HERvotes: Why Is the Washington Post Backing Bishops Over Women?

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The Washington Post is supporting the Catholic Bishops by repeatedly (and one-sidedly) attacking the Obama administration’s decision to maintain contraception coverage for millions of women, without deductibles or copays, under the Affordable Care Act. The Bishops have demanded that the administration–which has already exempted houses of worship–also exempt businesses owned by religious interests, such as […]

HERvotes: Where’s the Bipartisan Support for the Violence Against Women Act?

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According to the media, the public holds the bickering, do-nothing Congress in unprecedented low esteem. But here’s some good news: In the weeks and months ahead, there is one area where our legislators can redeem themselves. The Violence Against Women Act is up for reauthorization, and if Congress passes a strong bill, millions of girls […]

HERvotes: How Economic Insecurity Enables Abuse

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One in four women. In mid-December the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a report shining a spotlight on the physical and sexual abuse that women in our country face. One in four women has been a victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in her lifetime. While violence may not be ‘contagious,’ it is […]

HERvotes Blog Carnival: No Religious Exemption for Birth Control Coverage

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Despite enormous pressure from the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Obama Administration recently decided not to broaden the religious exemption for contraceptive coverage under the Preventive Care package of the Affordable Care Act. This demand for additional exemptions would have denied millions of American women contraceptive coverage, including students, teachers, nurses, social workers, and […]

HERvotes: Why VAWA Is a Queer Issue

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Having lived through the controlling behavior, the physical violence, the fear of what would happen next and the terror of being in danger, Davis did what it takes many victims of domestic violence years to do—he left. But Davis’ partner found him and threatened to kill him. Davis had nowhere else to go after having […]

HERvotes: Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act!

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For the eighth #HERvotes blog carnival, we’re joining forces for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found alarming rates of sexual violence, stalking, and domestic violence: One in 4 U.S. women has been the victim of severe physical […]

HERvotes Blog Carnival: Protecting Unemployment Benefits

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Welcome to the seventh #HERvotes blog carnival! Today the coalition tackles the need to protect women and employment during these tough economic times, with a focus on the importance of extending Unemployment Insurance (UI) before the December 31st deadline. It is critical that Congress acts before the end of this calendar year to renew federal […]

Extend Unemployment Benefits, But Don’t Stop There

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Nearly 2 million Americans will see their unemployment benefits expire in January if Congress doesn’t act to renew them. Some 430,000 of these workers lost their jobs as recently as July. An extension of benefits is a basic necessity for a country in the midst of a crisis of long-term unemployment: Rates have not been […]

Should Organized Religion Have More Rights Than Women?

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Right now, Catholic bishops, charities, schools and universities are demanding exemptions from new rules requiring that insurance plans cover contraception for women, free of charge. And President Obama is listening, even as Congressional Democrats object. The demand for exemptions is based on moral and religious grounds. Religious rights, it’s claimed. But about women’s religious rights? […]

#HERvotes Carnival: Women Vs. the Bishops

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Welcome to the sixth #HERvotes blog carnival! This time we are speaking out on the effort by the Catholic bishops to allow some institutions to refuse, under the Affordable Care Act, birth control coverage without co-pays to students and employees of hospitals, universities and other institutions, or other religious affiliated or connected institutions such as […]