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5/15/2015 - House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban Limiting Access for Rape Survivors
The House passed a 20-week abortion bill yesterday, making it plain that House Republicans feel that denying women access to abortion care is one of their top three priorities. HR 36, is a restrictive 20-week abortion ban that would force rape survivors seeking abortion care to either report the crime to authorities if under 18 years of age, or if over 18 years old, seek medical care or counseling at least 48 hours prior to having an abortion....

5/13/2015 - The House is Voting on a 20-Week Abortion Ban with Burdensome Rape Requirements Today
The House will vote on House Bill 36 today, a restrictive 20-week abortion ban that would force rape survivors seeking abortion care to either report the crime to authorities if under 18 years of age, or if over 18 years old, seek medical care or counseling at least 48 hours prior to having an abortion....

5/8/2015 - It's Been a Month: Purvi Patel is Still in Prison for a Miscarriage
Purvi Patel, a 33-year-old Indian-American who was convicted in Indiana for a miscarriage, has now been in prison for more than 30 days. Indiana claims Patel took illegal abortion-inducing drugs, that her fetus was born alive, and that the fetus subsequently died. The convictions for feticide and child neglect were based on little to no evidence, and on junk science that was literally created in the 17th century and is highly contested by scientists....

5/5/2015 - Sen. Reid Promises to Filibuster "Fast Track" for the TransPacific Partnership
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid has promised to delay efforts to push through the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal until the Senate first deals with two stalled bills that may soon expire. Reid says that the two measures, an infrastructure bill on highway funding, and reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), are "very complicated issues," that require the Senate's attention "before we even deal with [the Trans-Pacific Partnership]." The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive free trade agreement currently being promoted by the Obama Administration, has been heavily criticized by humanitarian groups, environmental groups, and medical groups....

5/1/2015 - House Reverses DC Law Banning Reproductive Health Discrimination by Employers
The US House of Representatives voted Thursday night to overturn a Washington, DC, law that makes it illegal for employers to retaliate against employees who use their insurance to cover procedures like in-vitro fertilization or abortion and contraception like birth control pills and IUDs for themselves, their spouses, or their children. The District's council passed the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act last year....

4/29/2015 - Purvi Patel, Imprisoned for a Miscarriage in Indiana, Has Filed an Appeal
Purvi Patel, who was convicted of feticide and felony neglect last month in Indiana for what she continually asserts was a miscarriage, filed an appeal arguing there is no proof she took drugs to intentionally end her pregnancy. A Stanford law professor, Lawrence Marshall, told WSBT 22 that he's taking Patel's case pro bono....

4/23/2015 - BREAKING: The Senate Just Confirmed Loretta Lynch for Attorney General After a Five-Month Delay
After a five-month battle, the Senate finally confirmed Loretta Lynch US Attorney General today, making her the first Black woman in US history to take on the role....

4/17/2015 - Senate Passes Compromise Bill Increasing Federal Funding for Abstinence-Only Sex Education
The Senate overwhelmingly approved of HR 2 on Tuesday, a $200 billion package that included an enormous increase of federal funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage (AOUM) curricula. The US Senate voted 92-8 to pass HR 2, which has been known as the "doc fix" for Medicaid reimbursement rates, as well as many other health care provisions....

4/8/2015 - Kansas Has Banned the Safest, Most Common Kind of Second-Trimester Abortion
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R), who is openly anti-abortion, just signed into law a bill that makes Kansas the first state to ban most second-trimester abortions. SB95, which was drafted by the National Right to Life Committee, will take effect July 1....

4/2/2015 - An Indiana Woman Was Just Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Having a Miscarriage
Purvi Patel, a 33-year-old woman from Indiana, has been found guilty of feticide and neglect and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Patel was convicted of both terminating her pregnancy on purpose and abandoning a live, delivered fetus....

4/2/2015 - Louisiana Personhood Bill Would Ban Some Forms of Birth Control and Give Fetuses Full Legal Rights
Louisiana Senator Elbert Guillory (R) pre-filed a personhood bill this week calling for a constitutional amendment that would give full legal rights to a fetus, ban many forms of birth control, in vitro fertilization, as well as some health care procedures for pregnant women....

3/25/2015 - Masked Intruder Attacks Last Abortion Clinic Standing in Mississippi
In the early hours of the morning Monday, a person in a mask wielding what appeared to be a machete attacked the Jackson Women's Health Organization, the last remaining abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi. The clinic revealed in a post on their website the details of the attack on what is affectionately referred to by staff and community members as The Pink House....

3/16/2015 - Attorney General Confirmation Delayed Over Anti-Abortion Provision of Human Trafficking Bill
The Senate hit an unexpected delay in the consideration of nominee Loretta Lynch for attorney general due to the discovery of an anti-abortion provision hidden within a bipartisan human trafficking bill, which has recently reached an impasse. "I had hoped to turn to her next week, but if we can't finish the trafficking bill, she will be put off again," said majority leader Mitch McConnell on CNN on the delay in Lynch's confirmation....

3/12/2015 - Iowa Supreme Court Hears Telemedicine Abortion Case
The Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday contesting a 2013 decision by state regulators to order limitations on the use of telemedicine for women seeking a medical abortion. Telemedicine is the widely used practice of conferencing with a doctor through a video camera in order to diagnose or prescribe treatment to patients....

2/19/2015 - Feminist Activists Protest TPP and Bruneian Penal Code Outside Beverly Hills Hotel
Activists gathered across the street from the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles yesterday to call on Congress to exclude Brunei from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The crowd included organizers from the Feminist Majority Foundation, FMF board member Mavis Leno, as well as leadership from organizations such as 1 Billion Rising, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and Unite Here who organized the rally....

2/18/2015 - Lawmakers Push Forward with Abortion Restrictions Across the Nation
In states such as Washington, Arizona, Minnesota, and South Carolina, lawmakers are introducing bills placing restrictions on abortion access. In Washington, two bills are being introduced to restrict abortion care access....

2/13/2015 - Irish Women Speak Out Against Brutal Childbirth Operations
Between 1942 and 1990 in Ireland, more than 1,500 pregnant women in childbirth endured, often without their consent, an operation called symphysiotomy that involves breaking the pelvis to make more space for the baby to be born and sometimes involving having their pubic bone sawed through....

2/10/2015 - John Legend Drops Performance at Beverly Hills Hotel in Response to Brunei's Anti-Gay, Anti-Woman Penal Code
Singer and songwriter John Legend announced that he would not be performing at the coveted L.A....

2/4/2015 - Michigan Lawmakers Want to Create Even More Extraneous Requirements for Abortion Providers
Lawmakers in Michigan have introduced this month yet another reporting requirement for physicians performing an abortion, with the specific aim of increasing the number of reported complications from abortion. State Bill No....

2/3/2015 - Northern Ireland's Human Right Commission To Review Abortion Ban
The Human Rights Commission (HRC) in Northern Ireland won its call for a judicial review on the region's restrictive abortion law. The High Court in Belfast ruled that the HRC could seek a review of current law....

1/29/2015 - Ohio Legislator Became Pro-Choice After Listening To Women's Stories
Tim Ryan, Democratic U.S....

1/28/2015 - Senator Boxer Urges President to Continue Support for UN Population Fund
Earlier this week, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) along with 21 of her Senate colleagues sent a letter to President Obama calling on him to maintain support for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). UNFPA, which promotes maternal and reproductive health, conducts major demographic surveys, and campaigns against fistula and female genital mutilation, supports programs in over 150 countries....

1/26/2015 - Anti-Choice Extremists Target Abortion Clinic Director in Kansas
Anti-abortion extremists have taken to protesting outside the home of Julie Burkhart, the CEO and founder of the Trust Women Foundation and the Executive Director of the South Wind Women's Center. In the wake of the 42nd anniversary of Supreme Court decision Roe v....

1/22/2015 - BREAKING: House to Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban
After they were forced to scrap plans for a 20-week abortion ban, House Republican leaders decided late last night to instead ram through a vote today on a different extreme anti-abortion bill. House Republicans are now pushing HR 7, a bill promoted as a ban on federal funding of abortion that would actually prevent women from using their own money to purchase health insurance that includes abortion care....

1/22/2015 - House Cancels Abortion Ban After GOP Congresswomen Drop Support
House Republicans cancelled plans to vote on a 20-week ban on abortion after Republican Congresswomen removed their names publicly as co-sponsors of the bill. The vote on the unconstitutional 20-week ban had originally been scheduled for today, the anniversary of Roe v....