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Articles by Sue Davis

Human trafficking law promotes reproductive injustice

March 21, 2015

The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 (S. 178) was considered a bipartisan bill when it was introduced in the U.S. Senate on Jan. 13. When an anti-abortion provision was discovered on March 10, protests from human rights, civil rights, legal, reproductive health and women’s groups [...]

U.S. ranks as world’s worst in jailing women

March 12, 2015

Women are the fastest growing prison population in the U.S. due primarily to harsh sentencing for nonviolent crimes and drug offenses. Over the last three decades the number of women incarcerated has mushroomed, though they account for less than 7 percent of the country’s 2.4 million inmates. [...]

Indiana woman criminalized after miscarriage

February 19, 2015

An outrageous miscarriage of justice occurred Feb. 3 in Indiana based on a real miscarriage. Purvi Patel, a 33-year-old, unmarried woman of South Asian-American descent, was found guilty of two contradictory crimes: feticide and neglect of a child. In March she could be sentenced to 70 years in [...]

Reproductive justice in the age of austerity

January 18, 2015

A new report shows that the state of abortion rights in the U.S. on the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion is significantly worse than even four years ago. The Guttmacher Institute’s report, issued in the first week of 2015, says that states have [...]

Anti-abortion laws used to deny rights of pregnant women

December 14, 2014

A controversial issue raised in the Nov. 4 election was “personhood” — whether fertilized eggs should be defined as persons, with full human rights from the moment of conception. Promoters of such laws seek to outlaw women’s right to abortion and several types of contraception. Such ballot [...]

On the picket line

November 29, 2014

Philly airport workers walk out As many as 125 service workers at the Philadelphia airport walked off the job on Nov. 20 to protest poverty wages, unsafe working conditions and retaliation from management for union organizing. They were supported by Service Employees Local 32BJ, community members [...]

Retraso costoso para trabajadores de atención domiciliaria

November 4, 2014

La ejecución del salario mínimo federal de $ 7.25 por hora y las horas extras después de 40 horas de trabajo a la semana para más de 2 millones de trabajadores de atención domiciliaria, en su mayoría mujeres y entre ellas su mayoría son de color, no se aplicará plenamente hasta el 1 de [...]

On the picket line

October 31, 2014

Costly delay for home-care workers Enforcement of the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour and overtime after 40 hours of work a week for over 2 million home-care workers, mostly women who are disproportionately women of color, will not be fully implemented until Jan. 1, 2016. The program was [...]

Abortion rights curtailed in Texas

October 10, 2014

On Oct. 2, with a wave of its judicial wand, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals shut down 14 of the 21 abortion clinics serving women in the state of Texas. Its long-awaited, but not unexpected, reactionary decision upheld the harsh, medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion services in the [...]

On the picket line

October 4, 2014

Nurses stage die-in to demand Ebola readiness in U.S. About 1,000 members of National Nurses United staged a die-in during their conference in Las Vegas on Sept. 24. They protested the lack of readiness in this country to confront the Ebola epidemic sweeping West Africa. Marching through the Planet [...]
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