CEDAW defines discrimination and gives states a plan of action to ensure that the rights of women are equal to men. So far, 169 countries have ratified CEDAW, pledging to give women equal rights in all aspects of their lives including political, health, educational, social and legal. The United States is among the 22 countries that have yet to ratify the treaty - keeping company with such notorious women’s rights abusers as the Taliban’s Afghanistan, Monaco and Sudan.
In other Congressional news, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution voted 8-3 yesterday to mark up the so-called partial abortion ban. The Judiciary Committee will consider the bill that aims to outlaw a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal medical procedure next Wednesday, and full floor consideration could follow at any time after that.
Meanwhile, the Senate Finance Committee approved legislation to extend prenatal care to
low-income pregnant women through the State Children's Health Insurance
Program (SCHIP). An anti-choice amendment filed by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Don Nickles (R-OK) to codify the Bush Administration's controversial regulations making the “unborn child” - rather than the pregnant women - the SCHIP client, was not offered. With a strong showing from the pro-choice side, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on two reproductive-rights-related issues – refusal clauses and parental consent for family-planning services.
5/27/2015 California Passes Reproductive FACT Act - The California State Assembly passed the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act yesterday.
AB 775, or the FACT Act, passed 48-25 in a vote, and requires that unlicensed facilities in California that provide pregnancy-related services disclose that they are not licensed medical providers. . . .
5/26/2015 Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage - Over the weekend, the people of Ireland voted overwhelmingly to pass a national referendum legalizing same-sex marriage.
Ireland became the first country in the world to pass marriage equality through popular vote on Friday. . . .