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VAWA Could Brought Up In House Next Week

VAWA Could Brought Up In House Next Week

  The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) could be brought up in the House of Representatives as early as next week. According to news reports, House Republican leadership are poised to bring VAWA to the floor for discussion. As of now it is unclear if they will bring the inclusive version passed by the Senate...
IL Same-Sex Marriage Bill Advances to House

IL Same-Sex Marriage Bill Advances to House

The Illinois state Senate voted 32 to 21 in favor of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage on Thursday. The law would redefine marriage as the legal union of two people, not specifically a man and a woman. It would also convert civil unions to marriages within a year’s time. Religious institutions and individuals...
President Obama Issues State of the Union Address

President Obama Issues State of the Union Address

In his first State of the Union message since his reelection, President Obama urged quick passage of legislation the women’s movement has supported for many years. This legislation includes: passage by the House of the Senate’s Violence against Women Reauthorization, for Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act (which was filibustered in the Senate by...
IN Community Calls for "Traditional" Prom Banning Gay Students

IN Community Calls for “Traditional” Prom Banning Gay Students

Students, parents, and faculty at Sullivan High School in Sullivan, Indiana, are rallying to create a “traditional” prom that would exclude gay students. The group met last Sunday at Sullivan First Christian Church to plan and created a Facebook invite-only group to discuss the event. The group has since been taken down, though screenshots of...
Family Medical Leave Act Turns Twenty

Family Medical Leave Act Turns Twenty

Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which grants job-protected sick leave to those who are recovering or taking care of someone recovering from an illness or those who have had a new child. The FMLA was signed into law on February 5, 1993 by President Bill Clinton and is...
FDA Will Not Challenge Plan B Vending Machine

FDA Will Not Challenge Plan B Vending Machine

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will not take action against a Pennsylvania college that has a vending machine in the student health center that dispense the morning-after pill. Shippensburg University began dispensing Plan-B, the brand name for an emergency contraceptive pill that can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex, in a...
Paul Ryan Co-Sponsors House Personhood Bill

Paul Ryan Co-Sponsors House Personhood Bill

Conservative Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), along with 16 other representatives, have co-sponsored the “Sanctity of Human Life Act,” which would give full person rights to a human embryo. The “Sanctity of Human Life Act” was originally introduced in 2011 by Representative Paul Broun (R-GA). Brounreintroduced the bill early in the new congressional session. The bill establishes that “the...
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First At-Home HIV Test Approved by FDA

The FDA approved the first at-home HIV test this past Tuesday. The OraQuick test, manufactured by OraSure, uses a mouth swab to provide test results within 20 to 40 minutes. Advocates in the HIV/AIDS community are praising the potential effects of the test on lowering infection rates. Transmission rates of HIV can be lowered by...

Perpetrators don’t discriminate, so why does Congress?

By: Maggie Fridinger,  Program and Policy Intern National Council of Women’s Organizations Every 9 seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten in the United States.  One in four women are subjected to violence during their lifetime. Perpetrators do not discriminate in their acts of violence. Women are exposed to domestic violence regardless of race, sexual...