What’s Current: UK government retracts announcement allowing at-home abortion pills during COVID-19 outbreak

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  • The UK government retracted an announcement which would have allowed women and girls access to home abortion pills as an alternative to visiting a clinic during the outbreak of COVID-19. 
  • After more than five million citizens of South Korea signed a petition demanding the government publicly identify a man arrested for the sexual slavery of at least 74 women and girls, Cho Ju-bin, 24, was “paraded in public.”
  • The US Justice Department intervened in a federal case involving self-identity into female sports. Attorney General William Barr signed a statement of interest on Tuesday, arguing that self-identification is a violation of federal law. The statement reads:

“Under CIAC’s interpretation of Title IX, however, schools may not account for the real physiological differences between men and women. Instead, schools must have certain biological males — namely, those who publicly identify as female — compete against biological females. In so doing, CIAC deprives those women of the single-sex athletic competitions that are one of the marquee accomplishments of Title IX.”

  • Women’s shelters in Vancouver brace for an increase in demand as a result of increased domestic violence following lockdown measures.
  • A US military commission report suggests requiring women to register for conscription. If accepted, women aged 18-25 could be legally obligated to serve in the military.
Genevieve Gluck

Genevieve Gluck is a writer and advocate for women's sex-based rights and creator of Women's Voices, an audio library dedicated to bringing awareness to feminist texts and speeches.