There’s a lot of bad news on our feminist radar today.
• Non-violent offenders serving life without parole cost U.S. taxpayers $1.7 billion annually. Much of that money is going to private prison companies who benefit from mass incarceration. [Al Jazeera]
• A new study suggests that the U.S. is actually emitting 50 percent more methane, a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide, than we previously thought. [Associated Press]
• A pregnant woman moving from California to New York has resulted in a disturbing custody battle. A New York court said, “her appropriation of the child while in utero was irresponsible, reprehensible.” This is a new step in treating a fetus as a child and limiting women’s reproductive rights. [The New York Times]
• Another school has told a black girl she must change her hair because it violates the school dress code. The girl has decided to keep her hair and leave the school. [Jezebel]
• A new ballot initiative in Michigan could ban both public and private insurance coverage for abortion. The Right to Life of Michigan’s measure would go straight to the anti-choice legislature, and be immune to a governor veto. [RH Reality Check]
• The Supreme Court will take up the case of whether companies can deny birth control coverage to their employees. The case was brought up by Hobby Lobby, a company that believes providing health insurance coverage for contraception violates their religious freedom. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund made the graphic below. [NPR]
Post anything we missed in the comments.