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8/3/2015 - Anti-Abortion Extremist Will Stand Trial for Threatening a Provider
A Kansas anti-abortion extremist will have to stand trial for threats made against a doctor planning to provide abortions, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday. In a powerful decision for abortion providers being threatened by extremists, the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals found in a 2-1 ruling that a jury - not a judge - should determine whether or not a 2011 letter Angel Dillard sent to Dr....

8/3/2015 - The Senate is Voting on Planned Parenthood Funding Today
A Senate bill to defund Planned Parenthood is expected to come to a vote today. Sponsored by Republican Senator Joni Ernst (IA), Senate Bill 1881 would prohibit all Federal funding of Planned Parenthood or "any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, or clinics." The Senate will need 60 votes to advance the bill, which is being proposed following the release of highly edited video footage by anti-abortion group the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). The CMP's misleading videos claim that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue....

7/30/2015 - Boy Scouts of America Lifts Ban on Gay Troop Leaders
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have voted to repeal its national ban on gay and lesbian adult staff and volunteers this week. "The resolution will allow chartered organizations to select adult leaders without regard to sexual orientation," a Boy Scouts of America statement read. Just 15 years ago, the US Supreme Court ruled that the BSA had the right to discriminate against gay volunteers and staff in a 5-4 decision....

7/29/2015 - An Extreme Abortion Ban is Now Law in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed an extreme 20 week abortion ban into law last week. The law, which bans abortions performed past 20 weeks, has no exception whatsoever for rape, incest, or fatal fetal anomalies....

7/29/2015 - Jen Welter Just Made NFL History
Jen Welter was hired as a coach for the Arizona Cardinals this week, becoming the first woman ever to be a National Football League coach....

7/27/2015 - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood
An attempt in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Lee tried to attach the elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood to a vote for highway legislation, a move which was rejected by McConnell as out of order. Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of two heavily edited clandestine videos of different PPFA employees taken without their knowledge....

7/27/2015 - "After Tiller" Was Nominated For An Emmy
Documentary film After Tiller was nominated for two Emmy Awards: Best Documentary, and Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story. The Point of View (POV) documentary follows the aftermath of the murder of Dr....

7/24/2015 - Federal Court Strikes Down Nation's Strictest Abortion Ban
A federal court upheld this week that North Dakota's strict abortion ban law is unconstitutional, blocking it permanently. The North Dakota law is one of the strictest in the nation....

7/24/2015 - Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence
In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents. Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force. "Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices, said Spillar....

7/23/2015 - FMF Executive Director Will Speak on Gender in Policing and Defusing Police Violence
Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation, will speak at the City Club of Cleveland at 12 PM EST tomorrow, July 24, on how adding equal numbers of women to police departments nationwide is critical to reducing incidents of police violence and enhancing the ability of police to improve relations with the communities they serve....

7/23/2015 - 70 Organizations Are Urging the President to Fund Abortion Care Abroad
The Feminist Majority and over 70 other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) released a letter to President Obama yesterday that calls on him to reinterpret the Helms Amendment and meet with the people running women's health programs in Africa on an upcoming trip to the continent. Currently, the Helms Amendment is wrongly interpreted as an all-out ban on abortion funding....

7/23/2015 - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Rules LGBT Employees Are Protected from Job Discrimination
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects the LGBT community from workplace discrimination....

7/22/2015 - Questions Remain After Police Release Footage of Sandra Bland's Arrest
Texas officials today released dashboard camera video footage showing Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia physically threatening Sandra Bland, a 28-year old African-American woman who died in police custody last week. In the video, Encinia is heard telling Bland, who had been stopped for a traffic violation, to get out of her vehicle....

7/21/2015 - Viola Davis and Taraji Henson Make Emmy History
This past weekend, two African American women were nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in the same year for the first time in Emmy history....

7/21/2015 - Wisconsin Workers Just Lost Their Days Off
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed off on a new budget last week that ended the state's law banning seven-day work weeks....

7/20/2015 - Businesses in the UK Will Now Be Required to Report Differences in Earnings By Gender
United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron announced a measure last week aimed at making the gender pay gap much more visible....

7/20/2015 - Feminists Fought Back Against Anti-Abortion Extremists in Alabama Last Week
Last week, the anti-abortion extremist group Operation Save America (OSA) organized its annual national event of increased harassment and protesting outside targeted clinics in Alabama....

7/17/2015 - President Obama's Definition of Rape is a Sign of Progress
Following a White House press conference on the deal recently struck with Iran, President Obama was posed with a question about Bill Cosby and his admittance of using drugs to have sex with women....

7/16/2015 - This DC Council Member Wants Sexual Assault Convictions to Appear on College Transcripts
DC At-Large Council member Anita Bonds proposed new legislation this week that would require colleges and universities to clearly mark the transcript of a college student convicted of sexual assault while on campus, putting it permanently on a student's college record. The legislation, which is being referred to as the "Scarlet Letter" bill, would require colleges and universities to indicate a conviction of sexual assault on a student's transcript, or on the transcript of students who withdraw from school while under investigation for sexual misconduct....

7/15/2015 - Pentagon Starts Process to Lift Ban on Transgender Military Members
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced this week that the Department of Defense (DOD) will begin the process of lifting the ban on transgender military service members, allowing transgender people to openly serve in the military. In a statement Carter called the current ban on transgender service members "outdated," writing that throughout wars and conflict "transgender men and women in uniform have been there with us, even as they often had to serve in silence alongside their fellow comrades in arms." Although transgender people are banned from military service, research shows that approximately 150,000 transgender people have served in the US armed forces, with 8,800 transgender individuals currently on active duty and another 6,700 transgender individuals serving in the Guard or Reserve forces....

7/14/2015 - Chicago Public Schools Will Increase Athletic Opportunities for Girls After Title IX Complaint
Chicago Public Schools and the Office for Civil Rights reached an agreement late last week to provide equal athletic opportunity for boys and girls. The agreement follows a Title IX complaint that the schools were out of compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all federally funded schools. The National Women’s Law Center filed this complaint in 2010 with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR), alleging that the Chicago district did not equally accommodate the athletic interests and abilities of both girls and boys, and maintained that girls did not have equal opportunities to participate in athletics....

7/13/2015 - Senate Blocks Global Gag Rule
A bipartisan majority in the Senate Appropriations Committee approved an amendment that repeals the anti-abortion "Global Gag Rule" and restores $600 million in funding for international family planning and reproductive health services....

7/10/2015 - Black Communities Overwhelmingly Support Reproductive Rights
A new study has found that the majority of Black men and women believe in a woman's right to choose and want women to have access to abortion care and contraception....

7/10/2015 - Women Are Saving Hundreds of Dollars on Contraception Following the ACA's Implementation
Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect, women have saved dramatically on birth control and emergency contraception. A study conducted by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and published in Health Affairs found that after the ACA mandate went into effect, birth control users have saved an average of $255 every year and IUD users have saved $248....

7/9/2015 - The Kansas AG is Fighting to Uphold an Anti-Abortion Law
Earlier this month, the Kansas Attorney General announced his plans to appeal a Shawnee County Judge's ruling which blocked an anti-choice law in the state. Lawyers representing Attorney General Derek Schmidt filed the notice asking to overturn the ruling....