NEWSFLASH: Women’s Health Victory in Indiana

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On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed without comment an appeal of the Seventh Circuit Court decision to block an Indiana state law that would ban Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funding. Why does the state want it defunded? Because Planned Parenthood clinics offer abortion services—along with all sorts of other medical care. Some Republican state lawmakers […]

10 Challenges That American Women Still Face Today

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Our blog post “10 Things That American Women Could Not Do Before the 1970s” has prompted amazing responses from Ms. blog readers. Feminists of the 1960s and 1970s worked tirelessly to secure the rights for women that we enjoy today. However, as many readers noted, we cannot get complacent: We must continue the fight to ensure […]

Rape-splaining: 10 Examples of Victim Blaming

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TRIGGER WARNING: discussions of rape, abusive and offensive language. The tragic case in December of 2012 of a 12-year-old girl raped at gunpoint by three teenage boys in Chicago sparked outrage and horror. This month, after Cook County prosecutors announced the boys will face charges as adults, many in the public have spoken out in support of […]

10 Things That American Women Could Not Do Before the 1970s

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In the 1970s, Irish women could not own their own home or even go to a pub. They could not sit on a jury or refuse to have sex with their husbands. We learned all this in Irish Central’s charming post, “How things have changed – ten things that Irish women could not do in […]

NEWSFLASH: Court Strikes Down Arizona Abortion Ban

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On Tuesday, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Arizona’s ban on abortion at 20 weeks, calling it unconstitutional because a woman has a legal right to terminate a pregnancy before fetal viability. The law, signed by Gov. Jan Brewer in April 2012, caused Arizona to be one of the most restrictive states in […]