House Appropriations Committee Rejects Abortion Ban Amendment
The House Appropriations Committee rejected an amendment yesterday to the federal appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2010 that would have enabled the continuance of a ban on using local funds to help low-income women in Washington, DC access abortion services. The Tiahrt-Davis Amendment failed on a 26 to 33 vote. Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-WI) and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) spoke against the amendment. If the bill passes as is, the DC government will be able to reinstate of practice of using local funds to fund abortions for low-income women.
The bill is scheduled to be marked up by the full Senate Appropriations Committee tomorrow. It is probable that this provision of the bill will also be faced with resistance from Republicans on the Senate committee.
In its current form, the appropriations bill also ends a ban on the use of federal funds for needle exchange programs and a ban that prohibits the use of federal funds for registration of domestic partners in the District. Another provision would allow DC to conduct a referendum on the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Most of these restrictive bans were implemented in the late 1990s under a Republican-controlled Congress.
Media Resources: Feminist Daily News Wire 7/6/09; Feminist Majority
2/27/2015 This Bipartisan Bill Will Hold Colleges Accountable for Ending Campus Sexual Assault - A bipartisan bill aimed at holding colleges and universities accountable for rape and sexual assault cases was introduced in Congress yesterday, spearheaded by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
Some of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act's key key provisions include a requirement of confidential reporting systems on colleges and universities, minimum training requirements for campus personnel, and stricter penalties for schools found to be in violation of Title IX or the Clery Act. . . .
2/26/2015 If This Bill Passes Federal Law Will Add Consent to Sex Ed Curriculums - Right now, federal law does not require health or sex education to include sexual assault prevention - but that could change with a new bill introduced by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Tim Kaine (D-VA).
The Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015, which was introduced earlier this month, would require all public secondary schools in the country to include teaching "safe relationship behavior" in order to help prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. . . .