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Supreme Court Won’t Look at Draconian North Carolina Voting Restrictions

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review portions of a controversial North Carolina GOP-backed election law critics claim was designed to limit participation by Black voters. Image: Shutterstock The post Supreme Court Won’t Look at Draconian North Carolina Voting Restrictions appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Losing My Lege: Transgender Visibility Lobby Day Sparks Surprising Response From Capitol Staffers

Kerri and Robin are loving parents, talented musicians, and informed voters. They’re also trans women, and they let me tag along for an afternoon of deeply personal conversations with capitol staffers about legislation that could directly...Show More Summary

Report: LA Minimum Wage Increase Would Be ‘Economic Stimulus’

The Los Angeles City Council is considering a proposal to raise the sprawling city’s minimum wage to $15.25 an hour, joining a handful of cities across the country taking steps to ensure the financial stability of some of their lowest-income...Show More Summary

Wisconsin Republican Tries to Get Rid of Workers’ Weekends

The bill would allow employees to “voluntarily choose” to give up their legally-mandated one day off per calendar week. Image: Shutterstock The post Wisconsin Republican Tries to Get Rid of Workers’ Weekends appeared first on RH Reality Check.

When It Comes to Abstinence-Only Education Battles, Let’s Fight Anecdotes With Anecdotes

It is tempting to laugh at Texas Rep. Stuart Spitzer, whose argument for abstinence-only education for everyone was that waiting until marriage worked for him. But the cold fact of the matter is that anecdote is often more persuasive...Show More Summary

Anti-Choice Lawmaker’s Anti-Sex Education Plan Has No Teeth

An anti-choice lawmaker in Texas has been touting what he claims is his success in kicking abortion "affiliates" out of public school classrooms by way of an amendment passed Tuesday night during the Texas House of Representatives' 18-hour budget debate. Image: Shutterstock The post Anti-Choice Lawmaker’s Anti-Sex Education Plan Has No Teeth appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Dispute Over Texas Women’s Health Program Provider List May Finally Be Resolved

An amendment passed this week amid an 18-hour budget debate in the Texas House of Representatives could provide Texas' reproductive health watchdogs with data they've long clamored for. Image: Shutterstock The post Dispute Over Texas Women’s Health Program Provider List May Finally Be Resolved appeared first on RH Reality Check.

States have been going crazy trying to restrict abortion in the past 2 weeks

It's been a rough few weeks for reproductive freedom. These incidents are all from just the past 14 days. The Ohio House of Representatives passed an abortion ban that could outlaw abortion as early as six weeks - before many women even...Show More Summary

North Carolina GOP Takes Two-Pronged Approach to Restricting Abortion Rights

State lawmakers have in the past week introduced bills that would extend the state's mandatory waiting period before an abortion and require physicians to give detailed reports on later abortions to the state. Image: Shutterstock The post North Carolina GOP Takes Two-Pronged Approach to Restricting Abortion Rights appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Chris Christie Joins GOP Presidential Hopefuls, Supports 20-Week Abortion Ban

Christie's endorsement brings him in line with all of the other major potential Republican nominees who endorse the extreme abortion ban. Image: L.E.MORMILE / Shutterstock.com The post Chris Christie Joins GOP Presidential Hopefuls, Supports 20-Week Abortion Ban appeared first on RH Reality Check.

‘Regarding Susan Sontag’ Humanizes Critic Without Romanticizing Her

Through its many in-depth interviews with those close to the scholar, Regarding Susan Sontag gives Sontag emotional depth while still serving as a showcase for her trademark swagger. Image: HBODocs/Youtube The post ‘Regarding Susan Sontag’ Humanizes Critic Without Romanticizing Her appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Seattle Wage Increase Takes Effect as Proponent Faces Electoral Challenge

Seattle’s minimum wage law went into effect on Wednesday, giving thousands of low-wage workers in the city an automatic pay raise that will continue to increase over several years. Image: Shutterstock The post Seattle Wage Increase Takes Effect as Proponent Faces Electoral Challenge appeared first on RH Reality Check.

‘No Hope for Me': Women Stripped of Parental Rights After Minor Crimes

The combination of mass incarceration and inflexible foster laws leads to an extraordinary, disproportionate punishment that overwhelmingly affects poor and minority women, an expert told RH Reality Check. Image: Shutterstock The post ‘No Hope for Me': Women Stripped of Parental Rights After Minor Crimes appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Walmart’s Wage Hike Still Puts Taxpayers on the Hook

Taxpayers spend $6.2 billion every year on public assistance for Walmart employees who make too little money to make ends meet, and according to a new report Walmart’s headline-grabbing minimum wage increase won’t do much to change that. Image: vvoe / Shutterstock.com The post Walmart’s Wage Hike Still Puts Taxpayers on the Hook appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Low-Income Communities Are Disproportionately Put at Risk for Health Problems

Exposure to pollution appears to be increasing the risk of acquired and congenital disabilities in low-income neighborhoods, a problem which is then compounded by poor access to health care—yet few are fighting to address it on a policy...Show More Summary

‘Personhood’ Amendment Could Be Considered in Louisiana

A Louisiana Republican pre-filed a bill Tuesday that would call for a constitutional amendment to define life as beginning at conception. The bill is the latest of the so-called personhood measures that have failed time and again inShow More Summary

Anti-Choice Protesters ‘Terrorize’ Mississippi Community

Anti-choice activists staged a protest Sunday that included large graphic images outside of Jackson, Mississippi, churches during Palm Sunday services. Image: Shutterstock The post Anti-Choice Protesters ‘Terrorize’ Mississippi Community appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Texas GOP Lawmakers Divert HIV Funds to Abstinence Education Program

State Rep. Stuart Spitzer said his "goal is for everybody to be abstinent until they’re married." Democrats questioned Spitzer's knowledge about sexual health after he stated that sexual intercourse was the only way to contract STIs. Image:...Show More Summary

It’s Not Helpful to Tell Indiana Residents to ‘Just Move to a Blue State’

There’s certainly a lot to be unhappy with Indiana’s government right now. But the way progressives are reacting displays how comfortable people in blue states are with making counterproductive, harmful assumptions about more conservative...Show More Summary

Millennial Attitudes on Reproductive and Sexual Health Show Promise for Advocates

A new survey suggests that advocates have an opportunity to engage millennials in working toward unfettered access to reproductive health information and services. Image: Shutterstock The post Millennial Attitudes on Reproductive and Sexual Health Show Promise for Advocates appeared first on RH Reality Check.

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