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12/17/2015 - Tennessee Woman Faces Jail For Coat Hanger Abortion
A Tennessee woman was arrested and charged with attempted murder last week, three months after an attempt to terminate her pregnancy using a coat hanger. In September, 31-year-old Anna Yocca attempted to self-abort by penetrating her uterus with a metal coat hanger....

12/16/2015 - FMF Calls on House Select Investigative Panel to Re-Direct Its Focus to Anti-Abortion Violence or Disband
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Feminist Majority Foundation Calls on House Select Investigative Panel to Re-Direct Its Focus to Anti-Abortion Violence or Disband

Launches Ad Campaign Exposing Anti-Abortion Violence

DECEMBER 16, 2015 - Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) President, Eleanor Smeal, today called on the House Select Investigative Panel of the Energy and Commerce Committee to either redirect its focus to violence against abortion providers, or to disband....

12/14/2015 - Historic Climate Change Agreement Reached in Paris
On Saturday, representatives from 198 countries approved a plan to prevent increased global warming by cutting greenhouse gas emissions globally. World leaders convened in Paris last week to discuss strategies for reducing the impact of climate change, ultimately agreeing to limit greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide emissions to help restrain global warming "well below" 2 degrees Celsius through 2100....

12/14/2015 - Planned Parenthood Files Lawsuit in Ohio
Planned Parenthood announced yesterday that it has filed a federal lawsuit to protect abortion access in Ohio....

12/11/2015 - Sierra Leone Legalizes Abortion
According to the new act in Sierra Leone, women in this West African nation will no longer have only the choice of illegal and unsafe abortions. The Safe Abortion Act that passed this week with an overwhelming majority support in the parliament will make the abortion procedure legal and will replace the 1861 law that criminalized abortion in this West African nation....

12/11/2015 - Affirmative Action Returns to SCOTUS
For the second time in three years, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Fisher v....

12/11/2015 - Holtzclaw Convicted of Rape, Sexual Battery
After 45 hours of deliberations, a jury found former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw guilty on 18 charges, including rape and sexual battery, for assaulting 13 black women over the course of seven months while on duty. Holtzclaw was found guilty of 5 counts of first and second-degree rape, 6 counts of sexual battery, 4 counts of forcible oral sodomy, and 3 counts of procuring lewd exhibition....

12/10/2015 - Suspect in Colorado Planned Parenthood Shooting Charged in Court, Exclaims
Robert Dear, the man accused of killing three and injuring nine at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs late last month, was formally charged with 179 felony counts yesterday, including eight counts of first-degree murder and 131 counts of attempted first-degree murder....

12/9/2015 - Angela Merkel Named TIME's 2015 Person of the Year
Today, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was named Time's 2015 Person of the Year for her leadership on the Syrian refugee and Greek debt crises....

12/9/2015 - State Lawmakers Advocate For Debt-Free College
On Monday, state legislators demonstrated their commitment to addressing the ever-growing student debt crisis in the US by announcing their support of new legislation making public colleges debt-free. Joining a nationwide campaign spearheaded by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), Democratic lawmakers in 10 states including Massachusetts, Ohio and South Carolina are introducing resolutions, assembling study committees and developing strategies to place higher education within reach of all Americans by making college debt-free. The need for increased accessibility to affordable education could not be more urgent....

12/7/2015 - Supreme Court Rejects Latest Delay Tactic by Center for Medical Progress
On Friday, the Supreme Court denied an emergency request from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) that would have allowed the anti-abortion group to avoid disclosing the names of key supporters "intimately involved in the planning and funding for the Center's alleged conspiracy." This is the third time that CMP and its President, David Daleidan, have tried – unsuccessfully – to avoid producing this information in connection with a federal lawsuit filed by the National Abortion Federation (NAF)....

12/4/2015 - Congress Renews Push to Defund Planned Parenthood, Repeal Affordable Care Act
Despite a mass shooting at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood last week, Senate Republicans stepped up efforts to dismantle the reproductive healthcare provider by pushing forward a bill yesterday to defund the organization. Using a legislative tactic called reconciliation, which enables lawmakers to advance budget-related measures with only 51 votes instead of the usual 60, the Senate voted 52 to 47 to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood and repeal key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The legislation must now go to the House, which passed a different version of the bill in October....

12/4/2015 - Egypt's President Issues Decree Outlawing Child Marriage
In an attempt to outlaw child marriage in the country, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi issued a decree making it illegal for Egyptians to get married before the age of 18. The recent decree brings Egypt into compliance with the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child on the matter of child marriage....

12/3/2015 - Pentagon Announces Women Can Now Serve in All Military Combat Roles
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today that all military combat jobs will be opened up to women beginning next year, adding that "there will be no exceptions." "Our force of the future must continue to benefit from the best people America has to offer," Carter said at a press conference....

12/1/2015 - Saudi Women Begin Historic Municipal Election Campaign
On Sunday, for the first time in Saudi Arabia's modern history, more than 900 women have registered to run for the municipal elections....

12/1/2015 - Candlelight Vigil Calls for an End to Anti-Abortion Terrorism
Last night, dozens of activists gathered outside the Supreme Court for a candlelight vigil calling for an end to anti-abortion terrorism. The vigil, hosted by Reproaction, included representatives from NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood, the Feminist Majority Foundation, GetEQUAL, the National Council of Jewish Women, and others. Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL) and Mike Quigley (IL) joined the crowd and spoke of the need for abortion access and an end to the dangerous anti-choice rhetoric....

12/1/2015 - On World AIDS Day, PEPFAR Announces Partnership Targeting Infection of Young Women and Girls

Today, on World AIDS Day, the U.S....

12/1/2015 - Abortion Clinics Nationwide Stay Open Despite Threats
Despite increasing threats for over one year and the tragic shooting at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, clinics nationwide stay opened over the weekend and performed vitally necessary health services for women....

11/25/2015 - Federal Appeals Court Rules Wisconsin Abortion Law Unconstitutional
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday that the hospital admitting requirement for Wisconsin abortion providers is unconstitutional. The scathing 2-1 ruling states that this kind of targeted restriction on abortion providers is unconstitutional because it lacks any basis to suggest that it improves safety at clinics....

11/25/2015 - FMF Joins the Global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
In the United States, women's groups join in the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence....

11/25/2015 - Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women. First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity....

11/24/2015 - Rising Support for Women's Education in Afghanistan
A survey of the Afghan people by the Asia Foundation for 2015 found that 74% of Afghans support women's access to higher education....

11/24/2015 - New Study Shows More Women Choosing LARCs
Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) is the "fast-growing" form of birth control in the United States, according to a new report released this month. Researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics found of the 62 percent of US women using birth control between 2011 and 2013, 11.6 percent opted for LARCS with 10.3 percent choosing intrauterine devices (IUDs) and 1.3 percent preferring an implant....

11/23/2015 - Last Full-Time Abortion Clinic in Kentucky Vandalized Twice in Three Weeks
Kentucky's last remaining full-time abortion clinic has been vandalized twice in less than one month. On the night of October 26, EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville suffered a broken window when an unidentified man bolted past protestors across the street and threw his body into the clinic's window....

11/20/2015 - Spotify Announces Impressive Parental Leave Program
On Thursday, music-streaming service Spotify announced the launch of a broad parental leave program that includes six months leave for new mothers and fathers. Effective immediately, the Swedish-born company is offering full-time employees time off with 100 percent pay, which can be broken up into three separate periods and taken within the first three years of a child's life (employees who become parents by birth, adoption or surrogacy are all eligible)....