Feminist Newswire

Trump’s Request for Global Gender Equity Program Details Leaves Many Fearing for their Future

This week the Trump transition team requested documents from the State Department outlining the details of their programs aimed at promoting gender equality, sending shock-waves through the Department and advocacy communities over fears that the programs might be cut.

President Obama Permanently Blocks Offshore Drilling in Regions of the Arctic and Atlantic

The ban is set to safeguard 115 million acres of U.S. government owned portions of the Arctic Ocean as well as 3.8 million acres of the Atlantic Ocean.

Afghanistan Women’s Advancement: Progress Report

Despite the persistent Taliban terrorist attacks, Afghanistan is a nation that continues to make considerable progress.

North Carolina State Lawmakers Embroiled in Partisan Controversies

The hostility between Republicans and Democrats in North Carolina has been ongoing since the contested election in November, when Governor McCrory refused to concede the election to Cooper, asserting without evidence that the election had been tampered through widespread voter fraud.

University of Minnesota Football Team Ends Boycott after Rape Details Released

Their decision to play in the Holiday Bowl Game came after the University’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action released an 80-page report on Friday detailing the gang rape of a female student on September 2.

Federal Government Blocks Mining Plans Near Boundary Waters in Minnesota

Last week the Department of Interior and the Department of Agriculture declined to renew a lease for a copper-nickel mine near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness over concerns that the mine could contaminate the area’s network of lakes, streams, and wetlands.

Texas Fetal Burial Rule Temporarily Blocked

The fetal burial rule approved by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge.

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.