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11/21/2014 Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law
The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider a panel decision blocking enforcement of a Mississippi law that threatened to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state. In July, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction against a Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals....
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule
In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations. Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom. Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing....
11/14/2014 Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Hear Challenge to Affirmative Action at University of Texas
The US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has refused to rehear a ruling that permits the use of race as a factor of consideration in undergraduate admissions at the University of Texas. In a brief order issued on Wednesday, the Fifth Circuit indicated that the decision to refuse rehearing was 10-5. Twice before, the Fifth Circuit sided with the University of Texas at Austin in a case brought by Abigail Fisher, a white student who believes UT discriminated against her when she was denied admission six years ago....
11/12/2014 12 Countries Have Called on El Salvador to Stop Criminalizing Abortion
12 countries have come out this week in public opposition of El Salvador's extreme abortion ban. As part of a review currently being conducted by the United Nations Human Rights Council, Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Iceland, Luxembourg, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK all submitted statements urging El Salvador to lift its complete ban on abortions....
11/10/2014 Supreme Court Upholds Decision on Disclosure Law for Crisis Pregnancy Centers in New York City
The Supreme Court declined last week to review a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upholding a New York City law that requires so-called crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) in New York City to inform patients that they do not have any medical professionals on staff. The Supreme Court's decision lets stand a portion of a New York City law that requires CPCs to post a "status disclosure" in English and Spanish at the entrance to its facilities and in waiting rooms, informing patients whether or not a licensed medical professional works on-site at the facility....
11/7/2014 Oklahoma's Supreme Court Temporarily Preserved Abortion Access
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily blocked two new abortion restrictions, allowing Oklahoma women to continue to access safe, legal abortion while the legal challenge to the state's laws continues in court. The decision by the state's highest court means that Dr....
11/7/2014 Sixth Circuit Ruling on Gay Marriage Bans Could Send Marriage Equality to the Supreme Court
A panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld same-sex marriage bans in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky....
11/6/2014 Election Day Decisions on Marijuana and Nonviolent Crimes Also Counter Racial Biases of War on Drugs
Voters in three states and Washington, DC made significant headway in ending criminalization of nonviolent and low-level drug offenses on Election Day....
11/5/2014 A Majority of Oregon's Electorate Voted for Women's Equality in the Midterm Election
Measure 89, a state constitutional Equal Rights Amendment which was placed on the ballot in Oregon by a citizen's petition, passed overwhelmingly by a nearly 2-1 margin, with 64 percent of voters turning out in support of constitutional equality for women. Over 116,000 signatures from registered voters in Oregon put Measure 89 on the ballot....
11/5/2014 While Colorado and North Dakota Rejected Personhood on Election Day, Tennessee's Anti-Abortion Measure Passed
In a strong win for reproductive rights advocates, voters in North Dakota and Colorado handily defeated - by a 2-to-1 margin - two state constitutional personhood amendments that would have granted legal rights to fertilized eggs and ban access to abortion and some forms of birth control....
11/3/2014 There's A Lot at Stake for Women on Election Day Tomorrow
Election Day is tomorrow, November 4 - and this year, there is much at stake for women, people of color, and young people. In many states, voters will directly decide several critical issues in their states - from raising the minimum wage to paid sick days, from abortion access and women's civil rights to decriminalization of marijuana - through ballot measures. In Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska, and South Dakota voters will have the opportunity to increase their state's minimum wage at the polls tomorrow....
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost. The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance....
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling
An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1. The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy....
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case
The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case. UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015....
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions
The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately. The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement....
10/20/2014 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Slams Supreme Court for Upholding Voter Suppression in Texas
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a blistering dissent after a ruling by the US Supreme Court this weekend threatened to disqualify more than half a million Texas voters from early voting. In an unsigned order Saturday, a majority of the Supreme Court sided with a Texas law requiring voters to produce specific forms of photo identification in order to cast a ballot in the 2014 election....
10/15/2014 Supreme Court Ruling Keeps Texas Abortion Clinics Open
The US Supreme Court issued an order last night blocking enforcement of two provisions of a restrictive Texas anti-abortion law that had forced all but eight of the state's abortion clinics to close....
10/15/2014 Enforcement of Voter Suppression Law in Texas Uncertain
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled yesterday that Texas could enforce its strict Voter ID law, despite a lower court's finding that the law was discriminatory and would likely suppress the votes of African Americans and Hispanics in Texas. Writing for the Court, Judge Edith Brown Clement described the immediate challenge to the Texas law as "not a run-of-the-mill case." She continued, "Instead, it is a voting case decided on the eve of the election....
10/13/2014 As Midterm Elections Near, Courts Are Taking On Voter Suppression
With less than a month before the November 4 elections, courts are weighing in on voting rights across the nation. In a victory for voters in Wisconsin, the US Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the state's new voter identification law from taking effect in November....
10/13/2014 Full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Refuses to Hear Challenge to Texas TRAP Law
The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to rehear a March panel decision upholding HB 2, the Texas TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law that has forced 80 percent of abortion clinics in the state to close. Only 3 of 15 judges - all Democratic-appointees - supported the application to rehear the case against two provisions of HB 2....
10/10/2014 Study Finds Abortion Restrictions Adversely Impact Women's Health Outcomes
States with the greatest restrictions on abortion are the worst for women's overall health, according to a new study from the Center for Reproductive Rights and Ibis Reproductive Health. More than 250 bills restricting abortion were introduced in 40 states in 2014 alone, and in the period between 2011 and 2013, states signed 205 new abortion restriction provisions into law - "more laws than were enacted in the entire previous decade," the report states....
10/10/2014 Catholic Church Files Civil Rights Complaint Against State Over Abortion Mandate
California's Catholic leaders have filed a civil rights complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services over a recent decision by the state to mandate that religiously affiliated universities there offer full abortion coverage in their employees' health care plans. Earlier this year, the California Lawyer learned that despite the state's commitment to fully protect comprehensive reproductive rights, two Catholic universities - Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara - had discontinued coverage for "not medically necessary" abortion services for their employees....
10/9/2014 UPDATE: Supreme Court Justice Delays Marriage Equality in Idaho
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy halted a decision Wednesday that would have allowed same sex couples to marry in Idaho. The Justice issued a one-page order requiring the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to delay a Tuesday ruling striking down Idaho's same-sex marriage ban and calling them unconstitutional until either Kennedy or the full Supreme Court weighed in....
10/8/2014 Marriage Equality Set to Take Hold in 35 States Following Court Rulings
Following the US Supreme Court's decision Monday to decline review of three federal appeals courts' decisions striking down same-sex marriage bans in five states, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday struck down same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada, bringing the number of states in which same-sex marriage bans are effectively null and void to 35. Monday's decision by the Supreme Court immediately expanded the number of states were same-sex marriage is legal from 19 to 24....
10/7/2014 Texas Providers Ask Supreme Court to Block Restrictive Abortion Law
Reproductive health care providers in Texas have asked the US Supreme Court to block enforcement of unnecessary, harmful abortion restrictions in Texas that have closed all but eight of the state's abortion clinics overnight. The Center for Reproductive Rights, on behalf of the health care providers, filed an emergency application with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia after Thursday's decision by the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to allow the immediate enforcement of two provisions - the ambulatory surgical center and admitting privileges requirements - of the Texas omnibus anti-abortion law, HB 2. Before the enactment of HB2, Texas had 44 abortion clinics....
10/2/2014 Court Reinstates Same Day Voter Registration in North Carolina
A federal appeals court blocked North Carolina's effort to end same-day voter registration and out-of-precinct voting - methods disproportionately used by minority voters - overturning a decision by a lower court just last month. In a 2-1 decision issued yesterday, the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit found that these provisions of H.B....
9/30/2014 US Supreme Court Shuts Down First Week of Early Voting in Ohio
Less than 24 hours before the start of Ohio's would-be voting period, the Supreme Court blocked efforts to restore a full seven days of early voting in the state, marking a win for the Republican-controlled legislature that enacted the new voting restrictions. The Supreme Court's order offered no opinion or explanation, but Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer would have ruled differently....
9/29/2014 Hope for Afghan Women as New President is Sworn In
Ashraf Ghani, who has publicly and consistently stated his support for women's rights and women's participation in government, was sworn in as the new President of Afghanistan today at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. Over 1000 national and international guests attended the ceremony, including high-ranking officials from the United Nations and 34 countries and a delegation from the United States....
9/22/2014 New President and National Unity Government Announced in Afghanistan
The Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced yesterday that the Afghan people have elected Dr....
9/4/2014 Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana Same Sex Marriage Ban
A federal judge ruled yesterday that Louisiana has the right to ban same-sex marriage in the state and to refuse to recognize legal same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. Judge Martin L.C....
8/28/2014 Illinois Expands Medicaid Funding for Contraception in Wake of Hobby Lobby
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has announced plans to expand Medicaid funding for contraception, effective October 1. The Illinois Family Planning Action Plan would increase the amount of money set aside for health care organizations providing reproductive health care....
8/27/2014 White House Releases New Rules Governing Birth Control Mandate
Tthe White House released new health insurance rules Friday for nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses to comply with the Supreme Court's ruling in Burwell v....
8/25/2014 California Reverses Decision Allowing Catholic Colleges to Refuse to Cover Abortion
Two Catholic universities in California will no longer be allowed to exclude abortion coverage from their health insurance plans, according to a decision from the state;s Department of Managed Health Care. The state of California had previously decided to allow the insurance companies for Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara universities to deny abortion coverage, except in cases where it was needed to save a woman's life or health....
8/22/2014 Supreme Court Blocks Marriage Equality in Virginia
The US Supreme Court granted a request Wednesday to stay a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit overturning Virginia's marriage equality ban....
8/18/2014 ACLU Sues After St. Louis County Police Deny Open Records Request in Ferguson
After a full week of standoffs between law enforcement and demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed two lawsuits against the local police department. Thursday, the ACLU of Missouri sued St....
8/12/2014 Tennessee Judge Upholds Ban on Recognizing Legal Same-Sex Marriages
A Tennessee state court last week broke away from a tide of court rulings in favor of marriage equality by upholding the state's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages legally performed elsewhere. In a broadly worded decision, state court judge Russell Simmons, Jr....
8/11/2014 Federal Judge Fails to Block North Carolina Voter Suppression Law
A federal judge on Friday refused to grant civil rights groups and the US Department of Justice a preliminary injunction against a North Carolina voter suppression measure, signed into law by Republican Governor Pat McCrory last year....
8/8/2014 Floridians Rally To Support Not My Boss's Business Act
Women's health advocates came together in Central Florida last week to rally against the US Supreme Court's June ruling in Hobby Lobby v....
8/6/2014 Supreme Court Decision Affects Buffer Zone Laws Around the Nation
Cities and states across the United States have been responding differently to the US Supreme Court's decision in June to strike down Massachusetts' 35-foot abortion clinic buffer zone in McCullen v....
8/5/2014 Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Union Limits and Voter ID Laws
The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday to uphold a 2011 law, championed by Governor Scott Walker (R), that significantly decreased collective bargaining rights for workers in public employee unions....
7/31/2014 Massachusetts Enacts New Law to Protect Access to Reproductive Health Facilities
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) signed into law yesterday a bill to help protect access to reproductive health care facilities in the state. The law, entitled An Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities, enables a law enforcement official to order the "immediate dispersal of a gathering that substantially impedes access to or departure from an entrance or a driveway to a reproductive health care facility." The order would "remain in place for 8 hours or until the close of business of the reproductive health facility, whichever is earlier," and make noncompliance punishable with a fine or jail time....
7/28/2014 Wisconsin Will Not Enforce Contraceptive Coverage Law If Employers Raise Religious Objections
Citing the recent United States Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v....
7/24/2014 From Passion to Progress Briefing Brings Together Feminist Leaders and Hundreds of Young Activists
Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) staff, two congresswomen, and over a hundred DC interns came together yesterday for FMF's Intern Student/Activist briefing in Dirksen Senate building to discuss how to put a women's rights agenda into action. Over plates of donuts and cups coffee, participants listened to a succession of engaging and passionate speeches from congressional and feminist leaders: Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and FMF President Eleanor Smeal....
7/24/2014 Feminist Leaders and Activists Rally for the Equal Rights Amendment
This morning, Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) led a solid crowd of Equal Rights Amendment activists and supporters just beyond the steps of the U.S....
7/21/2014 White House: Corporations Must Inform Employees About Refusal to Cover Contraception
The White House clarified on Thursday that closely held for-profit corporations refusing to provide contraceptive coverage will be required to inform their employees. The clarification is a response to the Supreme Court's ruling in Hobby Lobby v....
7/18/2014 Research Analysis Finds Covering Contraception is Good for Business
In a new round-up of private sector and public sector research, Guttmacher Institute dispels the myths surrounding the cost to businesses of insurance coverage for contraception....
7/18/2014 Law Limiting Abortion Access Under Medicaid in Alaska Temporarily Blocked
An Alaska state court judge this week temporarily blocked a law that created a narrow definition for when abortions were "medically necessary" and therefore covered under Alaska Medicaid. The law, SB 49, gives doctors a strict list of 21 reasons someone on Medicaid would qualify for a "medically necessary abortion," pulling language from a 2001 decision by the state's Supreme Court which declared that Alaska was required to cover abortion care for women in the Medicaid program when their physicians found them "medically necessary." The law has been criticized for discriminating against low-income women by preventing them from accessing proper abortion care with Medicaid funds. The politicians who passed this law were playing a dangerous game of keep away with women's health by trying to withhold Medicaid coverage from qualified women, said Brigitte Amiri, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)....
7/16/2014 Lower Court Upholds Affirmative Action at University of Texas at Austin
Affirmative action survived a federal appellate court in Texas on Tuesday....
7/14/2014 Massachusetts Lawmakers Work to Restore Protections for Abortion Clinics Following McCullen
The state of Massachusetts is expected to soon push legislation providing greater protections to reproductive health clinics following the Supreme Court's ruling in McCullen v....
7/9/2014 LGBT Rights Groups Withdraw Support for ENDA Following Hobby Lobby Decision
In light of the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, several LGBT rights groups have withdrawn their support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) citing increased concerns about the religious exemption included in the bill. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on Tuesday was the first LGBT rights organization to withdraw its support ENDA on the grounds that the religious exemption, like the ACA exemption and accommodation for contraceptive coverage, might "be used as a similar license to discriminate across the country."The American Civil Liberties Union, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the Transgender Law Center subsequently withdrew their support....
7/8/2014 Democrats to Introduce Bill Reversing Hobby Lobby Decision
Democrats in the House and Senate are expected to introduce companion bills today to reverse the US Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v....
7/7/2014 Delaware Law Would Protect Pregnant Employees From Discrimination
The Delaware House of Representatives last week followed the Delaware Senate in passing a bill to protect pregnant workers from discrimination....
7/7/2014 SCOTUS Decision On Wheaton College May Expand Hobby Lobby
In an unsigned order issued on Thursday, a majority of the US Supreme Court granted a temporary emergency injunction to Wheaton College, a Christian college in Illinois, ruling that the school does not have to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA)contraceptive coverage benefit, prompting a severe rebuke from the three women Justices. The decision comes on the heels of the Court's 5-4 decision in Burwell v....
7/3/2014 SCOTUS Will Hear Pregnancy Discrimination Case Next Term
The US Supreme Court will decide next term whether the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) requires an employer to provide workplace accommodations to pregnant employees if that employer also provides comparable accommodations to non-pregnant employees who become temporarily unable to perform their jobs without the accommodation. The case - Young v....
7/2/2014 Supreme Court Ruling in Harris v Quinn May Reduce Power of Unions
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that certain public sector employees who benefit from a labor union's representation will no longer have to pay union fees. According to the decision in Harris v....
7/2/2014 US Supreme Court upholds California gay conversion therapy ban
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that "gay conversion therapy," which aims to change the sexual orientation of children under the age of 18, is within a state's right to regulate and can therefore be banned....
7/1/2014 Hobby Lobby Decision Values Corporations Over Women
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 along rigid gender and ideological lines that "closely-held" corporations could not be required to provide health insurance coverage for methods of contraception that violate the corporation'ssincerely held religious beliefs -- preventing employees who work for these companies from accessing certain FDA-approved contraceptives. In a statement issued by the Feminist Majority Foundation, President Eleanor Smeal said the decision "not only deprives women of comprehensive healthcare, but it sets a terrifying standard in affirming the 'personhood' of corporations." Though the Court did not provide a definition of a "closely held" corporation (there are multiple state definitions), the Wall Street Journal reports that roughly 90 percent of all companies in the US are "closely held," and according to a 2009 NYU research study, roughly half of all private sector employees work for such corporations....
6/30/2014 Mississippi Freedom Summer Focuses On Fighting Voter Suppression
MISSISSIPPI - Two members of Feminist Majority Foundation's campus team were in Jackson, Mississippi this past week engaging with social justice groups on the subject of modern-day voter suppression. National Campus Organizer Edwith Theogene and Campus Communications Associate Taylor Kuether attended plenaries, workshops, and breakout sessions centralized around voting and labor issues as part of Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary conference at Tougaloo College....
6/30/2014 BREAKING: SCOTUS Decides Corporations Have Religious Liberty, Women Do Not In Choosing Birth Control
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 30, 2014 WASHINGTON -- In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby, Inc....
6/30/2014 BREAKING: SCOTUS Decides Corporations Have Religious Liberty, Women Do Not In Choosing Birth Control
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 30, 2014 WASHINGTON -- In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby, Inc....
6/27/2014 Most Media Missed Chance to Uncover Violent Undercurrents in McCullen
In the hours following the Supreme Court's ruling on "safety buffer zones", few mainstream media outlets called attention to the violence that necessitated them; but social media was awash with stories about violence, harassment, and intimidation at clinics. Hashtags like #ProtectTheZone, #ClinicViolenceIsReal,#NotCounseling, #SCOTUSFail, #clinicthreats, #antichoiceterrorists--all appeared in thousands of tweets from firsthand victims of clinic violence....
6/26/2014 Statement: SCOTUS Decision Endangers Women And Healthcare Workers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 26, 2014 WASHINGTON -- Today, the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) is outraged by the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a Massachusetts buffer zone law as unconstitutional. "The lives of doctors and clinic staff are being threatened as we speak," said Feminist Majority Foundation President, Eleanor Smeal....
6/26/2014 SCOTUS Decision Endangers Women And Healthcare Workers

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6/20/2014 President Plans Expansion of Sick Leave For Same Sex Couples
The White House announced plans today to draft an expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act that would ensure people in same sex couples can take unpaid leave to care for a sick spouse....
6/17/2014 Anti-Choice Group May Challenge Law Prohibiting False Political Speech
The US Supreme Court ruled yesterday that anti-choice group Susan B....
6/12/2014 Sixth Circuit Rejects Challenge to ACA Birth Control Benefit
In a unanimous decision, a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled yesterday that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) birth control coverage benefit does not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) or the First Amendment, upholding two lower courts' denial of a preliminary injunction against the law to a group of Catholic-affiliated non-profit entities. The ACA requires health insurance providers to cover preventive health services - including all FDA-approved contraceptives, such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance....
6/9/2014 Anti-Choice Group Asks SCOTUS to Review New York City's CPC Regulations
The American Center for Law and Justice asked the US Supreme Court Friday to review a federal appeals court decision reinstating parts of New York City's landmark set of regulations for Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs), or "fake clinics." Earlier this year, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the portion of the New York City law, passed in 2011, that requires CPCs operating in New York City to disclose whether or not a licensed medical professional works on-site at the facility....
6/2/2014 Obama Makes His Mark on Federal Appeals Courts
The make-up of the thirteen US federal appeals courts experienced a marked change under the Obama Administration....
5/28/2014 New Hampshire Governor to Sign 25-Foot Clinic Buffer Zone Bill
The New Hampshire Senate voted last week to create a 25-foot buffer zone around clinics that provide abortion services. SB 319 was filed in response to over 60 complaints by patients of Planned Parenthood of Manchester since the start of 2013....
5/12/2014 Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down
An Arkansas state judge struck down an Arkansas law and state constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between a man and a woman. Calling the ban an "unconstitutional attempt to narrow the definition of equality," Circuit judge Chris Piazza ruled Friday in Wright v....
4/23/2014 Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Affirmative Action Ban
The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a Michigan state constitutional ban on affirmative action for women and minorities in public education, employment, and contracting. The decision in Schuette v....
4/22/2014 Florida Supreme Court Recognizes Anti-Discrimination Protections for Pregnant Workers
The Florida State Supreme Court ruled last week that pregnancy discrimination is a form of sex discrimination under Florida employment law. The 6-1 decision allows Peguy Delva to proceed with her lawsuit against her employer, real estate developer Continental Group....
4/17/2014 Supreme Court of India Recognizes Transgender Rights
India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that official documents must allow transgender people to identify as a third gender and directed the federal and state governments to include transgender people, known as hijras, in welfare programs such as education, health care, and job programs. "All documents will now have a third category marked 'transgender,'" said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist who petitioned the court....
4/17/2014 Federal Court Permanently Blocks North Dakota's Extreme 6-Week Abortion Ban
A federal district court permanently blocked one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the nation yesterday, calling it "invalid and unconstitutional." The North Dakota law, HB 1456, directly challenged Roe v....
4/14/2014 Advocates Ask Court To Reconsider Texas Admitting Privileges Case
The Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the ACLU of Texas filed a petition last week asking the full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to reexamine the constitutionality of the admitting privileges requirement contained in HB2, Texas' omnibus anti-abortion bill. "We're asking the court to acknowledge what is crystal clear--this law hurts women," said Louise Melling, ACLU deputy legal director....
4/11/2014 Philippines Supreme Court Upholds Law Promoting Reproductive Health Access
The Philippines Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the country's Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act, also known as the RH Law, is constitutional....
4/3/2014 Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Campaign Contribution Caps
In a divided decision, the Supreme Court yesterday struck down campaign contribution caps, paving the way for big-money donors to contribute unlimited amounts, in the aggregate, to federal candidates and political committees. The decision in McCutcheon v....
4/1/2014 Arizona Restrictions on Medication Abortions Take Effect Today
A federal district judge has refused to temporarily block enforcement of Arizona's restrictions on medication abortion, meaning that as of today, women in Arizona will no longer be able to access non-surgical, medication abortion beyond seven weeks, and doctors will be forced to administer that medication according to an outdated protocol. The decision, by US District Court Judge David Bury, is not the final ruling on the issue....
3/24/2014 FMF Will Deliver Thousands of Petitions to the Supreme Court Tomorrow in Support of the ACA Birth Control Benefit!
The Feminist Majority Foundation will deliver thousands of petitions to the US Supreme Court tomorrow in support of the Affordable Care Act birth control benefit, sending a clear signal to the Court that women, not bosses, should make personal decisions about women's healthcare. "After a trip to the ER at 19 years old, I was put on birth control to treat ovarian cysts," said Kristy Birchard, a Feminist Majority Foundation National Campus Organizer....
3/13/2014 Majority of Americans Approve of Obamacare Contraception Mandate
A poll conducted earlier this month by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal found that a majority of Americans agree with the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraception mandate....
3/12/2014 New York Legislators Introduce Bill Banning Employer Discrimination Against Women For Reproductive Health Decisions
New York State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) introduced a bill last week that would ban employers from discriminating against employees based on their reproductive health decisions. "Employers should not have the right to make healthcare decisions for their employees," said Assemblymember Jaffee in a statement....
3/6/2014 Senate Rejects Qualified Obama Nominee to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division
The US Senate blocked President Obama's nominee to lead the Civil Rights Division within the Department of Justice. Senators voted 47-52 yesterday in opposition to Debo Adegbile, a highly qualified attorney who worked in private practice at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before holding several leadership positions at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, including Director of Litigation, Acting President, Director-Counsel, and Special Counsel, and serving as senior counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee. Adegbile is a voting rights expert....
3/5/2014 Wisconsin City Council Passes 160-Foot Buffer Zone Ordinance
The Madison, Wisconsin city council unanimously passed a buffer zone ordinance last week to protect people entering or exiting healthcare clinics, including women's reproductive healthcare clinics, in the city....
2/28/2014 Federal Judge Strikes Down Texas Gay Marriage Ban
A federal judge in San Antonio yesterday declared Texas' ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. US District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage deprived same-sex couples of due process and equal protection by stigmatizing their relationships and treating them differently than their opposite-sex counterparts....
2/27/2014 Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill Permitting Use of Religion as Cover to Discriminate
Stating yesterday that Arizona "Senate Bill 1062 does not address a specific and present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona," Governor Jan Brewer (R) vetoed the bill, which would have allowed Arizona businesses to refuse services to individuals based on religious objections. The bill was strongly opposed by LGBT groups who have seen businesses in other states - such as florists, photographers, and bakers - refuse to provide services to same-sex couples....
2/25/2014 Court Rules Against Notre Dame's Contraception Mandate Appeal
In a 2-1 ruling on Friday, the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals for Chicago denied the University of Notre Dame's request for immediate relief from complying with the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraception mandate, upholding a lower court's ruling. The Roman Catholic university filed a lawsuit in May 2012 against the Department of Health and Human Services, claiming that complying with the ACA's contraception mandate would violate its religious beliefs....
2/24/2014 Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case to Limit Access to Women's Healthcare Centers
The United States Supreme Court announced today that it will not review a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals protecting the right of Arizona Medicaid recipients to visit healthcare providers who also perform abortions. Planned Parenthood sued to prevent Arizona House Bill 2800 from taking effect....
2/20/2014 25-Foot Buffer Zone Bill Passes New Hampshire Senate
The New Hampshire Senate voted 15-9 Wednesday to pass a bill that would create a 25-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics, with 4 Republicans joining all 11 Democrats in the chamber to vote in its favor. Buffer zones are critical in protecting patients from verbal and physical harassment, violence, and anti-abortion protesters who may block their path into a clinic....
2/14/2014 Judge Declares Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional
A federal judge declared Virginia's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional last night, overturning a state constitutional amendment added by voters in 2006 and ruling that Virginia must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. "The plaintiffs [two same-sex couples] ask for nothing more than to exercise a right that is enjoyed by the vast majority of Virginia's adult citizens," Judge Arenda L....
2/13/2014 One Billion People Worldwide Will Rise for Justice Tomorrow
Millions of people will rise for justice tomorrow for One Billion Rising's global V-Day events, including a rally in Washington, DC. One Billion Rising "is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice - courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not....
2/12/2014 Federal Court Hears Challenge to Texas Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
Two same-sex couples in Texas have asked a federal judge to hear their case challenging the 2005 amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage....
2/11/2014 Justice Dept Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages in All Programs
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) released a memo to its employees Monday that same-sex marriages will be given equal protection under the law in all of its programs - even if the marriages are not recognized in the state where the same-sex couple lives....
2/3/2014 US Abortion Rate Decreases to Lowest Level Since 1973
A Guttmacher Institute study released last week reveals that the abortion rate in the United States is at its lowest rate since 1973, when the Supreme Court recognized a woman's right to an abortion in Roe v....
1/30/2014 House and Senate Democrats File Amicus Briefs in Support of Affordable Care Act Contraception Benefit
91 House Democrats, 19 Senate Democrats, and the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) filed separate amicus briefs Tuesday in support of the contraceptive coverage benefit in the Affordable Care Act....
1/16/2014 Feminist Majority to Supreme Court: Don't Gut Federal Domestic Violence Law
WASHINGTON -- The Feminist Majority today urges the U.S....
1/15/2014 Feminist Majority Foundation Supports Clinic Buffer Zones
WASHINGTON -- The US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today on whether local governments can create safety buffer zones around reproductive health clinics to ensure that patients, doctors, and healthcare workers can enter these facilities without harassment, intimidation, or violence. The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) joined other women's and civil rights organizations to file an amicus brief in support of the Massachusetts clinic safety buffer zone law at issue in McCullen v....
1/15/2014 Oklahoma Same-Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional
A federal judge ruled late yesterday that Oklahoma's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages violates the US constitution. US District Judge Terence Kern specifically found that Part A of the state constitutional amendment, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman, violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution by not affording equal benefits to same-sex and opposite-sex couples. "The Bishop couple has been in a loving, committed relationship for many years," Judge Kern said of one of the couples who challenged the amendment in 2004....
1/14/2014 Senate Confirms Robert Wilkins to DC Circuit Court of Appeals
The Senate confirmed United States District Judge Robert Wilkins to the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia yesterday with a vote of 55-43....
1/13/2014 Supreme Court Declines Review of Decision Blocking Abortion Ban
The Supreme Court decided today to reject a case that would have been a direct assault on Roe v....
1/13/2014 US Government Will Recognize Utah Same-Sex Marriages
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Friday that it will recognize the approximately 1,300 marriages of same-sex couples who married in Utah in the past few weeks. The legal battle over same-sex marriage has been progressing quickly in Utah after US District Judge Robert Shelby ruled on December 20 that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage violates same-sex couples' federal constitutional rights under United States v....
1/7/2014 Guttmacher Report: More Attacks on Reproductive Rights in Past Three Years Than in Entirety of Previous Decade
A study published last week by the Guttmacher Institute reveals that the last three years have seen more legislative attacks on reproductive rights than the entire previous decade. Since 2011, 205 new restrictions on abortion have cleared state legislatures, while only 189 were enacted from 2001-2010....
1/6/2014 Millions of Women Have ACA Contraceptive Coverage But Not Employees of Little Sisters
The Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged (Little Sisters of the Poor), a non-profit religious organization that operates a chain of nursing homes for the elderly poor, has argued to the U.S....
1/6/2014 Supreme Court Temporarily Halts Same Sex Marriages in Utah
The Supreme Court issued a temporary order today blocking new same-sex marriages in Utah in order to allow more time for a federal appeals court to consider the issue. The order follows a ruling by US District Judge Robert Shelby that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, added to the state's constitution in 2004, violates same sex couples' federal constitutional rights under United States v....
12/17/2013 Court Allows NY Catholic Groups to Refuse Contraceptive Coverage
A federal judge ruled yesterday that a group of Catholic institutions in New York do not have to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage requirement....
12/13/2013 ACA Helps Women Obtain Contraceptives With No Out-of-Pocket Costs, Study Shows
A recently released study by the Guttmacher Institute reveals that the proportion of US women who paid zero dollars out-of-pocket for birth control significantly increased after the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraceptive coverage guarantee went into effect in August 2012....
12/13/2013 Protests Follow India Supreme Court's Reinstatement of Gay Sex Ban
India's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday to reinstate a ban on gay sex....
12/12/2013 Senate Confirms Two Women To DC Circuit Court
The US Senate confirmed Patricia Millett and Nina Pillard to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit this week, making this the first time the court has had five active female judges.The court is the second most important in the US because of its jurisdiction over most federal agencies. The Senate confirmed Patricia Millett by a 56-38 vote on Tuesday....
11/26/2013 Feminist Majority Foundation Urges US Supreme Court to Let Women Not Bosses Make Decisions About Birth Control
Date: November-26-13 Contact: Megan Perry Phone: (703) 522-2214 Email: mperry@feminist.org The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the contraceptive coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)....
11/26/2013 Feminist Majority Foundation Urges US Supreme Court to Let Women Not Bosses Make Decisions About Birth Control
The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the contraceptive coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)....
11/21/2013 Press Release: Feminist Majority Applauds Change in Senate Filibuster Rules
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2013 Feminist Majority Applauds Change in Senate Filibuster Rules WASHINGTON --The U.S....
11/20/2013 Supreme Court Refuses to Block Texas Abortion Law
In a 5-4 decision yesterday, the U.S....
11/19/2013 NY Court Affirms Right of Pregnant Women to Move Freely
Last week, the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division rejected a lower Family Court's ruling that a woman's decision to move across the country while pregnant was tantamount to "appropriation of the child while in utero" and therefore could bar her custody case from being heard in her new location. The lower Family Court had found in May that petitioner Sara McK's decision to relocate from California to New York to attend Columbia University while pregnant could bar New York courts from hearing her child custody case....
11/14/2013 Hawaii Governor Signs Marriage Equality Bill
Hawaii became the fifteenth state to legalize same-sex marriage yesterday after Governor Neil Abercrombie signed a marriage equality bill into law. The bill "recognizes marriages between individuals of the same sex and extends to same-sex couples the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of marriage that opposite-sex couples receive," according to a press release from Governor Abercrombie....
11/13/2013 US Supreme Court Rejects Case to Reinstate Required Ultrasounds for Abortions
The Supreme Court decided yesterday not to take up an Oklahoma case to reinstate required ultrasounds to women before being able to proceed with their abortions....
11/12/2013 Circuit Court Blocks Obamacare Contraception Mandate
Two for-profit companies won a ruling by the Seventh Circuit Court to protect them from the mandate to cover birth control benefits as part of their employee's insurance, as required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act....
11/8/2013 Hollaback Finds Sexual Harassment Prevalent on College Campuses
Hollaback!, a movement to end street harassment, recently released data it collected on street harassment on college campuses....
11/5/2013 Texas Abortion Providers File Emergency Application with US Supreme Court
Texas abortion providers filed an emergency application with the U.S....
11/4/2013 Supreme Court Dismisses Major Medication Abortion Case
Without much explanation, the US Supreme Court took a major abortion case off of its docket today, providing relief for abortion rights supporters concerned about how the conservative court may have decided the case....
11/1/2013 12 Texas Abortion Clinics Close As Appeals Court Upholds TRAP Law
A federal appeals court of three judges granted the Texas Attorney General's request yesterday to reinstate restrictions on abortion providers after a federal district court had blocked the implementation of the restrictions earlier this week....
10/31/2013 35th Anniversary of the PDA Calls for Celebration, Improvements
Today marks the 35th anniversary of the passing of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)....
10/30/2013 Survivors and Advocates Call on Congress to Pass Gun Law Reform
Domestic violence survivors, advocates, and members of Congress will convene today in Washington, DC to mark the end of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to urge passage of federal gun reform laws to protect domestic violence victims....
10/29/2013 Judge Rules Part of Texas Abortion Law Unconstitutional
Just one day before restrictive abortion laws in Texas were to take effect, a federal district court struck down a provision of the law that would require abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges and ruled that restrictions on medication abortion could not be enforced in certain circumstances....
10/24/2013 Kansas Judge Hears Arguments in Abortion Clinic Stalking Case
Kansas judge James Beasley heard oral arguments Tuesday on whether to dismiss a protection order that an abortion clinic director filed against anti-abortion extremist Mark Holick. Julie Burkhart, director of the South Wind Women's Center in Wichita and executive director of Trust Women, an organization dedicated to protecting women's access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare, won the temporary protective order in March against Holick, the Wichita regional director of extremist anti-abortion group Operation Rescue/Operation Save America....
10/23/2013 New Mexico Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Marriage Equality
The New Mexico Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today about whether state law permits same-sex couples to marry in the state. Currently, the state's law is silent on the issue....
10/22/2013 Anti-Choice Former Kansas AG Suspended from Law Practice
The Kansas Supreme Court has indefinitely suspended the law license of former state Attorney General Phill Kline for launching a fraudulent legal prosecution against Dr....
10/21/2013 Same-Sex Couples Marry in New Jersey
Dozens of gay couples across New Jersey are holding wedding ceremonies and applying for marriage licenses today as the state becomes the 14th U.S....
10/14/2013 Separate Federal and State Voting Rules Threaten to Disenfranchise Voters
In June, the U.S....
10/7/2013 Nebraska Supreme Court Denies 16-Year-Old Foster Child an Abortion
The Nebraska Supreme Court refused on Friday to grant a 16-year-old foster child's request to get an abortion without parental consent. A 2011 Nebraska law requires minors under 18 to obtain notarized parental consent in order to obtain an abortion....
10/3/2013 Supreme Court To Consider Scope of Domestic Violence Gun Ban
The US Supreme Court decided on Tuesday to consider the scope of a federal law that bans people who have been convicted of domestic violence from owning a gun....
10/1/2013 US Justice Department To Sue NC Over Voting Law
The US Justice Department sued North Carolina yesterday over the state's new restrictive voting law....
9/30/2013 NJ Court Orders State to Allow Gay Marriage
A New Jersey court ruled on Friday that state officials must allow same-sex couples to marry beginning October 21, stating that the current civil union system deprives same-sex couples of equal protection under the law....
9/19/2013 US Federal Appeals Court Rules For-Profit Must Cover Contraception
The U.S....
9/16/2013 Supreme Court to Decide New Abortion Pill Case
An Oklahoma law that could outlaw all drug-induced abortions - and could have a sweeping impact on other abortion laws across the nation - is headed to the U.S....
9/13/2013 Men Convicted in New Delhi Gang Rape Sentenced to Death
The four men found guilty Tuesday of the fatal gang-rape of a 23 year-old student in New Delhi, India have been sentenced to death by hanging....
9/11/2013 Judge Declares Indiana's Anti-Labor Law Unconstitutional
Indiana state Superior Court judge John Sedia recently ruled that Indiana's "right-to-work" law is unconstitutional. The law, passed in 2012, requires unions to represent workers who do not pay dues, which reduces union funds and workers' ability to negotiate....
9/11/2013 Afghanistan Leaders Discuss Need for More Women Judges
At a four-day conference at the Afghan Supreme Court in Kabul last week, over 180 female judges affiliated with the Afghan Women Judges Association (AWJA) and other leaders discussed strategies for improving the number of Afghanistan's female judges and ensuring justice to those who come to the courts....
9/10/2013 Four Men Found Guilty in Delhi Gang Rape
Four men have been found guilty by District Court judge Yogesh Khanna of the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in New Delhi, India last December....
8/30/2013 Married Gay Couples Will Get Equal Tax Treatment
All married same-sex couples, regardless of what US state they live in, are entitled to the same federal tax benefits extended to married opposite-sex couples, effective September 16. The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday that legally married gay couples will be able to file taxes jointly and claim marriage-related exemptions, credits and deductions even if they live in one of the 35 states that does not legally recognize gay marriages....
8/29/2013 LGBT Advocates Strengthen Push For Immigration Reform
LGBT advocates have joined with business and faith leaders, organized labor, feminist and pro-choice groups, and many others to move immigration reform forward during Congress' August recess....
8/26/2013 Circuit Court Strikes Down Arizona Anti-abortion Bill
An Arizona bill intended to strip Medicaid funding from doctors and clinics that provide abortions was defeated in court last week. House Bill 2800 was passed by the legislature and signed by Gov....
8/23/2013 DOJ Files Lawsuit To Stop Texas Voter ID Law
The Department of Justice filed suit against the state of Texas Thursday for discriminating against minority voters when it passed a voter identification law....
8/22/2013 County in New Mexico Begins Issuing Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples
The county of Dona Ana, New Mexico has begun to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the state Supreme Court referred a related case to lower courts. Dona Ana Country Clerk Lynn Ellins announced on Wednesday that the County Clerk's office would being to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples....
8/20/2013 PA Voter ID Law Blocked By Federal Judge
A 2012 Pennsylvania law that requires voters to show photo ID in order to vote has once again been blocked from being enforced during an upcoming election by a state judge on Friday. Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley has barred the law from going into effect until a trial determines a final decision regarding the law's validity....
8/13/2013 NC Governor Signs Restrictive Voter ID Bill into Law
Yesterday, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed an restrictive voter ID bill into law....
8/12/2013 Judges Rules "Stop-and-Frisk" Unconstitutional
A federal judge ruled on Monday that the New York Police Department's use of "Stop-and-Frisk" tactics was unconstitutional. U.S....
8/2/2013 Virginia Couples Fight Same-Sex Marriage Ban
Two Virginia couples filled a federal class action lawsuit Thursday against the commonwealth's same-sex marriage ban....
7/31/2013 Mexican State of Colima Legalizes Same-Sex Civil Unions
Lawmakers in the Mexican state of Colima voted to change the state constitution to allow civil unions Monday....
7/31/2013 Indiana Relinquishes Fight to Defund Planned Parenthood
After a legal battle that began in 2011, the state of Indiana and Planned Parenthood reached a settlement protecting Medicaid and Medicare funding for the organization. In 2011, Indiana became the first state to defund Planned Parenthood after it passed a law that prohibited the organization from receiving about $2 million in federal money, much of which was for Medicaid services....
7/25/2013 DOJ Will Counter Gutting of Voting Rights Act
On Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will seek preclearance of voting laws from areas through federal courts in response to the Supreme Court's decision to nullify Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Holder announced that the DOJ will ask a federal judge to require the state of Texas to submit changes to the Justice Department for preclearance for ten years as part of a pending lawsuit filed by Latino state lawmakers who believe a redistricting law is racially prejudiced....
7/24/2013 NC Advances Extreme Voter Suppression Legislation
A North Carolina Senate committee passed new extreme restrictionson voting right on Tuesday....
7/23/2013 Federal Judge Blocks ND Six Week Abortion Ban
Yesterday a federal judge placed a temporary block on North Dakota's ban on abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected....
7/22/2013 Hobby Lobby Win Injunction Against Birth Control Mandate
After receiving a temporary injunction from US District Judge Joe Heaton last week, Hobby Lobby will now be exempted from the Affordable Care Act stipulation that requires employer-based insurance plans to cover various birth control methods at no extra cost to employees until October 1, 2013....
7/19/2013 Texas Bill Introduced Will Ban Abortion After 6 Weeks
On Thursday, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a controversial abortion ban, also known as HB 2, into law, officially limiting access to 20 weeks and establishing new regulations for abortion clinics and providers within the state....
7/18/2013 Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Pledges Support to Sodomy Ban
Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia Attorney General and Republican Gubernatorial candidate, launched a website yesterday defending his state’s unconstitutional anti-sodomy law....
7/12/2013 Ireland Passes First Abortion Exception Law
Early Friday morning, Irish lawmakers passed a bill allowing abortions if the mother's life is in danger....
7/9/2013 Supreme Court Reversed Woman's Torture Case in Afghanistan
A case of three Afghans who were jailed for torturing a girl has been reversed by the Afghan Supreme Court....
7/8/2013 Governor Scott Walker Signs Anti-Abortion Bills into Law
On Friday, Governor Scott Walker (R) of Wisconsin signed into law a bill that would require all abortion providers to attain hospital admitting privileges....
6/26/2013 Supreme Court Recognizes Reality, Marriage Equality Lives
Feminists nationwide are celebrating two Supreme Court decisions to uphold marriage equality for same-sex couples....
6/26/2013 Supreme Court Rules In Favor Marriage Equality
Today the Supreme Court handed down two decisions affirming marriage rights for same-sex couples in the cases of US v Windsor and Hollingsworth v Perry. In a narrow 5-4 decision with Justices Kennedy, Breyer, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan in the majority, the Court ruled in United States v Windsor that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) statute prohibiting state recognized same-sex married couples from receiving federal benefits was unconstitutional....
6/25/2013 Supreme Court Rejects Statute of Voting Rights Act
Today the Supreme Court ruled that a statute requiring preclearance for changing voting guidelines is unconstitutional....
6/25/2013 Supreme Court To Determine Constitutionality of MA Buffer Zone
On Monday, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear a case deciding the legality of a 2007 Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot 'buffer zone' around abortion clinics preventing anti-abortion protesters from entering said buffer zone. In January of this year, the 1st US....
6/24/2013 Supreme Court Sends Affirmative Action Case Back to Appeals Court
Today the Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case on the affirmative action program at the University of Texas at Austin campus, deciding to send the case back to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for further scrutiny in a seven to one decision....
6/21/2013 Supreme Court Deems Anti-Prostitution Clause Unconstitutional
The Supreme Court ruled yesterday with a six-justice majority that the "Anti-Prostitution Loyalty Oath" (APLO) in the 2003 United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria act violated the First Amendment and was unconstitutional....
6/19/2013 House Passes 20 Week Abortion Ban
Yesterday, the House of Representatives approved a nationwide abortion ban after 20 weeks gestation in a vote of 228 to 196....
6/18/2013 Supreme Court Strikes Down Proof of Citizenship Voter Requirements
On Monday, the United States Supreme Court struck down an Arizona law requiring voters to provide proof of citizenship before being allowed register to vote. In an opinion written [PDF] by Justice Antonin Scalia, the Court ruled that the Arizona statute violated the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA, also known as the "Motor Voter Law") of 1993, which created a federal form that individuals can mail in to register to vote in federal elections....
6/3/2013 Beatriz Will Undergo C-Section To Save Her Life
Beatriz, a woman from El Salvador who was denied a lifesaving abortion by the Supreme Court, will undergo a C-Section to end the pregnancy that is threatening her life....
5/30/2013 El Salvador Supreme Court Denies Life Saving Abortion
The Supreme Court of El Salvador ruled in a four to one decision to deny a life-saving abortion to a woman with an unviable pregnancy. "Beatriz", who is currently 22 and is already the mother of a young infant, was diagnosed with multiple severe illnesses including kidney failure and lupus and is now 26 weeks pregnant....
5/30/2013 Canadian Abortion Provider, Henry Morgentaler, Dies at 90
Henry Morgentaler, a lynchpin figure in the history of legal abortion in Canada, passed away on Tuesday from a heart attack....
5/29/2013 Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Planned Parenthood Defunding Case
On Tuesday the United States Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by the state of Indiana over the blocking of a law that would ban Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funding....
5/28/2013 NC Legislature Considers "Show Me Your Papers" Bill
The North Carolina House of Representatives is considering an anti-immigration bill that would allow law enforcement officials to police a person's immigration status based on "reasonable suspicion." The bill has already advanced in committee....
5/23/2013 AZ 20 Week Abortion Ban Struck Down
On Tuesday, the Arizona law banning abortion after 20 weeks in a pregnancy was ruled unconstitutional and permanently struck down....
5/16/2013 El Salvador Supreme Court Hears Arguments to Save Beatriz's Life
Yesterday the Supreme Court of El Salvador heard open arguments in a case where they will determine if doctors can administer a medically necessary abortion for a woman who could die as a result of her pregnancy....
5/6/2013 No Decision Yet for 'Beatriz' in El Salvador
The Supreme Court of El Salvador has still not issued a decision about whether or not it will allow a woman in El Salvador to terminate a life-threatening, non-viable fetus. "Beatriz", who is currently 22 and already a mother of a young infant, was diagnosed with multiple severe illnesses and is 18 weeks pregnant....
5/2/2013 Ireland Unveils New Abortion Legislation
On Wednesday, the Irish parliament unveiled the Protection of Life In Pregnancy Bill which clarifies when a woman can have a life-saving abortion....
4/26/2013 Jenny Yang Confirmed for EEOC
Late last night, Congress approved the nomination of Jenny Yang as a commissioner to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission....
4/25/2013 Woman Could Go To Jail For Life-Saving Abortion In El Salvador
A woman who faces a life-threatening, non-viable pregnancy may have to choose between saving her life or going to jail in El Salvador. "Beatriz", who is currently 22 and already a mother of a young infant, was diagnosed with multiple severe illness and is 18 weeks pregnant....
4/8/2013 Kansas Set to Establish Life at Fertilization
A bill defining life at the "moment of fertilization" has been sent to the Governor of Kansas to be signed into law after passing in both the state House and Senate....
4/5/2013 NC Bill Creates Penalties on Youth Vote
On Tuesday, state Representative Bill Cook (R-Beaufort County) introduced a controversial "Equalizing Voter Rights" bill (SB 667) that would negatively impact North Carolina students who are registered to vote where they attend school as opposed to being registered at their parents address....
4/2/2013 MS Governor Pulls Board of Health Nomination of Anti-Abortion Activist
Governor Phil Bryant (R) of Mississippi has rescinded his nomination of anti-abortion activist Terri Herring to the Mississippi Board of Health after media outlets questioned the legality of the nomination. Governor Bryant announced his nomination of Terri Herring to the state's Board of Health last Wednesday....
3/27/2013 US Supreme Court Hears DOMA Case
Today, the United States Supreme Court is set to hear the second case on the topic of same sex marriage presented this week....
3/26/2013 Proposition 8 Oral Arguments Heard in Supreme Court
Today the Supreme Court heard oral arguments weighing the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the California ban on same sex marriage. The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case Hollingsworth, Dennis, et al....
3/26/2013 ND Governor Signs Extreme Anti-Abortion Law to Close Only Clinic
North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple (R-ND) just signed a series of three restrictive anti-abortion rights measures into state law....
3/19/2013 Philippine Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Birth Control Law
The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily blocked the implementation of the Responsible Parenthood Bill to allow for the opposition to present arguments against the law....
3/19/2013 Hillary Clinton Officially Announces Support for Same-Sex Marriage
On Monday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton officially announced her support for same-sex marriage rights....
3/8/2013 Idaho "Fetal Pain" Bill Struck Down By Federal Court
On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that an Idaho law banning abortion after 20 weeks is unconstitutional because it places an undue burden on a woman seeking to terminate a pregnancy before viability....
3/7/2013 AR Legislature Passes Toughest Abortion Ban in the US
Yesterday, the Arkansas state legislature voted to override Governor Beebe's veto of the Human Heartbeat Protection Act, which bans abortion after a heartbeat can be detected with a standard ultrasound (usually 12 weeks)....
3/5/2013 AR Governor Vetoes 12 Week Abortion Ban
Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe (D) vetoed a bill that would have banned abortion after a heart beat was detected with a standard ultrasound - usually around 12 weeks - on Monday....
3/1/2013 AR Abortion Ban after Twenty Weeks Becomes Law
The Arkansas Senate voted yesterday to override Governor Mike Beebe's (D) Tuesday veto of a bill that bans abortion at twenty weeks....
2/27/2013 Supreme Court Hears Lawsuit on Voting Rights Act
Today, the justices of the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of section 5 of the Voting Rights Act for the fifth time since the law's passage in 1965....
2/27/2013 AR Governor Vetoes Bill that Would Ban Abortion at Twenty Weeks
On Tuesday Governor Mike Beebe (D) vetoed a bill that would have banned abortions in Arkansas after 20 weeks....
1/29/2013 Boy Scouts May Reconsider Anti-Gay Policy
On Monday, two Boy Scouts of America (BSA) board members, Randall Stephenson and James Turley, announced they will seek to end the organization's ban on gay members....
1/22/2013 Roe v. Wade Celebrates 40th Anniversary
The landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States, Roe v....
1/17/2013 Majority of Americans Believe Roe Should Not Be Overturned
A new public opinion poll released by the Pew Research Center on Wednesday found that the majority of Americans believe that the historic Supreme Court case that legalized abortion, Roe v.Wade, should not be overturned. The poll conducted [PDF] between January 9th and January 13th of 2013, found that 63% of those interviewed believed that Roe v....
1/16/2013 Indonesia Supreme Court Candidate Jokes Rape Victims "Might Enjoy It"
On Monday, a candidate for the Indonesian Supreme Court joked before the parliamentary selection panel that women who were raped may have enjoyed it. Muhammad Daming Sanusi made the comment when he asked whether he considered the death penalty to be a reasonable punishment for rape....
1/11/2013 NBC's "Parenthood" Shows Teenage Pregnancy, Abortion Decision
In an episode aired on Thursday night, NBC's prime-time television show "Parenthood" highlighted the decision of two characters who decide to terminate an unwanted pregnancy....
1/8/2013 Supreme Court Sets Dates for Prop 8, DOMA Trial
The United States Supreme Court announced the scheduled dates for two same sex marriage cases....
12/18/2012 MT Supreme Court Rejects Same-Sex Partner Benefits Case
On Monday, the Montana Supreme Court decided that a case brought by six couples and the ACLU urging the court to extend partnership benefits to same sex couples was too broad and violated separation of powers. The case, which featured six same sex couples denied rights under various statutes such as bereavement leave, protections in case of divorce, and death benefits, urged the court to recognize the rights of all same sex couples in the state and to change existing statutes to reflect those rights....
12/11/2012 Scalia Defends Parallel Between Homosexuality and Murder
United State Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia defended his controversial stance on gay rights by comparing homosexuality to murder while speaking at Princeton University on Monday. Associate Justice Scalia was speaking at a lecture at Princeton to promote his new book....
12/7/2012 Mexico's Supreme Court Strikes Down Same-Sex Marriage Ban
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Mexico determined that a state law could not be used to prohibit same-sex marriage in the southern state of Oaxaca....
12/7/2012 BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court Will Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases
The United States Supreme Court has announced that it will hear two cases regarding same sex marriage....
12/5/2012 OK State Court Rejects Anti-Abortion Laws
The Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected two anti-abortions laws in near unanimous decisions yesterday....
12/3/2012 UPDATE: Supreme Court Does Not Act on Same Sex Marriage
The Supreme Court has delayed its decision on whether or not it will hear a case on same sex marriage....
11/27/2012 Supreme Court to Consider Same-Sex Marriage Cases
The United States Supreme Court will decide if they will take a case regarding same-sex marriage in a closed meeting this Friday....
11/16/2012 Appeals Court Rejects MI Affirmative Action Ban
The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected a ban that currently prohibits Michigan from instituting affirmative action policies in higher education on Thursday by an 8 to 7 vote. The Court ruled [PDF] that a 2006 referendum approved by Michigan voters that prohibits race or gender from being used as a factor in university admissions violates the 14th Amendment because it places additional burdens on minorities....
11/5/2012 Appeals Court Hears Arizona Abortion Case
The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in a case that challenges Arizona's ban of abortion at 20 weeks today....
11/1/2012 OH Students Forced to Remove LGBTQ Friendly Shirts
Ohio high school students faced disciplinary action early this week for wearing t-shirts that featured messages supporting LGBTQ equality....
10/31/2012 Supreme Court Denies Personhood Appeal in Oklahoma
The US Supreme Court refused to hear a case on Monday brought on by the anti-abortion group Personhood Oklahoma, rejecting its attempt to challenge the Oklahoma court's ruling against a proposed Personhood ballot measure in the state....
10/26/2012 President Obama Endorses Marriage Equality on the Ballot
Yesterday, President Obama's campaign released three statements announcing his endorsement of state ballot initiatives to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland, Washington, and Maine....
10/18/2012 BREAKING: Another Federal Court Rules DOMA Unconstitutional
Today the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, upholding a lower court's decision....
10/17/2012 OH Early Voting Permitted
Yesterday the Supreme Court refused a request to hear an appeal that asked the High Court to overturn a lower court's ruling that allows early voting for all Ohio residents....
10/10/2012 SCOTUS Hears Affirmative Action Case
The US Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today in affirmative action case Fisher v....
10/10/2012 AK Court Rules on Parental Notification
In a decision issued earlier this week, an Alaskan Superior Court judge upheld the constitutionality of a state law requiring parental notification for women under 17 who are seeking an abortion....
10/9/2012 Center for Reproductive Rights Launches
The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) has launched a new campaign called "Draw the Line," asking Americans to sign a "Bill of Reproductive Rights." The CRR aims to “deliver a thundering statement” to the U.S....
10/8/2012 Scalia Calls Abortion, LGBTQ Rights, Death Penalty 'Easy' Cases
At a book signing in Washington, DC, last week Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia called overruling Roe v....
10/3/2012 Sex Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against TN Wal-Mart
On Tuesday current employees of Walmart's Tennessee stores announced a class-action lawsuit against the corporation on grounds of sex discrimination....
10/2/2012 PA Court Blocks Enforcement of Voter ID Laws
On Tuesday, just five weeks before Election Day, a Commonwealth Court judge halted enforcement of Pennsylvania's strict new voting ID law from going into effect in the pivotal swing state until after this year's presidential election....
9/25/2012 Federal Court Will Hear Walmart Sex Discrimination Case
A federal judge has agreed to hear arguments in a sex discrimination case brought by women employees of Walmart in California....
9/21/2012 Illinois Parental Notification Law Reaches State Supreme Court
Arguments began yesterday over a 1995 Illinois state law requiring anyone 17 years or younger to notify a parent before seeking an abortion....
9/19/2012 PA Supreme Court Orders Voter ID Law Review
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided on Tuesday that if voting IDs will not be readily available in time for the November 2012 election, the state's new voter ID law cannot go into effect....
9/12/2012 Obama Appoints Record Number of Women Judges to Federal Bench
On Monday, President Obama set the record for most women judges appointed to the federal bench in one term when Stephanie Rose was confirmed on a 89 to 1 Senate vote as a new U.S....
9/6/2012 Federal Court Upholds Arizona 'Paper' Provision
United States District Judge Susan R....
9/5/2012 Lilly Ledbetter Speaks at DNC on Equal Pay
Lilly Ledbetter, who initiated one of the largest legal battles for equal pay for equal work, addressed the opening night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, Tuesday evening....
8/15/2012 Judge Refuses to Block Pennsylvania Voter ID Law
Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson refused to grant an injunction that would have stopped a new Pennsylvania voter ID law from going into effect today....
8/7/2012 Colorado Personhood Signatures Submitted
On Monday the Colorado Personhood Coalition submitted 112,121 signatures to the secretary of state, surpassing the 86,105 signatures required to get its anti-abortion initiative on the ballot in November....
8/1/2012 Defense of Marriage Act Ruled Unconstitutional Again
A Connecticut Federal Court Judge ruled yesterday that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violates the Fifth Amendment right to equal protection, following suit with several other judges who have made the same ruling in the past two years....
7/31/2012 Personhood USA Files Petition With Supreme Court
Personhood USA is petitioning the US Supreme Court to appeal the Oklahoma Supreme Court decision to block a personhood ballot initiative in April....
7/31/2012 Women Testifying on Pennsylvania Voter ID Law
The court case against a new Pennsylvania voter ID law began last week....
7/23/2012 Emails Show Racist Motivation in Arizona's SB1070
The ACLU of Arizona released thousands of emails last week that they argue prove that SB1070, Arizona's harmful anti-immigrant law, was racially motivated....
7/3/2012 Alaska Proposes Changes to Abortion Funding Process
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has released proposed changes to the regulation of abortion services....
6/28/2012 Supreme Court Decision on Affordable Care Act is Historic Advance for Women
Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority The Feminist Majority is elated that the Supreme Court has upheld the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act - an historic advance for women and the most important advance in nearly 40 years. Feminists are determined to protect the gains of the Affordable Care Act, which will protect the lives and health of millions of women and their families each year and make our nation stronger and healthier. This is what women will gain from the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act: Some 32 million people (a majority women) will gain access to health care insurance coverage including 16 million people (also a majority women) who will gain access through Medicaid. Subsidies to purchase coverage
  • About three-fourths of people who purchase through the insurance exchanges (those with incomes between 133% and 400% of poverty) will receive a federal subsidy to help pay for the coverage.
Bans Discrimination
  • By 2014 at the latest, insurers will be banned from "gender rating," or charging women higher premiums than men for the same coverage, both for individual policies and for employer group plans with fewer than 100 employees....
6/28/2012 Breaking: Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare
The Supreme Court this morning upheld President Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a 5-4 decision....
6/25/2012 Supreme Court Issues Rulings
The US Supreme Court issued three opinions this morning, including a ruling on the controversial immigration law in Arizona....
6/19/2012 Scalia Says Roe v. Wade Does Not Have Precedential Value
In his new book, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia writes that the court should not give stare decisis effect, or precedential value, to Roe v....
6/7/2012 Nearly 2,000 Women File Walmart Sex Discrimination Claims
Nearly 2,000 current and former Walmart employees filed claims of discrimination on the basis of gender with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)....
6/6/2012 Supreme Court Likely to Hear Prop 8 Case
A federal appeals court yesterday declined a request to review its recent ruling on Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage in California that was approved by voters, greatly increasing the chances that the Supreme Court will take up the issue....
5/31/2012 BREAKING: DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional by Appeals Court
A US court of appeals ruled today that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional because it discriminates against married same-sex couples that are denied federal benefits....
5/21/2012 Open Letter to Obama, Karzai Urges Women's Inclusion in Afghanistan Talks
Amnesty International issued an open letter to President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai at their "Shadow Summit" Saturday urging both leaders to safeguard women's rights....
5/15/2012 OK Judge Permanently Blocks Anti-Abortion Law
An Oklahoma Judge ruled on Friday that a proposed state law severely restricting medication abortions is unconstitutional, permanently blocking the enforcement of the bill....
5/7/2012 Oklahoma Personhood Struck Down by Court
The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled unanimously April 30th against a proposed amendment to the Oklahoma constitution that would grant "personhood" rights to human embryos, calling it unconstitutional. Earlier in the month, the state House defeated the Personhood bill....
4/25/2012 SCOTUS to Hear Arguments on AZ Immigration Law
The Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments today on Arizona's controversial 2010 immigration law....
4/12/2012 Female Justices Honor Justice O'Connor
The four women who have served on the United States Supreme Court came together on Wednesday to honor the 30th anniversary of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's appointment to the bench....
4/3/2012 California's Ban on Affirmative Action Upheld
A federal appeals court upheld California's statewide ban on using affirmative action in admissions decisions at public universities yesterday....
3/26/2012 Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on ACA
Today marks the first of three days that the Supreme Court will hear arguments concerning whether the mandated minimum coverage provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which requires that a person purchase minimum health coverage or face a modest monetary penalty beginning in 2014, is constitutional under the Commerce clause of the US Constitution....
3/2/2012 Oklahoma Women Protest Personhood Bill
Hundreds of women gathered at the Oklahoma state Capitol on Tuesday to protest a personhood bill, SB 1433, which states that life begins at conception and would give rights to a fertilized egg....
2/27/2012 DC Press Conference Held Opposing Fetal Pain Bill
Last week, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) held a press conference to speak out against the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that would prohibit women in the District of Columbia from having an abortion after 20 weeks gestation unless her life is in danger....
2/22/2012 US Supreme Court to Consider Affirmative Action Case
Yesterday, the US Supreme Court indicated that it would hear a case, Fisher v....
2/21/2012 Sex Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against TX Wal-Mart
Late last week, attorneys filed a complaint in US District Court, Northern District of Dallas, on behalf of approximately 50,000 current and former women employees of Wal-Mart, alleging that the corporation discriminated on the basis of sex....
2/17/2012 OK Senate Passes Personhood Bill
On Wednesday, the Oklahoma state Senate voted 34 to 8 in favor of a bill, which states that life begins at conception and would give rights to a fertilized egg....
2/15/2012 VA House Approves Personhood Bill
The Virginia House of Delegates voted 66 to 32 in favor of a "personhood bill," sponsored by Delegate Bob Marshall (R-Prince William), which states that life begins at conception and would give rights to a fertilized egg....
2/13/2012 Federal Court to Hear Challenge to Proposition 209
The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear a lawsuit today concerning a legal challenge to Proposition 209, which bans state government institutions, including public colleges and universities, from considering race, sex or ethnicity in employment decisions of education admissions in the state of California....
2/7/2012 9th Court Panel Rules Proposition 8 Unconstitutional
A three judge panel of the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco just decided (2-1) that Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in California, violates the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution....
1/26/2012 AZ Congressman Introduces Bill to Restrict Abortion in DC
Arizona Representative Trent Franks (R) introduced the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act this week that would prohibit women in the District of Columbia from having an abortion after 20 weeks gestation unless her life is in danger....
1/20/2012 Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Events have been scheduled around the country to commemorate the 39th anniversary of Roe v....
1/10/2012 US Supreme Court Will Not Hear Appeals on Title IX, Special Education
Yesterday the US Supreme Court indicated that it would not hear appeals on two cases - one involving Title IX and the other involving special education....
12/16/2011 Ohio Senate President Halts Hearings on Heartbeat Bill
On Wednesday, Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus (R-OH) announced that he will suspend hearings on the "heartbeat bill" due to the confusion created by the 20 amendments to the bill submitted by its supporters....
12/13/2011 US Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Arizona Immigration Case
The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case, Arizona v....
12/8/2011 ACLU Will Sue if OH Anti-Abortion Bills Passed
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio has indicated that it will sue if two anti-abortion bills, both of which have passed the state House, become law: a fetal heart beat bill, which would ban abortions after the fetal heartbeat is detected, and another bill that would prohibit Ohio residents from purchasing health insurance that covers abortion. Gary Daniels, associate director of ACLU Ohio, stated that he believes both bills are unconstitutional....
11/29/2011 OH Senate Republicans to Push Heartbeat Bill
Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus (R) announced that the Senate Republicans plan to advance a "heartbeat bill" that has already passed the House....
11/18/2011 CA Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Prop. 8 Defense Case
On Thursday, California's Supreme Court ruled that opponents of gay marriage are legally entitled to defend Proposition 8 in court, stating that Proposition 8 proponents have the legal authority to defend the measure....
11/15/2011 HERvotes Takes on Sexual Harassment
In its fifth blog carnival, HERvotes is taking on the need to keep the laws and public policies to end sex discrimination and sexual harassment in schools and at the workplace strong....
11/10/2011 Israel's Former President Sentenced for Rape
Israel's Supreme Court's three-judge panel ruled unanimously to reject former President Moshe Katsav's appeal of his rape charges....
11/7/2011 Personhood Amendment to Appear on MS Ballot Tomorrow
Tomorrow Mississippi voters will have the opportunity to vote on the Personhood Amendment, a ballot initiative that "would amend the Mississippi Constitution to define the word 'person' or 'persons,' as those terms are used in Article III of the state constitution, to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof." According to Politico, a new poll reveals that 44 percent of Mississippi voters oppose the amendment and 45 percent support it....
10/28/2011 Wal-Mart Employees File New Sex Discrimination Lawsuit
On Thursday, current and former employees of Wal- Mart's California stores filed a lawsuit against the corporation on grounds of sex discrimination....
10/19/2011 VT Governor Nominates Beth Robinson to state Supreme Court
Yesterday Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin nominated his general counsel Beth Robinson to the state Supreme Court....
10/5/2011 House Democrats Call for Investigation of Justice Thomas
On Thursday, 20 House Democrats, led by Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY), called for an ethics investigation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for allegedly failing to report that his wife was paid $700,000 for her work at the Heritage Foundation between 2003 and 2007....
9/21/2011 Abortion-Rights Supports Protest OH Fetal Heartbeat Bill
Supporters of abortion-rights and anti-abortion rights gathered at the Ohio Statehouse yesterday concerning a bill that, if passed, would ban abortions after the fetal heartbeat is detected....
9/12/2011 MS Supreme Court Allows Personhood Amendment to Appear on Ballot
On Thursday, the Mississippi Supreme Court voted seven to two to permit Measure 26, the Personhood Amendment, to be listed on the state ballot in November....
9/9/2011 Federal Appeals Court Blocks VA Challenge to ACA
Yesterday the three judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond Virginia unanimously ruled to throw out a lawsuit filed by the state of Virginia challenging the constitutionality of the mandated minimum coverage provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)....
9/7/2011 CA Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Proposition 8
Yesterday, the California Supreme Court heard arguments concerning whether ProtectMarriage, supporters of Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage in California, have standing to represent the state by defending the law in the pending case in the US Ninth Circuit Federal Appeals Court....
9/5/2011 Appeals Court Rules Women Have Existing Relationship with Fetus
On Friday, the 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals overturned US District Judge Karen Schreier's ruling to block a provision in a South Dakota law requiring that doctors tell women seeking abortions that they have "an existing relationship with that unborn human being and that the relationship enjoys protection under the United States Constitution and under the laws of South Dakota." Judge Schreier struck down the provision two years ago stating that a relationship can only exist between two people and according to the US Supreme Court, fetuses are not legally people....
9/1/2011 First-Ever Legal Challenge to Fetal Pain Law in ID
In Idaho, Jennie Linn McCormack filed the first-ever lawsuit in the country challenging the state's "fetal pain" law, which bans abortions in the state after 20 weeks gestation....
8/19/2011 White House Fights Back on Judicial Nominations
The White House, with an unprecedented number of blocked judicial appointments, has released a new blog post, which reveals that the Republican blocking maneuvers are costing the government $1.4 billion detaining prisoners awaiting trial alone....
8/10/2011 Wisconsin Democrats Win 2 Senate Seats
Democratic Senators Jennifer Shilling and Jessica King won two of the contested seats in strongly Republican districts....
7/7/2011 WI Justice Encouraged to Resign After Choking Colleague
An activist group says it has collected 10,000 signatures demanding that state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser resign after fellow Justice Ann Walsh Bradley accused him of grabbing her neck in a chokehold....
7/6/2011 US District Court Judge Blocks KS Anti-Abortion Law
US District Court Judge Carlos Murguia blocked a law that would have shut down all but one abortion provider, Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, in the state....
6/30/2011 US Appeals Court Upholds Individual Mandate Healthcare Law
Yesterday, the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio decided with a 2-1 majority that the mandated minimum coverage provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which requires that a person purchase minimum health coverage or face a modest monetary penalty beginning in 2014, is constitutional under the Commerce Clause....
6/29/2011 OH House Launches Attack on Women's Reproductive Rights
Yesterday, the Ohio Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved three extreme anti-abortion bills in what women's reproductive rights advocates are calling "anti-women's day" in Ohio....
6/28/2011 US Supreme Court Strikes Down AZ Campaign Finance Law
In a 5-4 vote yesterday, the US Supreme Court struck down as an unconstitutional violation of free speech a provision in an Arizona public campaign finance law that gives additional public funds to a candidate who adheres to personal spending limits of $500, agrees to participate in at least one debate, will return unspent money, and faces a high-spending opponent who does not accept public funds....
6/22/2011 Equal Rights Amendment Re-introduced Today
This afternoon Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) re-introduced the Equal Rights Amendment....
6/21/2011 Women's Rights Supporter Rally Against Wal-Mart Decision
In response to the US Supreme Court's ruling in favor of Wal-Mart yesterday, Equal Rights Advocates, the civil rights group that took the case ten years ago, and other organizations rallied in support of the women of Wal-Mart outside the Supreme Court today....
6/20/2011 Supreme Court: Wal-Mart Too Big to Sue
In a critical five to four vote, with Justice Antonin Scalia writing for the five justice majority, the Supreme Court made it much harder for the victims of discrimination to take class action cases against large employers....
6/20/2011 Supreme Court: Wal-Mart-Too Big to Sue
In a critical five to four vote, with Justice Antonin Scalia writing for the five justice majority, the Supreme Court made it much harder for the victims of discrimination to take class action cases against large employers....
6/15/2011 Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Anti-Union Law
Yesterday the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted 4 to 3 to overturn Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi's decision to strike down a state law limiting the collective bargaining power of public sector unions to negotiate for benefits, hours, and working conditions....
5/27/2011 Circuit Court Judge Rules WI Anti-Collective Bargaining Law Invalid
Yesterday Dane County, Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi struck down a state law limiting the collective bargaining power of public sector unions to negotiate for benefits, hours, and working conditions....
5/24/2011 Thousands of Irish Women Traveling to Britain for Legal Abortions
The United Kingdom Department of Health released a report today revealing that everyday 12 women travel from Ireland, where abortion is not legal, to Great Britain to obtain abortion services....
5/10/2011 AZ Governor to Appeal Ruling against AZ Immigration Law
Yesterday Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) announced that she will file a request that the US Supreme Court overturn the April ruling of the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which upheld US District Judge Susan Bolton's ruling to block portions of Arizona's immigration law....
4/25/2011 Bill Proposed to Ban All Abortions in Louisiana
Representative John LaBruzzo of Louisiana (R-Metairie) has filed legislation that would ban all abortions in the state....
4/18/2011 GA Legislature Passes Anti-Immigration Bill
Late last week, the Georgia state legislature passed a bill similar to Arizona's controversial immigration law that expands the authority of police to check the immigration status of suspects and require employers to check the status of potential employees....
4/12/2011 US Court of Appeals Upholds Block of AZ Immigration Law Provision
Yesterday the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decided to uphold US District Judge Susan Bolton's ruling to block portions of Arizona's immigration law....
3/29/2011 US Supreme Court Hears Wal-Mart Class Action Sex-Discrimination Case
Today the US Supreme Court will hear Wal-Mart v....
3/24/2011 US Court of Appeals Upholds Same-Sex Marriage Ban
Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided to uphold a temporary stay on Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in California....
3/4/2011 Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Anti-Gay Protestors
The Supreme Court Justices ruled 8-1 this week that under the First Amendment, the Westboro Baptist Church does not have to pay damages to the father of a Marine for protesting his son's funeral....
3/2/2011 ACLU and NWLC File Amicus Brief in Wal-Mart Class Action
Yesterday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Women's Law Center (NWLC), as well as 32 other organizations including the Feminist Majority Foundation, filed an amicus brief in the US Supreme Court in support of a class action suit against Wal-Mart for discriminating against its women employees in stores nationwide....
2/16/2011 IA House Subcommittee Passes Anti-Abortion Bill
On Monday, a subcommittee of the Iowa House Human Resources Committee passed an extreme anti-abortion bill (HF 153), introduced by Representative Kim Pearson (R-Pleasant Hill), that would ban abortions in Iowa even in cases of rape and incest....
2/1/2011 Federal Judge Finds Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional
In Florida yesterday, Federal District Court Judge Roger Vinson ruled the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional because it penalizes Americans for not having health insurance beginning in 2014....
1/26/2011 Life at Conception Act Introduced in the Senate
Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the Life at Conception Act in the Senate yesterday that would establish that human life begins at the moment of conception....
1/25/2011 Anti-Abortion Supporters Gather for March for Life
Tens of thousands anti-abortion rights supporters gathered yesterday on the National Mall and marched to the Supreme Court for the annual March for Life to commemorate the 38th anniversary of Roe v....
1/25/2011 Anti-Retaliation Provision Ruled Applicable to Employee's Fiance
Yesterday the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Thompson v....
1/21/2011 Events to Honor Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Events have been scheduled around the country to commemorate the 38th anniversary of Roe v....
1/19/2011 US Supreme Court Denies Same-Sex Marriage Appeal in DC
Yesterday the US Supreme Court declined to hear a case filed by Bishop Harry Jackson, the National Organization for Marriage, and the Alliance Defense Fund challenging the District of Columbia's law allowing same-sex couples to marry....
1/7/2011 Women's Rights Activists Protest Anti-Abortion Press Conference
Yesterday the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women protested an anti-abortion press conference, held by New York City clergy....
1/6/2011 Equal Rights Amendment Press Conference Held Today
Today, as the U.S....
1/4/2011 Justice Scalia Speaks Against Equal Protection for Women
In an interview with California Lawyer, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia stated that the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment does not prohibit discrimination against women and gays on the basis of gender or sexual orientation....
12/16/2010 Irish Abortion Ban Violates Women's Rights
The European Court of Human Rights ruled yesterday that Ireland's constitutional ban on abortions violates a woman's right to adequate medical care in life-threatening situations....
12/7/2010 Supreme Court to Hear Appeal in Wal-Mart Gender Discrimination Case
On Monday, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear Wal-Mart's appeal of an April decision by the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals allowing the lawsuit to receive class-action status....
12/6/2010 Proposition 8 Hearing Today
A three-judge panel of the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear an appeal today in the ongoing Proposition 8 legal battle....
11/19/2010 CEDAW Hearing Standing Room Only- Sandra Day O'Connor for CEDAW
Over 250 people stood in line to enter the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law Hearing on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)....
11/2/2010 Overturn of DADT Stayed Indefinitely by Federal Appeals Court
On Monday, a federal appeals court three judge panel ruled two to one that the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy will stand indefinitely until the Department of Justice's (DOJ) appeals process concludes....
9/24/2010 District Court Rules FL Gay Adoption Ban Unconstitutional
The Florida 3rd District Court of Appeals upheld a circuit court ruling Wednesday that found a law banning gay and lesbian people from adopting children in Florida is unconstitutional....
9/22/2010 Supreme Court Justice Scalia Comments on Women's and Gay Rights
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said that the US Constitution does not prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation during a speech at the University of California Hastings College of the Law on Friday....
9/21/2010 Solis and Ledbetter Push Paycheck Fairness Act
US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Lilly Ledbetter are working to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and held a webcast on the subject today....
9/8/2010 Women Imprisoned for Miscarriages Freed In Mexico
Seven women who had been imprisoned in Guanajuato state in Mexico after alleged abortions were freed yesterday....
9/1/2010 IL Supreme Court Will Not Hear Parental Notification Appeal
The Illinois Supreme Court announced yesterday that they will not hear an appeal related to a state law that requires parental notification 48 hours in advance for women 17 or younger obtaining an abortion....
8/26/2010 Wal-Mart Appeals Class-Action Sex Discrimination Suit
Wal-Mart has appealed the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals's ruling that a class action gender discrimination lawsuit filed against Wal-Mart can move forward to trial....
8/25/2010 Alaska Voters Pass Parental Notification Law
As a result of a voter initiative passed Tuesday in Alaska's primary election, women age 17 and under seeking an abortion in state of Alaska must have their parents notified prior to the procedure....
8/18/2010 KS Official Admonished for Abortion Investigation Misconduct
The Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys has administered an informal admonition of former Deputy Attorney General Eric Rucker because of allegations of misconduct in an abortion investigation....
8/17/2010 CA Same-Sex Marriage Blocked by Court of Appeals
The 9th Court of Appeals has imposed an emergency stay on same-sex marriages in California....
8/17/2010 Mexico Upholds Same-Sex Adoption Law
Mexico's Supreme Court ruled 9 to 2 today to uphold a Mexico City law that allows same-sex couples to adopt....
8/12/2010 Same-Sex Marriage To Resume In California
US District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled to remove the temporary stay of same-sex marriages in California this afternoon....
8/11/2010 MA Supreme Court Reaffirms Maternity Leave Limits
The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled 4 to 3 Monday that the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (MMLA) guarantees women only 8 weeks of protected maternity leave....
8/9/2010 Justice Kagan Sworn In
Honorable Elena Kagan became the 112th United States Supreme Court Justice when she was sworn in on Saturday. Kagan took two oaths, according to AFP: one in a private ceremony with Chief Justice John Roberts and her family, and a second in a public ceremony. Kagan is the fourth female justice to ever serve on the United State's highest court....
8/9/2010 New Kenyan Constitution Includes Gains for Women
Sixty-seven percent of Kenyan citizens voted to implement a new constitution late last week, which will decrease the powers of the presidency, expand the rights of citizens and advance the status of women....
8/9/2010 CA Governor Urges Reinstating Same Sex Marriage
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger filed a brief Friday urging US District Judge Vaughn Walker to allow same sex marriages to resume immediately....
8/6/2010 Appeal Filed Against Proposition 8 Ruling
Sponsors of Proposition 8 filed an appeal yesterday of this week's District Court ruling that overruled California's Proposition 8, the electoral referendum passed by voters in California in 2008....
8/6/2010 Mexico Supreme Court Upholds Same-Sex Marriage Law
Mexico's Supreme Court upheld the law that permits gay-marriage in Mexico City yesterday, rejecting an appeal from the federal attorney general's office, which argued that the law is destructive to families....
8/5/2010 US Senate Confirms Kagan to Supreme Court
The United States Senate has confirmed the Honorable Elena Kagan as the 112th United States Supreme Court Justice, making her the fourth woman in US history to serve on the High Court....
8/4/2010 Feminist Majority Foundation Applauds Overturning Proposition 8
The U.S....
8/4/2010 CA Federal Judge Overrules Prop 8
San Francisco federal judge Vaughn Walker has overruled California's Proposition 8, the electoral referendum passed by voters in California in 2008....
7/20/2010 Kagan Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan in a 13 to 6 vote this afternoon....
7/12/2010 Iranian Woman's Execution Halted
The execution of Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, a 43-year-old Iranian woman who was convicted of adultery and originally sentenced to stoning, has been temporarily halted, according to CNN ....
7/9/2010 Boston Judge Rules DOMA Unconstitutional
Yesterday, Boston federal judge Joseph L Tauro ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional and that same-sex marriages must be subject to the same benefits as heterosexual marriages....
7/2/2010 Feminist Majority Endorses Kagan
The Feminist Majority endorsed Elena Kagan today....
7/2/2010 Feminist Issues Addressed at Kagan Hearing
Throughout the course of the Elena Kagan hearings, several feminist issues have been addressed....
7/1/2010 WI Supreme Court Upholds Same-Sex Marriage Ban
The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state constitution's ban on same-sex marriages and civil unions yesterday....
6/29/2010 Supreme Court Rules in Hastings Discrimination Case
The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 yesterday that Hastings College of Law in San Francisco legally withdrew recognition from a campus group, the Christian Legal Society (CLS), which excluded gay members from voting or holding office....
6/28/2010 Kagan Senate Confirmation Hearings Begin
The Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan begin today....
6/25/2010 The US Supreme Court Rules on Doe v. Reed
The US Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 yesterday that signatories to statewide referendum petitions should be public information....
6/18/2010 Kentucky Supreme Court Rules Fetus Cannot Be Considered Separate Person
The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a fetus cannot be legally separated from the pregnant woman carrying it, and thus cannot be treated as a separate legal person....
6/16/2010 Closing Arguments for Historic Proposition 8 Trial Begin Today
Closing remarks in the historic federal trial to determine the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, the November 2008 ballot initiative that overturned the right of same-sex marriage in the state, are scheduled to begin today....
6/15/2010 Boy Scouts and the City of Philadelphia in Court Over Anti-Gay Policy
A trial to settle a tense dispute between the City of Philadelphia and the local Boy Scouts council began on Tuesday....
6/4/2010 Parental Notification Initiative to Appear on the Alaska Ballot
On Wednesday, the Alaska State Supreme Court ruled that a parental notification initiative will appear on the Alaska primary ballot in August....
5/26/2010 Oklahoma Legislature Overrides Abortion Reporting Bill Veto
The Oklahoma state legislature overrode Governor Brad Henry's (D) veto of a bill that will require doctors to report detailed information about patients seeking abortions to the government yesterday....
5/25/2010 Oklahoma House Overrides Veto on Abortion Reporting Bill
The Oklahoma state House voted 84 to 13 yesterday to override Governor Brad Henry's (D) veto of a bill that would require doctors to report detailed information about patients seeking abortions to the government....
5/24/2010 Supreme Court Rules that Chicago Firefighter Discrimination Suit can Continue
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that 6,000 black applicants to the Chicago fire department can proceed with their discrimination lawsuit even though their complaint was filed more than 300 days after the incident....
5/21/2010 Nebraska Supreme Court Rules Young Woman Exempt from Parental Notification Abortion Requirement
The Nebraska state Supreme Court ruled today that a 17-year-old woman, who was initially denied an abortion due to her age, can obtain an abortion without notifying her mother....
5/19/2010 Pro-Choice Sestak Ousts Specter
Representative Joe Sestak (D-PA) won the Pennsylvania Democratic primary for US Senate yesterday and ousted incumbent Arlen Specter (D-PA), who has held the seat for nearly 30 years, all but the past year as a Republican....
5/12/2010 Oklahoma Legislature Passes Anti-Choice Law Requiring Publication of Patient Information
The Oklahoma state Senate voted 32 to 11 today in favor of legislation that would require doctors to report detailed information about patients seeking abortions to the government....
5/11/2010 Support for Same-Sex Marriage Increasing in MD
A Washington Post poll released today and conducted between May 3rd and 6th shows increased support for same-sex marriage by Maryland voters....
5/10/2010 Elena Kagan Nominated to Supreme Court
President Barack Obama announced his nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court this morning....
5/4/2010 New Oklahoma Ultrasound Law Blocked
Oklahoma state Attorney General agreed yesterday to a state judge's order to temporarily block enforcement of a new anti-choice state law for 45 days....
4/28/2010 Lawsuit Filed to Block Enforcement of New Oklahoma Ultrasound Law
The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) filed a lawsuit yesterday to stop the enforcement of a new Oklahoma state law that extends existing ultrasound requirements for women seeking an abortion....
4/27/2010 Court of Appeals Approves Class-Action Sex Discrimination Lawsuit Against Walmart
San Francisco's 9th Circuit Court of Appeals voted 6 to 5 Monday in a ruling that means a gender discrimination lawsuit filed against Walmart Stores, Inc., can move forward to trial....
4/21/2010 Oklahoma Senate Passes Five New Anti-Choice Bills
The Oklahoma Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed five new abortion restriction bills Monday....
4/21/2010 Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Hastings Law Student Group Discrimination Case
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in a case where the University of California's Hastings College of Law has refused to recognize a student group, the Christian Legal Society (CLS), because it violates the school's anti-discrimination policies by banning all non-Christian and all lesbian or gay students from membership....
4/20/2010 Annual Equal Pay Day to Recognize Ledbetter Act, Paycheck Fairness Act
Today is Equal Pay Day, which is designed to increase public consciousness of the gap between men's and women's wages....
4/9/2010 Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Announces Retirement
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement from the high court today....
4/7/2010 Texas Man Arrested For Threats Against Abortion Clinic
The FBI arrested Plano, Texas, law school graduate Erlyndon Joseph Lo on Saturday, after he filed a lawsuit against the nine Supreme Court justices for $999 trillion and demanded a ban on abortion....
4/6/2010 OK Governor Approves Three Anti-Choice Bills
Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry (R) signed three anti-choice bills into law yesterday....
4/6/2010 NV Supreme Court to Hear Personhood Initiative Challenge
The Nevada state Supreme Court will hear arguments today in a case that seeks to overturn a lower court ruling and place a so-called "personhood" amendment on the fall ballot....
3/31/2010 Oklahoma Legislature Passes Anti-Choice Bills
The Oklahoma state House approved three anti-choice bills Monday....
3/15/2010 Court to Hear Arguments on IL Parental Notification Law
A Cook County, Illinois, Circuit Court will hear arguments today on a state parental notification law that has been stalled in the state since 1995....
3/4/2010 Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules Abortion Law Unconstitutional
Yesterday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld the February ruling of a state District Court that an anti-choice state law not yet enacted is unconstitutional....
2/25/2010 Supreme Court to Decide If Ledbetter Applies to Firefighter Discrimination Claim
The Supreme Court heard a racial discrimination case Monday where they might apply the Ledbetter Act for the first time in a Supreme Court decision ....
2/23/2010 Bill to Repeal Abortion Introduced in FL
A bill that would ban abortion in nearly all circumstances, without exception for rape or incest, was introduced late last week in the Florida state House....
2/22/2010 Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against CA Anti-Affirmative Action Measure
A class action lawsuit was filed last week alleges that the civil rights of Black, Latina/o, and Native American applicants to California schools are violated due to an amendment, Proposition 209, to the state constitution....
2/19/2010 Supreme Court to Hear Washington State Referendum Case
The Supreme Court announced this week that they will hear arguments on April 28 on the question of whether the identities of those who have signed ballot measure petitions can be disclosed by the state....
2/18/2010 NH House Rejects Fetus as Person Bill
The New Hampshire state House voted 219 to 122 yesterday against a bill that treated a fetus as a person for the purposes of homicide....
2/11/2010 Personhood at Issue in NH Bill
The New Hampshire state House postponed a vote yesterday on a bill that treats a fetus as a person for the purposes of homicide....
2/9/2010 Court Renews Title IX Suit Against UC Davis
A panel of 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judges reinstated a Title IX lawsuit yesterday against the University of California, Davis....
1/27/2010 Bill Introduced to Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks in NE
A bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy was introduced in the Nebraska state Legislature late last week by Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood (R)....
1/19/2010 Signatures Submitted in Support of Alaska Parental Notification Initiative
Sponsors of a proposed Alaska ballot initiative seeking a law that would require parental notification before a minor can obtain an abortion submitted signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot late last week....
1/14/2010 Supreme Court Blocks Airing of Proposition 8 Trial
The Supreme Court issued an unsigned 5 to 4 opinion yesterday barring broadcasting of the Proposition 8 trial....
1/11/2010 Historic Proposition 8 Trial Begins Today
Proceedings are underway in the historic trial that will decide whether California's Proposition 8, the November 2008 ballot initiative that overturned the right of same-sex marriage in the state, is constitutional....
1/8/2010 Statement of Katherine Spillar, Executive Vice President of Feminist Majority Foundation on Kansas Judge's decision to allow evidence in support of a "voluntary manslaughter" verdict in the trial of Scott Roeder for murdering Dr. George Tiller
Today's perplexing decision is effectively back-door permission for admitted killer Scott Roeder to use a 'justifiable homicide' defense that is both un-justifiable and unconscionable. Allowing an argument that this cold-blooded, premeditated murder could be voluntary manslaughter will embolden anti-abortion extremists and could result in 'open season' on doctors across the country." Kansas Judge Warren Wilbert ruled today that he will allow defense attorneys to present evidence to the jury about Scott Roeder's beliefs prior to his shooting of Dr....
1/8/2010 New Jersey Rejects Same Sex Marriage
The New Jersey State Senate voted 20 to 14 against a bill that would have legalized same sex marriage in the state yesterday....
1/8/2010 Breaking News in Dr. Tiller Murder Trial
Statement of Katherine Spillar, Executive Vice President of Feminist Majority Foundation on Kansas Judge's decision to allow evidence in support of a "voluntary manslaughter" verdict in the trial of Scott Roeder for murdering Dr....
12/23/2009 Kansas judge rejects necessity defense in Tiller murder trial
Scott Roeder, the defendant on trial for the murder of doctor George Tiller, cannot use a necessity defense in his January 11 trial, reports the Kansas City Star....
12/10/2009 Justice Sotomayor Makes History with First Opinion
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor became the first to use the term "undocumented immigrant" in a Supreme Court decision when her first opinion from the high court was released Tuesday....
12/7/2009 Irish Abortion Challenge Hearing This Week
The case of three Irish women who are challenging Ireland's abortion ban will be heard by the full 17 member chamber of the European Court of Human Rights this week....
11/24/2009 Women Ski Jumpers Lose Olympic Lawsuit
The British Columbia Appeal Court provided written rationale for it's ruling that will allow Olympic organizers to hold a men's ski jumping event, but not a women's event in the upcoming Vancouver Olympic games....
11/13/2009 Roeder's Lawyers Seek to Move Trial
The lawyers of Scott Roeder, who allegedly murdered George Tiller, MD, in May, are seeking to relocate the trial so that it will take place outside of Sedgwick County, in Witchita, Kansas....
11/12/2009 Women Ski Jumpers Fight for Inclusion in Winter Olympics
Fourteen women ski jumpers will appear in a British Colombia court today to continue their legal battle for the opportunity to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver....
11/10/2009 Roeder Confesses to Tiller Killing
Scott Roeder, the alleged murderer of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller, MD, confessed to the killing in an interview yesterday....
11/6/2009 Court Blocks Implementation of Illinois Parental Notification Law
The Illinois Medical Disciplinary Board decided Wednesday that a state parental notification law should go into effect....
10/21/2009 Arizona Court Rules in Favor of Inmates' Abortion Rights
An Arizona judge ordered Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio to end a requirement for inmates to prepay transportation and security costs prior to obtaining an abortion....
10/19/2009 Parental Notification Law Challenged in Illinois
A lawsuit was filed today challenging a parental notification law set to go into effect in Illinois on November 3rd....
10/16/2009 CA Judge Rejects Petition to Dismiss Constitutional Challenge to Proposition 8
US District Judge Vaughn Walker rejected a petition Wednesday that sought the dismissal of a pending constitutional challenge to Proposition 8, the November 2008 ballot initiative that overturned the right of same-sex marriage in the state....
10/13/2009 Chicago Passes Clinic Buffer Zone Law
Last week, the Chicago city council passed an ordinance mandating anti-choice protestors maintain a safe distance away from clinics and facilities that provide abortion services....
10/6/2009 Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Inmate Shackled While Giving Birth
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a former Arkansas inmate, Shawanna Nelson, who was shackled during labor has the right to sue the corrections officer present during her labor....
9/29/2009 Zimbabwean Activist Acquitted
Zimbabwe's Supreme Court dropped all charges against human rights activist Jestina Mukoko and 8 others yesterday, ruling that their rights had been violated while imprisoned....
9/18/2009 Indiana Overturns Voter Identification Law
A state appellate court in Indiana ruled yesterday that a state law requiring voters to show identification was unconstitutional....
9/11/2009 Equal Pay Victory For Women in Third Circuit
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Mary Lou Mikula's Title VII pay discrimination claim yesterday, dismissing a previous ruling that her claim was invalid on the basis that it was not timely....
9/9/2009 Student Sentenced to Death for Downloading Women's Rights Article Freed
Sayed Pervez Kambaksh, who was originally sentenced to death in Afghanistan for distributing information regarding the role of women in Islam in October 2007 is now free....
9/9/2009 Sotomayor to Hear, Kagan to Argue First Supreme Court Case
Justice Sonia Sotomayor will hear her first case as a Supreme Court Justice today after a formal investiture ceremony yesterday in which she was officially sworn into office for the third time....
9/3/2009 Anti-Choice Group Sues for Immediate Enforcement of Illinois Law
The Thomas More Society filed a lawsuit this week with the Illinois Supreme Court that seeks immediate enforcement of a parental notification law in the state....
9/1/2009 Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate has Anti-Women's Rights Record
The recently published graduate thesis of Virginia Attorney General Robert McDonnell, who is also the Republican candidate for Virginia Governor, demonstrates opposition to women's rights....
8/28/2009 Ohio Court Rules Against Woman Fired for Pumping Breast Milk
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 7 to 2 yesterday against LaNisa Allen, who filed a discrimination complaint after being fired from her job at Totes/Isotoner because she took unauthorized breaks to pump breast milk....
8/26/2009 Feminist Movement Loses Champion for Women's Rights
Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) died late last night at his Massachusetts home after a lengthy battle with brain cancer....
8/20/2009 Proposition 8 Trial Date Set
A federal judge scheduled a January 2010 trial date yesterday in a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the November 2008 ballot initiative that overturned the right of same-sex marriage in the state....
8/20/2009 Oklahoma Will Appeal Ruling on Abortion Law
Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson's office confirmed yesterday that the state will file an appeal with the state Supreme Court of a judge's decision to overturn a controversial abortion law....
8/13/2009 Equality California: Wait on Same-Sex Marriage Initiative
Equality California, California's largest LGBTQ advocacy organization, released a report yesterday urging gay rights activists to wait until 2012 to repeal Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in the state....
8/10/2009 Sotomayor Sworn in to Supreme Court
Judge Sonia Sotomayor was officially sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court on Saturday....
8/7/2009 Judge Sonia Sotomayor Confirmed for Supreme Court
Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama's first Supreme Court nominee, was confirmed yesterday by a 68-31 vote in the Senate....
8/7/2009 Judge Upholds Clinic Bubble Ordinance in Oakland
A judge in Oakland, California ruled Wednesday that an ordinance prohibiting protesters from approaching women entering abortion clinics is constitutional....
8/3/2009 Pioneering Activists to Recieve Presidential Medal of Freedom
The White House announced last week that President Barack Obama will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to a number of pioneering feminists and civil rights leaders....
7/29/2009 Judiciary Committee Confirms Sotomayor
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-6 yesterday to approve Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the US Supreme Court....
7/27/2009 Gaza Judge Rules Female Lawyers Must Wear Headscarves
Gaza Supreme Court Chief Justice Abdul-Raouf Halabi released an edict today mandating that female lawyers must wear long dark clothing under their robes and scarves to cover their hair when they appear in court....
7/23/2009 Court Rules NYC Fire Department Uses Discriminatory Hiring Practices
The Federal District Court in Brooklyn ruled Wednesday that the New York City Fire Department uses discriminatory hiring practices against black and Hispanic applicants....
7/22/2009 New Delhi Supreme Court Rules on Rape Victim's Pregnancy
New Delhi's Supreme Court overturned a lower court's decision yesterday, ruling against terminating the pregnancy of a nineteen-year-old mentally handicapped rape victim....
7/14/2009 Sotomayor Hearings Commence
Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings for the United States Supreme Court began yesterday....
7/6/2009 ACLU Challenges Arizona Restriction on Inmates' Abortion Rights
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is again asking an Arizona court to stop Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio from preventing female inmates from accessing abortion services....
7/1/2009 Franken Declared Winner of Disputed Senate Seat
Minnesota's Supreme Court unanimously denied Republican Senator Norm Coleman's appeal yesterday, ruling that Democrat Al Franken is the winner of November's Senate race....
6/30/2009 Supreme Court Rules in Favor of White Firefighters
The Supreme Court yesterday ruled in a razor slim 5-4 decision in favor of a group of white firefighters from New Haven, Connecticut on a Title VII race case that has far reaching impact on race, sex, and ethnicity employment cases....
6/26/2009 Supreme Court Rules Student Strip-Search Unconstitutional
The US Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the strip-search of 13-year old student Savana Redding at her Arizona public school was unconstitutional....
6/25/2009 Court of Appeals Upholds Virginia Late Abortion Ruling
A 2008 court decision which declared unconstitutional a Virginia ban on a specific abortion procedure was overturned yesterday by the Fourth District US Court of Appeals in a split 6 to 5 decision....
6/8/2009 Supreme Court Will not Hear Don't Ask, Don't Tell Case
The Supreme Court announced today that they will not hear a case that challenges the constitutionality of the federal government's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy....
6/3/2009 Polls Show Public Support for Sotomayor
Several recent polls suggest that the public supports Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee....
6/2/2009 Bill O'Reilly's Statements about Tiller Under Fire
O'Reilly Factor host Bill O'Reilly has come under renewed fire for remarks about George Tiller, MD since Tiller's murder Sunday....
5/27/2009 Proposition 8 to be Challenged in Federal Court, Ballot Initiatives Planned
A federal lawsuit that challenges Proposition 8 was filed in a US District Court and calls for an injunction against the proposition....
5/26/2009 Feminist Majority Foundation: Prop. 8 Decision Tragic; Vows to Fight On
The California Supreme Court decided today to uphold Proposition 8, the November 2008 ballot initiative that overturned the right of same-sex marriage recognized in a May 2008 California Supreme Court decision....
5/26/2009 California Supreme Court Rules Proposition 8 Stands
The California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8, the November 2008 ballot initiative that overturned the right of same-sex marriage in the state, in a 6 to 1 ruling today....
5/26/2009 Sonia Sotomayor Named Supreme Court Nominee
President Obama announced the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the US Supreme Court this morning....
5/21/2009 California Assembly Passes Fair Pay Legislation
The California state Assembly passed a state-level version of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Monday on a 49 to 28 vote....
5/21/2009 Nepal's Supreme Court Orders Expanded Abortion Access
The Supreme Court of Nepal ruled yesterday that the Nepalese government must enact legislation that guarantees women's access to safe abortion services....
5/19/2009 Supreme Court Rules on Pregnancy Discrimination Case
The Supreme Court ruled that maternity leave taken prior to the 1979 Pregnancy Discrimination Act does not have to be credited to pensions in a 7 to 2 decision issued Monday....
5/19/2009 Anti-Choice Tennessee Bill Passes in House
A proposed constitutional amendment to the Tennessee state constitution that would void a 2000 state Supreme Court decision on abortion restrictions was approved by the state House in a 76 to 22 vote yesterday....
5/14/2009 Women Dominate Supreme Court Nominee Short List
White House sources have confirmed a six-person short list of potential Supreme Court nominees being considered by President Obama to replace retiring Justice David Souter....
5/8/2009 Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Applied to Tenure Case
Mississippi US District Judge Tom Lee applied the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 to a Jackson State University tenure discrimination case late in April....
5/4/2009 California Supreme Court Will Not Hear Appeal in Sexual Orientation Expulsion Case
The California Supreme Court ruled last week that they will not hear an appeal in a case where a private Lutheran high school in the state expelled two students in 2005 based on suspicions that the students were lesbians....
4/28/2009 Karzai Vows Amendments to Afghan Shia Law
Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced in a press conference yesterday that a controversial Shia Family law whose implementation would severely restrict women's rights by legalizing rape within marriage, will be amended and that the human rights of women and girls will be respected by the law....
4/28/2009 Feminists Commemorate Equal Pay Day
Today is Equal Pay Day, the day when women's wages equal their male colleagues' earnings of the previous year....
4/27/2009 California Attorney General Says Anti-Affirmative Action Measure Unconstitutional
California Attorney General Jerry Brown said in a letter to the California state Supreme Court that Proposition 209, an amendment to the California constitution passed in 1996 that prohibits affirmative action in public employment, education, and contracting, is unconstitutional....
4/24/2009 Same Sex Marriage Codified in Connecticut
Connecticut Governor M Jodi Rell signed legislation Thursday that codified same sex marriage in accordance with a 2008 court ruling....
4/17/2009 Afghan Government will Revise Controversial Law, Says Karzai
Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced yesterday that his government will revise a controversial law that would severely restrict women's rights by legalizing rape within marriage, among other provisions....
4/15/2009 Afghan Women Protesting Law Pelted
Hundreds of Afghan women protesting a new Shia family law that would severely restrict women's rights were outnumbered by hundreds of the law's supporters today in Kabul....
4/14/2009 Controversial Afghan Law will not be Implemented, Ambassador Says
Afghan Ambassador to the US Said Jawad said this past weekend that a new Shia family law that would severely restrict women's rights signed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai sometime last month will not go into effect. The Ambassador told Bloomberg that "it will not become the law because it contradicts some important principles of the Afghan constitution." Karzai, according to news sources, signed the bill to court the Hazara vote in the upcoming presidential election. According to Jawad, Karzai signed the law without being aware of all of its provisions and has sent the likely unconstitutional law to be reviewed by the Afghan Ministry of Justice and the Afghan Supreme Court....
4/7/2009 Illinois Ruling on Emergency Contraception Halted
A Circuit Court judge issued a temporary restraining order Friday that halts enforcement of an Illinois regulation that requires state pharmacists to dispense emergency contraception (EC)....
4/6/2009 Flogging of Pakistani Woman by Taliban to be Investigated
Video of Taliban militants flogging a young woman who was accused of having a pre-marital sexual encounter became public this past weekend and Pakistan's Supreme Court announced an investigation yesterday....
4/3/2009 Iowa Supreme Court Rules Same Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that the Iowa Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection clause of the state constitution....
3/27/2009 Dr. Tiller Vindicated!
A Wichita jury has just ruled that Dr....
3/26/2009 Tiller Testifies in his Own Defense
Doctor George Tiller testified in his own defense yesterday in his criminal trial....
3/24/2009 Ballot Measure Petitions to Overturn Proposition 8 Begin Circulation
Two petitions are now in circulation in California that seek to repeal the state's ban on same-sex marriage....
3/20/2009 First Woman Solicitor General Confirmed
Elena Kagan was confirmed as Solicitor General yesterday and, once sworn in, will be the first woman to hold the post....
3/16/2009 Tiller Trial Jury Selection Begins Today
Jury selection in the criminal trial of Dr George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas, begins today....
3/13/2009 Poll Finds Californians Remain Split on Same-Sex Marriage Amendment
A poll released this week found that registered voters in California remain sharply divided on a constitutional amendment that would allow same-sex marriage in the state....
3/11/2009 Afghan Student's 20 Year Sentence for Supporting Women's Rights Upheld by Supreme Court
Afghan student and journalist Parwez Kambakhsh's sentence of 20 years in prison for blasphemy after he circulated an article about women's rights under Islam was recently upheld by Afghanistan's Supreme Court....
3/6/2009 Proposition 8 Seems Unlikely to be Overturned
The California state Supreme Court appears unlikely to overturn Proposition 8 after hearing oral arguments in the case to overturn the measure yesterday....
3/5/2009 California Supreme Court Hears Proposition 8 Case
Californias Supreme Court will hear arguments today in a case that considers the constitutionality of the Proposition 8, which eliminated same sex marriage in the state in the 2008 elections....
2/26/2009 Tiller Case to Move Forward in Kansas Court
A motion by Dr George Tiller's lawyers to dismiss the criminal case against him was denied yesterday by Sedgwick County District Judge Clark Owens....
2/25/2009 Supreme Court Ruling Reinstates Gun Ban on Abusers
The US Supreme Court ruled in a 7 to 2 decision yesterday that those convicted of misdemeanors related to domestic violence can not legally possess firearms....
2/24/2009 Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe Signs Late-Term Abortion Ban Bill
Democratic Governor Mike Beebe signed a bill on Friday that would ban so-called partial birth abortions in Arkansas....
2/20/2009 Arkansas State Senate Approves Late-Term Abortion Ban
A bill that would ban so-called partial birth abortions in Arkansas passed in the state Senate yesterday in a 30 to 3 vote....
2/17/2009 Arkansas State House of Representatives Approves Late-Term Abortion Ban
The Arkansas House of Representatives passed a bill late last week that would ban so-called partial birth abortions in an 84 to 6 vote after no debate....
2/6/2009 Date Set for Proposition 8 Hearings
Californias Supreme Court announced this week that it will hear arguments on March 5 of this year in a case that considers the constitutionality of the Proposition 8, which eliminated same sex marriage in the state when it was approved by voters in the 2008 elections....
1/29/2009 President Obama Signs Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was signed this morning by President Obama and is the first bill he has signed while in office....
1/29/2009 California Court Rules that Private School can Expel Students on Basis of Sexual Orientation
The 4th District Court of Appeals ruled that a private California high school legally expelled two students in 2005 based on suspicions that the students were lesbians....
1/28/2009 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Passes Congress
The House passed the final version of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (H.R....
1/28/2009 Supreme Court Rules in Worker Retaliation Case
The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that employers cannot fire workers in retaliation for cooperating in investigations of sexual harassment under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act....
1/23/2009 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Passed Senate, Returns to House
The Senate passed by a strong majority the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (S....
1/22/2009 Supreme Court Protects Rights to Use Multiple Remedies Against Sex Discrimination in Education
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Wednesday that plaintiffs who experience gender discrimination can sue under both Title IX and the Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution....
1/22/2009 36th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Today marks the 36th anniversary of the US Supreme Court decision that gave women the right to a legal abortion....
1/21/2009 Executive Action Expected This Week on Women's Rights Issues
The incoming Obama/Biden administration is expected to address several key women's rights issues within the next week....
1/16/2009 Feminist Groups Support Legal Challenge to Prop. 8
Three major feminist groupsthe Feminist Majority Foundation, National Organization for Women, and California National Organization for Womenhave submitted an amicus brief to the California Supreme Court in support of legal challenges to Proposition 8, the November ballot measure that overturned the right to same-sex marriage in the state....
1/9/2009 Paycheck Fairness Act, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act First Bills to Pass House
In an outstanding victory for women's rights, the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act were the first bills to pass the House in the new legislative session....
1/9/2009 Ghana Elects First Woman Speaker of Parliament
Ghana's retired Supreme Court Justice Joyce Bamford-Addo became the first woman elected Speaker of Ghana's Parliament on Wednesday....
1/6/2009 Women Appointed to Key Department of Justice Positions
President-elect Barack Obama announced his intention yesterday to appoint Elena Kagan to be Solicitor General and Dawn Johnson to be the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel within the Department of Justice....
12/22/2008 Proposition 8 Legal Battles Intensify with Briefings Filed with CA Supreme Court
California Attorney General Jerry Brown made public his opposition to Proposition 8 Friday in a brief to the California Supreme Court while "Yes on 8" forces filed a brief extending their opposition to include invalidation of the same-sex marriages already performed in there....
12/22/2008 Illinois Court Grants Hearing for Pharmacists Refusing to Stock Plan B
Two Illinois pharmacists will be able to challenge in court an administrative rule that requires state pharmacists to dispense emergency contraception (EC) after the Illinois Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision denying their case last week....
12/16/2008 Sioux City Council Tables Same-Sex Marriage Vote
A resolution that would have defined marriage as between one man and one woman was tabled at a Sioux City, Iowa city council meeting last night....
12/12/2008 New Jersey Panel Finds Civil Unions are Separate, but not Equal
The New Jersey State Civil Union Review Commission has found that the state's civil union law does not provide the same protections to gay couples as marriage does to heterosexual couples....
12/9/2008 Iowa Supreme Court Considers Same-Sex Marriage
The Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in a case that challenges the states' same-sex marriage ban....
12/8/2008 Kansas State Supreme Court Opinion Issued Friday in Relation to Ongoing Tiller Case
The Kansas State Supreme Court issued a ruling Friday in a lawsuit related to former Attorney General Phill Kline's conduct in an ongoing case with Dr....
11/26/2008 Florida's Gay Adoption Ban Ruled Unconstitutional by Circuit Court
A circuit court judge ruled Tuesday that a law banning gay and lesbian people from adopting children in Florida is unconstitutional....
11/20/2008 California Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments on Proposition 8
California's Supreme Court said Wednesday that it will consider the constitutionality of Proposition 8, which eliminated same sex marriage in the state earlier this month....
11/19/2008 Focus on the Family to Lay Off 200 Staff
Focus on the Family, a Colorado Springs-based Christian non-profit group, will eliminate 202 jobs this week....
11/13/2008 Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Now Issued in Connecticut
Connecticut began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Wednesday morning....
11/12/2008 Supreme Court Hears Case on Gun Rights for Domestic Violence Abusers
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday on a federal gun ban that affects individuals convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence charges....
11/6/2008 Gay Marriage Ban Passes in California, then Challenged in Court
On an electoral night that was otherwise a positive one for civil rights and women's rights activists, California's Proposition 8, which amends the state's constitution to remove the right of same-sex couples to marry, appears to have passed by 52 percent to 48 percent....
10/30/2008 Virginia's attorney general still trying to reinstate abortion ban
The 4th U.S....
10/23/2008 Support for Women's Rights May Cost Afghan Student 20 Years
Afghan student Parwez Kambakhsh has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for blasphemy, having circulated an article about women's rights under Islam, reports the Los Angeles Times....
10/22/2008 Same-Sex Marriage Vote Tightens in California
Two weeks ago, opponents of Proposition 8 in California-which would reverse the recent state Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage-were concerned over a slippage in the polls....
10/20/2008 Law Professor Susan Herman Elected ACLU President
Saturday the American Civil Liberties Union elected Brooklyn Law School professor and constitutional law scholar Susan Herman to be its president....
10/13/2008 Same-Sex Marriage to be Recognized in Connecticut
The Connecticut State Supreme Court ruled Friday that banning same-sex marriage violates the state constitution....
10/10/2008 Abortion Rights Leader Dr. Henry Morgentaler Receives Order of Canada
Dr....
10/9/2008 West Virginian Anti-Abortion Group Fights New Political Ad Laws
A West Virginia law regarding political advertising law was challenged last week by an anti-abortion group....
10/7/2008 Supreme Court Refuses Missouri Abortion Rights Appeal
Yesterday the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from the state of Missouri regarding a woman's right to abortion in prison....
10/6/2008 Anti-Abortion Poster Case Rejected by Supreme Court
The Supreme Court rejected an appeal in the case of American Coalition of Life Activists (ACLA) v....
10/3/2008 Utah Lawmakers Plan Anti-Choice Legislation
Several conservative Utah state lawmakers announced plans this week to sponsor anti-choice legislation in the 2009 legislative session....
10/2/2008 South Dakota Lawsuit Seeks Disclosure of 2006 Abortion Ban Donor
In a South Dakota Supreme Court case heard this week a lawyer for the Secretary of State argued that the name of a 2006 donor to an anti-choice organization should be made public....
9/25/2008 Report Indicates New Abortion Low, Affected Demographics Shift
A new report from the Guttmacher Institute indicates that national abortion rates are at an all time low since 1974, but that demographics of those seeking the procedure have changed significantly....
9/4/2008 Two Florida Religious Freedom Ballot Measures Disqualified
Proposed amendments to the Florida state constitution were disqualified Wednesday after a ruling by the Florida Supreme Court....
9/3/2008 Equal Pay Bill Passes California Assembly
Within the past week, both the California State Senate and the State Assembly passed an equal pay bill that will now be sent to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger....
9/2/2008 Rapists Freed in Afghanistan to be Investigated
There will be a full investigation into the case of two convicted rapists who were given a pardon by Afghan President Hamid Karzai in May....
8/29/2008 Mexico City Abortion Access Upheld
The Mexican Supreme Court has ruled 8-3 that a Mexico City law that allows abortion in the first trimester is constitutional....
8/28/2008 Pioneering Activist Del Martin Dies
Del Martin, a pioneering activist for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and feminist movements in the United States, passed away yesterday....
8/27/2008 Mexico Supreme Court Considers Making Abortion Illegal in Mexico City
The Supreme Court of Mexico is considering a challenge to a Mexico City law that legalized abortion in April 2007....
8/27/2008 Lilly Ledbetter Speaks at Democratic National Convention
Lilly Ledbetter addressed the Democratic National Convention Tuesday and spoke of the wage discrimination she experienced while an employee at Goodyear Tire Rubber Co....
8/21/2008 New Challenge Filed to Reopen H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College
A new challenge was filed Wednesday to reopen H....
8/20/2008 California Supreme Court Rules on Religiously Biased Healthcare
The California Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that doctors cannot withhold care from gay and lesbian patients on the basis of religious belief....
8/20/2008 Amicus Brief to be Filed in Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee
The Womens Rights Project of the ACLU and the National Womens Law Center will file an amicus brief late in August....
7/29/2008 Court Reviews Virginia Abortion Decision
The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals will review the constitutionality of a Virginia law banning late-term abortions this fall....
7/17/2008 Democratic Women in Congress Rally for Fair Pay
The Democratic women Senators and Members of the House held a rally today to support passage of fair pay legislation....
7/17/2008 Gay Marriage Initiative Challenge Rejected in CA
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously refused to hear a challenge of a ballot initiative that would amend the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage if passed by voters in November....
7/14/2008 McCain Holds 'Women Only' Town Hall Meeting
John McCain held a 'women only' town hall meeting in Hudson, Wisconsin, Friday in an attempt to woo women voters....
7/11/2008 Obama Reaches Out to Women with Economic Plan
Sen Barack Obama focused on women yesterday and unleashed his economic plan for women....
7/10/2008 Kennedy's Vote Breaks Republican Filibuster on Medicare
Senator Edward Kennedy returned to the Senate to cast a key vote to break a Republican filibuster of a vital Medicare bill on Wednesday....
7/8/2008 Anti-Gay Marriage Ballot Measures will be on AZ, CA, FL Ballots
Ballot initiatives to define marriage as between one man and one woman will be on the ballot in Arizona, California, and Florida in November....
7/8/2008 Abortion Rights Leader Awarded Highest Canadian Recognition
Henry Morgentaler, the former leader of Canada's fight to legalize abortion, is receiving the highest civilian recognition in the nation, the Order of Canada....
7/3/2008 Dr. Tiller Vindicated
A Kansas Grand Jury adjourned on Wednesday without finding substantial evidence that Dr Tiller, a late-term abortion provider, violated any abortion laws....
6/30/2008 Supreme Court Cites Sixth Amendment to Discount Testimony of Murdered Domestic Abuse Victim
The Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a lower court ruling which allowed the previously recorded testimony of a murdered domestic abuse victim to be used as evidence in the trial of her alleged killer....
6/17/2008 Same-Sex Couples Marry in California
Same-sex couples were legally married in California on Monday, as the state's Supreme Court ruling overturning California's ban on gay marriage took effect....
6/12/2008 Equal Pay Act Reaches 45th Anniversary
This week marks the 45th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act....
6/9/2008 Veteran Feminists of America Honors Feminist Lawyers Featuring Justice Ginsberg
The Veteran Feminists of America (VFA) will be honoring feminist lawyers today at the Harvard Club of New York City....
6/6/2008 Anti-Contraceptive Extremists Protest Clinics
The anti-contraception group American Life League (ALL) plans to protest clinics across the country on Saturday, June 7th....
6/5/2008 CA Supreme Court Refuses to Stay Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
The California Supreme Court denied a request on Wednesday to stay their decision allowing same-sex marriage until the November election, according to the Associated Press....
5/27/2008 California to Begin Marrying Same-Sex Couples June 14
California county clerks will be authorized to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples as early as June 14 of this year....
5/21/2008 Federal Court Overturns Virginia Late Term Abortion Ban
A federal appeals court yesterday overturned Virginias ban on late term abortions for the second time....
5/21/2008 Senator Ted Kennedy Leaves Hospital Looking Strong
Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), a long-time advocate for women's rights, left the hospital this morning following a biopsy....
5/19/2008 Gender Wage Gap for Recent College Grads
Recent women college graduates made, on average, $2.92 less than their male counterparts in 2007....
5/16/2008 Overturning of Gay Marriage Ban May Profoundly Impact November Elections
The California Supreme Court decision overturning state law banning gay marriage may have a profound impact on the states and nations November elections....
5/15/2008 California Supreme Court Overturns Gay Marriage Ban
The California Supreme Court ruled 4-3 today to overturn state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage....
5/9/2008 Michigan Supreme Court Denies Health Insurance to Same-Sex Partners
The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that local and state institutions cannot provide health insurances for partners of employees in same-sex relationships....
5/7/2008 Kansas Supreme Court Limits Grand Jury's Power in Dr Tiller Case
The Kansas Supreme Court determined guidelines today to limit the power of the grand jury investigating the case of Dr George Tiller, a late term abortion provider from Wichita....
4/24/2008 Republicans Filibuster Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
The Senate Republican leadership orchestrated a filibuster of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act last night, preventing this critical bill from going to the floor of the senate for an up-or-down vote....
4/22/2008 Equal Pay Day: Feminists Fight for Lilly Ledbetter Pair Pay Act
Today is the twelfth annual Equal Pay Day....
4/15/2008 Yemeni Girl Demands Divorce
Eight-year-old Nojoud Muhammed Nasser filed a lawsuit in Yemen against her father who forced her to marry a 30-year-old man....
4/8/2008 Kansas Supreme Court Hears Tiller Patient Records Subpoena Arguments Today
The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments today over the validity of a grand jury subpoena of private medical records of some 2,000 of Dr Tiller's patients....
3/26/2008 Domestic Violence Survivor Brings Case to International Tribunal
Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union and the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic filed an addendum brief with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) this week in the landmark case of a domestic violence survivor....
3/24/2008 Supreme Court Upholds Inmates� Right to Chose
The Supreme Court rejected an appeal today from a Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff to review a lower court�s ruling that protected Arizona inmates� right to an abortion....
3/24/2008 Supreme Court Permits Discrimination Against Older Retirees
The Supreme Court rejected an appeal by AARP challenging an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission policy that allows employers to cut health insurance expenses for retired workers after they turn 65 and qualify for Medicare....
3/4/2008 Judge Blocks Illinois Parental Notification Law
US District Judge David H....
3/3/2008 Kansas Supreme Court Sets Date for Subpoena Arguments
The Kansas Supreme Court announced last week that it will hear arguments on three subpoenas for patient records by the grand jury investigating Dr George Tiller on April 8th....
2/20/2008 Kansas Supreme Court Blocks Subpoena of State Attorney General
The Kansas Supreme Court temporarily blocked the subpoena of Kansas State Attorney General Stephen Six's office on Tuesday....
2/19/2008 Catholic Church Fights New York Abortion Rights Law
New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is urging lawmakers to pass state legislation that would guarantee all women the right to an abortion....
2/8/2008 Tiller Grand Jury Subpoenas Kansas Attorney General
The grand jury investigating Dr George Tiller subpoenaed Kansas Attorney General Stephen Six's office this week....
2/6/2008 Kansas Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Subpoena of Tiller Patient Records
The Kansas Supreme Court temporarily blocked a grand jury�s subpoena of the medical records of some 2,000 women who sought late-term abortions at Dr....
2/4/2008 Tiller Takes Patient Information Fight to KS Supreme Court
Attorneys for Dr George Tiller appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court Friday over an order from the grand jury to turn over patient medical records....
1/29/2008 Ohio Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Abortion Records Case
The Ohio Supreme Court refused this week to consider whether or not the parents of a teenager who obtained an abortion without their consent have a right to the medical records of other minors from the Planned Parenthood clinic....
1/28/2008 Wyoming Gender Wage Gap Widens
Wyoming�s gender wage gap, already the largest in the country since 2004, has grown....
1/25/2008 Senate Holds Hearing on Fair Pay
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing Thursday on the Fair Pay Restoration Act....
1/24/2008 Federal Court Rules in Favor of Missouri Inmates in Abortion Case
The 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals in St Louis ruled on Tuesday that Missouri inmates have the right to an elective abortion....
1/22/2008 35th Anniversary of Roe v Wade
Today marks the 35th anniversary of the US Supreme Court decision that gave women the right to a legal abortion....
1/22/2008 Wichita Pro-Choice Community Rallies Behind Dr. Tiller
As they marked the 35th anniversary of the landmark US Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, supporters gathered today outside the Women�s Health Care Services clinic in Wichita, Kansas....
1/14/2008 Abortion Foes Focus on States
As the 2008 elections approach, anti-abortion activists have turned their attention to states....
1/11/2008 Feminist Legislation Held Up in Congress
As Congress returns, much feminist legislation is still pending....
1/8/2008 Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Abortion Challenge
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a challenge to a lower court ruling that struck down a Michigan law banning dilation and extraction abortion procedures....
12/5/2007 Grand Jury Set to Convene on Dr Tiller
A Kansas grand jury investigation on Dr George Tiller, one of the few late-term abortion providers for women with troubled pregnancies and complicated health problems, is set to begin January 8, 2008....
11/29/2007 Feminist Legislative Roundup
Congress will be in session briefly in December, when there will be an opportunity to pass bills crucial for women�s rights. A bill to address the growing birth control pricing crisis has been introduced in both the House and the Senate....
11/28/2007 Texas Courts Ruling Affirms Laws that Grant Fetuses Legal Protections
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled unanimously last week that state laws granting legal protections to fetuses do not conflict with Roe v Wade....
11/19/2007 Boy Scouts of Philadelphia to Lose Headquarters
The city solicitor gave the Boy Scouts of Philadelphia until December 3 to renounce their policy of excluding homosexuals, or the Scouts will lose the subsidized rent of their city-owned, 79-year-old landmark headquarters....
11/16/2007 Colorado Supreme Court Allows 2008 Anti-Abortion Ballot Initiative
The Colorado Supreme Court ruled 7-0 this week to allow a proposed ballot initiative for the November 2008 election that would define a fertilized egg as a person....
11/15/2007 Massachusetts Expands Clinic Buffer Safety Zone
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick this week signed a bill expanding the clinic safety buffer zones in the state to 35 feet....
10/30/2007 Kansas Grand Jury on Tiller Blocked
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday blocked a grand jury investigation of Dr....
10/11/2007 South Dakota Supreme Court Will Hear Abortion Ban Campaign Finance Case
State officials have asked the South Dakota Supreme Court to rule on whether or not the identity of a major contributor to a campaign to uphold a state law that would have banned abortion must be disclosed....
10/9/2007 International Tribunal to Consider US Domestic Violence Case
An international human rights tribunal has accepted a petition by a US mother of three small girls who were murdered by her estranged husband after local police refused to act....
10/8/2007 Late-Term Abortion Provider Target of Multiple Investigations
Operation Rescue has filed a complaint with the Kansas Board of Healing Arts against Dr....
10/3/2007 Anita Hill Responds to Clarence Thomas
Anita Hill wrote in an Op-Ed yesterday, "I stand by my testimony" in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas....
10/3/2007 Nicaraguan Abortion Ban Jeopardizes Women�s Health, Lives
A study released yesterday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) found that Nicaraguan women�s health and lives have been put at risk by the country�s blanket ban on abortions, imposed one year ago....
10/2/2007 Court Will Not Hear Challenge to Birth-Control Coverage
The Supreme Court declined to hear a case Monday about whether religious-based social services agencies should be forced to subsidize the cost of contraceptives as part of their health insurance benefits....
9/25/2007 Federal Appeals Court Considers Incarcerated Women�s Right to Abortion
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit heard arguments Monday on the whether the state of Missouri can deny incarcerated women access to a timely and safe abortion....
9/20/2007 Court Dismisses Appeal on Mandated Reporting of Underage Sex
A federal appeals court ended former Kansas Attorney General Phil Kline�s quest to require health care providers and counselors to report all adolescent sexual activity, even kissing....
9/13/2007 New Jersey Court Won�t Force Doctors to Follow Anti-Choice Script
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that doctors are not obligated to give what the American Civil Liberties Union calls a "non-medical, value-laden speech" prior to performing an abortion....
9/11/2007 California Acts to Correct Ledbetter Decision
The California State Senate has passed a law to shield workers in the state from a US Supreme Court decision that severely limits employees' ability to sue for equal pay....
9/4/2007 Iowa Allows Same-Sex Marriage for Less than a Day
For less than a day, Iowa officials were accepting marriage license requests from same-sex couples and one same-sex couple was officially married, becoming the first same-sex married couple outside of Massachusetts....
8/27/2007 Embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Resigns
After months of calls by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress for his resignation, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced this morning that he was stepping down, effective September 17....
8/24/2007 Feminist Author and Activist Grace Paley Dies
The acclaimed writer, poet, feminist, and peace activist Grace Paley died on Wednesday in her home in Vermont at the age of 84 after a long struggle with breast cancer....
8/10/2007 Missouri: Judge Strikes Down Provision for Midwives
A Circuit Court Judge in Cole County, Missouri struck down a new provision that would have eased state restrictions on midwifery....
7/25/2007 Sen. Kennedy Introduces Legislation to Correct Ledbetter Decision
Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) has introduced the Fair Pay Restoration Act (S 1843), which is companion legislation to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (HR 2834) in the House....
7/24/2007 Washington Same-Sex Domestic Partnership Law Goes Into Effect
A new law authorizing domestic partnerships for same-sex couples went into effect on Monday in Washington State....
7/20/2007 Louisiana: Governor Signs 3 Anti-Abortion Measures
Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco (D) signed three bills last week that restrict women's access to abortion....
7/19/2007 Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Discuss Women's Rights, Health
Three Democratic presidential candidates Senator Hillary Clinton (NY), Senator Barack Obama (IL), and former Senator John Edwards (NC), represented by his wife Elizabeth Edwards, shared their positions yesterday on current reproductive health care issues....
7/13/2007 Nebraska Judge Declares Mistrial in Rape Case after Language Ban
District Judge Jeffre Cheuvront declared a mistrial yesterday in a Nebraska rape case in which the alleged victim would have been unable to say certain words, including "rape" and "assault"....
7/13/2007 Anti-Abortion Activists Descend on Birmingham and Wichita
Birmingham, Alabama and Wichita, Kansas are the targets of protests by anti-abortion groups this weekend....
7/2/2007 New Hampshire Repeals Parental Notification Law
Governor John Lynch signed legislation on Friday making New Hampshire the first state to repeal a law requiring minors to notify their parents before receiving an abortion....
6/29/2007 Committee Votes Ledbetter Legislation to House Floor
In a straight party-line vote, the House Committee on Education and Labor voted on Tuesday to send the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to the House floor for a vote....
6/28/2007 Supreme Court Decision Assaults Brown v. Board of Education
In a frontal assault to Brown v Board of Education -- the landmark case that desegregated schools -- the Supreme Court handed down this morning a 5-4 ruling that requires the elimination of integration plans at elementary and secondary public schools....
6/28/2007 Louisiana Legislature Bans Late Term Abortions
The Louisiana legislature approved yesterday Senate Bill 161, which -- if signed into law by Governor Kathleen Blanco (D) -- would make it a felony for physicians to perform late term abortions....
6/26/2007 Supreme Court Issues 4 Reactionary Rulings
Following two devastating Supreme Court decisions for women's rights in Gonzales v Carhart and Ledbetter v Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, the Supreme Court has issued four more reactionary rulings....
6/13/2007 Ledbetter Testifies in House Hearing; Committee Calls for Title VII Action
Lilly Ledbetter, the plaintiff in a wage discrimination case against the Goodyear Rubber and Tire Company, spoke yesterday before the House Committee on Education and Labor, highlighting the difficulties employees face when reporting incidents of discrimination in the workplace....
6/12/2007 House Dems Prepare to Fix Wage Claims Legislatively; Ledbetter to Testify at Hearings
Lilly Ledbetter, the plaintiff in a recent workplace discrimination lawsuit against Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, will be joining House Democrats in a press conference on Capitol Hill this afternoon to address the way in which the Supreme Court's interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 failed to protect her against wage discrimination based on sex....
6/8/2007 Support for Family Planning Services Strong with American Public and Congress
On the 42nd anniversary of Griswold v Connecticut, the Supreme Court case that established the right to birth control, new poll results showed yesterday that an overwhelming majority of Americans support access to birth control and other family planning services....
6/5/2007 Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Michigan Abortion Ban
The US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down yesterday a 2004 Michigan law that aimed to ban some later term abortions....
6/4/2007 Domestic Women's Issues Not a Topic at Dem's 2nd Presidential Debate
At last night's second presidential debate between the Democratic candidates, domestic policy affecting women was not an issue, despite two recent catastrophic Supreme Court decisions for women's rights....
5/31/2007 Mexican Supreme Court Will Consider New Abortion Law
The Mexican Supreme Court announced on Tuesday that it will hear a case filed by the National Human Right's Commission (NHRC) and the Attorney General's Office to determine whether Mexico City's law allowing abortion in the first three months of pregnancy is constitutional....
5/31/2007 Democrats to Introduce Legislation Counteracting Pro-Business Supreme Court Decision
Democrats in the Senate and House will introduce legislation next week to counteract yesterday's Supreme Court decision that limited the time period in which an employee can legally challenge wage discrimination....
5/30/2007 Supreme Court Sides with Business in Wage Sex Discrimination Case
A Supreme Court ruling issued yesterday will limit the ability of many workers to sue for wage discrimination....
5/18/2007 Massachusetts Legislature Considers Bill Limiting Protestors at Abortion Clinics
The Massachusetts legislature is considering a bill that would prevent protestors from entering a 35-foot zone around abortion clinics....
5/16/2007 Convicted Abortion Clinic Bomber Harasses Victims From Jail
Eric Robert Rudolph, sentenced to life in prison in 2005 for four bombings -- including bombings of abortion clinics in Atlanta and Birmingham -- has recently taunted his victims from jail using Internet postings....
5/1/2007 Japanese Court Denies Compensation for Comfort Women
Japan's Supreme Court acknowledged on Friday that women had been coerced into sex slavery by the Japanese military during World War II, but the court still rejected claims for compensation....
4/27/2007 Explosive Device Found in Parking Lot of Austin Womens Health Center
A law enforcement task force disabled an explosive device found in the parking lot of the Austin Women's Health Center on Wednesday....
4/26/2007 North Dakota Passes Trigger Abortion Ban
The North Dakota legislature has passed a bill that would ban abortions in the event that the US Supreme Court rules that such laws are constitutional....
4/26/2007 Abortion Bans Reconsidered After Supreme Court Decision
Abortion bans in Missouri and Virginia that had never gone into effect may now be enforceable following the Supreme Court's decision last week to uphold a federal ban on an abortion procedure....
4/18/2007 BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court Upholds Federal Abortion Procedure Ban Without Health Exception
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold the federal Partial Birth Abortion Act, a ban on an abortion procedure that the Republican controlled Congress passed in 2003....
4/18/2007 Supreme Court Ruling in Abortion Ban Case Disastrous for Women's Health and Safety
Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority In upholding the Bush Administration's abortion ban in Gonzales v....
4/9/2007 North Dakota Senate Opts for Special Vote to Rule on Abortion
The North Dakota Senate voted last Thursday to change a bill that would have banned abortions if the Supreme Court were to change its position on abortion....
3/30/2007 Anti-Abortion Lawmakers Try to Reopen Tiller Case
Kansas anti-abortion lawmakers introduced a resolution on Monday designed to compel recently elected Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison (D) to file charges against George Tiller, the late-term abortion provider who was repeatedly targeted by former KS Attorney General Phill Kline (R)....
3/23/2007 Mississippi Governor Signs Abortion Trigger Law
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (R) signed a bill into law yesterday that will outlaw and criminalize all abortions in the event that the US Supreme Court overturns its 1973 decision in Roe v Wade....
3/21/2007 Bush Nominates Anti-Choice WY Lawyer to be District Judge
Wyoming Republican Senators Mike Enzi and Craig Thomas announced on Monday that President Bush has nominated Wyoming lawyer Richard Honaker to serve as a US District judge....
3/16/2007 Former UCLA Prof. Receives $4 million in Sex Discrimination Case
A former employee of the University of California - Los Angeles has been awarded over $4 million after winning a sex discrimination case against the Regents of the University of California....
3/6/2007 Claim Filed Against US for International Human Rights Violation
A landmark case was heard by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on Friday, in which a domestic violence victim is filing an individual complaint against the US for international human rights violations....
2/15/2007 Case Closed: KS Supreme Court Dismisses Charges against Dr. Tiller
The Kansas Supreme Court has granted Attorney General Paul Morrison's (D) request that charges against George Tiller, one of the country's few providers of late-term abortion, be dropped....
2/9/2007 IL: Judge Delays Implementation of Parental Notification Law
A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that courts in Illinois are still not prepared to handle the implementation of a parental notification measure that was passed over 10 years ago and has never been enforced....
1/30/2007 SD Anti-Abortion Legislators Redraft Abortion Ban
South Dakota legislators announced Monday that they will reintroduce a new version of their previous abortion ban that was rejected by voters in the November elections....
1/24/2007 California Title IX Case Settled for $725,000
Former University of California-Davis wrestling coach Michael Burch will receive a $725,000 settlement from UC-Davis after alleging that the university failed to renew his contract in retaliation for speaking out after the women's wrestling team was cut....
1/24/2007 IL: Attorney General Moves to Enforce Parental Notification Law
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) has asked the federal courts to allow enforcement of a parental notification bill that was enjoined shortly after it was signed into law in 1995....
1/23/2007 Anniversary of Roe Met, Once Again, with Rallies of Support and Protest
Supporters and opponents of reproductive freedom participated in events across the country yesterday, marking the 34th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v Wade that legalized abortion for women in the US....
1/22/2007 Goodyear Settles Second Gender Discrimination Case
Goodyear Tire Company agreed to a $925,000 settlement to be disbursed among some 800 women who were not hired for entry-level, tire-building jobs at the company�s plant in Danville, Virginia....
1/22/2007 Today Marks 34th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
On this day in 1973, the US Supreme Court handed down the decision that gave women the right to a legal abortion....
1/19/2007 NARAL Releases Latest State-by-State Report on Reproductive Rights
NARAL Pro-Choice America released today its 16th annual report tracking reproductive choice-related legislation at the state and national levels....
1/8/2007 Anti-Abortion Bill Filed in Oklahoma
Oklahoma State Representative Mike Reynolds (R) recently filed an abortion 'trigger' bill in the state legislature....
12/18/2006 NJ Legislature Approves Same-Sex Civil Unions
The New Jersey State Legislature voted on Thursday to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples after the state's highest court ordered the legislature to pass a law that would give same-sex couples the same benefits as heterosexual couples....
12/15/2006 Two Title IX Sex Discrimination Cases Finally Settled
Two similar cases involving Title IX were recently settled in Alabama and Maryland....
12/5/2006 Groups Rally to Protect Affirmative Action in High Court Cases
Advocacy groups, students, and supporters of affirmative action rallied at the Supreme Court yesterday morning as the high court considered two lawsuits on the subject....
11/28/2006 Supreme Court Hears Case on Gender Wage Discrimination
The Supreme Court heard a case on Monday that calls into question the constitutionality of the six month statute of limitations on wage discrimination cases imposed by the Civil Rights Act of 1964....
11/21/2006 Christine Jennings Challenges FL Election Decision
The Florida Elections Canvassing Commission named Vern Buchanan (R) the winner in a close race against Christine Jennings (D) for the Congressional seat left open by Katherine Harris (R) in Floridas 13th district....
11/14/2006 Ireland Teens Respond to Age of Consent Ruling
Ireland's Supreme Court ruled in May that statutory rape consists of any man or boy having intercourse with a girl under the age of 15....
11/9/2006 Justices Consider Medical Details in Abortion Ban Hearing
The Supreme Court heard two cases yesterday regarding the federal ban on certain abortion procedures used in the second and third trimester of pregnancy....
11/8/2006 Supreme Court Hears Federal Abortion Ban Case Today
The Supreme Court will hear arguments today in two cases that challenge the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, which Congress passed in 2003....
11/6/2006 Kansas Abortion Provider Requests Investigation of TV Remarks
Abortion provider George Tiller plans to ask the Kansas Supreme Court today to investigate if Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline and FOX TV Host Bill OReilly violated patients privacy during an interview on Foxs "The OReilly Factor." OReilly reported that a "source inside" one of the two abortion clinics under investigation by Kline said that Tiller provided late-term abortions to depressed women....
10/31/2006 Reproductive Rights Pioneer Dies
Jane Hodgson, MD, a longtime crusader for abortion rights, died last week at the age of 91....
10/26/2006 NJ Supreme Court Rules: Equal Rights for Same-Sex Couples
The New Jersey State Supreme Court ruled yesterday in a 4-3 decision that same-sex couples should have the same benefits of marriage as heterosexual couples....
10/25/2006 Supreme Court Makes Arizona Voter ID Law a Reality this November
The US Supreme Court on Friday overturned an injunction issued by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to stop an Arizona voter identification law from being enforced in the upcoming elections....
10/20/2006 Missouri Supreme Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law
In a six-to-one decision, the Missouri Supreme Court struck down a voter identification law on Monday, supporting a lower court decision that ruled the law violated the equal protection clause of Missouri's constitution, as well as the right guaranteed by the state constitution to vote....
10/18/2006 Scalia Declares No Right for Supreme Court to Legalize Abortion
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia appeared in a televised debate on Sunday with ACLU president Nadine Strossen, during which he reaffirmed his anti-abortion and anti-gay rights stance....
10/6/2006 Supreme Court to Consider Abortion Procedures Ban in November
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear several contentious cases during its current term, including two cases considering the constitutionality of the so-called "partial-birth" abortion ban passed by Congress and signed by President Bush in November of 2003....
9/19/2006 IL: Supreme Court to Revive Parental Notification Act
The Illinois Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will revive a 1995 act that will require parental notification for women under 18 seeking an abortion....
8/31/2006 Number of Women Supreme Court Law Clerks Plummets
The number of women who hold law clerkships with the US Supreme Court has dropped to only seven out of the 37 law clerkships available for the 2006-2007 term....
8/30/2006 Italy: Women Parliamentarians Seek to Change Rules on Surnames
The Italian parliament will consider 13 bills next week to change the law that prohibits newborns from receiving any name but the father's surname, unless the father's identity is unknown....
8/3/2006 Washington Court Rules Against Gay Marriage Rights
Washington's Supreme Court ruled late last month to uphold its ban on same-sex marriage, the Washington "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA)....
8/1/2006 Poll Finds South Dakota Voters Oppose Abortion Ban
A recent poll shows that 47 percent of voters in South Dakota would vote against the state's abortion ban, while only 39 percent would vote in support of it....
7/27/2006 South Dakota Law Could Turn Abortion Providers into Murderers
A new memo released by a South Dakota State Medical Association (SDSMA) lawyer concludes that under the changes to the state's homicide laws in 2005, abortion providers could be charged with murder should the recently passed abortion ban take effect....
7/25/2006 ABA Task Force Finds Recent Presidential 'Signing Statements' Bad for Democracy
A task force of the American Bar Association (ABA) released a report yesterday highly critical of recent presidential 'signing statements'....
7/17/2006 Pro-Choice Supporters Rally in Mississippi
Pro-choice forces held a rally on Saturday in Mississippi to counter a week of planned protests by the anti-abortion group Operation Save America (formerly Operation Rescue)....
7/17/2006 MI Supreme Court Allows Anti-Affirmative Action Ballot Measure
The Michigan Supreme Court decided last week that it would allow an anti-affirmative action proposal on the November ballot, despite allegations that many of the signatures were gathered using deception....
7/6/2006 New York Court of Appeals Says No to Gay Marriage
New York's highest court ruled against gay marriage today in a 4-2 decision....
6/27/2006 Supreme Court Lets Stand Anti-Choice License Plates
The US Supreme Court declined to hear a case Monday that challenged the distribution of anti-choice license plates in Louisiana....
6/23/2006 Supreme Court Decision Establishes Stronger Anti-Retaliation Law
In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court has broadened the definition of employer retaliation so that employees who report harassment can sue for acts of retaliation even if they are not fired or refused wages....
6/20/2006 Supreme Court Decides to Hear Second Case on Partial-Birth Abortion
The Supreme Court decided yesterday to hear a second case on the so-called Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 in the upcoming term....
6/13/2006 Ohio Considers Extreme Abortion Ban
Today, the Ohio House of Representatives is holding a hearing on a bill that would outlaw all abortion in the state, without any exceptions, including when a woman's life is at stake....
6/7/2006 Same-Sex Marriage Ban Limits Women's Protection Against Domestic Violence
Ohio's 2004 constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage makes a previous domestic violence statute unconstitutional under the amendment's provisions, an Ohio appellate court ruled recently....
5/31/2006 Afghan Parliament Rejects Conservative Supreme Court Chief Justice
Afghanistan's parliament rejected with a vote of 117 to 77 President Hamid Karzai's reappointment of an extreme conservative for chief justice of the Supreme Court....
5/25/2006 AIDS Policy Anti-Prostitution Requirement Ruled Illegal
In a victory for international HIV/AIDS prevention work, two federal courts have ruled that the US government's requirement that US groups condemn prostitution in order to receive US funds is a violation of the First Amendment....
5/16/2006 Supreme Court Allows Lesbian Partner to Seek Parental Rights
In a victory for the parental rights of gay couples, the Supreme Court allowed a non-biological mother the right to seek custody of a child she raised with a lesbian partner....
5/11/2006 Colombia to Permit Abortions in Certain Cases
Reversing its complete ban on abortion under any circumstances, Colombia will now grant access to abortion when a pregnancy results from incest or rape or when the woman's life is endangered....
5/10/2006 Innovative Abortion Rights Leader Lawrence Lader Dies at 86
Lawrence Lader, a pioneer in the fight for abortion rights who in 1966 wrote the groundbreaking book on legalizing abortion, died on Sunday at the age of 86 of colon cancer....
5/2/2006 Supreme Court Denies Anti-Abortion Extremists' Appeal
The Supreme Court refused without comment to hear an appeal by anti-abortion extremists on Monday in the "Nuremberg Files" case....
4/25/2006 New Cabinet in Afghanistan Includes No Women
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's new cabinet currently includes no women....
4/19/2006 Los Angeles Archdiocese Must Release Priests' Personnel Records
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, meaning that the personnel files of two priests accused of child molestation must be turned over to prosecutors....
4/10/2006 Florida Supreme Court Hands Down Abortion Decision
The Florida Supreme Court has upheld a law requiring that women seeking abortions must be informed of all medical risks and give written consent before the procedure can be performed....
4/6/2006 Democrats Push Prevention First Act
Senate Democrats have said the time is right to vote on the Prevention First Act, which improves access to contraceptives, family planning services, and comprehensive sex education as a way to reduce abortions....
3/22/2006 Supreme Court Considers Requiring Abuse Victims to Appear in Court
In a decision that could have severe ramifications for victims of domestic violence, the Supreme Court is considering whether plaintiffs in abuse cases are required by the Constitution to appear in court something that many are afraid to do....
3/21/2006 Feminist Majority PAC Endorses Alan Sandals for US Senate Race in PA, Statement of Eleanor Smeal
3/21/2006 - The Feminist Majority PAC is very proud to announce its endorsement of Alan Sandals to be Pennsylvanias next United States Senator....
3/16/2006 Former Justice OConnor Warns of Beginnings of Dictatorship in US
At a speech at Georgetown University, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor warned that the current levels of interference with and attacks on the nation's independent judiciary are the first steps towards dictatorship....
3/15/2006 Tennessee Moves to Change Constitution to Eliminate Abortion Protections
Following rulings by the Tennessee Supreme Court that the state Constitution grants a greater right to abortion than the US Constitution, Tennessee legislators are trying to reduce those protections....
3/7/2006 South Dakota Governor Signs Abortion Ban
Yesterday, South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds (R) signed a statewide abortion ban into law....
3/2/2006 Activists Urge Tourism Boycott to Protest SD Abortion Ban
Following the passage of a disastrous abortion ban in South Dakota, the Women's Medical Fund and other abortion-rights activists are calling for pro-choice Americans to boycott all tourism in the state....
3/2/2006 Alito Thanks Dobson for Support
Newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito sent a note to James Dobson, president of Focus on the Family, thanking him for his support and the prayers of Dobsons supporters....
2/28/2006 Supreme Court Ruling Could Imperil Women's Health Clinics
Arlington, VA The Supreme Court today issued an 8-0 decision in two related cases (Scheidler, et al, v National Organization for Women (NOW), et al and Operation Rescue v NOW, et al), lifting a nationwide injunction protecting virtually all women's health clinics in the nation....
2/28/2006 Supreme Court Rules Against NOW, Clinics in Anti-Abortion Violence Case
The Supreme Court today issued an 8-0 decision in two related cases first brought by the National Organization for Women (NOW) and two clinics of the National Women's Health Organization on behalf of virtually all clinics and all women two decades ago....
2/24/2006 Italian Supreme Court: Sex Abuse of Non-Virgins a Less Severe Crime
In a decision condemned by women's groups, Italian MPs, and UNICEF, Italy's Supreme Court ruled last week that sexual abuse is less serious if the victim is not a virgin....
2/21/2006 Supreme Court Will Hear Federal Abortion Case
Today, the Supreme Court announced that it will consider the Justice Department's appeal of a ruling that a federal ban on abortions was unconstitutional....
2/7/2006 Kansas Grants Access to Clinic Records, Protects Patient Information
In a unanimous ruling Friday, the Kansas Supreme Court granted Attorney General Phill Kline permission to investigate records from abortion clinics, but patients' names and personal information will be withheld from the records he sees....
2/1/2006 Two Appeals Courts Rule Federal Abortion Procedure Ban Unconstitutional
Yesterday, on the same day Samuel Alito was sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice, two federal appeals courts issued rulings that the federal abortion procedure ban was unconstitutional because it lacked an exception for cases in which a woman's health is in danger....
1/31/2006 Alito Confirmed (58-42), Closest Vote Since Clarence Thomas
Samuel Alito was confirmed to the Supreme Court by a 58-42 vote in the Senate today, the closest vote on a Supreme Court nominee since Clarence Thomas (52-48)....
1/31/2006 Alito Confirmation Must Be a Wake-Up Call
Following the Senate confirmation of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court by a vote of 58-42, Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal issued the following statement: The confirmation of Samuel Alito to the seat of Sandra Day OConnor must be a wake-up call for American women....
1/30/2006 Cloture Vote to be Held Today on Alito Nomination
A vote to end debate on the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court will be held today at 4:30 pm....
1/30/2006 Alito Cloture Vote Strengthens Progressive Forces
Coalition Is Stronger for the Next Fight The Senate voted 72 to 25 today to end debate on Samuel Alito and move to a full Senate vote on Tuesday at 11 a.m....
1/27/2006 Group of Senate Democrats Launch Filibuster on Alito
A group of Democratic Senators, led by Massachusetts Senators Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, has launched a filibuster to block the confirmation of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court....
1/27/2006 Kansas Will Comply With Medicaid Regulations, Fund Abortions
A federal district judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline (R) that sought to prevent Kansas from funding abortions for the state's Medicaid recipients....
1/25/2006 PA: Anti-Choice Democratic Senate Candidate Casey Supports Alito
Robert Casey, an anti-choice Democrat who is challenging Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) in November, has outraged women's rights supporters by announcing his support for confirming Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court....
1/24/2006 Judiciary Democrats Vote Solidly 'No' on Alito
In a straight party-line vote (10-8), the Senate Judiciary Committee voted this morning to approve Alito's confirmation, sending the debate to the Senate floor....
1/23/2006 Judiciary Committee Votes Tomorrow on Alito; Filibuster Possible, Says Durbin
Tomorrow, two days after the 33rd anniversary of Roe v Wade, the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Samuel Alito, a Supreme Court nominee who in 1985 wrote that the Constitution does not protect a woman's right to an abortion....
1/23/2006 Ohio, Indiana Consider Complete Abortion Bans
A measure to ban abortion has been introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives dominated by Republicans, just one of the increasing number of anti-choice measures moving through individual states....
1/20/2006 More Senators Announce Opposition to Alito
More Senators have announced their opposition to Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court....
1/19/2006 No on Alito Momentum Building
The momentum to stop the confirmation of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court is growing....
1/18/2006 Supreme Court Unanimously Remands Parental Notification Case to Lower Court
The US Supreme Court unanimously ruled to send the New Hampshire parental notification case back to the lower courts, avoiding a decision about whether such laws place an undue burden on women seeking abortions when they lack any exception to protect the health of the young woman in medical emergencies....
1/17/2006 Alito Committee Vote Scheduled for January 24
Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats won a victory in delaying the committee vote on Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito to January 24....
1/13/2006 Alito Committee Vote May Be Delayed One Week
After a week of tough questioning from many Senators on reproductive rights, Congressional and executive power, Vanguard, and Concerned Alumni of Princeton, the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings have ended....
1/12/2006 Alito Refuses to Say Roe is 'Settled Law'
In questioning yesterday by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito not only refused to say whether he believed the Constitution protected a womans right to choose abortion, he also would not say whether he considered Roe to be 'settled law.' If settled means that it cant be reexamined, then thats one thing....
1/11/2006 Kennedy Calls for a Subpoena Into CAP Records
Senator Kennedy (D-MA) is calling for the Senate Judiciary Committee to issue a subpoena into the Concerned Alumni of Princeton (CAP) Library of Congress records because Senator Kennedy said Alito's response to questions on CAP do not add up....
1/11/2006 Alito Refuses to Disavow Anti-Abortion Stance
In tough questioning yesterday by Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito did not disavow a statement he made in 1985 that the Constitution does not protect the right to a legal abortion....
1/11/2006 Alito Will Not Distance Himself From 1985 Anti-Abortion Stance
STATEMENT OF ELEANOR SMEAL President, Feminist Majority Halfway through the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Samuel Alito to the US Supreme Court, women are still without straight answers or adequate explanations on critically important questions related to women's rights and civil rights....
1/10/2006 Day Two of Supreme Court Hearings; ACLU Opposes Alito
As the Senate Judiciary Committee begins its second day of the confirmation hearings for Samuel Alito, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has announced its opposition to Alito for the Supreme Court....
1/9/2006 A Serious Juncture on the March for Women's Equality
Washington, DC -- With the confirmation hearings for Samuel Alito beginning on Capitol Hill today, generations of progress on women's rights is at stake....
1/9/2006 Alito Hearings Begin; Women Lawyers Rate Alito 'Not Qualified'
As the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito begin, the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) gave Alito a "not qualified" rating....
1/6/2006 Senators Troubled by Alito Record on Executive Power, Commerce Clause, Women's Rights
With Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Samuel Alito set to begin on Monday January 9, leading Senators on the committee held press events yesterday....
1/4/2006 Students from 35 States Come to Washington, DC to Stop Alito
Students from 35 States Come to Washington, DC to Stop Alito Feminist Majority Foundation Announces Freedom Winter '06 WASHINGTON, DC - Today the Feminist Majority Foundation, with the National Organization for Women and the National Congress of Black Women, announced Freedom Winter '06, part of a joint national campaign to block the confirmation of Samuel Alito because of the serious threat he poses to the future of women's rights and civil rights....
1/4/2006 Womens Rights Groups Announce Joint Campaign to Block Alito
The Feminist Majority Foundation, with the National Organization for Women and the National Congress of Black Women, today announced Freedom Winter '06, part of a joint campaign to stop the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito....
1/3/2006 Women's Rights Campaign to be Announced January 3 to Block Samuel Alito's Confirmation to the Supreme Court
In the spirit of the civil rights movement of 1964, the National Organization for Women, the National Congress of Black Women, and the Feminist Majority Foundation will introduce a coordinated effort to stop the confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito to the United States Supreme Court....
12/22/2005 Feminist Daily News Wire Will Not Update Until January 2, 2006
Check back here for updates in the New Year....
12/22/2005 MsMagazine.com Released Today the Top Ten News Stories for Women in 2005
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12/16/2005 Leading Civil Rights Group Announces Opposition to Alito
The NAACP, which represents more than 500,000 members, announced its opposition to the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court....
12/15/2005 Leading LGTB and Disabilities, and Labor Coalitions Announce Opposition to Alito
Two national coalitions, one of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups and the other of disabilities rights groups, have announced their opposition to the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court....
12/14/2005 Supreme Court to Evaluate Texas Redistricting
The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would hear four cases involving the 2003 redistricting in the state of Texas, which dramatically increased the number of Republicans in the Congressional delegation from Texas....
12/14/2005 Members of Congress Again Ask Bush: Are You Opposed to Birth Control?
Led by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), 38 members of Congress sent a letter to President Bush yesterday, asking him whether he is for or against birth control....
12/13/2005 Women's Rights Editor Jailed in Afghanistan Faces Increasing Threats
Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, the editor of an Afghan women's rights magazine who was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to two years in prison, is facing increasing calls for harsher punishments, including a recent fatwa demanding that Nasab repent or be executed....
12/12/2005 UPDATE: Frist Threatens Use of So-Called 'Nuclear Option'
UPDATE: Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) challenged Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) on the floor of the Senate today, asking where in the Constitution was it written that a nominee has the right to an up or down vote....
12/8/2005 National Women's Law Center, Congressional Black Caucus Oppose Alito
The National Women's Law Center and the Congressional Black Caucus today announced their opposition to Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito today based on his hostility toward civil rights and women's rights....
12/6/2005 Supreme Court Hears Campus Military Recruitment Case
Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that pits law schools' anti-discrimination policies against the military's anti-gay policies and on-campus recruitment efforts....
12/5/2005 Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Sex Harassment Case
The US Supreme Court today agreed to hear a sexual harassment case involving the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway....
12/1/2005 Alito Memorandum Demonstrates Hostility to Women's Reproductive Rights
Unquestionable evidence of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito's efforts to undercut women's reproductive rights surfaced yesterday in a memorandum he wrote while serving in the Reagan Justice Department....
11/30/2005 Supreme Court Hears Critical Cases to Stop Anti-Abortion Violence - Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President
Supreme Court Hears Critical Cases to Stop Anti-Abortion Violence Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President Washington, DC - After the United States Supreme Court heard arguments today in two related class action cases involving anti-abortion clinic violence and access to women's health clinics (Joseph Scheidler, et....
11/29/2005 Supreme Court Preview: Ayotte v Planned Parenthood
The Supreme Court tomorrow will hear arguments in a case involving a challenge to a New Hampshire parental notification law for women under the age of 18 seeking an abortion....
11/29/2005 IN: Abortion Waiting Period Upheld in Supreme Court
A law requiring women to obtain in-person counseling at least 18 hours before having an abortion was upheld by the Indiana Supreme Court on Wednesday....
11/29/2005 Supreme Court to Hear Two Cases to Stop Anti-Abortion Violence on Nov. 30
On Wednesday, November 30, at 10 am, Scheidler et al....
11/28/2005 Supreme Court Preview: Scheidler v NOW, Operation Rescue v NOW
The Supreme Court will hear two related cases on Wednesday involving violence against women's health clinics and access to abortion services....
11/18/2005 Leading Civil Rights Coalition Joins Growing Opposition to Alito
The nation's largest civil rights coalition has announced its opposition to the nomination of Samuel Alito to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court, joining a growing coalition of at least 22 constituency groups....
11/16/2005 Alito Key in 1985 Reagan Anti-Abortion Brief
Samuel Alito played a key role in a 1985 Reagan administration brief that advocated for overturning the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, according to a coauthor of the brief....
11/14/2005 Alito: 'Constitution Does Not Protect a Right to an Abortion'
According to a document obtained by the Washington Times, Samuel Alito, Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court, does not support a woman's right to a safe, legal abortion....
11/8/2005 Alito's Senior Thesis Advisor Discusses Alito's Views on Abortion
Samuel Alito's senior thesis advisor at Princeton University shed new light on Alito's judicial philosophy concerning the right to a safe, legal abortion....
11/7/2005 Opposition to Alito Nomination Continues to Grow
Opposition to the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court continues to mount as a leading coalition of women's rights organizations and a group of Congresswomen announced their opposition to his confirmation....
11/4/2005 Alito Hearing, Vote Schedule Announced; Filibuster Still on the Table
Senate Judiciary Chair Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Ranking Minority Member Patrick Leahy (D-CT) announced yesterday the schedule planned to consider the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court....
11/2/2005 Alito's Mother Says It All
Rose Alito, the mother of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, told the Associated Press that "of course" her son is "against abortion." But you dont need to get this from his mother....
11/2/2005 MI: Anti-Affirmative Action Measure Will be on 2006 Ballot
The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled on Monday that the Board of State Canvassers should approve petitions that would put an initiative to end affirmative action on the November 2006 ballot....
10/31/2005 Feminist Majority Opposes Samuel Alito
Alito's Confirmation Would Drive Women's Rights Back Decades Arlington, Virginia Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal issued the following statement on the nomination of Samuel A....
10/31/2005 Progressive Groups Oppose Alito Nomination
In the hours after President Bush's nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, many progressive groups have announced their opposition to this far-right Supreme Court nominee....
10/28/2005 Americans Still Want Woman Nominee to Supreme Court
A poll conducted after Harriet Miers announced her withdrawal from consideration as a Supreme Court nominee found that 59 percent of Americans still feel it is important for a woman to fill Sandra Day OConnors seat on the Supreme Court....
10/27/2005 Miers Withdraws Her Nomination to the Supreme Court
Under increasing pressure to release White House documents and a conservative attack campaign being launched against her, Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination to the Supreme Court today....
10/27/2005 Statement of Eleanor Smeal on the Withdrawal of Harriet Miers
Statement of Eleanor Smeal President, Feminist Majority October 27, 2005 The withdrawal of Harriet Miers illustrates how much is at stake in the appointment and confirmation of the Supreme Court Justice to replace Sandra Day O'Connor, the decisive vote on issues of grave concern to American people, especially women. The public, on all sides of the political spectrum, was demanding more information on her judicial philosophy and her performance within the White House....
10/27/2005 Statement of Eleanor Smeal on the Withdrawal of Harriet Miers
Statement of Eleanor Smeal President, Feminist Majority The withdrawal of Harriet Miers illustrates how much is at stake in the appointment and confirmation of the Supreme Court Justice to replace Sandra Day OConnor, the decisive vote on issues of grave concern to American people, especially women. The public, on all sides of the political spectrum, was demanding more information on her judicial philosophy and her performance within the White House....
10/24/2005 Editor of Afghan Women's Rights Magazine Convicted
Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, the male editor of a women's rights magazine in Afghanistan, has been sentenced to two years in jail by for criticizing punishments doled out because of interpretations of Sharia (Islamic) law....
10/19/2005 Miers' 1989 Questionnaire on Abortion Reveals Extreme Anti-Abortion View
A 1989 Texans for Life questionnaire released yesterday made clear that Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers is extremely opposed to abortion....
10/18/2005 Evidence of Miers' Anti-Choice Stance Grows
On a 1989 questionnaire, Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers supported an extreme proposed US Constitutional ban on abortions, and she continues to avoid taking a stand on the issue of privacy in the Constitution....
10/18/2005 Supreme Court Stays Federal Judges Decision to Allow Inmate's Abortion
The Supreme Court today acknowledged the right of a Missouri inmate to have an abortion, accepting the ruling of a federal judge who had ordered Missouri prison officials to provide transportation for the woman....
10/5/2005 Miers Widely Reported to be Opposed to Abortion
Friends and colleagues of Harriet Miers, President Bush's nominee to the Supreme Court, are widely quoted in the press today confirming that Miers is opposed to abortion....
10/5/2005 Women's Rights Magazine Editor Arrested in Afghanistan
The editor of an Afghan women's rights monthly magazine was arrested on Saturday in Kabul....
10/4/2005 Bush Implies He Never Talked to Miers About Abortion
In a rare press conference today, President Bush implied that he has never discussed abortion with Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers....
10/4/2005 Miers' Nomination Overshadows New Indictments for DeLay
The announcement of Harriet Miers as Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court yesterday pushed news of additional indictments of Representative Tom DeLay (R-TX) to the background....
10/3/2005 Harriet Miers Nominated to Fill Justice OConnor's Supreme Court Seat
President Bush today nominated White House Counsel Harriet Miers to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by Sandra Day O'Connor....
9/29/2005 Roberts Confirmed as Chief Justice 78 to 22
John Roberts was confirmed as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court today by a vote of 78 to 22 in the US Senate....
9/28/2005 Bush Administration Appeals Abortion Decision
Since the so-called Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act was signed into law by President Bush in 2003, it has been successfully challenged in three states California, New York and Nebraska as being unconstitutional, and never enforced....
9/23/2005 Roberts Voted Out of Committee
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 yesterday to send the nomination of John Roberts to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to the Senate floor....
9/21/2005 Feminist Leader Molly Yard Dies
Molly Yard, an indefatigable advocate for women's rights, passed away last night in her sleep in Pittsburgh at the age of 93....
9/20/2005 BULLETIN: Senator Reid Announces He Will Vote No on Roberts
In a statement on the floor of the Senate today, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced he would vote against the confirmation of John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court....
9/16/2005 Roberts Stonewall Continues
On the third day of questioning by Senators on the Judiciary Committee, Roberts continued to refuse to answer questions about his views on abortion rights and the right to privacy....
9/15/2005 Roberts Continues to Stonewall in Supreme Court Hearings
On the third day of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on John Roberts' nomination as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Roberts continued to stonewall Senators on issues important to women....
9/14/2005 Roberts Ducks Questions on Reproductive Rights
On the first full day of questioning by Senators, John Roberts avoided answering questions about whether he would uphold a woman's right to choose abortion as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court....
9/14/2005 Rally Planned to Oppose Roberts
MEDIA ADVISORY Leading Women's & Civil Rights Organizations to Hold Rally Opposing John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Thursday, September 15 1-2 p.m. C St....
9/13/2005 EDITORIAL: Day One of the Roberts Hearings
by Eleanor Smeal, President Feminist Majority Today on Capitol Hill, John G....
9/12/2005 Feminist Majority Opposes Nomination of John Roberts for Chief Justice
Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President The Feminist Majority, a leading nationwide women's rights organization, strongly opposes the nomination of John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court....
9/12/2005 Hearings on Roberts Begin; Groups Opposing Roberts Hold Demonstrations
The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on John Roberts for the Supreme Court begin today....
9/9/2005 Award to Doctors Significantly Reduced in 'Nuremberg Files' Case
A three-judge panel on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reduced the damages awarded to abortion providers in the "Nuremberg Files" case from $108 million to $4.73 million, the maximum allowed under a 2003 Supreme Court precedent....
9/9/2005 Kansas Record-Seeking Aims to Prosecute Clinics
In the Kansas Supreme Court yesterday, it was revealed that Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline's subpoena of 90 patients' medical records is part of an investigation into possible felonies committed by two clinics....
9/9/2005 Leading Progressive Groups Plan Week of Action Against Roberts
Leading women's and civil rights groups are holding a Week of Action against John Roberts for the Supreme Court, to coincide with Roberts' confirmation hearings next week....
9/8/2005 Democrats, Progressive Groups Call for Release of Roberts' Papers
With the nomination of John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Senate Democrats and progressive organizations are reiterating their call for the Bush Administration to release Roberts' papers from his time as deputy solicitor general....
9/7/2005 Roberts Hearings to Begin September 12 at Noon
The feminist movement is gearing up in preparation for the Supreme Court confirmation hearings on John Roberts for Chief Justice....
9/6/2005 Roberts Nominated for Chief Justice of Supreme Court
President Bush on Monday nominated John Roberts to fill the late William Rehnquist's seat as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court....
9/6/2005 Feminist Leaders Call for Woman Nominee to Supreme Court
With a second vacancy on the Supreme Court, and Judge John Roberts nominated as Chief Justice, women's rights leaders reiterated their appeal for a woman appointee to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor....
9/5/2005 Feminist Majority Opposes Nomination of John Roberts for Chief Justice
Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President The Feminist Majority strongly opposes the nomination of John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court....
9/2/2005 Leading Grassroots Organizations Oppose John Roberts
Leading organizations, including the Feminist Majority, held a press conference today on the grassroots efforts to defeat John Roberts, President Bushs nominee for the Supreme Court....
9/1/2005 Feminist Majority Joins Leading Grassroots Groups in Opposing John Roberts
Arlington, VA The Feminist Majority today joins leading grassroots organizations in opposing John Roberts for the Supreme Court. Everything we know about Judge Roberts record indicates that he will be a solid vote against womens rights, civil rights, and the right to privacy, said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. The grassroots opposition to Roberts is growing on all fronts....
8/30/2005 Media Advisory: Roberts Opposition Grows
Organizations Representing Millions of Americans Report Groundswell of Opposition to Roberts as Nominees Record and Positions Become Known Thursday, September 1, 2005 at 10 AM National Press Club, Zenger Room Washington, DC WHAT: Press conference of leading organizations, representing millions of members, opposed to John Roberts for the Supreme Court....
8/29/2005 Iraq Constitution 'Big Disappointment' for Women
Iraq's draft constitution was finalized on Sunday and will be sent to voters for a nationwide referendum to be held in six weeks....
8/26/2005 Feminist Majority Foundation Expresses Outrage over FDA Stall Tactics on Over-the-Counter Status for Emergency Contraception
Arlington, VA The Feminist Majority Foundation today expressed its outrage that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has delayed for the third time its decision on the emergency contraceptive Plan B....
8/25/2005 More Groups Oppose Roberts for Supreme Court
Several major groups have announced their opposition to John Roberts for the Supreme Court, including People for the American Way, Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)....
8/22/2005 Newly Released Memos Confirm Roberts' Hostility to Womens Rights
Papers released on Thursday by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library show that John Roberts, President Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court, was hostile to measures designed to protect and expand women's rights....
8/17/2005 Roberts Referred to 'Abortion Tragedy' in 1985 Memo
A memo just released by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library sheds more light onto John Roberts' views on abortion rights....
8/16/2005 Newly Released Documents Reveal Roberts' Opposition to Pay Equity Measures
Supreme Court justice nominee John Roberts wrote in strong opposition to a Washington state judge's effort to address pay equity during his work as associate White House counsel to the Reagan administration....
8/11/2005 Boxer Expresses Concerns Over Roberts' Views in Speech
In a speech at Golden Gate School of Law in San Francisco yesterday, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) laid out her concerns about John Roberts' record and views on fundamental issues, including Title IX, the right to privacy, and protections against clinic violence....
8/10/2005 John Roberts: Architect of Laissez-Faire Policy Concerning Clinic Violence?
Focus on John Roberts and Clinic Violence Washington, DC The Feminist Majority and its president, Eleanor Smeal, joined other leading womens rights groups today in bringing into focus John Roberts role in Bray v....
8/9/2005 Women's Groups Hold Press Conference on Roberts' Record on Clinic Violence
Leading women's groups, including the Feminist Majority, held a press conference at the US Capitol today on John Roberts' role in a clinic violence case in the early 1990s, when Roberts was deputy solicitor general under the first Bush Administration....
8/9/2005 Bush Administration Urges Supreme Court to Uphold NH Parental Notification Law
Despite the lack of an exception to protect a young woman's health, the Bush administration advised the Supreme Court yesterday to rule in favor of a New Hampshire law requiring physicians to notify at least one of a minor's parents 48 hours before performing an abortion....
8/4/2005 Roberts: Writings Reveal Opposition to the Right to Privacy and Civil Rights
Recently released documents by the National Archives have exposed an even more troubling, right-wing John Roberts....
8/4/2005 Voters Who Know Roberts' Record Oppose Nomination
The Mellman Group released the results yesterday of an online focus group conducted with 107 swing voters on the issue of John Roberts' nomination to the Supreme Court....
8/2/2005 White House Still Refuses to Say Whether Bush Opposes Contraception
For the second time, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan has refused to answer questions about whether the President is opposed to contraception....
7/29/2005 Women Senators: Roberts Must Disclose View on Abortion, Launch Website
Seven Democratic women Senators announced at a press conference yesterday that they will insist Supreme Court justice nominee John Roberts respond to questions about his position on abortion....
7/28/2005 Key Senators Say Roberts Must Disclose Position on Past Court Cases
Two key Senators said yesterday that the confirmation of John Roberts to the Supreme Court could become more difficult if he refuses to divulge his views on past court cases....
7/28/2005 Anti-Abortion Extremist Loses Appeal on Child Molestation Charges
John Burt, an anti-abortion extremist, was taken into custody yesterday after losing an appeal of his conviction for molesting a 15-year-old girl who was in his care at his so-called home for "unwed" mothers, Our Fathers House....
7/27/2005 Gonzales Says Roe Not 'Settled Law' for Roberts as a Supreme Court Justice
US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said that as a Supreme Court Justice, John Roberts would not be bound by precedent on abortion rights as he was as an appeals court judge....
7/27/2005 A More Right-Wing Roberts Being Revealed Daily
The White House released some of the papers of John Roberts, Bush's nominee to the Supreme Court, but refused to release papers from when Roberts was deputy solicitor general under the George Bush, Sr from 1989 to 1993....
7/26/2005 Poll: Americans Want to Know Roberts' Opinion on Abortion
A new poll found that the majority of Americans not only want to know Supreme Court nominee John Roberts' position on abortion but also want him to support a woman's right to legal abortion....
7/20/2005 Feminist Majority Opposes John Roberts for the Supreme Court
Arlington, VA The Feminist Majority today announced its opposition to John Roberts, President Bush's nominee for the United States Supreme Court....
7/19/2005 President Bush to Announce Supreme Court Nominee Tonight
President Bush plans to announce his nominee for the US Supreme Court at 9 pm EST tonight....
7/19/2005 BULLETIN: President Bush Nominates Right-Wing John Roberts to Supreme Court
President Bush nominated DC Circuit Court Judge John Roberts to the US Supreme Court....
7/18/2005 Federal Court Hears Appeal in 'Nuremberg Files' Case
A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week heard an appeal by anti-abortion groups in the "Nuremberg Files" case....
7/15/2005 Is the President For Or Against Birth Control? Congress Members Ask
Nineteen members of Congress have sent a leader to President Bush asking him to clarify his position on contraception....
7/14/2005 Poll: Most Americans Want a Woman to Replace O'Connor; Favor Roe
A new CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released today found that three out of four Americans want President Bush to name a woman to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court....
7/14/2005 Doctors Demand Supreme Court Justice Who Will Protect Legal Abortion
Fourteen doctors who provided or helped women access abortion before it was legalized in the US issued a joint statement this week calling for a pro-choice justice to replace former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor....
7/12/2005 Laura Bush Wants a Woman to Fill the Supreme Court Vacancy
In an interview on NBC's "Today Show," Laura Bush said that she hoped a woman would fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor....
7/12/2005 VA Delegate Pushes Gubernatorial Candidates on Abortion
Virginia Delegate Robert Marshall (R) has asked the state's candidates for governor and lieutenant governor if they would support a state law making abortion illegal....
7/11/2005 Media Advisory: Ms. Forum to be on CSPAN-3, 10:30am EST
Ms Forum Supreme Court Vacancy: What's At Stake for Women? Monday, July 11, 2005 10:30am Eastern LIVE on C-SPAN 3 With repeats all week on C-SPAN channels. Ms....
7/11/2005 Prominent Women Discuss Issues at Stake for Women in Supreme Court Fight
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7/11/2005 Federal Appeals Court Affirms Unconstitutionality of Abortion Procedure Ban
In an important abortion rights win, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upheld a lower court decision that declared the so-called "Partial Birth Abortion Act of 2003" unconstitutional....
7/11/2005 Ms Forum - Supreme Court Vacancy: What's At Stake for Women? See the video!
Ms Forum Supreme Court Vacancy: What's At Stake for Women? See the video - "National Press Club Forum on the Supreme Court Vacancy" Ms....
7/6/2005 Senators Differ on Impact of Nuclear Option on Supreme Court Nomination
With Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's resignation, Senators on both sides have begun to discuss the potential impact of the so-called "nuclear option" and the deal that took it off the table in May....
7/5/2005 Women Leaders Rally for Abortion Rights
Feminist leaders and activists rallied in Tennessee over the weekend declaring a state of emergency for women's rights with the resignation of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor....
7/5/2005 Statement of Eleanor Smeal on the Resignation of Sandra Day O'Connor
Statement of Eleanor Smeal President, Feminist Majority July 2, 2005 The feminist movement today is declaring a state of emergency to save the Supreme Court for womens rights....
7/5/2005 Women Still Underrepresented on the Federal Bench
When Sandra Day O'Connor was confirmed as the first female Supreme Court Justice in 1981, there were only 48 women among the 700 active federal judges (6 percent)....
7/1/2005 BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court Justice O'Connor Retires
This morning, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced her retirement through a letter delivered to President Bush....
7/1/2005 Spain Legalizes Gay Marriage, California Court Upholds Domestic Partner Benefits Law
Spain's Parliament approved a bill this week legalizing same-sex marriage....
7/1/2005 Statement of Eleanor Smeal on the Resignation of Justice O'Connor
Statement of Eleanor Smeal President, Feminist Majority July 1, 2005 With Sandra Day O'Connor's resignation, President Bush could reverse 32 years of freedom and progress for women....
6/30/2005 Supreme Court to Re-hear Clinic Violence Case
The US Supreme Court announced on Tuesday that it would hear for the third time a long-running case dealing with clinic violence....
6/28/2005 Victory for Pakistan Gang-Rape Victim
The Pakistan Supreme Court reopened the case of gang-rape victim Mukhtar Mai (also known as Mukhtaran Bibi) yesterday following pressure from human rights groups and governments worldwide....
6/28/2005 Supreme Court Decision Weakening Restraining Orders Short-Shrifted in the News
In its last day before summer recess, the Supreme Court issued decisions on six cases, only two of which, the decisions to outlaw copies of the Ten Commandments at a Kentucky courthouse and to protect copyrighted material in Internet file sharing, were widely covered by the media....
6/27/2005 Supreme Court Weakens Enforcement of Restraining Orders
The US Supreme Court issued a decision today that weakens enforcement of restraining orders....
6/10/2005 Title IX Lawsuit Avoided at Assumption College
In a victory for women's collegiate athletics, Assumption College, a Catholic four-year liberal arts college in Worchester, Massachusetts, has reinstated both the men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field teams....
6/9/2005 Senate Approves (53-45) Another Right-Wing Extremist Judge
Less than 24 hours after the Senate voted to confirm extreme right-wing Judge Janice Rogers Brown to sit on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, the Senate has confirmed yet another of President Bush's far-right nominees....
6/8/2005 Supreme Court Dismisses Wrestlers' Case Against Title IX
In a win for women and girls in sports, the US Supreme Court has dismissed a case brought by the National Wrestling Coaches Association against the Department of Education challenging Title IX, the landmark law prohibiting sex discrimination in federally funded educational programs....
6/8/2005 Poll Shows Americans Support Access to Contraception
A new poll commissioned by the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) has found overwhelming public support for women's access to contraception....
6/8/2005 Senate Confirms Janice Rogers Brown to DC Circuit
On a vote of 56 to 43, the US Senate today confirmed Janice Rogers Brown to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals....
6/7/2005 Will Birth Control Fall Victim to New Conservative Judges?
A little-understood and endangered link unites Roe v....
6/7/2005 40th Anniversary of Griswold v Connecticut
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision that legalized access to birth control for married persons....
6/6/2005 Late-Term Abortion Ban Ruled Unconstitutional in Virginia
On Friday, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit struck down a Virginia abortion procedure ban that not only restricted a woman's right to abortion but posed a threat to women's health....
5/25/2005 Anti-Women's Rights Judge Confirmed in Senate
Priscilla Owen, an anti-women's rights and civil rights nominee to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, was confirmed today in the Senate by a 56-43 vote....
5/24/2005 Abuse of Raw Power by Senate Republicans and the President Slowed
Statement of Eleanor Smeal President, Feminist Majority Arlington, Virginia The Senate deal stops for now Majority Leader Frists nuclear option....
5/24/2005 Senate Deal Protects Filibuster, For Now
Fourteen Democrats and Republicans in the Senate struck a deal last night that averts the so-called nuclear option and preserves the right to filibuster judicial nominees for now....
5/24/2005 Supreme Court Will Hear Parental Notification Case this Fall
The United States Supreme Court announced Monday that it will consider the case of New Hampshire's parental notification law during its fall session, which begins in October....
5/23/2005 Nuclear Vote Countdown
The Senate is less than a day away from a vote that could change the rules of the Senate to ban all filibusters of judicial nominees, including Supreme Court nominees....
5/23/2005 Howard Dean Favors State-by-State Ethical Rules on Late-Term Abortions
In an interview with NBC News' "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean said that he favored state-by-state ethical rules governing late-term abortions....
5/18/2005 Frist Opens Debate on Far-Right Judge, Could Trigger Nuclear Option
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) opened debate today on Priscilla Owen, an extreme right-wing, anti-women's rights judicial nominee....
5/11/2005 Nuclear Option Could Receive a Vote as Early as This Week
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) announced yesterday that he intended to bring the first of several controversial Bush nominees for the federal judiciary to the Senate floor for a vote after passage of a transportation funding bill this week....
4/27/2005 Republicans Reject Compromise on Judicial Nominees
Senate Republicans yesterday rejected a compromise offered by Democrats on judicial nominees....
4/26/2005 Nigerian President Approves First Female Supreme Court Judge
Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has endorsed the appointment of the first female justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Aloma Mukhtar....
4/25/2005 Republicans Reach to the Far-Right for Support on Nuclear Option
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) appeared on "Justice Sunday: Stopping the Filibuster Against People of Faith," an evangelical broadcast to fundamentalist churches across the nation on Sunday to garner support for a rule change in the Senate that would eliminate the use of filibusters against judicial nominees....
4/22/2005 US Supreme Court Lets Stand Massachusetts Abortion Clinic Buffer Law
By declining to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling, the US Supreme Court earlier this week let stand a Massachusetts law that prohibits protesters from coming within six feet of abortion clinic patients to disturb them or hand them leaflets....
4/21/2005 Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Right-Wing Judicial Nominees
The Senate Judiciary Committee today on identical party-line votes approved two extreme right-wing Bush nominees to the federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, sending them to the full Senate....
4/11/2005 McCain Opposes So-Called
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said this weekend on CBS Face the Nation that he opposes ending the use of the filibuster on judicial nominees....
4/6/2005 Reid, Progressive Leaders Rally at Supreme Court
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and womens rights, civil rights, and other progressive leaders and activists rallied at the Supreme Court today to protest the so-called "nuclear option." The "nuclear option" would change the rules of the Senate to prevent filibusters on judicial nominees - including Supreme Court nominees - by requiring only a simple 51-vote majority to close debate and move to a vote on the judges....
3/31/2005 Woman Challenges North Carolina Anti-Cohabitation Law
A former sheriffs dispatcher is challenging North Carolinas law against cohabitation after losing her job for living with her boyfriend out of wedlock....
3/30/2005 Supreme Court Rejects Appeal on Idaho Abortion Law
The US Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday to reinstate an Idaho law requiring minors to get parental consent for abortions....
3/29/2005 Supreme Court Ruling Strengthens Title IX, Protects Whistle-Blowers
The US Supreme Court ruled today that those who are the victims of retaliation for drawing attention to Title IX violations can sue under the 1972 federal law prohibiting sex discrimination at institutions receiving federal financial assistance for education programs and activities....
3/24/2005 Brazils New Family Planning Program Angers Catholic Church
Brazil has launched a new family planning program that distributes free contraceptives through the country's 6,012 hospitals and 63,662 clinics, angering Brazil's Roman Catholic Church....
3/23/2005 SD: Governor Signs into Law the Nation's Toughest Anti-Abortion Bills
Governor Michael Rounds (R) signed four of the nation's toughest anti-abortion bills into law last week that will drastically restrict a woman's right to choose in South Dakota....
3/22/2005 Indiana: Planned Parenthood Fights AG's Attempt to Obtain Records
Planned Parenthood of Indiana sued the state last week, filing both temporary and permanent injunctions against Attorney General Steve Carter, who has demanded the medical records of 73 low-income Planned Parenthood patients under the age of 14....
3/21/2005 Supreme Court Hears Restraining Order Case
The US Supreme Court heard arguments in a case today that will determine whether police departments and local governments can be held accountable for failing to enforce restraining orders....
3/18/2005 Kansas Attorney General Accused of Violating Gag Order
Two abortion clinics have accused Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline of violating a gag order barring him and the clinics from discussing publicly Kline's attempts to obtain the unedited medical records of 90 women and girls who sought late-term abortions in 2003....
3/15/2005 CA: Judge Finds Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Unconstitutional
A California judge ruled on Monday that the states ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and a violation of civil rights....
3/2/2005 Kansas Attorney General Seeks Women's Abortion Records
Two clinics in Kansas are fighting attempts by Attorney General Phill Kline to subpoena unedited medical records of 90 women and girls who sought late-term abortions in 2003....
3/2/2005 Senate Holds Hearing on Previously Blocked Right-Wing Nominee
The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Tuesday to consider the renomination of William Myers III for a seat on the Ninth Circuit of the US Court of Appeals....
3/1/2005 NH Asks US Supreme Court to Review Parental Notification Law
The New Hampshire Attorney General filed a motion with the US Supreme Court Tuesday requesting review of two lower court rulings that struck down the state's law (HB 763) requiring doctors to notify a parent or guardian of any minor seeking an abortion at least 48 hours before the procedure is performed....
2/28/2005 Specter Voices Opposition to
In a press conference on Thursday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) announced that he is not in support of proposed rule changes to limit the power of the Democratic minority in blocking radically conservative judicial nominees....
2/24/2005 Supreme Court Refuses to Reconsider Abortion Rights Decision
On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Norma McCorvey, also known as Jane Roe, to overturn the landmark case she won in 1973 that legalized abortion....
2/23/2005 Ohio Governor Signs Bill to Sell "Choose Life" Plates
Governor Bill Taft (R) of Ohio signed a bill last week authorizing the sale of license plates imprinted with the message "Choose Life," the proceeds of which will benefit non-profit groups that counsel pregnant women on adoption services....
2/16/2005 Labor Dept May Change Family Medical Leave Act Regulations
The Department of Labor is considering changes to the landmark Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) after years of pressure from business interests....
2/15/2005 Bush Renominates 7 Judicial Nominees Previously Blocked by Senate Democrats
On Monday, President Bush renominated seven of the ten judicial nominees that were blocked by Democratic filibusters during his first term because of their extreme right-wing records....
2/7/2005 NY: Supreme Court Ruling Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage; NYC to Appeal
In a victory for lesbian and gay rights activists, a New York State Supreme Court ruled on Friday that same-sex couples cannot be denied a marriage license, as the state constitution guarantees that all citizens must be receive equal treatment, including equal access to marriage....
1/31/2005 Study Reveals Discrimination in Contracts Granted by New York City
Last week, New York City Council members released the results of a study which determined that the city has not been granting a fair amount of contracts to women- and minority-owned businesses....
1/25/2005 "Choose Life" Plates Rejected by Supreme Court
On Monday, the US Supreme Court declined to consider whether states may offer license plates with anti-abortion messages....
1/18/2005 Louisiana Governor Pardons Woman as MLK Day is Made Official
Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco on Sunday signed a bill to make the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr a state holiday, following up on her first official act as governor last year of proclaiming the day should be recognized by Louisiana....
1/13/2005 Gregoire Sworn in - Washington State Makes History
Christine Gregoire was sworn in Wednesday as Governor of Washington state....
1/11/2005 Supreme Court Declines Petition Arguing for Gay Adoption in Florida
The Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to Florida's ban on adoption by lesbians and gay men....
1/3/2005 Bush Renominates Blocked Judicial Nominees
The White House has announced that President Bush intends to renominate 20 of his most controversial picks for the federal courts, including those who were blocked by Democratic filibusters....
12/22/2004 Democrats Claim Victory for Christine Gregoire in Washington Recount
Democrats in Washington state have declared victory for Christine Gregoire for Governor, after preliminary results in the hand recount of votes put Gregoire eight votes ahead of Republican Dino Rossi....
12/21/2004 Iran to Execute Two Women for "Morality" Crimes
The fundamentalist regime of Iran has sentenced two women to death for so-called "crimes against morality," according to Amnesty International UK....
12/21/2004 Republicans Pick Anti-Abortion Senators for Senate Judiciary Committee
The Republican leadership has selected Senator-elect Tom Coburn (R-OK), an advocate of the death penalty for doctors who perform abortions, and Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), another strong opponent of abortion rights, to sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee....
12/10/2004 Canadian Supreme Court Rules that Same-Sex Marriage Is Constitutional
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Thursday that a federal proposal to legalize same-sex marriage would be constitutional, allowing Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin of the Liberal Party to fulfill his promise to introduce legislation to legalize same-sex marriage....
12/7/2004 Fewer African American Students Reported at Several State Universities
Several large state universities have recently reported the lowest number of incoming African American students in years, in spite of a Supreme Court ruling in 2003 that defended the constitutionality of using race as a factor in college admissions....
12/6/2004 Christine Gregoire Only 42 Votes Away from Washington Governorship
With Christine Gregoire, the Democratic candidate for Governor in Washington, only 42 votes behind Republican candidate Dino Rossi, the state faces an unprecedented statewide hand recount of Washington's 2.9 million ballots....
12/2/2004 Federal Prosecutors Fight to Have Abortion Clinic Protections Upheld
The Assistant US Attorney General argued before the Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals to have the verdict of a lower court overruled in order to protect the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE)....
12/1/2004 Ruling Upheld that Struck Down NH Parental Notification Law
The First US Circuit Court of Appeals last week upheld the ruling of a lower court that found a New Hampshire law requiring parental notification before a minor could obtain an abortion unconstitutional because it failed to provide an exception for the health of the minor....
11/30/2004 Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Title IX Case
The US Supreme Court will hear arguments today in a landmark case under Title IX, the 1972 federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in federally funded education....
11/29/2004 US Supreme Court Lets Stand Same-Sex Marriage in Massachusetts
The US Supreme Court today let stand a Massachusetts Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage....
11/22/2004 Specter Promises to Support Bush's Judicial Nominees; Earns GOP Endorsement
Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) earned the endorsement of his Republican colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee to be the committee's chair last Thursday after he released a formal statement saying he would support all of President Bush's judicial nominees, guaranteeing them prompt hearings and floor action....
11/15/2004 Louisiana to Correct Misinformation about Abortion-Breast Cancer Link
A spokesperson for Louisianas Department of Health and Hospitals has announced that a state brochure containing false information about a link between abortion and breast cancer will be corrected....
11/5/2004 Anti-Choice Leaders Plan to Restrict Abortion Further in Bushs Second Term
Anti-abortion advocates responding to the results of the presidential election announced that with President Bush's win and the Republican Party's increased control of the US Congress, they have hopes that the administration will successfully pursue an anti-choice agenda....
11/4/2004 New Senate Judiciary Chair Warns Bush
Expected incoming chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Arlen Specter (R-PA) cautioned President Bush not to make any far-right nominations to the US Supreme Court, especially those who would overturn Roe v Wade....
10/27/2004 Supreme Court and Abortion
Chief Justice William Rehnquist's illness underscores the importance of the presidential election in shaping the US Supreme Court....
10/27/2004 Georgia Supreme Court Strikes Down Hate Crimes Law
The state Supreme Court in Georgia on Monday overturned a 2000 law allowing for enhanced penalties for hate crimes....
10/22/2004 Feminist Leader, Actor Urge Students to Get Out Her Vote
Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, and Amy Brenneman, star of television's "Judging Amy," urged students at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee to register and vote on November 2....
10/12/2004 Catholic Bishops Urge Voters to Support Anti-Abortion Candidates in November
Several high-ranking leaders in the Catholic Church have recently said that the obligation to vote for a candidate who opposes abortion rights is a priority over all other issues in the upcoming presidential election....
10/8/2004 US Supreme Court: Catholic Organization Must Continue to Cover Birth Control
The US Supreme Court denied review of a challenge to a California law that requires employers to include birth control for women in their prescription drug coverage....
10/6/2004 Thirty States Could Ban Abortion if Roe v Wade is Overturned
The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) has released a report analyzing what could happen state by state if the Supreme Court reversed its 1973 decision guaranteeing women the right to an abortion....
9/24/2004 CA: Battered Women Bill Signed, Could Help Free Women for Past Crimes
A bill signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) last Friday will allow imprisoned women a chance for a new trial or reduced sentence if they can prove that their crime was committed under coercion of an abusive partner....
9/24/2004 Iranian Girl Executed for Violating Chastity Laws
A 16-year old Iranian girl was recently executed for violating Irans chastity laws....
9/20/2004 Challenge to Reopen Roe v Wade Fails
The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a bid last week to reopen the landmark case that legalized abortion in 1973....
9/14/2004 Study: Universities Fail to Aid Voter Registration Nationwide
A study released by Harvard University on Monday has found that more than one-third of college and universities do not comply with a federal law that requires them to assist students in registering to vote....
9/9/2004 AZ: Election Officials' Misstatements Lead to Student Voter Suppression
Leading a campus-wide coalition of student groups, the University of Arizona Network of Feminist Student Activists demanded in a press release yesterday that the Pima County Registrar's Office and the Secretary of State correct erroneous statements made by the County Registrar's spokesperson on Fox News that out-of-state students who do not plan on staying in Arizona after graduation were not eligible to register and vote....
9/9/2004 Feminist Majority Foundation Joins University of Arizona Students in Demanding Election Officials Correct Misstatements
Erroneous and Misleading Information Suppressing Student Voting Tucson, Arizona Leading a campus-wide coalition of student groups, the University of Arizona Network of Feminist Student Activists today demanded that the Pima County Registrars Office and the Secretary of State correct erroneous statements made by the County Registrars spokesperson on Fox News that out-of-state students who dont plan on staying in Arizona after graduation were not eligible to register and vote....
9/9/2004 Afghan Chief Justice Attacks Male Candidate for Remarks on Women's Rights
The Chief Justice of the Afghan Supreme Court has demanded that candidate Latif Pedram be expelled from the presidential race for questioning marital laws....
9/8/2004 Abortion Procedures Ban Found Unconstitutional for the Third Time
US District Court Judge Richard Kopf of Lincoln, Nebraska ruled today that the Partial-Birth Abortion Act is unconstitutional, recognizing the law as a threat to women's health....
8/27/2004 Abortion Procedures Ban Found Unconstitutional for Second Time
A ruling by US District Judge Richard Casey of New York on Thursday found the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional....
8/25/2004 Judge Delays Sentencing for Clayton Lee Waagner
US District Judge Anita Brody signed an order to delay the sentencing of self-proclaimed anti-abortion "terrorist" Clayton Lee Waagner until the US Supreme Court rules on two unrelated cases that will clarify federal sentencing guidelines....
8/24/2004 Proposal on Florida Ballot to Pave Way for Parental Notification Law
Abortion opponents hope that a proposed amendment to the Florida state constitution placing limits on the privacy rights of minors will pave the way for a state parental notification law....
8/17/2004 Florida Court Finds School Voucher Program Unconstitutional
A Florida appeals court ruled yesterday that a school voucher program violates the state's constitutional separation of church and state....
8/16/2004 Afghan Woman Runs for President Despite Death Threats
Massouda Jalal, an Afghan woman who is one of the 18 candidates for President in Afghanistan, is determined to defeat President Karzai in the first post-Taliban elections that are scheduled to take place in October....
8/13/2004 California Supreme Court Invalidates Same Sex Marriages
Nearly 4,000 marriages performed in San Francisco this spring for same sex couples were nullified by a California Supreme Court ruling Thursday....
8/5/2004 Same-Sex Marriage Ruled Legal in Washington, Banned in Missouri
Missouri voters on Tuesday passed a ballot measure amending the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage, while a Washington state judge ruled yesterday that same-sex marriage is legal under state law....
8/2/2004 Women Can Be Convicted of Homicide for Risky Behavior during Pregnancy
After Regina McKnight delivered a stillborn baby in 2001, prosecutors speciously linked the babys death with McKnight's cocaine use and promptly convicted her of homicide a conviction that American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorneys are seeking to overturn....
7/23/2004 House Tramples Constitutional Separation of Powers
The US House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday that would strip the federal courts, including the US Supreme Court, of its jurisdiction over same-sex marriage cases....
7/21/2004 Senate Democrats Block Right-Wing Judicial Nominee
Senate Democrats were successful yesterday in blocking yet another radically conservative judicial nominee put forth by the Bush administration, the seventh such extremist to have been blocked by Democratic filibusters....
7/1/2004 Internet Pornography Law Blocked by Supreme Court
The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a ban on the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), which threatened to criminalize not only pornographic but also sex education and advice websites....
6/30/2004 Court Decision Rejects Media Monopolies
In a move protecting independent and progressive media voices, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit blocked implementation of several Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules that would have facilitated media conglomerates' consolidation....
6/25/2004 Far-Right Nominee Confirmed Bringing Total to 197
Yesterday, the Senate voted 70-27 to confirm far-right Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Diane Sykes to the Seventh US Circuit Court of Appeals bringing the total number of federal judicial nominees confirmed during Bush's term to 197....
6/16/2004 Supreme Court Rules on Sexual Harassment Liability
The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 8-1 that workers are allowed to sue their former employers after leaving their jobs due to intolerable sexual harassment....
6/14/2004 Supreme Court to Hear Title IX Case
The US Supreme Court agreed today to hear a case involving a former girls' basketball coach who was allegedly fired after he complained that his team received less money and were forced to use worse facilities than comparable boys' teams....
6/14/2004 Appeals Court Finds Anti-Affirmative Action Petition Valid
In a blow to affirmative action supporters, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that petitions for a ballot initiative to end affirmative action in the state are valid....
6/1/2004 Affirmative Action Victories in Michigan, California
An anti-affirmative action campaign in Michigan has experienced so many setbacks that it will now push back its plans by two years....
6/1/2004 Federal Judge Overturns Abortion Ban
A federal judge in San Francisco today declared that the abortion procedures ban passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush last year is unconstitutional....
5/26/2004 CA: Supreme Court Considers Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
California's Supreme Court yesterday considered whether to invalidate marriage licenses given to more than 4,000 lesbian and gay couples in San Francisco earlier this year....
5/24/2004 Convicted Child Molester to be Released on Bond
John Burt, an anti-abortion extremist and convicted child molester, will be released on a $10,000 bond pending appeal of his conviction....
5/20/2004 Kerry Would Consider Appointing Anti-Abortion Judges
In an interview on Wednesday, Senator John Kerry (D-MA), the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said that he would consider nominating anti-abortion judges to "some" federal courts....
5/17/2004 Massachusetts Becomes First State to Wed Same-Sex Couples
Massachusetts became the first state to allow lesbian and gay couples to marry as the state Supreme Court ruling went into effect today....
5/17/2004 Segregation Still a Problem on 50th Anniversary of Brown Decision
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Brown v Board of Education, the 1954 landmark US Supreme Court ruling that segregating students by race was inherently unequal and therefore unconstitutional....
5/12/2004 Anti-Abortion Extremist Sentenced to 18 Years for Child Molestation
Anti-abortion extremist John Burt was sentenced today to over 18 years in prison for molesting a 15-year-old girl....
5/11/2004 MA Town to Defy Governor on Marriage Licenses for Out-of-State Same-Sex Couples
The board of selectmen in the Cape Cod town of Provincetown, which has a large gay population, voted yesterday to issue marriage licenses to couples even if they do not intend to live in Massachusetts....
5/10/2004 Federal Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order in Utah Abortion Ban Case
Last week, US District Court Judge Paul Cassell issued a temporary restraining order preventing the enforcement of Utah's abortion procedures ban for at least 10 days....
5/5/2004 FL: Legislature Seeks Parental Notification Constitutional Amendment
The Republican-controlled Florida legislature on Friday garnered the three-fifths majority necessary to place a proposed constitutional amendment restricting abortion access for young women on the ballot this November....
4/28/2004 Ban on Female Singers Lifted in Afghanistan
After pressure from reformists in Afghan President Hamid Karzai's party, the ban on women performers on television and radio that was imposed last Friday was lifted....
4/22/2004 Female Performers Banned From Television and Radio in Afghanistan
Female performers in an Afghan province have been banned from performing on television and radio....
4/2/2004 Bush Signs Bill Undermining Abortion Rights
President Bush on Thursday signed into law the so-called Unborn Victims of Violence Act....
3/30/2004 Trials Begin on Federal Abortion Procedures Ban
Trials in three states began yesterday to determine the constitutionality of the federal abortion procedures ban signed into law last year....
3/29/2004 Two Anti-Affirmative Action Measures Dealt Blows
Anti-affirmative action measures in Colorado and Michigan were dealt blows in the past several days....
3/25/2004 Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority President, Decries Senate Move
Defeat of Feinstein Amendment Shows Disdain for Women Arlington, VA Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority, today condemned the action by the United States Senate to further erode womens rights by passing H.R....
3/8/2004 Documents Reveal Abortion Rights Decision Almost Overturned in 1992
Documents released to the public on Thursday reveal that abortion rights were almost overturned by the US Supreme Court in 1992....
3/2/2004 CA: Supreme Court Rules Catholic Group Must Cover Birth Control
California's Supreme Court on Monday ruled that, in accordance with state law, Catholic Charities must cover contraceptives as part of its employee prescription drug coverage....
2/23/2004 Bush Makes Second Recess Appointment of Right-Wing Judicial Nominee
For the second time this year, President Bush bypassed the Senate by appointing a filibustered judicial nominee while Congress was in recess....
2/6/2004 VA: Abortion Procedure Ban Struck Down By Federal Judge
A federal judge on Monday struck down a Virginia abortion procedure ban....
2/5/2004 MA Supreme Court Requires Equal Marriage Rights for Homosexuals
Yesterday, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the legislature's proposed civil union bill would not be sufficient to satisfy its November decision that the state must afford homosexuals equal rights in marriage....
1/30/2004 MI: Abortion Opponents Launch Petition Drive
Anti-abortion activists launched a petition drive in Michigan to overturn Governor Jennifer Granholm's (D) veto of an abortion procedure ban passed through the state legislature....
1/22/2004 Boxer Announces Federal Bill to Codify Abortion Rights
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), flanked by pro-choice leaders, today announced new federal legislation to codify women's right to choose abortion....
1/14/2004 Female Singer Aired on Afghanistan's Public Television
For the first time in over a decade, a video with footage of a famous Afghan female singer was broadcast on public television....
1/13/2004 Court Rules No Guardian For Fetus
A Florida Appeals Court ruled on Friday that the state could not appoint a guardian for a mentally disabled rape victim's fetus....
1/5/2004 Indian Court Rules That Rape Cases Must Have Female Judges
India's Supreme Court has set up special courts to deal with rape cases that will be judged by female judges....
12/19/2003 Federal Appeals Court Upholds Ohio Abortion Procedures Ban
On Wednesday, a federal appeals court upheld Ohio's restrictive abortion procedures ban....
12/10/2003 Ms. Honors Women's Achievements Globally
Among the ten outstanding women selected as Ms Women of the Year are several who are working for women's rights and health globally....
12/3/2003 NY Court Upholds Contraceptive Coverage Law
A state court rejected a challenge by Roman Catholic groups to a state law requiring employers who offer prescription drug plans to include contraceptive coverage....
12/2/2003 Federal Judge Hears Arguments in Virginia Abortion Procedures Ban Case
On November 24, US District Judge Richard Williams heard arguments on the constitutionality of the Virginia abortion procedures ban....
11/26/2003 Supreme Court Will Not Review Affirmative Action Contracting Case
On November 17, the US Supreme Court announced that it would let stand a decision of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals approving of Denver's use of race and gender based affirmative action in city construction contracts....
11/14/2003 Roy Moore Removed as Alabama Chief Justice
The Court of the Judiciary in Alabama yesterday unanimously removed from office Chief Justice Roy Moore....
11/6/2003 Judge Blocks New Abortion Procedures Ban for Nebraska Doctors
Less than an hour after President Bush signed a bill banning safe abortion procedures into law, a federal judge in Nebraska issued a temporary injunction to prevent implementation of the law....
11/5/2003 Women's Rights Activists Protest Abortion Procedures Ban
The National Organization for Women (NOW) and other women's rights activists will protest President Bush's signing of a bill banning abortion procedures today in Washington, DC....
11/5/2003 Prominent African Americans Oppose Judicial Nominee
Prominent African Americans gathered today to oppose Senate confirmation of California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit....
11/3/2003 Supreme Court Refuses Ten Commandments Case
The US Supreme Court today refused to hear a case involving the public display of a Ten Commandments monument in Alabama's Judicial Building....
10/31/2003 AZ High Court Refuses to Hear Case Against Napolitano
The Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a petition by conservative lawmakers charging that Governor Janet Napolitano overstepped her gubernatorial authority when she signed an executive order prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation for state workers....
10/31/2003 Pro-Choice Groups File Lawsuit to Stop Abortion Procedures Ban
Today, the National Abortion Federation (NAF), Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed lawsuits to stop the implementation of a law that would ban safe, necessary abortion procedures and contains no exceptions for the health of the woman....
10/28/2003 Doctors Caution Against Abortion Procedures Ban
In the wake of the passage of the so-called "Partial-Birth Abortion Ban of 2003," doctors are raising concerns that the broad language of the bill could block all abortions after the twelfth week of gestation....
10/23/2003 VMI: Womens Soccer Team Endures
At the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) where women comprise just six percent of 1,324 cadets, the school's first women's soccer team (and first women's sports team) is standing strong....
10/23/2003 Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Far Right Nominee Brown
Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee considered the latest Bush nomination, extreme conservative Janice Rogers Brown, to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals....
10/22/2003 Senate Bans Safe Abortion Procedures
The Senate gave final approval yesterday to a bill that bans safe abortion procedures....
10/14/2003 MI: Governor Vetoes Abortion Procedures Ban
Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) on Friday vetoed a bill that would have banned certain abortion procedures in the state....
10/9/2003 Magazine Only Includes One Women's Rights Document in Top 100
US News and World Report will publish an issue in December with 10 of the top reader-chosen documents that shaped US history....
10/8/2003 Woman Convicted of Stillbirth Remains in Jail
On Monday, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of Regina McKnight....
10/6/2003 Abortion Rights Advocates Hold Supreme Court Rally
Four leading pro-choice groups held a rally in support of abortion rights at the US Supreme Court on Saturday....
9/30/2003 Indiana Supreme Court Expands Medicaid Coverage for Abortions
Last week, Indiana's Supreme Court expanded Medicaid coverage to include abortions for low-income women when the pregnancy poses a serious risk to the woman's health....
9/30/2003 Philly Boy Scouts Policy Conflicts with Fair Practices Ordinance
Philadelphia's Cradle of Liberty Boy Scouts Council entered talks last week with city officials, concerned that the organization's anti-gay position violates the city's Fair Practices ordinance that forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation....
9/26/2003 Case Against ND's Only Abortion Clinic Dismissed
North Dakota's sole abortion clinic, the Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo won a small victory Tuesday in the ongoing battle against anti-abortionists intent on infusing science and medicine with conservative ideology....
9/23/2003 Senate Sends Abortion Procedures Ban to Conference Cmte
The US Senate voted unanimously to send a bill banning certain abortion procedures to conference committee with the House, where it will surely pass without major changes....
9/2/2003 Federal Judge Rules Part of Clinic Defense Law Unconstitutional
A federal judge recently found part of the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) unconstitutional....
8/29/2003 Michigan Issues Revised Admissions Policy
The University of Michigan issued a revised admissions policy yesterday in line with the Supreme Court decision upholding the use of race in admissions but striking down the university's point system....
8/27/2003 Ten Commandments Monument Moved
After a Supreme Court appeal failed, the 2.5-ton Ten Commandments monument was moved from the rotunda of Alabama's Judicial Building today, complying with a federal court order....
8/19/2003 Groups Granted Motion in Mentally Disabled FL Rape Case
In what is becoming an increasingly moot point for the severely disabled, pregnant 22-year-old woman who was raped while in state custody and due to give birth later this month, Florida's 5th District Court of Appeals last week granted an emergency motion, giving abortion-rights and civil rights groups "friends of the court" status in an appeal involving Jennifer Wixtrom, who seeks guardianship of the woman's fetus and the state Department of Children and Families (DCF)....
8/15/2003 Moore Defies Federal Order, Refuses to Remove Ten Commandments
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore declared yesterday that he would disobey a federal order and leave in place a 2.5-ton monument of the Ten Commandments in the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building....
8/7/2003 Judge Orders Removal of Ten Commandments
A federal judge delivered an order yesterday demanding the removal of a 2.5-ton monument to the Ten Commandments on display in the rotunda of Alabama's Supreme Court....
8/1/2003 O'Malley Takes Helm at Boston Archdiocese, Vatican Protests Gay Unions
Earlier this week, Bishop Sean Patrick O'Malley was installed as the new archbishop of Boston, filling the position vacated by Cardinal Bernard Law last December....
7/30/2003 Bush Nominates Two More Right-Wing Candidates for Federal Judgeships
In his continued effort to pack the courts with far-right ideologues, President Bush recently nominated two more candidates to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals "whose views seem well to the right of the legal and political mainstream," the New York Times wrote in an editorial....
7/28/2003 No Vote on Unborn Victims of Violence Act
Senators Mike DeWine (R-OH) and Bill Frist (R-TN) last Wednesday failed to gain Senate approval by unanimous consent for the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (S 1019), a bill which makes harming or killing a zygote, embryo or fetus while attacking a pregnant woman during the commission of a federal crime, a separate and punishable crime....
7/28/2003 Study Finds Greater Support for Gay Marriage
A new study found that opposition to gay marriage has declined since 1996, from 65 percent to 53 percent....
7/28/2003 Senate Votes Expected This Week on Pryor, Owen
As the Senate wraps up business in the last week before its traditional month-long summer recess, the Senate Republican leadership has voiced plans to bring several contentious judicial nominations to the floor for a vote....
7/24/2003 Feminist Majority Foundation Interns Hold March for Choice Briefing at Senate
Over 150 people attended a Capitol Hill briefing yesterday about the Save Women's Lives: March for Freedom of Choice planned for April 25, 2004....
7/23/2003 Senate Committee Approves Far-Right Judicial Nominee William Pryor
Far-right judicial nominee William Pryor, who has been described as "among the most extreme" of President Bush's nominees, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee today in a 10-9 party-line vote....
7/15/2003 Right-Wing California Activist Takes Affirmative Action Fight to Michigan
California conservative activist Ward Connerly announced on Tuesday his plan to bring an anti-affirmative action ballot initiative, similar to California's Proposition 209, to Michigan in 2004....
7/11/2003 Florida Supreme Court Overturns Parental Notification Law
The Florida Supreme Court yesterday overturned a law requiring physicians to notify a teenager's parents before performing an abortion, ruling that it violates young women's right to privacy with no compelling state interest....
7/10/2003 Judiciary Committee Postpones Vote on Far-Right Extremist Nominee
In a move demonstrating discord over his nomination, the Senate Judiciary Committee postponed a vote scheduled for today on the nomination of far-right extremist William Pryor to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals....
7/9/2003 Senate Committee to Vote on Pryor Tomorrow
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote tomorrow morning on the nomination of far-right extremist William Pryor to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals....
7/9/2003 Wal-Mart Adds Sexual Orientation to Nondiscrimination Policy
In contrast to its history of sex discrimination, Wal-Mart Stores, the nation's largest private employer, last week expanded its anti-discrimination policies to protect the rights of gay and lesbian workers....
7/8/2003 Federal Judge Blocks Virginia's Abortion Procedures Ban
Responding to an injunction filed by abortion rights advocates, a federal judge blocked a recently passed Virginia law banning so-called "partial-birth infanticide" beginning July 1, the day the law was to take effect....
7/7/2003 Justice O'Connor Dismisses Supreme Court Retirement Rumors
US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor struck down rumors that she would step down from the high court in a rare television interview Sunday....
7/3/2003 Anti-Gay Rights Legislators Seek Constitutional Ban on Gay Marriage
While the Supreme Court recently decriminalized gay sex, Congress is considering a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage....
7/2/2003 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Ten Commandments Monument
A federal appeals court yesterday unanimously ruled that a 2.5-ton monument of the Ten Commandments in the rotunda of the Alabama Supreme Court was unconstitutional....
7/1/2003 Mentally Disabled Florida Rape Survivor to Carry Pregnancy to Term
After much back and forth about the health risks of a pregnancy for a mentally disabled woman who became pregnant after she was raped while under the state's care, a Florida judge approved a decision made by the woman's court-appointed guardian to carry her pregnancy to term....
6/27/2003 Sex Offenders in California to be Freed After Supreme Court Ruling
The US Supreme Court ruled yesterday that California's 1994 law removing the statute of limitations retroactively for sex abuse criminal cases was unconstitutional....
6/27/2003 State Universities Wrestle With Implications of Affirmative Action Decision
Following Monday's Supreme Court decisions on the University of Michigan's affirmative action policies, other states with large public university systems are wrestling with the implications of the rulings....
6/27/2003 Supreme Court Lets Stand Pro-Choice Victory
In a victory for pro-choice advocates, the US Supreme Court let stand a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that WANTED-style posters and an Internet hit list are threats under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE)....
6/26/2003 Supreme Court Overturns Texas Sodomy Law
The Supreme Court today announced its decision to overturn a Texas law that criminalized same-sex sodomy....
6/26/2003 Jane Roe's Motion to Overturn Abortion Ruling Denied
A motion filed by Norma McCorvey, the woman known as Jane Roe in the 1973 Supreme Court case legalizing abortion, who has since become an avid opponent to abortion rights, was dismissed by a federal district court....
6/25/2003 Republicans Approve Proposal to Kill Filibusters on Nominees
In a move aimed at blocking filibusters of right-wing judges, the Senate Rules and Administration Committee approved yesterday a GOP leadership proposal to curtail filibusters on presidential nominations....
6/25/2003 Virginia: Ban on Abortion Procedures Challenged in Federal Court
The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) filed a lawsuit in federal court last week to block Virginia's new law banning so-called "partial-birth" abortion from taking effect on July 1....
6/23/2003 Supreme Court Rules 6-3 for Internet Filters at Libraries
The US Supreme Court ruled today that Congress can require public libraries to use Internet filters on their computers, ostensibly to block access to pornography....
6/23/2003 Supreme Court Upholds Principle of Affirmative Action in MI Case But Strikes Down Explicit Program
In two decisions on the landmark University of Michigan cases, the US Supreme Court announced rulings today that uphold the use of race in law school admissions but strike down the undergraduate admissions affirmative action program....
6/19/2003 Bush Rejects Democrats' Offer to Advise on Supreme Court Pick
With up to two vacancies on the US Supreme Court possible by the end of the month, Senate Democrats have offered to consult with President Bush as he selects nominees in order to avoid a long, drawn-out confirmation battle in the Senate....
6/18/2003 Senate Cmte. May Vote Tomorrow on Pryor
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote tomorrow on President Bush's nomination of Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor to the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit....
6/16/2003 Ontario Court Permits Same-Sex Marriage
An Ontario appeals court ruled last Tuesday that Canada's legal definition of marriage was invalid and discriminated against lesbians and gay men....
6/11/2003 Senate Committee Holds Hearing for Right-Wing Judicial Nominee
The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing today on President Bush's nomination of Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor to the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit....
6/10/2003 Women's Rights Groups Announce National Pro-Choice March
Today the nation's leading women's rights groups announced they have joined forces to organize an historic march on Washington to protect a woman's right to choose....
6/10/2003 Republicans Work to Prohibit Filibusters of Nominees
The Senate Rules Committee held a hearing on June 5 on a Republican proposal that would make filibustering of presidential nominees all but impossible....
6/10/2003 Women's Rights Groups Announce Massive March on Washington in Support of Reproductive Rights
Washington, DC - Today the nations leading women's rights groups announced that they have joined forces to organize an historic march on Washington for a womans right to choose....
6/9/2003 New Air Force Academy Policy Nixes Victim Confidentiality
Altering its position held earlier this spring, the US Air Force Academy this weekend unveiled a new sexual assault policy that rejects the confidentiality of victims reporting assault....
6/4/2003 Bush Administration Urges Supreme Court to Reject Appeal By Anti-Abortion Extremists
The Bush administration urged the Supreme Court to deny a pending appeal by anti-abortion extremists who use "UN-WANTED" wild-west style posters and a Web site to terrorize abortion providers, the Washington Post reported....
6/4/2003 House Votes Today on Abortion Procedures Ban
The House is scheduled to vote today on HR 760, unconstitutional legislation that would ban so-called "partial birth" abortions....
6/2/2003 Boy Scouts' Homophobic National Policy Still Draws Fire
Following two years of talks between area Boy Scout leaders and community gay and lesbian rights advocates, board members of the Boy Scouts Cradle of Liberty Council in Philadelphia voted unanimously last month to add sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination policy....
5/29/2003 Anti-Abortionists Target Mentally Retarded Rape Victims
A Florida anti-abortion group is now claiming that they have persuaded a Miami judge to change his ruling in what has become a highly charged case involving a severely disabled woman who became pregnant after she was raped....
5/28/2003 Supreme Court Rules FMLA Applies to State Employees
In a resounding victory for millions of working families across the country, the Supreme Court yesterday ruled to extend provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)-which guarantee employees 12 weeks of unpaid leave for family or medical problems-to state government workers....
5/21/2003 Supreme Court To Hear Case About Religious Education
Almost one year after the high courts landmark ruling that upholds school voucher programs, the US Supreme Court has said that it will consider whether or not taxpayers might be constitutionally required to subsidize religious education....
5/12/2003 Amina Lawal's Case Still Under Appeal
The case of Amina Lawal, a Nigerian woman sentenced to death by stoning by the Katsina State for adultery, will be heard again by Katsina state court on June 3....
5/6/2003 Senate Approves Cook; Estrada Filibuster Continues
With a vote of 66-25, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Deborah Cook to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals - despite her disturbing record on the Ohio Supreme Court....
5/5/2003 India: Supreme Court Rules Woman, Child Entitled to Alimony
The Supreme Court of India recently ruled against a man claiming he did not have to pay alimony because his ex-wife was pregnant at the time of marriage....
5/2/2003 Right-Wing Judicial Nominee Ducks Questions in Second Hearing
In what became a frustrating three-hour session for Senate Democrats, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a second hearing on President Bush's nomination of John Roberts to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals....
5/1/2003 Feminist Majority Supports Owen Filibuster
WASHINGTON, DC The Feminist Majority commends Senate Democrats for holding strong on a filibuster against Priscilla Owen, President Bushs judicial nominee to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals....
4/30/2003 Democrats Filibuster Right-Wing Judicial Nominee Owen
Amid what Republicans have coined "Judges Week" to declare their intent to push through a number of Bush's far-right judicial nominees, Democrats yesterday began a filibuster of the nomination of Priscilla Owen to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals....
4/29/2003 Supreme Court Refuses to Consider Abortion Privacy Case
The US Supreme Court yesterday refused to consider a case challenging a South Carolina regulation that allows records of women who have had abortions to be copied and removed from clinics by state officials, with no guarantee of privacy for the women....
4/29/2003 Bush Stacking Federal Courts
WASHINGTON, DC The Feminist Majority stands together with a broad coalition of womens rights, civil rights, disability rights, labor and environmental groups today to urge the Senate to block President Bush from stacking the courts with right-wing judges....
4/28/2003 Coalition Opposes Right-Wing Court Nominees
A coalition of progressive, civil rights, and feminist groups, including the Feminist Majority, held a press conference today to voice opposition to President Bush's right-wing nominees for the federal courts....
4/25/2003 Supreme Court Hears Nikes Sweatshop Abuse Case
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case that will determine whether Nike can be sued for statements in which they denied the use of child labor and substandard wages in sweatshops in Asia....
4/22/2003 Sen. Santorum Slammed for Anti-Gay Remarks
Just four months after Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) was forced to resign over racist remarks as Senate majority leader, Republican Senate conference chair Rick Santorum (R-PA) is under fire after the Associated Press published his anti-gay comments, likening consensual gay sex with bigamy, polygamy, incest, and adultery....
4/21/2003 Anti-Women Judicial Nominees up for Debate Next Week
When Congress returns from recess next week, on the agenda will be debate and possible votes on the Senate floor on the nominations of Jeffrey Sutton to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and Priscilla Owen to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals....
4/17/2003 Filibuster Strategy Against Owen Gains Support
The Senate should use a filibuster to block the re-nomination of Priscilla Owen, a far-right ideologue who is part of President Bush's plan to pack the court with reactionary judges, the New York Times editorial page stated today....
4/14/2003 Manager Fired for Refusing to Fire "Unattractive" Woman, Suit Charges
A former L'Oreal regional sales manager has filed a suit against the company alleging she was fired after a male executive told her to dismiss a salesperson because she was unattractive, according to the Associated Press....
4/8/2003 Cross Burning Decision Could "Doom" Anti-Abortion Extremists' Case
The US Supreme Court's recent ruling that outlaws cross burning when it is intended to frighten or terrorize has set a precedent that could "doom" a pending appeal by anti-abortion extremists who use "UN-WANTED" wild-west style posters and a Web site to terrorize abortion providers, the LA Times reported today....
4/2/2003 Kuhl Retracts Controversial Positions; Refuses To Opine on Abortion Rights
In a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, far-right judicial nominee Carolyn Kuhl carefully refused to clarify her viewpoints on abortion rights and retracted past statements in which she supported discrimination and sexual harassment....
4/2/2003 Democrats Maintain Estrada Filibuster, Senate Passes Tymkovich
Senate Democrats defeated the fourth cloture vote today with a vote of 55-44, maintaining a two-month filibuster against Miguel Estrada....
4/1/2003 Supreme Court Hears Affirmative Action Case
As crowds of students and activists gathered outside of the Supreme Court today, justices heard arguments in a case challenging the University of Michigan's affirmative action policy....
3/31/2003 Hearing, Vote Scheduled for Right-Wing Judicial Nominees
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on Carolyn Kuhl, a Bush nominee to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, whose record is anti-womens rights....
3/28/2003 Anti-Women Judicial Nominee Approved by Senate Committee
The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday approved by a 10-9 partly-line vote the nomination of anti-women Priscilla Owen to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals....
3/26/2003 Supreme Court Hears Gay Rights Case
The US Supreme Court today heard arguments in the case of Lawrence v....
3/26/2003 Senate Committee to Vote Tomorrow on Anti-Woman Judicial Nominee
The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote tomorrow on President Bushs re-nomination of Priscilla Owen to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals....
3/24/2003 Feminist Majority Foundation Announces 2003 Campus Program Award Winners
Congratulations to this year's outstanding winners of the FMF Campus Program Awards....
3/19/2003 Upcoming NOW v. Scheidler Chat Series: Feministcampus.org Celebrates Women's History Month with Special Online Programming
Please join us at throughout March as we continue our online chat series on "Reproductive Rights Under G.W....
3/19/2003 Army of God Terrorist Network Must Be Cracked
Feminist Majority Foundations Latest Clinic Survey Finds Violence is on the Rise WASHINGTON, DC With the conviction of James Kopp for the intentional murder of Dr....
3/19/2003 Choose Life License Plates Making Gains in States
Since January, when a South Carolina judge ruled Choose Life specialty license plates unconstitutional because they provided a forum for anti-abortion supporters and not pro-choice advocates, anti-abortion forces promoting the plates have won victories in several states and in the courts....
3/18/2003 Democrats Block Estrada Cloture Votes, Senate Confirms Bybee
In their continued efforts to stack the federal courts with conservative judges, Republicans held a third cloture vote today on the nomination of Miguel Estrada to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, considered to be the second most influential court in the nation....
3/18/2003 Kopp Found Guilty of Intentional Murder, Clinic Violence Up
James Kopp, the confessed assassin of abortion provider Barnett Slepian, MD, was found guilty today of intentional murder....
3/14/2003 Senate Passes So-Called Partial-Birth Abortion Ban
After rejecting several amendments protecting womens reproductive health and rights, the Senate yesterday passed a bill that will ban so-called partial-birth abortions....
3/14/2003 University of Michigan Gains More Support for Affirmative Action Program
The United States Supreme Court received 64 briefs in February from over 300 organizations and various groups backing the affirmative action practices at the University of Michigan, according to the New York Times....
3/12/2003 EC, Health Exception Amendments to Abortion Procedures Ban Defeated
The Senate on Tuesday rejected an amendment introduced by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Harry Reid (D-NV) to provide $10 million over five years to improve awareness about emergency contraception (EC), make EC available to rape victims in emergency rooms across the country, and require insurance companies to cover prescription contraceptives....
3/10/2003 Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Another Anti-Woman Nominee
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved another one of President Bushs far-right, anti-woman judicial nominees late last week....
3/10/2003 Senate to Vote Today on Abortion Procedures Ban
The Senate is expected to vote later today on legislation that would ban most safe abortion procedures at any stage of pregnancy....
3/6/2003 Indiana Superior Court Temporarily Blocks In-Person Abortion Counseling Law
Superior Court Judge David Dreyer issued a temporary restraining order Monday, once again blocking Indianas highly contested in-person abortion counseling law....
3/5/2003 Feminist Majority Opposes Nomination of Jeffrey Sutton to the Sixth Circuit
WASHINGTON, DC The Feminist Majority urges the U.S....
3/5/2003 Feminist Majority Opposes Sutton, Bushs Latest Far-Right Judicial Nominee
The Coalition for a Fair and Independent Judiciary, a group comprised of the Feminist Majority and a number of civil rights, womens rights, and human rights organizations, held a press conference today to express opposition to the nomination of Jeffrey Sutton, President Bushs latest far-right judicial nominee, to the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit....
2/27/2003 Senate Committee Approves Cook and Roberts; Estrada Filibuster Continues
Despite attempts by Democratic Senators to use a parliamentary rule to block a vote of two far-right judicial nominees, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 14-3 today to recommend the nomination of John G Roberts, Jr to the DC Circuit and 12-2 to recommend Deborah L Cook to serve on the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit....
2/26/2003 Feminists Will Work to Keep Clinics Safe
Eleanor Smeal Vows to Keep Fighting Anti-Abortion Violence WASHINGTON, DC Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, promised to continue to defend womens reproductive health care clinics, despite the U.S....
2/26/2003 Supreme Court Sides With Anti-Abortion Protestors
The US Supreme Court decided today 8-1 that abortion clinics could not be protected from forcible blockades by anti-abortion extremists under federal racketeering laws....
2/21/2003 Never Go Back Campaign in Full Swing!
The Feminist Majority Foundation's Never Go Back campaign to save abortion rights is in full swing....
2/14/2003 Abortion Ban Reintroduced in Congress
Far-right Republicans renewed efforts to severely limit abortion rights yesterday with the introduction of the so-called partial-birth abortion ban in the House of Representatives....
2/12/2003 Former Dominos President Presents Plans for New Catholic University
Former Dominos Pizza founder and right-wing philanthropist Tom Monaghan announced that he will spend $200 million to build a new Roman Catholic university in Florida....
2/11/2003 Debate on Estrada Continues; Action Possible Today
With action anticipated sometime today, debate heated up on the floor of the US Senate over President Bushs nomination of Miguel Estrada to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals....
2/11/2003 Alternative to Affirmative Action Less Effective, Study Finds
Two reports released this month by the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University suggest that affirmative action alternativesspecifically the race-neutral percent plans advocated by the Bush Administrationare ineffective in promoting racial diversity....
2/7/2003 Bill Introduced in Senate to Expand Family Medical Leave
Senators Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and Edward Kennedy (D-MA) commemorated the 10th anniversary of the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Wednesday, introducing a bill that extends unpaid leave for family or medical problems to millions of US working men and women....
2/6/2003 Senate Debate on Estrada Begins; Democrats Consider Filibuster
A divided Senate began floor debate yesterday on President Bushs nomination of Miguel Estrada to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals....
2/5/2003 Opposition to Estrada Mounts
With a full Senate vote on President Bushs nomination of Miguel Estrada to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals possible today, efforts to block the vote with a filibuster have heightened to a fever pitch....
2/3/2003 Estrada Vote Expected Wednesday; Democrats Urged To Filibuster
With the full Senate expected to vote Wednesday on Miguel Estrada, President Bushs latest far-right judicial nominee, the Feminist Majority joins a growing list of civil rights, womens rights and other progressive organizations that are urging Senate Democrats to filibuster a vote on Estrada....
1/30/2003 Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Conservative Nominee for Influential Circuit Court
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-9 along straight party lines in support of confirming Miguel Estrada to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, one of the most influential appeals courts in the nation....
1/29/2003 Federal Appellate Court Nominees: Hearings Today, Vote Tomorrow
In an apparent effort to push the Presidents federal judicial court nominees towards confirmation, the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee today held hearings on three of the most reactionary of Bushs Appellate Court nominees....
1/27/2003 Feminist Majority Opposes Bushs Anti-Women Judicial Nominee
Feminist Majority Opposes Bushs Anti-Women Judicial Nominee Kuhls nomination seen as warm-up to Supreme Court battle Los Angeles With a judicial record that is clearly anti-women, Carolyn Kuhl, President Bushs nominee to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, poses an imminent danger to womens rights, Katherine Spillar, executive vice-president of the Feminist Majority declared today....
1/27/2003 Feminist Majority Opposes Bushs Latest Anti-Woman Judicial Nominee
The Feminist Majority joined a group of womens rights, civil rights, consumer rights, environmental, labor and other progressive groups in a press conference Friday in Los Angeles to oppose President Bushs nomination of anti-women judicial nominee Carolyn Kuhl to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals....
1/23/2003 Students Gather in DC to Support Abortion Rights
Pro-choice student leaders from around the country attended a speak-out on abortion rights this morning in Washington, DC, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Roe v....
1/23/2003 Abortion Rights Threatened by Likely Supreme Court Vacancy
Rumors continue to grow that at least one Supreme Court justice will retire in May....
1/22/2003 Activists Celebrate Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Pro-choice advocates marked the 30th anniversary of Roe v Wade today with events that included a student leadership conference sponsored by the Feminist Majority Foundation....
1/21/2003 Unborn Victims of Violence Act Introduced in Senate
Far-right Republicans in the US Congress continued their attack on abortion rights last week with the introduction of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act in the Senate....
1/20/2003 Bush Continues Opposition to Affirmative Action on MLK Day
President Bush is scheduled to attend a congregation today at a primarily African-American Baptist church in Glenarden, MD....
1/17/2003 Court Rules FL Sexual Predator Act Unconstitutional
A three-judge panel for the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Miami ruled unanimously on Wednesday that the Florida Sexual Predator Act is unconstitutional, because judges cannot evaluate an offenders threat to the community....
1/16/2003 Women Take Majority in Washingtons Supreme Court
With the election of Justice Mary Fairhurst, women now have a 5-4 majority in Washington states Supreme Court for the first time in the states history....
1/16/2003 Supreme Court to Consider Applicability of Family Leave Act on State Workers
The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments for Nevada Department of Human Resources v....
1/16/2003 Bush Administration Opposes Affirmative Action
President Bush announced yesterday that his administration would file a brief in the Supreme Court supporting the lawsuit of white students against the University of Michigan's admission policy, which considers race, along with geography, test scores, grades, and a host of other personal achievements....
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1/15/2003 Abortion Rights Dinner Draws Presidential Hopefuls
All of the Democrats who have declared their intention to run for President in 2004 say they will attend a fund-raising dinner to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Roe v....
1/13/2003 CA High Court Rules That Rape is Still Rape if Victim Changes Mind
In a ruling that changes the legal definition of rape in California, the CA Supreme Court ruled recently that rape could still occur if a victim changes his or her mind during sexual intercourse....
1/9/2003 Democrats Vow To Filibuster Anti-Women Judicial Nominee
Led by Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Richard Durbin (D-IL), Democrats vowed to filibuster President Bushs renomination of anti-women, anti-civil rights Judge Charles Pickering to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit....
1/8/2003 Bush Brings Back Anti-Women Judicial Nominees
President Bush renamed several anti-women judicial nominees yesterday including Charles Pickering and Priscilla Owen both nominated to the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and both rejected by the Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee last year....
1/8/2003 Texas Supreme Court Rules Against Medicaid Funding for Abortions
The Texas Supreme Court on December 31 ruled 8-0 that state denial of funding for abortions for poor women with pregnancies that are risky or damaging to their health is not a violation of the Texas Constitutions Equal Rights Amendment and equal protection provisions, the Austin American-Statesman reported....
1/6/2003 Congress to Consider Anti-Abortion Legislation
Congress will reconvene tomorrow at noon after a long recess, with anti-abortion legislation and confirmation of President Bushs judicial nominees on its agenda....
1/5/2003 Democrats Uphold Filibuster Against Owen
With a vote of 52-44, Senate Democrats upheld a filibuster today on President Bush's nomination of Priscilla Owen to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and launched the latest fight against Bush's campaign to pack the courts with right wing judges....
1/2/2003 Religious Institutions Sue to Halt Insurance Coverage for Contraceptives
Catholic and Protestant institutions in New York refuse to give up the fight, despite a bill mandating health-insurance coverage for birth control, mammograms and screenings for cervical cancer and bone disease, taking effect at the start of this year....
12/27/2002 Students to Meet in Capital for Roe Anniversary
On January 22-23, 2003, student leaders from across the country will gather in Washington, DC to strategize for abortion rights on the 30th anniversary of Roe v Wade, the Supreme Court decision that gave all American women the right to safe, legal abortion....
12/20/2002 Lott to Step Down as Senate Majority Leader
In a victory for civil rights and womens rights, Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) announced his decision today to step down from his position as Senate Majority Leader....
12/20/2002 Supreme Court Asks for Bush Opinion in Anti-Abortion Violence Case
In a somewhat unusual move, the US Supreme Court asked the Bush administrations Solicitor-General for his opinion on a case involving anti-abortion extremists who circulated WANTED posters for abortion providers and launched a Web site called the Nuremberg Files that lists abortion providers personal information and declares them guilty of crimes against humanity....
12/19/2002 Registrations Soar for the Never Go Back Student Conference!
Students from across the country are traveling as far west as Alaska and as far south as Florida to come together for what will be the historic Never Go Back National Student Leadership Conference in Washington DC on Jan 22 and 23 to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Roe v....
12/17/2002 Bush to Stack DC Appeals Court with Far-Right Judges
In a continued effort to stack the court with far right extremists, the Bush administration plans to fill two seats on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit that have been vacant for years....
12/5/2002 Supreme Court to Determine Constitutionality of Homosexual Sex Bans
On Monday the US Supreme Court agreed to hear a case questioning the constitutionality of Texas sodomy law, which makes oral or anal sex between same-sex partners but not opposite-sex partners a crime....
12/5/2002 Argentina Passes Law Offering Free Contraceptives
Argentinas Congress passed a law recently providing free birth control and advice nationwide....
12/4/2002 Supreme Court Hears Argument in Clinic Violence Case
The Supreme Court heard arguments today in NOW v Scheidler, a landmark case brought to curtail violence against womens reproductive health care centers....
12/3/2002 Supreme Court Will Hear Affirmative Action Cases
The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear two related affirmative action cases involving the University of Michigan and white student applicants charging they were unconstitutionally denied admission because of their race....
11/25/2002 Missouri Court Rules on Partial-Birth Abortion Ban
The Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals court overturned the states late-term abortion ban because it does not contain an exception for the life or health of the woman, the Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report stated....
11/19/2002 Indiana: In-Clinic Counseling Mandate Suspended
Granting a request by the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy (CRLP), the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals last Thursday suspended an Indiana law mandating in-clinic counseling for women seeking abortions....
11/19/2002 Anti-abortion Groups Campaign Contribution Case Accepted by Supreme Court
The Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments yesterday in FEC versus Beaumont, a case brought by North Carolina Right to Life challenging the federal law that prohibits corporate contributions....
11/18/2002 School Vouchers Again on Horizon in States
A new campaign has been launched by the libertarian law firm Institute for Justice (IJ) to use state courts to overturn laws barring public funds to be used for religious schools in the form of vouchers....
11/12/2002 Future Senate Leader Puts Anti-Abortion Policy at Top of Agenda
Senator Trent Lott (R-MS), who will lead the Repblican majority in the Senate, made it clear that his top priority is limiting womens right to choose by passing anti-abortion legislation....
11/6/2002 Bush Court Stacking Easier After Election Outcome
With Republicans now in control of the U.S....
11/4/2002 Afghan Female Judge Dismissed for Meeting Without Headscarf
Afghan officials acknowledged Saturday that a female judge was dismissed last month, because she appeared without a headscarf at a meeting with President Bush and the First Lady, according to Reuters....
11/4/2002 Supreme Court to Hear Challenges to Megans Law
For the first time since the first Megans law was passed in New Jersey in 1994, the US Supreme Court will consider two appeals to sex offender registration requirements now in effect in all 50 states....
11/4/2002 Nigerian Government Vows to Stop Stonings
The Nigerian government promised last week to stop the Islamic courts from carrying out sentences of death by stoning....
10/31/2002 Democrats Poised to Control Majority of Governor Positions
Across the country Republicans are facing strong challenges in gubernatorial races, many of them from women....
10/25/2002 Judge Lifts Court Order, Clinic Patient Records Protected
Two weeks after Iowa prosecutors requested the withdrawal of a subpoena demanding release of pregnancy test data from the Planned Parenthood clinic in Storm Lake, Judge Frank Nelson on Tuesday lifted the court order....
10/24/2002 Arizona Supreme Court Rules Against Ban on Medicaid Funding for Abortions
Arizonas Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that the ban on using Medicaid funding to perform medically necessary abortions on low-income women was unconstitutional, reversing a state appeals court ruling....
10/17/2002 Brown University Includes Pro-choice Message in Love you Body Day Event
The BROWN UNIVERSITY Leadership Alliance recently organized events for Love Your Body Day, a campaign of the National Organization for Women on body image and eating disorder....
10/17/2002 Tight Senate Races Hold Key to Balance of Power
With the current Senate at only a one-vote majority for the Democratic Party, the mid-term elections on November 5 are seen as crucial by both liberals and conservatives alike....
10/10/2002 Iowa Officials Request Withdrawal of Subpoena for Clinic Pregnancy Test Results
Citing inadequate time and resources for further litigation, Buena Vista County attorney Phil Havens submitted a request yesterday to the Iowa Supreme Court seeking a withdrawal of his subpoena demanding release of pregnancy test data from the Planned Parenthood clinic in Storm Lake, Iowa....
10/10/2002 Indian Supreme Court Takes Action Against Ultrasound Use for Sex Selection
The Indian Supreme Court issued an order on Monday demanding that all governing bodies in Indian states and territories prevent unregistered clinics from advertising prenatal ultrasound testing and fetal sex selection services, according to Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report....
10/9/2002 Vote on Right-Wing Judicial Candidate Delayed
Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee postponed its vote on the nomination of Dennis Shedd to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals....
10/2/2002 US Supreme Court Justice Scalia Allows Louisianas Anti-Abortion License Plates
US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia yesterday refused an emergency request to block Louisiana from issuing an anti-abortion license plate....
9/25/2002 California Becomes First State To Enact Civil Remedy For Victims Of Domestic Violence
California is leading the nation for women once again....
9/19/2002 Anti-Women Judicial Nominee Does Little To Appease Critics In Senate Committee Hearing
Michael McConnell consistently tried to distance himself from his anti-womens rights and anti-civil rights writings during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday on his nomination to a lifetime seat on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals....
9/17/2002 Feminist Majority Opposes President Bushs Anti-Women Judicial Nominee
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee Must Vote Against McConnell WASHINGTON, DC - With a judicial record that is clearly anti-women, Michael McConnell, President Bushs nominee to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, poses an imminent danger to womens rights, Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority declared today....
9/16/2002 Womens Groups Oppose Bushs Latest Right-Wing Judicial Nominee; McConnell To Have Senate Committee Hearing Wednesday
The Feminist Majority joined several abortion rights, civil rights and other progressive groups in opposing President Bushs nomination of Michael McConnell, a right-wing judicial activist, to the Tenth US Circuit Court of Appeals....
9/13/2002 Indian Feminists Protest Court Ruling For Sati Devotees
Indian feminists are protesting a recent Rajasthan court ruling allowing devotees to pray at temples dedicated to women who have committed sati....
9/11/2002 Nigerian State Government Ignores Womens Plea For Life
The government of the Katsina state in Nigeria will not stop an Islamic courts sentence of death by stoning of Amina Lawal....
9/9/2002 PA Supreme Court Rules Domestic Violence Victims Must Testify Against Their Abusers
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled last week that victims of domestic violence must testify against their abusers regardless of whether they intend to press charges....
9/6/2002 California Governor Signs Landmark Bills For Womens Rights
In keeping with the states status as a pioneer in the protection of womens rights, California Governor Gray Davis signed four bills yesterday that will ensure that California women have access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare services....
9/5/2002 Senate Committee Votes To Reject Conservative Judicial Nominee
President Bushs nomination of ultra-conservative, anti-abortion rights Priscilla Owen to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit was defeated today in a 10-9 vote by the US Senate Judiciary Committee....
9/5/2002 Ashcroft Appoints VAWA Opponent to Violence Against Women Committee
Attorney General John Ashcroft appointed Nancy Pfotenhauer, president and CEO of the notoriously conservative International Womens Forum (IWF), to the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women....
9/4/2002 Senate Committee Close To A Vote On Conservative Judicial Nominee
The Senate Judiciary Committee could vote as early as tomorrow on President Bushs nomination of ultra conservative, anti-abortion rights Judge Priscilla Owen to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit....
9/3/2002 Kabul Bans Women Singers, Indian Films
The Supreme Court of Afghanistan upheld a ban by the state-run Kabul TV and Radio on radio airplay of women in the capital of Afghanistan, as well as the broadcast of Indian films....
8/29/2002 FMF And NOW Protest Womans Death Sentence At Nigerian Embassy
The Feminist Majority Foundation joined forces with the Capital City National Organization for Women (NOW) in a protest at the Nigerian Embassy today to demand that the Nigerian government take action to immediately reverse the unjust sentence of death for Nigerian woman Amina Lawal Kurami, who bore a child out of wedlock....
8/26/2002 Nigerian Government Opposed to Death By Stoning
The government of Nigeria announced its opposition to an Islamic courts ruling of death by stoning for a single mother, Amina Lawal Kurami, who is the second Nigerian woman condemned to death by stoning for engaging in sex before marriage....
8/22/2002 CA Legislature Passes Womens, Gay Rights Bills
In another landmark vote for Californias legislature, the state Senate passed a bill yesterday that will allow women and men who are victims of gender-based crimes such as domestic violence and sexual assault to bring civil action against their attackers for actual, compensatory, and punitive damages, attorneys fees, and costs, according to the author of the bill, Assemblymember Hannah-Beth Jackson (D)....
8/22/2002 Upcoming Campus Campaigns: Stay Tuned
The FMFs Feminist Majority Leadership Alliances are preparing for an exciting year of education and activism on a range of feminist and pro-choice issues on campus....
8/19/2002 Nigerian Woman Sentenced to Death by Stoning; Appeal Rejected
An Islamic court in Nigeria today upheld a sentence of death by stoning against a 31-year-old Nigerian woman, Amina Lawal Kurami....
8/15/2002 Federal Appeals Court Refuses to Rule on "Choose Life" Plates
The Fifth Circuit US Court of Appeals last week rejected a request to reconsider its decision in March dismissing a challenge to Louisianas anti-choice license plates....
8/15/2002 CA Bills Strengthen Reproductive Rights
The California Assembly is currently considering a bill that will protect reproductive choice in California should the US Supreme Court ever decide to overturn its landmark 1973 decision in Roe versus Wade....
8/8/2002 Iowa Supreme Court Grants Stay for Required Disclosure of Pregnancy Tests
The Iowa Supreme Court granted a stay to Planned Parenthood this week, temporarily suspending a requirement that Planned Parenthoods Storm Lake Clinic turn over the names and addresses of all women who had a positive pregnancy test between August 15, 2001 and May 30, 2002....
8/6/2002 Florida Court Finds School Vouchers Unconstitutional
A Florida Circuit Court ruled yesterday that Floridas voucher program violates its state constitution by allowing public money to go to parochial schools....
8/5/2002 Pennsylvania Judge Overturns Decision to Deny Abortion
Citing a womans legal right to an abortion protected under Roe vs Wade, a Pennsylvania judge reversed a decision today that had barred a woman from obtaining a legal abortion....
8/1/2002 Anti-Abortion Extremist Denied Appeal on Order to Shut Down Websites
Anti-abortion extremist, William Purdy, was denied an emergency request to maintain anti-abortion Web sites with names similar to those of the National Organization for Women (NOW), Washington Post, McDonalds and other well-known entities....
7/25/2002 Female Police Officer Reinstated after Three-Year Sexual Harassment Battle
An Orland Park, Illinois police officer was rehired Thursday after waging a three-year court battle against her department over sexual harassment....
7/25/2002 Abortion Procedure Ban Passes in House
The House of Representatives voted yesterday 274 to 151 to pass an abortion procedure ban, which would outlaw late term abortions except when necessary to save the womans life....
7/25/2002 Conservative Nominee Pegged As Judicial Activist
Speaking with a confident Texas lilt throughout much of this weeks Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on her nomination to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Priscilla Owen wavered uncharacteristically as she responded to questions from Senate Democrats about her stance on abortion rights....
7/22/2002 Senate Hearing to be Held Tomorrow for Anti-Abortion Judicial Nominee
With a stanch record against abortion rights during her term on the Texas Supreme Court, Justice Priscilla Owen - President Bushs ultra conservative nominee for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals - is slated to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow....
7/22/2002 Planned Parenthood Clinic Ordered To Hand Over Medical Records
An Iowa court recently ruled that the Storm Lake Planned Parenthood clinic must turn over names and addresses of all women who have received positive pregnancy tests between August 2001 and May 2002. Judge Frank Nelson first ordered the clinic to provide these records last month as part of an ongoing police investigation to identify the mother of a newborn baby found dead at a recycling center in May....
7/18/2002 House Judiciary Committee Approves Abortion Procedure Ban
The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill to outlaw so-called partial birth abortions yesterday, according to the Washington Times....
7/17/2002 July 23rd Hearing Set for Ultra Conservative Bush Judicial Nominee
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing next Tuesday on President Bushs nomination of the ultra conservative Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals....
7/16/2002 New Trial Granted in Self-Defense Homicide Case
The Wisconsin Supreme Court granted a new trial Thursday to a woman sentenced to life in prison for killing her husband....
7/15/2002 Afghanistan: Taliban Wives Seek Divorce
Since the Talibans fall last November, Afghan women have flooded Kabuls 16 district courts seeking divorces, according to a report from the Institute for Womens Policy Research (IWPR)....
7/10/2002 House Subcommittee Hearing Held on Legislation to Ban Abortion Procedure
The House Constitution subcommittee held a hearing yesterday on the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2002 (HR 4965) that aims to outlaw or significantly chip away at a womans right to choose a safe and legal medical procedure....
7/2/2002 Anti-Women Broadcasting Official Refuses to Give Up Post
In defiance of the new Afghan government, Abdul Hafiz Mansoor, president of Kabul TV and radio, refused to leave his post after he was ordered to do so by Information Minister Sayed Makhdoom Raheen....
6/28/2002 Supreme Court Upholds Voucher Program that Funds Religious Schools
The Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling yesterday that legitimizes school voucher programs and allows the state to fund religious education....
6/24/2002 Afghanistan President Names New Womens Affairs Minister
Mahboba Hoqooqmal was appointed as the Minister of Women Affairs in Afghanistan today....
6/20/2002 Legislation to Ban Abortion Procedure Introduced in House
Abortion rights opponents in the House proposed a bill yesterday that would ban the so-called partial birth abortion....
6/20/2002 Afghan President Chooses Cabinet
Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced picks for 14 of his cabinet posts yesterday, only one of which was a woman....
6/13/2002 Michigan Sex-Offender List Declared Unconstitutional
Last week, a federal judge declared Michigan’s Sex Offender Registration Act unconstitutional, thereby striking down not only the controversial internet site that posted a list of 29,000 convicted sex offenders, but also the more detailed confidential list that was used by police departments to keep track of sex offender’s whereabouts....
6/5/2002 OH Jail Must Revise Abortion Policy
Inmates in need of abortion services at the Cuyahoga County Jail in Ohio will now receive transportation to clinics that can perform the procedure....
5/14/2002 MI Affirmative Action Policy Upheld
In a win for affirmative action, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the University of Michigan Law School could consider race as a factor in making admissions decisions....
4/23/2002 Anti-Abortion Extremist Convicted of Murder
Cheers from the court gallery erupted when a Supreme Court jury in Melbourne, Australia convicted anti-abortion extremist Peter Knight of murder on Tuesday....
4/22/2002 Supreme Court to Review Pro-Choice Legal Victory
In a blow for advocates of safe and legal abortion, the Supreme Court today decided to review part of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision in NOW v Scheidler, the civil case where anti-abortion extremists were found to have conspired illegally to close womens reproductive health clinics, by using threats and extortionate acts against doctors, clinic employees and patients, in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)....
3/29/2002 Bush Announces Continued Push for Conservative Judges
While raising money for the Republican Party and various Republican candidates for Senate seats, President Bush announced his resolve to push for conservative judges to the federal courts....
3/27/2002 Carhart Wins Eviction Appeal
The Nebraska Court of Appeals this week sided with abortion provider Dr....
3/20/2002 Bush Administration to Seek More Reactionary Judges
Senior Advisor to the President Karl Rove gave a speech in front of the conservative Family Research Council last week strongly suggesting the presidents intention to send more reactionary judicial nominees to the Senate for confirmation to the federal courts....
3/18/2002 KS Supreme Court Says Transsexual Marriage Not Valid
The Kansas Supreme Court last week rejected JNoel Gardiners claim to her late husbands estate, citing that because JNoel is transsexual, her marriage to Marshall Gardiner could not be legally recognized....
3/15/2002 Pickering Nomination Defeated in Milestone Vote
In a 10-9 vote along partisan lines, the US Senate Judiciary Committee voted against the nomination of Judge Charles Pickering to the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the federal court level just below the US Supreme Court....
2/19/2002 AL Chief Justice Deems Homosexuality An Inherent Evil
Writing that homosexuality is abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a crime against nature, and a violation of the laws of nature, Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court concurred with the Courts decision to deny a lesbian mother custody of her children....
2/7/2002 Bush Urges Circuit Court to Uphold Ohio Abortion Ban
The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an amicus brief with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals this week, asking the Court to reverse a District Court decision overturning an Ohio law banning late term abortions....
2/6/2002 Controversial Judicial Nominee to Have Hearing
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1/29/2002 Anti-Abortion Group Seeks to Overturn Landmark RICO Ruling
Anti-abortion extremists, represented by the right-wing American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), have asked the Supreme Court to review the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision, Now v Scheidler, which upheld the use of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) against anti-abortion blockaders....
1/29/2002 One Million Voices Connects Grassroots Activists for Roe Anniversary
Last week, hundreds of pro-choice activists across the United States spoke out in support of safe, legal, accessible abortion with One Million Voices, a week of events commemorating the anniversary of Roe v....
1/28/2002 Nigerian Woman Sentenced to Death by Stoning Changes Defense
Sufiyatu Huseini, the Nigerian woman sentenced to death by stoning for alleged adultery, is now being helped by a local womens rights group (financed by the Ford and MacArthur Foundations) who have hired lawyers to defend Huseini....
1/25/2002 Pro-Choice Supporters Highlight Legislative Attacks to Abortion Rights
Congressional staffers participating in a panel sponsored by the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) discussed upcoming anti-abortion and anti-family planning legislation in the U.S....
1/23/2002 Abortion Rights Supporters Call for Vigilance in Protecting Roe
Hundreds of abortion rights supporters gathered in front of the U.S....
1/22/2002 Womens Rights Leader Eleanor Smeal Expresses Concern Over Fate of Roe v. Wade
Calls for Filibuster Strategy to Protect Legal Abortion WASHINGTON, DC Reflecting on the anniversary of Roe v....
1/22/2002 Womens Rights Leaders Mark The Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
On the 29th anniversary of Roe v....
1/22/2002 One Million Voices Campaign Begins
One Million Voices, a week of reproductive rights activism to raise awareness of the threat to legal abortion in the United States, begins today in states across the nation....
1/18/2002 Gloria Steinem To Commemorate Roe v. Wade
Gloria Steinem, feminist author and co-founder of Ms. magazine, will mark the anniversary of Roe v....
1/16/2002 EEOC Allowed to Sue in Bias Cases Even If Worker Cannot
In a 6-3 vote, the U.S....
1/14/2002 KS Supreme Court to Decide What Determines Sex
Marshall Gardiner of Kansas died of heart failure in August 1999 without a will, leaving the state to split his $2.5 million estate between his wife, JNoel, and son, Joe....
1/11/2002 Religion in the Workplace the Norm for FCCI
This month, the Fellowship of Companies for Christ International (FCCI), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping executives run their businesses in accordance with Christian values and biblical tenets, launched a plan to expand its activities, which include proselytizing, into Europe....
1/7/2002 Million4Roe and FMLAs Announce New Campaign for Roe
From January 22-27, the Feminist Majoritys Million4Roe Campaign along with the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliances (FMLAs) will coordinate One Million Voices, a nationwide week of reproductive rights activism....
1/4/2002 Vermont Upholds Civil Unions
The Vermont Supreme Court rejected claims made by legislators and town clerks that the states civil union laws, which grant gay and lesbian couples the most comprehensive package of domestic partner benefits in the nation, were unconstitutional....
1/3/2002 Posthumously Conceived Children May Be Eligible for Inheritance Benefits
The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled yesterday that children who were artificially conceived using sperm or eggs from a deceased parent are legally entitled to inheritance benefits if the genetic relationship between the deceased parent and the child can rightfully be identified, if the deceased parent agreed to the conception before death, and if the deceased agreed to support the resulting child....
12/18/2001 President Could Appoint Ultra-Conservative Nominees
Officials in the Bush Administration confided to the Associated Press that President Bush may act to appoint Eugene Scalia and Otto Reich to their respective posts in the Department of Labor and the State Department during Congress recess....
11/29/2001 Texas Supreme Court Considers Challenge to Ban on Funding for Abortion
On Wednesday, the Texas Supreme Court heard arguments in a case challenging Texas decision to deny low-income women state funding for medically necessary abortions....
11/28/2001 Supreme Court Allows Pro-Affirmative Action Decision to Stand
The Supreme Court will not review a decision of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, which approved of the Department of Transportations (DOT) affirmative action contracting program....
11/15/2001 Catholic Bishops Revive Effort to Overturn Abortion Rights
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (UCCB) released its second revision of the Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, first adopted in 1975, only two years after the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v....
11/2/2001 WA Supreme Court Acknowledges Gay Rights
The Washington state Supreme Court ruled unanimously yesterday in Vasquez v....
11/1/2001 Education Compromise Favors Boy Scouts
House and Senate leaders, working on a compromise on education legislation, agreed to allow the Boy Scouts to meet on public school grounds....
11/1/2001 Supreme Court Urged to Dismiss Challenge to Affirmative Action
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10/31/2001 Supreme Court Declines to Hear Affirmative Action Case in Firefighting
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10/30/2001 Employee Proselytized to Co-Workers, Sued for Harassment
Born-again Christian Kenneth Weiss lost a Supreme Court appeal to overturn a decision made in favor of his employer REN Laboratories of Florida for firing Weiss after he gave a Bible to a Muslim co-worker, pointed out scripture verses that describe homosexuality as vile and unseemly to a lesbian colleague, laid hands on another co-worker who was ill, prayed over a malfunctioning office machine, and led the office in prayer....
10/12/2001 U.S. Supreme Court Considers Case Limiting Employees' Protection Against Discrimination
The U.S....
10/9/2001 Senator Feinstein Delays Confirmation of Anti-Abortion Judge
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is holding up the Senate vote to confirm Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Mike Mills to be a federal district court judge in Mississippi because of a dissent joined by Justice Mills in an anti-abortion trespasser case....
10/4/2001 Pro-Choice Forces Receive Second Major Victory in Two Days Over Domestic Terrorism
Pro-choice supporters received their second victory against domestic terrorism today as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed in an unusual opinion to review en banc the three-judge panel decision in Planned Parenthood of Columbia/Willamette, et al....
10/3/2001 Nomination of Scalia to Labor Dept. Challenged
The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee began its hearings on the nomination of Eugene Scalia, son of ultra-conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to be Solicitor of Labor, the third-ranking official at the Department....
10/2/2001 Anti-Abortion Extremists Suffer Major Court Defeat
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled unanimously in favor of National Organization for Women (NOW) in NOW v....
9/27/2001 US Supreme Court Session Begins Monday; Affirmative Action on Docket
The US Supreme Court will resume next Monday, and the coming session promises tough cases on some of the most controversial issues of our time, including affirmative action, the separation of church and state, the death penalty, and racial profiling....
9/24/2001 Suits Seek Gender Equality in Sports in NCAA, High Schools
Women students and their parents are bringing suits against the Michigan High School Athletics Association (MHSAA) and the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) to gain compliance with Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded educational programs....
9/17/2001 Picture This
Tension is mounting in this country between local governments that are taking their cues from the “faith-based” feds, and a take-no-prisoners arts community that refuses to sacrifice its creativity on the altar of theocracy....
9/10/2001 Abortion Rights Advocate Dies at 71
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9/4/2001 Anti-Abortion Groups Launch Campaign Aimed at U.S. Supreme Court
A coalition of 26 anti-abortion groups announced plans today to launch a $2 million campaign to pressure President Bush and the U.S....
8/24/2001 Abortion Provider Carhart Wins Reinstatement at University of Nebraska
The University of Nebraska Medical Center has agreed to reinstate Dr....
8/22/2001 Anti-Abortion Extremists Challenge NYC Clinic Buffer Zone Proposal
Anti-choice extremist groups in New York City are protesting a proposed law to establish a 50-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics in New York City....
8/21/2001 Alabama Supreme Court Denies Young Woman an Abortion
In a narrow, 5-4 ruling, the Alabama Supreme Court upheld a trial judges ruling denying a 17-year-old womans request for a judicial bypass, which would have allowed her to obtain an abortion....
8/14/2001 Federal Court of Appeals Upholds Massachusetts Bubble Law
A unanimous three-judge panel of the First Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a preliminary challenge by anti-abortion protestors to a Massachusetts law that protects patients access to abortion clinics....
8/14/2001 Lesbian Files Appeal Against Employer in Washington State
Mary Jo Davis, a former employee of a state-funded hospital in Washington State claims her constitutional rights were violated by her former employer, Pullman Memorial Hospital in Spokane, and the head of the department, Dr....
8/3/2001 Boxers Bill Rejects Global Gag Rule
The U.S....
7/31/2001 Equal Protection Applies to Medically Necessary Abortions
The Alaska Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state cannot fund pregnancy-related services for low-income women without also funding medically necessary abortions....
7/30/2001 No Justice, No Peace
On May 9, George W....
7/3/2001 VMI Plans to Dismiss Pregnant Cadets
The Virginia Military Institute (VMI) has adopted a resolution that will force the resignation of any female cadet who becomes pregnant and any male cadet who impregates a woman, on or off-campus....
7/2/2001 NOW Elects New National Officers
The National Organization for Women (NOW) elected new national officers during its weekend conference in Philadelphia....
6/27/2001 Brock Admits to Lying About Anita Hill
Former right-wing author David Brock now says that he knowingly published false, derogatory allegations against Anita Hill and that he was used by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to discredit Hill....
6/25/2001 U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Affirmative Action Case
The U.S....
6/19/2001 Scouts Honor Premieres Tonight
A new PBS documentary examines the rapid growth of Scouting for All, an organization founded by a then 12-year-old boy that welcomes gay and straight members alike, in the context of the recent Supreme Court decision to allow the Boy Scouts of America to ban homosexuals and the nationwide controversy the decision generated....
6/13/2001 U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Double Standard for Men and Women
The U.S....
6/12/2001 U.S. Supreme Court Narrows Separation Between Church and State
In a 6-3 decision, the U.S....
6/5/2001 U.S. Supreme Court Increases Remedies for Sex Discrimination
Yesterday, the U.S....
6/4/2001 State Courts in MO and AL Limit Abortion Funding and Access
Two recent state Supreme Court decisions limit abortion funding and access for women in the U.S....
5/30/2001 New Leadership Chosen for Key Senate Committees
Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) has announced that he will not seek his former position as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee when Democrats gain control of the Senate and its committees next week....
5/29/2001 Jeffords Defection May Affect Abortion Issue Most
NPRs Julie Rovner reported Friday (All Things Considered) that abortion may be the issue most affected by Sen....
5/25/2001 Olson Vote Proves Dems Have the Votes to Sustain Filibuster
Senator James Jeffords party switch to become Independent overshadowed the Senate vote on Ted Olson, who was confirmed as U.S....
5/21/2001 U.S. Supreme Court May Hear Affirmative Action Case
Affirmative action in higher education could come before the U.S....
5/18/2001 Senate Panel Splits on Right-Wing Solicitor General
The Senate Judiciary Committee split along party lines yesterday on the nomination of Right-Wing lawyer Theodore B....
5/16/2001 First Class of Women Cadets Graduates from VA Military Institute
Thirteen women will graduate in the class of 2001 from the formerly all-male Virginia Military Institute (VMI) after four years of grueling physical and mental challenges and not-always-equal treatment from their classmates....
5/14/2001 Pregnant Governor Faces Sex Discrimination
Last week, the Massachusetts Governors Council, an eight-member panel who meets regularly with Governor Jane Swift (R), voted 5-3 to bring before the state Supreme Court the question of the legitimacy and constitutionality of Swift maintaining her role as governor while hospitalized for complications with her pregnancy....
5/9/2001 Bush Nominates First 11 Federal Judges
In an effort ensure confirmation of his first batch of federal appeals court nominees, President Bush announced a diverse list of candidates that includes two men originally nominated by former President Clinton, two African Americans, three women and one Latino....
5/8/2001 Feminist Groups Go Online to Battle Bushs Judicial Nominations
In preparation for President Bushs judicial nominations to the lower courts and the possibility of one or more U.S....
4/30/2001 Leadership Alliances Rally in DC to Support Abortion Rights
Hundreds of Leadership Alliance activists from over 40 campuses nationwide rallied with the Feminist Majority Foundation during NOWs Emergency Action For Womens Lives in DC last Sunday April 22nd....
4/27/2001 Abortion Procedure Ban Overturned in 3 States
A victory for womens rights and abortion rights came Thursday when appeals courts in Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin overturned the states abortion procedure bans....
4/25/2001 U.S. Supreme Court Severely Limits Civil Rights Law
In a 5-4 decision, the U.S....
4/25/2001 U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide Discrimination Damages
On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that will significantly affect the amount of money victims of employment discrimination may receive....
4/24/2001 District Court Says Abortion Doctors Rights Were Violated
A U.S....
4/24/2001 Bushs First Judicial Nominees to Include Federalist Society Members
As womens and abortion rights groups heighten their vigilance surrounding Supreme Court nominations, President George W....
4/24/2001 Supreme Court Dismisses Title VII Retaliation Claim
The Supreme Court today dismissed a retaliation claim filed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act....
4/23/2001 Abortion Rights Action Draws Thousands to DC
The Emergency Action for Womens Lives, hosted by the National Organization for Women, drew thousands of women, men, and children to Washington DC this weekend in support of abortion rights (see for yourself!)....
4/23/2001 FM Launches Million4Roe.com to Save Abortion Rights
The Feminist Majority announces a new website and online campaign to protect abortion rights in the U.S.: www.Million4Roe.com....
4/20/2001 Supreme Court Refuses FACE Challenge
In a clear victory for womens reproductive health clinics, the U.S....
4/20/2001 D.C. Rally Will Kick Off Campaign to Protect Abortion Access
This summer, as many as two U.S....
4/19/2001 U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Black District
The U.S....
4/17/2001 U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Clinic Access Law
In a major victory for abortion rights, the U.S....
4/13/2001 U.S. Congress to Vote on Fetal Personhood Rights
The deceptive Unborn Victims of Violence Act could come to a vote in the U.S....
4/11/2001 Join the Feminist Majority Foundation in an Emergency Action for Womens Lives
On April 22, join the Feminist Majority Foundation and other womens rights and abortion rights groups in Washington, D.C....
4/10/2001 FL Supreme Court Declines to Hear Challenge to Domestic Partnership
The Florida State Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging a Broward County ordinance enacted in 1999 that allows unmarried partners to receive some of the same benefits as married partners....
4/10/2001 Sold Out Rock for Choice Concert Sends a Powerful Message: We Wont Go Back!
Some of the industrys top musicians, including Melissa Etheridge, Sarah McLachlan, and Paula Cole, played to an impassioned sold out crowd last Friday, April 6, at the Los Angeles Rock for Choice Concert to benefit the Feminist Majoritys Campaign to Save Roe....
4/9/2001 Women Senators Fight for Democratic Role in Judicial Appointments
Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) took on Representative Jennifer Dunn (R-WA) and White House counsel Alberto Gonzales this week in a fight over control of the judicial appointment process in Washington state....
4/6/2001 Olson Says He Wont Seek to Overturn Roe
During Thursdays Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for the Solicitor General position in the Department of Justice, Democrats interrogated conservative ideologue nominee Theodore B....
3/30/2001 Save Roe Campaign Launched
With the installation of an anti-abortion president, women's rights and reproductive rights groups are gearing up for what could be the most important fight for women's rights in several decades....
3/30/2001 Divisive Ashcroft Vote Sends Strong Message
The nomination of John Ashcroft for U.S....
3/30/2001 Protect and Defend: The Politics of Abortion
Richard North Patterson explores the relationship among politics, abortion, and influence in his new novel Protect and Defend....
3/29/2001 NEWS FLASH: 9th Circuit Court Protects Anti-abortion Domestic Terrorism
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2001 CONTACT: Julie Bernstein 703-522-2214; 240-601-5562 Outrage Over Court-Protected Domestic Terrorism Statement of Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal WASHINGTON, DC We are shocked and dismayed that a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously chosen to limit and weaken the protections guaranteed by Congress through the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE)....
3/29/2001 9th Circuit Court Protects Anti-abortion Domestic Terrorism
Outrage Over Court-Protected Domestic Terrorism Statement of Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal WASHINGTON, DC We are shocked and dismayed that a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously chosen to limit and weaken the protections guaranteed by Congress through the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE)....
3/29/2001 Etheridge, McLachlan and Other Top Women in Music Unite to Save Roe v. Wade
An all-star roster of some the music industrys top artists Melissa Etheridge, Paula Cole, The Bangles and Mia Doi Todd will belt-it-out for womens rights in a first ever, all women show Friday, April 6, in Los Angeles....
3/28/2001 Supreme Court Expected to Uphold Affirmative Action
Affirmative action programs could be codified as the U.S....
3/22/2001 Supreme Court Upholds Right to Privacy in Medical Care
The Supreme Court yesterday struck down a South Carolina drug testing project in which pregnant women were subjected to secret searches for evidence of drug use in Ferguson v....
3/22/2001 Leadership Alliances Come Together for FMF Mid-Atlantic Region Training
On a campus where the Student Health Center does not provide birth control, the MERCER UNIVERSITY Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance is making quite an impact with students! Leadership Alliance activists have distributed 500 condoms on campus and in the process have educated their peers about the lack of access to contraception on campus....
3/19/2001 TX Ruling Threatens Lesbian, Gay Rights
In a dangerous attack on the right to privacy, the 14th Court of Appeals voted 7-2 to uphold Texas sodomy law, which makes oral or anal sex between same-sex partners but not opposite-sex partners a crime....
3/16/2001 Rock For Choice Concert to Save Roe v. Wade
Etheridge, McLachlan and Other Top Women in Music Unite to Send Message WE WONT GO BACK! What: First ever all-women Rock for Choice Show to benefit the Feminist Majoritys Campaign to Save Roe v....
3/14/2001 Abortion Provider Sues University for Wrongful Termination
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3/12/2001 Bush Moves Quickly to Fill Judgeships
In an effort to stack the courts with right wing judges, President Bush is moving fast to fill vacant federal judgeships, especially in the federal appeals courts....
3/2/2001 US Supreme Court Upholds Welfare Challenges in Free Speech Case
The U.S....
3/1/2001 Womens Rights Leaders Announce Action Plan to Save Roe
Womens rights leaders held a press conference today announcing a plan of action to save reproductive freedom and protect womens access to birth control, abortion, and other reproductive health services....
2/27/2001 US Supreme Court Allows Unnecessary Regulations on SC Abortion Clinics
The US Supreme Court has rejected a case filed by three South Carolina abortion providers and the abortion clinics in Greenville and Charleston, SC, that charge state regulations on abortion clinics are financially burdensome, medically unnecessary and violate a womans constitutional right to an abortion....
2/23/2001 Supreme Court Issues Outrageous Decision on Disability Law
In a 5-4 decision, the U.S....
2/16/2001 Fed Court Strikes Down RI Late Term Abortion Ban
The U.S....
2/15/2001 Bush Nominates Ultra Conservative for Solicitor General
Theodore Olson, the ultra-conservative lawyer who represented President Bush in Bush v....
2/2/2001 Major Gender Gap in Aschroft Vote
The vote to confirm Ashcroft's appointment as Attorney General revealed a significant gender gap within the Senate, with the majority of men in the Senate supporting Ashcroft and the overwhelming majority of women in the Senate opposing him....
2/1/2001 Democrats Voice Strong Opposition to Ashcroft
In over 15 hours of debate, many Democratic senators have announced their firm opposition Senator John Ashcrofts nomination for the position of Attorney General, citing his record of anti-woman, anti-abortion, anti-civil rights, and anti-lesbian and gay stances....
2/1/2001 DIVISIVE ASHCROFT VOTE SENDS STRONG MESSAGE TO PRESIDENT BUSH
Statement by Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal This historic vote on John Ashcroft for U.S....
1/31/2001 Bush's Picks: A Cabinet that looks like Radical Right America - Part I
"A good executive is one that understands how to recruit people and how to delegate." So declared George W....
1/31/2001 Bush's Picks: A Cabinet that looks like Radical Right America - Part IV
Although union officials are not as opposed to Bush II's second labor secretary nominee as they were to Linda Chavez, Chao merits scrutiny from progressives....
1/29/2001 Thompson to Order Reevaluation of RU-486
At his Senate confirmation hearing January 19, Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G....
1/29/2001 OK Supreme Court Rejects Fetal Childhood Status
The Oklahoma Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling last week declaring that the states Childrens Code does not apply to a fetus, overruling a lower court judges decision to give a fetus the status of a child to protect it from a pregnant womans drug habit....
1/25/2001 Two John Ashcrofts; One 25 Year Record Against Womens Rights
WASHINGTON, DC The John Ashcroft presented to the Senate Judiciary Committee and the John Ashcroft the womens rights movement has known for over 20 years are not the same man....
1/25/2001 Two John Ashcrofts One 25 Year Record Against Womens Rights
WASHINGTON, DC Womens and Civil Rights groups held a news conference today condemning Sen....
1/25/2001 George W. Bush: Making Women
After a campaign where he barely mentioned the word abortion, President George W....
1/23/2001 Leadership Alliances Across the Country Kick Off One Million Voices
From California to New York, Feminist Majority Leadership Alliances and pro-choice community activists are gearing up for One Million Voices, the Feminist Majority Foundations week of reproductive rights activism to commemorate the 29th anniversary of Roe vs....
1/23/2001 US Supreme Court Rejects Pregnancy Discrimination Case
Yesterday, the US Supreme Court announced that it would not hear an appeal in the case against Ameritech phone company, accused of discriminating against pregnant workers....
1/22/2001 Abortion Rights in Jeopardy on 28th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Today is the 28th Anniversary of the Roe v....
1/18/2001 Congresswomen Voice Distrust of Ashcrofts Promises
During Wednesdays Senate confirmation hearings on Sen....
1/17/2001 Dems Question Ashcrofts Ability to Enforce All Laws
The Senate confirmation hearing in John Ashcrofts bid for Attorney General continues today, with protestors again crowded outside the Russell Senate building, opposing the nomination of this anti-choice, anti-woman, anti-civil rights politician....
1/17/2001 Affirmative Action Case Highlights Importance of Federal Judicial Apppointments
Yesterday, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down a federal affirmative action measure designed to increase job opportunities for women and minorities in the broadcasting industry....
1/17/2001 Judge Rules Against Carhart in Ongoing Eviction Battle
On January 12, a Nebraska Judge dealt a blow to Dr....
1/17/2001 Sex Bias in Citizenship Law Challenged
WASHINGTON (WOMENSENEWS—The nation's highest court was asked Tuesday, January 9, to overturn one of the last remaining federal laws that makes a distinction solely on the basis of gender: citizenship provisions for foreign-born children of American citizens....
1/16/2001 Ashcroft: Ideology Trumps Legal Judgment
20-Year Anti-Womens Rights Record Disqualifies Ashcroft WASHINGTON, DC John Ashcroft is a totally anti-choice, anti-womens rights nomination for Attorney General....
1/16/2001 Over Six Million Womens Voices Blast Ashcroft and Thompson Nominations
WASHINGTON, DC A strong coalition of 120 womens rights groups unite in opposition to John Aschcrofts and Tommy Thompsons nominations....
1/16/2001 Six Million Womens Voices Blast Ashcroft and Thompson Nominations
A strong coalition of 120 womens rights groups unite in opposition to John Aschcrofts and Tommy Thompsons nominations....
1/16/2001 Ashcroft's Ideology Trumps Legal Judgment! 20-Year Anti-Womens Rights Record Disqualifies Ashcroft
John Ashcroft is a totally anti-choice, anti-womens rights nomination for Attorney General....
1/9/2001 Ashcroft: Ideology Trumps Legal Judgment
20-Year Anti-Womens Rights Record Disqualifies Ashcroft WASHINGTON, DC John Ashcroft is a totally anti-choice, anti-womens rights nomination for Attorney General....
1/9/2001 20-Year Anti-Womens Rights Record Disqualifies Ashcroft
John Ashcroft is a totally anti-choice, anti-womens rights nomination for Attorney General....
1/9/2001 Two Womans Rights Activists Die
Beatrice S....
1/8/2001 Congressional Black Caucus Protests FL Electoral Votes
During a joint session of Congress in which electoral votes were officially tallied, ten members of the Congressional Black Caucus submitted their opposition to the 25 electoral votes from the state of Florida cast for George W....
12/20/2000 Roe v. Wade in Jeopardy
In a PBS Newshour interview with Jim Lehrer, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (SD-D) said that he would not necessarily oppose a US Supreme Court Justice nominee who supports overturning Roe v....
12/19/2000 NJ State Senate to Vote on Parental Notification Bill
A Republican-sponsored state parental notification bill that would require any woman under 18 to notify one parent before she received an abortion has made its way to the New Jersey Senate....
12/15/2000 Editorial Statement by Eleanor Smeal on the 2000 Presidential Election
The U.S....
12/15/2000 Conservatives See Bush Presidency As Opportunity
Despite George W....
12/12/2000 Clevelands Voucher Program Ruled Unconstitutional
A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the citys government funded school voucher program is unconstitutional because vouchers funnel government funds into religious school educationa violation of laws separating church and state....
12/11/2000 Celebrate Roe!
January 22nd marks the 28th anniversary of Roe v....
12/1/2000 NYC Establishes Civil Rights Remedy for Victims of Gender-Biased Crime
On November 30, a New York City Council Committee passed a new law that would allow victims of rape, domestic violence, and other crimes motivated by gender bias to sue the perpetrators in civil cases....
12/1/2000 California Supreme Court Decision a Blow to Affirmative Action
In a decision anticipated to affect many state and local outreach and recruitment programs aimed at increasing participation of women and minorities in public employment, education and contracting, the California Supreme Court struck down a program by the City of San Jose that required companies awarded contracts by the City to show they made an effort to recruit women and minority-owned businesses as sub-contractors....
11/30/2000 NOW and NAACP Take Action Regarding Womens, Blacks Vote
The NAACP will file a lawsuit against Florida and several counties, alleging irregularities in the presidential election, and possible racial profiling....
11/29/2000 LA Severs Relationship with Boy Scouts
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to cut all of the citys ties with the Boy Scouts of America, citing the Scouts discrimination against gays....
11/28/2000 The Right's Stealth Tactics - Part I
Until March 2000, Tammy Johnson was a community organizer in Milwaukee, the national center of the school voucher movement, where she saw what she calls the “devastating” impact of vouchers.

“The demand for better facilities, more qualified teachers, and relevant curriculum fell on deaf ears at the school board, which spent millions on vouchers,” Johnson said....
11/28/2000 The Right's Stealth Tactics - Part II
Today, he heads up the American Civil Rights Institute (ACRI), a national group that works on similar efforts in other states.

Many of today’s new-right legal activists met up in the Reagan and Bush administrations: Bill Bennett, Linda Chavez, and IJ’s Clint Bolick, to name but three....
11/28/2000 The Right's Stealth Tactics - Part III
IJ’s caseload is full of suits brought on behalf of low-income clients facing unfair evictions and small business owners shackled by absurd-sounding federal rules....
11/27/2000 US Supreme Court Will Hear Redistricting Case
The U.S....
11/27/2000 Nebraska Abortion Provider Faces Additional Eviction Lawsuit
Abortion provider Dr....
11/20/2000 CRLP Takes Anti-Abortion Law to U.S. Supreme Court
On November 17, the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy (CRLP) petitioned the U.S....
11/13/2000 Mass. Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Passes First Test
On a weekend marked by the Canadian Remembrance Day, which historically has been marred by abortion clinic violence, a new Massachusetts state law that creates an 18-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics endured its first test....
11/6/2000 Jane Fonda Donates to Pro-Choice Campaign
Actress and activist Jane Fonda personally donated $11.7 million dollars to Pro Choice Vote, an election campaign to educate voters on what is at stake for abortion rights this November....
11/1/2000 Feminist Leader Gloria Steinem Takes on Nader
Last night on CNNs Spin Room with Bill Press, Gloria Steinem debated the Green Party, questioning Ralph Naders bid for the presidency because of his recent statements on legal abortion....
10/30/2000 Pro-Choice Groups Battle the Nader Effect
With Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George W....
10/27/2000 Gore Gaining Among Swing Voters
A poll sponsored by the Associated Press and conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press show that, among the 25 percent of registered voters who are undecided on a candidate, Democratic candidate Al Gore is taking the lead....
10/26/2000 Is a Vote for Nader a Vote for Bush?
Supporters of Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader and left-wing Democrats are conducting a last-minute campaign in various swing states, fearing that Nader could tip the election in favor of Republican candidate George W....
10/25/2000 Clinton Stresses Elections Importance for Supreme Court
Abortion and affirmative action are just two of many progressive issues that could be debated by the US Supreme Court in the next four to eight years....
10/23/2000 Get Out Her Vote Campaign Hits Campuses Nationwide
Feminist Majority Foundation's Choices Campus Program Ignites Women's Vote WASHINGTON, D.C....
10/9/2000 Abortion Rights a Defining Issue in Clinton-Lazio Race
During the second New York Senatorial debate between Hillary Clinton and Rick Lazio, Clinton made clear her position on abortion rights and stressed the importance of a Congress, a President, and a Supreme Court that also supported this freedom....
10/6/2000 Cheney Masks Anti-Abortion and Anti-Gay Position; Gender Gap Builds for Gore
In last nights debate, Republican vice presidential nominee Richard Cheney masked the Republican Party Platform on abortion and gay and lesbian rights....
10/4/2000 Once Again, Bush Tries to Mask Abortion Position
In the presidential debates last night held in Boston, MA, Republican nominee George W....
10/3/2000 Supreme Court Will Hear Disability Discrimination Case
In its first day in session, the U.S....
9/28/2000 MTV Generation: Gore for Abortion Pill; Against Misogyny
During a 90-minute Choose or Lose presentation on MTV, Al Gore spoke with 150 college students about his platform and the issues that most concerned them....
9/27/2000 Anti-Choice Bill Passes House
On Sept....
9/15/2000 Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Anti-Abortion Extremist
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta has handed down another defeat for anti-abortion extremists who have attempted to challenge a law meant to protect access to abortion clinics....
9/14/2000 Abortion and RU 486 hangs in Balance of Election 2000
In addition to the possible appointment of several U.S....
9/13/2000 Suits Against Title IX Increase
Recently, an informal coalition of college coaches lobbied Congress to weaken the guidelines that schools use to measure their compliance with Title IX, part of the 1972 Educational Amendments to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that bars discrimination against women in sports programs....
9/1/2000 Interior Department Examines Govt. Ties to Boy Scouts
Following the recent Supreme Court decision allowing the Boy Scouts to continue their ban on gay scoutmasters, the Interior Department is conducting a review of its relationship with the Boy Scouts to determine whether ties violate the Presidents June executive order prohibiting government participation with educational groups that discriminate against gays and lesbians....
8/22/2000 "Being Gay is O.K. Scouting is For All."
Protesters at the national Boy Scouts of America headquarters were rejected at the front door Monday when the group arrived presenting a petition with 55,000 signatures of people who objected to the organization's ban on gay troop leaders....
8/21/2000 Who Me, Vote? - Part II
Meanwhile, corporate profits have hit a 30-year peak....
8/18/2000 Gore's Speech Focuses on Civil and Women's Rights
In his nomination acceptance speech, Al Gore stressed his commitment to honor the rights of all Americans, and his obligation to issues vital to the civil rights of women and minorities....
8/18/2000 State-Level Victories for Abortion Rights
Louisiana has joined Alaska, Florida, Virginia and West Virginia in striking down the "partial-birth abortion" ban that was proven unconstitutional in the recent Supreme Court decision in Stenberg v....
8/16/2000 New Jersey High Court Strikes Down Restrictive Abortion Law
The New Jersey Supreme Court struck down a state law requiring women under the age of 18 to notify their parents before terminating a pregnancy....
8/16/2000 Abortion Rights Leader Addresses Democratic National Convention
National Abortion Rights and Action League (NARAL) President Kate Michelman addressed the Democratic National Convention last night, urging voters who are pro-choice to vote for Al Gore and Joe Lieberman because they will protect a woman's right to reproductive and abortion services....
8/7/2000 Bush Will Not Stay Execution of Mentally Retarded Man
Republican presidential candidate George W....
8/4/2000 Bush Speech Staunchly Anti-Abortion
Despite his emphasis on being a "compassionate conservative" and opposing "divisive" politics, Texas Gov....
7/25/2000 Poll Shows Voters Like Gore on Issues
A NY Times/CBS News Poll shows that, despite recent suggestions that voters see no distinction between Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George Bush, Americans recognize "pronounced differences" on how the candidates would approach certain important issues, including health care, the environment and abortion....
7/19/2000 Vice Presidential Nomination May Hinge on Abortion
With the razor-thin Supreme Court decision in Stenberg v....
7/11/2000 West Virginia Judge Strikes Down Abortion Ban
Following the recent US Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Nebraska abortion ban, U.S....
7/6/2000 Prominent Abortion Provider Faces Eviction Battle
Dr....
7/5/2000 Supreme Court Dismissed Male Athletes' Suit
The Supreme Court last week rejected an appeal by male athletes from Illinois State University, which recently eliminated the men's wrestling and soccer teams in an effort to balance opportunities for both men and women in the university's sports system....
7/5/2000 Gay Scout Troops Are Acceptable In Canada
On June 30th, 800,000 people marched in Toronto's annual gay and lesbian parade, many of whom were there to show their support for the world's first official gay and lesbian Scout troop....
6/30/2000 Abortion Issue and Presidential Politics Heat Up
With a razor-thin Supreme Court decision declaring abortion bans unconstitutional, women and feminists in the U.S....
6/30/2000 U.S. Supreme Court Finds Nebraska Abortion Ban Unconstitutional
Exposing the deception behind the pro-life movement's assault on a woman's right to choose, the U.S....
6/29/2000 Abortion Issue Catapulted To Higher Profile In The Presidential Campaign
Abortion Issue Catapulted To Higher Profile In The Presidential Campaign The razor thin (5-4) Supreme Court decision in Carhart vs....
6/28/2000 Supreme Court Upholds Buffer Zones in Hill v. Colorado
By a 6 to 3 vote, the Supreme Court today upheld the constitutionality of legistlative buffer safety zones around abortion clinics in Hill v....
6/28/2000 Gay Leaders Can Be Barred from Boy Scouts
Gay rights activists received a blow today when the Supreme Court ruled that because the Boy Scouts oppose homosexual conduct, they are not required to accept gay scoutmasters in their organization....
6/27/2000 Bipartisan Compromise Reached in Expanding VAWA
Senator Joseph R....
6/21/2000 Antiabortion Group Sues US Supreme Court on
The anti-choice group Christian Defense Coalition sued the US Supreme Court yesterday, claiming that the court violated the First Amendment by banning large signs from the sidewalks outside the court....
6/20/2000 Supreme Court Reaffirms Separation of Church and State in School Prayer Case
The Supreme Court today ruled against student-led prayers at high school football games, reaffirming earlier decisions against "officially sponsored prayer in public schools." The decision declared unconstitutional a Santa Fe public school district's policy to elect students to lead prayer before home high school football games....
6/14/2000 Women Sponsor Multi-Media Presidential Campaign Event
Last night Oxygen Network hosted the very first "Oxygen Women's Forum" - a 90-minute special with Vice-President Al Gore....
6/5/2000 Israeli Women Pray, Despite Taunts
Sunday morning, 75 women gathered before the Western Wall in Jerusalem, one of the city's holiest sites, to pray aloud....
6/2/2000 Israeli Women Could Face Seven Years in Jail for Praying
The Israeli parliament yesterday attempted to override a recent Israeli Supreme Court decision granting women greater religious equality....
5/31/2000 Partial Truth Abortion
The battle over a woman's right to choose has become not just a matter of law, but also of language, forcing pro-choice activists into a metaphysical netherworld, having to fight, among other things, a ban on something that does not exist—"partial-birth abortion." The term, concocted by anti-choice activists as part of an incendiary public relations campaign to persuade the public that living babies are partially delivered and then killed, is not found in any medical dictionary....
5/30/2000 New Study Counters Myth of "Gay Affluence"
Supporting the conclusions of a 1998 National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) report, a study published in this month's issue of "Demography" refutes the misconception that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) households have higher disposable incomes than heterosexual households....
5/30/2000 Late-Term Abortion Ban Enforced in Florida
On Friday, a Miami federal judge refused to postpone implementation of the state's newly-signed law banning late-term abortion pending the outcome of a federal lawsuit filed by the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy....
5/22/2000 Louisiana Statute Aims to Ban Abortion
The Fifth Circuit U.S....
5/18/2000 Vice President Implores Congress to Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act
In reference to a report released yesterday by the Department of Justice's Bureau of Statistics on "Intimate Violence," Vice President Al Gore called upon Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for an additional five years so that it can continue to provide protection for women against domestic violence....
5/17/2000 Supreme Court Rules on VAWA
In our April/May 2000 issue, Ms. profiled Christy Brzonkala, the woman behind the Supreme Court case that tested the civil rights provision of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)....
5/16/2000 Supreme Court Rejects Civil Rights Remedy of
The U.S....
5/15/2000 Supreme Court Rejects Civil Rights Remedy of the Violence Against Women Act
The U.S....
4/27/2000 Out in Africa
Lesbians and gay men in several African countries who come out of the closet may land in a prison cell....
4/26/2000 Both Sides Demonstrate As Supreme Court Hears Abortion Case
Both pro-choice and anti-abortion groups demonstrated as the Supreme Court of the United States heard a landmark abortion case determining whether a Nebraska law banning abortion procedure(s) was constitutional....
4/25/2000 Roe v. Wade At Stake in Today's Supreme Court Arguments
The U.S....
4/25/2000 Women's Rights Leader Warns Roe v. Wade at Stake in Nebraska Abortion Ban
Washington, DC - Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation and a leading advocate for women's right to abortion, today underscored how the decision in Stenberg v....
4/12/2000 Texas Supreme Court Refuses Judicial Bypass to Minor Seeking Abortion
In an outrageous decision, the Texas Supreme Court refused a minor's request for a judicial bypass of the state's recently enacted parental notification law, arguing that she "did not show she was mature enough and sufficiently well informed to make that decision on her own," the Associated Press resported....
4/6/2000 Lesbian Ex-Partner Gets Visitation Rights
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled today that a lesbian who helped raise her former partner's twins has rights equivalent to a parent's and is therefore entitled to visitation now that the couple is no longer together....
4/5/2000 House Passes Late-Term Abortion Ban
While expecting a third presidential veto on the bill, the Republican-controlled House passed legislation banning "partial birth" abortions with the two-thirds majority necessary to override a presidential veto....
3/27/2000 Supreme Court to Hear Hate Crime Sentencing Arguments
The U.S....
3/23/2000 Supreme Court Rejects Student Veto for Campus Fees
The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that public universities can collect student activity fees from students who object to particular groups or activities, as long as those groups receiving the funds are chosen without regard to the students' views....
2/29/2000 Supreme Court Will Rule on Drug Testing of Pregnant Women
The U.S....
2/11/2000 Abortion Key Issue in Presidential Campaigns
Abortion is a key election issue for both Democratic and Republican presidential candidates....
2/8/2000 Hillary Speaks Out on Abortion
In an interview with the Associated Press, Hillary Rodham Clinton said that if elected to the Senate she would vote against anti-abortion judges nominated to the U.S....
2/7/2000 Bauer to Quit GOP Presidential Race
Gary Bauer is dropping out of the race for president according to an official close to the conservative candidate....
1/27/2000 MA Supreme Court Rules Buffer Zones Constitutional
The Massachusetts Supreme Court has ruled that a 25-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics would not be a violation of First Amendment free speech rights....
1/26/2000 U.S. Supreme Court Guts Voting Rights Act
The United States Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the Justice Department must approve districting changes, regardless of whether they are discriminatory, as long as the change does not leave minority voters more disadvantaged than before....
1/21/2000 Bush Reveals Opposition to Mifepristone
At an Iowa news conference, Republican presidential candidate George W....
1/20/2000 U.S. Supreme Court To Rule On Abortion Protests
The U.S....
1/20/2000 U.S. Supreme Court Orders Restudy of Equal Pay Act
Today the U.S....
1/18/2000 U. S. Supreme Court to Hear Case of Protective 'Bubble' for Abortion Clinics
The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday in Hill v....
1/14/2000 NARAL Releases Study on Abortion Legislation
States passed 57 bills increasing reproductive rights and 70 bills restricting them in 1999 according to a study released on Thursday by The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League titled Who Decides? A State-By-State Review of Abortion Rights 2000....
1/14/2000 Leadership Alliances Nationwide
January 22, 2000 is the 27th anniversary of Roe v....
1/13/2000 U. S. SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS DRIVERS PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT
The U.S....
1/12/2000 U. S. SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS DRIVERS PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT
The U.S....
1/12/2000 Justices Imply Violence Against Women Act Unconstitutional
Julie Goldscheid of NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund (NOW LDEF) and Solicitor General Seth P....
1/11/2000 Feminists Rally, Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Violence Against Women Act
Feminists rallied in front of the Supreme Court building this morning in support of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as the Court heard Brzonkala v....
1/10/2000 Court Will Decide Constitutionality of Violence Against Women Act
The 1994 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was a significant feminist victory, allowing women to sue for monetary damages in federal civil court, including medical expenses and lost wages....
1/2/2000 U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Drivers' Privacy Protection Act
Unanimous Decision Safeguards Women and Abortion Providers WASHINGTON, DC The U.S....
12/28/1999 Bauer says recognizing homosexual couples "worse than terrorism"
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12/23/1999 Arkansas Will Not Appeal 8th Circuit Decision
Attorney General Mark Pryor said that he will not appeal the federal appeals court ruling in September that struck down Arkansas' ban on late-term abortion....
12/20/1999 VT Supreme Court Rules Gay Couples Due Equal Benefits
The Vermont Supreme Court ruled today that lesbian and gay couples must receive benefits and protections equal to those given to married couples of the opposite sex....
12/13/1999 Sarah Weddington Addresses NOW-NY Conference
Sarah Weddington was the keynote speaker for the National Organization for Women-New York state annual conference in Saratoga Springs on Saturday....
12/10/1999 CA Court Limits Sexual Harassment Suits
In a setback to protections against sexual harassment in the workplace the California Supreme Court has ruled that victims of sexual harassment cannot sue their harasser who is not their supervisor, although they can sue their employer for failing to intervene....
12/8/1999 Ohio House To Vote on Late-Term Abortion Ban
The Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee recommended a bill on Tuesday to outlaw late-term abortions....
12/6/1999 Rose Bird Dies at 63
Rose Bird, the first woman to serve on California's Supreme Court, has died of breast cancer at the age of 63....
12/2/1999 Bush Reveals Preference for Anti-Choice Justices
Throughout his campaign, Governor George W....
12/1/1999 Justice Blocks Late-Term Abortion Laws
U.S....
11/22/1999 Appeals Court Stalls Anti-Abortion Laws
In a surprising move, on Friday the U.S....
11/16/1999 Supreme Court Leaves Lesbian Visitation Rights Intact
The U.S....
11/10/1999 Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Drivers' Privacy Protection Act
The Supreme Court heard South Carolina's challenge to the Drivers' Privacy Protection Act today in Reno vs....
11/8/1999 Canadian Anti-Choice Groups Boycott Over Morning After Pill
News that Canada's health department had approved the morning after pill, Preven, in early March has prompted a boycott from anti-choice groups, who previously were unaware of the approval....
11/8/1999 Supreme Court To Hear Student Fee Dispute
The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday over whether public universities can use mandatory student activity fees to subsidize groups on campus that pursue political goals....
11/4/1999 Canada's Prime Minister Appoints First Female Chief Justice
Beverley McLachlin, who has served on Canada's Supreme Court for the last decade, has been named the Chief Justice of Canada's highest court....
10/28/1999 Montana Supreme Court Rules Abortion Restrictions Unconstitutional
The state Supreme Court in Montana ruled yesterday that the state legislature had no valid grounds to enact a recent restriction on a womans right to abortion, since the law would, in no way, protect a womans health....
10/27/1999 Federal Appeals Court Upholds Ban on Late-Term Abortion
A federal appeals court in Chicago on Tuesday upheld state laws in Wisconsin and Illinois that ban late-term abortions....
10/22/1999 Late-Term Abortion Ban Passes with Veto Expected
In a paradoxical pair of votes, the Senate yesterday approved a bill to restrict late-term abortion and passed a referendum endorsing the 1973 Roe v....
10/4/1999 Supreme Court to Hear Critical Feminist Cases
The Supreme Court starts a new term today, set to hear several cases that will affect millions of women throughout the United States....
9/29/1999 Supreme Court to Review Violence Against Women Act
The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will hear an appeal of Brzonkala v....
9/20/1999 Ginsburgs Illness a Threat to Womens Issues
Little is known about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburgs condition as she battles colon cancer....
9/17/1999 MISSOURI ABORTION BAN DELAYED
A federal judge today temporarily blocked enforcement of Missouris new law that would criminalize a type of abortion....
9/15/1999 Judiciary Committee passes "Unborn Victims of Violence Act"
Yesterday the House Judiciary Committee, in a vote of 14-11, passed Rep....
9/1/1999 Kansans for Life Searches for Girl Seeking Abortion
Kansans for Life has launched a search for a 14-year-old who was recently granted the right to obtain a late-term abortion in another state by the Arizona Supreme Court....
8/31/1999 RI Judge Declares Ban on Late-Term Abortions To Be Unconstitutional
On Monday, a federal judge in Rhode Island struck down the state's two-year-old ban on late-term abortions, saying the law is unconstitutional....
8/27/1999 Conservatives Sue Atlanta to Stop Affirmative Action
The conservative Southeastern Legal Foundation filed suit against the city of Atlanta yesterday, charging that a city policy which has set aside one-third of city contracts for minority and women-owned businesses is "illegal and unconstitutional." The policy, which has been in effect for the past 24 years, is a successful program that has been emulated by other cities....
8/12/1999 MA Sex Offender Registry May End
The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled yesterday that all convicted sex offenders are "entitled to a hearing before they are listed under the states sex offender registry law." This means that the Sex Offender Registry Board will "have to cease and police departments will have to cease giving out any names to the public for any offenders." Under the current law, made effective in 1996, all convicts found guilty of certain offenses are required to register with their local police department....
8/5/1999 Court Prohibits Boy Scouts From Ousting Gay Leader
On Wednesday, the New Jersey State Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts were prohibited from excluding any individuals from joining their organization on the basis of their sexuality....
7/27/1999 Parental Consent Abortion Law Opposed by FL Judge
After a Florida state parental consent law went into effect yesterday, a Circuit Court judge ruled that the law is unconstitutional because it singles out minor girls' decisions concerning abortion....
7/1/1999 Massachusetts Grants Gay Parents More Rights
On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled 4-2 that lesbians and gay men are de facto parents of children they raise, regardless of whether or not they are blood-related....
6/30/1999 Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Ban in Carhart v. Stenberg
The United States Supreme Court in a razor thin 5-4 vote this morning struck down the Nebraska abortion ban....
6/29/1999 Women Win Sexual Discrimination Suit
After 22 years of litigation and 15 years after a judge's ruling that the Voice of America (VOA) -- part of the U.S....
6/15/1999 Supreme Court Rejects Anti-Abortionists Appeal
On Monday, June 14th, the U.S....
6/10/1999 Parental Consent Abortion Law Struck Down in AZ
The 9th U.S....
6/8/1999 Bush Signs Parental Notification Abortion Restriction
Texas Governor George W....
6/2/1999 First Woman Chief Justice in SC
South Carolina's legislature elected a woman as Chief Justice of its Supreme Court for the first time today....
5/25/1999 Supreme Court: Schools Liable for Sexual Harassment Among Students
The United States Supreme Court yesterday ruled that schools may be held liable for failing to protect students from the sexual harassment of another in certain circumstances, overturning several lower court rulings, which argued that Title IX did not apply to peer harassment....
5/20/1999 Canadian Supreme Court Gives Legal Recognition to Lesbian and Gay Couples
In a tremendous victory for lesbian and gay rights, the Canadian Supreme Court today ruled that the Canadian province of Ontario must rewrite its laws to include same-sex couples, arguing that its current definition of "spouse" as a person of the opposite sex is unconstitutional....
5/12/1999 Shepard's Mom Makes Appeal for Hate Crimes Legislation
The mother of slain gay college student Matthew Shepard appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday in attempt to convince members to support the Hates Crimes Prevention Act, sponsored by Democratic Sen....
5/12/1999 First Woman Graduates From Citadel
On Saturday, Nancy Mace became the first woman to graduate from The Citadel, a formerly all-male military college....
4/27/1999 NAF Sues Over Refusal of Pro-Choice Ads
The National Abortion Federation has sued Atlanta's MARTA transit agency for violating the group's First Amendment rights by refusing to post two pro-choice advertisements....
4/22/1999 Catholic Law School Gains More Right-Wing Support
Former Domino's Pizza mogul Tom Monaghan's Ave Maria School of Law is continuing to gain more support from ultra-conservative, right-wing forces....