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Missouri Poised to Re-Introduce Abortion Clinic Inspection Bill

Anti-choice Missouri legislators are primed to continue their assault on reproductive rights by planning to introduce a bill in January that would require health inspections of abortion clinics. There was, as of January 2014, only one...Show More Summary

Backlash Continues Against Right-Wing Legislation Mill ALEC

There’s been a sea change in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the right-wing lobbying group that crafted some wide-ranging legislation proposed and enacted by conservative legislatures across the country. Image: Shutterstock The post Backlash Continues Against Right-Wing Legislation Mill ALEC appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Obama Plans Deportation Protection for Five Million as Many in GOP Call for Government Shutdown

President Obama will announce an executive order as early as next week that will protect up to 5 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation and allow them to obtain work permits, the New York Times reported Thursday. Image: Everett...Show More Summary

Asylum-Seeking Women and Children Are Treated Like Dangerous Criminals When They Arrive

Thousands of women and children fleeing violence or abuse will soon be detained in American facilities run by profit-driven private prison companies—at the instruction of the Obama administration. Image: (Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch) The post Asylum-Seeking Women and Children Are Treated Like Dangerous Criminals When They Arrive appeared first on RH Reality Check.

The FDA’s Hesitation to Approve ‘Female Sexual Dysfunction’ Drugs Isn’t About Sexism

The pharmaceutical industry launched a campaign in January of this year to persuade the FDA to approve such medications in the name of equality—which overlooks the fact that most of the drugs being considered simply don’t work. Image:...Show More Summary

Anti-Choice ‘Science': The Big Tobacco of Our Time

The issues might have changed, but the techniques now widely used by conservatives to distort science and, with it, public policy, remain the same. Image: Shutterstock / RHRC The post Anti-Choice ‘Science': The Big Tobacco of Our Time appeared first on RH Reality Check.

How Shoddy Evidence Finds Its Way From State Legislatures to the U.S. Supreme Court

Once a legislature accepts bogus facts, a larger problem can arise: Courts will frequently defer to the factual findings of state legislatures, which provides a gaping loophole for junk science to wend its way into judicial decisions...Show More Summary

Could This Mobile App Help Keep Police Accountable?

A new mobile app, launched last week by the ACLU of Missouri, is designed to address the impunity with which law enforcement targets and treats communities of color. Image: Shutterstock The post Could This Mobile App Help Keep Police Accountable? appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Lawsuit Challenges Votes for Tennessee’s Anti-Choice Amendment 1

A federal lawsuit claims election officials improperly counted ballots of those who voted in favor of Amendment 1 but abstained from casting a vote in the gubernatorial election. Image: Shutterstock The post Lawsuit Challenges Votes for Tennessee’s Anti-Choice Amendment 1 appeared first on RH Reality Check.

The Legal Fight to Save Cincinnati’s Last Clinic

Cincinnati is a metropolitan area of more than two million residents, and if state Republicans get their way, it will become the nation’s largest urban area without a single abortion clinic. Image: Shutterstock The post The Legal Fight to Save Cincinnati’s Last Clinic appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Purity Culture Doesn’t Prepare Teens for Healthy Sexual Exploration

Many self-identified evangelicals have ceremonially promised to stay virgins until marriage. But there are often few narratives available from adults who are now struggling with the purity vows they made as teenagers. Image: Shutterstock The post Purity Culture Doesn’t Prepare Teens for Healthy Sexual Exploration appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Criminalizing Lena Dunham’s Past Behavior Won’t Make Kids Safer

Criticisms of Dunham do not occur in a vacuum; they are part of an overarching dynamic of punishing juveniles that leaves children of color in particular peril. Image: Not That Kind of Girl/Youtube The post Criminalizing Lena Dunham’s Past Behavior Won’t Make Kids Safer appeared first on RH Reality Check.

GOP Opposition to Immigration Reform Could Lead to Another Government Shutdown

Mitch McConnell’s promise of no government shutdowns seems irreconcilable with his resolve to use the budget process to “push back” against Obama's "executive overreach" on immigration reform. Image: Mitch McConnell/Youtube The post GOP Opposition to Immigration Reform Could Lead to Another Government Shutdown appeared first on RH Reality Check.

GOP Governing Agenda Doesn’t Include Birth Control Access

Although many Republican candidates campaigned on making birth control available over the counter without a prescription, it's unlikely that the GOP will make that issue a priority in the new Congress. Image: mandritoiu / Shutterstock.com The post GOP Governing Agenda Doesn’t Include Birth Control Access appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Texas Lawmakers Could Tackle Minimum Wage, Marriage Equality, Pre-K Education

Monday was the first day for Texas lawmakers to begin filing legislation for the 84th Texas Legislature, which convenes January 15, and the hundreds of proposed bills ranged from the expected—including minimum wage raises and marriage...Show More Summary

California Jury: STI Dating Site Committed Fraud

The dating site PositiveSingles boasts that it offers a safe, confidential place for adults living with sexually transmitted diseases to connect with others in similar situations for support and possibly romance. A recent jury verdict...Show More Summary

We Need Doula Care to Achieve Reproductive Justice

A new report from Choices in Childbirth adds to a body of evidence that doula care should be included in health plans and made available to all women, particularly women of color, who face disproportionate rates of maternal and infant...Show More Summary

Here’s How Much Money Your Tacos and Beer Raised for Abortion Funds

The premise of the Taco or Beer Challenge was simple: Eat a taco and/or drink a beer, and donate to an abortion fund. And the fundraising numbers were, in some cases, surprising and staggering. Image: UniteWomen/Youtube The post Here’s How Much Money Your Tacos and Beer Raised for Abortion Funds appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Abortion Restrictions Loom in Tennessee After Anti-Choice Ballot Initiative

Following the passage last week of Amendment 1, the Republican-dominated Tennessee legislature will move forward with anti-choice laws as soon as possible, a state GOP lawmaker said. Image: Americans for Prosperity Tennessee via YouTube The post Abortion Restrictions Loom in Tennessee After Anti-Choice Ballot Initiative appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Will the Roberts Court Buy Conservatives’ False Choice on Health-Care Subsidies?

Conservatives offer up a series of false choices for the Supreme Court in their challenge to health insurance subsidies in federal exchanges, including wrongly comparing the ACA to Medicaid. It shouldn't work, but it might. Image: Shutterstock The post Will the Roberts Court Buy Conservatives’ False Choice on Health-Care Subsidies? appeared first on RH Reality Check.

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