Monthly Archives: March 2009

Second Consecutive Year for Rise in Teen Birth Rates

Last year, public health professionals were disheartened by the news that teenage birth rates were up, reversing a 14-year long trend of decline. While it is still premature to see if a real downward trend is emerging, the statistics signal a … Continue reading

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Family Planning Concerns on the Rise with Economic Downturn

A story via the National Partnership for Women and Families reveals how the economic downturn is affecting women’s decisions about sex and family planning. Reports show that women and men are feeling great pressure and doubt when faced with decisions … Continue reading

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Federal Judge Relieves Constraints on Plan B

Good news for reproductive rights! On Monday, a federal judge ruled that the Food and Drug Administration must make the emergency contraceptive Plan B available without a prescription to anyone aged 17 and older. Currently, the medication is only available … Continue reading

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U.S. Will Sign U.N. Declaration on Gay Rights

The United States will join 66 other nations around the world who have signed the United Nations’ Declaration on Gay Rights. This declaration condemns human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It calls for a “decriminalization of … Continue reading

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Dawn Johnsen Update and Elena Kagan Confirmed

Last week, we blogged about Dawn Johnsen’s nomination to head the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice and how anti-choice activists were trying to stall the committee vote that would send her nomination to be voted upon … Continue reading

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The State of Women in Politics in the U.S.

The Washington Post recently published a telling article about the status of women in politics in the United States today. The article opens with the details of a conference hosted by the White House Project at Agnes Scott College in … Continue reading

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Reports for Sexual Assaults on the Rise in U.S. Military

A report from the Pentagon for 2008 showed that sexual assault reports rose over 25% last year. While this rise seems shocking, Defense Department officials state that the increase is likely due to a growth in victim reports and not … Continue reading

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Support for Anti-Discrimination Bill in Harrisburg

Advocacy groups, community members, and legislators rallied to support passage of a state anti-discrimination amendment to Pennsylvania’s Human Relations Act in Harrisburg on Tuesday. The bill would provide protection against discrimination in jobs, housing, public accommodations and other areas for … Continue reading

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Take Action To Support Dawn Johnsen Confirmation

President Obama’s nomination of Dawn Johnsen to serve as the Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) marks an important landmark in American legal history. Dawn Johnsen has long been a champion of reproductive … Continue reading

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Western PA Title IX Seminar Series Events

The Women’s Law Project’s Western Pennsylvania office is holding seminar series events on Title IX and equity in athletics at various locations in Pittsburgh. The events will feature Susan Frietsche, WLP Senior Staff Attorney, Christina Cann, WLP Program Assistant, and … Continue reading

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