Congress will be in session briefly in December, when there will be an opportunity to pass bills crucial for womenís 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 Courtís 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 womenís rights and civil rights groups, including the Feminist Majority, are working to move this bill through the Senate despite the Republican threat to filibuster.
Negotiations between the House and Senate on this yearís 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 womenís rights.
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8/29/2014 Domestic Violence Victims May Now Qualify For Asylum in the US - A recent case has opened the door for victims of domestic violence abroad to qualify for asylum in the United States.
The Justice Department's Board of Immigration Appeals ruled for the first time on Tuesday that a victim of domestic violence fit a specific criterion for asylum: persecution for membership in a particular social group. . . .