Feminist Newswire

Civilians Attempt to Flee Amid Mass Casualties in Aleppo

Civilians in eastern Aleppo are attempting to evacuate today as militants allied with the Syrian government continually threaten the agreed upon ceasefire that would allow for innocents to flee the bombarded rebel-held neighborhoods.

Title X Protections Finalized during Obama Administration’s Last Days

Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services under the Obama administration finalized a regulation defending funding for family planning providers, such as Planned Parenthood, through Title X of the Public Health Service Act.

Ohio Governor Signs 20 Week Abortion Ban

Yesterday Governor John Kasich of Ohio signed into law a 20 week abortion ban, vetoing the “heartbeat bill” that had the potential to outlaw abortion as early as six weeks gestation based off the first detectable heartbeat.

Senators Introduce Bill to Protect Dreamers

Senators Dick Durban (D-IL) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC) have introduced legislation to protect from deportation over 740,000 young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

Texas Sued Over New Fetal Burial Requirement

Today the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas over their new rule requiring fetal tissue from an abortion or miscarriage to be either buried or cremated, a mandate that abortion rights activists say will increase both the cost and the stigma associated with abortion.

Bill to Protect Military Sexual Assault Survivors from Retaliation Heads to President’s Desk

On Thursday the Senate approved a bipartisan bill that seeks to address retaliation against service members who report sexual assault.

Climate Change Denier Selected to Lead the EPA

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, an avid climate change denier, fossil fuel supporter, and collaborator with oil and gas companies, has been selected to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban Awaits Governor’s Signature in Ohio

A bill that would outlaw abortion after the first detectable fetal heartbeat passed the Ohio legislature Tuesday and is awaiting signature on Governor John Kasich’s desk.

Texas Publishes Anti-Abortion Booklet Filled with Falsehoods and Lies

This week, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) released their newest edition of “A Woman’s Right to Know”, a booklet filled with factual inaccuracies and falsehoods required by state law to be given to women before undergoing an abortion.

Democratic Members of House Select Investigative Panel Release Report

The Democratic members on the Republican controlled House Select Panel investigating abortion providers released their own report on Monday, outlining independent findings from the over-a-yearlong investigation that is set to cost the American tax payers $1.5 million.

Bill Cosby’s Deposition Permitted as Evidence in Sexual Assault Case

On Monday, the judge presiding over Bill Cosby’s criminal case in Pennsylvania ruled that Cosby’s 2005 deposition testimony in which he admitted to drugging and taking advantage of young women can be used against him at trial.

Idaho Elementary School Found Non-Compliant with Title IX Due to Sex-Segregated Classrooms

Last week the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the US Department of Education (ED) determined that Idaho’s Middleton School District was in violation of Title IX for segregating elementary school students into all-girl and all-boy classrooms.

McCrory Concedes North Carolina Governor’s Race to Democratic Challenger

Today North Carolina’s incumbent governor, Pat McCrory, conceded to his Democratic challenger, Roy Cooper, becoming the first North Carolina governor to ever lose re-election and ending a month long contentious struggle for the future leadership of the state.

Temporary Relief for Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters

The Army Corps of Engineers announced yesterday that it would not permit the Dakota Access Pipeline to be drilled under Lake Oahe and will look for alternative routes, granting water protectors a “brief respite” in their months-long protest.

House Select Panel Investigating Abortion Providers Is Playing Politics to Increase Budget

Yesterday the dangerous House Select Panel investigating abortion providers recommended to the attorney general of Texas that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast be investigated for criminally selling fetal tissue.

“Abortion Reversal” Bill May Become Law in Utah

Utah Republican state lawmakers Keven Stratton and Curt Bramble are in the process of composing a bill that, if passed, would require doctors to notify their patients that medical abortion is reversible, an unproven claim lacking FDA verification.

Protests Against the Dakota Access Pipeline Continue Amid Police Violence

Today, thousands of military veterans arrived at the protest sites for the Dakota Access Pipeline to help protect the activists from the brutal police tactics allegedly being carried out against them.

On World AIDS Day, Leaders Are Called Upon to Recommit to Making an Impact

Globally, there are approximately 36.7 million people living with HIV/AIDS, though only 18.2 million were accessing antiretroviral therapy.

Texas Approves Rule Requiring Fetal Burial After Abortion

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services has approved new rules this week requiring clinics and doctors to bury or cremate fetal remains following an abortion.

Tom Price, Opponent of Abortion and Contraception Access, to lead Department of Health and Human Services

He has a 100 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee and a zero rating from Planned Parenthood.