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Rape Kits: A Decade and Billion Dollars Later, Why Can’t We Fix the Backlog?

A three-month investigation by RH Reality Check has revealed that the agency charged with overseeing this effort has been unable to answer these rudimentary questions, leaving advocates at a loss to explain why so little progress has...Show More Summary

Tennessee Governor Signs 48-Hour Waiting Period Bill

Tennessee joins 26 states that require waiting periods prior to having an abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Image: GovernorBillHaslam/Youtube The post Tennessee Governor Signs 48-Hour Waiting Period Bill appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Mandatory Abortion ID Bill Advances In Texas Legislature

Republicans want abortion providers to assume every patient is underage unless the patient can present an unspecified "valid governmental ID," which could end legal abortion care for undocumented Texans. Image: Steve Lagreca / Shutterstock.com The post Mandatory Abortion ID Bill Advances In Texas Legislature appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Abortion Providers Are Not Sex Offenders—No Matter What the Alabama Legislature Implies

Alabama legislators have pushed forward a bill that will make reproductive care harder to access while perpetuating erroneous and harmful stereotypes about providers. Image: Shutterstock The post Abortion Providers Are Not Sex Offenders—No Matter What the Alabama Legislature Implies appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Missouri Legislators Propose 22 Anti-Choice Measures, Pass None

While anti-choice legislation was supposedly not a top priority for lawmakers, the inability to pass any anti-choice proposals might be surprising given Republican majorities of 116-44 in the house and 25-9 in the senate. Image: Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com The post Missouri Legislators Propose 22 Anti-Choice Measures, Pass None appeared first on RH Reality Check.

New Maryland Law to Address Long-Standing Rape Kit Backlog

Marylanders will soon know the extent of the rape kit backlog in their state—a first step in trimming the backlog—under a new law signed in April by GOP Gov. Larry Hogan. Image: Shutterstock The post New Maryland Law to Address Long-Standing Rape Kit Backlog appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Anti-Choice Groups Try ‘Texas Playbook’ in Attempt to Block Health Care Access in California

The fight to open a Planned Parenthood health care clinic in El Centro, California shows that national anti-choice groups are intent on rolling back reproductive health care gains in even the most progressive parts of the country. Image:...Show More Summary

When Parents Kill Disabled Children, We Must Hold Society Responsible

When cases of parents killing or abusing disabled children hit the media, it’s common to see these parents treated sympathetically. Reports typically discuss how they were “pushed to the breaking point” or “under too much stress,” dehumanizing...Show More Summary

Virginia Clinics Navigate Changing TRAP Law: ‘I Feel Like I’m Digging a Hole and Filling It Back In’

The burden of TRAP regulations in Virginia was lightened in early May, when Attorney General Mark Herring clarified that existing clinics can be grandfathered into the law's architectural component. Still, challenges persist. Image:Show More Summary

Losing My Lege: Striking Deals Won’t Save Us

I can't help but feel frustrated that no matter what deals our progressive lawmakers strike, someone's getting thrown under the bus—and, so often, that someone is a Texan who has the least political power, the fewest economic resources,...Show More Summary

South Carolina Republican: 20-Week Abortion Ban Isn’t Harsh Enough

South Carolina state Sen. Lee Bright, an ardent anti-choice Republican, filibustered a bill Thursday to ban abortion 20 weeks post-fertilization. The measure, he said, is too lenient because it included exceptions for rape, incest, and...Show More Summary

Admitting Privilege Laws: A Solution in Search of a Problem

Twelve states have enacted such policies, which require doctors to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital, and they are in effect in five states. But the seminal questions are: Does this requirement benefit women? And what are...Show More Summary

Exploiting the Black Family: A Divisive Campaign of the Anti-Woman, ‘Pro-Life’ Movement

Black mothers and our families deserve better than billboards exploiting the social determinants perpetuated by white male supremacy that has created the various hostile environments in which we live and parent. Image: SisterReach The post Exploiting the Black Family: A Divisive Campaign of the Anti-Woman, ‘Pro-Life’ Movement appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Louisiana House Passes Bill to Ban Sex-Selective Abortions

Louisiana house lawmakers voted Thursday to ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus, despite a lack of documentation showing that sex-selective abortions are widespread in the United States. Image: Louisiana government via Shutterstock The post Louisiana House Passes Bill to Ban Sex-Selective Abortions appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Report: South Dakota Ranks Worst in the Nation on Reproductive Rights

Less than half of states got a B or higher, and the highest grade any state got was an A-minus. Image: Shutterstock The post Report: South Dakota Ranks Worst in the Nation on Reproductive Rights appeared first on RH Reality Check.

New Arkansas Abortion Policy Could Prove Confusing for Physicians

The regulations include the requirement to use an "abdominal ultrasound" to detect a fetal heartbeat—a policy that could be unclear to physicians who provide abortion care in Arkansas. Image: Ultrasound via Shutterstock The post New Arkansas Abortion Policy Could Prove Confusing for Physicians appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Poor Women Suffer Most From Restrictive Abortion Policies

When a low-income mother is able to plan her pregnancies, she is much more likely to be able to provide for her baby. When she cannot get an abortion, if that is her choice, she is three times more likely to descend into and remain in...Show More Summary

Colorado Women’s Health Advocates: Republican’s Pro-Choice Claims Shouldn’t Be Trusted

Pro-choice advocates say state Sen. Ellen Roberts’ votes in the state legislature this year undermined her claims of supporting abortion rights in Colorado. Image: Colorado state capitol via Shutterstock The post Colorado Women’s Health Advocates: Republican’s Pro-Choice Claims Shouldn’t Be Trusted appeared first on RH Reality Check.

The GOP: Fiddling With Your Uterus While Our Country Burns

At a time when the nation is facing numerous crises, including crumbling and increasingly dangerous infrastructure, the GOP leadership in Congress is deregulating and defunding services and agencies that save people's lives, while obsessing about abortion bans. Show More Summary

In “Fixing” Medication Abortion Ban, Kansas GOP Now Seeks to Control Who Can Use IVs and When

An anti-choice bill passed Wednesday by a Kansas legislative committee could have broad implications for how all health care—not just reproductive care—is provided. Image: Shutterstock The post In “Fixing” Medication Abortion Ban, Kansas GOP Now Seeks to Control Who Can Use IVs and When appeared first on RH Reality Check.

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