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We Need to Stop Punishing Women for Seeking Health Care

The prosecution of Jennifer Whalen for purchasing her daughter abortion-inducing medication is reminiscent of the way that hospitals, Child Protective Services, and law enforcement have historically responded to drug use during pregnancy. Image: Shutterstock The post We Need to Stop Punishing Women for Seeking Health Care appeared first on RH Reality Check.

GOP’s Jeff Bell: Single Women ‘Wed’ to Democrats Because of Government Benefits

New Jersey's Republican U.S. Senate candidate says he is lagging behind in the polls because of the rise in the number of single women, who he charges “are automatically Democratic” because they rely on social programs like food stamps. Image:...Show More Summary

Police Arrest Faith Leaders at Ferguson Rally

On the final day billed as part of Ferguson's "weekend of resistance," Dr. Cornel West was put in handcuffs outside of the Ferguson Police Department. Image: Elon James White The post Police Arrest Faith Leaders at Ferguson Rally appeared first on RH Reality Check.

‘Personhood’ Amendment Backers: Gardner ‘Was Firmly on Our Side’

Colorado Republican senatorial candidate Cory Gardner has dropped support of state “personhood” amendments because he didn’t know they would have banned some forms of birth control. But an anti-choice group now says Gardner was briefed...Show More Summary

No, Repealing Obamacare Will Not Make It Easier to Access Birth Control

Many opponents of Obamacare have been offering over-the-counter birth control as an alternative. But here are the six main reasons why "Obamacare vs. over-the-counter birth control" is a false choice. Image: Shutterstock The post No, Repealing Obamacare Will Not Make It Easier to Access Birth Control appeared first on RH Reality Check.

#STLDispatch: ‘We Have to Fight Back’

A roundup of tweets on the "weekend of resistance" in Ferguson, Missouri, October 10-13. Image: Youtube The post #STLDispatch: ‘We Have to Fight Back’ appeared first on RH Reality Check.

The Ferguson ‘Weekend of Resistance': A Lesson in the Complexity of Movements

Depending on who you ask about the success or effectiveness of the "weekend of resistance" in Ferguson, Missouri, October 10-13, you’ll get very different responses. Image: AJ+ / YouTube The post The Ferguson ‘Weekend of Resistance': A Lesson in the Complexity of Movements appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Claiming ‘Domestic Violence Programs Don’t Work’ Doesn’t Work

The lack of data surrounding a single aspect of domestic violence prevention programming is no reason for advocates to give up altogether, no matter what one NBC News writer implied in a recent article. Image: Shutterstock The post Claiming ‘Domestic Violence Programs Don’t Work’ Doesn’t Work appeared first on RH Reality Check.

In the Wake of Michael Brown’s Death, a Weekend of Resistance in Ferguson

Community members and activists over the next month are gathering once again to demand justice for Brown, the victims of police violence nationwide, and the subsequent police crackdown on residents in Ferguson, Missouri. Image: a katz / Shutterstock.com The post In the Wake of Michael Brown’s Death, a Weekend of Resistance in Ferguson appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Black Children Need Safe and Healthy Environments, Not Lawsuits About Sperm Donors

Two women are suing a sperm bank, citing unexpected emotional and financial distress, after they were given the wrong sperm and their daughter was born Black. But society owes all women of Black and brown children reparations for sustaining...Show More Summary

South Carolina Gubernatorial Race: Three Candidates, All Anti-Choice

The South Carolina governor’s race might not be a race at all, but it's become a case study in the power of anti-choice politics in deep-red states. Image: Shutterstock The post South Carolina Gubernatorial Race: Three Candidates, All Anti-Choice appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Supreme Court Blocks Wisconsin Republicans’ Voter ID Law

In an order issued Thursday night the Roberts Court ruled Wisconsin officials could not enforce voter identification requirements in the November general election. Image: United States Supreme Court, Washington, D.C. / Flickr The post Supreme Court Blocks Wisconsin Republicans’ Voter ID Law appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Scientists Pinpoint the Origin of Today’s HIV Pandemic

An international group of researchers believe they have pinpointed not just where and when the virus emerged in people, but the "perfect storm" that helped it become a worldwide phenomenon that has infected 75 million people to date. Image: Shutterstock The post Scientists Pinpoint the Origin of Today’s HIV Pandemic appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Supreme Court Weighs Intervening in Texas Clinic Closure Fight

Attorneys for the State of Texas told the Roberts Court that closing all but eight clinics in the state is an "inconvenience" but not an undue burden on abortion rights. Image: Shutterstock The post Supreme Court Weighs Intervening in Texas Clinic Closure Fight appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Advocacy Organizations Must Not Ignore the Wage Gap for Transgender People

The National Women’s Law Center's new video could have been a fantastic opportunity to highlight inequality; instead, it demonstrated a lack of clear understanding about the transgender wage gap. Image: Sarah Silverman/Youtube The post Advocacy Organizations Must Not Ignore the Wage Gap for Transgender People appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Fifth Circuit Refuses to Re-Hear Challenge To Texas Omnibus Anti-Abortion Law

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans announced Thursday that it would deny Texas abortion providers' request for the entire court to re-hear a year-old challenge to the state's omnibus anti-abortion law. Image: Court via Shutterstock The post Fifth Circuit Refuses to Re-Hear Challenge To Texas Omnibus Anti-Abortion Law appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Advocates Urge Justice Department to Renounce the Criminalization of Pregnancy

A letter sent by 48 reproductive justice, drug policy reform, women's rights, and civil liberties organizations called on Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice to renounce a policy of enhancing a criminal sentence...Show More Summary

If Allegations Are True, Sayreville Football’s ‘Hazing’ Is Actually Rape

Officials cancelled the remainder of Sayreville War Memorial High School's football season amid allegations of violent hazing rituals. However, new details suggest that what happened in the locker room was not hazing—it was rape. Image: Shutterstock The post If Allegations Are True, Sayreville Football’s ‘Hazing’ Is Actually Rape appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Reproductive Health Remain a Contentious Topic in Colorado Senate Debate

Questioned by debate moderators, Rep. Cory Gardner falsely stated that federal "personhood" legislation is “simply a statement of belief,” and Sen. Mark Udall said he wouldn't ban later abortions. Image: The Denver Post The post Reproductive Health Remain a Contentious Topic in Colorado Senate Debate appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Rogue Abortion Provider’s Medical License Revoked

The New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners found Wednesday that rogue abortion provider Dr. Steven C. Brigham had committed several counts of gross negligence, deception, and official misconduct. Brigham no longer has any valid credentials...Show More Summary

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