Feminist Newswire

Kentucky Supreme Court Ruling Creates Further Setback for Abortion Access

In August, the Kentucky Supreme Court upheld a Kentucky Court of Appeals ruling, creating further setbacks for women seeking an abortion in the state. The effort to reopen the EMW Women’s Clinic located in Lexington was denied over a licensing dispute with the State Cabinet for Health and Family Services. This makes EMW Women’s Surgical...

A New Clinic is Opening in Oklahoma City

There is a new women’s clinic opening this weekend in Oklahoma City, a city that for years has been the largest metropolitan area in the country without an abortion provider.

Lawmakers Push for Zika Funding Bill that Protects Family Planning

Yesterday, the Senate blocked the House’s inadequate Zika response bill that would cut funding for Planned Parenthood.

Senate Fight on Zika Funding Continues

After a seven-week-long recess, Congress returns to work today, with the Senate expected to vote on funding to combat the Zika virus

Thousands Join Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to Protest Oil Pipeline

Thousands of protesters have been gathering at the Cannonball River on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to stop construction of a $3.7 billion oil pipeline that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says will endanger its main water supply.

New Jersey Governor Vetoes $15 Minimum Wage

This week New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have raised the state’s minimum wage from $8.38 to $15 dollars an hour by 2021.

Supreme Court Will Not Revive North Carolina Voter Restriction Laws

Yesterday the Supreme Court deadlocked over North Carolina’s appeal to revive parts of the state’s 2013 voting laws that were recently struck down by a federal appeals court.

Purvi Patel Released from Prison Today

Purvi Patel, the woman whose 20 year feticide conviction for self-inducing an abortion was recently overturned by the Indiana Court of Appeals, was released from jail this morning.

California Works to Close Rape Law Loophole

This week the California Assembly unanimously passed a bill that would establish a mandatory minimum sentence of three years in prison for anyone convicted of raping an unconscious person.

North Carolina is Still Trying to Suppress Voting

In the wake of July’s federal appeals court ruling overturning the majority of North Carolina’s 2013 election laws, the state’s 100 local election boards, all comprised of one Democrat and two Republicans, have had to file their own respective election rules with the state, and critics are calling them equally as egregious as the original...

Small Victory in Fight Against North Carolina’s Bathroom Bill

Last week federal judge Thomas Schroeder blocked the University of North Carolina from enforcing the state’s HB 2 law’s transgender bathroom restriction only in the cases of the three plaintiffs, two students at UNC and a North Carolina Central University law professor.

Another Light Sentence for a White Male Athlete Who Raped Two Classmates

Another judge has handed down a light sentence to a young man charged with two counts of rape and one count of indecent battery and assault after raping two of his high school classmates.

Today is the 96th Anniversary of the Adoption of the 19th Amendment

Today is Women’s Equality Day, the 96th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th amendment into the Constitution, outlawing voter discrimination on the basis of sex.

Burkini Ban Suspended by a Top French Court

A top French court today suspended the controversial burkini ban in a test case brought by a human rights group against a small beach town near Nice.

Update on American University of Afghanistan Attack

On Wednesday armed militants stormed the grounds housing the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, killing at least 14 people and wounding more than 35 others during the ten hour long siege.

California Assembly Passes Bill to Eliminate Statute of Limitations for Felony Sex Crimes

The California Assembly unanimously passed a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations for prosecuting rape and other felony sex crimes.

Attack Underway at American University of Afghanistan

The American University of Afghanistan in Kabul is currently under attack, reportedly by the Taliban.

Stanford’s Ban on Hard Alcohol Sends the Wrong Message About Sexual Assault

This past Monday, Stanford University banned hard alcohol from undergraduate parties and residences in the wake of the national outrage following the Brock Turner sexual assault case.

Texas Maternal Death Rate Doubles in Wake of Family Planning Funding Cuts

Maternal mortality rates in Texas almost doubled between 2010 and 2012, according to a new study by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Anti-Abortion Laws Permanently Blocked in Florida

Last week a Florida district court judge issued a permanent block on two provisions that would have prohibited Planned Parenthood from receiving state or local funding, and would have forced all women’s health organizations that offer abortion services to undergo annual clinic inspections.