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Police Violence Is a Systemic Problem That Requires Systemic Solutions

There can be no reproductive justice when Black mothers fear for the lives of their sons; when Black families are deprived of caregivers, breadwinners, and parents; and when Black children cannot grow up in a society that values their lives and upholds their human dignity. Image: R. Show More Summary

GOP Opposition to Immigration Could Give the United States a New Surgeon General

Ironically, a pair of right-wing senators objecting to Obama’s immigration reform have given Senate Democrats the chance to vote on 12 district court nominees and 11 executive branch nominees. Image: Shutterstock The post GOP Opposition to Immigration Could Give the United States a New Surgeon General appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Supreme Court Lets Stand Decision Blocking Restrictions on Arizona Medication Abortions

The Roberts Court declined to take up a request by attorneys for the Arizona to overturn a federal appeals court decision calling the case for medication abortion restrictions "non-existent." Image: Shutterstock The post Supreme Court Lets Stand Decision Blocking Restrictions on Arizona Medication Abortions appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Climate Change, Evolution, and Now Abortion: Why Conservatives Mislead About Facts

Abortion is overwhelmingly safe, but somehow conservatives' lies about its danger have become "fact" in laws and courts. In this, anti-choicers are borrowing a page from creationists and climate change denialists. Image: Shutterstock The post Climate Change, Evolution, and Now Abortion: Why Conservatives Mislead About Facts appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Congressional Staffers of Color Walk Out to Protest Police Violence

More than a hundred congressional staffers, along with a few members of Congress, walked out of their offices on Thursday to show solidarity with the families of Mike Brown and Eric Garner and peaceful protesters across the country. Image: Ryan J. Reilly/Twitter The post Congressional Staffers of Color Walk Out to Protest Police Violence appeared first on RH Reality Check.

‘Locked Down, Locked Out’ Puts a Face on the Criminal Justice System

Maya Schenwar's book uses her family's personal experiences with incarceration as a framing device for more general statistics about how the legal system works, addressing the racism, classism, heterosexism, and misogyny at the heart...Show More Summary

‘Cromnibus’ Budget Bill Falls Short of Requested Funding for Homeless Assistance

The Cromnibus bill passed includes funding for homeless programs, but provides $300 million less than what was asked for by the administration. Image: Shutterstock The post ‘Cromnibus’ Budget Bill Falls Short of Requested Funding for Homeless Assistance appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Pregnant Wisconsin Woman Jailed Under State’s ‘Personhood’-Like Law

According to Tamara Loertscher and her attorneys, unbeknownst to her, as hospital workers were preparing a prescription to treat Loertscher’s thyroid condition, they were also initiating unborn child protection proceedings on behalfShow More Summary

How the ‘Cromnibus’ Bill Affects Women’s Health

There are some steps forward and some steps backward for reproductive and sexual health issues, but in some ways the bill is most remarkable for adhering to the status quo. Image: Shutterstock The post How the ‘Cromnibus’ Bill Affects Women’s Health appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Here Too: Domestic Violence Is a Community Concern

Treating Nadia Ezaldein’s tragic death as an anomaly diminishes the pervasiveness of domestic violence throughout the country—and it erases why it is imperative for communities to make preventing and intervening in domestic violence a central concern. Image: Shutterstock The post Here Too: Domestic Violence Is a Community Concern appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Wage Theft Costing Workers Millions of Dollars

More than 300,000 wage and salary workers in California and New York are victims of wage theft, according to a new study by the U.S. Department of Labor. Image: Shutterstock The post Wage Theft Costing Workers Millions of Dollars appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Vote Blocked on Gillibrand’s Military Sexual Assault Bill

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's Military Justice Improvement Act hit another roadblock on Thursday when a vote on the bill was blocked in the Senate, but it won't be the last the chamber sees of the bill. Image: Shutterstock The post Vote Blocked on Gillibrand’s Military Sexual Assault Bill appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Sexual Violence Is Present in More Games Than ‘Grand Theft Auto V’

Yet the Entertainment Software Rating Board, responsible for rating all games in the United States and Canada, has only given a content warning for "sexual violence" twice in more than a decade. Image: Shutterstock The post Sexual Violence Is Present in More Games Than ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Ohio’s Extreme Heartbeat Abortion Ban Fails in House

A heartbeat ban that would have made Ohio’s abortion restrictions the most far-reaching in the country failed Wednesday in the state house by a vote of 46 to 39. The bill needed 50 votes to pass. Image: woaiss via Shutterstock The post Ohio’s Extreme Heartbeat Abortion Ban Fails in House appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Cornell’s Response to Intimate Partner Death of Student Doesn’t Go Far Enough

If Cornell truly wants to see a reduction in incidents of gender-based violence like the one that ended the life of Shannon Jones on Thanksgiving, the school needs to do more to change the culture that has allowed this sort of violence...Show More Summary

Missouri Bill Seeks to Undermine Obamacare by Punishing Insurers Who Participate in Exchanges

A Missouri lawmaker last week pre-filed a bill that could revoke the licenses of insurers who offer plans through the Affordable Care Act, directly undermining the federal health law and making affordable health insurance more difficult...Show More Summary

ACLU Accuses Another Catholic Hospital in Michigan of Compromising Patient Care

Genesys Health System has stopped offering tubal ligations to cesarean section patients because such procedures violate Catholic doctrine, according to a letter sent to to Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs byShow More Summary

Yet Another Study Shows HPV Vaccine Does Not Cause Promiscuity

A study this week adds to the large body of research that shows teens who have received the HPV vaccine are no more likely to engage in sexual activity or suffer consequences such as unintended pregnancy or STIs than their un-vaccinated peers. Image: Shutterstock The post Yet Another Study Shows HPV Vaccine Does Not Cause Promiscuity appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Texas Is About to Overhaul Its Entire Social Safety Net: Explained, in GIFs

This year, Texas’ Health and Human Services Commission, and the departments it oversees, are up for review by the Sunset Advisory Commission. It can't hurt to start amassing your "fingers crossed" GIFs now. Image: Shutterstock The post Texas Is About to Overhaul Its Entire Social Safety Net: Explained, in GIFs appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Wisconsin Business Lobby Pushes Union-Crushing Measures for 2015

Wisconsin business interests are publicly lobbying for state lawmakers to pass so-called right-to-work legislation, despite Gov. Scott Walker repeatedly stating that restricting collective bargaining rights would distract from his own...Show More Summary

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