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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.

House Approves Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood, Repeal Affordable Care Act

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted 240-181 in favor of a measure to defund Planned Parenthood for one year and repeal key provisions in the Affordable Care Act. The bill will most certainly meet a presidential veto.
FMF Calls on House Select Investigative Panel to Re-Direct Its Focus to Anti-Abortion Violence or Disband

FMF Calls on House Select Investigative Panel to Re-Direct Its Focus to Anti-Abortion Violence or Disband

Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) President, Eleanor Smeal, today called on the House Select Investigative Panel of the Energy and Commerce Committee to either redirect its focus to violence against abortion providers, or to disband.
House Republicans to Launch New Select Committee to Investigate Planned Parenthood as Attacks on Clinics Continue

House Republicans to Launch New Select Committee to Investigate Planned Parenthood as Attacks on Clinics Continue

House Republicans will assemble a new select committee to investigate Planned Parenthood. Meanwhile, two Planned Parenthood clinics in two different states have been set on fire in apparent arson.
Congress Passes a Continuing Resolution, Avoids Government Shutdown For Now

Congress Passes a Continuing Resolution, Avoids Government Shutdown For Now

Congress passed a continuing resolution hours before the midnight deadline, avoiding a shutdown and protecting funding for Planned Parenthood.
PPFA President Agrees to Testify Before House Committee; House Dems Demand CMP Testify, Too

PPFA President Agrees to Testify Before House Committee; House Dems Demand CMP Testify, Too

Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards has agreed to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which is chaired by Reps. John Chaffetz (R-UT). The House Committee is “investigating” allegations against Planned Parenthood after the release of highly edited and misleading videos from anti-choice group calling itself the Center for...
The White House Launches College Scorecard System

The White House Launches College Scorecard System

The Obama Administration unveiled a new College Scorecard this weekend that ranks colleges and universities across the country, aiming to empower students in their college search.
White House Hires First Openly Transgender Official

White House Hires First Openly Transgender Official

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan has made history this morning when President Obama appointed her to serve as an official in the White House.
Senate Democrats Protect Funding for Planned Parenthood

Senate Democrats Protect Funding for Planned Parenthood

Senate Bill 1881 would have slashed $528 million in federal funds from Planned Parenthood.
The Senate is Voting on Planned Parenthood Funding Today

The Senate is Voting on Planned Parenthood Funding Today

Sponsored by Republican Senator Joni Ernst, Senate Bill 1881 would prohibit all Federal funding of Planned Parenthood or "any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, or clinics."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood

A vote to eliminate all federal funding to the national organization fell short of the votes necessary for such an action.
President Obama's Definition of Rape is a Sign of Progress

President Obama’s Definition of Rape is a Sign of Progress

President Obama was recently asked about Bill Cosby - and in his answer, gave a modern definition of consent that has feminists across the country applauding.
The EACH Woman Act Expanding Abortion Access Was Just Introduced in Congress

The EACH Woman Act Expanding Abortion Access Was Just Introduced in Congress

Congresswomen Barbara Lee, Jan Schakowsky, and Diana DeGette today introduced the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act, which would lift restrictions on health insurance coverage for abortion.
Supreme Court Ruling Prevents Gerrymandering

Supreme Court Ruling Prevents Gerrymandering

In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Ginsburg this morning, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona's Independent Redistricting Commission, allowing the use of independent state commissions to draw federal congressional districts and taking that power away from the state legislature.
The Supreme Court Just Saved Texas' Abortion Clinics

The Supreme Court Just Saved Texas’ Abortion Clinics

The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 today to put a temporary hold on a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that would have closed all but 9 of the state’s abortion clinics in Texas. The order from the Supreme Court comes in response to an emergency request filed by women’s health care providers on...
Supreme Court Declares Marriage Equality a Constitutional Right

Supreme Court Declares Marriage Equality a Constitutional Right

In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Anthony Kennedy this morning, the Supreme Court of the United States declared that same-sex couples fundamentally have equal protections under the Constitution.
The Supreme Court Fair Housing Ruling is a Civil Rights Victory

The Supreme Court Fair Housing Ruling is a Civil Rights Victory

The court in a 5-4 decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy upheld the use of disparate impact claims under the 1968 Fair Housing Act, which bans housing discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin.
Supreme Court Decides: Obamacare Lives

Supreme Court Decides: Obamacare Lives

In a momentous victory, the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” and protected access to health insurance for millions of families and individuals.
Senate Narrowly Approves of Vote for Fast Tracking the TPP

Senate Narrowly Approves of Vote for Fast Tracking the TPP

The Senate voted this morning to advance consideration of trade promotion authority, also known as “fast track” authority, for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), barely getting the 60 votes necessary to continue the bill. The cloture vote, which was needed in order to proceed with a vote on fast track authority for the TPP, was narrowly...
TPP "Fast Track" Headed Back to the Senate Again

TPP “Fast Track” Headed Back to the Senate Again

In what has become a procedural roller-coaster, the House voted 218 to 208 yesterday to pass Trade Promotion Authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.