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4/17/2015 - Senate Passes Compromise Bill Increasing Federal Funding for Abstinence-Only Sex Education
The Senate overwhelmingly approved of HR 2 on Tuesday, a $200 billion package that included an enormous increase of federal funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage (AOUM) curricula. The US Senate voted 92-8 to pass HR 2, which has been known as the "doc fix" for Medicaid reimbursement rates, as well as many other health care provisions....

4/16/2015 - March2Justice Protesters Embark on 250-Mile March to Protest Police Brutality
Marchers are ending an eight-day journey across 250 miles and five states to deliver anti-profiling and police-force-militarization legislation from New York City to Washington, D.C....

4/16/2015 - One Year Since the Kidnappings, #BringBackOurGirls Still Matters
In April of 2014, almost 300 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram....

4/14/2015 - Democratic Senators Pushed for the Paycheck Fairness Act for Equal Pay Day
Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) joined Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and five Democratic women of the Senate today to urge Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act....

4/13/2015 - Feminists Are Cheering on Hillary's Presidential Bid
Hillary Clinton's unique social media entrance to the 2016 presidential race dominated news Sunday and was received well by many - especially feminists. Emily's List, the National Organization for Women, and the Women's Media Center were just a few of those who joined in the flurry of support for Clinton's candidacy announcement yesterday through a video in which Clinton declared that "everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion." "Gender matters in the United States today," President of the National Organization for Women Terry O'Neill wrote yesterday....

4/10/2015 - Voter Suppression Efforts Quietly Advance in Nevada
Nevada Republicans, having won control of the state legislature in 2014, are moving to increase barriers to voting. A series of proposed laws in the state attack voting rights by mandating photographic voter identification cards and proof of citizenship to verify voting eligibility and narrowing early voting windows....

4/10/2015 - US Ranks 16th Worldwide on 2015 Social Progress Index
The United States ranks 16th in the recently released 2015 Social Progress Index, which assesses and scores countries worldwide across three categories: Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and Opportunity....

4/9/2015 - The Obama Administration Has Come Out Against Anti-Gay "Conversion Therapy"
On Wednesday, President Obama announced that his administration condemns "conversion therapy" for LGBT youth. The statement was in response to a WhiteHouse.gov petition that was created after the suicide of transgender teenager Leelah Alcorn, which gained more than 120,000 signatures....

4/8/2015 - A Judge Just Dramatically Reduced the Sentence of a Man Convicted of Raping a Toddler
On Friday, Superior Judge M....

4/8/2015 - Kansas Has Banned the Safest, Most Common Kind of Second-Trimester Abortion
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R), who is openly anti-abortion, just signed into law a bill that makes Kansas the first state to ban most second-trimester abortions. SB95, which was drafted by the National Right to Life Committee, will take effect July 1....

4/6/2015 - Brutally Murdered Afghan Woman Becomes Symbol for Women's Rights
Last month, 27-year-old Farkhunda was falsely accused of burning the Koran then brutally murdered after standing up for her beliefs in front of a shrine attendant in Kabul, Afghanistan....

4/6/2015 - Major League Baseball Begins Mandatory Domestic Violence Prevention Training
Six months after Major League Baseball met with the players union to discuss their domestic violence policy, the organization has begun mandatory training on domestic violence prevention. The brutal and much publicized footage last summer of NFL player Ray Rice knocking his fiance unconscious sparked national dialogue on gender based violence in professional sports....

4/3/2015 - Malta Passes Law to Ban 'Normalization' Surgery on Intersex Infants, Allow Self-Determination of Gender
Malta's parliament just passed new legislation that allows self-determination of gender (with a simple process to legally change gender), and outlaws unnecessary surgery on intersex babies....

4/2/2015 - An Indiana Woman Was Just Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Having a Miscarriage
Purvi Patel, a 33-year-old woman from Indiana, has been found guilty of feticide and neglect and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Patel was convicted of both terminating her pregnancy on purpose and abandoning a live, delivered fetus....

4/2/2015 - Louisiana Personhood Bill Would Ban Some Forms of Birth Control and Give Fetuses Full Legal Rights
Louisiana Senator Elbert Guillory (R) pre-filed a personhood bill this week calling for a constitutional amendment that would give full legal rights to a fetus, ban many forms of birth control, in vitro fertilization, as well as some health care procedures for pregnant women....

4/1/2015 - On Transgender Day of Visibility, Advocates are Celebrating Trans Lives and Experiences
Today marks the sixth annual International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV), a designated day for the trans community to share and celebrate their lives and experiences. Visibility for the trans community is crucial in a world where 80 percent of trans students feel unsafe at school, 41 percent of trans people have attempted suicide, and where 50 percent of trans people have been raped or assaulted by a romantic partner....

3/27/2015 - Security and Women's Rights are Essential to Afghan Recovery
President Ashraf Ghani and a delegation of some 70 plus Afghan leaders came to the US this week to urge Congress and President Obama to extend the deadline for removing support troops from Afghanistan....

3/27/2015 - Senate 'Vote-A-Rama' Passes Amendments for Equal Pay, Pregnant Workers, Paid Leave, Benefits for Same-Sex Couples
A bipartisan majority of Senators this week voted in favor of budget amendments that show growing momentum for paid sick leave for employees, social security and veterans benefits for same-sex couples, equal pay, and fair treatment for pregnant workers. The votes, though significant, are symbolic....

3/25/2015 - Afghan Woman Beaten to Death After Complaining to Mullah
Updated 4/6/2015 A 27-year-old woman ‎who was falsely accused of burning a copy of the Koran outside of a riverside mosque in a very poor part of Kabul, Afghanistan was brutally beaten and burned alive in March. Shocking videos quickly spread on social media showing crowds of men surrounded by hundreds of onlookers assaulting the 27-year-old Farkhunda with bricks and sticks and repeatedly kicking her....

3/25/2015 - Masked Intruder Attacks Last Abortion Clinic Standing in Mississippi
In the early hours of the morning Monday, a person in a mask wielding what appeared to be a machete attacked the Jackson Women's Health Organization, the last remaining abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi. The clinic revealed in a post on their website the details of the attack on what is affectionately referred to by staff and community members as The Pink House....

3/17/2015 - Vice President Biden Pledges 41 Million to Clear Rape Kit Backlog
Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Mikulski (D-MD) spoke yesterday at a Maryland State Police Laboratory to declare their support for a $41 million budget proposal to combat the national backlog of rape kits. "Testing rape kits should be an absolute priority for the United States of America," Vice President Biden said, referring to the estimated 400,000 untested rape kits nationwide....

3/17/2015 - Penn State Fraternity Suspended for Facebook Page of Nude, Unconscious Women
A Penn State fraternity has been suspended over the discovery of a private Facebook page with photographs of nude women, some of whom appear to have passed out, as well as photos of drug deals and hazing. The State College police, the Interfraternity council, and Penn State are all investigating fraternity Kappa Delta Rho and the damaging evidence on the Facebook page, which had 150 members of current students and fraternity alumni....

3/16/2015 - 'No Ceilings' Report Shows Major Gains and Gaps in Women's Equality
The Clinton Foundation "No Ceilings" report reveals data measuring women and girls' participation worldwide over the past twenty years....

3/16/2015 - Attorney General Confirmation Delayed Over Anti-Abortion Provision of Human Trafficking Bill
The Senate hit an unexpected delay in the consideration of nominee Loretta Lynch for attorney general due to the discovery of an anti-abortion provision hidden within a bipartisan human trafficking bill, which has recently reached an impasse. "I had hoped to turn to her next week, but if we can't finish the trafficking bill, she will be put off again," said majority leader Mitch McConnell on CNN on the delay in Lynch's confirmation....

3/12/2015 - Iowa Supreme Court Hears Telemedicine Abortion Case
The Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday contesting a 2013 decision by state regulators to order limitations on the use of telemedicine for women seeking a medical abortion. Telemedicine is the widely used practice of conferencing with a doctor through a video camera in order to diagnose or prescribe treatment to patients....