Albuquerque Voters Reject Abortion Ban

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Albuquerque voters have spoken! On Tuesday, a city ballot measure that would have outlawed abortion after 20 weeks—without exception for rape, incest or the health of the mother—was defeated by a vote of 55 percent to 45 percent. About 25 percent of the city’s registered voters turned out for the special election—more than participated in […]

Congress Tries Again to Protect Survivors of Military Rape

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The statistics on sexual assault in the U.S. military speak volumes. Nearly one in three servicewomen are raped while serving, twice the rate of the general population. Nearly 90 percent don’t report the assaults, however, and the few cases that get reported are rarely prosecuted. A year after the documentary The Invisible War drew widespread […]

Women’s Peace Groups Oppose Drones

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On a warm day this past September, 75-year old Edith Cresmer stood with a clipboard outside the New York Public Library by an 11-by-8-foot replica of a weaponized military drone. She collected petition signatures, spoke with passersby and pushed for a ban on all unmanned government aircraft—especially those that kill. A member of the Granny […]

Albuquerque Is Newest Front in War on Abortion

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In just over two weeks, Albuquerque residents will vote on a ballot measure banning abortions after 20 weeks, with no exceptions for rape, incest or the psychological and emotional health of the mother. If passed, this would be the first ever municipal ban on abortion and could serve as a template for those looking to […]

Good Election News for Feminists in Virginia

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Virginia feminists faced a clear choice in statewide elections yesterday. The Tea Party-backed Republican ticket opposed abortion—even in cases of rape and incest—along with gun-control measures and marriage equality. What was it in favor of? Restricting birth control! On the other hand, the Democratic ticket—endorsed by the Feminist Majority, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the […]

Want Your Daughter to Succeed in Science? Have Her Swim With the Sharks!

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In 2012, for the fourth year in a row, women earned the majority of doctoral degrees awarded by U.S. universities—52.2 percent of the 67,220 doctorates, according to the Council of Graduate Schools. Broken down by field of study, women surpassed men in arts and humanities (53.6 percent of doctorates earned), education (67.6 percent), health sciences […]

Hactivist Group Seeks Justice in Maryville

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Famous hacker/activist collective Anonymous, known for its online activism and trademark Guy Fawkes mask, has once again shed light on a town overrun by victim blamers. Last week, Anonymous drew attention to the questionable judicial practices of prosecutors in the Maryville rape case when they released a statement calling for a closer look at the […]

Feeling Thorny: Or, 10 Reasons Why I Love Women’s Pro Soccer And You Should, Too

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I never thought I’d be the kind of person to greet a sports team at an airport dressed in red and holding a sign, but it appears I am. There I was at Portland International Airport September 1 with a crowd of hundreds of cheering, singing, red-clothes-wearing fans to welcome home the Portland Thorns, champions […]

Reality Checking the State of Abortion

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When Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s dangerous abortion clinic was shut down, anti-choice campaigners thought they had found an example to tout when demonizing abortion care. Anti-abortion activists and politicians have tried to use Gosnell’s “house of horrors” as a representative example and argument for stricter regulations on abortion providers. As Sharona Coutts wrote RH Reality Check […]

A More Feminist March On Washington

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Over the weekend and throughout this week, thousands have ventured to Washington, D.C., to participate in the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. The original 250,000-strong March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which took place on August 28, 1963, is most famous for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, […]