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Senate Passes Compromise Bill Increasing Federal Funding for Abstinence-Only Sex Education

Senate Passes Compromise Bill Increasing Federal Funding for Abstinence-Only Sex Education

The Senate overwhelmingly approved of HR 2 on Tuesday, a $200 billion package that included an enormous increase of federal funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula.
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Malta Passes Law to Ban 'Normalization' Surgery on Intersex Infants, Allow Self-Determination of Gender

Malta Passes Law to Ban ‘Normalization’ Surgery on Intersex Infants, Allow Self-Determination of Gender

The new law also allows people to change their gender identity on documents by simply filing an affidavit with a notary, which ends the requirement for surgery in order to legally identify as a gender other than the one assigned at birth.
Supreme Court Hears Crucial Affordable Care Act Case

Supreme Court Hears Crucial Affordable Care Act Case

The outcome of King could have potentially devastating effects for over 9 million people who could lose health insurance coverage if the Court determines that they are not eligible for tax credits.
Irish Women Speak Out Against Brutal Childbirth Operations

Irish Women Speak Out Against Brutal Childbirth Operations

Between 1942 and 1990 in Ireland, more than 1,500 pregnant women in childbirth endured an operation that involves breaking the pelvis or having their pubic bone sawed through. Others claim their wombs were removed entirely.
Egyptian Court Sentences Doctor In Female Genital Mutilation Case

Egyptian Court Sentences Doctor In Female Genital Mutilation Case

This is the first time a doctor has been convicted in Egypt of this crime.
House Cancels Abortion Ban After GOP Congresswomen Drop Support

House Cancels Abortion Ban After GOP Congresswomen Drop Support

House Republicans cancelled plans to vote on a 20-week  ban on abortion after Republican Congresswomen removed their names publicly as co-sponsors of the bill. The vote on the unconstitutional 20-week ban had originally been scheduled for today, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, but instead was pulled late last night after Republican House representatives Rene...
Clinically Dead Pregnant Irish Woman Taken Off Life Support

Clinically Dead Pregnant Irish Woman Taken Off Life Support

The court's decision to take the pregnant woman off life support was in line with her family's wishes.
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.