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10/13/2015 - EEOC Launches Hollywood Gender Discrimination Probe
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has contacted several women directors in Hollywood in an effort to determine whether legal intervention is necessary to disrupt the industry's discriminatory hiring practices. In a letter sent to some 50 women filmmakers, the EEOC - which is responsible for protecting individuals from employment discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion and national origin through enforcement of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - requested interviews with them to "learn more about the gender-related issues" women behind the camera face in both the film and television industries. In May, following the release of a study by the San Diego State University Center for the Study of Women in Television in Film revealing only 7 percent of 2014's 250 top-grossing movies were helmed by women, the ACLU of Southern California and the national ACLU Women's Rights Project urged state and federal rights agencies to investigate Hollywood's failure to hire equal numbers of women....

7/22/2015 - Questions Remain After Police Release Footage of Sandra Bland's Arrest
Texas officials today released dashboard camera video footage showing Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia physically threatening Sandra Bland, a 28-year old African-American woman who died in police custody last week. In the video, Encinia is heard telling Bland, who had been stopped for a traffic violation, to get out of her vehicle....

1/16/2015 - Senator Introduces Four Extreme Bills Attacking Reproductive Rights
Right-wing Senator David Vitter (R-LA), who has announced that he plans to run for governor this year, introduced four bills in the Senate that represent his extreme anti-abortion and anti-reproductive health stance. The US House last week introduced a bill to ban 20-week abortions - that bill, and the four introduced by Vitter, add up to five anti-reproductive health bills introduced by Republican legislators in just the first three days of the new Congress....

10/30/2014 - North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1
Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall. The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies. Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception....

10/22/2014 - Doctors Warn That Measure 1 Would End In Vitro Fertilization in North Dakota
Doctors at North Dakota's only clinic offering in vitro fertilization (IVF) are speaking out to warn voters that Measure 1, a proposed personhood amendment in the state, would make the practice illegal. Dr....

10/6/2014 - Religious Leaders Unite in Tennessee and Colorado to Oppose Extreme Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures
Local religious leaders have come together to denounce ballot measures in Tennessee and Colorado that, if passed, would jeopardize access to abortion in those states. At Sunday services last week, local clergy from Southern Baptist, Assemblies of God, United Pentecostal, Presbyterian and Free Will Baptist churches, as well as leaders of other faiths, spoke out against Tennessee's Amendment 1, which would allow the government to interfere with women's personal health decisions....

4/17/2014 - Federal Court Permanently Blocks North Dakota's Extreme 6-Week Abortion Ban
A federal district court permanently blocked one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the nation yesterday, calling it "invalid and unconstitutional." The North Dakota law, HB 1456, directly challenged Roe v....

11/12/2013 - Circuit Court Blocks Obamacare Contraception Mandate
Two for-profit companies won a ruling by the Seventh Circuit Court to protect them from the mandate to cover birth control benefits as part of their employee's insurance, as required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act....

10/24/2013 - UN Human Rights Expert Urges US to End Prolonged Solitary Confinement
An independent United Nations human rights expert called on the U.S....

1/16/2013 - New Study Finds Anti-Choice Legislation Used To Infringe on Pregnant Women's Liberties
In addition to restricting reproductive health care access, anti-choice legislation has been increasingly used to deny pregnant women of their rights including the right to physical liberty, according to a new study released in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law on Tuesday....

12/5/2012 - OK State Court Rejects Anti-Abortion Laws
The Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected two anti-abortions laws in near unanimous decisions yesterday....

11/14/2012 - Woman Denied Abortion Dies in Ireland
Savita Halappanavar died last month in Ireland after she was denied an abortion while miscarrying her pregnancy....

11/9/2012 - Arizona Shooter Sentenced to Life in Prison without Parole
Jared Loughner, who attempted to assassinate then Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords, killed six, and wounded thirteen in Tucson, Arizona, in January 2011 was sentenced to seven consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole yesterday....

10/31/2012 - Supreme Court Denies Personhood Appeal in Oklahoma
The US Supreme Court refused to hear a case on Monday brought on by the anti-abortion group Personhood Oklahoma, rejecting its attempt to challenge the Oklahoma court's ruling against a proposed Personhood ballot measure in the state....

6/27/2012 - Paul's Personhood Amendment Stalls Flood Insurance Bill
A fetal personhood amendment introduced by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has stalled a Flood Insurance Bill intended to increase funding for the National Flood Insurance Program just as the hurricane season begins....

6/22/2012 - Ohio Personhood Amendment Lacks Signatures
A proposed Personhood amendment in Ohio likely will not be on the state ballot this November because the group circulating the petition has received only a small percentage of the necessary signatures....

6/7/2012 - Personhood Initiative Pursued in Montana
Opponents of abortion are working to include a personhood initiative on the state's ballot this November....

4/6/2012 - Mothers Protest Inhumane Treatment of Sons in Supermax Prison
A group of mothers and sisters of inmates in an Illinois prison protested the conditions of the facility this week....

12/20/2011 - NV Judge Rewrites Personhood Initiative to Include Possible Effects
District Judge James Wilson Jr....

10/14/2011 - Nigerian Government Petitions for Increased Advocacy for Women's Rights
Recently, Education as Vaccine, a Nigerian organization, petitioned the Ministry of Women Affairs to adopt a more aggressive stance on women's rights issues in the country....

9/12/2011 - MS Supreme Court Allows Personhood Amendment to Appear on Ballot
On Thursday, the Mississippi Supreme Court voted seven to two to permit Measure 26, the Personhood Amendment, to be listed on the state ballot in November....

8/17/2011 - Child Pornography Suit Filed Against Kansas City Dioceses
Last week, a civil lawsuit was filed against the Diocese of Kansas City-St....

7/14/2011 - Toledo Diocese Refuses to Fund Susan G. Komen Foundation
Bishop Leonard Blair of Toledo announced that priests, parochial school administrators, and parishes in the Catholic diocese may no longer hold fundraising events for the Susan G....

3/10/2011 - Wisconsin Republicans Vote for Anti-Union Bill, Breaking Law
Breaking Senate rules and Wisconsin law, Wisconsin Republican senators voted in conference committee yesterday to take away collective bargaining rights of public workers....

1/11/2011 - Feminist Dreams of a Young Girl
A budding feminist and nine-year-old elementary school politician, Christina Taylor Green, was the youngest of six killed in the shooting that occurred at the "Congress on Your Corner" event sponsored by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday. Born on 9/11 and featured in a book entitled Faces of Hope: Babies Born on 9/11, Green expressed an abiding interest in American civic life....