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We Applaud The White House Initiative to Prevent Campus Rape

We Applaud The White House Initiative to Prevent Campus Rape

"This is a momentous day for the movement to end violence against women and, in particular, campus rape."
Hundreds March at Ohio Statehouse to Protest Anti-Woman Legislation

Hundreds March at Ohio Statehouse to Protest Anti-Woman Legislation

Hundreds of people marched on the Ohio state capital Wednesday and vowed to defeat anti-woman legislation and the politicians who support them.
Leading Reproductive Rights Organizations Join Together for "31 Days of Unity"

Leading Reproductive Rights Organizations Join Together for “31 Days of Unity”

Center for Reproductive Rights joins with reproductive rights, health, and justice organizations in August to urge Congress to take action against extreme attacks on women’s health.
Global Heroes Honored in L.A.

Global Heroes Honored in L.A.

An Afghan rapper. The founder of the first primary school for girls in a Kenyan village. A trailblazing member of Congress who fights to create an AIDS-free generation. An advocate for women’s and children’s rights and empowerment. Tonite in Los Angeles, the Feminist Majority Foundation (publisher of Ms.) will award these four women with its...
Russian Orthodox Leader Warns of the Danger of Feminism

Russian Orthodox Leader Warns of the Danger of Feminism

Patriarch Kirill, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, warned members of Union of Orthodox Ukrainian Women that feminism is “very dangerous” and could threaten the stability of Russia. According to new agencies, Patriarch Kirill told the meeting, “I consider this phenomenon called feminism very dangerous, because feminist organizations proclaim the pseudo-freedom of women, which, in...
NYC Maternal Mortality 30% Higher Than 10 Years Ago

NYC Maternal Mortality 30% Higher Than 10 Years Ago

A new report shows that women in New York City are 30% more likely to die as a result of childbirth than they were over a decade ago. The report [PDF] produced by the Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest and published by The New York Women’s Foundation looked at the economic, educational, and...
Thousands Rally on Capitol For Immigration Reform

Thousands Rally on Capitol For Immigration Reform

Yesterday, thousands of people rallied in front of the Capitol in Washington, DC, in favor of comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for those already living inside the United States. The rally, called Citizenship for 11 Million, drew attendees from across the country to send a message to Congress and the White House...
AL Governor Signs TRAP Bill into Law

AL Governor Signs TRAP Bill into Law

On Tuesday, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed a TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) bill into law that will go into effect July 1, 2013. The bill, coined the Women’s Health and Safety Act, will require an Alabama-licensed physician be present at every abortion and will require these doctors to have admitting privileges to local hospitals. Further, the...
Three Priests Removed From Priesthood Over Sexual Abuse

Three Priests Removed From Priesthood Over Sexual Abuse

Three priests have been removed from the priesthood in the archdiocese of Philadelphia in response to allegations of sexual abuse. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia declared the retired Monsignor Richard T. Powers, Father Joseph J. Gallagher and Father Mark S. Gaspar “unsuitable for ministry.” Gallagher and Gaspar had been suspended from the ministry since March 2011. Their...
Today is National Equal Pay Day

Today is National Equal Pay Day

President Barack Obama has declared today Equal Pay Day to highlight the discrimination women currently face in wages for equal work. In an official statement, President Obama said “On National Equal Pay Day, we recognize this injustice by marking how far into the new year women have to work just to make what men did in...
Hagel Calls for End to Overturning Convening Authority

Hagel Calls for End to Overturning Convening Authority

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has called for termination of the ability of a commanding officer to overturn a court martial conviction, called “convening authority.” In an internal memo to the secretaries of the military services and other military senior officials, Hagel said, “We must ensure that our military justice system is fair, provides justice, and enhances...
Florida House Committee Advances Anti-Abortion Bill

Florida House Committee Advances Anti-Abortion Bill

The Florida House Judiciary Committee narrowly passed a bill that could threatened abortion access to women of color in the state on Wednesday. HB 845 would ban abortion for sex-selection or race-selection purposes. It would also require the doctor performing an abortion to sign a legal affidavit saying they have no knowledge that the procedure was...
NC Lawmakers Propose State Religion Bill

NC Lawmakers Propose State Religion Bill

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina have proposed a bill that would give the state legislature the authority to establish a state religion and allow prayer in public institutions such as schools. House Joint Resolution 494 challenges the authority of the United States Constitution and the First Amendment, which guarantees the separation of church and state. The bill reads [PDF],...
French Senate to Consider Bill to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

French Senate to Consider Bill to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Debate is scheduled to begin today in the French Senate on a bill that would grant same-sex couples the right to marry and adopt children. The bill has already been passed in the National Assembly, the lower chamber of French parliament. The Roman Catholic Church has been very vocal in France against the measure, alongside other religious...
TN Bill Would Tie Student Performance to Welfare Benefits

TN Bill Would Tie Student Performance to Welfare Benefits

A bill that would cut welfare benefits if a recipient’s child does not perform satisfactorily in school has advanced in committee in both the Tennessee state House and state Senate. The bill would cut Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits for parents by 30% if a child does not show “satisfactory academic progress.” “Satisfactory...
MS Governor Pulls Board of Health Nomination of Anti-Abortion Activist

MS Governor Pulls Board of Health Nomination of Anti-Abortion Activist

Governor Phil Bryant (R) of Mississippi has rescinded his nomination of anti-abortion activist Terri Herring to the Mississippi Board of Health after media outlets questioned the legality of the nomination. Governor Bryant announced his nomination of Terri Herring to the state’s Board of Health last Wednesday. Bryant nominated her because she has “committed her life to women’s...
KS State Senate Poised to Pass Life at Fertilization Bill

KS State Senate Poised to Pass Life at Fertilization Bill

The Kansas state Senate gave first round approval to an anti-abortion bill that would define life as beginning at the point of fertilization with a voice vote yesterday. The final vote is expected to occur today. House Bill 2253 attacks abortion access on multiple fronts. HB 2253 requires that abortion providers supply women with a list of organizations...
ND Governor Signs Extreme Anti-Abortion Law to Close Only Clinic

ND Governor Signs Extreme Anti-Abortion Law to Close Only Clinic

North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple (R-ND) just signed a series of three restrictive anti-abortion rights measures into state law. All three measures were passed by the Republican-controlled North Dakota House and Senate. The North Dakota legislature also passed a Personhood state constitutional amendment, which would ban the termination of a pregnancy from the moment of...
Proposition 8 Oral Arguments Heard in Supreme Court

Proposition 8 Oral Arguments Heard in Supreme Court

Today the Supreme Court heard oral arguments weighing the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the California ban on same sex marriage. The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case Hollingsworth, Dennis, et al. v. Perry, Kristin M., et al. Arguments lasted for approximately an hour and twenty minutes, at which point the Supreme Court Justicesappeared reluctant on making...
Brazil Doctors Urge Abortion Legalization

Brazil Doctors Urge Abortion Legalization

On Thursday, the Federal Council of Medicine in Brazil announced their support for legislative reform of the country’s current abortion laws. The proposed legislation being debated in the Brazilian Senate would legalize abortion within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. It would also expand a current exception that allows abortion in only in the case of brain...