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Washington May Be First State to Pass Abortion Insurance Mandate

Washington May Be First State to Pass Abortion Insurance Mandate

The Washington state Senate is considering legislation that would mandate abortion insurance coverage. The recently proposed Reproductive Parity Act would require all insurance companies providing maternity care to also pay for abortions. Earlier this month, the bill passed the state House with a vote of 53-43. However, support in the Senate is less certain. Melanie...
BREAKING NEWS: ND Legislature Passes Personhood Measure

BREAKING NEWS: ND Legislature Passes Personhood Measure

Today the North Dakota state legislature passed a measure that would amend the state Constitution to define life as starting as conception, granting full personhood to fertilized eggs. The state House approved the measure in vote of 57-35. The state Senate already approved the measure in February. The measure now goes before North Dakota voters....
Ryan Budget Passes House, Killed in Senate

Ryan Budget Passes House, Killed in Senate

Yesterday the devastating Ryan Budget for 2014 was passed on a party line vote of 221-207 in the House of Representatives. Later that day it was solidly defeated in the Senate in a vote of 40-59. The Ryan budget would repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which prohibits insurance companies from classifying being a woman as a pre-existing medical condition...
48 States Slash Higher Education Funding To Avoid Tax Increases

48 States Slash Higher Education Funding To Avoid Tax Increases

According to a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, all but two states in the U.S. are contributing less funds towards higher education than they did before the recession hit. Except for North Dakota and Wyoming, each state now contributes about 28% less funding per university student than they did before 2008. Arizona and New Hampshire have...
Amendments to Ryan Budget Defeated

Amendments to Ryan Budget Defeated

Yesterday debate continued on the Ryan Budget in the U.S. House of Representatives. Five separate amendments to alter the Ryan Budget (House Concurrent Resolution 25 [PDF]) were overwhelmingly defeated. The most significant counter to the Ryan Budget was the official House Democratic budget, proposed by ranking member of the Budget Committee Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). Van...
TX Senate Panel Passes TRAP Bill

TX Senate Panel Passes TRAP Bill

A Texas senate committee has passed a TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) bill that would require abortion clinics in the state to meet strict operating standards that could potentially close many of Texas’s abortion providers. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed SB 537 on a vote of five to two. Similar TRAP laws threaten...
Federal Judge Overturns Missouri Birth Control Law

Federal Judge Overturns Missouri Birth Control Law

On Monday, a federal judge overturned a Missouri law that would allow employers to deny contraceptive coverage for their employees. U.S. District Judge Audrey Fleissig ruled that the law was unconstitutional because it violated the Affordable Care Act. Judge Fleissig determined that, according to the U.S. Constitution, federal law takes precedent over state laws when there is...
Philippine Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Birth Control Law

Philippine Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Birth Control Law

The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily blocked the implementation of the Responsible Parenthood Bill to allow for the opposition to present arguments against the law. The bill would provide access to state-funded contraception and would provide it free of charge to those who cannot afford to pay. Requirements for comprehensive sex and family planning...
Hillary Clinton Officially Announces Support for Same-Sex Marriage

Hillary Clinton Officially Announces Support for Same-Sex Marriage

On Monday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton officially announced her support for same-sex marriage rights. In the past, Clinton has supported civil unions and domestic partnerships, but did go so far as to say that she supported marriage equality. In a video by the Human Rights Campaign, Clinton spoke of her changed views: “America is at its...
HERvotes Blog Carnival: #StandUpforWomen! Defeat the Ryan Budget

HERvotes Blog Carnival: #StandUpforWomen! Defeat the Ryan Budget

by Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority Foundation and KristinRowe-Finkbeiner, MomsRising.org Tomorrow the House of Representatives will vote on the Ryan Budget.  It is devastating to women’s advancement and to programs that women want and need.  It is the budget that women overwhelming voted against in the 2012 election with a decisive gender gap.  HERvotes, with its...