Fast Food Workers Continue Strikes In Largest Action Yet
Fast food workers across the US are striking and holding rallies today to call for higher wages.
ACLU Files Lawsuit For Pregnant Woman Denied Care at Catholic Hospital
Two civil liberties groups filed a lawsuit Friday against the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on behalf of Tamesha Means, a woman who was denied a full range of care options when she rushed to Mercy Health Partners after her water broke at 18 weeks of pregnancy.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan allege that because the hospital abided by the Bishops' religious directives, doctors endangered Tamesha's life by failing to inform her there was virtually no chance her pregnancy would survive or that terminating her pregnancy would be her safest medical decision.
Fort Hood Soldiers Recruited for Prostitution Ring During Sexual Assault Program
Female soldiers testified on Monday that they were recruited for a prostitution ring organized by a sergeant at Fort Hood in Texas.
Alabama's Harsh Anti-Immigration Law Permanently Blocked
The US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama entered a final judgment last week in United States v.
President Obama Announces HIV Cure Initiative
US President Barack Obama announced the launch of The HIV Cure Initiative yesterday, a $100 million investment in National Institutes of Health (NIH) research into a cure to HIV/AIDS.
Woman Forced To Undergo C-Section, Has Child Taken
A pregnant Italian woman who was visiting England for a work training course had her baby forcibly removed and taken into the custody of social services.
World AIDS Day Calls For Global Unity In Fight Against AIDS
Yesterday marked the 25th annual World AIDS Day, an opportunity for people around the world to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
"We remember the friends and loved ones we have lost, stand with the estimated 35 million people living with HIV/AIDS, and renew our commitment to preventing the spread of this virus at home and abroad," said US President Barack Obama in a statement.
Federal Court Blocks Indiana TRAP Law
Last Tuesday, a federal court blocked a targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) law that could have shut down the only healthcare facility in Indiana providing RU-486, or mifepristone, the medication abortion drug.
Representatives Push President to Protect Detainees from Sexual Abuse
A bipartisan group of 12 members of Congress are urging US President Barack Obama to issue stronger protections to prevent the sexual abuse of immigrant detainees in a newly-released letter.
The letter comes in light of a report recently released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealing the need for additional actions by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to address sexual abuse in immigrant detention centers.
Fast For Families Calls for Immigration Reform
Leaders from immigrant rights groups, labor, women's rights organizations, and faith groups have been taking part in "Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship" to pressure lawmakers to bring the immigration reform bill to a vote.
Karzai Signals Delay On Bilateral Security Agreement
President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has declared that he will not sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) until after Afghanistan's Presidential elections are held in April 2014.
Latinas in Texas Face Human Rights Violations for Restricted Reproductive Rights
The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights released a report last week documenting the impact of state funding cuts to family planning services on Texas women, particularly women living in the southern Rio Grande Valley [see PDF].
Feminist Majority Foundation Urges US Supreme Court to Let Women Not Bosses Make Decisions About Birth Control
Contact: Megan Perry
Phone: (703) 522-2214
The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the contraceptive coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
UNFPA Aims To Protect Women's Safety, Health In Aftermath of Typhoon
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is launching a plan to help over 3.2 million women and girls of reproductive age in the Philippines who have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan and are still in need of urgent care.
Today Is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Today marks the fourteenth annual United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, a part of the United Nations Secretary General's Campaign to End Violence Against Women (UNiTE).
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