In a clear victory for women’s reproductive health clinics, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to hear an appeal by anti-abortion protestors who were claiming that the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) that protects clinics against disruptive intrusions should be interpreted instead to protect those who attempt to obstruct access to clinics. “To construe the FACE Act to protect anti-abortion protestors’ illegal behavior would turn the statute on its head and convert a law intended to shield clinics from hostile attacks into a sword for those who would engage in such attacks,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, in hailing the Court’s decision. The Feminist Majority Foundation provided legal counsel for the clinic involved in the case. On Monday, the Court also refused to hear a challenge to FACE stemming from a New Jersey case involving clinic blockades. FACE has been crucial in curbing anti-abortion violence, according to the Feminist Majority Foundation and its National Clinic Access Project.
Media Resources: Feminist Majority Foundation and Aware Woman Center – April 20, 2001
3/7/2014 Study Finds Continuing Gender Gap in Medical Research - Although 20 years have passed since the government instituted legislation requiring adequate female representation in medical studies, a recent study finds that a significant sex and gender gap still persists in medical research.
"Sex-Specific Medical Research: Why Women's Health Can't Wait" by researchers at the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Jacobs Institute at George Washington University Hospital finds that scientists still fail to account for differences between males and females. . . .