Both liberal and conservative women aligned to support a case debating the issue of pregnant women's rights in the workplace which was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday.
Lawyers for Peggy Young, a UPS truck driver, argued before the nation's highest court that her employer UPS did not provide work accommodations for pregnant employees who wish to retain their jobs as it does with non-pregnant employees with work limitations. Young's battle has drawn the support of both women's rights groups and pro-life groups, communities which are typically on opposing ends of the abortion issue, for different reasons.
Women's rights organizations rallying behind Young's case believe pregnancy discrimination is another example of gender inequality in the work place and in women's paychecks. more >>
After exceeding their $2.1 million crowdfunding goal earlier this year to make a crime drama about Kermit Gosnell and his West Philadelphia "house of horrors," late-term abortion clinic, starting Wednesday, Indiegogo is allowing the Gosnell movie producers to reopen their campaign indefinitely as part of its "forever funding" program.
By reopening the crowdfunding campaign, producers Ann McElhinney, Phelim McAleer and Magdalena Segieda will continue to offer "thank you" gifts to donors and have set new goals for the crime drama, which includes raising an additional $500,000 to extend filming to four weeks, and securing the best actors they can find for the film. The producers also hope to increase the number of backers from the 26,574 who donated over $2.2 million to over 100,000 backers to show potential distributors that a large number of Americans support the project.
"It's a huge boost to the movie — more donations, means more shooting days, better actors, higher production values, it'll mean a better movie. It will also mean we'll be able to get Gosnell's story out to a wider audience," McElhinney said in a statement shared with The Christian Post on Wednesday. more >>
Washington, D.C. city council approved a bill that bans the practice of sexual orientation change therapy for minors.
Following similar legislation in California and New Jersey, the Council of the District of Columbia voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a bill barring the practice for minors.
B20-0501 was passed by the Council in their legislative session and is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Vincent Gray. more >>
The District of Columbia has delayed a vote on a bill mandating all businesses cover abortion in their insurance programs regardless of the business owner's moral objections.
In a decision made on Tuesday afternoon, the Council of the District of Columbia pulled the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014 off the agenda.
Months after the D.C.-based U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that closely-held businesses were exempt from the federal government's birth control mandate, the D.C. Council had on their agenda a bill that undermined this exemption. more >>
A report released by the CDC Friday shows a decline in the U.S. abortion rate to 18 percent annually, however, it also reveals that teenagers aged 14 to 19 accounted for over 86,000 of the more than 730,000 abortions performed in 2011. The Abortion Surveillance report released Friday also shows that 10 women died in 2010 from complications after having legal abortions.
Continuing a years-long trend, the CDC found that approximately 730,322 abortions were reported in 2011, versus approximately 765,000 performed in 2010.
The numbers for the CDC report came from data provided voluntarily from 49 "reporting areas," which included 47 states, New York City, and the District of Columbia. California, Maryland and New Hampshire did not provide data for 2011. more >>
A county in Florida is considering an ordinance that may allow for usage of public facilities, including bathrooms, regardless of gender identity.
Commissioners for Miami-Dade County will vote Tuesday on a measure that critics say will allow men who consider themselves female to use women's restrooms.
Introduced in September and cosponsored by five members of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, the proposed ordinance adds "gender identity" and "gender expression" to its list of groups that cannot be discriminated against. more >>