Feminist Newswire

Hearing Begins in Case of Anti-Abortion Group Versus Virginia

The Feminist Majority Foundation and other members of the reproductive healthcare community were in front of the Henrico County Circuit Court to show support for the Board of Health’s decision and solidarity with the women of Virginia.

Senate Democrats Skeptical of Health and Human Services Nominee

During Texas doctor Brett Giroir’s testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, he failed to defend the right of all qualified reproductive health providers to receive federal funding.

Two Controversial Bills to Watch in Texas’s Special Legislative Session

There is less than nine days left in Texas’s special legislative session and two of the most controversial bills being considered have yet to make it to the Governor’s desk for signature.

Government Scientists Fear Trump Administration Will Cover Up Climate Change Report

On Tuesday, the New York Times received a draft of a not-yet-public report on climate change written by scientists from thirteen different federal agencies. The report, which is currently awaiting approval by the Trump administration, paints a bleak picture of the effects of climate change and the role that humans have played in its escalation....

Chilean Congress Votes to Ease Strict Abortion Ban

The bill that passed through the lower congressional house last week will allow abortions in circumstances of deadly birth defects, risk of the mother’s life, and rape.

Court Rules 16 Year Old Recruit Not Protected Under Title IX

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a 16 year old girl who was sexually assaulted while on a college recruitment overnight does not have grounds to sue the university under Title IX because at the time of her assault she was not a student enrolled at the school.

Texas’s Dangerous Plan for Women Being Reviewed by Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is currently considering a waiver that would allow Texas to receive federal Medicaid family planning funds despite the state’s refusal to follow federal law by banning providers who offer abortion care, like Planned Parenthood, from receiving federal Medicaid family planning funds. Texas also wants HHS permission to impose...
Rhode Island Bans LGBTQ Youth "Conversion Therapy"

Rhode Island Bans LGBTQ Youth “Conversion Therapy”

Earlier this year, over 100 people testified in support of the law which prohibits conversion therapy providers from advertising to those under 18 or practicing conversion therapy on those under 18. However, adults can still undergo conversion therapy if they choose.
Trump Administration Pulls Funding for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs

Trump Administration Pulls Funding for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs

During the Obama presidency, the Department of Health’s Office of Adolescent Health issued five-year research grants as part of its Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP). But programs funded by the TPPP received word in mid-July that their grants would be terminated two years early. The loss of federal funds will prevent researchers from analyzing...
Today is Black Women's Equal Pay Day

Today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day

On July 31st, Americans recognize Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, the date that marks how far into the year 2017 that black women have to work to earn the same amount of money that white men earned during 2016 alone. The date is a jarring reminder of the persistence of racial and gender pay inequity;...
DOJ Says LGBT People Not Protected from Employment Discrimination Under Title VII

DOJ Says LGBT People Not Protected from Employment Discrimination Under Title VII

The friend-of-the-court brief will be considered when the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals hears the case of Zarda v. Altitude Express, in which the plaintiff alleges that he was fired from his job in 2010 because he is gay.
Senate Republicans Try and Fail to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

Senate Republicans Try and Fail to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

This week Senate Republican leadership tried and failed to pass every version of their healthcare plans, known as Trumpcare, granting a victory to progressive advocates and Democratic Senators who fought for the last six months, and the last seven years, to defend the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid funding.
Funding Allocated for Ambassador for Global Women's Issues

Funding Allocated for Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues

This week Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) successfully amended the State Department funding bill for fiscal year 2018 to preserve funding for the position of Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues for which funding had been originally excluded. The amendment was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and now heads to the Senate floor for a...
Trump Plans to Reinstate Ban on Transgender Troops

Trump Plans to Reinstate Ban on Transgender Troops

President Trump announced via Twitter on Wednesday morning that he plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals serving military “in any capacity” in the United States military. There are currently 1,320 to 6,630 transgender people serving in the military.
Senate Healthcare Bill Hits Parliamentarian Road Blocks

Senate Healthcare Bill Hits Parliamentarian Road Blocks

Republicans will need 60 votes in the Senate to move forward with some of the worst provisions for women’s health included in their Trumpcare plan, including the defunding of Planned Parenthood, restrictions on abortion coverage, the continuous coverage penalty, and elimination of the guarantee of essential health benefits for Medicaid, among others.
Motion for Temporary Restraining Order Filed Against Anti-Abortion Extremists Heading to Kentucky

Motion for Temporary Restraining Order Filed Against Anti-Abortion Extremists Heading to Kentucky

Just days before Operation Rescue/Operation Save America (OR/OSA) plans to bring hundreds of protestors to Louisville, Kentucky to blockade the state’s only remaining clinic providing abortions, the United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky has filed for a court order prohibiting OSA participants from physically blocking or interfering with EMW Women’s Surgical Center....
Afghan Girls' Robotics Team Competes in International Competition

Afghan Girls’ Robotics Team Competes in International Competition

The Afghan girls’ robotics team that struggled to get U.S. approval to enter the country for an international competition were granted silver medals on Tuesday for their “courageous achievement”.
DeVos Meets with Men's Rights Activists Trying to Dismantle Title IX

DeVos Meets with Men’s Rights Activists Trying to Dismantle Title IX

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos met for 90 minutes with survivors of campus sexual assault last week, and then went on to a meeting with men’s rights activists to discuss dismantling Title IX enforcement guidelines that combat campus sexual assault. The men meeting with DeVos claim to be victims of false accusations of campus assault....
Women's March Organizes Peaceful Protest in Response to NRA Videos

Women’s March Organizes Peaceful Protest in Response to NRA Videos

Last Friday, the Women’s March and several other organizations participated in a 17-mile, two-day rally in the Washington, D.C. area to protest the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) promotion of violence against progressive activists—especially women and people of color—in two recent incendiary videos, as well as the lack of action the NRA took in response to...
Afghan Female Pilot Flies Around the World to Inspire Women

Afghan Female Pilot Flies Around the World to Inspire Women

Shaesta Waiza, the youngest certified female pilot from Afghanistan and the founder of Dreams Soar, is flying around the world to serve as an inspiration for other women and girls.