Monthly archive November, 2011
Conscience Clause: Preserving Morality or Creating Immorality?

Conscience Clause: Preserving Morality or Creating Immorality?

by Elizabeth Beaulac, Outreach Intern, National Women’s Law Center August brought with it a victory for women’s health. It was announced that all new health insurance plans would be required to coverage preventive services such as contraceptive coverage. However, in not so great news, the mandate included language that would allow religious employers to deny...
Should Catholic Bishops Have The Right To Control Your Life?

Should Catholic Bishops Have The Right To Control Your Life?

By Janet Hill, Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), National CLUW Vice President (United Steelworkers) Catholic bishops are pressuring the Obama administration to dilute the rule proposed by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to allow women access to birth control without paying out of pocket. There is a narrow exemption that allows religious...

Nigerian Senate Passes Bill Criminalizing Gay Marriage

Yesterday the Nigerian Senate passed a bill to prohibit same-sex marriage, as well as gay advocacy groups and public displays of same-sex affection. The bill imposes a 14 year sentence for those who are convicted of homosexuality and 10 year sentences for anyone who assists same-sex couples in marrying. The Nigerian House of Representatives will...

Violence Against Women Act Introduced for Reauthorization Today Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) will introduce a bipartisan bill today to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The Violence Against Women Act is due to expire at the end of this year. VAWA was originally drafted by then-Senator Joe Biden and was...
Women’s Basic Health Coverage Is Not For Sale

Women’s Basic Health Coverage Is Not For Sale

by Miri Cypers, Jewish Women International Nearly one week after the defeat of the Mississippi “personhood initiative,” when the state of women’s reproductive rights in our country seemed like it could not be any more threatened, various news outlets have published an incredibly troubling story that requires our immediate attention. This Monday, the New York...
HERVotes Blog Carnival: Women v. the Bishops

HERVotes Blog Carnival: Women v. the Bishops

by Kim Gandy, Feminist Majority Foundation Welcome to the sixth #HERvotes blog carnival on the effort by the Catholic bishops to allow some institutions to refuse, under the Affordable Care Act, birth control coverage without co-pays to students and employees of  hospitals, universities, and other institutions, or other religious affiliated or connected institutions such as...

Federal Judge Blocks NC Anti- Abortion License Plates

On Monday, U.S. District Judge James Fox issued an injunction temporarily blocking North Carolina from issuing anti-abortion license plates, as the new state law that allows for the production of the plates is being challenged. The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina (ACLU-NCLF) filed a lawsuit in September, arguing that the production of the...

OH Senate Republicans to Push Heartbeat Bill

Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus (R) announced that the Senate Republicans plan  to advance a  “heartbeat bill”  that has already passed the House.  If passed by the Senate and signed by the Governor, the law would ban abortions after the fetal heartbeat is detected.  This could occur as early as 6 weeks following conception before...

AL School Board to End Single-Sex Classes

The Tallapoosa County School Board in Alabama announced that it will end its single sex classes at the end of this school year following the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) allegations that the program violates Title IX, a law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all levels of education. Mie Lewis, a...

NJ Nurses Challenge Hospital Abortion Policy in Court

A dozen New Jersey nurses filed a lawsuit in federal court against the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey alleging that it broke state and national law by requiring that the nurses provide pre- and post- operative care for abortion patients, despite the nurses’ objections on religious or moral grounds. However, the hospital...