Congress will be in session briefly in December, when there will be an opportunity to pass bills crucial for women�s rights.
A bill to address the growing birth control pricing crisis has been introduced in both the House and the Senate. Prices have skyrocketed, some up to $50/month, as a consequence of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. It included a little-noticed provision that prohibited the decades-old practice of pharmaceutical companies selling contraceptives to college clinics and clinics serving low-income women at deeply discounted rates.
The Fair Pay Restoration Act, a measure to correct the Supreme Court�s ruling in Ledbetter v Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. which gutted Title VII pay discrimination protections for women workers, has already passed in the House. It is stalled in the Senate, but women�s rights and civil rights groups, including the Feminist Majority, are working to move this bill through the Senate despite the Republican threat to filibuster. funny picturesfunny imagesfunny photosfunny animal picturesfunny dog picturesfunny cat picturesfunny gifs
Negotiations between the House and Senate on this year�s Foreign Operations Appropriations bill are also crucial for feminist legislative priorities. The House and Senate versions of the bill differ in key wording regarding funding for programs that directly aid Afghan women and girls, as well as for the Independent Afghanistan Human Rights Committee, which monitors and investigates violations of women�s rights.
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10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .
10/29/2014 Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People - A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state.
Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations.
More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls. . . .