Medical providers, activists urge Google to ban ads from anti-abortion clinics

(The Hill)

A coalition of more than 100 medical providers and advocacy groups asked Google to stop accepting ads from anti-abortion clinics and crisis pregnancy centers in a letter sent to the tech giant Wednesday.

The letter, led by women’s rights group UltraViolet, urges Google to ban ads from anti-abortion centers in order to help mitigate efforts to “mislead, harm, and misdirect people away from reproductive health and abortion care,” according to a copy of the letter shared with The Hill.

“Allowing anti-abortion centers to place ads on your platforms that steers unsuspecting people into the hands of those who will deny them care is unethical. The best way to prevent this is to remove and ban intentionally misleading advertisements sponsored by anti-abortion clinics and centers, especially crisis pregnancy centers,” they wrote.

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Privacy fears emerge over corporate policies covering travel for abortion

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Companies must establish guidelines for how they will respond to potential legal attacks on their policies, said Sonja Spoo, the director of reproductive rights campaigns at the feminist advocacy group UltraViolet.

“If you’re going to provide these benefits to workers, you need to make sure you have a plan in place to protect them,” she said. “Make sure employees are safe from attempts by whoever is in power to see information and weaponize it.”

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Match halts some political donations after accusations of ‘reprowashing’

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What they’re saying: The women’s rights group UltraViolet is calling the practice of donating to causes that directly oppose company statements on reproductive rights “reprowashing” — and along with other progressives is pushing to stop corporations from doing it.

  • “Companies have to both provide the best benefits for their workers and also make sure that they’re not funding politicians who are making it necessary for workers to have to travel to get basic health care in the first place,” Sonja Spoo, the Director of Reproductive Rights Campaigns at women’s activist group UltraViolet, tells Axios.
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Anti-sexual violence group places full-page NYT ad backing Jackson’s confirmation

(The Hill)

A sexual violence coalition has placed a full-page New York Times advertisement in support of President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.

UltraViolet Action communications director Bridget Todd said in a statement that Judge Jackson is qualified to be a Supreme Court associate justice.

“Judge Jackson is more than qualified to be on the Supreme Court. Her level of poise and endurance in the face of baseless and often sexist and racist questions and attacks from Republicans in the Senate further demonstrate the quality of her character.  We stand with Judge Jackson and are eagerly awaiting her confirmation to the Supreme Court as the first Black woman justice in American history,” Todd said.

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More companies disclose political spending after Jan. 6 attack

(Roll Call)

Corporations are ramping up disclosure of political spending amid intense scrutiny of their advocacy by the public and by shareholders focused on social justice and governance issues in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

Ultraviolet, a women’s advocacy group, found that AT&T — which had a perfect score on the index and has made commitments to gender equality and the empowerment of women — was one of seven companies that gave more than $100,000 in campaign contributions to Texas state lawmakers who sponsored an abortion ban.

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Crowds assemble outside the Supreme Court as the fate of Roe v. Wade hangs in the balance.

(Washington News Day)

On Tuesday night, dozens of anti-abortion campaigners gathered outside the court for a candlelight vigil. UltraViolet, a women’s advocacy group, also held a rally outside the court, holding up brilliantly illuminated letters that read “Abortion is Freedom.” The Supreme Court has never allowed states to prohibit abortion before viability.

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Activists demonstrate as Supreme Court hears abortion case

(New York Daily News)

Pro-choice and anti-abortion activists held demonstrations outside the Supreme Court and U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, as the justices hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which would ban most abortions after 15 weeks.

Activists hold a light brigade urging “Abortion Is Essential” at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 30, 2021, in Washington, DC. (TASOS KATOPODIS/Getty Images for UltraViolet)

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Crowds Gather Outside Supreme Court As Future of Roe v. Wade on the Line

(Newsweek)

Early on Wednesday, activists on both sides of the abortion debate gathered in front of the court in Washington, D.C. brandishing signs and placards.

Dozens of anti-abortion activists met outside the court for a candlelight vigil on Tuesday night. Women’s advocacy organization UltraViolet also organized a gathering outside the court, holding up brightly lit letters that to spell out “Abortion is freedom.”

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Is Chris Cuomo doomed?

(City & State)

A national women’s advocacy group renewed their calls for CNN to take action against anchor Chris Cuomo following revelations he attempted to steer the narrative surrounding the downfall of ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

UltraViolet, a feminist group that promotes women’s rights, including anti-sexual harassment and pro-abortion efforts, upped its call for the network to punish Chris Cuomo after his involvement in the scandal was detailed in documents made public on Monday.

“Reports that Chris Cuomo not only joined strategy calls with his brother, former Governor Andrew Cuomo, on how to respond to the numerous sexual harassment allegations against him, but actively advised his brother to push back against the allegations, using his position at CNN to seek information on the accusers, are completely unacceptable. He should be fired immediately,” Elisa Batista, campaign director of the Washington-based group said Tuesday in a statement to Fox News.

The group previously called on CNN to suspend Chris Cuomo in May, following his admission that he was “looped into calls” about how to manage the scandal.

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‘How does he still have a job?’ CNN staff sounds off as Chris Cuomo defies ban, talks bro on SiriusXM show

(New York Post)

Chris Cuomo on Tuesday used his SiriusXM show to speak about his brother’s resignation as governor of New York despite being banned from discussing it on CNN — which is weighing his future as a network host amid calls for his ouster.

Elisa Batista of the women’s rights group UltraViolet also said Chris Cuomo “should be fired immediately” for “using his position at CNN to seek information on the accusers.”

“This [is] a severe breach of journalistic ethics,” Batista said in a prepared statement.

“CNN should immediately sever ties with Chris Cuomo. Anything less is unacceptable, and further harms survivors of sexual abuse.”

CNN didn’t immediately return requests for comment, but on Monday said it was reviewing the documents released by James to determine “their significance as they relate to CNN.”

The network also said it expected to come to a decision within “the next several days.”

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