Feminist Newswire

Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the EPA

Pruitt, a self-proclaimed “leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda,” is an avid climate change denier, fossil fuel supporter and collaborator with oil and gas companies.

Puzder Withdraws and a New Labor Secretary is Nominated

Today, President Trump announced Alexander Acosta, a former federal judge and current law school dean, as his nominee to serve as secretary of the Department of Labor following Andrew Puzder’s Wednesday afternoon withdrawal of his nomination.

House Moves to Rescind Protection for Women’s Health Centers

This week the House Rules Committee sent legislation to the House floor that would rescind an Obama administration rule, finalized in December, that is meant to block states from cutting off federal funding to organizations that offer abortion care, ensuring that women’s health centers continue to receive Title X funds for other health services including...

Planned Parenthood Supporters Appear in Thousands to Counter-Protest Anti-Abortion Groups

Nearly 150 collections of Planned Parenthood supporters turned out, ranging in size from dozens to thousands at parks, government buildings, and clinics in 45 states, and oftentimes even outnumbered the amount of anti-abortion protesters.

Advocates Urge Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to Protect and Enforce Title IX

People across the country today are participating in a national day of action, calling the Department of Education to ask that new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos uphold the civil rights of all students by protecting and enforcing Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally-funded education programs.

Threats and Violence Against Abortion Providers Has Skyrocketed, According to FMF Survey

The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) has released the results of the 2016 National Clinic Violence Survey, an analysis of the anti-abortion violence, intimidation and harassment that occurred at women’s health clinics across the country in the first six months of 2016.

Afghanistan Sees Increase in Conflict Related Civilian Casualties

According to the UNAMA annual report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, civilian casualties in Afghanistan increased by 3.7% last year, comprising 11,418 conflict-related civilian casualties with 3,498 killed and 7,920 injured. Since 2009 the conflict in Afghanistan has claimed the lives of 24,841 civilians and injured 45,347.

Arizona May Soon Require Abortion Providers to Check for “Evidence of Life”

Abortion providers and advocates are concerned that this bill will further the undue burdens placed on providers, preventing safe and legal access to abortion services.

Over One-Third of U.S. Abortion Clinics Experience Severe Violence and Harassment According to New Feminist Majority Foundation Survey

The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) today released the results from the 2016 National Clinic Violence Survey, finding that severe anti-abortion violence and threats of violence against women’s health clinics have skyrocketed since 2014.

Senate Leaders, Workers, and Advocates Call for Withdrawal of Puzder Nomination for Labor Secretary

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined with fast food workers and advocates to call for the withdrawal of Andrew Puzder as nominee for Secretary of Labor.

Jeff Sessions Confirmed as Attorney General

On Wednesday evening, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions was confirmed as US Attorney General with a final vote of 52-47, after nearly thirty hours of debate, during which Democratic senators voiced their strong opposition to Sessions’ confirmation.

Betsy DeVos Confirmed as Secretary of the Department of Education

“This is the first time in American history that a Vice President has ever had make a tie-breaking vote to confirm a Cabinet nominee, showing just how weak DeVos’ position really is,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation. “Every single Senator who voted “Yes” is personally responsible for the deciding vote, and...

Boy Scouts Drops Ban on Admitting Transgender Boys

Moving forward, the program will base admission off of the gender listed by the child or parent on the application, rather than the sex listed on the child’s birth certificate, as was the practice previously.

Treasury Secretary Nominee Mnuchin to Have Confirmation Vote this Week

“Mnuchin profited off of kicking people out of their homes and then gave false testimony about his bank’s abusive practices,” said Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). “He cannot be trusted to make decisions about policies as personal to working Ohioans as their taxes and retirement.”

Arkansas Governor Signs Offensive and Dangerous Anti-Abortion Bill

Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas recently signed into law a bill that allows the husband of a woman seeking an abortion to sue his wife’s doctor, either for monetary gain or in order to place an injunction on the procedure, essentially allowing a man to refuse his partner access to an abortion.

Republicans Suspend Committee Rules to Move Forward with Price Nomination

On Wednesday morning, the Republican controlled Senate Finance Committee suspended the rules of quorum, which require at least one member of each party to be present for a vote, and pushed through Tom Price’s nomination to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services, sending it to the full Senate for a vote.

Neil Gorsuch, Dangerous for Women, Nominated to Supreme Court

Thought to be even more conservative than Scalia, Gorsuch considers himself to be an originalist, meaning he attempts to interpret the Constitution as it was written by the founders, a fact that leaves many women’s rights activists concerned, as the 19th amendment granting the right to vote is the only explicit Constitutional protection for women....

Executive Order Barring Muslims and Refugees from Entering the U.S. Sparks Outrage

Last week, President Trump issued an executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation From Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals” banning the entry of people from seven Muslim-majority countries into the Unites States.

DeVos Nomination Moves Forward as Price and Sessions Remain in Committee

Tuesday morning, three Senate Committees met to vote on whether to report nominations for the attorney general, secretary of health and human services and secretary of education to the Senate floor for a full vote.

EACH Woman Act Reintroduced in Congress

The EACH Woman Act would prohibit federal, state and local governments from passing laws that restrict private health insurance companies from offering abortion care, and restore abortion insurance coverage to the 28 million women who receive health insurance through the federal government and are currently denied coverage for an abortion procedure through the 1976 Hyde...