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.
3/2/2015 Iranian Activist Wins International Human Rights Award for Hijab Campaign - Journalist Masih Alinejad was awarded the Women's Rights Award at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy last week for her activism supporting Iranian women who choose not to cover their heads in a hijab.
Alinejad's Facebook page, "My Stealthy Freedom," has gained international attention and more than 700,000 followers by posting pictures of Iranian women without the hijab. . . .