Japanese Women May Be Allowed to Keep Maiden Names
The Democratic Party of Japan plans to introduce a bill as early as next year that would allow women to keep their maiden names after marriage. According to The Youmiuri Shimbun, the bill would allow married couples to use separate surnames, amending the 1947 Civil Code. Under the proposed law, children would be able to choose one of their parents' surnames, reported Bloomberg.
Under current law, Japanese men can take their wives' names upon marriage. However, more than 95 percent of Japanese women take their husbands' last names, according to the Agence France-Presse .
Japanese women's rights activists argue for an alternate surname system both for equity reasons and due to professional inconveniences that occur when one's name changes. Conservative lawmakers have blocked similar legislation in the past, claiming that such a change would harm family unity.
Media Resources: Bloomberg 9/28/09; The Youmiuri Simbun 9/28/09; Agence France-Press 9/28/09
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .