||Law Limiting Abortion Access Under Medicaid in Alaska Temporarily Blocked
An Alaska state court judge this week temporarily blocked a law that created a narrow definition for when abortions were "medically necessary" and therefore covered under Alaska Medicaid.
The law, SB 49, gives doctors a strict list of 21 reasons someone on Medicaid would qualify for a "medically necessary abortion," pulling language from a 2001 decision by the state's Supreme Court which declared that Alaska was required to cover abortion care for women in the Medicaid program when their physicians found them "medically necessary." The law has been criticized for discriminating against low-income women by preventing them from accessing proper abortion care with Medicaid funds.
The politicians who passed this law were playing a dangerous game of keep away with women's health by trying to withhold Medicaid coverage from qualified women, said Brigitte Amiri, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)....
||Feminist Majority Denounces the Passage of H.R. 7 in the House
The Feminist Majority decries the passage of a dangerous and extreme abortion coverage ban by the U.S....
||Fetus of Brain-Dead Woman Kept On Life Support Against Wishes Found Deformed
The fetus of Marlise Munoz, the pregnant, brain-dead Texas woman who has been kept on life support by her hospital against her and her family's wishes, has been reported to be "distinctly abnormal."
According to attorneys representing Munoz' family in a lawsuit against the hospital, the fetus' lower extremities are very deformed, making its gender impossible to determine....
||Brain-Dead Pregnant Woman Kept Alive Against Her Wishes
Marlise Munoz has been brain dead since November 26, but her hospital is keeping her on life support - against the wishes of her and her family - because she is pregnant.
Munoz, who was a paramedic, made it clear that she never wanted to be kept on life support with no hope of recovery if anything ever happened to her....
||Judge Rules Church Can Protect Funds From Abuse Settlements
Federal Judge Rudolph T Randa issued a ruling this Wednesday that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee can legally prevent $57 million from going to settlements in the church's ongoing sexual abuse scandals by transferring the funds into a trust fund designed for the upkeep and maintenance of Milwaukee Catholic cemeteries....
||Immigration Reform Bill Advances In Senate
Last night, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a sweeping immigration reform bill in a bipartisan vote of 13 to 5....
||Planned Parenthood Loses Appeal, Texas Eliminates Funding
A Texas federal appeals court rejected Planned Parenthood's challenge to a ban on government funding for the state's women's health clinics....
||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....
||VICTORY in North Dakota
North Dakota voters soundly rejected a proposed state constitutional amendment yesterday that would have granted "the right to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated by a sincerely held religious belief" even if such actions are otherwise illegal....
|| Senate Democrats Preserve Preventive Care for Women
Today the US Senate voted down the Blunt Amendment 51 to 48....
||Deficit Commission Co-Chair Proposal D.O.A.
Deficit Commission Co-Chairs Alan Simpson and Erksine Bowles proposal to reduce the deficit was immediately opposed by leading Democrats, women's rights groups, and labor....
||Deficit Commission Proposal of Co-Chairs Targets Women Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President of Feminist Majority
The Feminist Majority joins its many sister organizations that are outraged at the Deficit Commission Co-Chairs in denouncing their proposal....
||European Council Passes Watered Down Conscientious Objection Resolution
Last week, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe passed a watered down version of a resolution that originally called for restrictions on European doctors' right to withhold referral information from patients seeking abortions....
||The US Supreme Court Rules on Doe v. Reed
The US Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 yesterday that signatories to statewide referendum petitions should be public information....
||Fremont, Nebraska, Passes Anti-Immigration Measure
Voters in Fremont, Nebraska, passed an ordinance yesterday that will ban employers and landlords from hiring or renting to illegal immigrants....
||Oklahoma Legislature Overrides Abortion Reporting Bill Veto
The Oklahoma state legislature overrode Governor Brad Henry's (D) veto of a bill that will require doctors to report detailed information about patients seeking abortions to the government yesterday....
||Oklahoma House Overrides Veto on Abortion Reporting Bill
The Oklahoma state House voted 84 to 13 yesterday to override Governor Brad Henry's (D) veto of a bill that would require doctors to report detailed information about patients seeking abortions to the government....
||Oklahoma Legislature Passes Anti-Choice Law Requiring Publication of Patient Information
The Oklahoma state Senate voted 32 to 11 today in favor of legislation that would require doctors to report detailed information about patients seeking abortions to the government....
||New Oklahoma Ultrasound Law Blocked
Oklahoma state Attorney General agreed yesterday to a state judge's order to temporarily block enforcement of a new anti-choice state law for 45 days....
||Lawsuit Filed to Block Enforcement of New Oklahoma Ultrasound Law
The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) filed a lawsuit yesterday to stop the enforcement of a new Oklahoma state law that extends existing ultrasound requirements for women seeking an abortion....
||Oklahoma State Legislature Votes to Override Abortion Bill Vetoes
The Oklahoma state Senate voted to override the vetoes of two anti-choice bills vetoed Friday by Governor Brad Henry....
||Lawsuit Filed to Obtain USAID International Sex Ed Funding Information
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit demanding public documents from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) concerning any religious elements of their international abstinence-only sex education programs.
Senior staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project Brigitte Amiri said in an ACLU press release: "The United States government cannot be in the business of exporting religiously infused abstinence-only-until-marriage programs that we know fail to give young people the information they need to stay healthy....
||Revised Shia Law Published Days Before Afghanistan Elections
The controversial Shia family law, with some revisions, that restricts the rights of Shia women in Afghanistan was published in the country's official Gazette on July 27th, making the law's provisions official....
||Louisiana House Passes Health Care "Conscience" Bill
Legislation that would allow health care providers to withhold certain services and medications, including abortion and emergency contraception, on the basis of religious or moral objections was approved by the Louisiana state House this week in a 65 to 33 vote....
||Obama Restores US Funding of UNFPA by Signing Omnibus Spending Bill
President Obama signed the 2009 fiscal year omnibus spending bill yesterday, which included a provision allotting $50 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....
||Anti-United Nations Population Fund Amendment Defeated in Senate
An amendment to the 2009 fiscal year omnibus spending bill currently under debate that would have removed funds designated for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) from the bill was defeated yesterday....
||Obama Pledges Restoration of US Funding for UNFPA
President Obama pledged on Friday to restore United States funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in upcoming appropriations....
||Senate Bill Challenges Bush Rule Limiting Reproductive Health Care
Senators Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced legislation yesterday that would prevent a Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) rule from limiting women's access to proper reproductive care....
||Lawsuit Filed Against Oklahoma Ultrasound Requirement
The Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit late last week against an Oklahoma abortion law that requires doctors to perform an ultrasound and describe the image to a woman before she can have an abortion....
||Republican Party Platform Reviewed
The official Republican Party Platform adopted this week has the potential to threaten women's rights domestically and abroad....
||California Supreme Court Rules on Religiously Biased Healthcare
The California Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that doctors cannot withhold care from gay and lesbian patients on the basis of religious belief....
||Bush Withholds Funding from UN Population Fund
President Bush announced Thursday that he would withhold funding from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for the seventh year in a row....
||House Committee Holds Hearings on Failed Abstinence-Only Policy
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on Wednesday to assess the effectiveness of abstinence-only programs in the US....
||House Votes to Ban Waterboarding
The House of Representatives voted Thursday to prohibit US intelligence agencies from using waterboarding and other extreme interrogation tactics....
||Experts Urge Congress to Cut Abstinence Only Funding
Ten top public health researchers urged Congressional leaders last week to cut funding for failed abstinence only programs....
||New Illinois Planned Parenthood Clinic Opening Blocked
The new Aurora, Illinois Planned Parenthood clinic has been forced to delay its anticipated September 18 opening....
||Non-Prescription Plan B Challenged in Lawsuit
Conservative groups have filed a federal suit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in an attempt to overturn approval of Plan B, the "morning-after pill," for non-prescription sale to women 18 and older....
||FDA Announces Office of Women's Health to be Fully Funded
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will fully fund the Office of Women's Health in 2007....
||FDA Commissioner Offers No Clear Answer on Budget Cut for Women's Health Office
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach appeared in front of the House Appropriations Subcommittee yesterday, claiming that no decision had been made regarding the alleged budget cut for the Office of Women's Health....
||FDA Cuts Budget for Office of Women’s Health
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to withhold 30 percent of the funding allocated for the Office of Women's Health in 2007, an unnamed, high level official told the Washington Post....
||President Bush De-funds UNFPA for Fifth Year
President Bush announced on Friday that he is withholding the $34 million Congress had allotted for UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund....
||Democrat's Investigation Finds Pregnancy Centers Mislead Teens on Abortions
The Government Reform Minority Office released a report yesterday documenting the misinformation that many federally funded so-called pregnancy resource centers are distributing to teenagers....
||Women's Groups Speak Up at World Water Forum
At the Fourth Annual World Water Forum, held this past week in Mexico City, the Women's Caucus called on the conference attendees to uphold women's human right to water by including women in decisions related to water usage and sanitation and by taking gender issues into consideration when making policy....
||MsMagazine.com Released Today the Top Ten News Stories for Women in 2005
||WI: Governor Vetoes 'Conscience Clause' Legislation
Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle (D) stood up for patients' rights by vetoing a bill last week that aimed to expand so-called 'conscience clause' protections for health care workers....
||Bush Administration Again Denies UNFPA Funding
For the fourth year in a row, the Bush Administration has withheld delivering $34 million in Congressionally approved funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), based on false allegations that the UNFPA participates in coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization in China....
||Democrats, Progressive Groups Call for Release of Roberts' Papers
With the nomination of John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Senate Democrats and progressive organizations are reiterating their call for the Bush Administration to release Roberts' papers from his time as deputy solicitor general....
||More Groups Oppose Roberts for Supreme Court
Several major groups have announced their opposition to John Roberts for the Supreme Court, including People for the American Way, Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)....
||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....
||California to Challenge "Back-Door" Anti-Abortion Provision
Attorney General Bill Lockyer of California announced yesterday that he will go to court to challenge the constitutionality of an anti-abortion provision signed into law this week by President Bush as part of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill for 2005....
||Eighty-Five World Leaders Support Cairo Plan, Bush Refuses
Over 250 global leaders have endorsed a statement that reaffirms the plan of action created ten years ago at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo....
||Amendment to Facilitate Over-the-Counter EC Passes
An amendment to the agricultural appropriations bill (HR 4766) that would facilitate over-the-counter (OTC) status to emergency contraception passed on Tuesday in the House of Representatives by unanimous consent....
||Amendment Introduced to Facilitate Over-the-Counter EC
An amendment to the agricultural appropriations bill (HR 4766) that would facilitate over-the-counter (OTC) status to emergency contraception was introduced today by Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Henry Waxman (D-CA)....
||Bishops' Denial of Communion for Pro-Choice Catholics Sparks Criticism
Democrats in the House of Representatives sent a letter last week to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington criticizing the recent decision of some bishops to deny communion to pro-choice Catholics....
||FDA Rejects Over-the-Counter Status for Emergency Contraception
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last night announced that it was rejecting over-the-counter status for emergency contraception....
||Feminist Majority Foundation Expresses Outrage over FDA Decision to Reject Over-the-Counter Status for Emergency Contraception
Arlington, VA – The Feminist Majority Foundation today expressed its outrage that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave in to right-wing pressure and decided to reject over-the-counter status for the emergency contraceptive Plan B....
||Leading Womens Groups Grade Bush Administration
One week before the March for Women's Lives, leading women's groups released a scorecard grading the Bush Administration on issues affecting women around the world, finding the Bush Administration long on rhetoric but falling far short on reality....
||Maloney Introduces Bill for $34 Million to UNFPA to Fight Fistula
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced a bill on Wednesday that aims to make a compromise with the Bush Administration to end its withholding of funds for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....
||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)....
||Senate Approves $34 Million for UNFPA
The Senate on Thursday approved an omnibus spending bill that included $34 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....
||Interfaith Delegation Urges President Bush To Restore UNFPA Funding
A delegation of nine religious leaders released a report to the White House and the US State Department asking that the United States restore and increase funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) because the UNFPA promotes high quality and voluntary reproductive health care in China....
||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)....
||Idaho Planned Parenthood Pulls Out of Title X Funding for Family Planning
Planned Parenthood of Idaho recently announced that it would no longer take federal Title X funds, which provide a range of reproductive health services for women and men who are at or below the poverty level....
||China: Religious Leaders See No Link Between Forced Abortions and UNFPA
A group of religious leaders who studied the United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) family planning work in China said that they found no evidence to back accusations by the administration that the UNFPA supports forced abortions....
||TX Clinics Win Short-Term Victory Against Efforts to Limit Choice
Texas clinics received a temporary reprieve last Monday from state health officials' demand that they promise, in writing, to stop performing abortions or face the loss of all public funding....
||Amendment Calls for $100M in UNFPA Funding
In anticipation of World Population Day this Friday, Congressman Joseph Crowley and Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs will join policy experts this afternoon at an audio press conference to discuss restoring monies to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....
||House Committee Approves $100 Million for UNFPA
The House Committee on International Relations yesterday passed an amendment that would provide $100 million over the next two years for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....
||Teachers Address Iraq in Classrooms
In the midst of some of the largest antiwar demonstrations in the world’s history, many high school teachers in the United States are grappling with the issue of how to address the current situation in Iraq in their classrooms....
||Creativity Marks Antiwar Protests
Two peace protests this week highlight some of the creativity behind the antiwar movement....
||Congress Approves Spending Bill With Abortion Restrictions
With the president’s 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....
||Afghan Women to Join Kabul Police Force, Country Still in Shambles
Afghan government officials on Tuesday announced the reintroduction of female cadets to the Kabul police academy, reported the Associated Press....
||Security Remains Key Concern in Afghanistan
For the first time in seven months, a US soldier was killed Saturday by enemy fire in Afghanistan, once again demonstrating the urgent need for greater security in the region....
||US Loses Vote at Population Conference
Over the objections of the United States, delegates at the Fifth Asian and Pacific Population Conference passed a resolution reaffirming a landmark 1994 population policy drawn up at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo....
||US Angers Allies over Abortion Issue at UN Population Conference
The Bush administration angered several allies over the issue of abortion and reproductive health at the Fifth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok this past week....
||State Department Withholds Funding for World Health Organization
The State Department recently decided to freeze $3 million in funding appropriated by Congress for the World Health Organization’s research on mifepristone (also known as RU-486 and the “abortion pill”)....
||US to Back Away from UN Population Policy
The Bush Administration threatened last week to back out of a landmark United Nations (UN) population policy ratified by 179 nations in 1994 if the terms “reproductive rights” and “reproductive health services” were not removed from the language of the agreement, according to the New York Times....
||Bush Makes UNFPA Funding Cut Official
In a move that will cost the lives of tens of thousands of women and children around the globe, President Bush officially announced yesterday that he will withhold $34 million in funds for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....
||Bush Pushes for Legislation to Withhold $34 Million in UNFPA Funding
Legislation that will allow President Bush to withhold $34 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was approved yesterday by a House-Senate conference committee....
||Washington Post Urges Increased Effort to Combat Sex Slavery
In an editorial appearing in today’s Washington Post, the newspaper called on the US to withhold aid from countries that are not working vigorously enough to curb sex trafficking and sex slavery....
||Canon Law Expert Says US Bishops Not Morally Responsible for Sex Abuse
Commenting on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church, Reverend Gianfranco Ghirlanda, Dean of Canon Law Faculty at Pontificial Gregorian University in Rome, argued that bishops should not inform their parishioners if a priest has committed pedophilia because the priest “would be totally discredited in front of his parochial community and in fact would be blocked from any effective pastoral action.” Ghirlanda’s comments come after the eruption of the child sex abuse scandal in the US....
||Women Inmates Receive Inadequate Health Care
An article in this week’s issue of The Nation highlights the grossly sub par medical care received by many women in US prisons....
||Gay University Professor Possible Victim of Hate Crime
Just days after a University of Montana professor filed a lawsuit alleging that the university health insurance system discriminated against gays and lesbians by withholding health insurance and other benefits from same-sex partners of employees, her home was set on fire....
||The Global Gag - Part I
On January 22—the twenty-eighth anniversary of Roe v....
||Dire Situation in Afghanistan Finally Reaches US National Press
The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) and other women’s right groups have covered the situation in Afghanistan since the Taliban militia took control of the country in 1996 and imposed brutal gender apartheid on the women and girls of Afghanistan....
||Pakistan Rejects Afghan Refugees
Pakistan officials are refusing to allow a new crush of Afghan refugees who have fled their homes in search of a safeguard from the Taliban militia that occupies 95 percent of the country....
||Bush's Picks: A Cabinet that looks like Radical Right America - Part III
As for Washington experience, O'Neill was deputy director of the Office of Management & Budget under President Ford, after which he headed International Paper--known to be a polluter....
||European Parliament Declares Taliban Isolation In EU
The European Parliament requested all member states in the European Union to withhold non-humanitarian economic support from the Taliban and urge Pakistan to immediately stop its military support to the regime....
||Trafficking Of Women & Girls Enormous Global Problem
Estimates indicate that at least 50,000 women are brought into the United States for sexual exploitation alone and internationally, over 700,000 women and girls are forced into sexual slavery....
||FEMINIST VICTORY: VAWA PASSES UNANIMOUSLY
After months of Republican stalling, the Senate unanimously voted yesterday to pass the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, an anti-crime bill that includes the Sex Trafficking Victims Protection Act and the Violence Against Women Act(VAWA)....
||Taliban Lobbies for Recognition
Using military gains as leverage, the Taliban militia has met with high-level officials in France, the US and other countries to press for recognition as Afghanistan’s ruling government....
||Who Me, Vote? - Part I
If history has a healthy sense of the absurd, then at its bar Bill Clinton will be crowned with a tiny laurel for service to the cause of free love and phone sex....
||Bush's Social Security Proposal Would Hurt Women Worst
Republican presidential nominee George W....
||Nigerian Women Gain Economic Prominence
Faced with desperate poverty in the predominantly Muslim country of Niger, women are now earning money for themselves in jobs outside the home, breaking with tradition....
||Albright Hints at Improved Relations With Taliban for Release of bin Laden
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright suggested yesterday that the extremist Taliban militia that is responsible for gender apartheid in Afghanistan might be granted improved relations with the United States if they release international terrorist Osama bin Laden....
|| DOL Releases Report on Garment Manufacturers
||Progress in Afghanistan?
Capricious and selective enforcement of the Taliban’s brutal gender apartheid edicts
is a far cry from restoration of women’s rights."
-- Eleanor Smeal
WASHINGTON, DC In light of a May 11, 1999 Washington Post story on the status of gender apartheid in Afghanistan, the Feminist Majority Foundation -- the organization spearheading the nationwide and worldwide Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid (chaired by Mavis Leno) -- reviewed the status of basic human rights under continued Taliban oppression of women and girls.
"Recent stories show some indications that the Taliban regime is responding to international pressure either by taking small steps to selectively ease some of their draconian restrictions or by trying to create the impression that they are easing the restrictions." said Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation....
||Japan Takes Step to Approve Oral Contraceptives
After nine years of resistance, the Japanese Health Ministry has finally conceded that there is no reason to withhold approval for contraceptive pills....
||Studies Question Biological Basis for Sex Roles
Scientists have long hypothesized that women's biology makes them naturally monogamous and that men are naturally prone to stray and seek multiple sexual partners....
||Suits Seek More Than $1 Billion for Sweatshop Abuses
Three lawsuits together will seek more than $1 billion dollars for horrendous human rights abuses suffered by garment workers in Saipan....
||Transvestite Discrimination Case Begins After Death
Margie Hunter, the mother of Tyrone Hunter, a transvestite who died following a car accident in 1995, has brought a lawsuit claiming her son received negligent care from emergency medical technicians and a doctor at DC General Hospital....
||House Votes for Bigotry
On July twenty-ninth the House voted to withhold funds that would be used to enforce San Francisco’s new law, which requires companies that do business with the city to offer health and other benefits to same-sex domestic partners....
|| Clintons Protest Violence Against Women in Afghanistan, Worldwide
In a White House ceremony marking International Women’s Day First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton condemned the Taliban militia group for its violations of women’s human rights in Afghanistan....
||Feminist Majority Leads Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan
National Board Member Mavis Leno Testifies at Forum
Sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein
Washington DC -- Mavis Leno, a writer, resident of Los Angeles, California, and member of the National Board of the Feminist Majority, today testified at a 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....
||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....
||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....
||Supreme Court Decision Heralded as Major Victory for Gay Rights
The Supreme Court's Monday 6-3 decision to strike down a Colorado anti-lesbian and gay rights constitutional amendment will have far-reaching effects on the future of the lesbian and gay rights movement....
||Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Restrictive Abortion Law
A federal appeals court struck down a Louisiana law on Monday which prevented Medicaid payments for abortions in case of rape or incest....