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‘Student Non-Discrimination Act’ Seeks to Curb Bullying of LGBT Youth

Sens. Al Franken (D-MN) and Jared Polis (D-CO) reintroduced legislation this week that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT youth, including bullying and other harassment, in public schools. Image: Shutterstock The post ‘Student Non-Discrimination Act’ Seeks to Curb Bullying of LGBT Youth appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Losing My Lege: GOP Lawmaker Wants to Appoint Lawyers for Dead Women’s Fetuses

Last winter, the family of Marlise Muñoz had to undergo the terrible ordeal of fighting the state for the ability to take their deceased daughter off mechanical support. Now, a conservative state representative says he plans to makeShow More Summary

New Bill Would Require Registry of Military Sex Offenders

Even when rapists in the military are convicted and sentenced, a loophole in the criminal justice system can leave them free to attack again. Image: Shutterstock The post New Bill Would Require Registry of Military Sex Offenders appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Report Finds ‘Shockingly Substandard’ Reproductive Health Care in New York Prisons

The report details numerous violations of the state's anti-shackling law, severely limited access to birth control, lack of trauma-informed clinical care, and a routine denial of basic hygiene items like sanitary napkins and toilet paper. Image:...Show More Summary

Chronic Pain Is Overwhelmingly Experienced by Women—So Why Do They Have Trouble Getting Care for It?

Until the sexism inherent in the social and medical response to chronic pain is addressed, women won’t be able to access the treatments they need. Image: Shutterstock The post Chronic Pain Is Overwhelmingly Experienced by Women—So Why Do They Have Trouble Getting Care for It? appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Federal Court Orders Alabama Judges to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Thursday's order made it clear that probate judges in the state could not refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Image: Shutterstock The post Federal Court Orders Alabama Judges to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Proposed Abortion Regulations Could Hurt GOP in Moderate Colorado Districts

Pro-choice activists, some wearing pink shoes Thursday under Colorado’s gold-domed Capitol, spoke out against a proposed law that would add burdensome licensing requirements for abortion clinics across the state. Image: Shutterstock The post Proposed Abortion Regulations Could Hurt GOP in Moderate Colorado Districts appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Republicans Delay Confirmation of First Black Female Attorney General

“I think that Loretta Lynch is being held to a double standard,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the committee’s ranking member. Image: PBS NewsHour/Youtube The post Republicans Delay Confirmation of First Black Female Attorney General appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Wyoming Senate Creates Religious Exemption in LGBT Protections

Wyoming lawmakers in the state senate passed a bill Wednesday that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state's non-discrimination employment laws, although religious companies and organizations will still be legally...Show More Summary

Another Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Birth Control Benefit

The federal courts are so far unanimous in rejecting claims that the Obama administration's accommodation process to the birth control benefit burdens religious rights. Image: Shutterstock The post Another Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Birth Control Benefit appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Texas Coalition to Hit Back Against Anti-Choice Policies

Democratic Texas lawmakers who have proposed a handful of new reproductive rights bills said Thursday that they know they have an uphill legislative battle, but that they refused to back down while anti-choice Republicans push for more...Show More Summary

#BlackHistoryYouDidntLearnInSchool: A Q&A With Justin Giuliano

RH Reality Check interviewed Giuliano via email earlier this week about the success of his hashtag and the importance of showing that Black history is more far-reaching and embedded in our present-day social structures than state education...Show More Summary

Vulvas and Vaginas Smell Like, Well, Vulvas and Vaginas

Judging by Internet users' Google searches, individuals have a lot of anxiety about the way their genitals smell. But the best thing to do is get used to the scent and learn to love it. Image: Shutterstock The post Vulvas and Vaginas Smell Like, Well, Vulvas and Vaginas appeared first on RH Reality Check.

20-Week Abortion Ban Moves Through South Carolina House

A bill banning abortions after 20 weeks passed the South Carolina House of Representatives Wednesday in an 80-27 vote. Image: Shutterstock The post 20-Week Abortion Ban Moves Through South Carolina House appeared first on RH Reality Check.

This Week in Sex, Valentine’s Day Edition: Candy, Flowers, and ‘Teledildonics’

Valentine's Day is a $19 billion holiday. How are folks spending that money? Image: Shutterstock The post This Week in Sex, Valentine’s Day Edition: Candy, Flowers, and ‘Teledildonics’ appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Planned Parenthood Fights to Provide Abortion Care at New Louisiana Clinic

Since 2012, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, under the direction of Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, has required all new facilities seeking to offer abortions to first get approval from the state. Image: EPG_EuroPhotoGraphics / Shutterstock.com The post Planned Parenthood Fights to Provide Abortion Care at New Louisiana Clinic appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Republicans Dropped That Whole Over-the-Counter Birth Control Thing Really Quickly

Remember how a bunch of Republicans were enthusiastic about over-the-counter birth control before the election? Well, big surprise, all that enthusiasm has disappeared. There's a lesson in this when dealing with politicians making promises...Show More Summary

Access to Paid Sick Leave Is Vital for Those Seeking Reproductive Health Care

The lack of paid sick time available across the country means that if a worker needs time to address reproductive health needs—including prenatal or abortion care—she may have to risk her livelihood or her paycheck to do so. Image: Shutterstock The post Access to Paid Sick Leave Is Vital for Those Seeking Reproductive Health Care appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Kansas Governor Does Away With LGBT Protections

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) signed an executive order Tuesday that rescinded discrimination protections for state employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Image: Shutterstock The post Kansas Governor Does Away With LGBT Protections appeared first on RH Reality Check.

20-Week Abortion Ban Passes West Virginia House

The GOP-controlled West Virginia house today voted 87 to 12 to pass a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization, with no exception for rape or incest. Image: West Virginia Capitol via Shutterstock The post 20-Week Abortion Ban Passes West Virginia House appeared first on RH Reality Check.

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