A bill stripping Planned Parenthood Federation of America of federal taxpayer dollars for a period of at least one year passed the U.S. House of Representatives.
Lawmakers in the House voted largely on party lines on Friday to pass HR 3134, 241 to 187, which would place a one-year moratorium on federal funding of Planned Parenthood.
"For the one-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, subject to subsection (b), no funds authorized or appropriated by Federal law may be made available for any purpose to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or any affiliate or clinic of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., unless such entities certify that Planned Parenthood Federation of America affiliates and clinics will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion during such period," reads HR 3134. more >>
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would grant legal protection for babies born alive in an attempted abortion.
In a vote of 248 yeas to 177 nays taken on Friday H.R.3504, titled the "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act" was passed in a largely party line tally.
Introduced by Arizona Congressman Trent Franks earlier this month, H.R. 3504 seeks to amend the federal criminal code to mandate that abortion providers must give proper medical care to any baby born alive in their facility. more >>
Pope Francis has admitted that he's "a bit feminist," praising the important role of women in religious life for standing on the "front lines" of the church's "motherly love" and outreach to people who need it most.
Catholic News Service reported on Thursday that Francis was speaking to an audience of young consecrated women and men from around the world, and talked about how evangelism helps 'warm other people's lives with Christ.'
"Here I would like to — forgive me if I'm a bit feminist — give thanks to the witness of consecrated women. Not all of them though, some are a bit frantic!" the Roman Catholic Church leader said to laughter and applause. more >>
Adrienne Bailon, co-host of "The Real" daytime TV show, recently announced that she broke off an engagement to her boyfriend of six years, music executive Lenny Santiago. Despite the emotional breakup, Bailon says she feels blessed.
"Life lessons are hard but I'm grateful that I have a platform to share my journey and hopefully encourage, inspire, or just let women know they are not alone and to never give up on finding love. I still believe," Bailon told Us Weekly.
Although she's staying positive, Bailon admits that breaking up with someone you're emotionally attached to isn't easy. more >>
A new campus policy has been proposed at the University of California that seeks to limit freedom of speech so that students and faculty have the "right" to study or work "free from acts and expressions of intolerance."
The policy proposal, which has been deemed a "statement of principles against intolerance" was discussed by a committee of university regents on Thursday, and aims ban so-called intolerant speech, yet protect its students' and faculty's freedom of expression at the same time.
The policy defines intolerance as being "unwelcome conduct motivated by discrimination against, or hatred toward, other individuals or groups," and includes "acts of violence or intimidation, threats, harassment, hate speech, derogatory language reflecting stereotypes or prejudice, or inflammatory or derogatory use of culturally recognized symbols of hate, prejudice, or discrimination." more >>
Taraji P. Henson is nominated for an Emmy award and will find out if she's won the award for best lead actress in a drama next week. But instead of focusing on winning the honor for herself, the "Empire" actress is praying for more of a historical feat to happen.
Aside from Henson, 45, the "How to Get Away With Murder" actress Viola Davis is also nominated for the lead actress award, which means that one of the two could become the first African-American actress to win an Emmy for lead actress in a drama.
"Here we are in 2015, and we're still saying things like, 'First African-American,' 'First woman this,'" she told Entertainment Weekly. "I just pray to God … and it's not even about me. I hope Viola wins. I hope I win. Just so we can get past this and we don't have to say in 2020 or 2030 or 3000, 'The first.'" more >>