NEWSFLASH: Texas Abortion Restrictions Close Down Three More Women’s Health Clinics

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Since Texas passed House Bill 2 last summer, which placed new restrictions on abortion services, women’s health centers have been closing down across the state. Only 19 of the 44 clinics that provided abortions three years ago are still in operation, and last week three more had to close. Two were located in the Rio […]

NEWSFLASH: Facebook Offers Gender Options and Neutrality

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Facebook released 50 new gender choices for users last week. Users can now express their gender from male or female to pan-sexual, androgynous, trans*, gender-fluid, etc. On Facebook’s Diversity page, the social network posted that it had worked with leading LGBT advocacy organizations to accurately depict multiple gender options: When you come to Facebook to […]

80,000 March in North Carolina Against Radical Right Agenda

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It was a proud day for this Raleigh native. On Saturday, a crowd of riled-up citizens estimated by the North Carolina NAACP to be upwards of 80,000—the largest such gathering in the South since the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march—headed to the state Capitol to protest the extremist policies of North Carolina’s GOP-controlled legislature. Black […]

NEWSFLASH: Freedom for Pussy Riot? UPDATE: Yes!!!

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UPDATE: A prisoner amnesty bill passed in the lower house of the Russian Parliament yesterday, and today Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the two jailed members of Pussy Riot would be among those freed soon (no exact date was given). Of course it’s not like he realized what horrifically punitive treatment they have received […]

NEWSFLASH: Yes, Virginia!

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In a recount of the too-close-to-call November 5 state election, Democrat Mark Herring has come out the victor in the race for Attorney General against Republican Mark Obenshein. Democrats also won for governor (Terry McAuliffe) and lieutenant governor (Ralph Northam) in the November balloting. The anti-choice Obenshain had introduced legislation that would have required women […]

U.S. Supreme Court Abandons Texas Women

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It looks like the women of Texas won’t be getting an 11th-hour reprieve from the U.S. Supreme Court. The country’s highest court decided this week, on a 5-4 vote, that it will not block a recently enacted anti-choice provision that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. That provision—which is extremely […]

NEWSFLASH: Filibuster Busted For Most Presidential Appointees

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For years, lawmakers have used filibusters, and merely the threat of them, to block presidential nominees from taking office. But the U.S. Senate decided Thursday in a 52-48 vote to require a simple majority vote–rather than three-fifths–to end the stalling of voting when it comes to making appointments for most executive and judicial positions. It […]

NEWSFLASH: Wisconsin Postpones Anti-Abortion Bills to Avoid “All Out Hell”

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Wisconsin Republicans seem to be balking on their recent push for additional abortion restrictions after a pro-choice Democratic Senator promised he would raise “an all-out hell” if two controversial anti-abortion bills ever reached the Senate floor. The state’s Senate Health Committee narrowly moved forward a bill that would ban sex-selective abortions, but pro-choice activists say […]

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 […]