Senate Votes to Cover Contraceptives and Restrict Abortion for Federal Employees
The U.S. Senate will vote today on a bill mandating that most federal worker’s health plans cover prescription contraceptives. It has already given voice-vote approval to the legislation and is expected to pass the bill today.
The vast majority of federal worker’s health care plans fall under the provision, with the exceptions of plans that do not cover any prescriptions and plans sold by religious groups that object to contraceptive use. The voice-vote for this measure came right before the Senate approved an amendment forbidding federal health care plans to cover abortion unless the woman’s life is in danger or she is a rape or incest victim.
Many Senators commented that they hoped this provision would pressure all health care plans to provide contraceptive coverage. The Senators that drafted the bill for federal workers are also hoping to pass a similar one requiring all health care plans to cover prescription contraceptives.
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .
8/25/2015 Fraternity Signs Promote Rape Culture, Elicit Outrage - Old Dominion University (ODU) in Virginia is receiving national attention for a fraternity's vulgar and offensive signs that were on display as first-year students moved into their dorms.
The signs, which were hung on fraternity Sigma Nu and displayed derogatory messages for incoming female students- and their mothers- have since been removed, and the University has promised disciplinary action. . . .