On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

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]

An infographic has seven things to know about the supreme court case for birth control.

Post anything we missed in the comments. 

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Warresister Kimberly Rivera gave birth, not cleared to breastfee

Imprisoned war resister Kimberly Rivera gave birth yesterday, but has not been cleared to pump breast milk to provide to her infant while she is in the brig. Supporters are asking people to take 2 minutes to call or email authorities to ask that KIMBERLY BE ABLE TO PUMP BREAST MILK FOR HER NEWBORN SON WHILE IN THE BRIG UNTIL HER RELEASE:


Public pressure pushed the hospital to allow Rivera's husband (and father of her baby) Mario Rivera to be in the hospital room with her during the birth of their son.

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