North Carolina to Defund Planned Parenthood

First it was New Jersey, now it’s North Carolina’s turn to take away family planning funds. In a “midnight vote” late on Monday, the Republican-controlled General Assembly overrode Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto on the annual budget, thus stripping an estimated $200,000 from the state’s two remaining Planned Parenthood affiliates, which oversee nine clinics. This vote […]

Saudi Arabia Allows Women in Olympics, But Will Any Qualify?

For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, women from all competing countries will be offered an opportunity to take part in the international event. That’s because the Saudi Arabia government announced yesterday, through its London embassy, that it will permit female athletes to join its team at the 2012 London Games, which […]

Rape on the Rez and the Need for Plan B

Rape on American Indian reservations is epidemic. One in three American Indian women will be raped or sexually assaulted in her lifetime–more than twice the national average. To further complicate the physical and psychological devastation of this sexual violence, the most basic access to relevant health care (think emergency contraception and rape kits) is increasingly unavailable to women […]

Someone in New Hampshire (Finally) Gets It Right

The New Hampshire legislature has taken its motto “Live Free or Die” a little too literally with its latest attempt to restrict women’s access to healthcare. For months, the state House has been riding the anti-choice bandwagon, pushing bills that specifically restrict women’s right to choice, cut off federal funding to organizations that perform abortions […]