Health
Extensive Female Genital Mutilation Study To Be Conducted in the US

Extensive Female Genital Mutilation Study To Be Conducted in the US

The Obama administration plans to conduct a large study on female genital mutilation to try to assess how many girls and women in the US are at risk or have experienced the practice.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Disabilities Treaty

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Disabilities Treaty

The treaty, among other things, reaffirms the need for fundamental human rights for all people with disabilities, and highlights the need to recognize and respond to discrimination against those with disabilities.

New Clarification Requires Corporations Refusing Contraceptive Coverage To Inform Their Employees

The White House clarified on Thursday that closely held for-profit corporations refusing to provide contraceptive coverage will be required to inform their employees.
Law Limiting Abortion Access Under Medicaid in Alaska Temporarily Blocked

Law Limiting Abortion Access Under Medicaid in Alaska Temporarily Blocked

An Alaska state court judge this week temporarily blocked a law that created a narrow definition for when abortions were "medically necessary" and therefore covered under Alaska Medicaid.
Nigeria Secures $15 Million Grant from Norway to Reduce Maternal Mortality

Nigeria Secures $15 Million Grant from Norway to Reduce Maternal Mortality

Norway has provided a $15 million grant to the Nigerian government to help the country reduce maternal and child mortality.
Study Shows High Rates of Child Marriage and Maternal Death Across Nigeria

Study Shows High Rates of Child Marriage and Maternal Death Across Nigeria

Nigeria accounts for 13 percent of global maternal death rates, with 36,000 women dying in pregnancy or child birth each year, and child marriage rates across Nigeria often outpace those in other nations around the world.
Tennessee Mom Arrested Under New Pregnancy Outcome Law

Tennessee Mom Arrested Under New Pregnancy Outcome Law

The new mother was arrested and charged with simple assault just two days after giving birth.
Democrats to Introduce Bill Reversing Hobby Lobby Decision

Democrats to Introduce Bill Reversing Hobby Lobby Decision

Democrats in the House and Senate are expected to introduce companion bills today to reverse the US Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby by prohibiting for-profit employers from refusing to provide health insurance coverage for contraceptives.
Supreme Court Decision On Wheaton College Further Threatens Contraceptive Access

Supreme Court Decision On Wheaton College Further Threatens Contraceptive Access

A majority of the US Supreme Court granted a temporary emergency injunction to Wheaton College, ruling that the school does not have to comply with the Affordable Care Act contraceptive coverage benefit.
Supreme Court Will Hear Pregnancy Discrimination Case

Supreme Court Will Hear Pregnancy Discrimination Case

The US Supreme Court will decide next term whether the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) requires an employer to provide workplace accommodations to pregnant employees if that employer also provides comparable accommodations to non-pregnant employees who become temporarily unable to perform their jobs without the accommodation.
Hobby Lobby Ruling May Reach All Forms of Contraception

Hobby Lobby Ruling May Reach All Forms of Contraception

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a series of orders suggesting that its decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby applies to all forms of contraception and not just the methods at issue in the Hobby Lobby case.
Supreme Court Decision in Hobby Lobby Case Values Corporations Over Women

Supreme Court Decision in Hobby Lobby Case Values Corporations Over Women

Even as the Court decided that closely-held corporations could have religious rights protected by the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), the conservative majority minimized not only the importance of women's health but also the goal of women's equality.
Stop The Madness: On Treating Women Prisoners With Dignity

Stop The Madness: On Treating Women Prisoners With Dignity

Women in prison are still people - and they shouldn't have to endure shackling during childbirth and forced sterilization just because they committed a crime.
Supreme Court Decides Corporations Have Religious Liberty, Women Do Not In Birth Control Case

Supreme Court Decides Corporations Have Religious Liberty, Women Do Not In Birth Control Case

In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. today in a major blow to reproductive rights for women across the nation.
TRAP Law Shuts Down North Alabama Clinic

TRAP Law Shuts Down North Alabama Clinic

One northern Alabama clinic surrendered its provider license Tuesday. The Alabama Women's Center in Huntsville is the latest victim of a new state TRAP law set to take effect July 1.
Michigan Democrats Aim to Repeal Law Requiring Separate Insurance Coverage of Abortion

Michigan Democrats Aim to Repeal Law Requiring Separate Insurance Coverage of Abortion

Two Michigan lawmakers introduced state legislation to repeal a Michigan law that forces women to buy additional health insurance coverage for abortion, even in cases of rape or when a women's health is endangered.
Young Americans Healthier Under Affordable Care Act

Young Americans Healthier Under Affordable Care Act

Young adults are now 7.2 percent more likely to have health insurance, 6.2 percent more likely to report "excellent physical health" and 4 percent more likely to say they are in "excellent mental health."
Sixth Circuit Rejects Challenge to ACA Birth Control Benefit

Sixth Circuit Rejects Challenge to ACA Birth Control Benefit

A panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled yesterday that the Affordable Care Act birth control coverage benefit does not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act or the First Amendment,
Louisiana Legislature Passes Bill to Keeping Pregnant Women on Life Support Against Wishes

Louisiana Legislature Passes Bill to Keeping Pregnant Women on Life Support Against Wishes

HB 1274 requires physicians to to keep brain-dead women who are at least 20 weeks pregnant on mechanical support if there is a chance the fetus is viable.
Canada Pledges $3.5 Billion for Maternal Health Programs Worldwide

Canada Pledges $3.5 Billion for Maternal Health Programs Worldwide

"There is no better investment in the world's future prosperity than women's and children's health."