NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Does Right By Texas Abortion Clinics

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On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court took action to keep open the doors of some of Texas’ abortion clinics. Women’s health advocates had filed an emergency motion earlier this month asking the court to strike down a decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that had shuttered all but eight clinics in the state. […]

New Report Shows Rape-Kit Backlog Still High in Vegas, Milwaukee, Tulsa and Seattle

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[TRIGGER WARNING: Discussion of sexual assault] For those who are raped, a post-assault exam can be a long and harrowing experience. But if the rapist is to be convicted and taken off the streets, it’s crucial that a rape kit of evidence be gathered and then matched against databases to try and locate the perpetrator. […]

NEWSFLASH: NY Governor Announces New Sexual Assault Policies for SUNY

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) has announced the first uniform statewide policy to curb sexual assault on New York college campuses. Within 60 days, the State University of New York (SUNY) system has to implement the new policies on all 64 of its campuses, which enroll almost half a million students. At a press conference in Manhattan last […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Non-Ruling Allows Same-Sex Weddings in 5 More States

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Get your bouquets and tuxes and gowns and rice and hankies ready in Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana: The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to rule on challenges to same-sex marriage in those states. That means lower-court rulings that knocked down bans against such marriages will stand, and marriage licenses to gay and […]

NEWSFLASH: All But 7 Texas Abortion Clinics to Shutter

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The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals today announced that a provision of Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion bill, HB2, will be allowed to go into effect. The provision requires abortion clinics to meet the stringent building standards of ambulatory surgical centers. Since only seven clinics in the state currently meet that requirement, the rest will be forced […]

NEWSFLASH: California Bans Forced Sterilization of Women Prisoners

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Months after appalling reports revealed that women prisoners in California had been sterilized without their consent, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill into law Thursday that would stop such a violation from happening in California prisons ever again. The new law prohibits sterilization as a method of birth control in correctional facilities, unless the patient’s life […]

Iraqi Human Rights Activist Executed

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As a feminist, I often think about how my voice is policed by others. My opinions are strong and can result in stereotypical name calling: man-hater, bitch, angry feminist, ugly, etc. But those are just words—in places such as Iraq, being a strong and opinionated woman can be fatal. A week ago in Mosul, human rights […]

Rutgers to Endow Chair in Gloria Steinem’s Name

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On Monday, Rutgers University announced that it is endowing a chair in the name of Gloria Steinem—American feminist icon and co-founder of Ms. The Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies will not only honor Steinem’s legacy as a women’s rights activist and journalist, but will honor her work in media by […]

NEWSFLASH: Missouri Enacts 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

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Legislators in Missouri enacted a law Wednesday requiring women seeking abortions to wait 72 hours before undergoing the procedure; there are no exceptions for survivors of rape or incest. The bill passed the House and Senate earlier this year but was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon (D) in July. Using a rare tactic, the Republican-controlled House voted […]

NEWSFLASH: Rising Chorus Calls for NFL to Take Action on Domestic Violence

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A bipartisan group of 16 women senators on Thursday, led by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), joined a growing chorus of voices calling for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to institute a zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence. Goodell has been targeted by feminists and others for failing to act appropriately when NFL players face assault charges. Earlier […]