Hearing Held on Gender Parity in Federal Building Restroom Facilities
Congress held a hearing yesterday on the "Restroom Gender Parity in Federal Buildings Act," which would require a one-to-one ratio for toilets in women and men's bathroom facilities in federal buildings. The bill, sponsored by Representative Edolphus Towns (D-NY), requires any buildings constructed, undergoing major renovations, or leased, to be constructed "in such a way that the number of toilets in women's restrooms will equal or exceed the number of toilets (including urinals) in men's restrooms."
During the hearing, Kathryn Anthony, a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne architecture professor, said "Until recently, most architects, contractors, engineers, building-code officials and clients were not concerned about this issue...They rarely contacted women about their restroom needs; women were rarely employed in these male-dominated professions, nor were they in a position to effect change." reported the Washington Post. During the hearing, increased risk of urinary tract infections, cystitis, abdominal pain, or other health problems associated with long lines at restrooms were also mentioned.
According to Huliq, Towns said last month that disparate restroom facilities have long "served as manifestations of more deeply rooted problems of discrimination among race, physical ability and gender."
Media Resources: Washington Post 5/12/10; HR 4869; Huliq 5/12/10
11/21/2014 Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law - The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider a panel decision blocking enforcement of a Mississippi law that threatened to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state.
In July, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction against a Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals. . . .