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The Fifth Circuit Has Put Texas Abortion Clinics in Crisis

The Fifth Circuit Has Put Texas Abortion Clinics in Crisis

The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to suspend a ruling upholding harmful anti-abortion provisions.
TPP "Fast Track" Headed Back to the Senate Again

TPP “Fast Track” Headed Back to the Senate Again

In what has become a procedural roller-coaster, the House voted 218 to 208 yesterday to pass Trade Promotion Authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Adults Shout Racist Insults at Girl Scouts Protesting Animal Abuse

Adults Shout Racist Insults at Girl Scouts Protesting Animal Abuse

A group of young Girl Scouts who were protesting animal abuse received threatening racial insults by adults attending a public Cecil County meeting in Maryland last month.
The Senate Blocked the Military Justice Improvement Act Again

The Senate Blocked the Military Justice Improvement Act Again

The Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA), championed by Senator Kirsten Gilibrand (D-NY), was once again blocked by the Senate in a vote yesterday.
BREAKING: Loretta Lynch Takes Oath of Office

BREAKING: Loretta Lynch Takes Oath of Office

Attorney General Loretta Lynch took the oath of office today, becoming the first African American woman to serve in the role.
Supreme Court Refuses to Hear North Carolina Forced Ultrasound Law

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear North Carolina Forced Ultrasound Law

The Supreme Court refused to review a North Carolina mandatory ultrasound law this week, permanently blocking what many feel is the most extreme forced ultrasound law in the nation. The North Carolina law, which was passed in 2011, requires a physician perform an ultrasound on a patient seeking an abortion at least four house, and...
China's Maternal Mortality Rate Has Decreased Dramatically

China’s Maternal Mortality Rate Has Decreased Dramatically

The National Health and Family Planning Commission released a report this month showing that China’s maternal death rate has dropped by over seventy-five percent in the past twenty-five years.
New Poll Reaffirms That 1 in 5 College Women are Sexually Assaulted

New Poll Reaffirms That 1 in 5 College Women are Sexually Assaulted

The data also show that students are divided about the definition of consent, that victims of sexual assault suffer from trauma, and that a small minority of victims report the crime.
New Nigerian Law Forbids Bans Genital Mutilation

New Nigerian Law Forbids Bans Genital Mutilation

Despite the progressive action, many say that it will take years for FGM practices to cease due its cultural pervasiveness.
An Appeals Court Just Upheld the Law Closing Abortion Clinics in Texas

An Appeals Court Just Upheld the Law Closing Abortion Clinics in Texas

The decision allows the state to uphold 2013 bill HB 2, requiring that every reproductive health care facility offering abortion services meet the costly hospital-like standards for buildings known as ambulatory surgical center.
UPDATE: Murder Charges Dropped for Georgia Woman Taking Abortion Pills

UPDATE: Murder Charges Dropped for Georgia Woman Taking Abortion Pills

Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards announced yesterday that murder charges against a Georgia woman who ended her pregnancy using a prescription abortion pill she ordered online have been dropped.
Police Need to be Held Accountable for Violence Against Black Women and Girls

Police Need to be Held Accountable for Violence Against Black Women and Girls

McKinney, Texas police officer Eric Casebolt’s violent attack on a 15-year-old African American girl at a neighborhood pool party went immediately viral over the weekend.
Eleanor Smeal Calls the TPP a "Bad Deal" for Women

Eleanor Smeal Calls the TPP a “Bad Deal” for Women

Dozens of activists, leaders, and members of Congress joined Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal this morning to speak out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Georgia Woman Charged with Murder for Taking Abortion Pills

Georgia Woman Charged with Murder for Taking Abortion Pills

The charges, which are unprecedented in the state of Georgia, have left groups on all sides of the abortion debate stunned.
Virginia's Abortion Clinics Renew Licenses Amidst Regulation Dispute

Virginia’s Abortion Clinics Renew Licenses Amidst Regulation Dispute

The Virginia Board of Health announced last week that all 18 abortion clinics in the state have renewed their licenses, despite anti-abortion efforts to place limitations on Virginia clinics.
Rana Plaza Victims Will Receive Compensation

Rana Plaza Victims Will Receive Compensation

After a two-year campaign for compensation for the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, the International Labour Organization has succeeded in securing $30 million in compensation.
Organizations Urge the President to Reinterpret Helms Amendment and Aid Nigerian Refugees

Organizations Urge the President to Reinterpret Helms Amendment and Aid Nigerian Refugees

A campaign launched last week in response to more than 200 girls raped and impregnated by Boko Haram members urges President Obama to reinterpret the Helms Amendment to include abortion care.
Medical Experts Are Challenging an Arizona Law that Forces Doctors to Lie to Women

Medical Experts Are Challenging an Arizona Law that Forces Doctors to Lie to Women

Arizona health care providers filed a complaint in federal court yesterday against a recently passed state law requiring doctors to give patients false information, including that it may be possible to “reverse” a medical abortion.
Senator Gillibrand Continues Fight for Military Justice Improvement Act

Senator Gillibrand Continues Fight for Military Justice Improvement Act

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand yesterday filed the Military Justice Improvement Act as an amendment to the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act.
Speier and Meehan Introduce HALT Campus Sexual Violence Act

Speier and Meehan Introduce HALT Campus Sexual Violence Act

Representatives Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Patrick Meehan (R-PA) today re-introduced the Hold Accountable and Lend Transparency (HALT) Campus Sexual Violence Act to strengthen efforts to combat the epidemic of sexual violence on college campuses. “We have to stop campus sexual assault in its tracks,” said Speier. “We need real enforcement that will make colleges live...