What’s Current: Near-total ban on abortion signed into law in Texas

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  • Texas has signed into law a bill that prevents abortions at six weeks before many women realize they are pregnant. The so-called “heartbeat law” prevents abortions after a heartbeat can be detected and makes no exceptions for survivors of rape and incest.
  • Women’s rights campaigners in Japan presented their views in opposition of sex self-identification at a private meeting with members of the national legislature, which could impact future policy decisions regarding gender identity laws.
  • Male violence against women in Trinidad and Tobago is being ignored by the government, according to women’s rights campaigners in the nation. PBS reported personal accounts of women who say they are afraid to leave their homes on account of femicide.
  • An estimated 700,000 fewer girls will be able to receive an education due to UK aid budget cuts in funds aimed at promoting schooling for girls abroad.
  • A Kansas rape survivor has invoked a 19th-century law to convene her own grand jury after prosecutors refused to pursue a rape charge for three years because she was not capable of withdrawing consent verbally. Her attacker was strangling her, prohibiting her speech.
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.