Rape victims’ right to anonymity has surfaced in the case of Julian Assange, with two leading exponents of women’s rights taking different sides. Wendy Murphy says both arguments miss the main point: protecting a rape victim’s constitutional right to privacy.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney was once blocked by Bush officials at a policy meeting. Now she’s ready to block Bush’s policies from going any further. Fifth in a series on members of Congress who are advancing issues raised by the WeNews Memo.
Rescind the global gag rule. Refund U.N. family-planning. Restore contraceptive subsidy. These are just a few of the Bush-era regulations and policies that women’s advocates hope will come undone in the early days of 2009.
The media latched on to a Massachusetts high school “pregnancy pact,” cooing with young mothers-to-be while clucking over high teen pregnancy rates. But the real story was about cuts in preventive programs and a lack of reproductive care for teens.
Chilean judges, siding with the Vatican, have dealt a major blow to the Bachelet government by ending free emergency contraception in public clinics. A women’s rights group is organizing a mass renunciation of Catholicism to express their outrage.
Heritage of Rhode Island stirred political and legal controversy over its abstinence-only sex-ed curricula from the get-go in 2004. This year a “limited market” caused it to close its doors so quietly that opponents didn’t realize the battle was over.
(WOMENSENEWS)–CheersIn the Nov. 6 off-year elections, women and pro-choice candidates gained victories while a new study showed that female voters’ involvement is growing more crucial in the 2008 presidential race.In New Jersey, a record number of women were elected in the State Assembly and Senate, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. The state’s legislative branch is now 28 percent female with nine women in the Senate and 25 in the Assembly. The state has vaulted from 43rd in the country in terms of female representation to being tied with California and Connecticut in 15th place.The activist group Republican Majority for Choice was also pleased with the election results, which included the victories of six moderate, pro-choice Republicans in New Jersey.In Virginia, 84 percent of the candidates endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia were victorious, the abortion rights group said, ending a 10-year period of dominance for anti-abortion legislators.Eighty-two percent of 1,003 women surveyed for cable network Lifetime’s Every Woman Counts campaign said they are definitely or most likely voting in the presidential election and 25 percent said they are “paying more attention” to the race due to the candidacy of Sen. Hillary Clinton. Seventy-seven percent of female voters are undecided in the race, but nearly 40 percent said that the 2008 election is more important than previous ones.More News to Cheer This Week:The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on Nov.