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Cuccinelli Gets His Way -- VA Board of Health Reverses Decision

Cuccinelli Gets His Way — VA Board of Health Reverses Decision

Today the Virginia Board of Health met and voted 13-2 to reverse their June decision to grandfather in existing clinics, exempting them from new, hospital-like restrictions for the state’s abortion clinics, commonly called TRAP laws or Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers. Instead, the board has allowed existing clinics to come into compliance with regulations within...
Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day is coming up this Sunday! Tis’ the season to mobilize for women’s rights! Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. It is a time where many advocates for women’s rights get together to celebrate and rally to advance women’s equality. In the...
Romney Announces Ryan as VP Pick

Romney Announces Ryan as VP Pick

On Saturday Mitt Romney announced Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his vice-presidential running mate. Ryan is widely known as the architect of a budget passed by the House in Spring 2012 that dismantles Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. The Daily Beast reports that the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said Ryan’s budget “calls for...
London 2012: "The Women's Games"

London 2012: “The Women’s Games”

Women are making history at the London 2012 Olympic Games. For the first time in history, women athletes are representing every single competing country. Saudi Arabia was the last hold-out, but they finally entered two female athletes earlier this summer. Although women first competed in the modern Olympic Games in 1900, this is the first...
Here We Go Again: Personhood Returns to Colorado

Here We Go Again: Personhood Returns to Colorado

Update 9/12/2012:Colorado Personhood Will Not Appear on November 2012 Ballot Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced today that the Colorado Personhood Coalition has missed the Monday deadline for ballot certification for the “Personhood” Amendment to appear on the November 2012 ballot. On August 29, Gessler determined that the amendment did not have enough valid...

Anti-Abortion Activist to Face Jury Trial in Harassment of Doctor

US District Judge J. Thomas Marten ruled yesterday that Angel Dillard will face a jury trial in the case against her that alleges Dillard violated the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE), a law protecting abortion clinics. The Justice Department filed a civil complaint in 2011 against Dillard for sending a threatening letter...
Olympics 2012: Female Boxers Fighting for Gold Medals and Mainstream Acceptance

Olympics 2012: Female Boxers Fighting for Gold Medals and Mainstream Acceptance

On Sunday, women competed in an Olympic boxing match for the first time in history. Russian boxer Elena Savelyeva  and her North Korean opponent Hye Song Kim battled for the honor of the first Olympic victory in women’s boxing. Savelyeva won the bout 12-9. A total of 36 athletes in three weight classes will compete...
Chick-Fil-A: Would You Like a Side of Homophobia and Misogyny with that Chicken Sandwich?

Chick-Fil-A: Would You Like a Side of Homophobia and Misogyny with that Chicken Sandwich?

This week, you may have heard that Chick-Fil-A doesn’t like gay people. In fact, you may have heard that Chick-Fil-A dislikes gay people so much that they donate millions of dollars to anti-gay rights organizations. When COO Dan Cathy was asked about these anti-gay feelings and these large sums of money in a recent interview, he...
Women of Color, the Wage Gap and the Paycheck Fairness Act

Women of Color, the Wage Gap and the Paycheck Fairness Act

The average American woman earns only $0.77 to every full dollar that the average American man earns. What do statistics fail to capture about the lives of women of color? A Black woman in the US earns only $0.62 to every full dollar that a white man in the U.S earns. A Hispanic woman earns...
Boehner Bias?

Boehner Bias?

On Wednesday, Nancy Pelosi handed over the speaker’s gavel to John Boehner, who is charged with leading the “Tea Party Congress” in their efforts to repeal health care reform, disband the Select Committee on Global Warming, defund Planned Parenthood and do a bunch of other things that people who have never held elected office think...
Sheriff Decries Consequences of Inflammatory "Vitriol" After Tucson Shooting

Sheriff Decries Consequences of Inflammatory “Vitriol” After Tucson Shooting

Arizona Democrat Gabrielle Giffords is fighting for her life in a Tucson hospital after  having been shot in the head by a gunman while she conducted a “Congress on Your Corner” event in front of a market. Although she was listed in very critical condition after surgery, Dr. Peter Rhee, medical director of the trauma...
From the Front Lines: Charlotte, NC

From the Front Lines: Charlotte, NC

Operation Rescue/Operation Save America has chosen Family Reproductive Health and other surrounding clinics in Charlotte, North Carolina as the focus of their 2010 clinic siege from July 17th to July 24th. Featuring the tagline “The King is Coming to the Queen City,” OR/OSA has put out the call that “God Himself is calling us to...

URGENT: Mississippi Clinic Threatened

Two weeks ago, an anti-abortion extremist invaded the waiting room of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization in Jackson, Mississippi. Law enforcement authorities were not only slow to respond when called, but once on site, chose only to talk with the aggressor instead of filing a police report. This is the only abortion provider in the...
Day Three: Live-Blogging Women Deliver!

Day Three: Live-Blogging Women Deliver!

It’s Day 3 of the three-day international conference Women Deliver 2010 in Washington, D.C., and Ms. Bloggers are still on the scene. The conference intends to hammer home the point that maternal and reproductive health is a global priority. Want to do something to help? You can click here to urge President Obama to keep the U.S.’s...
Farewell to a Pioneer of Women’s Sports

Farewell to a Pioneer of Women’s Sports

It’s really, really hard to get a sport into the Olympic Games. The sport must be played competitively in a certain amount of countries—which can mean that boosters must help develop the sport outside of their home country as well as within it—and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) must be convinced. For women’s sports, the...
Terror in Charlotte

Terror in Charlotte

The posters have the word “WANTED” in large black letters at the top and contain the following language: “We would like to introduce you to Drs. X and Y [names withheld here]. Their specialties are Obstetrics, Gynecology and Murder. Not only do these two men assist women and deliver babies, but they also harm women...
This is What a Fe(y)minist Looks Like

This is What a Fe(y)minist Looks Like

Sure, the famously wooden Al Gore had some good lines last night on 30 Rock (“You know, there’s an old African proverb that I made up”), but our favorite guest star was truly inanimate: a “This is What a Feminist Looks Like” T-shirt by Tina Fey’s eponymous character’s upstairs neighbor Brian. The shirt is used...
More Outrage Over Stupak-Pitts

More Outrage Over Stupak-Pitts

“Our medical experts have determined that your life was not in danger and you could have carried the pregnancy to term. And, by the way, you owe us $9,000.”
When Women Play Rough… Watch Out for the Backlash

When Women Play Rough… Watch Out for the Backlash

It was the ponytail pull seen ‘round the world. University of New Mexico soccer player Elizabeth Lambert suddenly became the most famous woman in sports this past week, after a video of her aggressively punching and tripping her opponents, and ultimately throwing another player to the grass by her hair, went viral.
The Cup’s Half Full for Middle Eastern Feminists

The Cup’s Half Full for Middle Eastern Feminists

Despite shortcomings in its enforcement, CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women)—the United Nations’ international women’s rights treaty—has brought progress to women in the Middle East, according to women leaders from the region at a recent panel celebrating of its 30th anniversary.