NEWSFLASH: A New Beginning for ENDA?

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UPDATE!! After 19 years of trying, the U.S. Senate has finally passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) by a vote of 64-32. All Democratic Senators voted for it, joined by 10 Republicans. It now goes to the House, where it faces much more stubborn Republican opposition. In a groundbreaking vote yesterday, 61 U.S. Senators–including 7 […]

NEWSFLASH: 15 Down, 35 to Go!

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Illinois is just Gov. Pat Quinn’s signature away from becoming the 15th state in the U.S. (plus Washington, D.C.) to legalize same-sex marriage. The state’s General Assembly passed the marriage equality bill today, and Quinn has already promised to sign it. Opposition to the bill came mainly from religious groups, including the Catholic church, white […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Dismisses Oklahoma Abortion Case

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Without much explanation, the U.S. Supreme Court took a major abortion case off of its docket yesterday, providing relief for abortion rights supporters concerned about how the conservative court may have decided the case. Cline v. Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice was a “plea by the state of Oklahoma to revive a law that restricts […]

NEWSFLASH: Texas Abortion Restrictions Ruled Unconstitutional

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At the eleventh hour–a day before dozens of abortion clinics were going to be forced to close in Texas–a federal judge ruled that some of the state’s harsh new abortion restrictions were unconstitutional. While Gov. Rick Perry undercut Wendy Davis’ nearly 13-hour filibuster against a draconian anti-abortion bill in June by passing it in a […]

NEWSFLASH: Bureaucracy Shows Its Baby Bump

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Dependence on government assistance is the norm for most couples who unintentionally become pregnant. A recent study from the Guttmacher Institute shows two-thirds of them turn to public insurance programs such as Medicaid, nearly twice the rate of people who intended to have kids. State and federal governments spent $12.5 billion dollars in 2008 to […]

NEWSFLASH: California Governor Vetoes Child Victims Act

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Over the weekend, California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed Senate Bill 131. The veto comes as a disappointment to many who, despite the fact that Gov. Brown is a former Jesuit seminarian, felt that he would let the bill, also known as the Child Victims Act, pass into law. It would have extended the statute of limitations […]

NEWSFLASH: California Governor Expands Abortion Access

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At a time when most states are pushing legislation to cut abortion access (we’re looking at you, Texas), the Golden State has set a shining example for women’s rights. Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 154 into law, a bill which improves access to early abortion in California. AB 154 makes California the only […]

NEWSFLASH: Hundreds March in Ohio: “We Won’t Go Back!”

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As state legislators returned from their summer recess and prepared to debate even more anti-woman bills, hundreds of demonstrators from more than 50 women’s, labor and other groups marched on the Ohio state capitol in Columbus. Angered by draconian attacks on women’s health care, they vowed to defeat the politicians supporting such legislation. Said Eleanor […]

NEWSFLASH: Texas Clinics Attempt to Block Anti-Abortion Law

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Backed by the Center for Reproductive Rights, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, a group of women’s health clinics in Texas are suing the state to overturn parts of a recent law cutting abortion access. The stringent abortion restrictions that were signed into law by Texas Gov. Rick Perry after Senator (and potential gubernatorial candidate) Wendy […]

Brava, Diana Nyad!!!

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110 miles 53 hours 64 years old Fifth try in 35 years Today, distance swimmer Diana Nyad finally completed her long-held dream to swim nonstop from Cuba to the U.S. without a shark cage!!!! Amazing, inspiring, heroic, fill in your own additional adjective …. Photo of water in Key West, Fla., from Flickr user Fifth […]