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Abortion Restrictions Can Make it Harder to Leave Violent Relationships: What the New Study Means for Our Current Policy Fights

Written by Sharon Levin, Director of Federal Reproductive Health Policy, and cross-posted from NWLC’s blog.

You may have already read about the first-of-its-kind study that documents the connection between denials of abortion and intimate partner violence.  Now it is up to us to use this important new evidence in the fight to stop bad abortion laws at the state and federal levels.

States are passing extreme abortion restrictions at a record rate. According to the Guttmacher Institute, more state abortion restrictions were enacted in the last three years than in the entire previous decade. And in only the first half of 2014, 13 states passed 21 new restrictions.  And in Congress, the only thing stopping the anti-choice proponents in the House is the fact that the Senate is controlled by a pro-choice majority.

The crazy thing is that the anti-reproductive rights lawmakers passing these laws often claim that they are doing it to protect women’s health.  Take a second to think about that.  They claim they are taking away our access to health care to protect our health.  Hmm…no.

Because it documents the harm that these policies can do to women’s health, this study  [PDF] by Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) at the University of California, San Francisco is particularly timely and important. The researchers’ principal finding was that women who experienced intimate partner violence and sought and received an abortion experienced a significant decrease in the risk of violence from the man involved in the pregnancy. However, ...

38 Anniversaries Too Many: Time to End the Hyde Amendment

Written by Leila Abolfazli, Senior Counsel. Cross-posted from NWLC’s blog.

Anniversaries. I love celebrating anniversaries. Yay to Roe v. Wade, yay to Title IX, yay to 12 years with my husband. Bring on the flowers, cake, and happy dances.

But there is one anniversary where a dark cloud comes over the day. And that’s the anniversary of the Hyde Amendment.

What’s Hyde you say? It’s the restriction that’s passed every year for the past THIRTY-EIGHT years denying women with Medicaid health insurance coverage of abortion except in a few limited circumstances. Every year Congress decides that some women don’t deserve to decide for themselves what’s best for them and their families. Every year some members of Congress who don’t like abortion personally are withholding Medicaid ...

Written by Leila Abolfazli, Senior Counsel. Cross-posted from NWLC’s blog.

Anniversaries. I love celebrating anniversaries. Yay to Roe v. Wade, yay to Title IX, yay to 12 years with my husband. Bring on the flowers, cake, and ...

What Would Make Labor Day So Much Better? Schedules That Work!

By Liz Watson, NWLC Senior Counsel, and Elizabeth Johnston, NWLC Fellow. Cross-posted from NWLC.org.

Labor Day memorializes laborers’ courageous fights throughout our nation’s history for fair working conditions, starting with battles over long hours, low pay, child labor, and unsafe working conditions in the 1800s and 1900s that led to major advances in all of these areas.

And today, workers are still on the frontlines – fighting for livable wages and for an end to abusive scheduling practices, which are increasingly common in the American workplace. All too often, employers require that workers have completely open availability to be eligible for full-time hours, and cancel and assign shifts at the very last minute. Too many part-time workers simply cannot get ...

By Liz Watson, NWLC Senior Counsel, and Elizabeth Johnston, NWLC Fellow. Cross-posted from NWLC.org.

Labor Day memorializes laborers’ courageous fights throughout our nation’s history for fair working conditions, starting with battles over long hours, low pay, child ...

The Top 10 Questions to Ask About Your Title IX Rights on a College Visit

This piece was cross-posted from the National Women’s Law Center blog, and written by intern Michaela Olson.

‘Tis the season for college visiting. As campuses across America are flooded with high school students this summer, there are some hard-hitting, crucial questions to keep in mind—and they may help to give you better perspective on where you could spend some of the most formative years of your life. Although it might not occur to many prospective students and their parents, one of those questions is how a school responds to reports of sexual harassment and assault. While it’s been in the news a lot lately, campus sexual assault isn’t just a hot topic or fodder for politicians and pundits, but rather ...

This piece was cross-posted from the National Women’s Law Center blog, and written by intern Michaela Olson.

‘Tis the season for college visiting. As campuses across America are flooded with high school students this summer, there are ...

We Need More Women in Hard Hats

This blog post was cross-posted from the National Women’s Law Center, where author Neena Chaudhry is Senior Counsel and Director of Equal Opportunities in Athletics

When you think of a construction worker, what image comes to mind? Chances are you think of a man, and that’s no surprise. Women are only 2.6% of all construction workers, and that number is the same as it was 30 years ago. Our new report, Women in Construction: Still Breaking Ground delves into some of the reasons why women are so underrepresented in construction and what can be done about it.

Despite women’s increasing share of other male-dominated jobs—such as sheriffs, police detectives, and firefighters—the numbers of women in construction have barely budged. The roadblocks ...

This blog post was cross-posted from the National Women’s Law Center, where author Neena Chaudhry is Senior Counsel and Director of Equal Opportunities in Athletics

When you think of a construction worker, what image comes to ...

The Hobby Lobby Majority Opinion: It Can’t Be Sex Discrimination If Women Aren’t in the Picture

Cross-posted from Alliance for Justice. Written by Gretchen Borchelt, Senior Counsel & Director of State Reproductive Health Policy at the National Women’s Law Center.

The majority opinion in Hobby Lobby erases women from the picture altogether. In a decision that is squarely about women’s health and equality, the male justices in the majority refuse to acknowledge the centrality of women. And in evidencing greater concern for protecting corporations from discrimination than in protecting women from discrimination, the majority opinion creates a hierarchy of discrimination where women are at the bottom (if they even merit consideration at all).

To begin with, Justice Alito’s opinion for the majority barely mentions women. As the Washington Post reported, the opinion uses the word “women” ...

Cross-posted from Alliance for Justice. Written by Gretchen Borchelt, Senior Counsel & Director of State Reproductive Health Policy at the National Women’s Law Center.

The majority opinion in Hobby Lobby erases women from the picture altogether. ...

Serving Up the Truth About Sexual Harassment, With a Side of Commonsense

Written by Nikki Lewis, Executive Director, DC Jobs with Justice, and Liz Watson, Senior Counsel and Director of Workplace Justice for Women, NWLC

What do you call the person who can make you stay late at work, who decides who works the night shift and who works days, who works the cash register and who cleans the toilets? You call that person the boss. But exactly one year ago today, the Supreme Court said that if the person who directs your daily work harasses you, unless they also have the power to hire and fire you, the strong protections that are supposed to kick in when bosses harass their subordinates do not apply.

Right about now, you might be scratching your ...

Written by Nikki Lewis, Executive Director, DC Jobs with Justice, and Liz Watson, Senior Counsel and Director of Workplace Justice for Women, NWLC

What do you call the person who can make you stay late at work, ...

Using Title IX to combat bullying

This blog was cross-posted from The Bilerico Project. Blogger Devi Rao is a Fellow at the National Women’s Law Center.

We know that bullying and harassment of LGBTQ kids in school is a serious problem. Many of these stats will not be news to you:

More than 8 out of 10 LGBTQ students have experienced verbal harassment (name-calling or threats) in the past year because of their (actual or perceived) sexual orientation. LGBTQ youth are twice as likely as their peers to say that they have been verbally harassed and called names [pdf] at school. Young people who are out at school are more likely to have been called names involving anti-gay slurs [pdf], and to experience verbal harassment ...

This blog was cross-posted from The Bilerico Project. Blogger Devi Rao is a Fellow at the National Women’s Law Center.

We know that bullying and harassment of LGBTQ kids in school is a serious problem. Many ...

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