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 […]

SCOTUS Decision Endangers Women and Healthcare Providers

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The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) is outraged by the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a Massachusetts buffer zone law as unconstitutional. The lives of doctors and clinic staff are being threatened as we speak. This decision emboldens more extreme violence, harassment and intimidation of women and health care providers in the name of free […]

Back to the Big House

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As avid fans know, the second season of Netflix’s hit show, Orange is the New Black, has been released. The series is a fictionalized version of the real-life story of Piper Kerman, an upper-middle-class white woman who was sentenced to over a year in prison for committing a drug-smuggling-related crime 10 years earlier. Piper Chapman […]

Men Sue in Campus Sexual Assault Cases

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One in five college women are sexually assaulted, and only 12 percent of college rape survivors will report their rape to the police. And yet, some men accused of such assaults are playing the victim. As covered extensively in the Spring issue of Ms. magazine, rape on college campuses is gaining widespread national attention thanks […]

Will “Right-to-Lifers” Gain Right to Lie?

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In a 9-0 ruling Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted two anti-choice groups the right to challenge the constitutionality of Ohio’s ban on false statements made during political campaigns. The suit draws from a controversy that arose during former U.S. Rep. Steve Driehaus’, D-Ohio, reelection bid in 2010. At the time of his campaign, the […]

Why #FreeTheNipple Isn’t About Fixing Tan Lines.

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When Scout Willis marched topless down the streets of New York City early last week, she was sending a clear message: it’s time to finally #FreeTheNipple. Nearly 80 years after men first won the right to go barechested, women are demanding the same level of physical freedom both in public and on social media. Willis […]

Survivors Expose George Will’s Male Privilege

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Washington Post columnist George F. Will evoked Internet scorn this week when he claimed that college women are lying about being “sexually assaulted”—the scare quotes are his—in order to gain the “coveted status that confers privileges” to victims. What are these coveted privileges that sexual assault victims gain? Besides a brief mention of trigger warnings, […]

Congress Moves Forward on Rape-Kit Funding

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The U.S. Senate subcommittee on commerce, justice, science and related agencies showed its support this week for combating the backlog of untested rape kits by including $41 million in its 2015 fiscal year spending bill as part of a community-based sexual assault response reform initiative. This announcement comes on the heels of an earlier House […]