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It’s Been a Terrible Year for Reproductive Rights

2014 will go down as the year anti-choicers' goal of ending legal abortion came within their grasp. It's also the year they opened up a new front in the "war on women" by starting preliminary legal attacks on contraception access. Image: Shutterstock The post It’s Been a Terrible Year for Reproductive Rights appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Pro-life vid of day: Most grateful kids get worst Christmas gifts

by Kelli Video of a father giving his two sweet children some early Christmas “gifts” in 2011 has gone viral recently, and it’s not hard to see why. A little background from The Huffington Post: Tim Cocker’s young son and daughter knew...Show More Summary

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Police brutality; racism] A new video shows NYPD officers beating a black teenage boy against a car: "After three cops hold the boy against the car, a non-uniformed officer is seen...Show More Summary

Tanzania’s Proposed Constitution Promotes Population Control, Abortion

The Tanzania government’s new proposed constitution has been heavily influenced by NGOs that promote contraceptives and abortion rights, says Emil Hagamu, director of English-speaking Africa for Human Life International. He and other...Show More Summary

Louisville Joins Recent Wave of Minimum Wage Increases

The Metro Council of Louisville voted Thursday to raise the city’s minimum wage, increasing it above the federally mandated $7.25 per hour to $9 per hour by 2017. Image: Shutterstock The post Louisville Joins Recent Wave of Minimum Wage Increases appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Why Has the ACLU Hired an Internet Infrastructure Technologist?

Last March, I started working as a technologist for the ACLU's Speech, Privacy, and Technology project. Part of the job is helping the ACLU’s lawyers to better understand the technical details of their legal work. But I'm also taking...Show More Summary

Consultation again – this time for dentists

British Dental Association v. General Dental Council [2014] UK EWHC 4311 (Admin) 56, Cranston J - read judgment Philip Havers QC and Jeremy Hyam of 1COR were for the successful Claimants in this case. They had no part in the writing of this post. The Supreme Court has very recently reviewed the law on consultation […]

Reply to Laden and Hughes on Sheep Mountain

A couple of days ago, Greg Laden published a response from Malcolm Hughes to my recent Sheep Mountain article. In today’s post, I’ll show that the “response” was both unresponsive and absurd. In my article, I had compared recent (“out-of-sample”) values of the Sheep Mountain chronology as shown in a detailed figure in Salzer et […]

Abortionist Who Sold Abortion Pills to Women Who Weren’t Pregnant Faces New Charges

The Oklahoma-based abortion practitioner who lied to women and told them they were pregnant so he could sell them abortion pills is now facing additional charges. Oklahoma abortionist Nareshkumar Gandalal “Naresh” Patel, who once faced charges of raping and sodomizing his abortion patients, was arrested earlier this month. Police raided the Outpatient Services for Women […]

James Holmes' parents: 'He is not a monster,' gripped by mental illness

The parents of shooting suspect James Holmes on Friday pleaded that their son be spared the death penalty in a deadly rampage in a suburban Denver movie theater that shocked the nation two years ago.

People magazine names Kate Upton 'Sexiest Woman Alive'

People magazine declared model and Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover girl Kate Upton to be the "Sexiest Woman Alive" at the first People Magazine Awards, held on Thursday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Do you think that's the right call? [People]

California adds 90,100 jobs; unemployment rate drops to 7.2%

California employers added more than 90,000 jobs in November, one of state's largest monthly employment gains in more than a decade, according to federal data.

It’s A Rich Man’s World

Money is usually equated with security and the ability to have a comfortable life. Yet girls are still persistently raised to believe that they may not have control over this reality. We’re often told that we should “marry rich” or at least make sure our husbands (always husbands) can “provide” or “take care of” us. Show More Summary

British Government Will Keep Third Parent in Three-Parent-Embryo IVF a Secret

The British government is considering using a new technique to eradicate serious illness stemming from one parent. However, there’s a catch— the child will have two mothers and one father. As LifeNews previously reported, the technique involves the removal of the egg cell’s nucleus and replaced with the nucleus of a woman with mitochondrial disease. Then the […]

Serial (Again)

[Content Note: Violence; death; racism; issues of consent and ethics.]When I first posted about Serial earlier this week, I was halfway through the series. Yesterday was the podcast's concluding episode, and I've now listened to the whole thing. Show More Summary

After Having Four Miscarriages, Mother Becomes Pregnant With Quadruplets

Grace and James Slattery suffered four miscarriages and believed they would never be able to have children together. However, out of the blue, the couple became pregnant with quadruplets without IVF. According to doctors, their babies are little miracles, especially since the odds of having quads is one in ten-thousand. The couple was excited to […]

Feministing Follow Friday: Anti-Carceral Feminists, Vol. II

  We couldn’t limit our list of great anti-carceral feminists to just five. So here’s our second volume of writers and organizers imagining and creating responses to gendered harms that don’t rely on the criminal justice system: Melissa Gira Grant (@melissagira): Journalist & author, Playing The Whore: The Work of Sex Work (Verso). Show More Summary

Rape Kit Testing Law Passes, Heads to Ohio Governor’s Desk

The Ohio house passed a bill Wednesday meant to completely clear a backlog of untested rape kits in law enforcement offices across the state. After the unanimous passage of SB 316, the bill now heads to Gov. John Kasich’s desk for a signature. Image: Shutterstock The post Rape Kit Testing Law Passes, Heads to Ohio Governor’s Desk appeared first on RH Reality Check.

12 Ways Young People Organized for Human Rights in 2014

Contrary to a narrative that young people are apathetic or lazy or too busy texting to care about human rights, in fact young people are at the helm of the movement for justice for all people. I, for one, can't wait to see what they pull off in 2015. Image: Unity via Shutterstock The post 12 Ways Young People Organized for Human Rights in 2014 appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Suicide Rate for Women Having Abortions is Six Times Higher Than Women Giving Birth

Voluntary guidelines for post-abortion mental health evaluations during the month following an abortion have failed to significantly decrease the rate of suicide after abortion in Finland, according to a new study. Finland adopted the guidelines after a large-scale study of women’s health records, published in 1997, found that the suicide rate among women who had […]

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