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6/2/2014 - Obama Makes His Mark on Federal Appeals Courts
The make-up of the thirteen US federal appeals courts experienced a marked change under the Obama Administration....

4/7/2014 - Alabama Passes Bill Further Restricting Abortion Access for Minors
Minors will soon find it harder to obtain an abortion in Alabama, after the state legislature passed a bill last week creating more rules around parental consent. A minor's parent is already required to sign a consent form, but HB 494 will now require parents to do so in front of the physician performing the procedure....

2/24/2014 - Bolivian Court Relaxes Requirements for Women Seeking Abortion
Bolivia's highest court issued a decision last week to remove the requirement that women must obtain judicial authorization in order to have a legal abortion. Bolivia's constitution guarantees equal treatment to all citizens, including women and indigenous peoples....

2/6/2014 - Afghan Parliament Votes to Silence Victims of Violence
Both houses of the Afghan Parliament have voted to pass an act that would prohibit relatives from testifying against a criminal defendant in a judicial proceeding....

1/17/2014 - Report: Burma Army Uses Rape as Weapon of War
The Women's League of Burma (WLB) released a report on Tuesday revealing the Burmese Army's continued, systematic rape of girls and women since the country's 2010 elections....

11/21/2013 - Press Release: Feminist Majority Applauds Change in Senate Filibuster Rules
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2013 Feminist Majority Applauds Change in Senate Filibuster Rules WASHINGTON --The U.S....

11/12/2013 - Feminist Groups Condemn Senate Republicans for Extending War on Women to Judicial Nominations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 12, 2013 Feminist Majority and Allies Call for Up-or-Down Vote on Nina Pillard WASHINGTON -- Feminist Majority, The National Organization for Women (NOW) and the Black Women's Roundtable today deplored the Senate Republican leadership extending the War on Women to judicial nominations....

11/7/2013 - Lawmakers Push for Changes in Military Sexual Assault Prosecutions
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and a team of bipartisan lawmakers kicked off a two-week push yesterday to pass the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA), an amendment to the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)....

11/1/2013 - Oklahoma Tightens Laws to Deny Teenagers Abortion Rights
Starting today, girls in Oklahoma under the age of 18 will be forced to abide by stricter parental consent laws in order to obtain an abortion. The Oklahoma Board of Health voted in early October to update the state's previous parental notification laws....

10/7/2013 - Nebraska Supreme Court Denies 16-Year-Old Foster Child an Abortion
The Nebraska Supreme Court refused on Friday to grant a 16-year-old foster child's request to get an abortion without parental consent. A 2011 Nebraska law requires minors under 18 to obtain notarized parental consent in order to obtain an abortion....

9/11/2013 - Afghanistan Leaders Discuss Need for More Women Judges
At a four-day conference at the Afghan Supreme Court in Kabul last week, over 180 female judges affiliated with the Afghan Women Judges Association (AWJA) and other leaders discussed strategies for improving the number of Afghanistan's female judges and ensuring justice to those who come to the courts....

8/20/2013 - PA Voter ID Law Blocked By Federal Judge
A 2012 Pennsylvania law that requires voters to show photo ID in order to vote has once again been blocked from being enforced during an upcoming election by a state judge on Friday. Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley has barred the law from going into effect until a trial determines a final decision regarding the law's validity....

8/9/2013 - Honor Killing Leaves Unease About Future of Afghan Women Rights
A Mullah has issued fatwa, or religious edict, for the execution of a woman named Halima who has been in hiding since April....

4/26/2013 - Jenny Yang Confirmed for EEOC
Late last night, Congress approved the nomination of Jenny Yang as a commissioner to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission....

4/19/2013 - ND Judge Overturns Medical Abortion Ban
A North Dakota Judge has overturned a 2011 law that restricted drug-induced abortions yesterday, citing it as unconstitutional....

4/17/2013 - STOP Act Reintroduced in Congress
At a press conference this morning, Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-CA) announced that she is reintroducing the Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act (STOP Act) to address sexual assault in the military. In an official statement, Speier said "The epidemic of military rape and sexual assault is a damning indictment of the military judicial system's treatment of these cases....

3/13/2013 - Senate Hearing on Sexual Assault in the Military Begins Today
Today Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, convened a hearing to investigate sexual assault in the military....

3/4/2013 - Obama Quickens Judicial Appointments, Expands Diversity
President Obama has increased his number of judicial appointments in an attempt to diversify the federal judiciary....

2/22/2013 - Bill to Repeal Death Penalty Passes MD Senate Committee
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's bill to abolish the death penalty has passed in the state Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on a 6 to 5 vote....

2/13/2013 - OK House Committee Passes Anti-Abortion Bills
The Oklahoma State House Public Safety Committee passed three abortion-related bills Tuesday that make it more difficult for girls under the age of 18 to receive an abortion without parental consent....

2/7/2013 - Somalia Jails Alleged Rape Victim
A Somali woman who accused government security forces of rape was sentenced to one year in prison on Tuesday after the court ruled that her accusation was false....

11/14/2012 - Ugandan Speaker: "Kill A Gay" Bill Will Pass This Year
This week Uganda's parliamentary speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, said Uganda's "Kill a Gay" bill will be passed by the end of the year and intends to offer it as a so-called "Christmas Gift" for Ugandans....

10/10/2012 - AK Court Rules on Parental Notification
In a decision issued earlier this week, an Alaskan Superior Court judge upheld the constitutionality of a state law requiring parental notification for women under 17 who are seeking an abortion....

10/1/2012 - Uruguay Legalizes Abortion
In Uruguay, the Chamber of Deputies voted 50 to 49 last week to legalize abortion....

4/6/2012 - Obama Forum on Women and the Economy
This morning, President Barack Obama, in addressing some 300 women leaders, activists, business leaders and entrepreneurs and academics at a White House Forum on Women and the Economy, emphasized the gains for women under his Administration, including increasing judicial appointments, preventive health care coverage, removal of sex discrimination in insurance pricing and saving teacher jobs....