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Early Voting Has Started in Many States

Early Voting Has Started in Many States

In states with close races for Senate seats or highly contested ballot measures, early voting allows for a glimpse of what may be in November.
Girl Activists Spoke Out at the United Nations on International Day of the Girl

Girl Activists Spoke Out at the United Nations on International Day of the Girl

The designated day was created to raise awareness that gender inequality is still alive and well, and is worse in developing countries.
As Midterm Elections Near, Courts Are Taking On Voter Suppression

As Midterm Elections Near, Courts Are Taking On Voter Suppression

With less than a month before the November 4 elections, courts are weighing in on voting rights across the nation.
Full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Refuses to Hear Challenge to Texas TRAP Law

Full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Refuses to Hear Challenge to Texas TRAP Law

The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to rehear a March panel decision upholding HB 2.
Catholic Church Files Civil Rights Complaint Against State Over Abortion Mandate

Catholic Church Files Civil Rights Complaint Against State Over Abortion Mandate

Although a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights says the new complaint from the Catholic conference is under review, Rouillard has reiterated that the agency considers abortion a basic health care service.
Study Finds Abortion Restrictions Adversely Impact Women's Health Outcomes

Study Finds Abortion Restrictions Adversely Impact Women’s Health Outcomes

The groups say lawmakers' insistence that anti-abortion legislation is intended to protect women's health is fundamentally flawed rhetoric.
UPDATE: Supreme Court Justice Delays Marriage Equality in Idaho

UPDATE: Supreme Court Justice Delays Marriage Equality in Idaho

Justice Kennedy issued a one-page order requiring the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to delay their ruling striking down Idaho's same-sex marriage ban.
Staff at Immigration Center Accused of Sexually Abusing Women Detainees

Staff at Immigration Center Accused of Sexually Abusing Women Detainees

Several civil rights organizations have filed a complaint against a privately run detention center in Texas, citing widespread allegations of sexual abuse and harassment.
Georgetown University Administrators Apologize for Shutting Down H*yas for Choice Protest

Georgetown University Administrators Apologize for Shutting Down H*yas for Choice Protest

Georgetown University has formally apologized to students and alumni following a university police response to an off-campus H*yas for Choice protest last week that sparked outrage.
Marriage Equality Set to Take Hold in 35 States Following Court Rulings

Marriage Equality Set to Take Hold in 35 States Following Court Rulings

Decisions by the US Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals this week brought the number of states in which same-sex marriage bans are effectively null and void to 35.
Religious Leaders Unite in Tennessee and Colorado to Oppose Extreme Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures

Religious Leaders Unite in Tennessee and Colorado to Oppose Extreme Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures

Local religious leaders have come together to denounce ballot measures in Tennessee and Colorado that, if passed, would jeopardize access to abortion in those states.
Experts Recommend IUDs and Contraceptive Implants for Sexually Active Teenagers

Experts Recommend IUDs and Contraceptive Implants for Sexually Active Teenagers

Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggested sexually active teenagers use contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices over other forms of birth control.
White House Releases Updated Title IX Guidance on Campus Sexual Assault

White House Releases Updated Title IX Guidance on Campus Sexual Assault

As part of the "It's On Us" campaign to end campus sexual assault by changing campus culture, the White House has released guidance to assist with enforcement of institutional Title IX policies.
Federal Appeals Court Blocks Access to Abortion in Texas

Federal Appeals Court Blocks Access to Abortion in Texas

The state of Texas lost all but eight of its abortion clinics overnight after the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the state could begin enforcing unnecessary and harmful abortion restrictions passed as part of an omnibus anti-abortion bill last year.
UN Speaks Out Against Islamic State's Attacks on Women

UN Speaks Out Against Islamic State’s Attacks on Women

The United Nations last week condemned the brutal killings of women by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also know as ISIS.
Court Reinstates Same-Day Voter Registration in North Carolina

Court Reinstates Same-Day Voter Registration in North Carolina

A federal appeals court blocked North Carolina's effort to end same-day voter registration and out-of-precinct voting - methods disproportionately used by minority voters - overturning a decision by a lower court just last month.
Virginia Health Commissioner Recommends Amending State TRAP Law

Virginia Health Commissioner Recommends Amending State TRAP Law

The decision comes after Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe ordered a periodic review of the regulations, expressing concern that the TRAP rules were "extreme and punitive" and could endanger women's health.
Afghanistan and US Finalize Bilateral Security Agreement

Afghanistan and US Finalize Bilateral Security Agreement

In a nationally televised ceremony at the Presidential Palace just one day after President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai took office, Afghanistan signed a major security agreement with the United States.
African American Girls Fall Behind Their Peers in Educational and Economic Outcomes

African American Girls Fall Behind Their Peers in Educational and Economic Outcomes

African American girls are falling behind when it comes to educational outcomes and economic opportunities, according to a new study.
US Supreme Court Shuts Down First Week of Early Voting in Ohio

US Supreme Court Shuts Down First Week of Early Voting in Ohio

Less than 24 hours before the start of Ohio's would-be voting period, the Supreme Court blocked efforts to restore a full seven days of early voting in the state, marking a win for the Republican-controlled legislature that enacted the new voting restrictions.