Maryland and New York to put abortion on the ballot for 2024

Abortion rights advocates are continuing to pursue the strategy of leaving abortion issues up to the voters. Both Maryland and New York have certified statewide measures related to abortion policies to include on the ballot in their 2024 elections. This has proven to be an effective strategy based on the wins in California, Michigan, Vermont, […]

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North Carolina bans abortion after 12 weeks

North Carolina has become the latest state to pass legislation restricting abortion access. The state’s Republican-controlled house and senate voted along party lines to override Democratic governor Roy Cooper’s veto of SB 20.  The bill will replace the current law that allows abortions up to 20 weeks of pregnancy and will narrow this window to […]

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FDA unanimously votes in favor of over-the-counter birth control

In an exciting win for reproductive rights, a FDA advisory panel voted unanimously in favor of the use of the “Opill,” Perrigo Co’s oral contraceptive, without a prescription. This will be the first over-the-counter birth control pill available in the United States. Over 100 countries throughout the world have already approved birth control for over-the-counter […]

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Minnesota becomes a refuge for abortion access and LGBTQ rights

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has signed three new powerful legislative acts into law to protect individuals fleeing their home states to access abortions and gender-affirming care and to ban conversion therapy for minors. The first act, the Reproductive Freedom Defense Act, prohibits the “enforcement in Minnesota of laws, subpoenas, judgements, or extradition requests by other […]

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Majority of US Senators vote for historic ERA Resolution

For the first time in history, identical Joint Resolutions have been introduced in both the House and the Senate, removing the time limit and affirming that the Equal Rights Amendment ratification “is valid to all intents and purposes as part of the United States Constitution having been ratified by the legislatures of 3/4ths of the […]

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Women’s and Gender Studies Programs Under Attack

Ahead of an anticipated presidential bid, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has made it his mission to demonize discussions of race, gender, and sexuality and delegitimize academic programs involving gender studies or critical race theory. Last year, two bills went into effect in the state, the “Stop WOKE Act” and the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, barring […]

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Inequality persists on Equal Pay Day

Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal and former Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney joined other feminist leaders in New York City today to celebrate Equal Pay Day and draw attention to the ongoing pay inequalities between men and women.  The Government Accountability Office released a concerning new report highlighting the underrepresentation of women in management positions as well […]