North Carolina Defunds Planned Parenthood

Today, North Carolina’s Republican-led Congress voted to override Democratic Governor Beverly “Bev” Perdue’s veto of the $19.7 billion, two-year state budget–making North Carolina the third state to defund Planned Parenthood. In one short sentence at the end of the budget, Republican lawmakers have banned the North Carolina government from making any grants or entering any […]

Brazil’s Top Court Recognizes Same-Sex Unions

Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court announced yesterday that it had voted unanimously to recognize the legal rights of same-sex partners in civil unions. While the Brazilian constitution defines a “family entity” as a “stable union between a man and a woman,” Attorney General Roberto Gurgel argued that the clause is a definition, not a limitation. It does […]

Breaking the Breast-Cancer Stigma in Saudi Arabia

In October of last year, more than 4,000 women in black abayas topped with pink ponchos gathered together in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to form a giant ribbon in support of breast cancer research–the largest human awareness ribbon to date. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the country–nearly one-quarter of all cancers–so the campaign […]

Newsflash: House Passes “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act”

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Rep. Chris Smith’s controversial bill, H.R. 3, the infamous “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” You might remember this as the bill that attempted to redefine rape as “forcible rape” as part of its restriction on federal funding for abortions. After activists loudly condemned the bill in February, […]

Newsflash: Mother Sues Anti-Abortion Group for Using Her Daughter’s Photo

New York Daily News reported this morning that Tricia Fraser is suing Life Always, the anti-abortion rights group that used Fraser’s then-four-year-old daughter’s photo on controversial billboards in New York City and Jacksonville, Fla. The billboards, which were taken down after pressure from city officials and abortion-rights advocacy groups, read: “The most dangerous place for an […]

The Dying Breaths of the Anti-Gay-Rights Movement

With each passing day, the anti-gay rights movement loses a bit of steam. When same-sex marriage is one day legal in the United States, historians may look back on this week as the beginning of the end in light of three major events. First, on Monday, supporters of Proposition 8, the law in California that […]

Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Iowa

As the 2012 presidential race begins in earnest over the next few months, expect Iowa to dominate the news. The state’s caucuses on Feb. 6, 2012 are one of the first primaries in the nation, and lend candidates momentum (and donations). As of yesterday, however, there’s another election story coming out of Iowa that deserves […]

The Results Are In: No Pap Smears at Walgreens

Over the weekend, women around the country took it upon themselves to find out if, like Fox & Friends said, Planned Parenthood isn’t really necessary because pap smears and breast exams are readily available at Walgreens. Curious to see what happened? Watch the video below: The verdict is: No, you cannot get a pap smear […]

Woman Pays for Reporting a Rape

In 2008, an 18-year-old woman in Washington State reported to police that she had been sexually assaulted. But they didn’t believe her. Lynnwood Police Chief Steve Jensen said that her story changed, her details were inconsistent and that people who knew the victim expressed doubts about her story. So the police charged her with false […]

Pap Smear, Please!

If you happened to be watching Fox News on Saturday afternoon–it is, after all, a “reputable” place for news and commentary–you might have heard this stellar conversation between Fox & Friends hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade: Doocy: And the thing about it that was audacious was the fact that he [Sen. Harry Reid] was […]