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Florida Republicans Pass Forced Waiting Period Bill in Party-Line Vote

The Florida legislature's Republican majority on Friday passed a measure mandating a 24-hour waiting period for people seeking abortions, sending it to Republican Gov. Rick Scott for approval. Image: Republican Governor's Association/ Youtube The post Florida Republicans Pass Forced Waiting Period Bill in Party-Line Vote appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Reproductive Rights Advocates to Roberts Court: Don’t Intervene in Mississippi Abortion Battle

The Roberts Court could decide in May to take up a Mississippi law designed to close the state's only abortion clinic. Image: The Rachel Maddow Show/MSNBC The post Reproductive Rights Advocates to Roberts Court: Don’t Intervene in Mississippi Abortion Battle appeared first on RH Reality Check.

‘Blended’ Takes Poignant Look at Unique Issues Stepfamilies Face

Blended: Writers on the Stepfamily Experience notes that a whopping 95 million adults in the United States have a step-relationship. The book does not gloss over the difficulties involved with these situations, nor does it neglect the...Show More Summary

Minnesota Lawmakers Vote Down Clinic Inspections Amendment

The amendment to the Minnesota Health and Human Services omnibus bill was defeated in the state senate by a 32-29 vote, mostly along partisan lines, with four anti-choice Democrats joining Republicans in supporting the measure. Image: Shutterstock The post Minnesota Lawmakers Vote Down Clinic Inspections Amendment appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Opposition to Paid Sick Leave Could Be Softening as Sen. Murray Pressures GOP

Workers' rights advocates weren’t expecting 15 Republicans to vote in favor of giving American workers the chance to earn paid sick days, as they did last month. Image: Senator Patty Murray/ Youtube The post Opposition to Paid Sick Leave Could Be Softening as Sen. Murray Pressures GOP appeared first on RH Reality Check.

North Carolina Republicans Pass 72-Hour Waiting Period Bill

The bill will now go before the state senate—also majority Republican—where it is expected to pass. Image: Shutterstock The post North Carolina Republicans Pass 72-Hour Waiting Period Bill appeared first on RH Reality Check.

When Does an Error Become a Lie? The Case of the Missing Decimal Point

This is a story about Dr. John Thorp and a Missing Decimal Point, an odd mystery that raises questions about when an error becomes a lie, and when—in the context of court proceedings—a lie becomes perjury. Image: Shutterstock The post When Does an Error Become a Lie? The Case of the Missing Decimal Point appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Texas House Proposal Would Force People to Carry to Term Non-Viable Fetuses

A Texas Democrat on Thursday called this year's state legislature the most misogynistic she's seen in her 21 years as a state representative, following a house vote that would have ended legal abortion care for pregnant Texans whoseShow More Summary

Illinois May Require Anti-Choice Hospitals to Discuss Health-Care Options

The Illinois Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would require religiously affiliated hospitals that refuse to offer certain services to provide patients with accurate information about those procedures and where they are available. Image: Shutterstock The post Illinois May Require Anti-Choice Hospitals to Discuss Health-Care Options appeared first on RH Reality Check.

House GOP Poised to Revive 20-Week Abortion Ban

The new version of the ban is likely to include changes to its controversial rape exception, but pro-choice advocates say that's a red herring that ignores the reality of women's health needs. Image: Shutterstock The post House GOP Poised to Revive 20-Week Abortion Ban appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Did Walmart Close Stores to Retaliate Against Employees?

The union acting on behalf of fired Walmart workers in five states filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board accusing the retailer of retaliating against workers organizing for better pay and benefits. Image: Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com The post Did Walmart Close Stores to Retaliate Against Employees? appeared first on RH Reality Check.

White House Official: Pennsylvania Should Support Paid Sick Leave

Amid a political battle over a Philadelphia City Council ordinance guaranteeing paid sick leave to people who work, Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Obama, threw support behind the city, calling an effort by state legislators...Show More Summary

Do Feed the Trolls—to People Who Will Hold Them Accountable

A few weeks ago, I experienced an Internet first: a troll genuinely apologized to me for his behavior. What happened? I called him out by calling in his family members and his peers. By treating him like a human being, instead of anShow More Summary

IUDs Might Be Exciting, But There’s More to Sexual Health Than Preventing Pregnancy

I worry that in our excitement to promote long-active reversible contraceptives as an effective way of preventing teen pregnancy, members of the public will overlook the importance of sex education and the need for condoms. Image: Shutterstock The post IUDs Might Be Exciting, But There’s More to Sexual Health Than Preventing Pregnancy appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Loretta Lynch Finally Confirmed as First Black Female Attorney General

Lynch waited ten times longer to be confirmed than the average attorney general nominee, according to the Congressional Research Service, and longer than all but two nominees in history. Image: C-Span/Youtube The post Loretta Lynch Finally Confirmed as First Black Female Attorney General appeared first on RH Reality Check.

We’ve Been Here Before: Congress Quietly Increases Funding for Abstinence-Only Programs

The bipartisan $200 billion Medicare “doc fix” and health program funding bill includes a two-year extension of the Title V Sec. 510 program, which funds the implementation of ineffective and stigmatizing abstinence-only-until-marriage...Show More Summary

A New Era for RH Reality Check and a Farewell to Lauren Kelley

As RH Reality Check says goodbye to our managing editor, Lauren Kelley, who has accepted a position at RollingStone.com, we also have some exciting news to share about the future of RHRC. Image: Shutterstock The post A New Era for RH Reality Check and a Farewell to Lauren Kelley appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Federal Agency to Take Closer Look at Union-Busting ‘Right-to-Work’ Laws

The federal labor law agency announced it was considering a rule change that would allow unions in so-called "right to work" states to process grievance fees for non-members. Image: Shutterstock The post Federal Agency to Take Closer Look at Union-Busting ‘Right-to-Work’ Laws appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Colorado Pro-Choice Advocates: Giving Legal Rights to Fetuses Doesn’t Protect Pregnant Woman

Colorado pro-choice activists on Wednesday decried a bill introduced by state Republicans in response to a grotesque crime against a pregnant woman that would give "personhood" rights to fetuses. Image: Shutterstock The post Colorado Pro-Choice Advocates: Giving Legal Rights to Fetuses Doesn’t Protect Pregnant Woman appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Anti-Choice Lawmaker Cites Anti-Choice Protests as Reason to Target Alabama’s Lone Abortion Clinic

The sponsor of a new bill in the state says the legislation is necessary to protect school children from protests at abortion clinics that are often staged by the very same anti-choice activists who advocated for the bill. Image: Shutterstock The...Show More Summary

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