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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.
Legislation to Support Testing of Backlogged Rape Kits Goes to President's Desk

Legislation to Support Testing of Backlogged Rape Kits Goes to President’s Desk

The Senate on Thursday voted to renew the Debbie Smith Act, aimed at cutting the backlog of untested rape kits. The bill, already passed in the House, now heads to President Obama to become law.
Senate Republicans Blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act Again

Senate Republicans Blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act Again

The Senate Republicans blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act yesterday, marking the second time this year and the fourth time since 2012 legislators voted along party lines against the equal pay legislation.
UPDATE: Paycheck Fairness Act Advances in the Senate

UPDATE: Paycheck Fairness Act Advances in the Senate

The Senate voted 73-25 to allow the bill to move forward to a debate.
Paycheck Fairness Act Expected to Come to a Vote Today

Paycheck Fairness Act Expected to Come to a Vote Today

This marks the second time this year that the Senate will take up the equal pay legislation.
Anniversary of Family Medical Leave Act Comes With Few Improvements

Anniversary of Family Medical Leave Act Comes With Few Improvements

The Family Medical Leave Act went into effect twenty-one years ago today. On this anniversary, many are calling to expand the law to meet the needs of today's families.
Congress Introduces Legislation to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

Congress Introduces Legislation to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

The Campus Accountability and Safety Act, cosponsored by Senators Claire McCaskill, Dean Heller, Richard Blumenthal, Chuck Grassley, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kelly Ayotte, Mark Warner, and Marco Rubio, focuses on steps colleges can take to proactively protect students.
New Bills Would Advance Reproductive Healthcare Gains of Affordable Care Act

New Bills Would Advance Reproductive Healthcare Gains of Affordable Care Act

Two new bills introduced in Congress could help improve health outcomes for people of color, low income communities, and female members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Legislation Introduced to Establish Fair Work Scheduling Practices

Legislation Introduced to Establish Fair Work Scheduling Practices

Representatives George Miller and Rosa DeLauro introduced a bill last week that aims to protect hourly workers from scheduling abuses and allow for greater flexibility and certainty around their work schedules.
Executive Order Banning LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace Makes No Religious Exemptions

Executive Order Banning LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace Makes No Religious Exemptions

The President yesterday signed a long-awaited executive order barring workplace discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.
Bill to Reverse Hobby Lobby Decision Blocked in the Senate

Bill to Reverse Hobby Lobby Decision Blocked in the Senate

A bill introduced by Democrats to reverse the Supreme Court's ruling in the Hobby Lobby case failed Wednesday.
LGBT Rights Groups Withdraw Support for ENDA Following Hobby Lobby Decision

LGBT Rights Groups Withdraw Support for ENDA Following Hobby Lobby Decision

Several LGBT rights groups have withdrawn their support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), citing increased concerns about the religious exemption included in the bill.
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.
President Obama Pledges to Sign Executive Order Protecting Transgender Federal Employees

President Obama Pledges to Sign Executive Order Protecting Transgender Federal Employees

At the White House annual LGBT Pride Month reception Monday night, President Obama reiterated his commitment to sign an executive order protecting transgender federal employees from discrimination.
Strong Support For IVAWA and CEDAW in Senate Hearing

Strong Support For IVAWA and CEDAW in Senate Hearing

Dozens of students, organizations, concerned citizens and U.S. Senators packed the small hearing room in Dirksen early this morning to show support for IVAWA and CEDAW--two critical tools the US hasn't taken action on in years.
President Plans Expansion of Sick Leave For Same Sex Couples

President Plans Expansion of Sick Leave For Same Sex Couples

Today, the White House called for a major benefit expansion that would boost same-sex couples.
Senate Set to Approve Rape Kit Backlog Funds

Senate Set to Approve Rape Kit Backlog Funds

The Senate today is expected to approve $41 million in funding to process hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits across the country.
Missouri Legislature Passes Bill Instating 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

Missouri Legislature Passes Bill Instating 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

The Missouri House voted last night, in the middle of an ongoing 3-day protest on the steps of the state capitol, to approve a measure that will triple Missouri's waiting period for an abortion procedure from 24 hours to 72 hours.
Louisiana Senate Passes Omnibus Anti-Abortion Bill

Louisiana Senate Passes Omnibus Anti-Abortion Bill

The Louisiana Senate voted 34-3 to pass an omnibus abortion bill yesterday that would limit access to abortion in the state by imposing burdensome regulations on abortion providers and forcing women to wait longer to obtain an abortion.
Missouri Activists Stage 72-Hour Protest of Abortion Waiting Period

Missouri Activists Stage 72-Hour Protest of Abortion Waiting Period

Reproductive rights activists in Missouri are halfway through a 72-hour rally on the steps of the state capitol in protest of a state bill that would require a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking abortion.