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  Presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren recently declined an invitation for a town hall on Fox News. In an Instagram post, the senator wrote that she didn’t want to “invite millions of Democratic primary viewers to tune in, inflate ratings, and help sell ads for an outlet that profits from racism and hate.” Warren elaborated on the thought-process behind her decision in a Twitter thread, saying that “Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists—it’s designed to turn us against each...
With numerous recent abortion bans and access to contraception becoming more difficult, issues surrounding women's health are in more dire need of attention than ever before. Another aspect of maternal health that demands our attention is the story 30-year-old Emily Manley is sharing. Manley, a resident of Iowa, gave birth to a son, Jettson, in February, ABC13 reported. First, she was mandated by her employer to take all of her paid time off (an unofficial, yet forced maternity leave). After that time was over, Manley's employer,...
  The Alabama state legislature recently passed a bill that bans abortion in all cases, except for the mother’s life being in jeopardy. The bill makes no exceptions for cases of rape or incest. Rapists and guns in this country are offered more legal protection than women. The law also means that “any physician who performs a successful abortion could be charged with a Class A felony and face up to 99 years in prison” according to Vice.  As The Guardian reports, “The Alabama law will disproportionately affect...
  In 1918 women were finally given a portion of the vote: that is, the Representation of the People Act allowed women over 30 who were married to a property owner, were graduates in a University Constituency, or were a member of a Local Government Register (or at least married to one!) to vote in elections. Getting to this partial step towards equality had been one loooooong fight. Thousands upon thousands of women fought for decades for the simple right of having a say in their own lives. So, let’s remember a few...
  In the wake of Georgia passing its new ‘heartbeat bill,” which bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, the heads of two production companies have committed to no longer filming in the state, The Hill reports.  David Simon, creator of HBO’s The Deuce and The Wire, announced in a series of tweets that his production company, Blown Deadline, “will pull Georgia off the list until we can be assured the health options and civil liberties of our female colleagues are unimpaired.” Simon continued to say, “I...
Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate the moms (and important female figures) in your life, but it can also be a time for activism, thanks to two ongoing campaigns specifically highlighting issues facing Black mothers. The National Bail Out collective’s campaign #FreeBlackMamas seeks to raise money to post bail for Black mothers so they can spend time with their families on Mother’s Day. The campaign started in 2017 and represents a collective of different groups, such as Southerners on New Ground and Color of Change. They...
On Tuesday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp passed what’s known as a “fetal heartbeat” bill, a law banning abortion once a heartbeat can be detected, often as early as 6 weeks. Georgia is the fourth state to enact the “heartbeat” bill into law, following Ohio, Kentucky and Mississippi. Considering most women are unaware they are pregnant, within the first few weeks of pregnancy, heartbeat laws suggest a near-outright ban on abortion. Dr. Krystal Redman of Spark Reproductive Justice Now told Vox, “It’s basically a forced pregnancy bill....
Rachel Held Evans, a progressive Christian writer, died from severe brain swelling Saturday morning. Placed in a medically induced coma in April, Evans had been experiencing constant seizures. She is survived by her husband and two children. Evans was a long time advocate for the disenfranchised and millennials in Christian communities. Before her passing, she had left the evangelical church due to its close associations with the far-right. Evans posed tough questions to her peers. In an essay regarding the rejection of LGBTQ people from the...
Caster Semenya, a two-time South African Olympian and national treasure, is being forced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to suppress her levels of testosterone, deeming it too high for a woman in track and field to have. Semenya and other women with elevated levels of testosterone will have to take hormone-suppressing drugs if they want to keep competing at international competitions, like the Olympics, according to The New York Times. The court ruled in a 2-to-1 decision saying that although restrictions on these hormone...
  In an unbelievable clusterfuck of toxic masculinity and lawlessness, a former upstate New York bus driver, who admitted to raping a 14-year-old girl, will not serve jail time. On Thursday, Jefferson County Judge James P. McClusky sentenced 26-year-old Shane M. Piche to 10 years probation, reports The Watertown Daily Times. In a plea deal, Piche pled guilty to third-degree rape and will be registered as a Level 1 sex offender, the minimum level. According to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, a level...