Today's Headline News

N.Y. Bill to End Shackling of Pregnant Inmates Goes to Governor
bill that would end the practice of shackling incarcerated pregnant women in New York is making its way to the governor’s desk, after receiving overwhelming support in the state assembly and senate, RH Reality Check reported Oct. 6.  A practice that many medical authorities denounce as barbaric is legal in 28 states. 

Hillary's Gun Plan Includes Shot at Perpetratoros of Domestic Violence
Hillary Clinton has unveiled a series of proposals aimed at reducing U.S. gun violence, including universal background checks, rolling back legal immunity for the gun industry, and legislation to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, The Guardian reported Oct. 5. Clinton’s announcement follows yet another deadly mass shooting – the 44th this year at a school – at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Thursday.The Democratic presidential candidate vowed to take on the National Rifle Association and gun lobby in the wake of the massacre, in which a gunman killed nine people and then himself.



Grace Lee Boggs Dies at 100
The longtime Detroit activist and philosopher died Oct. 5 at the age of 100, Democracy Now reported. “She left this life as she lived it: surrounded by books, politics, people and ideas,” said her friends and caretakers Shay Howell and Alice Jennings. Boggs was involved with the civil rights, Black Power, labor, environmental justice, and feminist movements over the past seven decades. She was born to Chinese immigrant parents in 1915. In 1992, she co-founded the Detroit Summer youth program to rebuild and renew her city.

Supreme Court Term Opens Oct. 5 with Abortion Case Looming
The Supreme Court resumes work on Oct. 5 and one case that could be decided this term is a Texas abortion law that imposes strict standards on abortion clinics and requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital near the clinic. The law, under appeal, severely restricts women's access to aboriton in the state. If the court rules on the case it could be the biggest abortion decision since 2007, the New York Times has reported.  

Pope Upholds Traditional Marriage at Bishops' Meeting
Pope Francis on Oct. 4 opened a three-week meeting of world bishops divided over divorce, homosexuality and cohabitation by reaffirming marriage as a sacred bond between a man and woman, while also gently saying the church should "seek out and care for hurting couples," USA Today reported. The meeting is being held in Rome. 

Women's Groups Denounce Feticide Conviction of Asian Woman in Indiana
The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum joined other Asian American and women’s health leaders in filing an amicus brief in support of Purvi Patel, according to a Oct. 2 press statement by NAPAWF. Patel, a 33-year-old Indian-American, is the first woman in the U.S. to be convicted and sentenced  for feticide in connection with an attempt to terminate her pregnancy. Patel was found guilty under an Indiana law that was passed to protect pregnant women from violent crimes. In March, she was sentenced to 30 years in prison  — 10 of which were suspended. She was also convicted of the contradictory charge of child neglect, as prosecutors alleged that she delivered a live birth. Only two women — both of Asian descent — have ever been charged with feticide under the Indiana law, despite the fact that abortion and miscarriage happens throughout the state and across races, and only 2 percent of Indiana’s population is Asian.
ACLU Files Lawsuit Against Catholic Hospital for Denying Emergency Pregnancy Care
The American Civil Liberties Union and its Michigan chapter filed a federal lawsuit against Trinity Health Corporation for its alleged failure to provide women suffering pregnancy complications with appropriate emergency abortions, according to a press statement by the ACLU Oct. 1. The lawsuit will challenge Trinity’s requirement that its facilities abide by the Ethical and Religious Directives promulgated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Under the directives, doctors can refuse women emergency abortion based on their religious beliefs and according to one public health educator in Michigan, at least five women suffering from miscarriages were denied such care under the directives.

Google Celebrates Women's Rights Advocate Annie Besant 
British-born women’s rights and Indian and Irish self-rule advocate Annie Besant was celebrated in a Google Doodle to mark what would have been her 168th birthday, TIME reported Oct. 1. Besant fought for birth control access and trade unions in England before using her political influence to advocate for Indian and Irish self-rule. Besant was a member of the Indian National Congress and involved in the country’s independence movement until her death. 

Young Women with Disabilities Create Sexual Health Guide
The Empowered Fe Fes, a young women’s advocacy and peer support group based in Chicago, created a sexual health guide for women with disabilities, Feministing reported Oct. 1. The guide covers women’s reproductive rights and civil rights for persons living with disabilities and resources on raising children and for women experiencing domestic or sexual abuse. 

Bill Cosby Accused of Three More Sexual Assaults 
Three more women have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault, NBC News reported Oct. 1. Sharon Van Ert, Pamela Abeyta and Lisa Christie held a Los Angeles news conference Sept. 30 and alleged that Bill Cosby assaulted them decades ago. Cosby is scheduled to give a sworn deposition in a separate sexual assault lawsuit next week.


Advocates Condemn 39 Years of the Hyde Amendment 
On the 39th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, reproductive rights advocates are calling for its repeal, according to a press statement by the Ms. Foundation for Women Sept. 30. The Hyde Amendment bans federal funds from being used for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or endangerment to the life of the woman. “The Hyde Amendment affects the access to reproductive health services of all women but most severely women of color, low-income, migrant and LGBTQI women,” said Ms. Foundation for Women President and CEO Teresa C. Younger. A coalition of advocates will be protesting the amendment today in the streets and online under #BeBoldEndHyde.

Study: Women Less Likely to Want Top Corporate Jobs
Women at all corporate levels are less likely than their male peers to desire the highest corporate leadership jobs, finds a study by and McKinsey & Company, The Washington Post reported Sept. 30. Just 60 percent of female senior managers said they wanted a top executive job, compared with 72 percent of men. The findings suggest this gap has more to do with the stress and pressure of high-level jobs than motherhood. Mothers were 15 percent more likely than women without children to say they want a top executive position. “This is not a women’s issue,” Rachel Thomas, president of LeanIn told The Washington Post. “It’s a workforce issue.”

Report: Explosives Disproportionately Kill Women and Children in Syria 
Explosives like barrel bombs and artillery shells in populated areas of Syria have disproportionately killed women and children, finds a report by researchers at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, Thomas Reuters Foundation reported Sept. 30. This finding differs from that of previous conflicts, like the 1992-5 Crotian war, in which children were mostly killed by firearms and female deaths were rare. "If we are looking for root causes of the migrant and refugee crises in Europe today, this is surely a major contributor," the authors of the report told Thomas Reuters Foundation. 

Abduction and Rape Widespread in South Sudan 

Government soldiers and allied militias have systematically abducted and raped “thousands” of women and children in South Sudan’s Unity state, Al Jazeera reported Sept. 29. Al Jazeera conducted interviews with survivors and military analysts that claim women have been abducted and held in military bases or cattle camps since the South Sudanese Civil War began in 2013. 

New H&M Campaign Features Hijab-Wearing Model
Clothing retailer H&M has featured a hijab-wearing model in a new campaign, reported the New York Times Sept. 29. London-based model, Mariah Idrissi, was discovered by H&M through her Instagram account. Idrissi told the New York Times that reactions to the campaign have been "amazing" and mostly positive. “Everyone is welcome at H&M and we never take a religious or political stand,” Elnaz Barari, a spokeswoman for H&M told the New York Times.

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