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ACLU sues over Anti-choice License Plates in NC

On Thursday, the North Carolina chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU-NCLF) filed a lawsuit in the federal district court for the Eastern District of North Carolina against the state over the production of new anti-abortion license plates that read “Choose Life.” The ACLU argues that the production of these plates is “unconstitutional viewpoint […]

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Federal Appeals Court Protects Same-Sex Benefits for AZ Government Workers

On Tuesday, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals supported a district court ruling blocking a law eliminating family insurance benefits for same sex partners of Arizona government workers. This ruling comes after a long court battle, which started in September 2009 when Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) signed a law repealing same sex partner […]

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Plaintiffs in KS Abortion Suit Seek Less Stringent Clinic Regulations

In Kansas, Dr. Herbert Hodes, and his daughter, Dr. Traci Nauser, who sought an injunction in July in an effort to keep their medical practice open, indicated that they would consider dropping their lawsuit if Kansas state health officials withdrew some of the state’s arbitrary and hastily-imposed regulations for abortion providers. In July, US District […]

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Tammy Baldwin Enters US Senate Race in Wisconsin

On Tuesday, Rep. Tammy Baldwin ( D-Wis) announced her bid for  U.S. Senate which, if successful, would make her the first openly gay senator in U.S. history. Baldwin is a champion of the rights of the middle class, stating, “I’ve decided to run for the US Senate because I believe Wisconsin families need a senator […]

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UNFPA Delivers Reproductive Health Services to Horn of Africa

While visiting refugee camps in Kenya late last week, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin emphasized the dire situation of women as a result of the famine in the Horn of Africa. According to the UNFPA “12.4 million people have been affected by severe drought,” and 3.7 million people have been displaced […]

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Opponents of FAIR Education Act Move for Ballot Referendum

In California, volunteers for the Stop SB48 campaign have begun to collect signatures for a ballot referendum to repeal the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education law, which will require that school curricula and textbooks include information about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans. In order for the referendum to appear on the ballot, […]

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Appeals Court Rules Women Have Existing Relationship with Fetus

On Friday, the 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals overturned US District Judge Karen Schreier’s ruling to block a provision in a South Dakota law requiring that doctors tell women seeking abortions that they have “an existing relationship with that unborn human being and that the relationship enjoys protection under the United States Constitution and […]

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First-Ever Legal Challenge to Fetal Pain Law in ID

In Idaho, Jennie Linn McCormack filed the first-ever lawsuit in the country challenging the state’s “fetal pain” law, which bans abortions in the state after 20 weeks gestation.  McComark, noting the lack of accessible abortion providers for women in southeast Idaho, contends that Idaho’s law unconstitutionally restricts women in the region from accessing abortion services. […]

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Federal Judge Rules to Restore Funding for KS Planned Parenthood

On Tuesday, US District Court Judge Thomas Marten ordered the state to resume federal funding for Planned Parenthood, with funding to be allocated on a quarterly schedule, and not a monthly schedule, as requested by the state. The ruling comes after Planned Parenthood indicated that it would close down its clinic in Hays, Kansas if […]

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Toxin-Free Infants and Toddlers Act Passes CA Senate

On Tuesday, the California state Senate voted 21 to 12 to pass the Toxin-Free Infants and Toddlers Act, which would ban the use of bisphenol A (BPA) from children’s feeding containers. The ban will apply to all baby bottles and sippy cups made or sold after July 1, 2013. Executive Director of Physicians for Social […]

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Provision of TX Anti-Abortion Law

US District Judge Sam Sparks blocked a provision of a Texas anti-abortion law requiring that doctors describe ultrasounds in detail and play the sound of the fetal heartbeat, if a heartbeat is present, to women seeking abortions. Judge Sparks also blocked enforcement of the provision of the law that would revoke doctor’ medical licenses if […]

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Social Media Driven by Women, Study Shows

A new study released August 26 by the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows that young women are among the top users of social networking sites, including Facebook, MySpace and Linkedin. The study finds that young women are the “power users” of social media sites, with 69 percent of all women using social media […]

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Poll Reveals 50% of Americans Don’t Understand ACA

A poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation that only about 50 percent of uninsured, non-elderly Americans understand the benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the tax credits for people with low and middle incomes. According to the poll, 31 percent of people believed that the law would help them, while 14 percent […]

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US Appeals Court Upholds Individual Mandate Healthcare Law

Yesterday, the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio decided with a 2-1 majority that the mandated minimum coverage provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which requires that a person purchase minimum health coverage or face a modest monetary penalty beginning in 2014, is constitutional under the Commerce Clause. […]

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Civil Union Bill Passes in Rhode Island Legislature

Yesterday the Rhode Island Senate voted 21 to 16 to pass a bill that would allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions and attain some of the same benefits enjoyed by married couples, such as the right to visit a partner in the hospital and make decisions about the partner’s medical care and the […]

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Record-Breaking Signature Drive Blocks Ohio’s Anti-Union Law

Opponents of a controversial anti-union law in Ohio have collected more than five times the necessary signatures to put repeal question in front of voters on the November ballot. Union members and supporters paraded triumphantly through Columbus to the Secretary of State’s office behind a truck carrying some 1,500 boxes of petitions. The number set […]

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Five Women Arrested for Driving in Saudi Arabia

At least five women were arrested in Jeddah, on the country’s western coast, for violating Saudi Arabia’s ban on female drivers, according to rights activist Eman al-Nafjan. The arrests come nearly two weeks after Saudi women began campaigning for the right to drive. “This is the first big pushback from authorities it seems,” Nafjan told […]

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NC Governor Blocks Abortion Waiting Period

North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue (D) vetoed the Woman’s Right to Know bill, requiring women to undergo counseling and a 24-hour waiting period before having abortions. The first-term Democrat called the bill an attempted “intervention” by government in the relationship between women and their doctors. “I find it repugnant to women and men and families; […]

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Texas Measure Defunds Planned Parenthood

On Monday a measure was passed by the Texas House and Senate that would both defund abortion providers like Planned Parenthood and pressure the Obama administration to change Texas’s Medicaid program to a block grant. The measure allows the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to grant family planning funds based on a tiered […]

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OH House Launches Attack on Women’s Reproductive Rights

Yesterday, the Ohio Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved three extreme anti-abortion bills in what women’s reproductive rights advocates are calling “anti-women’s day” in Ohio. The Ohio House voted 54 to 43 along party lines to pass the heartbeat bill, which would ban abortions after the fetal heartbeat is detected, which may be as early as […]