Thousands Rally for Abortion Access at the U.S. Supreme Court

Thousands Rally for Abortion Access at the U.S. Supreme Court

At least two thousand pro-abortion rights activists rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as justices heard arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a challenge to the Texas TRAP law designed to close off access to abortion.
Holtzclaw Sentenced to 263 Years for Rape and Sexual Assault of Black Women

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.
Unprecedented Number of Groups & Experts Call on SCOTUS to Overturn Texas TRAP Law

Unprecedented Number of Groups & Experts Call on SCOTUS to Overturn Texas TRAP Law

45 amicus briefs were filed yesterday 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.
Bold New Ad Campaign Exposes Threats Against Abortion Providers

Bold New Ad Campaign Exposes Threats Against Abortion Providers

The Feminist Majority Foundation launched an ad campaign today that exposes the threats facing abortion providers across the country and asks the question, "When did the right to life become the right to terrorize abortion providers?"
FMF Calls on House Select Investigative Panel to Re-Direct Its Focus to Anti-Abortion Violence or Disband

FMF Calls on House Select Investigative Panel to Re-Direct Its Focus to Anti-Abortion Violence or Disband

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.
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Congresswomen Launch First Ever Caucus on Black Women & Girls

Congresswomen Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Robin Kelly (D-IL) and Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY) launched the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls yesterday, the first caucus to focus specifically on ways to combat discrimination and reduce disparities faced by Black women.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Moves to Defund Planned Parenthood

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has formally notified Planned Parenthood that it will ban the healthcare provider from the state’s Medicaid program, following through on a pledge made by Governor Sam Brownback earlier this year.

Senate Holds Backpage in Contempt of Congress in Sex Trafficking Investigation

The Senate voted Thursday to hold Backpage.com—a classifieds site—in contempt of Congress after the company refused to appear at a child sex trafficking hearing in November or produce relevant documents. The 96-0 vote was the Senate’s first vote for civil contempt charges in two decades.

House Oversight Committee Holds Hearings on Flint Water Crisis

As the aid package to help Flint residents is stalled in Congress, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held hearings this week to investigate what actions—or inaction—led to the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan that produced a spike in lead poisoning and other health issues.

Senate Judiciary Committee Considers Two Anti-Abortion Bills

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Tuesday on two anti-abortion bills that seek to prohibit abortion and criminalize physicians.

Over 800,000 Federal Contract Workers Will Receive Paid Sick Days Under Proposed Rule

Acting on an executive order introduced by President Barack Obama last year, the Department of Labor issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking recently, outlining a strategy to secure paid leave for an estimated 828,000 federal contract workers, more than half of whom currently receive no paid sick days at all.

Federal Court Rejects Title IX Claim Made By Columbia Student Accused of Sexual Assault

A federal district court judge dismissed a lawsuit on Friday from a former Columbia University student who claimed that the university had violated Title IX by failing to protect him after one of his accusers, Emma Sulkowicz, publicly protested the university's failure to find him responsible for sexual misconduct.

Supreme Court Reverses Alabama Ruling Against Gay Adoption

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday that every state must recognize the parental rights of same-sex parents who legally adopt a child. The decision reverses an Alabama Supreme Court decision that refused to recognize the parental rights of a lesbian mother who adopted three children in Georgia in 2007.

Louisiana Politicians Pre-File Anti-Abortion Bills

Even as the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday blocked enforcement of a Louisiana TRAP law that would have left the state with only one abortion provider, anti-abortion politicians continue to propose an onslaught of legislation that could shutter the state’s four remaining abortion clinics for good.

Activists to Senate Republicans: Do Your Job

Nearly 100 civil rights, women's rights, environmental, labor and social justice organizations bsent a letter last week to 11 Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee urging them to fulfill their constitutional duty to help vet and confirm a new Supreme Court justice following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Man Pleads Guilty To Threatening Minnesota Abortion Clinics

Anti-abortion extremist Michael John Harris pled guilty on Wednesday to threatening to kill staff, patients, and doctors at two Minnesota reproductive health clinics.

House Select Investigative Panel Holds First Hearing

The House Select Investigative Panel, formed after the release of deceptive, highly-edited videos falsely accusing Planned Parenthood of illegally selling fetal tissue, held its first hearing yesterday, the same day the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that will determine whether millions of Texas women will be able to access abortion.
Thousands Rally for Abortion Access at the U.S. Supreme Court

Thousands Rally for Abortion Access at the U.S. Supreme Court

At least two thousand pro-abortion rights activists rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as justices heard arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a challenge to the Texas TRAP law designed to close off access to abortion.

FMF Condemns Politically-Motivated House Select Investigative Panel; Urges New Focus on Anti-Abortion Violence, Harassment & Intimidation

It is striking that the House Panel is holding its first hearing on the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the Texas TRAP law designed to close off access to abortion. The time is now to reject politically-motivated attacks against abortion providers and to redirect the focus.

House Democrats Denounce Rep Blackburn’s Unilateral Use of Subpoenas Targeting Healthcare Providers

The six Democratic Members of the House Select Investigative Panel sent a letter to Chair Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Friday objecting to the Chair’s "abusive and unjustifiable" use of her subpoena authority to force healthcare providers and others to disclose the names of doctors, medical students, and clinic personnel.