Trafficking Policy Should Focus on Empowerment, Not Coercion

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I have been studying the sex industry for nearly 25 years and been a feminist for even longer. Over this period I have seen many changes in the sex industry as well as how feminists and others talk about it. But for many Americans, feminists included, one point has remained steady: the belief that sexual […]

Carolyn Maloney: Equal Rights Crusader

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This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney has championed women’s rights since the start of her congressional career in 1992. As a […]

Abortion Law: Roe Was Right, But McRae Was Wrong

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Today marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court opinion that recognized the fundamental right to abortion, and with it comes the yearly celebrations and critiques. For decades, critics of Roe have claimed that the case was a travesty of justice and wrongly decided—that the opinion prompted such fierce backlash that abortion remains, […]

On the Docket: The Top 4 SCOTUS Cases to Follow in 2015

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The Supreme Court’s 2014-2015 term—which began on Oct. 6—will conclude near the end of June 2015. After a year of decisions that narrowed women’s reproductive and economic rights, the current term provides the justices ample opportunities to right their wrongs (that is, if they can see past their egregious “blind spot” for women’s rights). Below, take […]

The Woman Who’s Making a Difference for Pregnant Workers

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When Peggy Young became pregnant in 2006, she needed her job’s health benefits at UPS the most. But instead of being given a new light-duty job or offered the chance to continue her regular job so long as she didn’t lift anything heavier than 20 pounds, Young was forced out of work. For the last six […]

Senate Considers Anti-TRAP Legislation

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The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing Tuesday on the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would outlaw many TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws that have unnecessarily restricted access to abortion services. While many of the nine witnesses presented eloquent testimony in support of the act, the hearing also served as […]

Under Attack: Buffer Zones Around Abortion Clinics

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Now that the Supreme Court has struck down the law upholding 35-foot buffer zones around abortion clinics in Massachusetts, similar buffer-zone laws in Maine, Vermont, Wisconsin and New Hampshire have quickly been rescinded or put on hold, leaving clinic staff and patients vulnerable to harassment and potential violence. Portland, Maine, repealed its 39-foot buffer zone ordinance Monday, while city officials […]

One Year After U.S. v. Windsor: The Marriage-Equality Map

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“In America, even sincere and long-held religious beliefs do not trump the constitutional rights of those who happen to have been outvoted.” So explained U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II on Tuesday as he delivered his decision striking down Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage. Heyburn is the latest federal judge to overturn anti-marriage-equality legislation […]

Supreme Court Aftermath: Striking Down Buffer Zones Puts Doctors, Patients, Health-Care Workers at Risk

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Let’s not mince words. The Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday to strike down a Massachusetts buffer zone law has significantly hindered the government’s ability to protect women exercising their constitutionally protected right to seek abortion and reproductive health care, and has endangered doctors and health care workers providing these critical medical services. The Massachusetts law established a […]

SCOTUS DECISION: Corporations Have Religious Liberty, Women Do Not In Choosing Birth Control

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In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. today in a major blow to reproductive rights for women across the nation. Said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, which has been centrally involved in securing contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act, Today’s decision […]