The women of Wal-Mart finally have an opportunity to reverse last year's Supreme Court decision. The Equal Employment Opportunity Restoration Act of 2012 would remove the obstacles the Supreme Court placed in the way of ordinary Americans seeking their day in court. It offers a clear path for women workers to come together as a group to challenge discrimination. And it would make sure that no employer is too big to be held accountable.
Individual workers — many of whom live paycheck to paycheck — should not be required to stand alone against some of the largest corporations in the world to end discrimination. This bill recognizes the reality of workers' lives and offers an alternative.
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Republican leaders like to talk big about supporting our troops, but sometimes actions speak much louder than words. Boehner and the GOP Congress are opposing a Senate bipartisan bill which would expand abortion access for military women who are raped.
Under current law, if a State Department employee is raped, her government health insurance plan will pay for an abortion if she wants one. But if an Army medic serving in Afghanistan is raped and becomes pregnant, she can't use her military health plan to pay for an abortion. If she does decide to get an abortion, she will have to pay for it with her own money. And if she can't prove she was raped—which is difficult before an investigation is completed—she may have to look for services off base, which can be dangerous or impossible in many parts of the world.
The military reported 471 rapes in 2011, and yet the true number might be much higher, given it’s estimated that only 13.5% of rapes and sexual assaults in the military are actually reported.