NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Obamacare

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Millions of Americans woke up on Thursday morning to discover that a key provision of the Affordable Care Act had been upheld by the Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision. Plaintiffs in the King vs. Burwell case had challenged the constitutionality of federal insurance subsidies written into the president’s health care law. By ruling in favor of the Department […]

NEWSFLASH: Feminist Majority Joins Protest Against the TPP

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Earlier today, protesters gathered in front of the Los Angeles office of  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to protest legislation to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a sweeping trade deal that would endanger women’s rights and workers’ rights. The Senate will take a final vote on the legislation tomorrow. Although the Senate approved fast-tracking the TPP […]

NEWSFLASH: Loretta Lynch Sworn In as Attorney General

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Loretta Lynch was sworn in as the 83rd attorney general of the United States Wednesday in an official ceremony conducted by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She is the first African American woman to hold the position. Confirmed in April nearly six months after her nomination on November 8, Lynch “hit the ground running from day one,” […]

NEWSFLASH: Texas Anti-Choice Law Targets Teens

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A new law signed this week by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) prohibits any woman who doesn’t have valid “proof of identity or age” from obtaining an abortion. Under HB 3994, physicians are expected to assume any pregnant woman is a minor if she can’t provide I.D. The I.D. requirement effects society’s most vulnerable women, including […]

NEWSFLASH: Trans-Pacific Partnership Hits Roadblock

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Today, the House helped to slow down Fast Track legislation for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, a sweeping trade deal that threatens women’s rights, human rights and women workers. But the fight’s not over. In a narrow 219-211 vote, the House passed Trade Promotion Authority, also known as Fast Track legislation. But, in order […]

NEWSFLASH: Texas May Soon Have Just 7 Abortion Clinics

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It looks like Texas women won’t be getting an 11th-hour reprieve after all. In a devastating blow, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has decided to uphold some of the most draconian restrictions of HB2, also known as the “clinic shutdown law.” The bill puts all but seven abortion clinics at risk for closure in […]

North Carolina Bill Would Triple Wait Time for Abortion

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North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory released a statement Wednesday vowing to sign a bill that would extend the waiting period for an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours. The bill has been approved by both the House and Senate and is currently awaiting the governor’s signature. According to a June report from the Guttmacher Institute, North Carolina will, if […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Rules in Workplace Anti-Discrimination Case

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided a case involving retailer Abercrombie & Fitch, which denied Muslim teenager Samantha Elauf a job in 2008 because she wore a headscarf (or hijab). The company claimed the hijab violated its dress code and that Elauf had never asked for a religious-based accommodation, but the court ruled, in […]

NEWSFLASH: California Goes After Crisis Pregnancy Centers

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It looks like crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) may not be able to act with total impunity anymore. At least not in California if state lawmakers finish work on a disclosure bill. The California Assembly passed a bill this week that would force CPCs to provide accurate information to pregnant women about all their options, which […]

NEWSFLASH: Gloria Steinem Crosses North-South Korean Border

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Ms. cofounder Gloria Steinem joined 30 other women activists from 15 countries Sunday in crossing the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea. The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) has kept the two Koreas divided for the 60 years since the Korean War ended and remains a fault line of strife for the nations, which have yet […]