NEWSFLASH: WAM! Teams Up With Twitter to Stop Gender Harassment Online

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For women, having a voice and being visible has often been dangerous. For women online, it has become increasingly so. Women who speak up online have been the subject of vicious harassment, cyberstalking and, in the recent case of women-in-gaming advocate Anita Sarkeesian, even death threats. The anonymity of the Internet emboldens some men to […]

NEWSFLASH: North Dakota Court Restricts Medication Abortions

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The North Dakota Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a state law restricting medication abortions will be allowed to take effect, severely limiting women’s access to a safe, legal medical procedure. Said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which first filed a lawsuit challenging the bill in July 2011: Today’s decision […]

NEWSFLASH: Reyhaneh Jabbari Hanged for Murder of Alleged Rapist

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Reyhaneh Jabbari, a 26-year-old Iranian woman, was executed on Oct. 25 after being convicted of murdering a man she claimed had tried to sexually abuse her. She spent five years on death row and was hanged on Saturday in Iran’s Evin Prison despite international outcry and her claim that a third person had killed her alleged […]

Wisconsin Political Candidate Tells Fast-Food Workers to “Get a Real Job”

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And the victim-blaming of the impoverished continues. The Republican candidate for attorney general in Wisconsin, Brad Schimel, recently explained to supporters that this whole minimum wage debate wouldn’t be happening if those poors could just get their lives together: I want every one of our neighbors to have a job again, a well-paid job, so we […]

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 […]