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12/15/2010 - Parental Notification Law Takes Effect in Alaska
In Alaska, a new law requiring that doctors notify a parent of women age 17 and under who are seeking abortions went into effect yesterday after Superior Court Judge John Suddock refused Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest's (PPGNW) request to block it....

11/29/2010 - IVAWA Vote in the Senate Tomorrow
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to vote on the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) tomorrow....

9/1/2010 - IL Supreme Court Will Not Hear Parental Notification Appeal
The Illinois Supreme Court announced yesterday that they will not hear an appeal related to a state law that requires parental notification 48 hours in advance for women 17 or younger obtaining an abortion....

7/28/2010 - Saudi Cleric Comments on French Burqa Issue
Saudi cleric Sheikh Ayedh al-Garni declared last week that it is permissible for women to only wear a hair cover in places where the burqa is banned, namely France....

7/20/2010 - Kagan Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan in a 13 to 6 vote this afternoon....

7/12/2010 - Iranian Woman's Execution Halted
The execution of Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, a 43-year-old Iranian woman who was convicted of adultery and originally sentenced to stoning, has been temporarily halted, according to CNN ....

7/9/2010 - Iran Claims Woman Will Not be Stoned
Yesterday, the Iranian government released its first public statement on the Sakineh Mohammedi Ashtiani case, claiming that she will not be executed by stoning....

7/8/2010 - Malaysia's Islamic Courts Appoint First Women Judges
Malaysia's Islamic courts appointed their first two women judges today....

6/28/2010 - Kagan Senate Confirmation Hearings Begin
The Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan begin today....

6/4/2010 - Parental Notification Initiative to Appear on the Alaska Ballot
On Wednesday, the Alaska State Supreme Court ruled that a parental notification initiative will appear on the Alaska primary ballot in August....

6/3/2010 - Feminist Candidate Faces Run-Off in AL Congressional Race
Feminist candidate Terri Sewell (D) will face a runoff election in July for a congressional seat representing Alabama's 7th District....

3/15/2010 - Court to Hear Arguments on IL Parental Notification Law
A Cook County, Illinois, Circuit Court will hear arguments today on a state parental notification law that has been stalled in the state since 1995....

2/25/2010 - Afghan Women Must be Included in Reconciliation Process
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1/29/2010 - Clinton Speaks on Women and Girls at Afghan Conference
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke briefly yesterday about the need for Afghan women and girls to be involved in the transition of security to the Afghan military....

1/27/2010 - Bangladesh High Court Orders Protection for Flogged Rape Victim
Bangladesh's high court ordered local authorities to find and protect a 16-year-old girl who received 101 lashes last month as punishment for becoming pregnant after she was raped last year....

1/19/2010 - Signatures Submitted in Support of Alaska Parental Notification Initiative
Sponsors of a proposed Alaska ballot initiative seeking a law that would require parental notification before a minor can obtain an abortion submitted signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot late last week....

1/12/2010 - Feminist Majority Alarmed at Rulings in Dr. Tiller Murder Trial
"Let there be no mistake, the rulings of Kansas Judge Warren Wilbert to allow evidence in support of a voluntary manslaughter verdict are being seen by extremists as a green light for those who would murder abortion providers," said Katherine Spillar, Executive Vice President of the Feminist Majority Foundation. Don Spitz, who manages the Army of God website and advocates the murder of abortion providers as "justifiable homicide," has been in touch with confessed killer Scott Roeder....

11/6/2009 - Court Blocks Implementation of Illinois Parental Notification Law
The Illinois Medical Disciplinary Board decided Wednesday that a state parental notification law should go into effect....

9/30/2009 - Biden Marks Anniversary of Violence Against Women Act
Vice President Joe Biden hosted a gathering yesterday for women's rights leaders yesterday to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act....

8/10/2009 - Sotomayor Sworn in to Supreme Court
Judge Sonia Sotomayor was officially sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court on Saturday....

7/21/2009 - Equal Rights Amendment Reintroduced
Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Judy Biggert (R-IL), and more than 50 co-sponsors reintroduced the Equal Rights Amendment today in the House of Representatives....

6/29/2009 - White House Advisor on Violence Against Women Appointed
Vice President Joe Biden announced the appointment of Lynn Rosenthal as the first ever White House Advisor on Violence Against Women Friday....

5/14/2009 - Women Dominate Supreme Court Nominee Short List
White House sources have confirmed a six-person short list of potential Supreme Court nominees being considered by President Obama to replace retiring Justice David Souter....

4/3/2009 - Iowa Supreme Court Rules Same Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that the Iowa Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection clause of the state constitution....

2/25/2009 - Republican Utah State Senator Stripped of Committee Chairmanship over Anti-Gay Remarks
Utah Republican state Senator Chris Buttars was removed from his membership and chairmanship of both the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee and the Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee Friday after public controversy about anti-gay remarks Buttars made to a documentary filmmaker....