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North Carolina Mayor Journeys 273 Miles for Medicaid Expansion

North Carolina Mayor Journeys 273 Miles for Medicaid Expansion

O'Neal hiked to Washington, DC to protest the closing of Vidant Pungo Hospital in rural Beaufort County, NC, and to call attention to the impact of his state's failure to expand Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act.
Federal Appeals Court Upholds Marriage Equality in Virginia

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Marriage Equality in Virginia

In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday upheld a lower court decision overturning Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.
Women Just Won Big In Mississippi

Women Just Won Big In Mississippi

“Although we celebrate this ruling, we cannot rest until this law and all other TRAP laws are permanently struck down.”
Three Anti-Abortion Extremists Sentenced In Mississippi

Three Anti-Abortion Extremists Sentenced In Mississippi

Three of four anti-abortion extremists were found guilty for activities carried out during protests against the state's last-standing abortion clinic.
Hundreds March for Marissa Alexander in Jacksonville

Hundreds March for Marissa Alexander in Jacksonville

"Today, it's Marissa. Tomorrow, it's you. And yesterday, it was Trayvon."
Extensive Female Genital Mutilation Study To Be Conducted in the US

Extensive Female Genital Mutilation Study To Be Conducted in the US

The Obama administration plans to conduct a large study on female genital mutilation to try to assess how many girls and women in the US are at risk or have experienced the practice.
Wisconsin Will Not Enforce Contraceptive Coverage Law If Employers Raise Religious Objections

Wisconsin Will Not Enforce Contraceptive Coverage Law If Employers Raise Religious Objections

Citing the recent US Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) announced that it will no longer be enforcing the contraceptive benefit rule for employers with religious objections.
Study Proves Texas Laws Have Significantly Reduced Access to Abortion

Study Proves Texas Laws Have Significantly Reduced Access to Abortion

The Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) released a study in the medical journal Contraception finding that access to abortion has been significantly reduced since the state enacted it omnibus anti-abortion law HB2.
Women's Equality Party Launched in New York

Women’s Equality Party Launched in New York

In November, voters in New York may elect the first Women's Equality Party ticket.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Disabilities Treaty

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Disabilities Treaty

The treaty, among other things, reaffirms the need for fundamental human rights for all people with disabilities, and highlights the need to recognize and respond to discrimination against those with disabilities.
Feminist Leaders and Activists Rally for the Equal Rights Amendment

Feminist Leaders and Activists Rally for the Equal Rights Amendment

This morning, Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) led a solid crowd of Equal Rights Amendment activists and supporters just beyond the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court.
"From Passion to Progress" Briefing Brings Together Feminist Leaders and Hundreds of Young Activists

“From Passion to Progress” Briefing Brings Together Feminist Leaders and Hundreds of Young Activists

Over plates of donuts and cups coffee, participants listened to a succession of engaging and passionate speeches from congressional and feminist leaders: Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and FMF President Eleanor Smeal.
University of Connecticut to Pay Over $1.2 Million in Sexual Assault Settlement

University of Connecticut to Pay Over $1.2 Million in Sexual Assault Settlement

The University of Connecticut will have to pay almost $1.3 million in settlement fees on a sexual assault lawsuit - but school officials refuse to admit guilt.
Campaign Against Colorado Personhood Initiative Launches

Campaign Against Colorado Personhood Initiative Launches

Women's rights organizations, medical groups, and religious leaders joined several activists yesterday at a rally on the steps of the Colorado state capitol to launch a campaign against a new personhood initiative on the state's November ballot.
100 Days Later, Groups Rally for Nigeria to Bring Back Kidnapped Schoolgirls

100 Days Later, Groups Rally for Nigeria to Bring Back Kidnapped Schoolgirls

100 days ago today, more than 270 schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram. This week, groups around the world are holding vigils to show that they have not stopped supporting rescue efforts and still want safety for these girls.
Executive Order Banning LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace Makes No Religious Exemptions

Executive Order Banning LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace Makes No Religious Exemptions

The President yesterday signed a long-awaited executive order barring workplace discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.
Louisiana's Pro-Choice Community Stands Up Against Operation Rescue

Louisiana’s Pro-Choice Community Stands Up Against Operation Rescue

"It's an encroachment on my right as a neighbor."
Detroit Maternal Death Rate Is Triple the US Average

Detroit Maternal Death Rate Is Triple the US Average

Women in Detroit are dying from pregnancy-related complications at about three times the US average, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health. Twenty-six women died in Detroit over the period 2008-2011 as a result of pregnancy or childbirth, and Detroit has the highest rate of infant mortality among major US cities, with 13.5 infant deaths for every...

New Clarification Requires Corporations Refusing Contraceptive Coverage To Inform Their Employees

The White House clarified on Thursday that closely held for-profit corporations refusing to provide contraceptive coverage will be required to inform their employees.
Law Limiting Abortion Access Under Medicaid in Alaska Temporarily Blocked

Law Limiting Abortion Access Under Medicaid in Alaska Temporarily Blocked

An Alaska state court judge this week temporarily blocked a law that created a narrow definition for when abortions were "medically necessary" and therefore covered under Alaska Medicaid.