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Domestic Violence Victims May Now Qualify For Asylum in the US

Domestic Violence Victims May Now Qualify For Asylum in the US

The Justice Department's Board of Immigration Appeals ruled for the first time on Tuesday that a victim of domestic violence fit a specific criterion for asylum: persecution for membership in a particular social group.
Terry O'Neill Was One of Hundreds Arrested Calling for Immigration Reform at White House Rally

Terry O’Neill Was One of Hundreds Arrested Calling for Immigration Reform at White House Rally

O'Neill was arrested during El Dia Decisivo, a civil disobedience action led by Casa de Maryland and the newly formed Casa de Virginia. She spoke to the Feminist Newswire just hours after being released from custody.
New California Law Takes Military Sexual Assault Cases Out of the Chain of Command

New California Law Takes Military Sexual Assault Cases Out of the Chain of Command

The law also now requires the California Military Department to report annually to the state government on sexual assault incidences and prevention plans.
Illinois Expands Medicaid Funding for Contraception in Wake of Hobby Lobby

Illinois Expands Medicaid Funding for Contraception in Wake of Hobby Lobby

The Illinois Family Planning Action Plan would increase the amount of money set aside for health care organizations providing reproductive health care.
New Report Urges US Military to Allow Transgender Personnel to Serve Openly

New Report Urges US Military to Allow Transgender Personnel to Serve Openly

A recent report has concluded that the US military has the resources it needs to allow transgender personnel to serve openly. Unfortunately, military policies don't allow them to do so.
Senator Boxer Pushes for Sexual Assault Victim's Advocates at California Universities

Senator Boxer Pushes for Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocates at California Universities

Senator Barbara Boxer urged California universities to create independent sexual assault victim's advocates on their campuses in a letter sent out on Tuesday.
California Legislature Votes to Restrict Sterilization of Prison Inmates

California Legislature Votes to Restrict Sterilization of Prison Inmates

The bill now awaits Governor Jerry Brown's signature. If he does not sign it within 12 days, it will go into effect by default.
Study Highlights Disparities in Well-Being for Girls in Southern States

Study Highlights Disparities in Well-Being for Girls in Southern States

A recent report by the Girl Scouts Research Institute shows that the Midwest, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic are the best regions of the United States to raise girls, while the South - specifically Mississippi, Arkansas, and Georgia - is the worst.
White House Releases New Rules Governing Birth Control Mandate

White House Releases New Rules Governing Birth Control Mandate

Tthe White House released new health insurance rules Friday for nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses to comply with the Supreme Court's ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby earlier this summer.
More Investment in Women's Health Needed as Africa's Population Rises

More Investment in Women’s Health Needed as Africa’s Population Rises

Africa's population could reach four billion by 2100. As the population grows, more investment in maternal health and family planning resources will be needed to ensure women's health.
$92 Million Project Will Improve Higher Education in Afghanistan

$92 Million Project Will Improve Higher Education in Afghanistan

The US Agency for International Development announced a $92 million project to improve the higher education system in Afghanistan last week.
California Reverses Decision Allowing Catholic Colleges to Refuse to Cover Abortion

California Reverses Decision Allowing Catholic Colleges to Refuse to Cover Abortion

The state of California had previously allowed insurance companies on two campuses to deny abortion coverage. On Friday, Governor Jerry Brown's Department of Managed Health Care reversed that decision.
Advocates Seek to Block Louisiana TRAP Law in Federal Suit

Advocates Seek to Block Louisiana TRAP Law in Federal Suit

Friday, the Center for Reproductive Rights joined a federal lawsuit challenging a Louisiana TRAP law set to take effect September 1.
Moral Mondays Movement Expands to Other States for the "Moral Week of Action"

Moral Mondays Movement Expands to Other States for the “Moral Week of Action”

The Moral Mondays movement has announced a Moral Week of Action taking place from August 22 to 28 that will include events and protests in 11 additional states.
Supreme Court Blocks Marriage Equality in Virginia

Supreme Court Blocks Marriage Equality in Virginia

The US Supreme Court granted a request Wednesday that delays a decision that would have allowed same-sex couples to start getting married this week in Virginia.
Ohio TRAP Law Forces Cincinnati Clinic to Shut Down

Ohio TRAP Law Forces Cincinnati Clinic to Shut Down

The Greater Cincinnati, Ohio area will lose one of its abortion providers today when the Lebanon Road Surgery Center closes its doors. The clinic closure is another loss for Ohio women whose access to comprehensive reproductive care has been limited by a 2013 TRAP law. The Lebanon Road Surgery Center in Sharonville, Ohio once provided 2,000 abortions a...
Flexible Work Requests Produce "Fatherhood Bonus" and Motherhood Penalty

Flexible Work Requests Produce “Fatherhood Bonus” and Motherhood Penalty

Whereas men are rewarded at work for trying to help out at home, women continue to be penalized. The reason? Entrenched gender stereotypes.
Reproductive Justice Activists Testify Before UN About Health Care Discrimination

Reproductive Justice Activists Testify Before UN About Health Care Discrimination

A joint study by three major women's health advocacy groups calls attention to the overwhelming disparity in health outcomes for women of color in the United States. The results of the study are now under the consideration of the United Nations.
Ugandan President Signs Law Making HIV Transmission Illegal

Ugandan President Signs Law Making HIV Transmission Illegal

Provisions of the law include possible imprisonment of HIV-positive individuals, a ten-year prison sentence and fine for the "intentional transmission of HIV," a five-year prison sentence for "attempted transmission of HIV," and compulsory testing in some situations.
STATEMENT: Eleanor Smeal Calls for a Special Prosecutor, Police Reform in Ferguson

STATEMENT: Eleanor Smeal Calls for a Special Prosecutor, Police Reform in Ferguson

As feminists, as advocates for racial justice and non-violence, we cannot rest until all people – no matter who they are – can enjoy the right to life, liberty, and justice.