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7/20/2000 - Senate Demonstrates Pattern of Sexism and Racism
The Congressional Black Caucus has charged the Republican-controlled US Senate of demonstrating racist and sexist tendencies in confirming judicial appointments....

7/19/2000 - "Priests for Life" Supports Anti-Abortion Extremists
Fr....

7/12/2000 - Mexican PAN Has Anti-Women's Rights Record
The recently elected right-wing National Action Party (PAN), led by president-elect Vicente Fox, has a disturbing history of hostility towards women's human rights....

7/7/2000 - Federal Execution Delayed Due to Racial and Geographic Concerns
Citing the absence of clemency procedures and concerns about racial and geographic disparities in death penalty cases, President Clinton is planning to postpone what was to be the first federal execution in almost 40 years....

6/29/2000 - UN report cites continued violations against the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan
UN report cites continued violations against the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan This week United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan presented his most recent report on the situation in Afghanistan to the U.N....

6/26/2000 - Lawsuit Challenges Kuwait Denial of Women's Suffrage
Women's rights advocates in Kuwait may potentially experience a historic advancement in gender equality....

4/12/2000 - Texas Supreme Court Refuses Judicial Bypass to Minor Seeking Abortion
In an outrageous decision, the Texas Supreme Court refused a minor's request for a judicial bypass of the state's recently enacted parental notification law, arguing that she "did not show she was mature enough and sufficiently well informed to make that decision on her own," the Associated Press resported....

1/27/2000 - MA Supreme Court Rules Buffer Zones Constitutional
The Massachusetts Supreme Court has ruled that a 25-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics would not be a violation of First Amendment free speech rights....

1/20/2000 - Parental Consent Measures Introduced in West Virginia, Arizona
Legislators in West Virginia and Arizona have proposed measures requiring minors to obtain parental consent before seeking an abortion....

11/16/1999 - Supreme Court Leaves Lesbian Visitation Rights Intact
The U.S....

10/6/1999 - Massachusetts Anti-Choice Activists to Block Judicial Confirmation
Massachusetts for Life attempted to stop the confirmation of Margaret Marshall as Chief Justice for the Supreme Judicial Court because of her involvement with the Chrittenton Hastings House, a pro-choice reproductive health center for single mothers that performs abortions....

9/24/1999 - Nat'l Women's Law Center Assails Senate Blockage of Judicial Confirmations
The National Womens Law Center drew attention yesterday to the Senates unwillingness to hold confirmation votes for a number of eligible judicial nominees, some of whom have been waiting years for a confirmation....

9/22/1999 - Honor Killings: Justification for Oppression
Amnesty International released a report on Tuesday exposing the brutal practice of honor killings in Pakistan....

8/24/1999 - Afghan Women Forced Into Prostitution
The Herald Magazine recently published an article contending that "scores" of Afghan women have turned to prostitution in order to support themselves....

6/2/1999 - First Woman Chief Justice in SC
South Carolina's legislature elected a woman as Chief Justice of its Supreme Court for the first time today....

5/20/1999 - Canadian Supreme Court Gives Legal Recognition to Lesbian and Gay Couples
In a tremendous victory for lesbian and gay rights, the Canadian Supreme Court today ruled that the Canadian province of Ontario must rewrite its laws to include same-sex couples, arguing that its current definition of "spouse" as a person of the opposite sex is unconstitutional....

5/4/1999 - Panama Elects First Woman President
Mireya Elisa Moscoso, widow of three-time president Arnulfo Arias, was elected Panama's first woman president on Sunday....

4/21/1999 - Feminist Majority Foundation Supports Amendment to Enforce Clinic Protection Laws
The Feminist Majority Foundation is in full support of S.625, Senator Schumer's proposed amendment to Section 523(a) of title 11, United States Code....

4/9/1999 - Senate Judiciary Committee Accused of Obstructing Presidential Appointees
The Washington, DC-based People for the American Way (PFAW) issued a statement yesterday in which the group argued that members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have willfully obstructed the progress of President Clinton's judicial appointees, many of whom are women or minorities....

4/8/1999 - Senate Judiciary Committee Accused of Obstructing Presidential Appointees
The Washington, DC-based People for the American Way (PFAW) issued a statement yesterday in which the group argued that members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have willfully obstructed the progress of President Clinton's judicial appointees, many of whom are women or minorities....

3/16/1999 - Commission Approves CEDAW Protocol
The U.N....

11/20/1998 - Bin Laden Cleared of Charges
The Taliban has declared Osama bin Laden innocent of all charges and a free man today....

10/9/1998 - Senator Blocks Henney Nomination to the FDA
Action on Jane Henney's nomination as head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been delayed by Senate majority Whip Don Nickles, R-Okla....

8/20/1998 - Presbyterian Church: Church Elders Positions Reserved for Heterosexuals
The highest court of the Presbyterian Church ruled that Ray Whetstone, a gay man who was ordained as a Church elder in 1996, may continue to serve in that role until his three-year term expires in December....

5/7/1998 - Minister Fired for Performing Gay Marriages; Rabbis Avoid Issue
United Methodist pastor Rev....