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1/27/2016 - Study Exposes 'Gender Gap' in Media Coverage of Reproductive Issues
A new study by the Women's Media Center has revealed more than half of news stories focusing on reproductive issues are written by men. According to WMC Media Watch: the Gender Gap in Coverage of Reproductive Issues, men penned 52 percent of bylines discussing issues of reproductive health care - including contraception and abortion - compared to just 37 percent by women....

1/26/2016 - Anti-Abortion Extremists Behind Planned Parenthood Attack Videos Indicted
Two anti-abortion extremists responsible for last year's misleading videos attacking Planned Parenthood have been indicted on criminal charges by a grand jury in Houston, Texas. On Monday, Harris County district attorney Devon Anderson announced that David Daleiden, the director of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) - the group behind deceptive videos falsely accusing Planned Parenthood of illegally selling fetal tissue - was indicted on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record and on a misdemeanor charge related to the purchasing of human organs....

1/21/2016 - Abortion Providers and Escorts Join with Rep. Donna F. Edwards and Reproductive Rights Leaders to Urge House Select Investigative Panel to Focus on Anti-Abortion Violence, or to Disband
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1/15/2016 - NC Abortion Providers Must Now Submit Ultrasounds to State Officials
A North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to submit an ultrasound to state officials for every abortion and induced miscarriage performed after the 16th week of pregnancy took effect on January 1. The law, signed by Governor Pat McCrory in June, demands all doctors performing abortions after 16 weeks to send the State Department of Health and Human Services an ultrasound of the fetus proving the measurements used to determine the fetus' "probable gestational age." Louisiana and Oklahoma have similar ultrasound provisions. Current North Carolina law bans abortion after 20-weeks of pregnancy except in cases of "medical emergencies." As part of the new requirements, doctors performing abortions after 20-weeks must also submit to the state whatever evidence was used to determine that the abortion qualified as a medical emergency....

1/14/2016 - VA Governor Proposes Plan for Free, Long-Lasting Birth Control
Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam announced a $9 million program proposal on Friday that would make free long-lasting birth control available to women who have little or no health insurance....

1/7/2016 - House Approves Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood, Repeal Affordable Care Act
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted 240-181 in favor of a measure to defund Planned Parenthood for one year and repeal key provisions in the Affordable Care Act....

1/6/2016 - Unprecedented Number of Groups & Experts Call on SCOTUS to Overturn Texas TRAP Law
An unprecedented group of medical experts, legislators, legal scholars, business leaders and reproductive justice advocates joined the Center for Reproductive Rights yesterday to announce the filing of 45 amicus briefs, urging the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn a Texas law that threatens to close more than 75% of abortion clinics in the state and deny millions of women access to safe, legal abortion....

1/4/2016 - Federal Appeals Court Halts Utah's Attempt to Defund Planned Parenthood
A federal appeals court granted a temporary injunction on Wednesday, halting Utah Governor Gary Herbert's effort to deny state funding to Planned Parenthood. The 10th U.S....

12/23/2015 - Federal Judge Upholds California Law Requiring CPCs to Post Information on Abortion
A federal judge in California ruled on Monday to uphold a new law requiring crisis pregnancy centers to disclose that they are not licensed medical providers and to post notices providing information about California's public programs offering access to family planning, prenatal and abortion services. U.S....

12/17/2015 - Activists Challenge Arizona Sex and Race-Selective Abortion Law
The National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF) and the Maricopa County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) are challenging a 2011 Arizona anti-abortion law which requires women's reproductive healthcare providers to racially profile Asian and African-American women seeking to terminate their pregnancies in the name of eliminating sex and race-selective abortion. San Francisco's Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday from both groups, who charged that the bill "targets and stigmatizes Black and Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and is based entirely on racially motivated stereotypes and generalizations about Black and AAPI women's reasons for deciding to terminate a pregnancy." According to the law, abortion providers must complete an affidavit stating they have no knowledge that the fetus is being aborted because of its sex or race or face civil action. The appeal is in response to the district court's dismissal of the discrimination case in 2013, which ruled that the groups lacked standing to challenge the law....

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

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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 - 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....

12/10/2015 - 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....

12/7/2015 - 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....

12/1/2015 - 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 - 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....

11/23/2015 - 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....

11/19/2015 - Washington State Clears Planned Parenthood of Wrongdoing
A Washington state investigation into Planned Parenthood has found "no evidence" of wrongdoing on the part of the women's reproductive healthcare provider following allegations the organization was selling or profiting from fetal tissue donations. Washington state joins a growing list of states where probes into Planned Parenthood have failed to turn up proof of any illegal activity....

11/18/2015 - Ohio State House Votes to Cut Funding to Planned Parenthood
The Ohio state House yesterday voted to defund Planned Parenthood in the state, only weeks after the state Senate passed a similar bill....

11/17/2015 - Restrictions on Women's Health Force Women to Self-Induce Abortion, Study Finds
The Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) today released a groundbreaking report on self-induced abortion....