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91 Organizations Join the National Women’s Law Center in Publicly Declaring Strong Support for Planned Parenthood in a Letter to Congressional Leadership

July 27, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  Today, the National Women’s Law Center sent a letter to congressional leadership, on behalf of 91 organizations, showing strong support for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  The organizations represent a broad range of perspectives, including advocates of women’s rights and health, health care providers, communities of color, faith communities, and unions, which recognize Planned Parenthood’s critical role in providing health care to millions of American women and men.  

National Women’s Law Center Statement on the Death of Sandra Bland

July 23, 2015

(Washington, DC) Sandra Bland was a friend, a daughter, a sorority sister, and a colleague. She was on her way home from a job interview for a position she had just been offered when she was pulled over for a minor traffic violation. She was then arrested and a few days later found dead in her jail cell. She was 28 years old.

The following is a statement by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center:

 “Sandra Bland joins the too-long list of African Americans in the United States who have lost their lives in the custody of police. She joins the too-long list of potential unfulfilled and of futures cut short too soon.  She joins the too-long list of African Americans whose talents and skills were taken from their families, communities and country.

“Today, we #SayHerName: because we will never achieve equality and opportunity for women while systemic racism continues to put hurdles on the paths of women of color.  We must continue to confront the race and sex bias that affects women of color, particularly black women and trans women of color, in a uniquely painful and destructive way.  We will continue to #SayHerName.  And as the #BlackLivesMatter conference begins this week, we stand in support of the powerful organizing that is demanding an end to the systemic racism that oppresses all people of color.” 

Groundbreaking Equality Act Will Advance Equal Opportunity and Fair Treatment, Says NWLC

July 23, 2015

(Washington, DC) Today, Congress introduced the Equality Act, historic legislation that includes comprehensive protections promoting fair and equal treatment for LGBT individuals and also strengthens legal protections for women as a whole, closing longstanding gaps in federal antidiscrimination law. The bill aims to ensure that stereotypes about sex and gender—who men and women are and the roles they can play in society—do not deny anyone equal opportunity in major aspects of their lives.

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Why Hillary Clinton Made Gender Such a Big Deal in her Major Economic Speech

July 13, 2015

And she mentioned the disparity that makes all this even tougher for female workers nationwide: American women, on average, make 78 cents for every dollar earned by men. Women of color, Clinton added, make even less.

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Hobby Lobby Employees Will Get Birth Control Under a New Rule that Sidesteps Court’s Decision

July 12, 2015

The National Women’s Law Center reported 10 examples of how the Hobby Lobby decision was based on the misuse of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Aside from infringing upon women’s rights, the 5-4 court ruling on religious-based exemption allowed Hobby Lobby to unwillingly exercise religious beliefs on its employees.

Medical Daily

House GOP Sneaks Hyde Restrictions Into Another Unrelated Bill

July 10, 2015

“When that didn’t work, when they couldn’t get [Hyde] everywhere, they started putting it into every bill that comes along,” Sharon Levin, director for federal reproductive health policies at the National Women’s Law Center, told RH Reality Check… “They keep doing this over and over again, in order to embed the law wherever they can,” Lev

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