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12/14/2015 - Planned Parenthood Files Lawsuit in Ohio
Planned Parenthood announced yesterday that it has filed a federal lawsuit to protect abortion access in Ohio....

12/11/2015 - Affirmative Action Returns to SCOTUS
For the second time in three years, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Fisher v....

12/11/2015 - Holtzclaw Convicted of Rape, Sexual Battery
After 45 hours of deliberations, a jury found former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw guilty on 18 charges, including rape and sexual battery, for assaulting 13 black women over the course of seven months while on duty. Holtzclaw was found guilty of 5 counts of first and second-degree rape, 6 counts of sexual battery, 4 counts of forcible oral sodomy, and 3 counts of procuring lewd exhibition....

12/10/2015 - Suspect in Colorado Planned Parenthood Shooting Charged in Court, Exclaims
Robert Dear, the man accused of killing three and injuring nine at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs late last month, was formally charged with 179 felony counts yesterday, including eight counts of first-degree murder and 131 counts of attempted first-degree murder....

12/9/2015 - Angela Merkel Named TIME's 2015 Person of the Year
Today, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was named Time's 2015 Person of the Year for her leadership on the Syrian refugee and Greek debt crises....

12/9/2015 - State Lawmakers Advocate For Debt-Free College
On Monday, state legislators demonstrated their commitment to addressing the ever-growing student debt crisis in the US by announcing their support of new legislation making public colleges debt-free. Joining a nationwide campaign spearheaded by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), Democratic lawmakers in 10 states including Massachusetts, Ohio and South Carolina are introducing resolutions, assembling study committees and developing strategies to place higher education within reach of all Americans by making college debt-free. The need for increased accessibility to affordable education could not be more urgent....

12/7/2015 - Supreme Court Rejects Latest Delay Tactic by Center for Medical Progress
On Friday, the Supreme Court denied an emergency request from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) that would have allowed the anti-abortion group to avoid disclosing the names of key supporters "intimately involved in the planning and funding for the Center's alleged conspiracy." This is the third time that CMP and its President, David Daleidan, have tried – unsuccessfully – to avoid producing this information in connection with a federal lawsuit filed by the National Abortion Federation (NAF)....

12/4/2015 - Congress Renews Push to Defund Planned Parenthood, Repeal Affordable Care Act
Despite a mass shooting at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood last week, Senate Republicans stepped up efforts to dismantle the reproductive healthcare provider by pushing forward a bill yesterday to defund the organization. Using a legislative tactic called reconciliation, which enables lawmakers to advance budget-related measures with only 51 votes instead of the usual 60, the Senate voted 52 to 47 to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood and repeal key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The legislation must now go to the House, which passed a different version of the bill in October....

12/3/2015 - Pentagon Announces Women Can Now Serve in All Military Combat Roles
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today that all military combat jobs will be opened up to women beginning next year, adding that "there will be no exceptions." "Our force of the future must continue to benefit from the best people America has to offer," Carter said at a press conference....

12/1/2015 - Abortion Clinics Nationwide Stay Open Despite Threats
Despite increasing threats for over one year and the tragic shooting at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, clinics nationwide stay opened over the weekend and performed vitally necessary health services for women....

12/1/2015 - Candlelight Vigil Calls for an End to Anti-Abortion Terrorism
Last night, dozens of activists gathered outside the Supreme Court for a candlelight vigil calling for an end to anti-abortion terrorism. The vigil, hosted by Reproaction, included representatives from NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood, the Feminist Majority Foundation, GetEQUAL, the National Council of Jewish Women, and others. Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL) and Mike Quigley (IL) joined the crowd and spoke of the need for abortion access and an end to the dangerous anti-choice rhetoric....

12/1/2015 - On World AIDS Day, PEPFAR Announces Partnership Targeting Infection of Young Women and Girls

Today, on World AIDS Day, the U.S....

11/25/2015 - Federal Appeals Court Rules Wisconsin Abortion Law Unconstitutional
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday that the hospital admitting requirement for Wisconsin abortion providers is unconstitutional. The scathing 2-1 ruling states that this kind of targeted restriction on abortion providers is unconstitutional because it lacks any basis to suggest that it improves safety at clinics....

11/25/2015 - FMF Joins the Global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
In the United States, women's groups join in the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence....

11/24/2015 - New Study Shows More Women Choosing LARCs
Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) is the "fast-growing" form of birth control in the United States, according to a new report released this month. Researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics found of the 62 percent of US women using birth control between 2011 and 2013, 11.6 percent opted for LARCS with 10.3 percent choosing intrauterine devices (IUDs) and 1.3 percent preferring an implant....

11/23/2015 - Last Full-Time Abortion Clinic in Kentucky Vandalized Twice in Three Weeks
Kentucky's last remaining full-time abortion clinic has been vandalized twice in less than one month. On the night of October 26, EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville suffered a broken window when an unidentified man bolted past protestors across the street and threw his body into the clinic's window....

11/20/2015 - Spotify Announces Impressive Parental Leave Program
On Thursday, music-streaming service Spotify announced the launch of a broad parental leave program that includes six months leave for new mothers and fathers. Effective immediately, the Swedish-born company is offering full-time employees time off with 100 percent pay, which can be broken up into three separate periods and taken within the first three years of a child's life (employees who become parents by birth, adoption or surrogacy are all eligible)....

11/19/2015 - Washington State Clears Planned Parenthood of Wrongdoing
A Washington state investigation into Planned Parenthood has found "no evidence" of wrongdoing on the part of the women's reproductive healthcare provider following allegations the organization was selling or profiting from fetal tissue donations. Washington state joins a growing list of states where probes into Planned Parenthood have failed to turn up proof of any illegal activity....

11/18/2015 - Ohio State House Votes to Cut Funding to Planned Parenthood
The Ohio state House yesterday voted to defund Planned Parenthood in the state, only weeks after the state Senate passed a similar bill....

11/17/2015 - Restrictions on Women's Health Force Women to Self-Induce Abortion, Study Finds
The Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) today released a groundbreaking report on self-induced abortion....

11/16/2015 - Private Funding Initiatives For Women and Girls Announced at White House Summit
On Friday, the White House's Council on Women and Girls hosted a day-long summit focused on advancing equity and elevating the status of women and girls in the United States....

11/13/2015 - Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Case on Texas Anti-Abortion Law
The Supreme Court announced today that it will review an anti-abortion Texas law that threatens to close more than 75 percent of abortion clinics in the state and deny millions of women access to safe, legal abortion. "Today, my heart is filled with hope," said Amy Hagstrom Miller, Founder and President of Whole Woman's Health, the lead plaintiff in the case....

11/12/2015 - Ms. in the Classroom Introduces Two Exciting New Digital Readers
This week, at the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) 2015 Annual Conference, Ms....

11/12/2015 - Feminist Scholars Convene in Milwaukee For Annual National Women's Studies Conference
Between Thursday and Sunday this week, as many as 1,800 feminist scholars from around the country will meet in Milwaukee for the National Women's Studies Association's (NWSA) annual conference....

11/11/2015 - SCOTUS Protects Use of Deadly Force by Police
The U.S....