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6/29/2015 - The Supreme Court Just Saved Texas Abortion Clinics
The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 today to put a temporary hold on a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that would have closed all but 9 of the state's abortion clinics in Texas. The order from the Supreme Court comes in response to an emergency request filed by women's health care providers on the behalf of Texas women earlier this month asking the Court to stay House Bill 2, which would have taken effect as law on Wednesday....

6/26/2015 - Supreme Court Declares Marriage Equality a Constitutional Right
In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Anthony Kennedy this morning, the Supreme Court of the United States declared that same-sex couples fundamentally have equal protections under the Constitution. The Supreme Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment requires all 50 states to both license a marriage and recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex....

6/26/2015 - President Obama Delivers Moving Eulogy in Charleston
The nation is remembering the nine victims of the Emanuel AME Church mass shooting this week, as President Obama gave an unforgettable eulogy for State Senate Reverend Clementa Pinckney. President Obama knew Reverend Pinckney personally, meeting him during his 2008 election campaign....

6/25/2015 - Supreme Court Decides: Obamacare Lives
In a momentous victory, the US Supreme Court today upheld the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and protected access to health insurance for millions of families and individuals. In its 6-3 decision authored by Chief Justice Roberts, the Supreme Court ruled in King v....

6/25/2015 - The Supreme Court Fair Housing Ruling is a Civil Rights Victory
The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, just upheld the use of disparate impact claims under the 1968 Fair Housing Act, which bans housing discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin. This case ruled that a plaintiff does not need to prove intent to discriminate- a standard that is nearly impossible to meet....

6/24/2015 - Marc Benioff Wants Women to Have Equal Pay and Opportunity at Salesforce
Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce, has laid out a plan to ensure equal pay and equal hiring at the global cloud-based software company. Women Surge, a new program he's instating, is aimed filling gendered gaps in pay and Salesforce's team, as well as pushing women into other opportunities such as leadership positions and important meetings. "My job is to make sure that women are treated 100 percent equally at Salesforce in pay, opportunity and advancement," Benioff said....

6/23/2015 - Confederate Flag Debate Intensifies in Wake of Charleston Shooting
Politicians, retailers, and activists are taking part in a push in South Carolina to have the Confederate flag removed from the grounds of the state Capitol....

6/23/2015 - Senate Narrowly Approves of Vote for Fast Tracking the TPP
The Senate voted this morning to advance consideration of trade promotion authority, also known as "fast track" authority, for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), barely getting the 60 votes necessary to continue the bill. The cloture vote, which was needed in order to proceed with a vote on fast track authority for the TPP, was narrowly passed at 60-37....

6/22/2015 - The Fifth Circuit Has Put Texas Abortion Clinics in Crisis
The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to suspend a ruling upholding harmful anti-abortion provisions from June 9, despite an emergency request filed by women's health care providers asking the Court to "preserve abortion access for all Texas women." The Texas Appeals Court previously stated that forcing a woman seeking abortion care to leave the state does not pose undue burden....

6/22/2015 - Planned Parenthood Cleared to Apply for License in New Orleans
The Louisiana health department has allowed Planned Parenthood to apply for a license to provide abortion services in New Orleans, backtracking on a previous rule that barred the organization from opening a clinic in the city. In January, under the administration of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) issued a letter to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast refusing to allow its new state of the art clinic in New Orleans to perform abortions on the legal "excuse" that it did not show a need for a new facility to perform abortions in Louisiana....

6/19/2015 - TPP "Fast Track" Headed Back to the Senate Again
In what has become a procedural roller-coaster, the House voted 218 to 208 yesterday to pass Trade Promotion Authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)....

6/18/2015 - Adults Shout Racist Insults at Girl Scouts Protesting Animal Abuse
A group of young Girl Scouts who were protesting animal abuse received threatening racial insults by adults attending a public Cecil County meeting in Maryland last month. The Girl Scouts had become concerned with animal rights after reading about poor conditions and mistreatment of pets in local shelters....

6/17/2015 - The Senate Blocked the Military Justice Improvement Act Again
The Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA), championed by Senator Kirsten Gilibrand (D-NY), was once again blocked by the Senate in a vote yesterday. Gilibrand filed the MJIA as an amendment to the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)....

6/17/2015 - BREAKING: Loretta Lynch Takes Oath of Office
Attorney General Loretta Lynch took the oath of office today, becoming the first African American woman to serve in the role....

6/16/2015 - China's Maternal Mortality Rate Has Decreased Dramatically
The National Health and Family Planning Commission released a report this month showing that China's maternal death rate has dropped by over seventy-five percent in the past twenty-five years. China's maternal mortality rate dropped from 23.2 per 100,000 births in 2014 to 21.7 per 100,000 births....

6/15/2015 - New Poll Reaffirms That 1 in 5 College Women are Sexually Assaulted
A recently released Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll reaffirmed the commonly-cited statistic that one in five women, or twenty percent, who attended college in the past four years say they were sexually assaulted....

6/12/2015 - An Appeals Court Just Upheld the Law Closing Abortion Clinics in Texas
Texas' Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld harmful anti-abortion provisions this week stating that forcing a woman seeking abortion care to leave the state does not pose undue burden....

6/12/2015 - New Nigerian Law Forbids Bans Genital Mutilation
Last month outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed a law formally banning female genital mutilation (FGM)....

6/11/2015 - UPDATE: Murder Charges Dropped for Georgia Woman Taking Abortion Pills
Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards announced yesterday that murder charges against a Georgia woman who ended her pregnancy using a prescription abortion pill she ordered online have been dropped. According to Dougherty County authorities, Kenlissa Jones was arrested on Saturday after a call from hospital social worker....

6/10/2015 - Georgia Woman Charged with Murder for Taking Abortion Pills
A 23-year-old Georgia woman was arrested yesterday and charged with malice murder and possession of a dangerous drug for attempting an at-home abortion using the drug misoprostol....

6/10/2015 - Black Girls and Women No Longer Invisible in Police Violence Cases
McKinney TX police officer Eric Casebolt's violent attack on Dajerria Becton, a 15-year-old African American girl at a neighborhood pool party, which was captured on video, went immediately viral over the weekend. There is little data on police violence toward African American women and girls, which, according to the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) "There is a paucity of data in cases of police violence against Black women, which perpetuates the myth that they are not impacted by this problem." Yet we know that 12 African American women were reported killed by police in 2014, and this is only what is currently known....

6/9/2015 - Virginia's Abortion Clinics Renew Licenses Amidst Regulation Dispute
The Virginia Board of Health announced last week that all 18 abortion clinics in the state have renewed their licenses, despite anti-abortion efforts to place limitations on Virginia clinics. Virginia has issued a number of Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws and regulations over the past few years, causing 13 of the state's 18 abortion clinics to fall under regulating violations....

6/9/2015 - Rana Plaza Victims Will Receive Compensation
After a two-year campaign for compensation for the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, the International Labour Organization has succeeded in securing $30 million in compensation. In April 2013 a multi-story building in Bangladesh that housed five garment factories and a shopping center collapsed, killing at least 1,127 workers and injuring another 2,500....

6/8/2015 - Organizations Urge the President to Reinterpret Helms Amendment and Aid Nigerian Refugees
Catholics for Choice in partnership with the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) launched a campaign last week in response to more than 200 girls raped and impregnated by Boko Haram members, urging President Obama to reinterpret the Helms Amendment to include abortion care. Over 400 women and children who were kidnapped by Boko Haram were returned earlier this year, many of whom are pregnant as the result of rape....

6/5/2015 - Senator Gillibrand Continues Fight for Military Justice Improvement Act
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) yesterday filed the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA) as an amendment to the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)....