Monthly Archives: February 2009

Rihanna, Chris Brown, and Domestic Violence

Over the past few weeks, the domestic violence charges filed against Chris Brown have been covered in the media. On Feb. 8, 2009, Mr. Brown was accused of assaulting a woman in an argument. The Los Angeles Police Department later … Continue reading

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New Report on Family Planning Funding Reveals Importance of Federal Spending

The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) recently issued a report on public policy for federal funding of contraceptives and family planning services. The study analyzes the impact of funding on family planning and contraception availability in the United States, and reveals … Continue reading

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Anti-Discrimination Bill Passed in North Dakota

On the heels of a step backwards in North Dakota regarding reproductive rights, which we blogged about here, the state legislature seems to be taking a step forward in terms of anti-discrimination legislation. The North Dakota Senate approved a bill … Continue reading

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Hope for Civil Unions in Hawaii (and the rest of America)

According to the Associated Press, Hawaii is the closest it has ever been to legalizing civil unions. Just over 10 years ago, Hawaii was the first state to adopt the nation’s first “defense of marriage” constitutional amendment, which granted the … Continue reading

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North Dakota and Arkansas Legislatures Approve Bills Restricting Reproductive Rights

A bill passed in the North Dakota House of Representatives on Monday defines fertilized eggs as human beings possessing the same rights as an adult. The bill, HB 1572 (PDF), defines a human being as “any organism, including the single-cell … Continue reading

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Georgia Legislators Think Queer Theory Too Racy to Fit in Budget

Legislators in Georgia are mounting attacks against professors and educators at Georgia State University for offering courses that deal with issues such as queer theory and oral sex. State Representatives Charlice Byrd and Calvin Hill, both Republicans, are teaming with … Continue reading

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Glamour Talks About Abortion

Setting aside, for a few pages at least, fashion and beauty tips, Glamour magazine published an article this month about abortion and the fact that, while an estimated 1 in 3 American women will have an abortion during their lifetimes, … Continue reading

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Yaz Ads Under Fire

You might have noticed that new TV ads for the birth control pill Yaz are mentioning that the FDA wants them to correct a few points they made in previous ads. The FDA criticized Bayer for overstating the drug’s ability … Continue reading

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“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Ready for a Re-write

The New York Times published an op-ed piece Sunday that provided a powerful argument for lifting the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the U.S. military. The policy, which developed out of a compromise in 1993, attempted to create a … Continue reading

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Sen. Boxer to Chair Subcommittee on Global Women’s Issues

Via Feminist Majority comes the news that Senator Barbara Boxer of California will chair a Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Global Women’s Issues. According to FM, “This is the first time in history where women’s issues will be a specific focus … Continue reading

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