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It Is All Too Easy for Pregnant Women To Be Put on Trial in the United States

Purvi Patel's 41-year sentence for contradictory charges is a glaring reminder of the fact that abortion’s legal status in the United States does not mean prosecutions for pregnancy loss can’t happen here. Image: Shutterstock The post It Is All Too Easy for Pregnant Women To Be Put on Trial in the United States appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Purvi Patel Sentenced to 41 Years for Feticide and Neglect of a Dependent

Patel received a six-year sentence on the feticide charge, but that will be served concurrently with the 20-year sentence. She will spend five years on probation when she is released from prison. Image: Shutterstock The post Purvi Patel Sentenced to 41 Years for Feticide and Neglect of a Dependent appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Women, Incarcerated: Investigative Series Shows Systemic Abuses of Women in Prisons and Jails

In this first part of RH Reality Check's Women, Incarcerated series, we focus on one woman's prison time—which involved a high-risk pregnancy, forced induced labor, and shackling—to illustrate the problems that thousands of women face...Show More Summary

Losing My Lege: Texas Republicans’ Anti-Public School Crusade

Texas lawmakers turned their attention to public education this week—or perhaps, more specifically, to tearing the very concept apart. Image: Shutterstock The post Losing My Lege: Texas Republicans’ Anti-Public School Crusade appeared first on RH Reality Check.

How Women Took Their Reproductive Rights Into Their Own Hands

This women’s history month, it’s time we honor the contributions of those who have been leaders on spreading information about the use of pills to safely terminate a pregnancy. Image: Shutterstock The post How Women Took Their Reproductive Rights Into Their Own Hands appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Arizona State Senator: Church Attendance Should Be Law

Arizona state Sen. Sylvia Allen (R) got a little off-topic during a committee debate on gun legislation Tuesday, telling appropriations committee members that she believes Sunday church attendance should be required by law for every American. Image: Shutterstock The post Arizona State Senator: Church Attendance Should Be Law appeared first on RH Reality Check.

North Carolina GOP’s Regressive Tax Changes Could Incite Backlash at Polls

A wide-reaching and regressive overhaul of North Carolina's tax code, which went into effect last year, is being felt this tax season. Its political fallout may extend into 2016. Image: Shutterstock The post North Carolina GOP’s Regressive Tax Changes Could Incite Backlash at Polls appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Pro-Choice Advocates On Radical Kansas Abortion Law: ‘We’ve Never Seen This Language Before’

Kansas lawmakers this week became the first in the country to pass a ban a medical procedure used for second trimester abortions and the management of miscarriage. The radical legislation is part of a coordinated effort by anti-choice...Show More Summary

Senate Shock: Bipartisan Support for Paid Sick Days

An amendment to the Senate's budget, passed 61-39, would let workers earn up to seven job-protected paid sick days per year. Image: Shutterstock The post Senate Shock: Bipartisan Support for Paid Sick Days appeared first on RH Reality Check.

I Made a Joke About Guns and a Man Threatened to Assault Me

Good dudes of the world, please hear me out: Not actively being a sexist jerk as an individual is not enough. Image: Shutterstock The post I Made a Joke About Guns and a Man Threatened to Assault Me appeared first on RH Reality Chec...

GOP Governor Opposed to Needle Exchange Programs Changes Tune During HIV Outbreak

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence this week declared a public health emergency for Scott County, a rural part of the state that has seen an alarming number of new HIV cases in the past few months, all of which have been among injection drug users. Image:...Show More Summary

Myths About ‘Down Low’ Gay Men and Homophobia in the Black Community

The false notion that Black communities are somehow more homophobic than other communities must no longer guide how public health researchers, policy advocates, and practitioners grapple with the impact of HIV in Black communities. Image: Empire via YouTube The post Myths About ‘Down Low’ Gay Men and Homophobia in the Black Community appeared first on RH Reality Check.

North Carolina Legislators Consider ‘Fetal Harm’ Bill Criminalizing Pregnancy

North Carolina legislators are moving forward with a proposal to allow charges be brought against pregnant people who engage in behavior deemed risky for the fetus. Image: Shutterstock The post North Carolina Legislators Consider ‘Fetal Harm’ Bill Criminalizing Pregnancy appeared first on RH Reality Check.

The ‘Reach’ of Anti-Choice Hyde Amendment May Get Wider

Reproductive health and justice advocates are objecting that the popular bill still includes Hyde Amendment language to prohibit community health centers from performing abortions except in very limited circumstances. Image: Shutterstock The post The ‘Reach’ of Anti-Choice Hyde Amendment May Get Wider appeared first on RH Reality Check.

College Pregnancy Prevention Programs Need to Go Beyond Abstinence

A new Arkansas bill mentions abstinence explicitly while avoiding any direct mention of contraception—suggesting that state lawmakers are kidding themselves about the behavior of college students. Image: Shutterstock The post College Pregnancy Prevention Programs Need to Go Beyond Abstinence appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Just How Effective Are Bans Against LGBT ‘Conversion Therapy’?

Some activists say proposed legislation doesn't address all the ways so-called conversion therapy is actually practiced. Image: Shutterstock The post Just How Effective Are Bans Against LGBT ‘Conversion Therapy’? appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Video Games Can and Should Talk More About Real Issues—Including Reproductive Rights

A new video game focused on an unintended pregnancy shows the potential for tackling heavier topics in games, but it also illustrates how game developers often succumb to stereotypes that can do more harm than good when attempting to...Show More Summary

This Week in Sex: Research on What Men and Women Need for Better Sex

This week, research suggests the keys to more and/or better sex may be different for some men and women. Image: Shutterstock The post This Week in Sex: Research on What Men and Women Need for Better Sex appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Ohio House Approves Abortion Bill Deemed Extreme by Some Anti-Choice Activists

The Ohio house on Thursday passed a bill to ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, before many people know they are pregnant. A similar six-week ban approved in North Dakota several...Show More Summary

Alito Joins Court Majority to Protect Pregnant Workers From Discrimination

The decision is an important victory for pregnant workers but doesn't completely answer what duties employers have to accommodate pregnant employees. Image: Shutterstock The post Alito Joins Court Majority to Protect Pregnant Workers From Discrimination appeared first on RH Reality Check.

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