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Where Are All the LGBTQ-Inclusive Sex Ed Books?

About 9 percent of teenagers identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning; as many as six million Americans have an LGBT-identified parent. Yet when I reached out for recommendations on more diverse sex ed books aimed...Show More Summary

From Alaska to Alabama, Investigation Shows False Testimony Formed Basis for Abortion Restrictions

Why are states continuing to pass abortion restrictions based partly on erroneous theories that abortion harms women? And why are state attorneys general calling as expert witnesses some of the very people who proffered these spurious...Show More Summary

Catholic Bishops Take Divergent Public Stances on ‘Personhood’ Measures

Catholic bishops in Colorado declared a "neutral stance" in on this year's Colorado's personhood amendment, while bishops in North Dakota urged voters to approve a "personhood" measure its November's ballot. Both were defeated on Election...Show More Summary

Planned Parenthood Drops Legal Challenge to Kansas Misleading Consent Requirement

The health-care provider will now link to state mandated anti-abortion materials on its website home page after dismissing a lawsuit challenging the requirement as unconstitutional. Image: Shutterstock The post Planned Parenthood Drops Legal Challenge to Kansas Misleading Consent Requirement appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Study of Over 50,000 Abortion Patients Finds Low Complication Rate

Researchers warned in the newly released study that the shuttering of abortion providers as a result of more stringent laws could put those who need abortion care in danger. Image: Shutterstock The post Study of Over 50,000 Abortion Patients Finds Low Complication Rate appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Anti-Choice Legislative Agenda Laid Out in South Carolina

South Carolina lawmakers, in their first opportunity to pre-file bills ahead of the 2015-2016 legislative session, last week submitted at least eight anti-choice bills to be taken up next year, featuring an array of radical abortionShow More Summary

Michigan GOP Passes Religious Freedom Bill Legalizing Discrimination

The Michigan house passed a broad religious freedom bill on Thursday that many believe provides a "license to discriminate" in the name of deeply held religious beliefs. Image: Gavel religion via Shutterstock The post Michigan GOP Passes Religious Freedom Bill Legalizing Discrimination appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Oregon Educators Strike for Paid Leave Under University President Who Once Advocated for Leave

Hundreds of University of Oregon educators are striking for paid sick and parental leave and fair wages, the result of a year-long negotiation process between a graduate employees' union and the university administration, including its...Show More Summary

When It Comes to Police Brutality, a DOJ Investigation Is Not a Magic Wand

For those of us who want justice for Eric Garner and Mike Brown specifically, the truth of the matter is that the Department of Justice doesn’t have a lot of options. Image: Shutterstock The post When It Comes to Police Brutality, a DOJ Investigation Is Not a Magic Wand appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Scott Walker Appointees Jack Up Energy Rates on Low-Income Residents

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission approved changes to the state’s regulation of public utilities that will allow electric providers to nearly double their fixed rates in 2015. Image: Shutterstock The post Scott Walker Appointees Jack Up Energy Rates on Low-Income Residents appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Amid Pentagon Spin, Military Sexual Assault Problem Still Rampant

The Department of Defense’s long-awaited report to President Obama on military sexual assault doesn’t show nearly enough progress in dealing with the problem, advocates for survivors say. Image: Shutterstock The post Amid Pentagon Spin, Military Sexual Assault Problem Still Rampant appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Why the System Won’t Indict Cops for Killing Black Men

The reality is that the grand jury system protects officers from accountability rather than civilians from police brutality. Image: a katz / Shutterstock.com The post Why the System Won’t Indict Cops for Killing Black Men appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Divorce Rates Keep Declining. Thanks, Birth Control!

Feminism has led to lower divorce rates over the decades, because independent women have better marriages. Yet conservatives keep insisting that the struggle for equality is driving families apart. Image: Shutterstock The post Divorce Rates Keep Declining. Thanks, Birth Control! appeared first on RH Reality Check.

RHTP Agrees Condoms Do Not Cause Cancer and Has Never Stated Otherwise

Today, Melissa White, the CEO of an online condom retailer, attacked the findings of a study that found a small number of the condoms she sells on her website contain a chemical carcinogen called nitrosamines. In doing so, she misrepresents...Show More Summary

Legal Wrap: Another Grand Jury Fails to Indict, Supreme Court Ponders Online Harassment

A New York grand jury failed to indict the officers involved in Eric Garner's death, while the Roberts Court heard arguments in two big cases for equality advocates. Image: a katz / Shutterstock.com The post Legal Wrap: Another Grand Jury Fails to Indict, Supreme Court Ponders Online Harassment appeared first on RH Reality Check.

GOP Majority in New Mexico Legislature Leaves Reproductive Rights in Doubt

After all the votes were counted on Election Day, Republicans held a majority of seats in the New Mexico state house for the first time in 60 years. This change in the political landscape could threaten abortion access not just in the...Show More Summary

Cigarettes Cause Cancer; Condoms Don’t

A new petition calls on the FDA to “Get Carcinogens Out of Condoms.” But there is no scientific evidence linking condoms to cancer—and to claim otherwise has the potential to unravel decades of committed work focused on saving livesShow More Summary

Virginia Board of Health Votes to Amend Anti-Abortion Law

The regulatory process set in motion by the vote can take up to two years to complete, but could result in the effective reversal of the law, which threatens to close the state's 18 abortion clinics. Image: Shutterstock The post Virginia Board of Health Votes to Amend Anti-Abortion Law appeared first on RH Reality Check.

U.S. Department of Education Memo Protects Transgender Students From Discrimination

A new memo from the Department of Education clearly explains that schools cannot discriminate against transgender students on the basis of sex, and that, for the purpose of single-sex education, schools should treat these students based on their gender identity rather than the sex they were assigned at birth. Image: Shutterstock The post U.S. Show More Summary

Indiana TRAP Law Ruled Unconstitutional

Wednesday's ruling declared a 2013 law that requires all abortion clinics meet the same architectural requirements as surgical centers unconstitutionally singled out a Lafayette clinic for closure. Image: Shutterstock The post Indiana TRAP Law Ruled Unconstitutional appeared first on RH Reality Check.

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