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7/2/2010 - House Subcommittee Approves Family Planning Funding
The House State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee approved a markup of the FY 2011 appropriations bill yesterday afternoon that will allocate $735 million to family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs....

6/9/2010 - Lincoln, Fiorina Win in Key Primaries
Incumbent Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and California Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina won their respective primary races Tuesday....

6/2/2010 - Imprisoned Malawian Gay Couple Pardoned, Released
A Malawian couple who had been sentenced to 14 years of hard labor for being gay was released Saturday after a presidential pardon....

3/18/2010 - Canada's Foreign Aid Plan Will Not Include Birth Control
Canadian government officials stated this week that their initiative to save the lives of women and children in developing nations will not include family planning supplies or services of any sort....

12/17/2009 - Obama Signs Omnibus Spending Bill
President Barack Obama signed the FY 2010 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which includes several major gains for women's health and civil liberties, yesterday....

12/11/2009 - FY 2010 Appropriations Bill Includes Sex Education Funds
Congress released the final FY 2010 appropriations bill Wednesday night, which eliminates traditional sources of funding for abstinence-only programs and instead provides funding for "a new evidence-based teenage pregnancy prevention initiative." The bill calls for $114.5 million to be appropriated for the new programs, which will include age appropriate and medically accurate information on both contraception and abstinence, will be distributed through the new Office of Adolescent Health under the Department of Health and Human Services....

11/5/2009 - Carly Fiorina to Challenge Senator Barbara Boxer
Carly Fiorina, former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard and a former spokeswoman for John McCain's 2008 campaign, officially announced that she will run against Senator Barbara Boxer, a fearless, dedicated champion for women's rights, in the 2010 election....

10/20/2009 - Permanent Repeal of Global Gag Rule Faces Opposition
An amendment to the 2010 Senate Foreign Operations Spending Bill that would permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule is drawing protest from anti-choice groups....

10/13/2009 - FMF Hosts Women of Color Conference at Spelman College
Over three hundred women of color and their allies gathered at the Third Annual Women of Color Conference at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia on October 9 and 10....

7/10/2009 - Senate Moves on Permanently Banning Global Gag Rule
The Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to the foreign aid appropriations bill yesterday that would permanently ban the Global Gag Rule....

5/15/2009 - Randall Terry Plans to Target Obama's Notre Dame Speech
Randall Terry, the founder of the militant anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, is planning to "make a circus" out of President Obama's Sunday commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame....

3/10/2009 - Australia Global Gag Rule Lifted
The Australian government announced a decision yesterday to repeal a foreign aid ban that mirrored the Global Gag rule in the US....

1/26/2009 - Obama Pledges Restoration of US Funding for UNFPA
President Obama pledged on Friday to restore United States funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in upcoming appropriations....

1/23/2009 - Victory for Women! Global Gag Rule Repealed
The Feminist Majority applauds President Barack Obama for issuing an executive order today that repeals the Global Gag Rule....

1/21/2009 - Executive Action Expected This Week on Women's Rights Issues
The incoming Obama/Biden administration is expected to address several key women's rights issues within the next week....

12/8/2008 - Mary Jo Kilroy Wins Close Ohio House Race
Mary Jo Kilroy won a tight race for Ohio's 15th congressional district by a 2,311 vote margin and officially declared victory last night....

8/11/2008 - Democratic Platform Adopted, Victory for Women
The Democratic Platform Committee adopted a very strong platform for women this weekend in Pittsburgh....

6/10/2008 - Australia Considers Lifting Abortion Gag Rule
The Australian government is considering lifting its restriction on foreign aid that prohibits groups receiving funds from Australia from providing abortion counseling, services or training....

5/1/2008 - Ms. Magazine Forum Raises Awareness on International Family Planning
Ms Magazine held a forum at the National Press Club on Wednesday to raise awareness for the effort to increase funding for international family planning to $1 billion in the Foreign Operations Appropriations Act....

1/23/2008 - Lethal Consequences of Global Gag Rule in Kenya
The Global Gag Rule prohibits family planning programs receiving US federal funds from speaking about or counseling on abortion....

1/11/2008 - Women's Organizations Host Feminist Economic Justice Summit
The NOW Foundation, the National Council of Negro Women and the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) will convene the 2008 Economic Justice Summit In Atlanta, Georgia April 10-12....

1/11/2008 - Feminist Legislation Held Up in Congress
As Congress returns, much feminist legislation is still pending....

1/3/2008 - Bush Signs Domestic Spending Bill
President Bush signed a $555 billion domestic spending bill last week, which included $300 million in funding for Title X family planning programs, a $17 million increase from last year�s $283 million....

12/18/2007 - House Approves Increase in Title X Funding
The House approved a $515.7 billion domestic spending bill on Monday that will greatly increase Title X funding....

11/2/2007 - Biden and Lugar Introduce International Violence Against Women Act
Senators Joseph Biden (D-DE) and Richard Lugar (R-IN), the chair and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced yesterday the International Violence Against Women Act....