senate
Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC), the ultraconservative politician famous for his 30-year assault on womens rights, announced his retirement today, effective at the end of his 2003 term....
8/14/2001 AZ Parental Consent Law Upheld
An Arizona U.S....
8/2/2001 House Committee Rejects Servicewomen's Right to Privately Funded Abortions
On Wednesday the House Armed Services Committee denied servicewomen and military dependents the right to privately funded abortions in overseas military health facilities....
8/1/2001 Illegal Abortions Claim Thousands of Lives
In African nations where abortion is illegal, tens of thousands of women are forced to undergo back-street abortions that often lead to severe injury or death....
7/31/2001 Equal Protection Applies to Medically Necessary Abortions
The Alaska Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state cannot fund pregnancy-related services for low-income women without also funding medically necessary abortions....
7/26/2001 "Bandit Queen" Assassinated in New Delhi
Phoolan Devi, the outlaw-turned-lawmaker portrayed in the movie "Bandit Queen," was assassinated yesterday outside her New Delhi home....
7/18/2001 Whose Serbia?
The following is a first-hand report of the recent gay rights parade in Serbia, where police and others attacked the marchers.


Belgrade 30 June, 2001

It was supposed to be a feast, the first public demonstration of the gay lesbian movement, celebrating their international day, in the main Square of the Republic, where all our democratic history has happened....
7/17/2001 A Philadelphia Story - Part I
Samantha Richards (not her real name) was only seven on January 12, 1996, when 29-year-old Jasper Washington pulled her into his car, drove a few miles, raped her, and pushed her out onto the snow-covered ground....
7/17/2001 A Philadelphia Story - Part II


By the third city council hearing in December 2000, 91 percent of the 2701 cases had been reviewed....
7/16/2001 Coalition Calls Vatican to Accountability for Abuse of Nuns
At demonstrations in New York and Washington D.C., a coalition of over 140 religious, human rights and women's rights organizations, including the Feminist Majority Foundation, called the Vatican to accountability in an effort to end sexual violence against nuns by Catholic priests....
7/11/2001 July 14th Demonstrations To Call for Vatican's Accountability to Crimes Against Women
The Feminist Majority Foundation, along with over 100 national and international organizations, will participate in demonstrations at the Permanent Mission of the Holy See (Vatican Mission) on July 14, 2001 in New York City and the Vatican Embassy in Washington D.C....
7/10/2001 Japanese Womens Groups Deplore Rape by U.S Serviceman
While the U.S....
7/3/2001 Cruel and Unusual
On January 19, Bariya Ibrahima Magazu, of Zamfara state in northern Nigeria, received 100 lashes for being pregnant and unmarried....
6/21/2001 Experts Question Accuracy of New Rape Statistics
The U.S....
6/18/2001 Sexual Abuse Alleged at Girls' Prison
Allegations of sexual abuse by a 16-year-old girl imprisoned in Alabamas only youth lockup facility for girls have generated a $171 million federal lawsuit against the Department of Youth Services, which administers juvenile corrections in Alabama....
6/7/2001 IWF Launches Anti-Feminist Ad Campaign on Campuses
In an effort to thwart feminist student activism on college campuses nationwide, the conservative Independent Womens Forum has unveiled a major anti-feminist advertisement campaign, called Take Back the Campus. Already in three college papers, the full-page ad lists the 10 Most Common Feminist Myths, disputing the accuracy of the college rape statistics and criticizing Womens Studies Departments....
6/7/2001 IWF Launches Anti-Feminist Ad Campaign on Campuses
In an effort to thwart feminist student activism on college campuses nationwide, the conservative Independent Womens Forum has unveiled a major anti-feminist advertisement campaign, called Take Back the Campus. Already in three college papers, the full-page ad lists the 10 Most Common Feminist Myths, disputing the accuracy of the college rape statistics and criticizing Womens Studies Departments. The Independent Womens Forum was founded in 1992 by the wives of prominent right-wing politicians such Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice-President Dick Cheney and Wendy Lee Gramm, wife of Senator Phill Gramm (R-TX)....
6/5/2001 V-Day's Stop Rape Awards
On V-Day (February 10, 2001) 18,000 people gathered at New York City's Madison Square Garden to protest violence against women and to celebrate the vagina....
6/5/2001 Academy of Pediatrics Urges Doctors to Ask About Sexual Assault
With recent data showing that adolescents have the highest national rate of rape, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that doctors ask their patients if they have ever been sexually assaulted....
5/29/2001 The Global Gag - Part I
On January 22—the twenty-eighth anniversary of Roe v....
5/29/2001 The Global Gag - Part II
"It kills me that I can't ask lawmakers from my own country, 'Can you imagine how horrible it is for us when a 13-year-old rape victim walks into a clinic and we can't tell her anything?'" says Galdos....
5/27/2001 FMLAs Across the Country Organize to End Sexual Assault and Violence Against Women
Last April, Leadership Alliances and activists across the nation commemorated Sexual Assault Awareness Month with major events, rallies,and marches....
5/15/2001 Helms Attempts to Stop Ratification of International Criminal Court
In July 1998, 120 countries, excluding the United States, voted to adopt the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC)....
4/30/2001 Leadership Alliances Work to Improve Campus Sexual Assault Policy
Kelly Adams and Jennifer Heitel, officers of the LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE at GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, wrote an opinion editorial on the current debate around their campus Sexual Harassment Policy that was printed in a local newspaper....
4/27/2001 Detroit Police Admit Wrong Stats for Rape Arrests
Throughout the 1990s, the Detroit Police Department's rape squad looked great, consistently reporting the nation's highest arrest rates, always at least double the national average.

Women's advocates are alarmed and say the phony numbers gave them a false sense of security.

Now, the city's shame-faced police department acknowledges that the statistics were wrong and its crime data are so seriously flawed that it is unclear how many suspects really were collared....
4/20/2001 What News Looks Like When Women Matter: Profiles of Rita Henley Jensen and Victoria Graham of Women's Enews - Part III
We covered the economic reforms, abolition of the communes and so on....
4/20/2001 Second Judge OKs Suit Against LAPD as Racketeering Enterprise
U.S....
4/18/2001 Married to the Visa - Part I
Ankita's (not her real name) ordeal began in early 1998 when she arrived in the United States with her new husband, an Indian software engineer working for a prestigious Silicon Valley firm....
4/16/2001 A New Audience for Anti-Rape Message
The number and voices of groups like One in Four and Men Can Stop Rape are growing and reaching new audiences with their message of stopping rape, but they are drawing criticism from traditional anti-rape efforts because their messages are focused on men-only groups....
4/5/2001 Dr Laura Show Cancelled
The Dr....
4/4/2001 More Feminist Activism
The FMLA at the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO (UTEP) is working with the Coalition on Violence Against Women and Families on the Border to organize a silent protest against the murders of hundreds of women in Juarez....
4/2/2001 Bush Administration Announces Limited Medicaid Coverage for Mifepristone
As most abortion rights activists anticipated, the Bush administration officially announced that the government will apply the same restrictions on Medicaid funding for mifepristone as it has for surgical abortions....
4/2/2001 Court Tries to Limit Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Testimony in Rape Trials
The weight of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) testimony in trials of rape is in question, as three judges in Virginia have ruled that SANE nurses may not draw conclusions regarding whether or not the sex that occurred was consensual or forced and may only testify about injuries noticed during sexual assault examinations....
3/30/2001 V-Day 2001: To End Violence Against Women
A sold-out crowd in Madison Square Garden of 18,000 gathered to witness V-DAY 2001: Take Back the Garden, the smashing success of an especially courageous, innovative and funny performance of the Vagina Monologues....
3/30/2001 Ironic Feminism, Empathic Activism: Robin Morgan's Saturday's Child
A child actor, radical Leftist feminist, founder of the global womens movement, poet, writer, lesbian, and mother, Robin Morgan gives us a story we have and havent heard before in her memoir Saturdays Child....
3/27/2001 Special Series: Priests, Rape, and AIDS Part IV
Exploited Nuns Go Unheard A young Islamic woman converts to Christianity, alienating her family and effectively banishing herself from the community she has grown up in....
3/23/2001 Special Series: Priests, Rape, and AIDS Part III
Priests Impregnate Nuns, Some Advise Abortion Reports from 23 countries, mostly concentrated in Africa, reveal the widespread sexual exploitation of nuns by priests, many of whom are targeting nuns for sex because they see nuns as safe from HIV and AIDS....
3/22/2001 Special Series: Priests, Rape, and AIDS Part II
Sexual Exploitation of Nuns by Priests Widespread The scandal surrounding priests, rape, and AIDS, according to news accounts, includes abuses of power and financial explotation....
3/21/2001 Special Series: Priests, Rape, and AIDS Part I
HIV Leads Priests Away from Prostitutes, Toward Nuns, Young Girls According to several reports by senior nuns, and in one case by a priest, the sexual abuse of nuns by priests, including rape, is a serious problem in the Catholic Church, especially in Africa and the developing nations where the AIDS epidemic has hit hardest....
3/7/2001 Torture of Women a Worldwide Phenomenon
Amnesty International released two new reports this week showing that women worldwide are tortured and abused both by relatives and by government officials, including police....
3/6/2001 Georgia Rape Victims Charged for Exams
Despite a 1996 state law that prohibits charging rape victims for forensic exams or kits used to collect evidence after a rape, three counties in Georgia have been charging women as much as $1,200 to cover costs that the law states should be paid for by law enforcement....
3/5/2001 Leadership Alliances Work to End Violence Against Women and Gather in NY for Eve Ensler's V-day Gala
The Vagina Monologues opened to a sold out crowd of 18,000 at Madison Square Gardens on Feburary 18th....
3/2/2001 Disturbing Findings in an Emergency Room Survey
Catholics for a Free Choice recently conducted a nationwide survey of 589 Catholic hospital emergency rooms to determine if emergency contraception was available to women who requested it....
2/23/2001 UN Court Issues 1st Ruling on Rape as War Crime
In the first war crimes case focused solely on rape and sexual slavery, the U.N....
1/31/2001 Bush's Picks: A Cabinet that looks like Radical Right America - Part IV
Although union officials are not as opposed to Bush II's second labor secretary nominee as they were to Linda Chavez, Chao merits scrutiny from progressives....
1/22/2001 Bariya Ibrahim Magazu Receives Inhumane Flogging
On January 19, in oil-rich Nigeria, the most populous country on the continent of Africa, an Islamic Court in the north carried out a Sharia sentence of 100 lashes with a cane on 13-year old Bariya Ibrahim Magazu on charges of premarital sex (zina) and making false charges against the three men she claimed raped her....
1/17/2001 Dems Question Ashcrofts Ability to Enforce All Laws
The Senate confirmation hearing in John Ashcrofts bid for Attorney General continues today, with protestors again crowded outside the Russell Senate building, opposing the nomination of this anti-choice, anti-woman, anti-civil rights politician....
1/16/2001 Ashcroft: Ideology Trumps Legal Judgment
20-Year Anti-Womens Rights Record Disqualifies Ashcroft WASHINGTON, DC John Ashcroft is a totally anti-choice, anti-womens rights nomination for Attorney General....
1/16/2001 Ashcroft's Ideology Trumps Legal Judgment! 20-Year Anti-Womens Rights Record Disqualifies Ashcroft
John Ashcroft is a totally anti-choice, anti-womens rights nomination for Attorney General....
1/16/2001 Democrats Focus on Womens Rights, Civil Rights in Opening Day of Ashcroft Hearing
The first session of the Senate confirmation hearing for John Ashcrofts nomination to the position of attorney general began Tuesday morning with Democratic leaders coming out strong against Ashcrofts anti-choice, anti-civil rights, and anti-woman record....
1/9/2001 Ashcroft: Ideology Trumps Legal Judgment
20-Year Anti-Womens Rights Record Disqualifies Ashcroft WASHINGTON, DC John Ashcroft is a totally anti-choice, anti-womens rights nomination for Attorney General....
1/9/2001 20-Year Anti-Womens Rights Record Disqualifies Ashcroft
John Ashcroft is a totally anti-choice, anti-womens rights nomination for Attorney General....
1/9/2001 Newsmaker: Aloisea Inyumba
Aloisea Inyumba is reserved but warm, with a smile that flickers softly during the telling of a favorite story....
1/3/2001 Clinton Signs International Criminal Court Treaty
On New Years Eve, just in time to meet the year-end deadline, President Clinton signed the International Criminal Court (ICC) Treatya major victory for womens rights and human rights groups....
1/2/2001 Skirting the Issue
Last July, as the 13th International AIDS Conference drew to a close in Durban, South Africa, a lawmaker in neighboring Swaziland was proposing a way to halt the spread of AIDS in his country: ban miniskirts....
12/21/2000 Bush Cabinet Grows; Number of Women Appointees Shrinks
Despite much talk of inclusiveness and diversity for the George W....
12/21/2000 Bush Cabinet Grows; Number of Women Appointees Shrinks
WASHINGTON, DC -- Recent appointments to the George W....
12/18/2000 RU 486 Not Covered by Any D.C. Medical Programs
The Congressional prohibition against using federal funds to pay for abortions will affect Mifepristone....
12/11/2000 TX Court Rules for Medicaid Funds for Abortion
Last week, a Texas court of appeals ruled that denying Medicaid funding to poor women seeking abortion violates their equal rights....
12/11/2000 Historic Comfort Womens Trial Underway In Tokyo
For the first time in history, claims of forced servitude and rape made by more than 200,000 women during World War II in Japan are heard before a symbolic court lead by Gabrielle Kirk McDonald, former president of International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia....
12/11/2000 Leadership Alliances Take Part in Global Campaign to End Violence Against Women
Many Leadership Alliances joined in the "16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER VIOLENCE," a campaign of the Global Campaign for Women's Human Rights....
12/6/2000 20 Suspects Arrested for Gang Rape of Disabled 13-Year-Old
Police in Cobb County Georgia have arrested 20 suspects in the rape of a 13-year-old mentally disabled girl that occurred on October 13-14....
12/4/2000 Republicans Announce Campaign Against The International Criminal Court
Republicans in the United States House of Representatives and Senate, led by Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Jesse Helms, have announced their plans to not ratify the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court, making it a top legislative priority for next year....
12/1/2000 NYC Establishes Civil Rights Remedy for Victims of Gender-Biased Crime
On November 30, a New York City Council Committee passed a new law that would allow victims of rape, domestic violence, and other crimes motivated by gender bias to sue the perpetrators in civil cases....
11/28/2000 The Right's Stealth Tactics - Part II
Today, he heads up the American Civil Rights Institute (ACRI), a national group that works on similar efforts in other states.

Many of today’s new-right legal activists met up in the Reagan and Bush administrations: Bill Bennett, Linda Chavez, and IJ’s Clint Bolick, to name but three....
11/27/2000 *V-Day Stop Rape Contest Deadline Approaching
Launched on Valentines Day in 1998 with a benefit performance of The Vagina Monologues, the Obie-award winning play by Eve Ensler, V-Day is a movement to stop violence against women....
11/20/2000 Shalala Appointed President of University of Miami
Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala accepted the presidency of the University of Miami this past weekend....
11/16/2000 LAPD Corruption Case Returns 3 Guilty, 1 Acquitted
The Los Angeles Police Department Rampart scandal, which broke over a year ago and revealed deeply rooted corruption in the LAPD, including framing innocent people, fabricating evidence, and covering up physical abuse by police officers, has produced three convictions of LAPD officers....
11/14/2000 Healing Voices
When women from the six Tewa-speaking pueblos of northern New Mexico decided to do something about the rape and sexual violence in their communities, they turned to their cultural roots of peace and respect for the earth....
11/10/2000 UN Security Council Passes Women, Peace And Security Resolution
On October 31, 2000, the United Nations (UN) Security Council unanimously passed a resolution on Women, Peace and Security....
11/10/2000 Tokyo Tribunal To Address Issue Of Comfort Women
Women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army in World War II, often known as comfort women will convene in Tokyo on December 7-10 to testify and demand accountability from the Japanese government....
11/7/2000 NY and CA Medicaid Will Cover Mifepristone
Medicaid programs in New York and California will cover mifepristone, the early abortion pill, according to Reuters Health News....
10/24/2000 US Senate Candidate George Allen Distorts Abortion Position
In a recent debate, as well as in his ad campaign, U.S....
10/23/2000 Manila Mayor Against RU-486
Manila mayor Lito Atienza has stated that he will arrest anyone who attempts to ship the abortion pill RU-486 into the city, dubbing the pill as a do-it-yourself murder kit....
10/19/2000 Indiana Judge Rules Medicaid Must Cover Medically Necessary Abortions
A county judge in Indiana ruled in favor of two womens health clinics that filed a suit in August of 1999 arguing that the states Medicare policies discriminated against low-income women with certain health conditions....
10/13/2000 Proposed Legislation In Chile Advance Reproductive Rights
A coalition of "center-left" legislators seeking to win legislation designed to improve sexual and reproductive rights, reported the Chilean Times....
10/10/2000 United Kingdom Tackles "Honour Killings"
The British newspaper, The Observer, reports that within the last five years there have been at least 20 deaths in Britain that are linked to so-called crimes of "honour"....
10/10/2000 Malaysians React Over Claim That Attire Invites Rape
The chief minister of an opposition-ruled Malaysian state recently claimed that women were the main cause of social ills and moral decadence, due to attire that exposed their bodies....
10/10/2000 South African Teachers Responsible For 1/3 Of Schoolgirl Rapes
The Medical Research Council of South Africa, the country's foremost medial body, released a study that finds teachers responsible for 33% of all rapes of schoolgirls....
10/10/2000 Women Rally in Tokyo
Over four hundred women held a rally in Tokyo on Sunday to show support for and discuss the United Nation's Fourth World Conference on Women....
10/2/2000 Bush to Christian Coalition: Will Value..the Life of the Unborn
Republican presidential nominee George W....
9/20/2000 UNFPA Report Cites Widespread Violence Against Women And High Illegal Abortion Death Rate
The United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) State of World Population Report 2000 finds that "violence against women and girls remains firmly rooted in all cultures around the world." According to the reports findings 67% of women in Papau New Guinea, 47% of women in Bangladesh, 45% of women in Ethiopia, 40% of women in India, 27% of women in Mexico and 22% of women in the United States reported physical assault by a male partner....
9/12/2000 World Health Organization Estimates 4 Million Unsafe Abortions Per Year In Latin America
The World Health Organization estimates that four million unsafe abortions are performed annually in Latin America....
9/8/2000 Catholic Hospitals Refuse Standard Treatment for Rape Victims
A recent University of Pennsylvania study shows that many Catholic hospitals in the U.S....
9/7/2000 U.S. Marine Sentenced For Sexual Assault Of Okinawan Girl
Kenny K....
9/6/2000 Women Go Public With Stories of Sexual Harassment at Mitsubishi
In an extensive series of articles in Mondays Washington Post, women detailed some of their experiences with sexual harassment at the Mitsubishi Motor plant in Normal, Ill....
9/1/2000 Prosecutors In China Charge Man With Rape And Murder Of 19 Women
According to Chinese officials, Gu Guangfan launched a two-year killing spree targeting prostitutes in 1997 to avenge his 1989-rape conviction....
8/30/2000 Women's Rights Protesters In Mexico Force Legislatures To Overturn Anti-Abortion Bill
Earlier this month legislatures in the state of Guanajuato passed a bill blocking women's access to abortion even in cases of rape....
8/23/2000 Britain Supports Creation Of International Criminal Court
The British government is planning to announce later this week that it will support the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC)....
8/15/2000 South African Rape Rate Soars
A recent Medical Research Council study of South Africa found that incidents of rape may be as much as ten times higher than the previously reported 240 per 100,000 rapes annually....
8/15/2000 Rape = Genocide
A federal jury ordered former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to pay $745 million to Bosnian Moslem women who were raped and tortured under his orders....
8/14/2000 Mexican Legislators Deny Access To Abortion In Rape Case
President-elect Vicente Fox, of the Roman Catholic Church-supported National Action Party (PAN), is forced to make clear his position on abortion due to the recent case of Paulina del Carmen....
8/14/2000 Women Win $745 Million In Lawsuit Against Bosnian War Criminal
Survivors of rape and torture won $745 million in a verdict against former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic....
8/11/2000 Women In The Middle East Fight To Boost Their Status And Human Rights
Womens rights advocates in the Middle East are fighting to end honor killings, polygamy, and repressive marriage laws....
8/9/2000 Bosnian War Crimes Victims Sue in U.S. Court
Eleven Bosnian women relayed horrifying tales of rape, torture, forced prostitution, kidnapping, and killing in a U.S....
8/8/2000 Women Protest Anti-Abortion Law in Mexico
Hundreds of Mexican women protested anti-abortion legislation that passed in Mexicos Guanajuato state, which is governed by President-elect Vicente Foxs conservative National Action Party (PAN)....
8/7/2000 HIV/AIDS Strikes Women First
As a result of economic inequity, persistent discrimination, and unequal healthcare access, women are the most vulnerable to HIV infection, according to the latest UNAids report....
8/7/2000 Britain Refuses to Make Public List of Sex Offenders
Amid a wave of anti-pedophile violence, the British government refused to make public a list of convicted sex offenders but promised to protect children from abuse and molestation in other ways....
8/3/2000 Bosnian Woman Faints During Testimony Against Serb War Criminal
A Bosnian Muslim woman testifying in a civil lawsuit against the former leader of the Bosnian Serbs fainted in a federal court as she described her rape and torture during the Balkans conflict in 1992....
8/2/2000 Gays and Lesbians Tortured During South African Apartheid
In a disturbing program that sought to "cure" homosexuals by applying "aversion therapy" to suspected "deviants," the South African Defense Force (SADF) tortured, chemically castrated, and performed sex-change operations on national servicepeople during the apartheid era....
8/1/2000 Abortion Controversy in Ireland Provokes Rape Debate
Ireland's Attorney General Michael McDowell claimed on July 30th that women would make false rape accusations if the Irish government allowed survivors of rape to have abortions....
7/28/2000 U.S. Urges Establishment of Tribunal To Prosecute Sierra Leone Rebel Leaders
The United States is pushing for the creation of a war tribunal that would prosecute rebel leaders in Sierra Leone for their war crimes, including rape and mutilation of women and girls....
7/27/2000 LAPD Scandal Deepens
Six more officers in the Los Angeles Police Department were charged with misconduct yesterday for allegedly shooting unarmed gang members and framing them for crimes they did not commit....
7/25/2000 Bush Selects Ultra-Conservative Cheney as Running Mate
Early this morning, Richard Cheney accepted George W....
7/25/2000 Domestic Violence Against Women Increases in War-Torn Kosovo
Violence against women has increased in Kosovo, suggesting that postwar trauma has added yet another threat to women's safety....
7/24/2000 GOP Prepares to Ratify Anti-Abortion Platform for Convention
Republicans will meet this week to design the official party platform that is expected to be ratified at the upcoming Republican National Convention beginning next week in Philadelphia....
7/21/2000 Diamond Industry Agrees To Ban War-Related Gems
The world's diamond industry approved the ban on "conflict diamonds" that fund some of Africa's bloodiest civil wars, agreeing to adopt strict measure that monitor manufacturing centers....
7/21/2000 U.N. War Crimes Court Upholds First Rape Verdict
The United Nations war crimes court upheld a landmark conviction of a Bosnian Croat paramilitary commander who failed to stop the rape and torture of a Bosnian Muslim woman....
7/20/2000 Thousands Protest Group of Eight Summit in Okinawa
More than 10,000 people protested against the American military's presence in Okinawa on the eve of a Group of Eight summit....
7/20/2000 Rape and Patriarchal Customs Responsible For Tanzanian AIDS Spread
Recent surveys in Tanzania reveal that the majority of the women contracted the HIV virus because of discriminatory customs and rape, causing the number of infections to soar....
7/19/2000 Burundian Women Convene, Denounce War Crimes Against Women
More than 50 Burundian women delegates convened in the four-day All-Party Women's Conference to discuss ways of promoting peace in their country and securing women's rights....
7/19/2000 Vice Presidential Nomination May Hinge on Abortion
With the razor-thin Supreme Court decision in Stenberg v....
7/17/2000 Domestic Violence Coverup in LAPD Made Public
The details of as many as 277 possible domestic violence related crimes involving Los Angeles police officers were posted on the internet on Friday....
7/17/2000 Thousands of Rape Survivors in Thailand Are Silent; Abortion Laws Remain Stringent
Women's groups are fighting to help rape survivors in Thailand, where the stigma and shame associated with rape has pushed thousands of young women into muted suffering and suicide....
7/14/2000 Women in Ghana Protest Serial Murders
On July 10th hundreds of women demonstrated in front of the police headquarters in Accra, Ghana, demanding resolution to the serial murders of 25 women....
7/14/2000 NARAL Releases Vice Presidential Report Card on Choice
After examining the records and views of the ten most frequently mentioned potential Republican and Democratic vice presidential candidates, NARAL released a Report Card on Choice, with 7 out of the 10 Republican candidates receiving an "F" with comments such as "appalling job," "dreadful work," and "disappointing." The majority of the Democratic candidates received an "A" for voting on choice issues using descriptions like "outstanding" for Senator Dianne Feinstein and "a superlative performance" for Governor Jeanne Shaheen from New Hampshire....
7/12/2000 U.S. and Others Could Have Prevented Rwanda Genocide, Report Says
The United States and other nations and institutions should pay a "significant level of reparations" for their failure to stop genocide in Rwanda in 1994, reported an independent international panel....
7/12/2000 Mexican PAN Has Anti-Women's Rights Record
The recently elected right-wing National Action Party (PAN), led by president-elect Vicente Fox, has a disturbing history of hostility towards women's human rights....
7/11/2000 CEDAW Committee Deplores Honor Killings
Gender inequity persists in forms such as "honor killings," trafficking and sexual exploitation, and legal restrictions on property rights, reported members of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the only UN human rights body that exclusively addresses women's rights....
7/11/2000 Date Rape Underreported in Australia
Women in Australia are reluctant to report date rape, according to a study released July 5th by the Australian Institute of Criminology....
7/6/2000 Yugoslav International Tribunal Prosecutes Bosnian Serbs for Wartime Rape Crimes
The international war crimes trial of a Bosnian Serb accused of raping four Muslim women marks the first international prosecution for wartime sexual enslavement....
7/6/2000 Women Are Casualties of World's Early Indifference Towards AIDS Epidemic in Africa
According to a Washington Post report, global organizations and national governments ignored the warnings of an imminent AIDS plague in Africa....
6/29/2000 Thousands of Girls Raped And Enslaved In Sierra Leone
The raping and enslavement of women and children were rampant during Sierra Leone's eight years of civil war, according to the New York-based Human Rights Watch and U.N....
6/29/2000 Elections in Mexico Further Threaten Women's and Gay Rights
After seventy-one years of struggle for democracy in Mexico to overthrow the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the world's longest ruling political party with a history of corruption and economic irresponsibility, feminists and lesbian and gay rights activists face an even greater threat to their equality in Sunday's upcoming elections: the possibility of the National Action Party (PAN) coming to rule....
6/28/2000 Women's Activists Urge G-8 To Stop Military's Sexual Violence
An international network of women's activists from the United States and East Asian countries aim to expose U.S....
6/28/2000 Police Must Combat Rape More Effectively In Botswana
To fight the increasing rates of rape and sexual attacks against women, the police force in Botswana should establish more effective methods of prevention and deterrence, asserts a recent report by the Botswana police service....
6/28/2000 Ontario Government Announces Plan To Aid Abused Women
The Ontario government will spend up to $30 million, up from present $7.6 million, to link shelters for abused women and rape crisis centers with police departments....
6/26/2000 Brutal Murders Continue in Juarez: Women Workers Targeted
Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, has experienced immense growth in the last 10 years, but it has also become the site of the brutal raping and killing of over 200 young women and girls, as young as 12 years old-all workers in the city's maquiladoras, mostly U.S....
6/16/2000 GOP Stifles Discussion on Abortion
In an attempt to prevent disagreement within the Republican Party, the Bush campaign has decided to eliminate abortion from the agenda for party platform hearings....
6/12/2000 Feminists Disappointed with Lack of Progress at UN Conference
While pleased that the United Nations Beijing Plus Five Conference in New York ended with 180 nations reaching consensus on a document that reaffirmed the platform approved at the 1995 Fourth World Conference, feminist organizations, including the Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University, the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), and Feminist Majority Foundation, expressed their disappointment with the failure to implement a stronger statement....
6/9/2000 United Nations Beijing +5 Conference Continues
10,000 activists from around the globe are meeting at the United Nations this week to review the world's progress toward women's equality since the Beijing conference in the 1995. Five years since Beijing, U.N. officials believe that half of the world's female population endures some type of domestic abuse, and the U.N....
6/2/2000 Arizona Must Pay for Medically Necessary Abortions for Poor Women
A Superior Court Judge ruled that Arizona lawmakers overstepped their bounds in restricting state-paid abortions only to cases of rape or incest or where the mother's life is in danger....
5/17/2000 Supreme Court Rules on VAWA
In our April/May 2000 issue, Ms. profiled Christy Brzonkala, the woman behind the Supreme Court case that tested the civil rights provision of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)....
5/16/2000 Supreme Court Rejects Civil Rights Remedy of
The U.S....
5/15/2000 Supreme Court Rejects Civil Rights Remedy of the Violence Against Women Act
The U.S....
5/3/2000 Out Of The Loophole
It appeared to be an unprecedented victory....
4/27/2000 Out in Africa
Lesbians and gay men in several African countries who come out of the closet may land in a prison cell....
4/11/2000 Clinical Trials
Since 1991--the year Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori devoted to "family planning"--Peru has instituted several programs to curb teen pregnancy and maternal mortality....
4/11/2000 Systematic Rape of Women and Girls in Sierra Leone
Thousands of women and girls in Sierra Leone have been the victims of a systematic assault by rebels who had sought to overthrow the West African nation's government....
4/11/2000 Systematic Rape of Women and Girls in Sierra Leone
Thousands of women and girls in Sierra Leone have been the victims of a systematic assault by rebels who had sought to overthrow the West African nation's government....
4/7/2000 Fundraising: Letter-Writing Campaign to Support Victims of Marital Rape
Brandeis to host Letter-Writing Campaign to Support Victims of Marital Rape The Brandeis University Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance will hold a coffeehouse next Friday to kick off a letter writing campaign against Article 93 in Costa Rica....
3/22/2000 Women Will Oversee Sex-Crime Cases in Philadelphia
In the first program of its kind, women's groups such as Women Organized Against Rape and the Women's Law Project will oversee police investigators assessing sexual assault complaints....
3/21/2000 First Tribunal on Wartime Sex Crimes Opens
The first United Nations trial focusing solely on sexual crimes against women during wartime opened yesterday in The Hague....
3/14/2000 Four Convicted in Date-Rape Drug Case
Three men were convicted today of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 15-year-old girl....
2/1/2000 Congress Approves 'Date Rape' Drug Bill
The United States House of Representatives passed a bill that would significantly toughen federal laws for the possession and distribution of the 'date rape' drug....
1/21/2000 Bush Reveals Opposition to Mifepristone
At an Iowa news conference, Republican presidential candidate George W....
1/21/2000 Johns Hopkins Study Addresses Violence Against Women
One in every three women has beaten, raped or abused according to a global study released Thursday by The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the Center for Health and Gender Equity....
1/20/2000 Parental Consent Measures Introduced in West Virginia, Arizona
Legislators in West Virginia and Arizona have proposed measures requiring minors to obtain parental consent before seeking an abortion....
1/11/2000 Feminists Rally, Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Violence Against Women Act
Feminists rallied in front of the Supreme Court building this morning in support of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as the Court heard Brzonkala v....
1/10/2000 Court Will Decide Constitutionality of Violence Against Women Act
The 1994 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was a significant feminist victory, allowing women to sue for monetary damages in federal civil court, including medical expenses and lost wages....
1/5/2000 Alternative to Pap Smear May Improve Women's Health in Developing Nations
Two recent studies from the Journal of the American Medical Association suggest that an existing test for human papillomavirus (HPV) could replace the Pap smear as a cancer screen in women over the age of 35....
10/22/1999 HRW Reports on Violence Against Women in Pakistan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report on the status of women in Pakistan called Crime or Custom? Violence Against Women in Pakistan. The report revealed epidemic levels of violent crime against women....
10/22/1999 Celebrity Gathering in NY Against Gender-Apartheid a Success
At a gala event sponsored by the Feminist Majority Foundation and Glamour Magazine, over 300 celebrities joined with human rights advocates Monday at the Forrest Ballroom of New York city's W Hotel to speak out against the terrible abuses women are suffering under Taliban military rule in Afghanistan....
10/21/1999 Celebrity Gathering in NY Against Gender-Apartheid a Success
At a gala event sponsored by the Feminist Majority Foundation and Glamour Magazine, over 300 celebrities joined with human rights advocates Monday at the Forrest Ballroom of New York city's W Hotel to speak out against the terrible abuses women are suffering under Taliban military rule in Afghanistan....
10/19/1999 High-Profile Case Highlights Problem of Rape in Mexico
A high-profile case involving the conviction of 15 former policemen on charges of kidnapping and rape in Mexico City has focused public attention on the lack of protection for rape victims in Mexico....
10/15/1999 Chicago Hospitals Limit Abortions
The Advocate Health Care Network in Chicago announced a new policy limiting abortions to cases of rape or incest, to save the womans life or health, or when the fetus has a fatal birth defect....
10/14/1999 U.S. House Clamps Down on Date-Rape Drugs
This week the U.S....
10/13/1999 Worlds First Rape Insurance Offered in S. Africa
CGU Insurance of South Africa this week launched its new Rape Survivor policy, an insurance plan aimed at survivors of sexual abuse....
10/7/1999 Rape Suspect Named Only by DNA
Milwaukee prosecutors this week filed a rape charge against an assailant whose identity is known only by his DNA, a new tactic that prosecutors hope will allow rape cases to be prosecuted after their 6-year statute of limitations has passed....
10/5/1999 Anti-Rape Ad Pulled in South Africa
On October 4, a panel defended itself against criticism for outlawing an anti-rape television commercial because it offended men....
10/4/1999 Supreme Court to Hear Critical Feminist Cases
The Supreme Court starts a new term today, set to hear several cases that will affect millions of women throughout the United States....
9/29/1999 Supreme Court to Review Violence Against Women Act
The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will hear an appeal of Brzonkala v....
9/23/1999 Seven Boys Accused of Raping Girl, 8
Seven boys, all of whom are under the age of 14, have been accused of gang-raping an eight-year-old girl in an abandoned house in St....
9/22/1999 Honor Killings: Justification for Oppression
Amnesty International released a report on Tuesday exposing the brutal practice of honor killings in Pakistan....
9/8/1999 "Partial Birth" Abortion Bill Proposed in Kansas
Claiming that Kansas is becoming known as the "abortion capital of the world", state lawmakers have proposed a bill that would ban the so-called "partial birth" abortion procedure....
9/1/1999 Kansans for Life Searches for Girl Seeking Abortion
Kansans for Life has launched a search for a 14-year-old who was recently granted the right to obtain a late-term abortion in another state by the Arizona Supreme Court....
8/30/1999 Report 300 Pakistani Women Burned to Death Annually
A report issued by the Progressive Women's Association (PWA) reveals that about 300 Pakistani women are burned to death each year by their husbands or their husbands' families, and the violence is increasing....
8/30/1999 UN Panel: WWII "Comfort Women" Due Compensation
The United Nations Subcommission on Human Rights ruled Thursday that international law mandates the Japanese government to take responsibility for crimes committed by its soldiers during WWII....
8/25/1999 Judge Orders Welfare Workers to Help 14-Year-Old Obtain Abortion
Judge William Sargeant of Maricopa County Superior Court in Arizona ordered state child welfare workers to help a 14-year-old girl obtain a late-term abortion in another state....
8/24/1999 Jordan: Campaign Condemns "Honor" Crimes Law
Eight months ago, Asma Khader helped to set up a human rights group called the National Campaign for Ending So-Called Honor Crimes in Jordan....
8/18/1999 IN, AZ Sued Over Abortion Funding
The Center for Reproductive Law and Policy filed lawsuits against the states of Indiana and Arkansas Monday in an effort to force state-funding for abortions that are deemed medically necessary....
8/17/1999 Dole Uninformed on Abortion Law
The Washington Post reported today that Elizabeth Dole's position on abortion rights is still unclear....
8/12/1999 MA Sex Offender Registry May End
The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled yesterday that all convicted sex offenders are "entitled to a hearing before they are listed under the states sex offender registry law." This means that the Sex Offender Registry Board will "have to cease and police departments will have to cease giving out any names to the public for any offenders." Under the current law, made effective in 1996, all convicts found guilty of certain offenses are required to register with their local police department....
8/10/1999 South Africans Celebrate Women's Day
Led by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, South African women celebrated Women's Day by commemorating Margaret Gazo, the late leader of an anti-apartheid protest against the pass laws in 1956....
8/6/1999 House Committee Approves Date-Rape Drug Legislation
On Thursday, the House Commerce Committee approved legislation that would make it illegal to use, manufacture, distribute, or dispense gamma hydroxybutyrate (often called the date-rape drug)....
8/5/1999 Bosnian Serb Pleads Non-Guilty to Rape and Enslavement
On Wednesday, a Bosnian Serb pleaded not guilty to raping and enslaving Muslim women in the town of Foca during the war from 1992-1995....
8/3/1999 Several Girls Found Raped and Murdered in Belize
The discovery of several young girls' sexually assaulted bodies has led citizens of Belize to wonder if there is a serial killer on the loose....
7/30/1999 Several Reported Rapes at Woodstock 99
According to New York state police, at least four allegations of rape at Woodstock 99 are currently being investigated....
7/29/1999 Carnival Cruise Lines Revises Sexual Assault Figures
A lawyer representing Carnival Cruise Lines announced yesterday that more incidents of sexual assault and sexual misconduct have occurred on the company's ships than was previously reported....
7/20/1999 Mother Jailed After Son Uses Date-Rape Drug
A 51-year old woman remains in jail after her 16-year old son served a liquid containing the date rape drug at a party last Saturday night....
7/14/1999 Indian Woman Burned to Death
A 40-year old woman was burned to death by her upper-caste relatives in Bhawanipur, a village in northern India....
7/8/1999 U.K. Child Pornography Ring Busted
In London and several surrounding districts, police arrested 29 men after breaking up a child pornography ring in which children were raped and sexually assaulted....
7/2/1999 Federal Abortion Payments Prohibited by the Senate
The Senate voted 51-47 on Thursday to continue to forbid insurance coverage of federal workers abortions....
6/30/1999 South Africans Enraged by Gang Rape of Young Girl
This past Saturday, 14-year old Valencia Farmer was found gang raped, stabbed 42 times, and with her throat slashed on the doorstep where she had been left to die....
6/29/1999 25 Soldiers Punished in Rape and Murder of Young Girl
The Taiwan military will most likely punish 18 soldiers and court-martial seven others for the rape and murder of a young schoolgirl at Taipei's armed forces museum....
6/28/1999 Evidence of Rape in Kosovo
In various provinces in Kosovo, evidence of sexual assault and torture by the Serbian army during the war has been identified....
6/28/1999 Enslavement of Girls Debated in Ghana
The practice of Trokosi -- the enslavement of young girls to priests -- has sparked a national debate in Ghana....
6/22/1999 Casualties of Rape in Kosovo
In the early 1990s, mass rapes were reported in Bosnia....
6/14/1999 Hong Kong: Six Men Charged With Sex Trafficking
In the capital of the province Guangdong, six men have been accused of forcing women into prostitution....
6/2/1999 Teens Deny Hate Was Motive in Gay Man's Murder
Bryan Donahue, 17, and Billy Dodge, 18, has confessed to beating Steven Goedereis to death, but now deny that they killed him because he was gay....
5/27/1999 Businessman Charged With Raping Japanese Tourist
A Los Angeles businessman who frequently traveled to Japan on business and was fluent in Japanese is charged with drugging and raping a Japanese tourist who became separated from her fellow travelers....
5/26/1999 U.N. Says Sexual Violence Escalating in Kosovo
A United Nations report issued yesterday contends that sexual violence against ethnic Albanian women has increased significantly since NATO began bombing Yugoslavia on March 24....
5/24/1999 Justice Dept. Tackles Drug-Facilitated Rapes
In an effort to help local police officers and prosecutors crack down on rapes committed using "date rape" drugs, the Justice Department has issued an instruction video and book entitled "The Prosecution of Rohypnol and GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate) Related Sexual Assaults." Attorney General Janet Reno explained that drug-facilitated rapes are "very difficult for police officers and prosecutors to investigate and bring to trials," mostly due to the fact that victims, incapacitated by drugs, cannot give details about their rape....
5/24/1999 Boys Charged With Raping Twin 6-Year-Old Girls
Five boys have been charged with repeatedly raping and sodomizing two twin six-year-old girls in and around a Kansas City day-care center....
5/20/1999 House Committee Reinstates Overseas Military Abortion Ban
Last week, the Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel amended the Defense Department Reauthorization Act to improve the reproductive health services available to military personnel and spouses stationed overseas by granting federally-funded abortions to women whose pregnancies are the result or incest or rape, or are life-threatening....
5/18/1999 Japan Outlaws Sex With A Minor
Japan's lower house of Parliament passed a law which will make it a criminal offense for an adult to have sex with a minor....
5/14/1999 Amendments Would Improve Military's Abortion Services Overseas
The Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel has amended the Defense Department Reauthorization Act to improve the reproductive health services available to military personnel and spouses stationed overseas....
5/13/1999 Family Planning Orgs. Question Vatican's U.N. Status
Family planning organizations argue that the Vatican's recent proclamation condemning the distribution of emergency contraception to Kosovan rape victims was reprehensible and demand a review of the Vatican's status at the U.N....
5/5/1999 Two of Five Women Report Sexual or Physical Assault
According to the 1998 Commonwealth Fund Survey of Women's Health, nearly two of every five women have been physically or sexually assaulted, either in childhood or in their adult lives....
5/4/1999 Improving Women's Status Aids Children
A report issued by the international child assistance organization asserts that children's lives can best be saved by supporting policies and programs that improve the lives of their mothers and elevate women's status in society....
4/27/1999 Egypt Abolishes Misogynist Rape Law
Early this month, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak proposed the repeal of an Egyptian law that allowed one or more rapists to go unpunished if one of the rapists agreed to marry his victim....
4/21/1999 FMF Campus Group Receives Honors
In a speech delivered at the awards ceremony, Rape Education and Prevention Coordinator Deb Schipper said, "The Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) is a new student organization on campus this year, and has quickly made itself known as an extraordinary, energetic group of women...We are constantly encouraged by the willingness of these young women to devote time and energy to the feminist cause, and we recognize them as an emerging political force for change on campus." Ohio State's FMLA has participated in a variety of protests and actions to increase awareness on the issues of sexual assault, reproductive rights, and discrimination against gay and lesbian individuals....
4/20/1999 USDA Accused of Widespread Racial and Sex Discrimination
The U.S....
4/13/1999 Vatican Opposes Distribution of Emergency Contraception to Albanians
Senior Vatican official Monsignor Elio Sgreccia wrote in Italy's Avvenire newspaper today that the Roman Catholic Church considers emergency contraceptive pills an "abortion technique" and opposes their distribution to ethnic Albanian women who have raped at a Serbian army camp....
4/12/1999 Pentagon: Kosovar Women Raped by Serb Troops
According to a report from Pentagon spokesperson Kenneth Bacon, Serb troops may be raping women on a massive scale in Kosovo....
4/12/1999 Large Percentage of Inmates Abused Prior to Incarceration
A U.S....
4/8/1999 DNA Evidence Links Man to 17 NYC-Area Rapes
Police believe they have found the man who raped and/or robbed as many as 51 women in the New York City metropolitan area since 1993....
4/5/1999 Egypt May Drop Misogynist Rape Law
After an intense debate in parliament, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak issued a decree to strike down an Egyptian law that allows rapists to go unpunished if they marry the woman they raped....
4/1/1999 Legal Progress for Rape Victims in Taiwan
Women in Taiwan embraced a legal victory for victims of rape on Tuesday....
3/26/1999 Hillary Rodham Clinton Condemns Violent Abuse of Algerian, Afghan Women
In a speech before a large group of professional women in Tunisia's capital, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton harshly condemned the violent abuse of women in Algeria and Afghanistan by fundamentalist Islamic groups....
3/25/1999 Fibroid Treatment Under-Used
Many women suffer from fibroids, benign muscular tumors that grow in the uterus....
3/24/1999 Nevada Police Charged With Mocking Rape Survivor
A woman identified as Jennifer W....
3/23/1999 Israel: Court Rejects Viagra Defense in Rape
An Israel court has rejected Anatoly Vitznudel's claim that the anti-impotency drug Viagra caused him to lose control and rape a woman....
3/22/1999 India: Gov.-Run Company Offers Rape Insurance
India's state-run General Insurance Corporation has offered women "rape insurance." The new insurance coverage for rape was included as part of a larger insurance package offering coverage for more traditional injuries and hazards....
3/17/1999 "Date Rape" Drug Deaths Rising
The Drug Enforcement Administration has reported that the illegal "date-rape" and body-building drug gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) has been linked to 32 deaths and 3,500 overdoses in the U.S....
3/12/1999 Bills Threaten Abortion Rights in Texas
Three Republican-sponsored bills restricting abortion rights passed in a Texas State Senate committee Wednesday, and will be brought before the full Senate....
3/10/1999 Student Dismissed From Harvard for Rape
Harvard University faculty voted to dismiss student and D....
3/9/1999 U.N. Broadcasts Live Videoconference for International Women's Day
The United Nations hosted a global, inter-agency videoconference entitled "A World Free of Violence Against Women," on International Women's Day, March 8....
3/8/1999 Appeals Court Deems VAWA Act Unconstitutional
The 4th U.S....
3/3/1999 Amnesty International to Report Abuse of Female Inmates
Amnesty International has uncovered widespread evidence that female inmates in U.S....
3/1/1999 U.S. State Department Condemns Taliban
The U.S....
2/26/1999 Canadian Supreme Court Rejects Rape Defense
In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously agreed that accused rapists might not use "implied consent" as a defense....
2/25/1999 Illinois To Consider Contraceptive Coverage Parity Bill
Illinois state Rep....
2/16/1999 Child Soldiers, Sex Slaves in Sierra Leone
In her article published in the New York Times this Sunday, journalist Jan Goodwin wrote of the children who are being abducted by Government and opposition forces for work as soldiers and sex slaves in Sierra Leone's civil war....
2/16/1999 Activists Protest Police Brutality Against Blacks
Approximately 400 protesters marched past the White House, Justice Department, and U.S....
2/11/1999 Italy: Jeans-Wearers Can't Charge Rape
Italy's Supreme Court of Appeal in Rome ruled that women who were wearing jeans at the time of their attack cannot claim to have been raped....
2/8/1999 Record Number of Rapes in Philippines
Last year, the Philippine National Police received reports of more rapes than ever before....
1/27/1999 Women Unite Against Sexual Abuse in Bangladesh
Over 300 women's rights activists from around the world met in Bangladesh Wednesday for a three day conference addressing the sexual exploitation of women....
1/26/1999 Military Rapist and Murderer Enters Plea Bargain
Danial J....
1/22/1999 Women Fight "Honor Killings" in Jordan
In countries throughout the Middle East, India, Pakistan, and Brazil, women and girls are routinely killed by family members who believe that they have violated the family's honor in some way....
1/22/1999 First Cyber-Stalking Case to Begin in CA Court
The first person accused of violating California's new "cyberstalking" law has been charged with computer stalking, using a computer to commit fraud, deceive, or extort, and three counts of solicitation to commit sexual assault....
1/20/1999 Museum Documents Japanese Military's Sexual Slavery
The Historical Museum of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery opened this past August near Seoul, South Korea....
1/11/1999 Supreme Court to Hear School Sexual Harassment Case
The U.S....
1/6/1999 Mining Company Settles Sexual Harassment Suit
The former owners of an Eveleth, MN iron ore mining company represented by Fireman's Fund Insurance Co....
12/22/1998 Indonesian Government Acknowledges Mass Rapes
After repeatedly denying that mass rapes occurred during violent political riots last May, the Indonesian government has finally acknowledged some of the rapes of ethnic Chinese there, but continues to deny that "mass and systematic" rapes occurred....
12/18/1998 Sri Lanka: Violence Against Women Increases
According to reports from police and feminist writers, there has been a tremendous increase in the number of violent acts committed against women in Sri Lanka....
12/3/1998 Infamous Doctor Seeks to Head Arkansas Health Department
A doctor in Arkansas who lost his bid for the U.S....
11/20/1998 One of Every Five U.S. Women Has Faced Rape
A government study has revealed that nearly one in five women in the United States have been raped or faced an attempted rape at least once in their lives....
11/19/1998 Catholic Leaders Create Campaign Against Abortion
American Leaders of the Catholic Church are moving to increase their political activism by starting a new lobbying campaign against abortion and encouraging pro-choice candidates to change their stances on the issue....
10/22/1998 French Law Declares Women Incapable of Rape
A ruling handed down by France's Supreme Court Wednesday declared that women are incapable of rape because they lack a phallus with which to sexually penetrate men....
10/19/1998 Woman Faces Possible Life Sentence for Boyfriend's Murderous Acts
A jury is now considering sentencing a Texas woman to life in prison after convicting her on two counts of injury to a child by omission for failing to protect her children from her ex-boyfriend's murderous rage....
10/13/1998 Indonesian Rape Counselor Murdered
A young woman who counseled ethnic Chinese rape victims was found dead in her Indonesian home from multiple stab wounds and a cut through her throat....
10/7/1998 Press Conference to Condemn Rape, Murder of Asian Women by U.S. Servicemen
Women from the Philippines, Korea, Japan, and the U.S....
10/1/1998 Hindu Leader's Comments on Rape Upset Christians
The response of a Hindu leader concerning the rape of four nuns in India last week outraged Indian Christian groups....
9/22/1998 Canadian Court System Classified as Unsympathetic to Rape Victims
A study lead by Professor Edward Renner of Carleton University found that the excessive use of rape myths in Canadian courtrooms has made justice difficult to achieve for women and children sexual assault survivors....
9/10/1998 Student Awarded $220,000 for Anti-Gay Harassment
Alma McGowan was awarded $220,000 in a harassment suit against the Spencer County, Kentucky school system....
9/10/1998 Proposed Law Would Require Onlookers to Report Child Sex Crimes
Democratic Representative Nick Lampson of Texas has proposed a bill that would require witnesses of child sexual abuse to report the crime to authorities....
9/4/1998 United Nations Judges: Rape A "Genocidal" Crime
For the first time, a United Nations tribunal has declared that rape is a "genocidal" crime and that sexual violence is not only limited to physical acts....
8/27/1998 U.S. Marine Convicted of Raping Japanese Woman
A military court convicted Lance Cpl....
8/24/1998 Indonesian Gov. Claims Mass Rapes Never Happened
Indonesia's Chief of State Intelligence Lt....
8/20/1998 Eating Disorders Linked to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
A study conducted at Texas A&M University - College Station found that more than 50% of the 294 eating disorder patients studied also exhibited symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)....
8/18/1998 Students, Women Protest Mass Rapes of Ethic Chinese in Indonesia
Student and women's groups on Monday, August 17 protested the mass rapes and murders of mostly ethnic-Chinese during May 1998 riots in Indonesia....
8/17/1998 Indonesian Government Demands Evidence of Mass Rapes
Several Indonesian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have publicized the systematic rape of approximately 150 women of ethnic Chinese origin during May 1998 riots, in which more than 1,000 people were murdered....
8/17/1998 Six Young Boys Accused of Raping 7-Year-Old Girl
Six boys, the eldest of whom is a mere 11 years old, have been accused of raping a 7-year-old girl....
8/14/1998 Gay Men Tortured and Killed by Taliban
According to several European physicians interviewed last spring in Kabul, Afghanistan....
8/10/1998 Clinton and Others Honor Bosnian Women War Heroes
First Lady Hillary Clinton, Glenn Close and Marisa Tomei joined with nearly 200 women from the former Yugoslavia to champion women's rights and honor women war victims in post-war Bosnia....
8/4/1998 New Jersey NOW Protests Tyson Hearing
NOW members protested a Trenton, New Jersey hearing where Mike Tyson sought to renew his boxing license. The New Jersey Athletic Control Board met to discuss Tysons boxing license after Nevada regulators revoked it after Tyson bit the ear of Evander Holyfield in a June 28, 1997 title bout in Las Vegas....
7/31/1998 Senate Resolution Condemns Taliban Oppression; Taliban Edicts Continue
The US Senate on July 29 passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein condemning the treatment of women and girls in Afghanistan. The resolution states that Congress "deplores the human rights violations," "condemns the targeted discrimination against women and girls and expressed deep concern regarding the prohibitions on employment and education" in Afghanistan, and "strongly condemns the use of rape or other forms of systematic gender discrimination by any party, faction, of power in Afghanistan as an instrument of war." It also provides that Congress calls on the Taliban to respect women's and girl's rights to education, work, and active participation in all social, political, and economic activities, as well as to protect their personal safety....
7/31/1998 Proposed Bill Cracks Down on "Date-Rape" Drug
Legislators are considering increasing the penalty for GHB, a so-called "rape drug" that has also caused seizures, comas, and death. GHB, or gamma hydroxy butyrate, is one of several drugs that rapists have used to subdue their victims before sexually assaulting them....
7/30/1998 Senate Votes to Cover Contraceptives and Restrict Abortion for Federal Employees
The U.S....
7/28/1998 International Rape Convict Denied Parole With Help of Victim
Ali Rasai, accused of raping women in several countries, was denied for parole thanks in part to the efforts of one of his victims, Holly Desimone. Rasai was born in Iran and was first charged with rape in Australia in 1990....
7/27/1998 Senate Resolution Condemns Taliban Oppression; Taliban Edicts Continue
The US Senate on July 29 passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein condemning the treatment of women and girls in Afghanistan. The resolution states that Congress "deplores the human rights violations," "condemns the targeted discrimination against women and girls and expressed deep concern regarding the prohibitions on employment and education" in Afghanistan, and "strongly condemns the use of rape or other forms of systematic gender discrimination by any party, faction, of power in Afghanistan as an instrument of war." It also provides that Congress calls on the Taliban to respect women's and girl's rights to education, work, and active participation in all social, political, and economic activities, as well as to protect their personal safety....
7/24/1998 New Documentary Exposes Widespread Abuse in Peru's Healthcare System
"Silence and Complicity, Violence Against Women in Peruvian Public Health Facilities", a new documentary chronicles the massive abuses suffered by Peruvian women at the hands of an ineffective and dangerous new health care system....
7/22/1998 Businessman Profits From Rape Crisis
The riots that took place in Indonesia during May resulted in an estimated one hundred and fifty-two rapes, twenty of which resulted in deaths....
7/21/1998 Chinese Teacher Repeatedly Raped Female Students
A Southwest Chinese school teacher repeatedly raped his students, aged 6 through 13, every day, often several times a day, over the course of three years, according to the Yancheg Wanbao newspaper....
7/20/1998 Abortion Blocked in Case of Twelve Year Incest Victim
A Michigan Judge has blocked a twelve year old pregnant girl who is a victim of incest from being taken by her parents to Kansas to obtain an abortion Raped by her brother, the girl is twenty-eight weeks pregnant....
7/20/1998 Human Rights Workers, Rape Survivors Threatened in Indonesia
Human rights organizations that have been investigating reports of rape in Jakarta, Indonesia have received death threats from unidentified men....
7/14/1998 Twenty Women Die After Riot Rapes in Indonesia
The Volunteers of Humanity, a prestigious Indonesian human rights organization, has condemed the rapes of (mostly) Chinese women during the riots in Jakarta last month, and claimed that twenty women died after being raped....
7/7/1998 Swedish Parliament Considers Violence Against Women Act
Several heads of state in Sweden introduced a Violence Against Women Bill into Parliament. The bill calls for new and revised legislation, increased social services funding, and more efficiency within the police departments and prosecution services....
7/7/1998 Police Found Guilty of Using Victim as "Rape Bait"
A Toronto Court awarded $149,000 to a female victim, know only as "Jane Doe", who claimed that the Toronto police were negligent in failing to warn women that there was a serial rapist living in their neighborhood....
5/29/1998 Women's Reproductive Healthcare Threatened by Catholic Hospital Merger
A planned merger between Baptist Health Systems (BHS) and Mercy Hospital may force the loss of essential reproductive healthcare services for women seeking healthcare at 4 Florida hospitals....
5/27/1998 Women Jail Guards File Suit Over Inmates' Abuse
In what may become a ground-breaking case, five women jail guards filed a sexual harassment suit against King County, WA, charging that prison officials there ignored inmates' abusive behavior toward female corrections officials and contributed to a hostile work environment for women....
5/20/1998 Rape & Sexual Harassment Rampant in Canadian Military, Says Report
A report published in Maclean's, a popular Canadian news magazine, alleges that rape and sexual harassment are pervasive in the Canadian military....
5/14/1998 Gang Members Arrested for Rape and Murder of Ciudad Juarez Women
Ten gang members confessed to raping and beating fifty or more young women in Ciudad Juarez, a Mexican city near the U.S....
5/4/1998 Sexual Harassment Causes More Post-Traumatic Stress Than Active Military Duty
A study conducted by Yale University School of Medical researchers found that sexual harassment was four times more likely than active military duty to cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among female military veterans....
5/4/1998 Abused Women Lack Preventive Healthcare
A study published in Psychiatric Services concluded that women who had a history of physical and/or sexual abuse were less likely to receive preventive healthcare than other women....
4/28/1998 Algerian Women Endure Violence, Rape
Seven women were kidnapped and assaulted by 20 men with rifles, hatchets and knives at an Annaba, Algeria restaurant last week....
4/27/1998 Almost 50% of Female Inmates Sexually Abused
Investigators found that 48 percent of U.S....
4/24/1998 Leaders of Forced Prostitution Ring Indicted
U.S....
4/23/1998 10 Arrested for Gang Rape of Three Girls
Arrests were made in California last weekend of three men and seven boys, ranging in age from 15 to 25, for the rapes of a 12-year-old and two 13-year-old girls....
4/21/1998 Maquila Women Raped, Murdered in Mexican City
Mexican women's groups and lawmakers are outraged over increasing violence against women in Juarez, Mexico and city officials' indifference....
4/16/1998 Maryland Rape Survivors Testify in Guatemalan Court
Six Maryland college students gave testimony in a Guatemalan court yesterday concerning the robbery and assault of eighteen people and the brutal rape of five female students January 15th....
4/15/1998 Gang Members Sentenced for Rape of 15-Year-Old
Three northern Virginia gang members, aged 17 to 25, have been sentenced to 10 and 20 year prison terms for beating and raping a 15-year-old girl last October....
3/27/1998 Sixth Gang-Rape Suspect Arrested in Maryland
Montgomery County, Maryland police arrested a sixth teenager in connection with the gang rape of a fifteen-year-old girl....
3/26/1998 First Lady Laments Violence Against Women in Uganda
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed to grant $14.5 million for projects that would aid womens leadership training, help children who have been abducted by rebels, and improve crop and economic security in Uganda....
3/26/1998 Maryland House Denies Expansion of State-Funded Abortions
The Maryland House of Representatives voted 70 to 65 to allow the state-funded procedure only in cases of rape, incest or when the mothers life is in danger....
3/25/1998 WEDO Documents Economic Injury to Women Worldwide
A Womens Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) report entitled, Mapping Progress: Assessing Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, documents that 70% of countries have drawn up plans for implementing the platform of the Fourth World Conference on Women....
3/20/1998 Maryland House Increases State-Funded Abortion Access
The Maryland House of Delegates voted to increase the number of poor teenage women who qualify for state-funded abortions yesterday....
3/19/1998 Three Women Assaulted in One Week at U. Maryland
Three women have been assaulted in a week at the University of Maryland in College Park....
3/18/1998 Chiapas Widows Protest Sexual Harassment
Women whose husbands had recently been murdered in a December massacre demonstrated in front of the Mexican Senate, protesting the death threats and sexual harassment resulting from the women's and their husbands political beliefs....
3/18/1998 Chiapas Widows Protest Sexual Harassment
Women whose husbands had recently been murdered in a December massacre demonstrated in front of the Mexican Senate, protesting the death threats and sexual harassment resulting from the women's and their husbands political beliefs....
3/13/1998 Kenya Women Suffer Most During Conflicts
The Kenya chapter of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Kenya) found that women suffer the most during ethnic conflicts....
3/9/1998 Taiwanese Women Fear for Safety
In recognition of International Womens Day, the Modern Womens Foundation released a survey reflecting the growing fear by Taiwanese women for their own public safety....
3/4/1998 Prison Bureau Reforms After Rape Law Suit
The Bureau of Prisons has agreed to increase its sexual harassment training and provide psychiatric and medical services to inmates who have been assaulted....
3/2/1998 Leno Testifies Against Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan
Mavis Leno, member of the National Board of the Feminist Majority, today testified at a Capitol Hill forum sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to call attention to the extreme human rights violations being committed against women in Afghanistan....
3/2/1998 Petworth Investigators Accused of Lying, Endangering Women
A taskforce of FBI agents and Distict of Columbia police officers investigating a series of murders of women in the Petworth area of D.C....
2/26/1998 Canadian Women Safer in Streets Than in Homes
Canadian women are safer in the streets than in their own homes....
2/26/1998 Israeli Woman Forced to Divorce After Gang-Rape
Womens groups in Israel are voicing outrage over a rabbinical courts ruling that a woman who was gang raped must get a divorce because her husband did not say the required, I dont believe you, after it happened....
2/25/1998 Rape Victim Testifies in Assailants Murder Trial
Mary Vincent testified against the man who raped and mutilated her 20 years ago....
2/18/1998 D.C. Police Officer Charged With Rape
Two weeks after the incident was reported, authorities in Prince George County, Maryland arrested D.C....
2/5/1998 Human Rights Study Reports Worldwide Oppression of Women
The U.S....
2/2/1998 Twice-Acquitted Accused Rapist Again Arrested for Rape, Attempted Murder
Twice-Acquitted, Man Again Arrested for Rape, Attempted Murder Scott Christopher Malsky was arrested for aggravated sexual battery and attempted murder after raping and stabbing a 14-year-old girl in Florida....
1/29/1998 Quebec Judge Rules Rape Result of Culture
Womens rights and Haitian groups are outraged over a ruling by a Quebec judge sentenced two Haitian men to house arrest for the gang rape of a young Haitian woman....
1/27/1998 Rape Used to Control, Intimidate Indian Women
Womens organizations in India are outraged over increasing use of rape as a means of intimidation and punishment....
1/22/1998 Women Recall Abortion Experiences in Senate Hearing
In a hearing held by chairman Senator John Ashcroft of the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, two women, Norma McCorvey (alias Jane "Roe") and Carol Wall, spoke of their experiences with abortion....
1/21/1998 Maryland Proposes Law to Commit Sexual Violence Offenders for Life
Maryland legislators have proposed a law that would incarcerate criminals who have committed sexual violence crimes indefinitely....
1/12/1998 Conservative Womens Campus Group Creates Backlash Against Feminism
Members of the Womens Guild, a conservative Georgetown University womens group supported by the Independent Womens Forum, have written a manifesto condemning modern feminism....
1/12/1998 Conservative Womens Campus Group Creates Backlash Against Feminism
Members of the Womens Guild, a conservative Georgetown University womens group supported by the Independent Womens Forum, have written a manifesto condemning modern feminism....
11/21/1997 Statement of Chief Penny Harrington,Director of National Center for Women & Policing,In Support of Bill Lann Lee for Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights
Washington DC -- My name is Chief Penny Harrington, and I direct the National Center for Women & Policing, a Division of the Feminist Majority Foundation....
10/31/1997 Light Punishment for Israeli Rapist
In Israel, a man who raped and sodomized a pregnant woman received a light sentence because the assault was "extremely brief," said judges....
10/30/1997 Asian Prostitutes, AIDS Experts Demand Condom Use
At the 4th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific yesterday, a group of prostitutes said that if men would wear condoms, the spread of AIDS could be slowed....
10/28/1997 NY Panel Orders Removal of Sexist, Racist Judge
The Commission on Judicial Conduct in New York ordered on Friday that Judge Lorin M....
10/28/1997 One NY Man Responsible for Dozens of AIDS Infections, Police Say
Police in rural Chautauqua County, NY, have charged Nushawn Williams, 20, with having sex with young women and girls, knowing he had AIDS....
10/22/1997 India Skeptical of Plan to Help Girls
The government in India has planned an aid package for over two million girls in the country's poorest families....
10/21/1997 Catholic Hospitals Restrict Women's Health Services
In an alarming trend that is increasing each year, secular hospitals are merging with Catholic hospitals and cutting off all reproductive health services....
10/20/1997 Russia's Women Suffer Setbacks
Russia's interior ministry recently reported that the numbers of reported rapes are dropping, yet rape crisis centers say that the number of calls they receive has been consistent....
10/17/1997 Hillary Clinton Gives Feminist Speech in Argentina
Hillary Rodham Clinton was greeted with applause and cheers by Argentine women for her speech on reproductive health and domestic violence....
10/14/1997 Kenyan Woman Fights to Criminalize Wife-Beating
Defying Maasai tradition that says women are property and can be beaten, Agnes Siyiankoi is enlisting the help of Nairobi lawyers to change Kenya's constitution and outlaw wife-beating....
10/14/1997 Kenyan Woman Fights to Criminalize Wife-Beating
Defying Maasai tradition that says women are property and can be beaten, Agnes Siyiankoi is enlisting the help of Nairobi lawyers to change Kenya's constitution and outlaw wife-beating....
10/7/1997 Judge Extends Block on Abortion Waiting Period Law
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10/7/1997 Japanese Women Seek to Stop Subway Molestation
Tired of being grabbed and fondled on Tokyo subways, Japanese women are speaking out and asking police for help in stopping "chikan," or subway molesters....
10/7/1997 Judge Extends Block on Abortion Waiting Period Law
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10/7/1997 Japanese Women Seek to Stop Subway Molestation
Tired of being grabbed and fondled on Tokyo subways, Japanese women are speaking out and asking police for help in stopping "chikan," or subway molesters....
10/6/1997 Pope Condemns Abortion in Brazil
In Rio de Janeiro this weekend, Pope John Paul II spoke out against divorce, sex outside marriage, birth control, and abortion, calling it "the shame of humanity." Although Brazil is officially the world's largest Roman Catholic country, only 13% of those baptized Catholic consider themselves "practicing." The Pope's message was seen as old-fashioned in an increasingly liberal country, one where over half the population approves of sex outside marriage and birth control....
10/6/1997 Pope Condemns Abortion in Brazil
In Rio de Janeiro this weekend, Pope John Paul II spoke out against divorce, sex outside marriage, birth control, and abortion, calling it "the shame of humanity." Although Brazil is officially the world's largest Roman Catholic country, only 13% of those baptized Catholic consider themselves "practicing." The Pope's message was seen as old-fashioned in an increasingly liberal country, one where over half the population approves of sex outside marriage and birth control....
10/1/1997 Anti-Abortion Congressmen Withhold U.S. Funds to U.N
Ambassador Bill Richardson said Monday that conservative Congressmen were responsible for the delay in U.S....
10/1/1997 Anti-Abortion Congressmen Withhold U.S. Funds to U.N.
Ambassador Bill Richardson said Monday that conservative Congressmen were responsible for the delay in U.S....
9/30/1997 Phillipine President Signs Rape Bill
In an attempt to "ensure that no woman -- including wives -- or man is subjected to sexual acts against his or her will," Phillipine President Fidel Ramos signed a new bill Tuesday that allows both men and spouses to sue for rape....
9/29/1997 Criticism of Promise Keepers Rising
As the Oct....
9/22/1997 Anne Beers Named Minnesota State Patrol Chief
Anne Beers, a 21-year veteran of the Minnesota State Patrol, was appointed chief on Friday....
9/19/1997 Groups Fight to Make Rape Trials More Compassionate
Police, MPs and women's groups are pressuring England's Home Secretary Jack Straw to allow rape victims to testify behind a screen and to avoid cross-examination about their sex lives....
9/18/1997 NY Woman Raped in Park Avenue Phone Booth
A man with a razor blade raped a woman last night in a phone booth as people walked by, police reported....
9/17/1997 RU-486 Endorsed by Australian Women
A report published yesterday in the Medical Journal of Australia found that women were overwhelmingly satisfied with medical abortions using mifepristone (RU-486) and prostaglandin....
9/17/1997 NYC High School Administrators Criticized for Classroom Rape
Investigators looking into the gang rape that occurred in an abandoned classroom last spring criticized school administrators yesterday for not acting on another teacher's advice and possibly preventing it, as well as not reporting the rape to police until a month after the girl reported it to school authorities....
9/16/1997 Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Supports Parental Consent Laws
Republican candidate for Governor James Gilmore said yesterday that he supports strict parental consent laws for abortion....
9/12/1997 Romanian Rape Rates Double
A new study reports men rape a Romanian woman every six hours, according to the Romanian newspaper Adevarul....
9/12/1997 Many German Women Victimized, Few Report It
A study commissioned by the German government has found that one in seven women in Germany is raped or sexually harassed at least once in her lifetime, yet only five percent report it to the police....
9/12/1997 British Woman Wins Rape Suit Against Husband
A 40-year-old mother of five, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has made British legal history by suing and winning damages from her ex-husband for rape....
9/11/1997 Aberdeen Commander Reprimanded for Sexual Misconduct
The Army has reprimanded the former commander of the Aberdeen training base in Maryland for sexual harassment and misconduct that occured while he was there....
9/10/1997