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7/29/2015 - An Extreme Abortion Ban is Now Law in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed an extreme 20 week abortion ban into law last week. The law, which bans abortions performed past 20 weeks, has no exception whatsoever for rape, incest, or fatal fetal anomalies....

7/27/2015 - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood
An attempt in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Lee tried to attach the elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood to a vote for highway legislation, a move which was rejected by McConnell as out of order. Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of two heavily edited clandestine videos of different PPFA employees taken without their knowledge....

7/27/2015 - "After Tiller" Was Nominated For An Emmy
Documentary film After Tiller was nominated for two Emmy Awards: Best Documentary, and Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story. The Point of View (POV) documentary follows the aftermath of the murder of Dr....

7/24/2015 - Federal Court Strikes Down Nation's Strictest Abortion Ban
A federal court upheld this week that North Dakota's strict abortion ban law is unconstitutional, blocking it permanently. The North Dakota law is one of the strictest in the nation....

7/23/2015 - 70 Organizations Are Urging the President to Fund Abortion Care Abroad
The Feminist Majority and over 70 other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) released a letter to President Obama yesterday that calls on him to reinterpret the Helms Amendment and meet with the people running women's health programs in Africa on an upcoming trip to the continent. Currently, the Helms Amendment is wrongly interpreted as an all-out ban on abortion funding....

7/20/2015 - Feminists Fought Back Against Anti-Abortion Extremists in Alabama Last Week
Last week, the anti-abortion extremist group Operation Save America (OSA) organized its annual national event of increased harassment and protesting outside targeted clinics in Alabama....

7/13/2015 - Senate Blocks Global Gag Rule
A bipartisan majority in the Senate Appropriations Committee approved an amendment that repeals the anti-abortion "Global Gag Rule" and restores $600 million in funding for international family planning and reproductive health services....

7/10/2015 - Black Communities Overwhelmingly Support Reproductive Rights
A new study has found that the majority of Black men and women believe in a woman's right to choose and want women to have access to abortion care and contraception....

7/10/2015 - Women Are Saving Hundreds of Dollars on Contraception Following the ACA's Implementation
Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect, women have saved dramatically on birth control and emergency contraception. A study conducted by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and published in Health Affairs found that after the ACA mandate went into effect, birth control users have saved an average of $255 every year and IUD users have saved $248....

7/9/2015 - The Kansas AG is Fighting to Uphold an Anti-Abortion Law
Earlier this month, the Kansas Attorney General announced his plans to appeal a Shawnee County Judge's ruling which blocked an anti-choice law in the state. Lawyers representing Attorney General Derek Schmidt filed the notice asking to overturn the ruling....

7/8/2015 - Successful Family Planning Initiative In Colorado Is At Risk
Colorado's Family Planning Initiative (CFPI), which offers teenagers and poor women free and low-cost intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants and has significantly reduced the state's teen pregnancy and abortion rates, may soon disappear. The CFPI's private grant is set to run out this year, and Colorado state representatives have eliminated the program's funding by voting down a bill that would have appropriated $5 million toward the initiative....

7/8/2015 - The EACH Woman Act Expanding Abortion Access Was Just Introduced in Congress
In a long overdue step to ensuring access to health insurance coverage for abortion for low-income women, Congresswomen Barbara Lee (D-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Diana DeGette (D-CO) today introduced the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act, which would make insurance coverage for abortion available to all women. All Above All, a coalition of over fifty organizations, including The Feminist Majority, joined several members of Congress, including Rosa DeLauro, Lois Frankel, Mike Honda, Brenda Lawrence, and Jerrold Nadler, to make the bills introduction and to condemn federal restrictions that prevent low-income women from being able to access safe abortion care....

7/2/2015 - President Obama Will Expand Overtime Pay to Millions of Americans
President Obama is proposing a plan this week to broaden overtime pay that is expected to affect millions of Americans in the working class, especially women. In an Op-Ed written for and published by the Huffington Post, President Obama summarized what he called a successful week for Americans....

7/1/2015 - Women's Rights Activists are Suing the Kenyan Government for Reproductive Rights
A woman in Kenya is suing the Kenyan government for failure to provide safe and legal abortions, which caused her daughter - a 15-year-old rape victim - to suffer a kidney failure after undergoing the procedure illegally. Currently, there are four petitioners on the case: the mother of the survivor, the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya, and two other women's rights advocates....

6/29/2015 - The Supreme Court Just Saved Texas Abortion Clinics
The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 today to put a temporary hold on a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that would have closed all but 9 of the state's abortion clinics in Texas. The order from the Supreme Court comes in response to an emergency request filed by women's health care providers on the behalf of Texas women earlier this month asking the Court to stay House Bill 2, which would have taken effect as law on Wednesday....

6/22/2015 - The Fifth Circuit Has Put Texas Abortion Clinics in Crisis
The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to suspend a ruling upholding harmful anti-abortion provisions from June 9, despite an emergency request filed by women's health care providers asking the Court to "preserve abortion access for all Texas women." The Texas Appeals Court previously stated that forcing a woman seeking abortion care to leave the state does not pose undue burden....

6/22/2015 - Planned Parenthood Cleared to Apply for License in New Orleans
The Louisiana health department has allowed Planned Parenthood to apply for a license to provide abortion services in New Orleans, backtracking on a previous rule that barred the organization from opening a clinic in the city. In January, under the administration of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) issued a letter to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast refusing to allow its new state of the art clinic in New Orleans to perform abortions on the legal "excuse" that it did not show a need for a new facility to perform abortions in Louisiana....

6/12/2015 - An Appeals Court Just Upheld the Law Closing Abortion Clinics in Texas
Texas' Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld harmful anti-abortion provisions this week stating that forcing a woman seeking abortion care to leave the state does not pose undue burden....

6/11/2015 - UPDATE: Murder Charges Dropped for Georgia Woman Taking Abortion Pills
Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards announced yesterday that murder charges against a Georgia woman who ended her pregnancy using a prescription abortion pill she ordered online have been dropped. According to Dougherty County authorities, Kenlissa Jones was arrested on Saturday after a call from hospital social worker....

6/10/2015 - Georgia Woman Charged with Murder for Taking Abortion Pills
A 23-year-old Georgia woman was arrested yesterday and charged with malice murder and possession of a dangerous drug for attempting an at-home abortion using the drug misoprostol....

6/9/2015 - Virginia's Abortion Clinics Renew Licenses Amidst Regulation Dispute
The Virginia Board of Health announced last week that all 18 abortion clinics in the state have renewed their licenses, despite anti-abortion efforts to place limitations on Virginia clinics. Virginia has issued a number of Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws and regulations over the past few years, causing 13 of the state's 18 abortion clinics to fall under regulating violations....

6/8/2015 - Organizations Urge the President to Reinterpret Helms Amendment and Aid Nigerian Refugees
Catholics for Choice in partnership with the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) launched a campaign last week in response to more than 200 girls raped and impregnated by Boko Haram members, urging President Obama to reinterpret the Helms Amendment to include abortion care. Over 400 women and children who were kidnapped by Boko Haram were returned earlier this year, many of whom are pregnant as the result of rape....

6/5/2015 - Medical Experts Are Challenging an Arizona Law that Forces Doctors to Lie to Women
Arizona health care providers filed a complaint in federal court yesterday challenging a recently passed state law requiring doctors to give patients false information, including that it may be possible to "reverse" a medical abortion. At issue is a provision in SB 1318, which passed 18 to 11 and is scheduled to take effect next month, that requires doctors to provide false information about medical abortions to those seeking abortion care....

6/3/2015 - Groups Hold National Day of Action to Oppose "Fast Tracking" of TPP
Activist groups are hosting a National Call-in Day of Action today, asking individuals across the nation to call their Representatives in the U.S....

6/1/2015 - Kansas House Passes Amendment to Abortion Bill
The Kansas House of Representatives passed a bill this weekend to slightly lessen Kansas women's access to abortion care....