Archive for May, 2015

May 28, 2015

Executive Director Miriam Yeung receives Women of Distinction Award

Congratulations to our fearless leader Miriam Yeung who will be receiving the Women of Distinction award at the annual NCCWSL conference. Thank you AAUW and NASPA for recognizing her leadership! More details here.

May 28, 2015

Bill to ban abortions based on gender fails to win support

Read article in The Washington Times By MELINDA DESLATTE – Associated Press – Tuesday, May 26, 2015 BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Louisiana appears unlikely to add a new legal restriction banning gender-based “sex-selection” abortions. The House-backed proposal stalled Tuesday in a Senate judiciary committee, on a 2-2 vote that keeps the bill stuck in committee. […]

May 27, 2015

Louisiana Lawmakers Clash as GOP Fails to Advance Anti-Choice Measure

Read article on RH Reality Check by Teddy Wilson, Reporting Fellow, RH Reality Check May 26, 2015 – 4:42 pm A Louisiana senate committee hearing Tuesday on an abortion ban based on the sex of the fetus ended with a tense exchange between a committee member and the bill’s author. (Shutterstock) A Louisiana senate committee hearing Tuesday […]

May 27, 2015

Proposal to ban abortions based on sex of unborn child squashed by Louisiana Senate panel

Read article on   By Emily Lane, | The Times-Picayune Email the author | Follow on Twitter on May 26, 2015 at 1:51 PM, updated May 26, 2015 at 7:49 PM A state Senate committee narrowly defeated a proposal Tuesday (May 26) that would have banned abortions in Louisiana when performed on the basis of the […]

May 25, 2015

Louisiana State Senate to vote on racially biased abortion ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2015 Contact:  Lauren Gray 212-255-2575 Louisiana State Senate to vote on racially biased abortion ban National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum calls bill “deceptive,” “dangerous” BATON ROUGE — On Tuesday, committee members in the Louisiana State Senate will vote on HB 701, a bill that would ban abortions supposedly […]

May 22, 2015

How California’s Ethical Nail Salons Can Teach New York To Clean Up Its Act

by Eleanor Goldberg Read article at Huffington Post Los Angeles.  

May 22, 2015

OK governor signs into law 72-hour waiting period

On May 6, Oklahoma became the 4th state in the country to require that women wait 72 hours after counseling before being able to obtain an abortion. The law, HB1409, also requires physicians to counsel patients that their abortion will “terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.” Supporters of the law […]

May 22, 2015

Los Angeles increases minimum wage to $15

Over the last few months, minimum wage hikes have swept the nation. On May 19, Los Angeles became the largest city in the country to adopt a major increase in 2015, with the minimum wage set to become $15 by 2020. With nearly 1.5 million AAPIs, Los Angeles County is home to the largest AAPI community […]

May 22, 2015

DC reproductive health bill to go into effect

In December 2014, the District of Columbia City Council passed the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (RHNDA), protecting women in the District from being fired based on their decisions to have an abortion, utilize birth control, or have a baby. However, all DC laws must be sent through both houses of Congress for a 30-day period […]

May 22, 2015

Louisiana house passes anti-Asian abortion ban

On May 14, the Louisiana house passed a sex-selective abortion ban punishing doctors for providing abortions to women who are supposedly seeking the procedure because they have a preference for the gender of their child. During debate on the floor, bill sponsor Rep. Lenar Whitney explained her rationale for introducing the bill—citing an influx of […]