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July 7, 2022, 12:10 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"A growing number of non-white women are resorting to alternatives to hospitals for labor and delivery in the US, a new report has revealed" (Para. 1). "According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, a nonprofit organization that focuses on public policies surrounding women and families, community births – births carried out at home or in community birthing centers – increased by 20% from 2019 to 2020, with the spike largely situated among communities of color" (Para. 2). "The increase for Black, non-Hispanic women was 30%, followed by 26% among Native Americans, 24% for Hispanic women, and 18% for both Asian and white women. Community births among native Hawaiian...more
July 7, 2022, 12:10 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"The report also found that in recent years, severe maternal morbidity (SMM), which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines as unexpected outcomes of labor and delivery that result in significant short- or long-term consequences to a woman’s health, increased overall and especially among people of color" (Para. 4).
July 7, 2022, 12:10 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"'Now, more than ever, it’s important to find ways to support these choices in many ways that could be lifesaving,' Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, a co-author of the report and the NPWF’s vice president for health initiatives, told the Washington Post. 'Most birthing people can safely give birth in a birthing center or at home, but the availability is very limited,' she added" (Para. 11-12).
July 7, 2022, 12:10 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MMR-DATA-1

"From 2014 to 2017, Black women were three times more likely to experience pregnancy-related deaths compared to white, non-Hispanic women. For Native women, the rate is twice as likely" (Para. 5).
July 7, 2022, 12:10 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, a nonprofit organization that focuses on public policies surrounding women and families, community births – births carried out at home or in community birthing centers – increased by 20% from 2019 to 2020, with the spike largely situated among communities of color" (Para. 2). "The report also found that in recent years, severe maternal morbidity (SMM), which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines as unexpected outcomes of labor and delivery that result in significant short- or long-term consequences to a woman’s health, increased overall and especially among people of color" (Para. 4). "In its report, the NPWF cited various...more
July 6, 2022, 12:54 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"According to the Department of the Air Force, the benefit was driven by the service's Women's Initiative Team, which saw the out-of-pocket expense as a barrier for lactating moms who relocate or go on temporary duty within a year after childbirth" (Para. 4). "According to Air Force Maj. Samantha Sliney, the team's co-lead, the group has been working for more than two years to obtain the benefit. 'This change is a huge step and great benefit for lactating uniformed service members and DoD civilian employees,' Sliney said in an Air Force news release. 'Members can be provided the necessary support to continue accomplishing the mission while meeting the demands of...more
July 6, 2022, 12:54 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"The Coast Guard -- the only armed service outside the Department of Defense -- has been offering the benefit since June 2019 under a reimbursement program supported by Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, a nonprofit organization that provides financial support and emergency relief to the service's members and their families" (Para. 7). "The Coast Guard's program pays up to $750 a year per household for shipping and is available to active-duty personnel; Public Health Service officers and Navy chaplains detailed to the Coast Guard; reserve members on active-duty status; spouses on business travel; and Coast Guard civilian employees" (Para. 8). "Under that program, Coast Guard personnel must be away from home...more
July 6, 2022, 12:54 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SAB-LAW-1

"Active-duty military women and civilian Defense Department employees now can be reimbursed for shipping breast milk while on official travel, according to a recent change to the Joint Travel Regulations. DoD officials announced April 14 that nursing mothers may be reimbursed up to $1,000 as a travel accommodation during temporary duty of more than three days. As of April 7 -- the date the policy was approved -- covered expenses will include commercial shipping fees, excess baggage, storage bags or containers, cold shipping packages, refrigeration and transport, according to a memo from Joel Ridenour, chief of the Pentagon's Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Committee" (Para. 1-3). "The change is scheduled...more
June 7, 2022, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Republican-proposed bill in Tennessee would remove the age limit for when couple's could exchange wedding vows and clear the way for 'common-law marriages' between 'one man and one woman.' Representative Tom Leatherwood, 65, of Arlington, introduced the bill into the state's House that would eliminate the current age requirement of 17 and allow for 'alternative forms of marriage' to those who 'conscientiously object to the current pathway to marriage. So, all this bill does is give an alternative form of marriage for those pastors and other individuals who have a conscientious objection to the current pathway to marriage in our law,' the Republican father-of-five said, according to WJHL. 'There is...more
June 7, 2022, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"Tennessee is currently the 13th largest state per capita for child marriages, trailing Texas, Alabama, Utah, Oklahoma, and Nevada, which is tops since 2018. Texas has married roughly 42,000 children, the biggest number of children per state, while California has married off roughly 24,000 and Tennessee almost 10,000. Under the current Tennessee law, a person can get married as young as 17 as long as they have parental consent. It only became illegal for minors under the age of 17 to get married in 2018. Prior to that, Tennesseans could bypass the age requirement as long as a judge waived the age limit through parental consent" (7-8)."Researchers found that a...more
June 7, 2022, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Leatherwood's bill comes after Florida passed the Parental Rights Act - which has been dubbed the 'Don't Say Gay' bill - which Republicans are using to ban the discussion of sex and gender in the classroom. Republicans have increasingly claimed that liberals advocating to strike down the bill are 'grooming' and 'sexualizing' children by indoctrinating them. The Sexual Assault Center of Middle Tennessee has also denounced Leatherwood's bill, saying it 'does not believe the age of consent for marriage should be any younger than it already is. It makes children more vulnerable to coercion and manipulation from predators, sexual and other,' the organization said in a statement" (10-12).more
June 7, 2022, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"Massachusetts has the youngest age limit, with girls 12 and up and boys 14 and up able to marry with parental consent, according to World Population. Other states - such as Arkansas and New Hampshire - also have differing ages for males and females. Arkansas limits underage women to 16 and older, while males have to be 17. Meanwhile, New Hampshire is 13 for girls and 14 for boys. California does not have an age limit, as long as parental consent is obtained, according to World Population" (29-31).
June 7, 2022, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

"A Republican-proposed bill in Tennessee would remove the age limit for when couple's could exchange wedding vows and clear the way for 'common-law marriages' between 'one man and one woman'" (1). "Only six states in the US ban underage marriages. Those states are: Delaware, New Jersey, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and New York. The Tennessee bill also proposes that the state should have to defend any clerk who refuses to issue a marriage license" (17-18).
June 7, 2022, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"In 44 states, children in the US can get married under the age of 18. Although each state sets its own age limit, some states allow children as young as 12 to be married off to an adult, leaving minors in a vulnerable position where they can legally marry before being old enough to consent to sex. The age of consent varies by state, but is between the ages of 16 and 18. Fourteen states' child marriage laws violate statutory rape laws, according to the Journal of Adolescent Health. Meanwhile, 11 states, including Oregon, North and South Dakota, and Alabama, do not provide marital exemptions, meaning spouses of underage children...more
June 7, 2022, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Opponents are worried if the bill passes into law, it could be used to cover up child sex abuse and statutory rape. Democratic Nashville Representative Mike Stewart, 57, called the bill a 'get-out-of-jail-free card for people who are basically committing statutory rape. I mean it’s completely ridiculous, so that’s another reason why this terrible bill should be eliminated,' he said. 'I don’t think any normal person thinks we shouldn’t have an age requirement for marriage'" (5-6).
June 7, 2022, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"In 44 states, children in the US can get married under the age of 18. Although each state sets its own age limit, some states allow children as young as 12 to be married off to an adult, leaving minors in a vulnerable position where they can legally marry before being old enough to consent to sex. The age of consent varies by state, but is between the ages of 16 and 18. Fourteen states' child marriage laws violate statutory rape laws, according to the Journal of Adolescent Health. Meanwhile, 11 states, including Oregon, North and South Dakota, and Alabama, do not provide marital exemptions, meaning spouses of underage children...more
March 19, 2022, 8:53 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"Two-thirds of the marriage applications in Buncombe County last year that involved at least one person under 18 originated from people who lived outside of North Carolina, Reisinger said, noting that a 49-year-old man and 17-year-old girl recently came from Kentucky seeking a license"(para 5). "A study by the International Center for Research on Women, a research institute and rights group for women and children, estimates that nearly 8,800 minors were listed on marriage licenses in North Carolina from 2000-2015 — placing the state among the top five with child marriages during that period. The group said that 93% of the marriage applications it reviewed for the years 2000-2019 involved...more
March 19, 2022, 8:53 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The bill’s proposed maximum age gap of four years partially mimics statutory rape laws that make it a serious felony for a minor to have sexual intercourse with someone who is significantly older. The legislation needs one more Senate vote before heading to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk, probably this week, where it's likely to be signed into law"(para 16).
March 19, 2022, 8:53 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Known for its coastlines, mountains and the state that was “first in flight,” North Carolina has also developed a more dubious reputation recently: as a regional destination for adults who want to marry children" (para 1).
March 19, 2022, 8:53 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Lobbyists working on changing the law say former child brides in North Carolina whom they have contacted remain too traumatized by their experiences to speak before legislators publicly. Women like Wiegand have filled in instead: 'I’m speaking in favor of the bill because I feel nobody did it for me,' she said" (para 20). This shows the affect of child marriarge on women and how the abuse or violence has traumatized them (ST- CODER COMMENT).
March 19, 2022, 8:53 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"State lawmakers are nearing passage of a bill that could dampen the state's appeal as the go-to place to bring child brides — but would still leave it short of a national push to increase the age to 18. The proposed legislation would raise the minimum marriage age from 14 to 16 and limit the age difference between a 16-year-old and their spouse to four years"(para 2). "Reisinger said the county, which includes the popular tourist city of Asheville, is a destination for many adults and child brides from nearby states such as Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee — all of which have raised the minimum marriage age in...more
March 15, 2022, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

"President Joe Biden on Thursday signed a law to protect the rights of victims of sexual harassment in the workplace, allowing them to seek justice in court, accompanied by one of the nation's most prominent campaigners for the measure" (Para. 1). "Biden signed into law the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act, which bars employment contracts from forcing people to settle claims of sexual assault or harassment through private arbitration proceedings instead of in a court of law. Employers often benefit from the process, which keeps misconduct allegations from becoming public. The law is retroactive, freeing individuals who have been bound by arbitration language to pursue...more
March 15, 2022, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News presenter, has worked to end the use of forced arbitration proceedings ever since she sued network boss Roger Ailes for sexual harassment" (Para. 2). "'Something great has come from my decision to come forward and stand alongside millions of others to say that it's not okay for companies to hide harassment, assault'" (Para. 5). "As a result of the #MeToo movement, the widespread practice has come under fire for forcing employees to seek recourse without a jury, a chance to appeal an arbitrator's decision or the sunlight of a public court process" (Para. 13). "'Today I'm here on behalf of the millions of American...more
March 15, 2022, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News presenter, has worked to end the use of forced arbitration proceedings ever since she sued network boss Roger Ailes for sexual harassment" (Para. 2). "An estimated 60 million workers are bound by forced arbitration clauses slipped into their employment contracts, with many unaware the language exists, Biden said. Private arbitration keeps them from knowing who else may have suffered similar indignities. As a result of the #MeToo movement, the widespread practice has come under fire for forcing employees to seek recourse without a jury, a chance to appeal an arbitrator's decision or the sunlight of a public court process" (Para. 11-13). "Defenders of the...more
March 9, 2022, 9:28 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"the United States has been moving in the opposite direction, with abortion restrictions multiplying across the country, and the U.S. Supreme Court considering a case that could overrule Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that established a constitutional right to abortion" (para 4).
Jan. 26, 2022, 5:25 p.m.
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Variables: IIP-SCALE-1

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Oct. 4, 2021, 9:37 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"On Dec. 8, 2020, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy suspended or fired 14 military leaders for failing to adequately prevent, stop, or intervene in a culture of sexual assault and violence at Fort Hood Army base. This was necessary, but nowhere near sufficient. The new secretary of defense in the Biden administration, Lloyd J. Austin III, has taken steps at the start of his service in this role to explore changes to the military’s handling of sexual and gender-based violence. The investigation that led to these actions was prompted by a public outcry after the killing of Vanessa Guillén, a 20-year-old soldier at Fort Hood, by another soldier on the base....more
Oct. 4, 2021, 9:37 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-5

"As chair of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, President Joe Biden spearheaded the passage of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), based on decades of anti-violence advocacy led by women’s movements. The new presidential administration needs to take action now and demand changes to culture, policy, and practice around sexual harassment, assault, and other violence within military settings. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand introduced the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA) in 2013 to reform reporting policies for sexual violence in military settings. This bill, or adoption of similar reforms, has yet to be passed. The new administration and DoD leadership should elevate implementation of recommendations to end gender-based violence and its...more
Oct. 4, 2021, 9:37 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, EWCMS-DATA-3

"On Dec. 8, 2020, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy suspended or fired 14 military leaders for failing to adequately prevent, stop, or intervene in a culture of sexual assault and violence at Fort Hood Army base. This was necessary, but nowhere near sufficient. The new secretary of defense in the Biden administration, Lloyd J. Austin III, has taken steps at the start of his service in this role to explore changes to the military’s handling of sexual and gender-based violence" (para 1-2).
Oct. 4, 2021, 9:37 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

"Fort Hood is not alone in failing to protect military members from gender-based violence. Such violence, which includes sexual assault and sexual harassment, is prevalent throughout society and prominent in military settings, which are by nature male-dominated and patriarchal. One in three women veterans receiving care from the Veterans Health Administration report having experienced sexual assault or harassment while serving in the military. The Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Defense Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military found a 3 percent increase in sexual assault reports by service members over the previous year, with the overwhelming majority of reports from women service members, and the highest rates among those...more