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Court Protects Alabama Women from Dangerous Abortion Restrictions, But Similar Laws Loom in Other States

Category: Abortion, State Fights, TRAP

Restrictions on abortion threaten to close women’s health centers across the country — especially in the South. But a federal court just ruled to protect Alabama women from the latest attack: In Alabama, a federal court struck down a law that would have shuttered all but two of the state’s only heal…Continue Reading

Tags: Abortion, TRAP, Alabama


Great News: The Violence Against Women Act is the Law of the Land

Category: Legislation, Congress

President Obama Signs the Violence Against Women Act

After two years of back-and-forth, the comprehensive Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has finally become a reality.  The inclusive version of the bill was signed into law yesterday by President Obama, marking a major victory for women and families across the country. VAWA has already made a critic…Continue Reading

Tags: President Obama, LGBT, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)


Republicans Vote Against Violence Against Women Act, But 33 Support It

Category: Republicans

These days there is so much partisan bickering in the halls of Congress that it is refreshing to hear about instances where important legislation is passed with broad bipartisan support, like with the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. While it took a few attempts and a few months e…Continue Reading

Tags: Republicans, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)


CDC Study Shows Importance of Birth Control for Women

Category: Birth Control, Emergency Contraception

This morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the results of their first publication ever on the use of emergency contraception in the United States.  The findings are telling! With 11 percent of women having used emergency contraception at least once in their lives, t…Continue Reading

Tags: Birth Control, Emergency Contraception, CDC


One Billion Rising Urges the Passing of the Violence Against Women Act

Category: Legislation, Congress

This Valentine’s Day, Planned Parenthood affiliates and organizations across the country are sending a strong message to members of Congress: we must put an end to violence against women. As part of the One Billion Rising campaign to rally one billion people around the world to stand up against vio…Continue Reading

Tags: Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), One Billion Rising


Violence Against Women Act controversy? It’s not controversial

Category: Legislation, Congress

First passed in 1994 with broad bipartisan support, and reauthorized TWICE since with improved protections, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a critical law that has had a tremendous impact on reducing the national rate of intimate partner violence.  One would think that passing a bill that w…Continue Reading

Tags: Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Patrick Leahy, Mike Crapo