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Judge Rejects Order to Block Catholic Hospitals Denying Women Tubal Ligations

A San Francisco Superior Court judge declined to issue an emergency order that would prevent Mercy Medical Center, a Catholic hospital, from refusing a women's request for a tubal ligation.

President Obama Vetoes Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood & Repealing Affordable Care Act

President Obama vetoed a measure today that would defund Planned Parenthood for one year and repeal key provisions in the Affordable Care Act.

ICE Raids on Central American Families Spark Nationwide Protest

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) has begun a series of raids this month aimed at deporting Central American families, sparking protest by activists throughout the country.

First Woman Commandant of Cadets Sworn In at West Point

Brigadier General Diana Holland made history on Tuesday when she became the first woman commandant of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (USMA).

House Approves Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood, Repeal Affordable Care Act

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted 240-181 in favor of a measure to defund Planned Parenthood for one year and repeal key provisions in the Affordable Care Act. The bill will most certainly meet a presidential veto.
Unprecedented Number of Groups & Experts Call on SCOTUS to Overturn Texas TRAP Law

Unprecedented Number of Groups & Experts Call on SCOTUS to Overturn Texas TRAP Law

45 amicus briefs were filed yesterday urging the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn a Texas law that threatens to close more than 75% of abortion clinics in the state and deny millions of women access to safe, legal abortion.

Obama Announces New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence

President Obama announced new executive actions to reduce gun violence today, including expanded mandatory background checks, increased enforcement of gun laws, and increased funding for mental health care.

New NY Law Permits Pregnant Women to Enroll in Health Care Plans At Any Time

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a new bill into law allowing pregnant women to gain access to health care at any time, eliminating the previous requirement that they wait for open enrollment periods to purchase health insurance.

Federal Appeals Court Halts Utah’s Attempt to Defund Planned Parenthood

A federal appeals court granted a temporary injunction on Wednesday, halting Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s effort to deny state funding to Planned Parenthood.

Federal Judge Upholds California Law Requiring CPCs to Post Information on Abortion

A federal judge in California ruled on Monday to uphold a new law requiring crisis pregnancy centers to disclose that they are not licensed medical providers and to post notices providing information about California’s public programs offering access to family planning, prenatal and abortion services.
Grand Jury Decides Not To Indict Anyone For Sandra Bland’s Death

Grand Jury Decides Not To Indict Anyone For Sandra Bland’s Death

A grand jury decided on Monday not to indict anyone in connection with Sandra Bland’s death in a Texas county jail last summer. The grand jury will reconvene next month to “take up remaining issues,” including whether or not state trooper Brian Encinia – the officer who arrested Bland – should face criminal charges.

The Nation Inks Impressive 6-Year Contract; Includes Paid Family Leave

Last week, the NewsGuild of New York media union and The Nation magazine announced a six-year contract that will provide four months paid parental leave to The Nation's employees, regardless of their gender, and will also give employees a 25 percent pay increase over the life of the contract.

Chicago Teachers Awarded $280,000 in Damages for Pregnancy Discrimination

Eight women who were fired from their teaching positions following the announcements of their pregnancies will receive nearly $300,000 in damages and back pay.

Tennessee Woman Faces Jail For Coat Hanger Abortion

A Tennessee woman was arrested and charged with attempted murder last week, three months after an attempt to terminate her pregnancy using a coat hanger.
Activists Challenge Arizona Sex and Race-Selective Abortion Law

Activists Challenge Arizona Sex and Race-Selective Abortion Law

NAPAWF and the Maricopa County Branch of the NAACP are challenging a 2011 Arizona anti-abortion law which requires women's reproductive healthcare providers to racially profile Asian and African-American women seeking to terminate their pregnancies in the name of eliminating sex and race-selective abortion.
Bold New Ad Campaign Exposes Threats Against Abortion Providers

Bold New Ad Campaign Exposes Threats Against Abortion Providers

The Feminist Majority Foundation launched an ad campaign today that exposes the threats facing abortion providers across the country and asks the question, "When did the right to life become the right to terrorize abortion providers?"
FMF Calls on House Select Investigative Panel to Re-Direct Its Focus to Anti-Abortion Violence or Disband

FMF Calls on House Select Investigative Panel to Re-Direct Its Focus to Anti-Abortion Violence or Disband

Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) President, Eleanor Smeal, today called on the House Select Investigative Panel of the Energy and Commerce Committee to either redirect its focus to violence against abortion providers, or to disband.
Historic Climate Change Agreement Reached in Paris

Historic Climate Change Agreement Reached in Paris

On Saturday, representatives from 198 countries approved a plan to prevent increased global warming by cutting greenhouse gas emissions globally.

Planned Parenthood Files Lawsuit in Ohio

Planned Parenthood announced yesterday that it has filed a federal lawsuit to protect abortion access in Ohio. The suit comes two days after state Attorney General Mike DeWine threatened to take legal action against the health care provider and introduce legislation to further restrict abortion care in the state. DeWine claimed in a press conference...
Holtzclaw Convicted of Rape, Sexual Battery

Holtzclaw Convicted of Rape, Sexual Battery

After 45 hours of deliberations, a jury found former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw guilty on 18 charges, including rape and sexual battery, for assaulting 13 black women over the course of seven months while on duty.