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GOP: Attack Women All You Want, But Hands Off the White Republican Ones

The GOP is worried that Donald Trump insulted women. Really? Have you looked at your platform lately? Image: Breaking News / YouTube The post GOP: Attack Women All You Want, But Hands Off the White Republican Ones appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Detroit School Board Asks Justice Department to Investigate Discrimination by Governor-Appointed Officials

A federal civil rights complaint alleges a pattern of racial discrimination by emergency managers of Detroit Public Schools. Image: Shutterstock The post Detroit School Board Asks Justice Department to Investigate Discrimination by Governor-Appointed Officials appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Successful Breastfeeding Starts With Baby-Friendly Hospital Care

Hospitals that support breastfeeding—rather than hampering it from the very start, as so many do with practices and policies that impact breastfeeding negatively—are one way to put our money where our mouth is, as it were: one concrete...Show More Summary

Chicago to Cover Transition-Related Care for City Employees

Starting this fall, transgender people who work for the City of Chicago can start getting medical insurance coverage for gender alignment surgery, under a change in policy announced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday. Image: Shutterstock The post Chicago to Cover Transition-Related Care for City Employees appeared first on RH Reality Check.

New Hampshire Republicans Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood

A council in New Hampshire's GOP-majority legislature on Wednesday voted to defund the state's five Planned Parenthood clinics, calling the organization “too controversial” following the release of several videos attacking the its fetal...Show More Summary

Obama Administration Remains Undefeated in Nonprofit Contraception Challenges

Friday's ruling from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals is the seventh consecutive federal appeals court to rule in favor of the Obama administration. Image: Shutterstock The post Obama Administration Remains Undefeated in Nonprofit Contraception Challenges appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Is Spending Decades on an Offender Registry Appropriate Punishment for Consensual Sex Among Teens?

A Michigan judge threw the book at 19-year-old Zachery Anderson after he admitted to have sex with a 14-year-old girl who claimed to be 17 at the time. This case show us how laws meant to protect children from predators can be used to...Show More Summary

GOP Candidates Use Deceptive Anti-Planned Parenthood Videos to Propose Outlawing Abortion

It's no surprise that Planned Parenthood came up at the GOP debate, but the substance of that debate was less about Planned Parenthood and more about whether abortion should be legal in America at all. Image: News Crashers via YouTube The post GOP Candidates Use Deceptive Anti-Planned Parenthood Videos to Propose Outlawing Abortion appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Celebrate Mothers Who Breastfeed, Including Black Women Who Do So Publicly

For me, breastfeeding is not only an exercise of reproductive justice, it is a revolutionary and political act. I choose to breastfeed in public as a way to challenge the notion that Black women do not breastfeed. Not only do we breastfeed,...Show More Summary

Wheaton College Sacrifices Student Well-Being to Make Ideological Point

Without access to necessary medical care, several students will be left high and dry in the coming school year—particularly any who may become victims of sexual assault. Image: Shutterstock The post Wheaton College Sacrifices Student Well-Being to Make Ideological Point appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Black Lives Matter Activists Highlight GOP Candidates’ White Supremacist Ties During First Presidential Debate

News reports revealed this week that the leader of a white supremacist group cited by Dylann Roof, the gunmen who killed nine Black people at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, had donated tens...Show More Summary

One Year Later: Reflections on the Ferguson Uprising

This weekend I won’t be enjoying a lazy summer day at home. I’ll be participating in United We Fight with thousands of people to uphold my commitment to this movement for Black lives. It’s been a year since the Ferguson Uprising, and I’m woke. Image: R. Show More Summary

HPV Vaccine Rates Up, Still Lag Behind Other Vaccines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data last week showing that the overall rates of HPV vaccine increased only slightly between 2013 and 2014 but some communities of color made large strides in vaccinating their young people. Image: Shutterstock The post HPV Vaccine Rates Up, Still Lag Behind Other Vaccines appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Obama Administration Takes Action on Paid Sick Days, Equal Pay

Obama drafted an executive order that would give all federal contract workers seven paid sick days per year, shortly after the administration recommended actions to close the gender pay gap for federal employees. Image: Drop of Light / Shutterstock.com The post Obama Administration Takes Action on Paid Sick Days, Equal Pay appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Planned Parenthood Investigations Uncovering No Wrongdoing

A series of videos that featured heavily edited footage of secretly taped conversations with Planned Parenthood officials has led to outrage from anti-choice activists and politicians who have called for investigations that have shown...Show More Summary

University Caves to Anti-Choice Pressure, Suspends Fetal Tissue Acquisition From Some Vendors

Despite the absence of evidence that Planned Parenthood broke any laws, the university has suspended fetal-tissue acquisitions from entities “implicated in the Planned Parenthood investigation.” But research will continue using tissue...Show More Summary

Sandra Bland in Her Own Words

In the media, Sandra Bland’s views and political beliefs have been overshadowed by the one police encounter that ended in her death, and by her alleged suicide. We have not been given a rounded view of who she really was, which can be...Show More Summary

Federal Court Rules Texas Voter ID Law a Violation of Voting Rights Act

A three-judge panel on the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that part of the state's restrictive voter identification law violates a remaining provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, saying Texas' SB 14 has the...Show More Summary

Pittsburgh Workers Get Paid Sick Leave Under New Law

People working in Pittsburgh will be guaranteed time off for illness for the first time, under a new ordinance passed Monday by the city council. Image: Shutterstock The post Pittsburgh Workers Get Paid Sick Leave Under New Law appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Family of Sandra Bland Files Wrongful-Death Lawsuit

The federal civil rights lawsuit accuses Texas officials of deliberately disregarding Bland's constitutional rights and causing her injury and death. Image: msnbc / YouTube The post Family of Sandra Bland Files Wrongful-Death Lawsuit appeared first on RH Reality Check.

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