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1/27/2016 - Study Exposes 'Gender Gap' in Media Coverage of Reproductive Issues
A new study by the Women's Media Center has revealed more than half of news stories focusing on reproductive issues are written by men. According to WMC Media Watch: the Gender Gap in Coverage of Reproductive Issues, men penned 52 percent of bylines discussing issues of reproductive health care - including contraception and abortion - compared to just 37 percent by women....

1/26/2016 - Anti-Abortion Extremists Behind Planned Parenthood Attack Videos Indicted
Two anti-abortion extremists responsible for last year's misleading videos attacking Planned Parenthood have been indicted on criminal charges by a grand jury in Houston, Texas. On Monday, Harris County district attorney Devon Anderson announced that David Daleiden, the director of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) - the group behind deceptive videos falsely accusing Planned Parenthood of illegally selling fetal tissue - was indicted on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record and on a misdemeanor charge related to the purchasing of human organs....

1/21/2016 - Holtzclaw Sentenced to 263 Years for Rape and Sexual Assault of Black Women
Former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw has been sentenced to 263 years in prison today for the rape and sexual assault of 13 Black women in 2013 and 2014....

1/20/2016 - Obama Declares State of Emergency in Flint Water Crisis
President Obama has declared a state of emergency in Flint, Michigan after a water contamination crisis produced a spike in lead poisoning and other health issues, including possibly Legionnaire's disease, in the city....

1/19/2016 - Missouri Politicians Introduce "All Lives Matter" Personhood Bill
In a startling misappropriation of the Black Lives Matter movement, anti-reproductive rights politicians in Missouri started off the new year by introducing the so-called "All Lives Matter Act" - a bill designed to strengthen Missouri's already existing personhood law. The "All Lives Matter Act," sponsored by Republican state Representative Mike Moon, is one of several anti-reproductive rights proposals that will be considered in the state's 2016 legislative session....

1/15/2016 - NC Abortion Providers Must Now Submit Ultrasounds to State Officials
A North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to submit an ultrasound to state officials for every abortion and induced miscarriage performed after the 16th week of pregnancy took effect on January 1. The law, signed by Governor Pat McCrory in June, demands all doctors performing abortions after 16 weeks to send the State Department of Health and Human Services an ultrasound of the fetus proving the measurements used to determine the fetus' "probable gestational age." Louisiana and Oklahoma have similar ultrasound provisions. Current North Carolina law bans abortion after 20-weeks of pregnancy except in cases of "medical emergencies." As part of the new requirements, doctors performing abortions after 20-weeks must also submit to the state whatever evidence was used to determine that the abortion qualified as a medical emergency....

1/14/2016 - VA Governor Proposes Plan for Free, Long-Lasting Birth Control
Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam announced a $9 million program proposal on Friday that would make free long-lasting birth control available to women who have little or no health insurance....

1/13/2016 - The Women of NASA's First Gender-Balanced Astronaut Class Considered for Mars Mission
The women who comprised 50 percent of NASA's astronaut class of 2013 might be headed to Mars! Handpicked from over 6,000 applicants, astronauts Christina M....

1/12/2016 - Judge Rejects Order to Block Catholic Hospitals Denying Women Tubal Ligations
A San Francisco Superior Court judge declined to issue an emergency order that would prevent Mercy Medical Center, a Catholic hospital, from refusing a women's request for a tubal ligation....

1/12/2016 - Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Public Unions Case
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday in a case that threatens to upend nearly forty years of precedent and deal a major blow to public unions across the country. The case, Friedrichs v....

1/8/2016 - ICE Raids on Central American Families Spark Nationwide Protest
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) has begun a series of raids this month aimed at deporting Central American families, sparking protest by activists throughout the country. So far, ICE raids have been reported in California, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas....

1/8/2016 - First Woman Commandant of Cadets Sworn In at West Point
Brigadier General Diana Holland made history on Tuesday when she became the first woman commandant of cadets at the U.S....

1/7/2016 - House Approves Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood, Repeal Affordable Care Act
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted 240-181 in favor of a measure to defund Planned Parenthood for one year and repeal key provisions in the Affordable Care Act....

1/6/2016 - Unprecedented Number of Groups & Experts Call on SCOTUS to Overturn Texas TRAP Law
An unprecedented group of medical experts, legislators, legal scholars, business leaders and reproductive justice advocates joined the Center for Reproductive Rights yesterday to announce the filing of 45 amicus briefs, urging the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn a Texas law that threatens to close more than 75% of abortion clinics in the state and deny millions of women access to safe, legal abortion....

1/5/2016 - New NY Law Permits Pregnant Women to Enroll in Health Care Plans At Any Time
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a new bill into law allowing pregnant women to gain access to health care at any time, eliminating the previous requirement that they wait for open enrollment periods to purchase health insurance....

1/5/2016 - Obama Announces New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence
President Obama announced new executive actions to reduce gun violence today, including expanded mandatory background checks, increased enforcement of gun laws, and increased funding for mental health care. The new actions, which were released in a statement yesterday ahead of today's official announcement, include provisions to narrow the "gun show loophole" by requiring that all people "engaged in the business of dealing in firearms," including those at gun shows and online, obtain a license and conduct background checks on all purchases. Currently, this requirement does not apply to those who "make occasional sales, exchanges, or purchases of firearms for the enhancement of a personal collection or for a hobby, or who sells all or part of his personal collection of firearms." But Obama's executive action, consistent with court rulings and ATF principles, clarifies that as few as two transactions, when combined with other evidence "can be sufficient to establish that a person is "engaged in the business."" The Administration also proposed a new $500 million investment to increase access to mental health services, as well as actions to remove barriers keeping states from reporting mental health information in background checks. The White House's plan additionally included the announcement that Attorney General Loretta Lynch will issue a memo directing all U.S....

1/4/2016 - Federal Appeals Court Halts Utah's Attempt to Defund Planned Parenthood
A federal appeals court granted a temporary injunction on Wednesday, halting Utah Governor Gary Herbert's effort to deny state funding to Planned Parenthood. The 10th U.S....

12/23/2015 - Federal Judge Upholds California Law Requiring CPCs to Post Information on Abortion
A federal judge in California ruled on Monday to uphold a new law requiring crisis pregnancy centers to disclose that they are not licensed medical providers and to post notices providing information about California's public programs offering access to family planning, prenatal and abortion services. U.S....

12/22/2015 - Grand Jury Decides Not To Indict Anyone For Sandra Bland's Death
A grand jury decided on Monday not to indict anyone in connection with Sandra Bland's death in a Texas county jail last summer....

12/21/2015 - The Nation Inks Impressive 6-Year Contract; Includes Paid Family Leave
Last week, the NewsGuild of New York media union and The Nation magazine announced a six-year contract that will provide four months paid parental leave to The Nation's employees, regardless of their gender, and will also give employees a 25 percent pay increase over the life of the contract. The Nation joins news organizations such as In These Times and The Guardian in unionizing, though agreements of this kind are unique in the media world....

12/18/2015 - Chicago Teachers Awarded $280,000 in Damages for Pregnancy Discrimination
Eight women who were fired from their teaching positions following the announcements of their pregnancies will receive nearly $300,000 in damages and back pay. In a lawsuit filed against the Chicago Board of Education late last year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) claimed the principal of Chicago's Scammon Elementary School fired, threatened to fire, and evaluated poorly the performances of pregnant teachers, with the Board consenting to as many as six of the resulting firings....

12/17/2015 - Activists Challenge Arizona Sex and Race-Selective Abortion Law
The National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF) and the Maricopa County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) are challenging a 2011 Arizona anti-abortion law which requires women's reproductive healthcare providers to racially profile Asian and African-American women seeking to terminate their pregnancies in the name of eliminating sex and race-selective abortion. San Francisco's Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday from both groups, who charged that the bill "targets and stigmatizes Black and Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and is based entirely on racially motivated stereotypes and generalizations about Black and AAPI women's reasons for deciding to terminate a pregnancy." According to the law, abortion providers must complete an affidavit stating they have no knowledge that the fetus is being aborted because of its sex or race or face civil action. The appeal is in response to the district court's dismissal of the discrimination case in 2013, which ruled that the groups lacked standing to challenge the law....

12/17/2015 - Tennessee Woman Faces Jail For Coat Hanger Abortion
A Tennessee woman was arrested and charged with attempted murder last week, three months after an attempt to terminate her pregnancy using a coat hanger. In September, 31-year-old Anna Yocca attempted to self-abort by penetrating her uterus with a metal coat hanger....

12/16/2015 - FMF Calls on House Select Investigative Panel to Re-Direct Its Focus to Anti-Abortion Violence or Disband
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Feminist Majority Foundation Calls on House Select Investigative Panel to Re-Direct Its Focus to Anti-Abortion Violence or Disband

Launches Ad Campaign Exposing Anti-Abortion Violence

DECEMBER 16, 2015 - Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) President, Eleanor Smeal, today called on the House Select Investigative Panel of the Energy and Commerce Committee to either redirect its focus to violence against abortion providers, or to disband....

12/14/2015 - Historic Climate Change Agreement Reached in Paris
On Saturday, representatives from 198 countries approved a plan to prevent increased global warming by cutting greenhouse gas emissions globally. World leaders convened in Paris last week to discuss strategies for reducing the impact of climate change, ultimately agreeing to limit greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide emissions to help restrain global warming "well below" 2 degrees Celsius through 2100....