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Katherine Spillar
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Katherine Spillar is the Executive Vice President of the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) and the Feminist Majority, national organizations working for women’s equality, empowerment and non-violence.

Spillar has been a national leader in the struggle to counter the effects of extremist anti-abortion groups that target women’s reproductive health clinics and to bring extremists to justice. She has directed the FMF’s research and public education activities, law enforcement relations, as well as grassroots organizing in some 26 states to keep clinics open in the face of extremist violence. Spillar is an expert on anti-abortion terrorism. She played an instrumental role in the FMF’s landmark 1994 Supreme Court case upholding the use of buffer zones to protect clinics, Madsen v. Women’s Health Center, and continues to oversee the Foundation’s litigation efforts to stop violent extremists.

In 2005, Spillar was named Executive Editor of Ms. magazine. Under her oversight, Ms. has increased its investigative reporting, exposing sweatshops, forced prostitution and forced abortions in the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands, and uncovering the connections between abortion Dr. George Tiller’s convicted murderer, Scott Roeder, and anti-abortion extremists who promote violence.

Entries by Katherine Spillar

The Nation's Police Have a Sex-Discrimination Problem

(3) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 6:31 PM

The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson, Missouri police officer last month prompted the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into Ferguson's policing practices. (This investigation comes on the heels of a separate federal probe into the killing of Brown)....

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Fighting Back Against Kill-A-Gay and Flog-A-Woman Laws

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 4:31 PM

Much of Hollywood's money goes to the Beverly Hills Hotel as it's a popular spot for conferences, galas, award ceremonies and fundraisers. However, the tony hotel is part of the Dorchester Collection, a hotel group owned by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, dictator of the Southeast Asian nation, Brunei. It has recently...

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Kansas Abortion Doctor Targeted by Extremists -- Sound Familiar?

(8) Comments | Posted March 4, 2011 | 12:22 PM

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Remember Roe v. Wade -- and Stop the Violence

(12) Comments | Posted January 21, 2011 | 1:03 PM

We mark the 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision tomorrow, and celebrate how it affirmed that women should have power over their own bodies -- but we are also alarmed at the rising tide of anti-abortion violence in the U.S.

Following the 2008 elections, and with little hope...

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NATO, Don't Forget Afghan Women

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2010 | 1:57 PM

The Obama administration is set to begin a status review of its operations in Afghanistan next month, and in Lisbon this weekend, NATO leaders will meet to discuss the war.

Too often, these official reviews and strategy negotiations have left Afghan women out. This time, we hope it will be...

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Bishops and Pawns

(3) Comments | Posted February 25, 2010 | 6:45 PM

As health care reform was being debated yesterday at the White House between Democrats and Republicans, who better to weigh in than ... Catholic bishops?

They released a letter yesterday asking for "bipartisan action to advance health care reform that protects human life and dignity." Sounds innocent enough. But what...

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A Unisex Vaccine Against Cancer

(6) Comments | Posted February 23, 2010 | 5:36 PM

By this time, few adults in the U.S. haven't heard of the "cervical cancer vaccine" Gardasil, which has been well-publicized and recommended for routine administration to girls and women ages 9 to 26. But how many know that Gardasil--which attacks four strains of the sexually transmitted HPV (human papillomavirus)--is not...

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New Moon, Same Old Sexist Story

(59) Comments | Posted November 23, 2009 | 1:10 PM

By Katherine Spillar and Carmen D. Siering

Sure, the film New Moon is breaking box office records, and both tween girls and their moms are swooning over pale-faced vampire Edward and hunky werewolf Jacob, who both vie for the attention of our ostensible hero, Bella. Isn't it romantic?

Well.... with...

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Will We Ignore Brooksley Born Again?

(20) Comments | Posted November 3, 2009 | 3:40 PM

Eleven years ago, U.S. economic leaders should have listened to Brooksley Born.

Then head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Born was concerned about new and unregulated futures markets. They were growing at tremendous rates, yet their risks were not fully understood. She was especially wary of the lack...

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Dollars for Deception: How Taxpayer Dollars Support Fake Clinics

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2008 | 4:11 PM

In the waning, lame-duck days of the Bush Administration, still more damage may be wrought as it tries to weaken environmental rules, civil liberties and abortion rights.

One particularly odious proposed change to HHS regulations would make it even harder than it already is for poor women to get abortions...

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