NEWSFLASH: Rubio to Introduce Anti-Abortion Bill in Senate

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Just when it seems that anti-abortion advocates have done enough this week, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has agreed to introduce a bill in the Senate that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. A likely contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, Rubio is expected to announce his sponsorship of the bill after the July […]

Let the Wedding Bells Ring: California Allows Same-Sex Marriage!

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In an unexpected but extremely welcome move today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted its stay on an injunction which ordered California officials to stop enforcing Proposition 8. This means that instead of waiting 25 days after the Supreme Court ruling that came down on Wednesday morning, same-sex marriage licenses can begin to be issued […]

NEWSFLASH: NYC Approves Paid Sick Leave!

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Back in April of this year, Ms. covered the passage of a bill that gave workers paid sick leave. However, it was vetoed on June 7 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Yesterday, though, lawmakers overrode Bloomberg’s veto with a staggering 47-4 vote. After a three-year struggle, the bill has finally become law. The strength of this majority […]

UK Department Store Bans Airbrushing Lingerie Models

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Once again, it has become news that, shock horror!, many forms of advertising portray unrealistic images that have a negative effect on body image. UK department store Debenhams has decided to do something about it. By banning the digital airbrushing of their lingerie model photos, Debenhams hopes that it will send a more positive image […]

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

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The documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, currently being shown on HBO GO, provides a fascinating look behind the scenes at the feminist musical protestors who made international headlines last year. It tells the story of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (Nadia), Maria Alyokhina (Masha) and Yekaterina Samutsevich (Katia), the three young members of the Russian punk rock […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Voters’ Rights

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Today, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of invalidating Proposition 200, an Arizona state law that required voters to provide proof of citizenship in order to register to vote. The Court decided that the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, which only requires voters use a federal approved registration form, overrules the state law. […]

#GetARoomWithMe: Chinese Protest Child Sex Abuse

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Across China, people are taking to the Internet to speak out against the sexual abuse of children. The creative protest is made up of photographs of people displaying the message, Principal, get a room with me. Leave the young students alone. The message is a response to a recent case of sexual assault in Beijing […]

NEWSFLASH: Russian Lawmakers Vote 436-0 in Favor of Anti-Gay Bill

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Last weekend marked LGBT Pride around the U.S. With glitz and glam and thousands of colorful spectators at parades, Americans celebrated how far gay rights have come in many parts of this country. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of gay rights in other parts of the world. Yesterday in Russia, the State Duma passed […]

El Salvadoran Woman Finally Ends Life-Threatening Pregnancy

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Beatriz (a pseudonym), the 22-year-old El Salvadoran woman who was in desperate need of an emergency abortion in order to survive, finally underwent a C-section after being granted permission by the El Salvador health minister. The El Salvador Supreme Court had refused Beatriz an abortion despite the fact that both she and the fetus would have […]

“Lose the Lads’ Mags” Campaign Causes Stir in U.K.

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A campaign, Lose the Lads’ Mags, has been launched against supermarkets in the U.K. that stock magazines featuring naked women in sexually explicit poses on their covers. Lawsuits are being threatened under the U.K.’s Equality Act of 2010. Lads’ mags such as Nuts and Zoo are much more explicit than their American counterparts, Playboy or […]