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April 23, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  Today, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) applauds the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Loretta Lynch to be the Attorney General of the United States. She is the first African American woman to serve as the nation’s foremost law enforcement officer.

April 21, 2015

(Washington, DC) Today’s Senate compromise on the anti-trafficking bill still imposes harmful restrictions on trafficking survivors’ access to critical health services, according to the National Women’s Law Center. Thanks to the efforts of several Senate champions of women’s health, the bill will no longer extend Hyde-like restrictions to non-taxpayer dollars, or to new programs—an improvement upon the original bill. However, abortion restrictions will still be applied to funding for health services.

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Gina Crosley-Corcoran

When I found myself pregnant in August of 2010 it only took a quick calculation to realize the baby was due right smack in the middle of my Spring semester of my junior year of college. Everything was fine until the fourth week of class. I was 40 weeks pregnant, feeling like labor was imminent, and I had a midterm exam that night. After I finished the exam, I went home so that I wouldn’t go into labor in the middle of class. Later, I realized I had received only 5 out of 25 points for “Attendance & Participation” for that day. I emailed the professor asking if she planned to dock me the full 25 points for each class I missed for the birth, and she said ‘yes.’ I had two options: either risk failing the course while giving birth, or withdraw. I withdrew.

As a law student at American University, Grace Pazdan learned that students were being denied prescription contraceptive coverage under the University’s mandatory student health plan, when virtually all other prescription drugs were covered. Grace and her fellow students contacted the NWLC and began organizing a grass roots campaign to raise awareness of this discrimination.

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Bystander intervention is critical. Stepping in when something doesn’t seem right could, truly, save a life.  And the administration is right: it is on all of us to end sexual assault. But if a bystander doesn’t act and someone is assaulted, that is not the bystander’s fault. 

Yesterday, the Senate made history by confirming Loretta Lynch to be U.S. Attorney General, marking the first time an African American woman has ever held the position.

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