NEWSFLASH: Nationwide Survey Finds Colleges are Failing Sexual Assault Survivors

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Hundreds of colleges and universities across the nation are in violation of federal law by not responding adequately to allegations of on-campus sexual assault, a new report has found. The report, commissioned by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), draws on survey responses from over 300 public and private schools. Most startlingly, it found that over 40 percent […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Rules 5-4 Against Birth Control Coverage

In a 5-4 decision authored by Justice Samuel Alito, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in the combined case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Burwell that, as The Washington Post reports, ” The federal government can’t force owners of closely held for-profit companies to provide birth control coverage to female employees if they […]

NEWSFLASH: Worldwide Protest Against Sultan of Brunei on Friday

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The Sultan of Brunei announced his plan this past May to impose a hateful and deadly Taliban-like penal code that includes the stoning to death of gay men and lesbians and the public flogging of women who have abortions. These clear violations of human rights have resulted in a massive international backlash, including a protest […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Strikes Down Clinic Buffer Zones

In a deeply disappointing decision this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that allowed reproductive-health clinics to maintain a 35-foot buffer zone for doctors, staff and patients. We will have more on this shortly.

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Upholds Temporary Ban on Wisconsin Anti-Abortion Law

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The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal today by Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to overturn the temporary injunction against a Wisconsin law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic. Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin signed the bill into law in July 2013.  The requirements […]

NEWSFLASH: Abortion Providers’ Privileges Reinstated

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Two Texas doctors—Lamar Robinson and Jasbir Ahluwalia—had their admitting privileges reinstated last week at the University General Hospital in Dallas (UGHD). Their privileges were revoked in late March for performing legal abortions at clinics independent of the hospital. Texas’s House Bill 2 (HB2) took effect in November 2013, requiring that abortion providers have admitting privileges within […]

NEWSFLASH: Obama Plans to Sign Executive Order Prohibiting LGBT Job Discrimination

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The White House announced today that President Obama plans to sign an executive order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This is a huge step forward in protecting the rights of LGBTQ federal employees, particularly because the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which was passed inthe Senate […]

NEWSFLASH: Obama Eases Student Debt, But Senate Blocks Loan Bill

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In an effort to help combat the nationwide student debt crisis, President Obama on Monday signed an executive order to help ease the burden of student loan payments. Seventy-one percent of those earning a bachelor’s degree graduate with debt, which averages $29,400, according to a White House press release. The presidential memorandum directs secretary of […]

Seattle Goes to the Mat for Minimum Wage

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The Seattle City Council last week unanimously approved an increase in the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, the highest in the nation. That’s more than double the current federal minimum of $7.25. This news represents a huge victory for low-paid workers, the majority of whom are women. The increase will be phased in […]

Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize Cancelled in Wake of Brunei Protests

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Looks like the Dorchester Collection of hotels, owned by the Sultan of Brunei, is being reminded that homophobia and misogyny is never en vogue. The Dorchester Collection had to cancel the fashion prize that it awards to rising designers each year amidst controversy that has surrounded the hotel group since the sultan decided to enact […]