Feminist Newswire

President Signs Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights

Today, President Obama signed into law the Sexual Assault Survivors Rights Act, establishing a set of guidelines for the federal government handles forensic evidence gathered after a person reports a sexual assault, otherwise known as a rape kit.

Canadian Police Head Apologizes to Female Officers for Years of Harassment

Yesterday the head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Bob Paulsen, issued a public apology to hundreds of women who had faced sexual harassment and discrimination while on the force.

Oklahoma Supreme Court Blocks Newest Anti-Abortion Law

Tuesday marked a victory for reproductive rights in the state of Oklahoma, as the Oklahoma Supreme Court unanimously voted to permanently block an anti-abortion law with numerous provisions, finding it in violation of the state constitution's “single-subject rule” that restricts every bill before the legislature to one subject.

Pakistan Tightens Law on “Honor” Killings

Today Pakistani lawmakers passed a law that will mandate a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison for those convicted of honor killings.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Guns in Abusive Homes

The chance of a woman in an abusive household being killed by her partner quintuples when a gun is in the home.

Polish Protests Stop Proposal to Ban All Abortions, But Activists Look Ahead

Poland’s conservative leadership indicated that it would no longer support a total abortion ban after thousands of women took to the streets Monday, boycotting school and work to protest the proposed law.

Planned Parenthood Protected from Medicaid Restrictions in Arkansas

Reproductive health care was protected last week in Arkansas when a U.S. District Court Judge issued a preliminary injunction, temporarily prohibiting blocks on Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood.

Iranian Women’s Rights Activist Sentenced

Iranian women’s rights activist Narges Mohammadi’s controversial 16 year prison sentence handed down last May was upheld this past week on appeal.

Planned Parenthood to Proceed with Federal Lawsuit Against Center for Medical Progress

Last week, in a victory for reproductive rights advocates, a federal judge in California refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood against the so-called Center for Medical Progress (CMP), the anti-abortion group responsible for the discredited videos released last year that falsely accused the women’s healthcare organization of illegally selling fetal tissue.

Guaranteed Legal Aid May Become a Reality for Low-Income Tenants in New York

Last week the New York City Council held a hearing concerning a bill that would guarantee low-income tenants a lawyer, provided by the Office of Civil Justice, when facing eviction charges.

California Terminates Statute of Limitations in Wake of Cosby Allegations

Last week California Gov. Jerry Brown approved the Justice for Victims Act, which will eliminate the state’s statute of limitations for prosecuting rape and other felony sex crimes.

LGBTQ Celebratory Festival Cancelled in Haiti

An Afro-Caribbean LGBTQ festival scheduled to occur in Haiti was cancelled this past Tuesday in response to eminent terror threats involving arson and death, as well as a ban by a governmental official.

California Enacts New Protections for Child Sex Trafficking Victims

More than half a dozen bills protecting child victims of sex trafficking were signed into law on Monday by California Governor Jerry Brown, including one that ensures minors cannot be criminally charged with prostitution.

Remembering Life Before Roe

This week as we raise awareness about the Hyde Amendment and the millions of women who face monumental barriers to abortion access because of how they get their health insurance, it’s important to remember why the United States moved to legalize abortion in the first place.

The EACH Woman Act Would Give 28 Million Women Access to Abortion Coverage

The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act was introduced in Congress 14 months ago in an effort to make insurance coverage for abortion available to all women, regardless of income, type of insurance or zip code.

Congresswoman Schakowsky Decries the Dangerous Tactics of the House Select Investigative Panel

Today Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky delivered a speech on the floor of the House denouncing the dangerous Select Investigative Panel that has been spending taxpayer dollars investigating the bogus allegations made by the so-called Center for Medical Progress (CMP) against abortion providers.

Texas Placed Under Federal Supervision, Tries to Reinstate Draconian Voter ID Law

On Friday, Texas’ Attorney General filed a petition requesting that the United States Supreme Court reinstate the state’s draconian voter ID law, SB 14, following the remarkable move by a US District judge to put Texas under court supervision.

Pentagon Approves Gender-Affirming Surgery for Troops

Last week the Pentagon announced that they would cover gender-affirming surgery for active duty troops on a case-by-case basis after a recommendation by a physician and approval by senior officials.

United for Coverage Week of Action Leads up to Hyde Anniversary

Today marks the first day of the first-ever United for Coverage Week of Action to repeal the 1976 Hyde Amendment.

Recognizing the Barriers to Family Planning on World Contraception Day

Today is World Contraception Day, a time when the international community comes together to recognize the barriers and cultural impediments that restrict access to family planning.