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Attorney General Holder Is Stepping Down at a Critical Moment for Civil Rights

Eric Holder's resignation comes as the Justice Department ramps up efforts to combat widespread racial and gender discrimination. Image: Ryan Johnson / Flickr The post Attorney General Holder Is Stepping Down at a Critical Moment for Civil Rights appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Buffalo Clinic First in the Nation to Offer Both Abortion and Birthing Services

"We’re working to give women the opportunity to have the birth they want or the abortion they need," said Katharine Morrison, who has owned Buffalo Womenservices since 2005. Image: Chris Hayes / MSNBC The post Buffalo Clinic First in the Nation to Offer Both Abortion and Birthing Services appeared first on RH Reality Check.

New Hampshire GOP’s ‘Personhood’ Stance Complicates Scott Brown’s Senate Bid

New Hampshire U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown worked to distance himself from a hardline “personhood” position this week, putting him at odds with the state’s Republican Party and positions he has taken in his political past. Image:...Show More Summary

Pennsylvania Governor, Trailing in the Polls, Tries to Link Opponent to Jailed Abortion Doctor

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is launching an attack on his Democratic opponent, Tom Wolf, over Wolf’s position on abortion by trying to link him to Kermit Gosnell, a rogue abortion doctor sentenced to life in prison. Image: Tom Wolf...Show More Summary

He, She, Us: Emma Watson, the White House, and Efforts to Change the Culture on Women’s Rights

Campaigns like It's On Us, from the White House, and HeForShe, launched by Emma Watson as part of her UN ambassadorship, are part of a cultural shift toward recognizing that women’s rights can’t be considered in a vacuum. Image: un.webtv.org The...Show More Summary

Chelsea Manning Sues Federal Government for Gender Dysphoria Treatment

The lawsuit claims officials are withholding necessary medical care from Manning in violation of the Constitution. Image: Associated Press / YouTube The post Chelsea Manning Sues Federal Government for Gender Dysphoria Treatment appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Sen. Murray Introduces Legislation to Improve Emergency Contraception Education, Access

Sen. Patty Murray has introduced a bill that would both educate the public about emergency contraception and make it available to more rape survivors who go to the emergency room. Image: WikiMedia Commons / YouTube The post Sen. Murray Introduces Legislation to Improve Emergency Contraception Education, Access appeared first on RH Reality Check.

NFL Support Will Allow National Domestic Violence Hotline to Answer Virtually All Calls for Five Years

At a time when the federal program that supports the hotline is providing a "modest increase" in funding after a reduction in funds three years ago, the NFL will provide what the hotline describes as "significant resources" for domestic...Show More Summary

Wyoming Teen Birth Rate Shrinks as Access to Sex Education Grows

The state's teen birth rate has decreased for six consecutive years, and state officials cite access to sex education and reproductive health care as the primary reasons for the steady progress. Image: Safe sex via Shutterstock The post Wyoming Teen Birth Rate Shrinks as Access to Sex Education Grows appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Amandla! South African Minister Underscores Reproductive Justice as a Global Framework

Reproductive justice is about human rights, including the right to have children, the right not to have children, and the right to parent the children we have in safe and healthy environments. This week at the United Nations, South Africa...Show More Summary

Money to Process Rape Kits Falls Victim to Congressional Budget Squabbles

After months of squabbling, Congress last week was unable to pass a budget bill that included funding to decrease the backlog in rape kits across the country. Image: Capitol via Shutterstock The post Money to Process Rape Kits Falls Victim to Congressional Budget Squabbles appeared first on RH Reality Check.

CVS Illegally Charged 11,000 Women Contraceptive Co-Pay

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) sent letters to the CEOs of CVS Health and Walgreens this month calling for them to correct a coding error that led to the illegal charges, and to provide remedies to women who had been unjustly charged. Image: Birth Control via Shutterstock The post CVS Illegally Charged 11,000 Women Contraceptive Co-Pay appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Louisiana Judge Rules Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

The decision conflicts with an earlier federal court ruling declaring Louisiana's ban constitutional. Image: Court via Shutterstock The post Louisiana Judge Rules Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Sean Fieler, the Little-Known ATM of the Fundamentalist Christian, Anti-Choice Movement

Since 2010, Sean Fieler, a New Jersey-based hedge fund manager and fervent Catholic, has personally contributed nearly $18 million to political candidates and causes that align with his anti-choice, anti-LGBT, and pro-theocracy views,...Show More Summary

Ray Rice’s Domestic Violence Has Nothing to Do With Islam

In the wake of domestic abuse reports from the NFL, social media outlets were flooded with Islamophobic stereotypes about misogyny and violence. Image: Shutterstock The post Ray Rice’s Domestic Violence Has Nothing to Do With Islam appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Texas ‘Upskirt’ Decision Latest to Protect Constitutional Rights of Harassers

A Texas court decision ruling upskirt pictures constitutional is the latest example of the courts protecting rape culture in the name of the First Amendment. Image: Constitutional Law via Shutterstock The post Texas ‘Upskirt’ Decision Latest to Protect Constitutional Rights of Harassers appeared first on RH Reality Check.

MTV’s ‘Virgin Territory’ Treads Too-Familiar Ground

What could have been a fascinating insight into strangers' expressions of intimacy is instead a tableau of stereotypical sexual narratives already prevalent in mainstream media. Image: MTV The post MTV’s ‘Virgin Territory’ Treads Too-Familiar Ground appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Gardner Claims Legislation He Co-Sponsored Does Not Exist

Colorado Senate candidate Cory Gardner did not withdraw his name from federal "personhood" legislation even though he says his endorsement of state "personhood" amendments was a mistake. Image: Wikimedia Commons The post Gardner Claims Legislation He Co-Sponsored Does Not Exist appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Stoking Fire: ‘Banned Books Week’ Reminds Us That Censorship Is a Year-Round Problem

Even in the age of information, parents, pastors, and community groups still frequently attempt to stymie young people's access to "offensive" literature. Image: Shutterstock The post Stoking Fire: ‘Banned Books Week’ Reminds Us That Censorship Is a Year-Round Problem appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Anti-Choice Judicial Nominee Michael Boggs ‘Doesn’t Have the Votes’

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) told the New York Times’ political blog, First Draft, that Boggs “doesn’t have the votes” to overcome opposition from Democrats on the committee, and that he should withdraw. Image:...Show More Summary

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