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DC City Council Unanimously Approves Reproductive Health Anti-Discrimination Bill

DC City Council Unanimously Approves Reproductive Health Anti-Discrimination Bill

Wednesday, the Washington, DC City Council unanimously passed a bill that will prohibit employer interference in the reproductive health decisions of their employees. The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014 was first introduced by DC Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large), just ahead of the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of for-profit retail chain Hobby Lobby this...
New Jersey is Inching Closer to Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Statewide

New Jersey is Inching Closer to Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Statewide

The Assembly Budget Committee of the New Jersey state legislature approved a paid sick leave bill Monday by a 6-4 vote.
Federal Lawsuit Challenges the Wisconsin Law That's Putting Pregnant Women in Prison

Federal Lawsuit Challenges the Wisconsin Law That’s Putting Pregnant Women in Prison

Wisconsin is just one of several states that effectively suspend the civil rights of pregnant women in the name of protecting against fetal harm.
World Health Organization Calls For an End to "Virginity Tests"

World Health Organization Calls For an End to “Virginity Tests”

In the handbook, WHO stated that virginity tests used on women and girls to "prove" virginity have "no scientific validity" and pointed out that the tests violate international human rights standards against degrading treatment and are a form of discrimination against women.
Supreme Court Hears Pregnancy Discrimination Case While Advocates Rally Outside

Supreme Court Hears Pregnancy Discrimination Case While Advocates Rally Outside

The US Supreme Court heard the arguments in Young v. United Parcel Service case this morning. Young’s case was bolstered by a rally held outside the Supreme Court during the hearing.
On World AIDS Day, UN Women Calls for Fast-Tracking Gender Equality to Stem Epidemic

On World AIDS Day, UN Women Calls for Fast-Tracking Gender Equality to Stem Epidemic

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka reminded the international community that to end AIDS, we must first work to eradicate gender inequality.
Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law

Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law

The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider a panel decision blocking enforcement of a Mississippi law that threatened to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state.
Maternal Death Rate in West Africa Expected to Rise Due to Ebola

Maternal Death Rate in West Africa Expected to Rise Due to Ebola

One in seven women could die during childbirth in the West African countries most impacted by the Ebola crisis.
Over 50 Women Hospitalized and 12 Dead in India After Botched Mass Sterilization at Government-Run Camp

Over 50 Women Hospitalized and 12 Dead in India After Botched Mass Sterilization at Government-Run Camp

Although four health officials, including one man who received an award last year for having performed 50,000 sterilization procedures, have been suspended, the Indian government denies claims of negligence.
Doctors Warn That Measure 1 Would End In Vitro Fertilization in North Dakota

Doctors Warn That Measure 1 Would End In Vitro Fertilization in North Dakota

Doctors at North Dakota's only clinic offering in vitro fertilization are speaking out to warn voters that Measure 1, a proposed personhood amendment in the state, would make the practice illegal.
Study Finds Abortion Restrictions Adversely Impact Women's Health Outcomes

Study Finds Abortion Restrictions Adversely Impact Women’s Health Outcomes

The groups say lawmakers' insistence that anti-abortion legislation is intended to protect women's health is fundamentally flawed rhetoric.
Experts Recommend IUDs and Contraceptive Implants for Sexually Active Teenagers

Experts Recommend IUDs and Contraceptive Implants for Sexually Active Teenagers

Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggested sexually active teenagers use contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices over other forms of birth control.
States Refusing to Expand Medicaid Face Increased Costs and Larger Uninsured Populations

States Refusing to Expand Medicaid Face Increased Costs and Larger Uninsured Populations

According to new data, seven of the 11 major metropolitan areas with rates of uninsured people higher than the national average are in states that have rejected Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
New Legislation Would Improve Access to Emergency Contraception for Survivors of Sexual Assault

New Legislation Would Improve Access to Emergency Contraception for Survivors of Sexual Assault

The Emergency Contraception Access and Education Act of 2014 would require hospitals that receive federal funding - including Catholic hospitals - to tell sexual assault survivors that emergency contraception is available to them and to provide it regardless of their ability to pay.
CVS Will Refund 11,000 Customers Illegally Charged for Birth Control

CVS Will Refund 11,000 Customers Illegally Charged for Birth Control

Congresswoman Jackie Speier alerted the chain that they were acting in violation of the Affordable Care Act earlier this month. Now, CVS has promised to issue refunds by October 1.
Under the Affordable Care Act, More Women Then Ever Have Free Access to Contraception

Under the Affordable Care Act, More Women Then Ever Have Free Access to Contraception

Two-thirds of American woman now have access to free birth control, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
UN Ambassador Says the World Needs a "Wake-Up Call" on Ebola Crisis

UN Ambassador Says the World Needs a “Wake-Up Call” on Ebola Crisis

"This should be a wake-up call for the international community. It’s the worst Ebola epidemic we’ve seen in history."
US Appeals Court Blocks Attempt to Defund Obamacare

US Appeals Court Blocks Attempt to Defund Obamacare

The United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has agreed to rehear a case that could protect much-needed subsidies for up to 5 million consumers under the Affordable Care Act.
Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery

Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery

Purvi Patel sought help at an emergency room. After investigation, police charged Patel with feticide, punishable with up to 20 years in prison, as well as neglect of a dependent.
More Investment in Women's Health Needed as Africa's Population Rises

More Investment in Women’s Health Needed as Africa’s Population Rises

Africa's population could reach four billion by 2100. As the population grows, more investment in maternal health and family planning resources will be needed to ensure women's health.