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12/19/2014 - Woman on Life Support Revives Ireland Abortion Debate
Debate surrounding Ireland's ban on abortion has come up again following a current case involving a woman who is being kept on life support because she is pregnant. The woman's family wants her to be taken off life support, but doctors refuse because Irish law says they must do what they can to protect the 16-week-old fetus....

12/19/2014 - DC City Council Unanimously Approves Reproductive Health Anti Discrimination Bill
Wednesday, the Washington, DC City Council unanimously passed a bill that will prohibit employer interference in the reproductive health decisions of their employees. The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014 was first introduced by DC Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large), just ahead of the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of for-profit retail chain Hobby Lobby this summer....

12/19/2014 - Incremental Gains for Women in Congress
When the 114th Congress is sworn into office on January 3rd, 2015, there will be exactly the same number of women in Senate as the year before, 20, and a record-high number of women in the US House, 84....

12/18/2014 - New Jersey is Inching Closer to Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Statewide
The Assembly Budget Committee of the New Jersey state legislature approved a paid sick leave bill Monday by a 6-4 vote. If the bill is passed, New Jersey workers will earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked....

12/18/2014 - American Apparel Hired Its First-Ever Woman Chief Executive to Replace Dov Charney
Six months after retail store American Apparel fired its chief executive and founder Dov Charney, the company has hired retail executive Paula Schneider as a replacement. Schneider, who will become American Apparel's first female chief executive, will take over the position as of January 5. Charney had led American Apparel since 1998 and became well-known from American Apparel's sexist advertising and from several sexual harassment lawsuits and sexual assault accusations against him by former employees....

12/18/2014 - Obama's Judicial Appointments Most Diverse in History
Congress came to a close on Tuesday night with the Senate confirmation of 12 new federal judges and 12 executive appointments - including Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General, Sarah Saldana as head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Tony Blinken as deputy Secretary of State....

12/16/2014 - Federal Lawsuit Challenges the Wisconsin Law That's Putting Pregnant Women in Prison
A federal civil rights lawsuit is being filed on behalf of a Wisconsin woman who was jailed after allegedly using methamphetamines while 14 weeks pregnant. Tamara Loertscher, 30, was jailed after seeking prenatal care at a Mayo Clinic branch in Eau Claire, Wisconsin....

12/16/2014 - Personhood Groups Plan to Launch County and Municipal Measures to Restrict Abortion Access
A newly-created anti-abortion group has announced a new tactic meant to end abortion access nationwide. In the wake of major defeats for personhood ballot measures in Colorado and North Dakota's recent elections, anti-abortion extremist Gualberto Garcia Jones, who authored Colorado's failed Amendment 67, is now instructing groups to abandon statewide votes for personhood amendments....

12/16/2014 - Thousands Marched for Justice in Washington, DC in the Wake of Fatal Police Violence
On Saturday, December 13, the National Action Network (NAN), NAACP, and other civil rights organizations led the Justice For All March in Washington, DC....

12/15/2014 - Ohio House Rejects Six Week Abortion Ban
An Ohio bill that would have banned abortions as early as six weeks failed to pass in the Republican-controlled Ohio House Wednesday. House Bill 248, a direct affront to Roe v....

12/15/2014 - Supreme Court Declines to Review Decision Blocking Arizona's Anti-Abortion Law
On Monday, the US Supreme Court declined to review the decision by the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to block a restrictive Arizona abortion law....

12/15/2014 - Senate Maneuvering Allows for Confirmation of Obama Nominees
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was able to push for confirmation of 24 Obama nominees over the weekend....

12/15/2014 - The Spending Bill Lifted the Abortion Ban for Peace Corps Volunteers
The Senate Saturday passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that included expanded abortion coverage for Peace Corps volunteers in case of rape, incest, and when the life of the parent is threatened. The Senate's Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act brings w0rkers' health care coverage in line with all federal employees, and lifts a 35-year ban on federal funding for abortion in case of rape, incest, or life endangerment for Peace Corps volunteers....

12/12/2014 - March on Washington to End Police Violence This Saturday
The families of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice, and Reverend Al Sharpton will be marching in Washington, DC tomorrow to call for an end to police violence. A coalition of civil rights groups led by Reverend Al Sharpton at the National Action Network organized the "Justice for All" march, which will begin at Freedom Plaza at noon on Saturday, December 13, and proceeds down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol....

12/12/2014 - Warren and Pelosi Fight Spending Bill
The US House of Representatives passed a $1.1 trillion, 1603-page spending bill late last night, 219-209....

12/12/2014 - Senate Blocks Military Justice Improvement Act
The Senate denied a vote for the Military Justice Improvement Act yesterday, blocking the act for the second time this year. A bipartisan group of senators approached the senate floor yesterday to push for the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA), spearheaded by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)....

12/11/2014 - Groups Demand Gender-Responsive Climate Policy at UN Convention
Through December 12, policymakers representing at least 195 countries are in Lima, Peru for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP20 (Conference of the Parties)....

12/10/2014 - Federal Judge Strikes Down Indianas TRAP Law Saving Lafayettes Last Clinic
Wednesday, an Indiana federal judge found a 2013 state TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law unconstitutional....

12/10/2014 - The Employment Rate for Women Just Surpassed its Previous Peak in 2013
The Obama Administration just released the Bureau of Labor Statistics for November 2014, and the employment report shows more job growth in the past 11 months than in any previous calendar year since the 1990s, with women surpassing their previous employment peak in September 2013. This November marked the longest streak - 57 months - of private sector growth on record....

12/10/2014 - Activists Call on the President to Stand with Survivors of Rape in War
Dozens of activists braved the rain yesterday at a rally outside of the White House, where they called on President Obama to stand with women and girls raped in conflict. More than 20 organizations, including the Feminist Majority, the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), Advocates for Youth, and several human rights and faith-based groups, came together to urge President Obama to ensure that US foreign assistance helps survivors of war rape access comprehensive medical care, including abortion. "Rape as a tool of war is older than the scriptures," said Reverend Harry Knox, president and CEO of Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, at the rally....

12/9/2014 - Michigan House Passes "License to Discriminate" Bill
The Michigan House last week voted to pass a bill that gives service providers the right to deny service to anyone who does not adhere to their religious beliefs. Speaker Jase Bolger's proposed bill, cynically promoted as protecting religious freedom, passed through the House with a vote of 59-50 along party lines....

12/8/2014 - Pentagon Report Shows Continued Scourge of Military Sexual Assault
The Pentagon released new data last week on sexual assault in the military, showing a continued need for reform of the military justice system to help combat an epidemic that has gone virtually unabated over the past year. According to the the Pentagon report, prepared using data collected by the Rand Corporation, there were about 19,000 cases of sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact last year - over 50 cases a day....

12/8/2014 - Activists Demonstrate Outside TransPacific Partnership Negotiations
Workers, human rights advocates, environmental organizations, and consumer rights leaders rallied today in front of the Office of the US Trade Representative to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, described as "a massive corporate power grab that would set rules governing roughly 40% of the global economy, with potentially dire consequences for the economy, environment and public health both at home and abroad." Negotiators on Sunday kicked off a week of closed-door meetings on the proposed free trade agreement in Washington, DC....

12/5/2014 - Virginia Board of Health Votes to Amend Regulations Closing the State's Clinics
In a victory for Virginia women, the Virginia Board of Health yesterday voted 13-2 to amend politically motivated, medically unnecessary TRAP regulations which have already caused women's clinics in the state to close and threatened to shutter several more. Dozens of women's health supporters, including the Feminist Majority Foundation, lined up at as early as 6 AM to make public comments against Virginia TRAP (Targeted Regulations against Abortion Providers) regulations....

12/4/2014 - Chicago Raises Minimum Wage But Could Face Opposition From State
The Chicago City Council Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill increasing the state's minimum wage to $13 an hour by mid-2019, but that decision could come under fire at the state level. The Council approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's measure in a 44-to-5 vote....