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Abortion Providers Are Not Criminals. You Can Keep Your Handcuffs.

Posted by Brandie Temple, Well Woman's Benefit Hotline Coordinator | Posted on: February 13, 2015 at 02:15 pm

On this year’s 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, abortion providers around the country received plastic handcuffs with notes that read “Could you be next?” The organization who sent them said their intent was to “make a connection.” Yeah, right.  

Unfortunately, working at an abortion clinic often means receiving harassing mail, faxes, and phone calls. But it doesn’t stop there.  According to the  National Clinic Violence Survey [PDF] by the Feminist Majority Foundation, nearly one in five abortion clinics experience severe violence, including arsons, bombings, and gunfire, and in the last four years, targeted intimidation of and threats to abortion providers, clinics, and staff has increased significantly, with 51.9% of clinics affected by some form of harassment or intimidation. The most widely reported types of harassment include the mailing of anti-choice brochures and the posting of personal information on the internet.

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Maryland's Fair Employment Preservation Act Would Restore Strong Protections from Harassment

Sexual harassment remains a pervasive problem in the American workplace, with one in four women reporting being harassed on the job. Yet, in 2013, in Vance v. Ball State University, a narrow 5-to-4 majority of the Supreme Court watered down workplace protections from harassment. On Wednesday, the Maryland House Committee on Health and Government Oversight considered the Fair Employment Preservation Act (HB 42, SB 527)—a bill introduced by Delegate Rosenberg and Senator Raskin that would restore the strong protections from harassment that workers need. Adaku was there to testify for NWLC in support of this important legislation.

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Maryland House Committee Holds Hearing on the Right to Earn Paid Sick Days

Posted by Elizabeth Johnston, Fellow | Posted on: February 13, 2015 at 10:48 am

Today, the Maryland House Economic Matters Committee is having a hearing on the Healthy Working Families Act of 2015, which would provide Maryland workers with the right to earn paid sick days. NWLC submitted testimony in support of this important bill.

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Judiciary Committee Delays Vote on Lynch Nomination

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: February 12, 2015 at 02:31 pm

Today, a number of Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee delayed a committee vote on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General of the United States. This delay is nothing but baseless obstruction of a nominee so superbly qualified that not one of the Republican-called outside witnesses at her confirmation hearing opposes her confirmation. Senators from both parties have announced their support of Loretta Lynch to be the nation’s leading law enforcement officer, as have the nearly 40 individuals and organizations who have submitted letters to the Committee. 

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West Virginia Politicians to Women: We Don’t Care About You or the Constitution

Posted by Kelli Garcia, Senior Counsel | Posted on: February 10, 2015 at 06:39 pm

Today, the West Virginia House of Delegates will vote on H.B. 2568, a bill that would unconstitutionally ban abortion after 20 weeks. Not only do some West Virginia politicians think that they, not women themselves, should make this deeply personal medical decision, but the House Health Committee even voted down an amendment that would have made exceptions in cases where the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest. According to one West Virginia politician, “Obviously, rape is awful . . . what is beautiful is the child that would result from this.”

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The Voices Politicians Will Ignore When They Vote for Later Abortion Bans

Posted by Abigail Omojola, Fellow | Posted on: February 10, 2015 at 06:16 pm

In January, the House of Representatives hastily scrapped a vote on H.R. 36, which would impose a nationwide ban on abortions at 20 weeks. But some Members still want a vote on the ban in the future, so the fight is not over. And, states continue to move forward with their own unconstitutional 20 week bans. Today, the West Virginia House of Delegates is set to vote on a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks.

Setting aside for the moment that these bills are unconstitutional, I want to reflect on the people who would be most hurt by these bans. Mother Jones recently compiled the stories of six women who obtained abortions after 20 weeks. The common theme in each of their stories is that a 20 week abortion ban would have meant that politicians—not these women and their doctors—would have made the women’s deeply personal, medical decisions.

So what happens when politicians do interfere with this decision?

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January Jobs Report: The Engines are Revving – Let’s Step on the Gas

Posted by Anne Morrison, Fellow | Posted on: February 06, 2015 at 03:29 pm

Today’s BLS data release shows the economy is moving in the right direction. The engines are revving but we need to step on the gas. Women gained 39 percent of the jobs added in January, but half of women’s gains were in the low-wage sectors of retail and leisure & hospitality that don’t pay enough to support a family. 

Half of women’s job gains in January were in low-wage sectors
We told you last month how job growth was still disproportionately low-wage, and this month one-third (32 percent) of all jobs added in January were in the low-wage sectors of retail and leisure & hospitality.  Women added 25,000 jobs apiece in retail and leisure & hospitality– growth in these two sectors accounted for half (49 percent) of the 101,000 jobs that women added in January.  One-fifth (21 percent) of men’s jobs added were in these sectors.

Overall, women accounted for 39 percent of the 257,000 jobs added in January, also seeing strong gains in private education & health services (+40,000) and losses in the public sector (-16,000) and professional & business services (-1,000).

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Title IX Enforcement Funding Gets a Boost in the President's Budget

Posted by Laura Checovich, Intern | Posted on: February 04, 2015 at 01:48 pm

In 1973, legendary female tennis player Billie Jean King faced taunts and disbelief when she played Bobby Riggs in the famously televised “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match. 

This week, Serena Williams won her 19th grand slam title.

Today we celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day. We are reminded this week how far girls and women have come in sports since 1972 when Title IX was passed: women’s participation in collegiate athletics climbed from less than 16 percent in 1972 to 44 percent in the 2010-11 academic year.  Though women’s sports participation is far from equal, last year girls’ participation in high school sports hit a record-high: girls make up almost 42 percent of high school athletes.

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