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Watching the U.S. Women’s National Team Win Drove Home Decades of Fighting for Dignity

There I sat when the game was called, making a sound like a barking seal as I sobbed. I knew at that moment we had reached a tipping point in the fight for gender equity and against LGBTQ discrimination, one that in my 30-plus yearsShow More Summary

Obama Administration Takes on Racial Housing Segregation

New requirements announced by the Department of Housing and Urban Development seek to crack the problem of entrenched racial segregation in housing. Image: Shutterstock The post Obama Administration Takes on Racial Housing Segregation appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Obama Administration Revises ACA Contraception Rules—Again

The latest rules offer a work-around for those for-profit companies objecting to providing contraception coverage in their employee health insurance plans. Image: Shutterstock The post Obama Administration Revises ACA Contraception Rules—Again appeared first on RH Reality Check.

House GOP Sneaks Hyde Restrictions Into Another Unrelated Bill

House Republicans tried to expand the anti-choice Hyde Amendment for the fourth time this year, this time with a last-minute change to a medical research bill. Image: Shutterstock The post House GOP Sneaks Hyde Restrictions Into Another Unrelated Bill appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Pro-Choice Senators Defend International Family Planning

A group of pro-choice legislators on Thursday helped stop a Senate committee from cutting international family planning funding and reinstating the "global gag rule." Image: Shutterstock The post Pro-Choice Senators Defend International Family Planning appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Women’s World Cup May Seem Like a Feminist Fairy Tale, But the Fight’s Not Over

Despite the joyful ending for the U.S. Women's National Team and the increased media attention toward women’s soccer, there is far more to achieve and attain for equality within the game—including the need to address the sexism inherent...Show More Summary

Do We Live in a Christian America? Not Quite

For many conservative American politicians and members of the fundamentalist right wing, the idea that our nation is God’s “chosen land" is a frequently invoked trope. But a new book by Steven K. Green, Inventing a Christian America:...Show More Summary

Wisconsin Republican: 20-Week Abortion Ban ‘Isn’t About Abortion’

The Republican-majority Wisconsin Assembly on Thursday passed a bill that will ban abortion at 20 weeks' fertilization after a GOP lawmaker contended that the measure is not actually about abortion. Image: Shutterstock The post Wisconsin Republican: 20-Week Abortion Ban ‘Isn’t About Abortion’ appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Report Details Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline for Girls

A new report shows how instead of getting help, girls who experience sexual abuse are often funneled into the juvenile justice system, where their traumas are ignored or retriggered. Image: Metal fence via Shutterstock The post Report Details Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline for Girls appeared first on RH Reality Check.

GOP-Led South Carolina Legislature Votes to Remove Confederate Flag From Capitol

The South Carolina House voted 94 to 20 Thursday morning to remove the confederate flag from the state capitol after 12 hours of debate and Republican attempts to stall the measure. Image: Shutterstock The post GOP-Led South Carolina Legislature Votes to Remove Confederate Flag From Capitol appeared first on RH Reality Check.

House Republicans Sneak Sex-Ed Restriction Into ‘No Child Left Behind’ Rewrite

Republicans want to ban funding for sex education programs that "normalize teen sexual activity as an expected behavior." Image: Shutterstock The post House Republicans Sneak Sex-Ed Restriction Into ‘No Child Left Behind’ Rewrite appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Marriage Equality Backlash: Kansas Governor Issues Anti-LGBTQ Executive Order

Kansas' Republican Governor Sam Brownback on Tuesday issued an executive order allowing clergy members to refuse to perform marriages of same-sex couples and permitting the continued discrimination against people based on their sexual...Show More Summary

Contraceptive Pill Users Save $1.4 Billion on Birth Control After ACA Implementation

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed claims data from a nationwide provider of private insurance, and found that on average, contraceptive pill and IUD users spent 20 percent less out-of-pocket on their chosen family...Show More Summary

Congressional Call to End Hyde Amendment Puts Pro-Choice Advocates on ‘Offense’

Heeding calls from pro-choice advocates to end the discriminatory Hyde Amendment, House Democrats introduced comprehensive legislation to ensure every woman has equal access to insurance coverage of abortion. Image: Shutterstock The post Congressional Call to End Hyde Amendment Puts Pro-Choice Advocates on ‘Offense’ appeared first on RH Reality Check.

All Straight Men Must Go See ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Right Now (Well, After Reading This)

Too many men, I fear, do not know what the face of a joyfully turned-on woman looks like. Moreover, too many men do not care. Perhaps these men have been told, too many times over by too many stories, that their own desire is paramount. Show More Summary

Navy Triples Maternity Leave to 18 Weeks for Sailors, Marines

The policy change will make the Navy and Marine Corps the first military services to provide more than six weeks of paid maternity leave. Image: Glynnis Jones / Shutterstock.com The post Navy Triples Maternity Leave to 18 Weeks for Sailors, Marines appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Watchdog Group to Fight ‘Religious Freedom’ Efforts in Wake of Marriage Equality

Americans United for Separation of Church and State launched an initiative Tuesday to fight back against attempts by social conservatives to use the notion of religious freedom to deny services to people, especially to same-sex couples. Image:...Show More Summary

New Jersey Cracks Down on Rogue Abortion Provider. What Took So Long?

The move is a welcome step toward protecting women in the states in which clinics of criminal abortion provider Steven Brigham have operated, but the question remains as to why it took regulators so long to act. Image: Lawyer in court via Shutterstock The post New Jersey Cracks Down on Rogue Abortion Provider. What Took So Long? appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Texas Clergyman: Religious Abortion Opponents Do Not Speak for Me

Whatever the Supreme Court decides about HB 2, we can all agree that Texas is the testing ground for new abortion laws in the United States. And we who live here aren’t proud of it. Image: Shutterstock The post Texas Clergyman: Religious Abortion Opponents Do Not Speak for Me appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Google, AdBlade Bar Abortion Clinic From Advertising

Abortion care services continue to be stonewalled by some of the web's most visited sites, as these Internet giants charge that abortion is not a family friendly topic. Image: Yeamake / Shutterstock.com The post Google, AdBlade Bar Abortion Clinic From Advertising appeared first on RH Reality Check.

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