Not Alone: The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault is just that—an initial step in an ongoing process. But it’s substantial enough to have provoked a considerable response, both positive and negative, from advocates for survivors of sexual assault.
In a decision interpreting the state’s chemical endangerment statute, two justices of the Alabama Supreme Court argued for jailing women who terminate pregnancies.
For every odious anti-choice bill that passes into law, there are about a dozen others that fail, or never see the light of day. Here’s a list of some major bullets dodged so far this year in the state legislatures.
Rep. Margo Davidson is campaigning for the upcoming Democratic primary on a pro-choice platform, but she has in the past voted for a bill that shut down abortion clinics in the state as well as for a law banning insurers from selling policies that cover abortion care through the state’s insurance exchange.
The Roberts Court will issue an opinion in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties cases in June, but that decision will likely not be the last one from the Supreme Court on the challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit.
Cecily McMillan is now on trial for defending herself at an Occupy Wall Street protest after she felt someone grab her breast. McMillan’s decision to fight back—both immediately after she was groped and now, in court—is brave, and sends a powerful message that women should not be blamed for defending themselves.
There’s a good chance the Roberts Court will make it easier for anti-choice advocates to influence elections by misleading the public.
One of the most exciting state house races in Pennsylvania this year is a primary race between two Democrats, Reps. Harry Readshaw and Erin Molchany, for House District 36 in Pittsburgh.
Federal courts are increasingly recognizing Title VII protects against employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, which is why a broad ruling in the Hobby Lobby case could be especially devastating.
Even though prostitution is legal in Switzerland, sex workers cannot rely on the courts to uphold their legitimate employment complaints.