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  House Republicans are continuing to press forward with HR 7, also known as the “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act,” a legal step limiting abortion access, particularly to low-income women. One thing that has possibly helped the bill get so far is that it outlines an exception for rape and incest victims. This provision would in turn allow governments to decide who qualifies, putting women in the horrific position of having to prove the ... Read More
If you live in Michigan, I suppose you'll want to add "rape insurance" to your Christmas list. Because that's a thing now. Seriously. I can't even make this stuff up anymore.  On Wednesday, Michigan legislature passed a law that prevents insurance plans from covering abortion, unless the woman's life is in danger. The "Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act" was created to prevent the pro-life populous from "paying for something they disagree with. So...does this ... Read More
  At around 2:30 AM on Saturday, 19-year-old Renisha McBride’s car crashed and she was stuck in a neighborhood outside of Detroit. She didn’t know the area and began knocking on doors, asking for help. One homeowner, who is as of yet unidentified, shot the young woman in the head, killing her.    The police are keeping much of the story under wraps, claiming that it was an act of self-defense. A neighbor agrees that the shooter was ... Read More
  Inspector Shazadi Gillani and Rizwana Zafar have faced their fair share of hurdles. Without the support of her father, Gillani paid for her own basic training. After the birth of eight daughters, Zafar’s parents raised her as a boy. The two now police an especially conservative northern Khyber Pakhunkhwa province. Gillani dons a burqa, and Zafar wears a faux mustache as they fend off bandits and militant forces.    As Reuters reports, the ... Read More
  In Sweden, it soon might be. It was a nice summer day on a Stockholm beach when an unfortunate gentleman, aged 65, got caught getting busy in the sand. Södertörn’s district court acquitted the man of sexual assault because he wasn’t masturbating to anyone in particular. Prosecutor Olof Vrethammar found the ruling fair and does not plan to appeal.    No longer a form of assault in Sweden, public masturbation may still fall ... Read More
Lulu's proud mom   Lulu has openly identified as female since the age of four, and now at six, she has her paperwork in her corner. Her native Argentina passed a law last year allowing legal documents to reflect preferred gender pronouns without doctor and judge approval, and she is the first Argentinian minor to have changed her legal gender identity from "male" to “female.”    Her birth certificate bears the name ... Read More
Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of sexual assault that may be triggering for survivors.   There has been a lot of victim blaming going around in the past few weeks, and it’s time for it to stop. First, a 14-year-old child was raped by her teacher, and the judge trying the case let her attacker off with a thirty day jail sentence because he felt that the girl was mature enough to have sex with an adult and was “as much in control ... Read More
  Let’s break this down. 18-year-old Gabrielle Turnquest was just called to the bar in the UK, making her the youngest person OF ALL TIME to ever qualify as a lawyer. In over 600 years, nobody this young has accomplished that. Not to mention the average person takes the bar exam at 27. Apparently this sweet, bright girl was not even what the average age was and “didn’t fully realize the impact of it.” I’m 22 and have not even put ... Read More
New Girl Law is a post-Empirical, proto-fourth-wave-feminist memoir-cum-academic abstract that scrutinizes the current reality and future hope for women aspiring to positions of power in Cambodia. If that sounds heady, know that it also makes our country’s Mommy Wars look like child’s play—and proves, in the meantime, why we should be paying attention to Cambodia’s record of human rights and gender equity. Author Anne Elizabeth Moore, a ... Read More
India introduced a new set of stricter laws regarding sexual assault and trafficking this weekend, responding to pressure from protestors and activists in light of the gang rape and eventual death of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi this winter.  While the new legislation is a step in the right direction, women’s groups are not pleased with the government’s efforts. Though the laws put into place yesterday do well to address child labor and sex ... Read More
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