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Trump-Pence Administration Will Impose Deadly Gag Rule on Women’s Health Clinics

May 18, 2018 - 5:02pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 18, 2018 Contact: Megan Connor (DC) 703-522-2214 mconnor@feminist.org Candice Mercer (LA) 310-556-2500 cmercer@feminist.org Trump-Pence Administration Will Impose Deadly Gag Rule on Women’s Health Clinics WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Trump-Pence Administration intends to impose a gag rule on all women’s clinics receiving Title X funding prohibiting doctors, nurses, and all healthcare professionals from providing information about abortion. Title X, our nation’s family planning program which began in 1971, provides through clinics or public and nonprofit entities receiving Title X funding a wide range of birth control and preventive health services to poor women, many of whom are women of color, and/or uninsured women and adolescents.  The new domestic gag rule would prevent doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers at these clinics from providing any information about abortion to their patients. This rule would also prohibit such clinics from referring patients to abortion providers. “This dangerous anti-woman and anti-science gag rule would take away from poor women, uninsured women, and adolescents their basic reproductive health services and would result in harming vulnerable women and girls,” said Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation. This rule is designed to prohibit patients eligible for Title X funding from receiving […] Related posts:
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Federal Appeals Court Hears Title IX Complaint Brought by Feminist Majority Foundation

May 16, 2018 - 7:35pm
Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit heard oral arguments in a Title IX sex discrimination complaint brought by the Feminist Majority Foundation against the University of Mary Washington and UMW’s former president Richard Hurley. Related posts:
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Pennsylvania Women Win Big in Primaries

May 16, 2018 - 6:58pm
Pennsylvania currently has no women serving in the U.S. Congress, but that could soon change following a strong performance from women candidates in yesterday’s primary race, many of whom have a strong chance at winning their general elections. Related posts:
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Arizona Teachers Strike to Protest Low Wages and Funding Cuts

May 4, 2018 - 3:27pm
Yesterday, Arizona teachers successfully ended their five day walkout after the Governor signed a plan giving educators a 19 percent pay raise.  Related posts:
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Journalists Killed While Covering Explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan

May 2, 2018 - 3:56pm
ISIS took credit for the attacks which killed 30 civilians including nine journalists. No related posts.
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Women’s and Labor Rights Advocates hold Enough is Enough Summit on Sex Harassment

April 30, 2018 - 3:53pm
Last week the Enough is Enough Summit and Briefing on Capitol Hill harnessed the momentum of the #MeToo movement to bring together a diverse group of lawyers, activists, and policy makers to think through comprehensive survivor-centered policy solutions to the sexual harassment and violence epidemic in workplaces and schools. Related posts:
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Reproductive Justice and Immigrant Rights Activist Detained by ICE Granted Bond

April 20, 2018 - 6:37pm
In March, Alejandra Pablos was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement  (ICE) and was held in the Eloy Detention Center in Arizon for 43 days. Alejandra traveled to Arizona from Virginia for a scheduled check-in with ICE where she was subsequently detained. On April 19, Alejandra was released from the Eloy Detention Center after a judge granted her request for bond. Alejandra is a vocal activist in Washington, D.C. who works at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health as the Virginia Latina Advocacy Network field coordinator, works with digital and grassroots social organizing hub Mijente, and is an abortion storyteller with We Testify, a program of the National Network of Abortion Funds. These organizations and groups, as well as others across the country, spoke out, organized, and raised funds to make Ale’s release happen. Mijente launched a petition for Alejandra’s release that gained over 20,000 signatures and social justice activists and organizations from across the country wrote letters in support of Alejandra’s release.  Supporters raised the necessary $8,000 to pay Alejandra’s bond on April 19. Several organizations suspect Alejandra was detained due to her political activism and her participation at a protest outside the Department of Homeland Security just […] Related posts:
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Desiree Linden Becomes First American Woman to Win Boston Marathon in Over Three Decades

April 19, 2018 - 2:00pm
Desiree Linden won the women’s division of the Boston Marathon on Monday; the first American woman to win the race since 1985. It was a big day for American women, who claimed seven of the top eight spots in the race. The conditions were terrible  But Linden pushed her way through a powerful headwind and cold rain to triumph at the Boston Marathon- the first time a U.S. woman has won in 33 years. Linden was almost speechless as she crossed the finish line embracing her husband and coach. “It’s supposed to be hard,” Linden told reporters after the face, shivering with a wreath atop her head. “It’s good to get it done.” While her winning time of 2 hours, 39 minutes and 54 seconds isn’t her personal best, it was enough to bring her to victory given the poor weather conditions. In the 2011 Boston Marathon, Linden came in second, just two seconds behind winner Caroline Kilel. Linden is also a two-time Olympian medalist. Winning this years’ marathon has been a personal goal of Linden for years. Linden represented the United States at both the London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. No related posts.
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Activists Observe Inaugural Black Maternal Health Week

April 17, 2018 - 8:33pm
On April 11, the Black Mama’s Matter Alliance launched the inaugural Black Maternal Health Week  (April 11-17) to promote awareness about the high mortality rate for Black mothers in the United States. According to the Black Mama’s Matter Alliance, the events of the inaugural Black Maternal Health Week “serve to amplify the voices of Black mamas and center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements. Activities during BMHW are rooted in human rights, reproductive justice, and birth justice frameworks.” Activists wrote articles, launched digital campaigns, hosted webinars, held movie screenings, and facilitated community discussions in several states to bring attention to the dangerous health crisis that impacts Black mothers and their children, families, and communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Black mothers die at more than 3 times the rate of white mothers due to pregnancy related conditions and complications nationally. In Texas, the state Maternal Mortality Task Force found that while Black women only account for 11.4% of all births, Black women constituted 28.4% of maternal deaths in the state. In New York City, Black mothers are 12 times more likely to die than their white counterparts. Black maternal mortality gained media attention after […] Related posts:
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Illinois Senate Votes To Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

April 12, 2018 - 2:33pm
Yesterday the Illinois State Senate voted 43-12 with no debate to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The initiative now heads to the Illinois House, where advocates warn passage is not a “slam-dunk.” While both chambers have approved the ERA in the past, it has never cleared both the Senate and the House in the same legislative session. No related posts.
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