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In Case You Missed It: January 2013

From reproductive justice, health & wellness, feminism, race, activism, and everything in between, these are some of the news highlights that happened in January:


According to the Guttmacher Institute, 42 states and Washington, DC enacted 122 provisions related to reproductive health and rights in 2012, and more states are preparing anti-abortion laws in 2013.   

January marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Time Magazine believes that we’ve been losing ever since, especially since only 44% of Americans know that Roe v. Wade legalized abortion, and only 63% of Americans think Roe v. Wade should remain in effect. Many people, including Steph Herold and Carly Manes don’t think so.

Former 2012 vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan introduces a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, again.  

Congress allows The Violence Against Women Act to expire, and it puts every woman at risk.

New York: Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the Women’s Equality Act as part of his ongoing commitment to advancing reproductive healthcare policy. 

Texas: A judge denies Planned Parenthood's request to be included in the state's revamped women's health program. 

Pregnancy, Abortion, & Adoption

Crisis pregnancy centers are becoming more savvy, with many popping up near reputable abortion clinics. 

How do higher rates of unintended pregnancy affect abortion rates among women of color?

This infograph illustrates key facts about abortion.  

New Mexico: A proposed bill criminalizes abortions after rape as tampering with evidence’.


The Centers for Disease Control is reporting that binge drinking results in about 23,000 deaths in women and girls each year. 

Smoking is more harmful to people living with HIV than HIV itself. 

A new study finds that persistent PCB contamination is linked to infertility. 

A new study shows that anti-choice policies are leading to wide-spread arrests of and forced interventions of pregnant women. 


Young Americans resort to deal sites like Groupon to get cheaper health care (even if they’re already insured.)

The price of the new HIV medication, Stribild, draws some major criticism.

Healthcare costs are growing more slowly than in 50 years, but for the wrong reasons. 

California: Cash-only “bodega clinicas" are popping up throughout Los Angeles immigrant neighborhoods, with little oversight by county health officials. 

Did you know you can already get benefits from the Affordable Care Act?

Children of Spanish-speaking parents less likely to receive the HPV vaccine

Texas: A new bill would give state tax breaks to companies fined due to not complying with the federal contraception law. 

Anti-abortion activists block sexual health funding for at-risk teens.

Louisiana- Louisiana cuts healthcare for HIV patients, low-income moms and children. 


Sign the petition to tell President Barack Obama nominate a woman to become chair of the Federal Communications Commission.

Planned Parenthood drops the “pro-choice” label with a new ad campaign.  

"This Is You" is a PSA encouraging girls and women to make media. 

GQ publishes ‘Hottest Women’ list and ranks some of the women by race

There were at least 10 films at the Sundace film festival that were focused on sex and intimacy.  

Kansas: The premiere of "After Tiller" comes as doctors prepare to re-open Dr Tiller’s abortion clinic in Wichita. 

Sexism & Harassment 

Online shaming" puts more girls at risk for cyber bullying. 

Carolyn Edgar shares her experience of street harassment: “Walking While Female”. 

It takes a village to silence street harassment. 

Here’s how men can stop other men from harassing women online. 

"What’s a pretty girl like you doing reading [financial documents]”?


Young People For has announced its 2013-2014 fellowship. Read more about the fellowship and its requirements, and apply today. DEADLINE: February 7, 2013.

Can internet activism turn into a real political movement?

Apply to become an artist for Strong Families Mama’s and Pap’s Day celebrations by sending in your artwork.

Colorado: Latinas Increasing Political Strength (LIPS) is accepting applications for its 2013 leadership institute. Apply today

Laura Murphy, Director of ACLU’s Washington legislative office, says that African Americans are key to the success of the LBGT movement. 

Favianna Rodriguez discusses art and activism with Pharrell. 

These are the shoes of reproductive rights activists. 

New York: Can New York become the 4th state to give access to college financial aid to undocumented youth?

Last, but not least

Quvenzhané Wallis makes history as the youngest person to be nominated for Best Actress by the Academy Awards.

American women are now cleared to serve in infantry and commando units for the first time. 

Awesome teen girls from Soweto, South Africa have started a Yarn Bomb and Flash Mob for the One Billion Rising campaign. 

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