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Mississippi Asks Roberts Court to Help Close Its Only Abortion Clinic

If Mississippi gets its way, the right to an abortion will be meaningless in the face of unrestricted state power to regulate reproduction. Image: Shutterstock The post Mississippi Asks Roberts Court to Help Close Its Only Abortion Clinic appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Corporate Health-Care Giant Says Affordable Care Act Benefits Women

The Hospital Corporation of America donates more to Republican candidates and PACs than Democratic ones, but it doesn’t want to see the Supreme Court rule against the Obama administration in King v. Burwell because it finds that theShow More Summary

South Dakota Republican Introduces ‘Medically Inaccurate,’ ‘Inflammatory’ Anti-Abortion Bill

The bill targets dilation and evacuation (D and E) procedures, which may be used in a second-trimester abortion. The D and E procedure is often used when it is the safest means of preserving the life, health, and perhaps the fertility...Show More Summary

20-Week Bans, Ultrasound Requirement Introduced in Maryland

Two bills that would outlaw abortion after 20 weeks' gestation have been introduced in Maryland this year, adding to the list of states attempting to pass such bans this legislative session. Image: Shutterstock The post 20-Week Bans, Ultrasound Requirement Introduced in Maryland appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Trans Women Are Not Agents of the Patriarchy

At The New Republic, writer Monica Potts recently positioned trans activism at women's colleges as a distraction from feminism. In reality, the misogyny trans women face is similar to, if not worse than, the kind Potts is fighting. Image: Shutterstock The post Trans Women Are Not Agents of the Patriarchy appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Restrictions on Medicaid Abortion Coverage at Center of Alaska Trial

Lawmakers in the state are trying to redefine "medically necessary" abortions covered by Medicaid. Advocates say that is unconstitutional. Image: Shutterstock The post Restrictions on Medicaid Abortion Coverage at Center of Alaska Trial appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Ohio Bill Would Effectively Ban Abortion as Early as Six Weeks

Fifty Ohio legislators on Tuesday sponsored a so-called fetal heartbeat abortion ban, the third of its kind to be introduced in the state house in recent years. Image: Shutterstock The post Ohio Bill Would Effectively Ban Abortion as Early as Six Weeks appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Nigerian Citizens Protest Further Delay of Presidential Election, Push to #BringBackOurGirls

Nigerian activists and citizens on Saturday warned their government against further postponement of the nation’s general election at a pro-Democracy "sit-out" in Lagos. Image: Samuel Okocha The post Nigerian Citizens Protest Further Delay of Presidential Election, Push to #BringBackOurGirls appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Anti-Immigration Judge Temporarily Halts Obama’s Immigration Order 

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen doesn’t say whether the president’s action is legal or constitutional. It does, however, suggest that Hanen is seriously considering siding with the 26 states that are suing to halt the order. Image: Shutterstock The post Anti-Immigration Judge Temporarily Halts Obama’s Immigration Order  appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Beyond the Coat Hanger: What’s Next for Abortion Rights Iconography?

For me, and many others born after Roe v. Wade, the fixation on coat hangers as the prevailing imagery of the reproductive rights movement excludes the possibility of alternatives that are more relevant to current struggles. Image: Michael Soron/Flickr The post Beyond the Coat Hanger: What’s Next for Abortion Rights Iconography? appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Legal Wrap: States Start Sessions With Rush of Anti-Abortion Measures

The legislative session kicked off in the states with a bunch of new anti-abortion bills, along with the conviction of an Indiana woman for feticide and neglect of a dependent. Image: Shutterstock The post Legal Wrap: States Start Sessions With Rush of Anti-Abortion Measures appeared first on RH Reality Check.

A Q&A With Judith Helfand of Chicken & Egg Pictures on Supporting ‘Vessel,’ ‘After Tiller,’ and More

Chicken & Egg Pictures is the only nonprofit in the United States focused exclusively on funding and promoting women documentary filmmakers. The group's REEL Reproductive Justice has supported films including After Tiller, No Más Bebés...Show More Summary

Minnesota Lawmakers Roll Out Anti-Choice Legislation

Minnesota lawmakers this month have introduced five anti-choice bills, each designed to make safe abortion less accessible in the state. Image: Shutterstock The post Minnesota Lawmakers Roll Out Anti-Choice Legislation appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Advocates Say the Time Is Now for National Paid Sick Leave Legislation

The Healthy Families Act has been introduced in Congress every year since 2004, and every year it has failed to gain traction. But advocates for the bill think that this is their year, and they have some reason to be optimistic. Image:...Show More Summary

Wisconsin Lawmakers’ Economic Development Proposal Seems To Be From ALEC’s Playbook

The “New Opportunities for Milwaukee” plan, proposed by suburban legislators Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) and Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), details what the lawmakers say will be solutions for the city’s chronically impoverished...Show More Summary

‘Student Non-Discrimination Act’ Seeks to Curb Bullying of LGBT Youth

Sens. Al Franken (D-MN) and Jared Polis (D-CO) reintroduced legislation this week that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT youth, including bullying and other harassment, in public schools. Image: Shutterstock The post ‘Student Non-Discrimination Act’ Seeks to Curb Bullying of LGBT Youth appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Losing My Lege: GOP Lawmaker Wants to Appoint Lawyers for Dead Women’s Fetuses

Last winter, the family of Marlise Muñoz had to undergo the terrible ordeal of fighting the state for the ability to take their deceased daughter off mechanical support. Now, a conservative state representative says he plans to makeShow More Summary

New Bill Would Require Registry of Military Sex Offenders

Even when rapists in the military are convicted and sentenced, a loophole in the criminal justice system can leave them free to attack again. Image: Shutterstock The post New Bill Would Require Registry of Military Sex Offenders appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Report Finds ‘Shockingly Substandard’ Reproductive Health Care in New York Prisons

The report details numerous violations of the state's anti-shackling law, severely limited access to birth control, lack of trauma-informed clinical care, and a routine denial of basic hygiene items like sanitary napkins and toilet paper. Image:...Show More Summary

Chronic Pain Is Overwhelmingly Experienced by Women—So Why Do They Have Trouble Getting Care for It?

Until the sexism inherent in the social and medical response to chronic pain is addressed, women won’t be able to access the treatments they need. Image: Shutterstock The post Chronic Pain Is Overwhelmingly Experienced by Women—So Why Do They Have Trouble Getting Care for It? appeared first on RH Reality Check.

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