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Oklahoma Court Refuses to Block Admitting Privileges Requirement

Attorneys the Center for Reproductive Rights say they're planning to file an emergency appeal with the state supreme court. Image: Oklahoma capitol on Shutterstock The post Oklahoma Court Refuses to Block Admitting Privileges Requirement appeared first on RH Reality Check.

This Week in Sex: Humans and Neanderthals Mate, King Tut’s Closely Related Parents, and a Bug-Fueled Cloaca Cleanser

This week, scientists determine when humans and Neanderthals swapped genes, anthropologists suggest that King Tut's parents were siblings, and a male bird (apparently) poisons itself to be more attractive to females. Image: Shutterstock The...Show More Summary

Breast Cancer Behind Bars: One Woman’s Story

I had been in jail for two and a half months when I learned that my breast cancer would necessitate a mastectomy. And I would have to do it alone: no pink pillows, no encouraging cards, no special foods. No comfort, period. Image: Shutterstock The post Breast Cancer Behind Bars: One Woman’s Story appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Women at Risk of Losing Crucial Family Planning Health Coverage in Pennsylvania

Some 90,000 women in Pennsylvania could lose family planning health-care coverage next year if the state government does not continue its unqiue Medicaid program. Image: Shutterstock The post Women at Risk of Losing Crucial Family Planning Health Coverage in Pennsylvania appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Iowa Senate Candidate Ernst Has an Ever-Growing List of Controversial Statements

Iowa State Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Red Oak), candidate for U.S. Senate, has quickly become a national figure by making outlandish statements that appeal to the far right, including comments charging that she would use a gun to defend herself...Show More Summary

Sexism in STEM Starts Early—So We Must Combat It Early Too

With education and awareness, adults can help foster girls' participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects by taking steps to break down gender stereotypes—and, in turn, create a more equal workforce in the future. Image: Shutterstock The post Sexism in STEM Starts Early—So We Must Combat It Early Too appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Abortion Rights Advocates Launch ‘Circus Disco’ Counter-Protest in New York

Supporters of the clinic have wanted to fight back for a long time, but were waiting for a window of opportunity to take a stand. Image: Courtesy of Anthony Brown The post Abortion Rights Advocates Launch ‘Circus Disco’ Counter-Protest in New York appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Silicon Valley’s Egg-Freezing Perk Is Bad for People Across the Board

Egg freezing is an individualized, questionably effective technical fix for a fundamentally social problem. Image: Shutterstock The post Silicon Valley’s Egg-Freezing Perk Is Bad for People Across the Board appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Legal Scholars, Reproductive Health Advocates Comment on Exemptions to Birth Control Benefit

The administration sought comments on how to define a closely held for-profit company and whether other reporting or enforcement steps might be appropriate to implement an exemption to the birth control benefit. Image: Shutterstock The post Legal Scholars, Reproductive Health Advocates Comment on Exemptions to Birth Control Benefit appeared first on RH Reality Check.

New Federal Rules Will Change the Way Colleges Handle Sexual Assault

The rules are the result of months of discussion with campus officials, victim advocates, and students to figure out how to implement the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act of 2013. Image: littleny / Shutterstock.com The post New Federal Rules Will Change the Way Colleges Handle Sexual Assault appeared first on RH Reality Check.

North Dakota Set To Be First State to Pass Radical ‘Personhood’ Amendment

Anti-choice ballot initiatives in Colorado and Tennessee have gained national headlines, but a ballot initiative in North Dakota that would have significant consequences for women’s reproductive rights has gotten far less attention. Image: Shutterstock The post North Dakota Set To Be First State to Pass Radical ‘Personhood’ Amendment appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Discussing Disabled Sexuality Is a Radical Act

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released an update to its guidelines that included an expansion discussion of sexual health for disabled teens. That's an incredibly important addition—so why are so few media outlets covering it? Image: Shutterstock The post Discussing Disabled Sexuality Is a Radical Act appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Polls: Voters Connect Abortion Access and Economic Opportunities

In one poll of New York and Pennsylvania voters, three-quarters of respondents said that a woman’s ability to control whether to have children is linked to equality and financial stability. Image: Shutterstock The post Polls: Voters Connect Abortion Access and Economic Opportunities appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Immigrant Rights Groups: Obama Administration Runs ‘Deportation Mill’ in New Mexico

Immigrant rights groups sued the federal government on Tuesday to compel the Obama administration to release documents under the Freedom of Information Act regarding the use of the expedited removal process against families with children. Image:...Show More Summary

Groundbreaking Research Aims to Expand Our Knowledge of Abortion Stigma

Despite its ubiquity in our culture, abortion stigma has garnered relatively little scholarly attention. Now, after two years of effort, there's a new issue of the academic journal Women and Health that focuses entirely on the subject. Image: Shutterstock The post Groundbreaking Research Aims to Expand Our Knowledge of Abortion Stigma appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Liar Liar, Pants on Fire: 4 Anti-Choice Politicians Caught in a Lie

These 4 anti-choice politicians have been lying about where they really stand on women's equality and reproductive freedom to try to win votes. They know that if they tell voters the truth about their extreme beliefs, they'll never get elected. Show More Summary

Conservative Activists: Opposition to Marriage Equality a ‘Non-Negotiable Issue’ for GOP

Marriage equality gains across the country have created significant divisions within the Republican Party, with right-wing activists threatening to leave the party and actively campaign against some lawmakers over their support for same-sex...Show More Summary

Breaking: Supreme Court Blocks Portions of Texas Anti-Abortion Law

“Tomorrow, thirteen clinics across the state will be allowed to reopen and provide women with safe and legal abortion care in their own communities," said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, in a statement...Show More Summary

Katha Pollitt’s ‘Pro’ Hopes to Sway the ‘Muddled Middle’ on Abortion Ethics

Pollitt's well-crafted defense of abortion as a social and ethical good will likely come as no surprise to most reproductive justice activists. But she's really targeting those who aren't convinced either way on the issue. Image: Macmillen Publishers The post Katha Pollitt’s ‘Pro’ Hopes to Sway the ‘Muddled Middle’ on Abortion Ethics appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Most Georgians Want Medicaid Expansion as GOP Legislators Fight Against It

The majority of Georgia residents want the state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and disagree with conservative state lawmakers' decision to reject it, according to a new public opinion survey. Image: Shutterstock The post Most Georgians Want Medicaid Expansion as GOP Legislators Fight Against It appeared first on RH Reality Check.

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