Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, will testify tomorrow, September 14, 2010 at 2:15 p.m. before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs at a hearing entitled "Rape in the United States: The Chronic Failure to Report and Investigate Rape Cases" in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Smeal will call for national reform in the reporting and investigating of rape crimes. Her testimony is in light of research and experience of the National Center for Women & Policing, a division of the Feminist Majority Foundation.
Others testifying will include Susan B. Carbon, Director of the Office of Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice; Carol Tracy, Executive Director of the Women's Law Project of Philadelphia; and Commissioner Charles Ramsey, Philadelphia Police Department and former chief of police of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department.
Smeal's testimony and press release will be available at the hearing and online at feminist.org tomorrow before the hearing. The hearing will be webcast from the committee website.
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .