Feminist Newswire

House Select Investigative Panel Holds First Hearing

The House Select Investigative Panel, formed after the release of deceptive, highly-edited videos falsely accusing Planned Parenthood of illegally selling fetal tissue, held its first hearing yesterday, the same day the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that will determine whether millions of Texas women will be able to access abortion.
Thousands Rally for Abortion Access at the U.S. Supreme Court

Thousands Rally for Abortion Access at the U.S. Supreme Court

At least two thousand pro-abortion rights activists rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as justices heard arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a challenge to the Texas TRAP law designed to close off access to abortion.

House Democrats Denounce Rep Blackburn’s Unilateral Use of Subpoenas Targeting Healthcare Providers

The six Democratic Members of the House Select Investigative Panel sent a letter to Chair Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Friday objecting to the Chair’s "abusive and unjustifiable" use of her subpoena authority to force healthcare providers and others to disclose the names of doctors, medical students, and clinic personnel.

Judge Orders Anti-Abortion Group to Cease Release of Secretly Recorded NAF Meetings

In a victory for abortion providers under attack from anti-abortion extremist group Center for Medical Progress, a United States District Court judge issued a preliminary injunction ordering the group and its leaders to halt the release of several surreptitiously-recorded videos filmed illegally at National Abortion Federation meetings.

US Military Generals Support Women’s Inclusion in the Draft

Just one month since opening combat roles to women, top US military officials have stated support for women's inclusion in the draft.

Zika Virus Raises Need for Increased Access to Reproductive Healthcare

As the Zika virus spreads, at least five countries have advised women to delay pregnancy, advice that many women’s rights advocates have criticized as unrealistic and offensive given restrictive abortion laws and the inaccessibility of birth control in many of the affected areas.

US Signs Controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

United States Trade Representative Michael Froman signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership today in New Zealand, formally ending negotiations on the trade deal.

House Fails to Override Veto of Measure to Defund Planned Parenthood and Repeal Affordable Care Act

The House of Representatives failed to gather enough votes yesterday to override President Obama’s veto of a measure that would have defunded Planned Parenthood for one year and repealed key provisions in the Affordable Care Act.

USAID Promote Program Graduates First Afghan Women Leaders

Afghan First Lady Rula Ghani delivered a commencement address in Kabul earlier this month to the first Afghan women graduates from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Women’s Leadership Development program.

White House Announces New Measures to Further Equal Pay

President Obama, on Friday, announced new steps his Administration is taking to help close the gender-race pay gap.

Obama Administration Announces Plan to Expand Lunch Program to Feed Children in Need

In an effort to address child hunger and food insecurity in the United States, the Obama Administration announced the launch of a pilot program that certifies students eligible for free or reduced-price in-school lunches automatically if their families' collect Medicaid benefits.

Taiwan Elects First Woman President

In a landslide victory, the leader of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen won the country's presidential election, becoming the first woman in Taiwan's history to hold the position.

Study Exposes ‘Gender Gap’ in Media Coverage of Reproductive Issues

A new study by the Women's Media Center has revealed more than half of news stories focusing on reproductive issues are written by men.

Anti-Abortion Extremists Behind Planned Parenthood Attack Videos Indicted

Two anti-abortion extremists responsible for last year’s misleading videos attacking Planned Parenthood have been indicted on criminal charges by a grand jury in Houston, Texas.
Holtzclaw Sentenced to 263 Years for Rape and Sexual Assault of Black Women

Holtzclaw Sentenced to 263 Years for Rape and Sexual Assault of Black Women

Former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw has been sentenced to 263 years in prison today for the rape and sexual assault of 13 Black women in 2013 and 2014.

PRESS RELEASE: Abortion Providers and Escorts Join with Rep. Donna F. Edwards and Reproductive Rights Leaders to Urge House Select Investigative Panel to Focus on Anti-Abortion Violence, or to Disband

On the eve of the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Feminist Majority Foundation joins Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-04), abortion providers, clinic escorts, patients, and a coalition of women’s groups to call on the House Select Investigative Panel to redirect its focus to anti-abortion clinic violence, harassment, and intimidation, or to disband.

Obama Declares State of Emergency in Flint Water Crisis

President Obama has declared a state of emergency in Flint, Michigan after a water contamination crisis produced a spike in lead poisoning and other health issues, including possibly Legionnaire’s disease, in the city

Missouri Politicians Introduce “All Lives Matter” Personhood Bill

In a startling misappropriation of the Black Lives Matter movement, anti-reproductive rights politicians in Missouri started off the new year by introducing the so-called “All Lives Matter Act” – a bill designed to strengthen Missouri’s already existing personhood law.

NC Abortion Providers Must Now Submit Ultrasounds to State Officials

A North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to submit an ultrasound to state officials for every abortion and induced miscarriage performed after the 16th week of pregnancy took effect on January 1.

China Arrests Prominent Human Rights Lawyer for State Subversion

A prominent human rights lawyer in China was formally arrested and charged with state subversion on Wednesday. Wang Yu’s arrest comes as Chinese state officials continue to crackdown on activists and lawyers engaging in rights defense work.