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Poll: Opinions of Obamacare Aren’t Set in Stone

Americans have mixed perceptions about the Affordable Care Act, responding in significantly different ways to various questions about the federal health-care law, according to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Image: Shutterstock The post Poll: Opinions of Obamacare Aren’t Set in Stone appeared first on RH Reality Check.

The Way We Talk About Midwifery Care Matters

Even as it championed midwives in a recent op-ed, the New York Times editorial board unwittingly slipped into language that suggests midwifery care is a second-tier option—language that reflects broader public attitudes throughout the United States. Image: Shutterstock The post The Way We Talk About Midwifery Care Matters appeared first on RH Reality Check.

A Textbook Case: The Continuing Battle for Control Over What Students Read

While physically taking X-Acto knives to textbooks is extreme and rare, the struggle to mandate what these texts do and do not teach children is not rare in the slightest—and it can manifest in ways that are far more insidious than ripping...Show More Summary

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.

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.

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.

My Latest Reproductive Health Procedure Makes Anti-Choicers Seem Even More Hypocritical

If anti-choicers truly cared about women to the degree they claim, surely they would treat abortion procedures just like any other reproductive health need—and leave decisions about safety and comfort up to women and their doctors. Image:...Show More Summary

D.C. Council Prohibits Employment Discrimination Based on Reproductive Health Choices

Some advocates say the bill could be interpreted to reverse the Hobby Lobby decision in D.C., but the bill's sponsors say it merely protects employees from being unjustly fired. Image: Shutterstock The post D.C. Council Prohibits Employment Discrimination Based on Reproductive Health Choices appeared first on RH Reality Check.

How ALEC Plans to Undo Minimum Wage Increases in 2015

The American Legislative Exchange Council laid out its blueprint for 2015 at its annual meeting in early December, making public a plan that includes attacks on labor unions, paid sick leave, and minimum wage increases that have proven...Show More Summary

Four Reasons To Be Hopeful for 2015

RH Reality Check recently asked its colleagues working to advance justice movements throughout the country to share what affected them most in 2014 and their greatest wish for 2015. Image: Shutterstock The post Four Reasons To Be Hopeful for 2015 appeared first on RH Reality Check.

U.S. Education Department Criticized for Its Actions in Campus Sexual Assault Case

Some student advocates are criticizing the federal government for supporting secrecy in a high-profile campus sexual assault records case in Montana. Image: Shutterstock The post U.S. Education Department Criticized for Its Actions in Campus Sexual Assault Case appeared first on RH Reality Check.

The Journey to #StopBoggs

Yesterday was the last day of the 113th Congress, and we'll admit, it's bittersweet. When the new Senate is sworn in next year, we'll have lost our pro-choice firewall and anti-choice extremist Mitch McConnell will be leading the charge. Show More Summary

The IUD Comeback Continues Apace

Intrauterine devices were popular until the '70s, when one model caused infertility and even death in some women. Though the new generation of IUDs are safe and effective, it has been a slow climb back to their previous rates of acceptance. Image: Shutterstock The post The IUD Comeback Continues Apace appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Sexuality Doesn’t Vanish When You Turn 65

At institutions and in organizations that ostensibly cater to older adults’ needs, the matter of their sexuality is often ignored altogether. Image: Shutterstock The post Sexuality Doesn’t Vanish When You Turn 65 appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Radical Anti-Choice Measures To Be Considered by Missouri Lawmakers in 2015

Missouri in 2014 led all state legislatures in introducing bills designed to restrict reproductive rights. It appears that lawmakers in the state are working to ensure that Missouri may once again earn that distinction in 2015. Image:...Show More Summary

Can Alaska’s Independent Governor Overcome GOP Opposition and Expand Medicaid?

Alaska’s newly elected Gov. Bill Walker adamantly campaigned on a platform to expand Medicaid, but whether he’ll be able to meet his promise with a Republican-dominated legislature isn’t so clear. Image: James Brooks / Wikimedia The post Can Alaska’s Independent Governor Overcome GOP Opposition and Expand Medicaid? appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Anti-Choice Judge Michael Boggs Not Among Dozens of Nominees Confirmed by Senate

The Senate confirmed 47 Obama nominations, including a dozen judges who will serve lifetime appointments on the federal bench. Controversial anti-choice nominee Michael Boggs was not among them. Image: Shutterstock The post Anti-Choice Judge Michael Boggs Not Among Dozens of Nominees Confirmed by Senate appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Lawsuit: Walmart Continues to Discriminate Against Pregnant Workers

A new charge filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accuses the retailer of failing to accommodate pregnant workers with temporary disabilities. Image: ValeStock / Shutterstock.com The post Lawsuit: Walmart Continues to Discriminate Against Pregnant Workers appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Conservative Judge Blasts Obama’s Immigration Orders as Unconstitutional

A federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled Tuesday that the president's executive actions on deferred deportations was unconstitutional, but did not strike the orders from taking effect. Image: Shutterstock The post Conservative Judge Blasts Obama’s Immigration Orders as Unconstitutional appeared first on RH Reality Check.

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