Blocking the Vote: Voting Rights Under Attack

In the wake of the 2010 elections, states all over the country enacted legislation that will make voting more difficult for an estimated 5 million people. Most of the laws, which experts say will make it harder for women, African Americans, Latinos, students, low-income voters, the elderly and the disabled to participate in elections, will go into effect just in time for the 2012 presidential election.

Boehner Ups the Threat Against Contraception Coverage

This morning, House Speaker John Boehner vowed in a House floor speech to overturn the provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that would require faith-affiliated hospitals and universities to include birth-control coverage in their employee health benefits. The provision, Boehner argued, “constitutes an unambiguous attack on religious freedom in our country.”

How Economic Insecurity Enables Abuse

One in four women has been a victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in her lifetime. While violence may not be ‘contagious,’ it is certainly infectious, leaving our country with a pandemic affecting more than just victims, but also sweeping across communities and destroying lives and livelihoods. To fully address this problem, we must take a deeper look into the economics that enable and encourage this abuse to be so pervasive. economics abuse

No Religious Exemption for Birth Control Coverage

Despite enormous pressure from the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Obama Administration recently decided not to broaden the religious exemption for contraceptive coverage under the Preventive Care package of the Affordable Care Act. The Bishops are now leading a backlash against this decision, and women are speaking out.