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7/8/2014 - One in Four Americans Live in High-Poverty Areas
One in four Americans lived in a high-poverty area in 2012, according to Changes in Areas with Concentrated Poverty: 2000 to 2010, a recently released report that analyzes data from the United States Census Bureau and the American Community Survey. The 77 million Americans who live in poverty areas - defined as an area where over one-fifth of the residents earn incomes below the current poverty line of $23,600 for a family of four - is a significant increase from the 18 percent recorded by the Census Bureau in 2000....

7/8/2014 - Missouri Governor Vetoes 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon last week vetoed a 3-day waiting period for abortions and issued a fiery response to state lawmakers who signed off on the measure....

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 - North Carolina College Students Join Challenge to Voter ID Laws
North Carolina college students are joining the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the US Department of Justice in a challenge to restrictive state voting laws that they argue violate the 26th Amendment....

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 - Restrictive Abortion Laws in Mississippi and Florida Take Effect
Laws restricting access to abortion went into effect in Mississippi and Florida yesterday. Mississippi law now bans abortion 20 weeks after a woman's last menstrual period, about 18 weeks gestation -beforefetal viability....

7/2/2014 - Iraqi Women Face Reproductive Health Care Shortage During Crisis
The United Nations warned this week that due to the escalating crisis in the northern and western parts of the country, about 250,000 Iraqi women and girls - including almost 60,000 pregnant women - need urgent health care as soon as possible. Recent violence in Iraq has displaced approximately one million people, overwhelming health facilities in parts of the country....

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....

7/1/2014 - Obama Pledges to Sign Executive Order Protecting Transgender Federal Employees
At the White House annual LGBT Pride Month reception Monday night, President Obama reiterated his commitment to sign an executive order protecting transgender federal employees from discrimination. President Obama told the crowd, "If Congress won't act, I will."He pledged that the Executive Order would include employees already protected on the basis of sexual orientation....

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 - New York Women's Equality Act Stalled For A Second Time
For the second year in a row, the New York State legislature closed its legislative session without voting on the Women's Equality Act (WEA)....

6/27/2014 - Federal Court Strikes Down Austin CPC Ordinance
A United States District Judge struck down a city ordinance in Austin, Texas that required Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) to post signage declaring that they do not offer medical care. Judge Lee Yeakel ruled on Monday that the ordinance, approved by the Austin City Council in 2012 to provide clarity to potential clients unfamiliar with clinics in the area, is unconstitutionally vague and violates the centers' guarantee of due process, reports the Austin American-Statesman....

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2014 Contact: J.T....

6/25/2014 - House Committee Approves Extending Abortion Coverage to Peace Corps Volunteers
The House Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal year 2015 State Department and Foreign Operations appropriations bill yesterday with an amendment to remove a provision banning the Peace Corps from funding abortions for its volunteers, even in cases of rape or incest. Unlike other employees with federal health care plans - including Peace Corps employees - Peace Corps volunteers currently do not have access to abortion coverage even in cases of rape, incest, or endangered health or life....

6/25/2014 - TRAP Law Shuts Down North Alabama Clinic
Before the week is out, another Alabama clinic will shut its doors thanks to the state's TRAP bill, set to take effect July 1. Last April, Alabama Gov....

6/24/2014 - Strong Support For IVAWA and CEDAW in Senate Hearing
In an iconic display of support, eight women Senators testified today at a Senate subcommittee hearing in support of the need to take action against violence against women globally....

6/24/2014 - President Obama Highlights Women's Economic Agenda at White House Summit
President Obama addressed a packed audience Monday at the White House Summit on Working Families to support policies aimed at helping women workers and their families achieve greater economic stability. Declaring that when women succeed, America succeeds, the President highlighted several items on the Women's Economic Agenda - an agenda promoted by major women's leadership organizations such as the National Women's Law Center, the National Partnership for Women and Families, the National Organization for Women, and the Feminist Majority, and championed by the House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) and Rep....

6/23/2014 - White House Holds Summit on Working Families
The White House Council on Women and Girls, the Department of Labor, and the Center for American Progress are hosting a Summit on Working Families today to discuss "creating a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans." The Summit will address ways to strengthen the economic security of working families through the creation of policies that promote, among other things, equal pay, paid leave, elder care, and affordable and accessible child care. "At a time when women make up about half of America's workforce, outdated workplace policies that make it harder for mothers to work hold our entire economy back," Obama said in his weekly address Saturday about the Summit....