Lawmakers File Appellate Brief Against Anti-Abortion Violence
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), along with a bipartisan group of more than 40 House and Senate members, will file a legal brief today in support of abortion providers and clinics asking the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a ruling that he says will “severely undercut the enforceability of FACE (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act).” Last month, in the case Planned Parenthood, et al. v. American Coalition of Life Activists, et al., a three-judge panel decided in favor of anti-abortion extremists when they said that abortion providers and clinic staff must endure the distribution of "Wanted" posters and Web sites that the FBI, a federal jury, and a district court have agreed are threats of violence. Schumer fears that the ruling could incite violence at abortion clinics across the country where, as our eighth annual National Clinic Violence Survey shows, 20% of our nation’s reproductive health clinics still report severe violence or threats in 2000.
7/27/2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood - An attempt in the Senate to defundÂ Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).Â Lee tried to attach the elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood to a vote for highway legislation, a move which was rejected by McConnell asÂ out of order.
Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of twoÂ heavily edited clandestine videos of different PPFA employees taken without their knowledge. . . .
7/24/2015 Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence - In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force.
"Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices,
said Spillar. . . .