More Than ‘Just Women’s Issues’ in Moral Week of Action
“The Moral Mondays movement, which has seen protesters calling for social justice in North Carolina every Monday for nearly 70 weeks, expanded to a full week of actions in 12 states starting on Friday.”
The Price of Our Blood: Why Ferguson Is a Reproductive Justice Issue
“The events that have unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri, in recent weeks have revealed many tragedies, among them the fact that the death of so many youth of color in this country is still debatable in its status as a vaunted “feminist issue.” But it is, and the expansive definition of reproductive justice, which reaches into the universe of conditions necessary to create and sustain life, shows us how.”
New Law Requires Civilian Review of California Military Sexual Assault Cases
"California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law on Thursday a bill that will take the prosecution of military sexual assault cases out of the chain of command and into the hands of civilian prosecutors in the state."
Ferguson Highlights How State and Local Governments Get So Corrupt
"The fatal shooting of Michael Brown and the shocking police repression in the wake of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, are reviving a discussion that has withered in recent years about the balance of power between federal, state, and local governments when those various levels of government approach community unrest in very different ways. It’s important that this discussion continues, as it’s central to some of the biggest issues of our time, including reproductive justice."
State Officials: Insurers in California Cannot Limit Abortion Coverage
“In letters sent Friday to two insurance giants—Anthem Blue Cross and Kaiser Permanente—California officials said that it is against state law for insurers to opt out of comprehensive coverage of abortion, ‘a basic health care service.’”
California Legislature Votes to Ban Sterilization of Inmates
“Legislation banning the sterilization of inmates in California state prisons is awaiting the governor’s signature after gaining overwhelming support from both the state assembly and senate this week.”
Cincinnati Clinic Will Stop Providing Surgical Abortions This Week
“The Cincinnati-area Lebanon Road Surgery Center, also known as Women’s Med, will end its tenure as an abortion provider, beginning on Friday. The clinic decided not to appeal a Hamilton County judge’sruling that the Ohio Department of Health was within its rights when it revoked the clinic’s license earlier this year.”
Want Peace? Killing Black People Needs To Be Treated as a Crime
"White people, there’s already been a race war in the United States. White people won. You can walk outside anywhere in this country or turn on any media outlet and find evidence that this is true. Enough. It’s time for peace, and here’s one way we can start:
It must be considered a crime until proven otherwise to kill a Black person in America.”
The Media’s Role in Attaining Justice for Black and Missing Persons
“When the media neglects to cover Black missing person stories, it is omitting the fact that people care about missing Black women and girls, and permitting the conditions for this toxic environment of invisibility and violent actions with no recourse to thrive.”
Roberts Court Could Act This Week on Marriage Equality Request
“On Monday, attorneys for the State of Virginia asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay a federal appeals court decision striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and also urged the Court to take up the fundamental question of whether or not states can ban same-sex marriages, ‘as quickly as possible.’”
Two California Universities Move to Drop Insurance Coverage of Abortion
“Starting next year, at least two universities in California will deny faculty, staff, and administrators seeking abortions coverage of the procedure, unless California state officials decide that the move violates state law.”
It’s Not Just Ferguson: Austin’s Problem With Police Brutality
“RH Reality Check spoke with Lenzi Sheible, president of Fund Texas Women—a nonprofit that assists women with the costs of obtaining abortion care—about research she conducted into police killings in her home town of Austin, Texas, a place normally seen as politically and socially progressive.”
The Key to Culture Change Is Coming Straight From the Heart
"More and more, research is finding that long-term attitude and behavior change doesn’t come from our heads, it comes from opening our hearts, acknowledging hurt, and being in touch with our own vulnerability.”
Texas Gov. Rick Perry Indicted on Coercion, Bribery Charges
“An Austin grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on felony corruption charges on Friday after the Republican withheld $7.5 million in two years of funding for a county integrity unit that investigates government misdeeds and fraud.”
BREAKING: Cincinnati Abortion Provider Will Have to Shut Down, Judge Rules
“A Hamilton County judge ruled Friday that the Lebanon Road Surgery Center abortion clinic, also known as the Women’s Med Center of Cincinnati, Ohio, will have to shut down in five days unless it appeals the decision.”
ACLU of Missouri Files Two Lawsuits Against Ferguson Police Department
“The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed two lawsuits against the Ferguson, Missouri, police department Thursday, one requesting the incident report related to the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager, and another challenging the police policy of demeaning and ordering members of the media to stop recording police activities.”
Obama Responds to Ferguson Unrest as Advocates Decry Police Violence
“Obama said that there is no excuse for violence against police or for vandalism and looting, but that there is also no excuse for using excessive force against peaceful protesters who are exercising their First Amendment rights.”
“It was just one anti-choice fanatic who eagerly blamed the suicide of Robin Williams on abortion, but it’s indicative of the larger and incredibly sleazy tactic of linking abortion and depression, despite the lack of evidence of a connection.”
The Evidence Is In: Decriminalizing Sex Work Is Critical to Public Health
"Why are researchers only just beginning to recognize the connection between the decriminalization of sex work and HIV? And why is the trend toward criminalizing populations involved in the sex trades increasing in the United States—moving in the opposite direction from other countries?"
Crossing borders is a part of life in El Paso in far West Texas, where people may walk into Mexico to visit family or commute to New Mexico for work. But getting an abortion doesn’t require leaving town.
That could change if a federal judge upholds new Texas rules that would ban abortions at 18…
"By undercutting insurance coverage of contraceptives for some women, the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision sets a dangerous precedent. The Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage guarantee has already helped millions of American women obtain contraceptive services without out-of-pocket costs. We need to make sure that we not only hold on to these gains, but expand insurance coverage to all women who need it. "
Report: Racial Discrimination Severely Undermines Black Women’s Health
"On Wednesday, August 13, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination begins a two-day review of the United States government’s efforts, or lack thereof, to address pervasive racial discrimination in law and practice."
"Comprehensive contraceptive coverage improves use: Methods of contraception differ dramatically in their effectiveness and are not interchangeable medically or otherwise. That’s why the ACA contraceptive coverage benefit matters so much—women need access to the full range of contraceptive methods."
#TwitterFail: Twitter’s Refusal to Handle Online Stalkers, Abusers, and Haters
“What began as a fun way to pass the time and form connections with people online has become an exercise in personal fortitude. Why is Twitter ignoring its users cries for help? And why has Twitter left the abuse problem to its users to solve?”
Parental Consent and Notification Laws Are Dangerous. You Can’t Legislate Healthy Family Communication
“Legislators cannot solve family issues or force a young person to talk to their parents. Policy decisions are not the right place to interfere with family dynamics or personal medical decisions. We need to put the health and safety of young people first.”
El Salvador’s Right-Wing Media Begins Sustained Campaign Against Releasing 17 Women Imprisoned on Abortion-Related Charges
“High-profile ultra-conservative Salvadoran right-to-life forces have launched a vicious attack in response to the slow but significant gains achieved by the Salvadoran feminist campaign to secure legal pardons for Las 17, the 17 Salvadoran women unjustly imprisoned on abortion-related charges.”