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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Found Dead

News reports out of San Antonio confirm that Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 79, was found dead Saturday morning at the Cibolo Creek Ranch near Marfa, Texas. Image: Wikimedia Commons The post Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Found Dead appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Oregon Senate Approves Highest State Minimum Wage in the Country

The bill passed 16 to 12 following a marathon six-hour floor debate, with one Democrat joining Republican lawmakers in opposition. Image: Shutterstock The post Oregon Senate Approves Highest State Minimum Wage in the Country appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Campaign Week in Review: Sanders, Clinton Won’t Say ‘Abortion’ During Debate

Republican Gov. John Kasich this week vowed to sign a measure to defund Planned Parenthood in Ohio, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) admitted that most people disagree with his anti-choice position on abortion exceptions. Image: PBS NewsHour/ YouTube The post Campaign Week in Review: Sanders, Clinton Won’t Say ‘Abortion’ During Debate appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Tennessee’s Drug Testing of Welfare Applicants Falls Flat

Many of the states that have implemented these laws have had similar results to Tennessee, with few welfare benefit applicants testing positive for drugs. Image: Shutterstock The post Tennessee’s Drug Testing of Welfare Applicants Falls Flat appeared first on RH Reality Check.

This Week in Sex, Valentine’s Day Edition: Dating Is Not Dead

In today’s Internet world, Valentine’s Day is for roses, chocolate, and surveys. Many websites and companies (and some academics) choose this most romantic of holidays to tell us what other people are doing and thinking when it comes...Show More Summary

Two States Could Soon Bolster Birth Control Access

Lifting birth control restrictions has been shown to reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies. Image: Shutterstock The post Two States Could Soon Bolster Birth Control Access appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Judge OKs Oklahoma’s Clinic Closure Law

Attorneys from the Center for Reproductive Rights first challenged the measure in 2014 and said in a statement they plan to appeal Thursday’s decision to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Image: Shutterstock The post Judge OKs Oklahoma’s Clinic Closure Law appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Pornography Is Not a ‘Public Health Crisis,’ No Matter What Utah Lawmakers Think

The resolution introduced to declare pornography an epidemic is pretty toothless. But the resolution still carries harmful implications: It allows the moral musings of one misguided lawmaker, backed up by nothing more than pseudoscience,...Show More Summary

Kasich, Ohio GOP to End Funding for Infant Mortality Program

The funds will be redirected to about 200 health-care facilities, but pro-choice advocates don’t think those health centers could fill the gap left by Planned Parenthood’s defunding. Image: John Kasich / YouTube The post Kasich, Ohio GOP to End Funding for Infant Mortality Program appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Alabama Republicans Push ‘Heartbeat,’ ‘Personhood’ Abortion Bans

So-called heartbeat abortion bans have been repeatedly found to be unconstitutional because they seek to ban the procedure months before the point at which a fetus is viable. Image: Republican Governors Association / YouTube The post Alabama Republicans Push ‘Heartbeat,’ ‘Personhood’ Abortion Bans appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Sanders Takes Stand on Overturning Hyde, Helms Amendments

Bernie Sanders’ campaign said in a statement that the candidate would work with Congress to repeal the 1973 Helms Amendment. Image: Albert H. Teich / Shutterstock.com The post Sanders Takes Stand on Overturning Hyde, Helms Amendments appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Justice Department Sues City of Ferguson Over Unconstitutional Policing

Wednesday’s civil rights lawsuit, filed in the District Court of Eastern Missouri, comes a year and a half after Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed an 18-year-old unarmed Black teenager, Michael Brown. Image: The Justice Department / YouTube The post Justice Department Sues City of Ferguson Over Unconstitutional Policing appeared first on RH Reality Check.

New Mexico Senate Committee Rejects GOP’s 20-Week Abortion Ban

Supporters of the anti-choice legislation twice invoked a Doritos Super Bowl ad that depicted an animated fetus. Image: Doritos / YouTube The post New Mexico Senate Committee Rejects GOP’s 20-Week Abortion Ban appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Anti-Choice Group: End Abortion Access in Colorado Springs After Deadly Clinic Shooting

Personhood USA, which has backed three failed "personhood" ballot initiatives in Colorado, is organizing a municipal initiative for Colorado Springs. Image: Shutterstock The post Anti-Choice Group: End Abortion Access in Colorado Springs After Deadly Clinic Shooting appeared first on RH Reality Check.

After #ShoutYourAbortion, Here Are Five Golden Rules of Talking About Abortion

The International Planned Parenthood Federation has published a comprehensive guide providing advice on how to talk about abortion. From the guide, here are five golden rules of talking about abortion. Image: Shutterstock The post After #ShoutYourAbortion, Here Are Five Golden Rules of Talking About Abortion appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Stop Playing Word Games: Debate Moderators Must Ask Honest Questions About Abortion

I have never heard anyone ask for some deeper reflection by a politician on the consequences of treating the lives of millions of people and families like so many political poker chips to bargain away at the election table. Image: Joseph...Show More Summary

Flint Investigator: Officials Could Face Manslaughter Charges in Water Crisis

Todd Flood, a special counsel leading the probe into Flint’s water contamination emergency, told the press that his team is taking the case “very seriously.” Image: MSNBC / YouTube The post Flint Investigator: Officials Could Face Manslaughter Charges in Water Crisis appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Judge Extends Restraining Order Against Orchestrators of Planned Parenthood Smear Campaign

United States District Court Judge William Orrick confirmed what reproductive rights advocates have been claiming since July: David Daleiden is no journalist, and his organization, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), is built on fraud. Image:...Show More Summary

Tennessee Woman Takes Plea Deal Under State’s Fetal Assault Law

Advocates say the law effectively criminalizes an entire population: pregnant people. Image: Shutterstock The post Tennessee Woman Takes Plea Deal Under State’s Fetal Assault Law appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Crisis Pregnancy Centers Fail in Fight Against California Reproductive Disclosure Law

The lawsuit is the fourth challenge to the new law that regulates pregnancy-related centers, requiring facilities to post a public notice about access to abortion and birth control. Image: Shutterstock The post Crisis Pregnancy Centers Fail in Fight Against California Reproductive Disclosure Law appeared first on RH Reality Check.

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