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Arkansas GOP Makes Obtaining Abortions for Teen Rape Survivors More Burdensome

Lawmakers in the Arkansas house passed a bill Friday that would further restrict a minor’s ability to receive safe abortion care by tightening the state’s mandatory parental consent law. Image: Shutterstock The post Arkansas GOP Makes Obtaining Abortions for Teen Rape Survivors More Burdensome appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Arkansas Republican Wants Low-Income Women to Have Fewer Children

An Arkansas lawmaker has introduced a bill that would create a “contraception incentive” for low-income women in the state’s Medicaid program, intending to offer a “breather to think about their life decisions that are affecting us as taxpayers.” Image: Shutterstock The post Arkansas Republican Wants Low-Income Women to Have Fewer Children appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Introducing RH Reality Check Board Member Shanelle Matthews

In this Q&A, Matthews shares a bit about herself, her vision for RHRC, and—for fun—a list of her favorite things. Image: Shanelle Matthews The post Introducing RH Reality Check Board Member Shanelle Matthews appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Federal Court Permanently Blocks Wisconsin Admitting Privileges Requirement

The sweeping opinion ruled the law had been passed with the improper purpose of restricting abortion access in the state—a policy endorsed by Gov. Scott Walker. Image: Shutterstock The post Federal Court Permanently Blocks Wisconsin Admitting Privileges Requirement appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Illinois Bill Would Subject Abortion Clinics to Medically Unnecessary Restrictions

Illinois lawmakers last week introduced a bill that would increase inspections of abortion clinics and subject them to new architectural rules that could threaten to close many of the state's clinics. Image: Shutterstock The post Illinois Bill Would Subject Abortion Clinics to Medically Unnecessary Restrictions appeared first on RH Reality Check.

New Hyde Amendment Controversy Brews in Congress Over Medicare Funding Bill

For the second time in as many weeks, a bipartisan bill in Congress is running into controversy because of objections to anti-choice language in the bill. Image: Shutterstock The post New Hyde Amendment Controversy Brews in Congress Over Medicare Funding Bill appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Syphilis of the Eye Outbreak: A Reminder That Curable STDs Can Be Serious

A cluster of cases on the West Coast in which syphilis has infected patients’ eyes, and in some instances caused blindness, should serve to remind us that even curable STDs can cause serious complications. Image: Shutterstock The post Syphilis of the Eye Outbreak: A Reminder That Curable STDs Can Be Serious appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Losing My Lege: What Would Jesus Really Do?

If the Texas legislature is serious about putting the word of God into action, it's got plenty of places to start before it gets to allowing Texans to be armed to the teeth at Arby's. Image: Shutterstock The post Losing My Lege: What Would Jesus Really Do? appeared first on RH Reality Check.

What the Dallas Cowboys’ Signing of a Man Found Guilty of Assault Says About the NFL

The NFL and its teams seem to have no real plan to combat violence against women or enforce consequences against players who commit it. Image: ABC News/Youtube The post What the Dallas Cowboys’ Signing of a Man Found Guilty of Assault Says About the NFL appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Michigan Senate Approves Bill to Fund Crisis Pregnancy Centers

SB 84 would create a state-run program in which the money raised from the sale of license plates reading “Choose Life” would be allocated to nonprofit organizations that promote alternatives to abortion. Image: Shutterstock The post Michigan Senate Approves Bill to Fund Crisis Pregnancy Centers appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Ted Cruz Tries to Block D.C.’s New Reproductive Health, Gay Rights Bills

The resolution is likely nothing more than a political move to curry favor with conservative constituents who disapprove of D.C.'s liberal policies. Image: SenTedCruz/Youtube The post Ted Cruz Tries to Block D.C.’s New Reproductive Health, Gay Rights Bills appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Tennessee’s Amendment 1 May Not Be Enough to Reinstate Unconstitutional Informed Consent Law

With November's passage of Amendment 1, Tennessee anti-choicers finally had what they needed to pass the very same restrictive abortion laws the state supreme court had struck down 15 years ago. Or so they thought. Image: Shutterstock The post Tennessee’s Amendment 1 May Not Be Enough to Reinstate Unconstitutional Informed Consent Law appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Nebraska Bills Would Make Care More ‘Cost-Burdensome’ for Abortion Providers

Nebraska legislators heard testimony Wednesday during a judiciary committee hearing on two pieces of legislation that would implement new regulations for the state's abortion providers. Image: Shutterstock The post Nebraska Bills Would Make Care More ‘Cost-Burdensome’ for Abortion Providers appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Paid Family Leave Proposal Wouldn’t Add to Federal Budget

The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world that doesn’t guarantee paid time off to care for a new child, a sick relative, or oneself during a serious illness. Image: Shutterstock The post Paid Family Leave Proposal Wouldn’t Add to Federal Budget appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Changing the Way People Think About Self-Induced Abortions

As reproductive health-care access diminishes in Texas, more women are coming together to share information about the drug misoprostol and the protocols for its use to induce abortions. Image: Aquistbe/ Flickr The post Changing the Way People Think About Self-Induced Abortions appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Brownback: Anti-Choice Laws Will Serve as Economic Boon

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback made his constituents the subject of a “real live experiment” on the effects of implementing a right-wing economic policy agenda. Image: MSNBC/Youtube The post Brownback: Anti-Choice Laws Will Serve as Economic Boon appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Rep. Justin Harris Wants to Make It Harder for Teenage Rape Survivors to Get Abortions

Arkansas state Rep. Justin Harris, who handed his adopted daughters over to a man who raped one of them, still thinks he's entitled to pass legislation that could force teen girls to bear their rapist's child. Image: Arkansas House/Youtube The post Rep. Justin Harris Wants to Make It Harder for Teenage Rape Survivors to Get Abortions appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Wisconsin City Asks Gov. Walker to Remove Abortion Funding Bans

The City of Madison Common Council on Tuesday passed a resolution asking federal and state governments to increase funding for full-spectrum reproductive health care services, including abortion, for low-income people. Image: Shutterstock The post Wisconsin City Asks Gov. Walker to Remove Abortion Funding Bans appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Pregnant and Parenting Students Can—and Should—Enforce Their Title IX Rights

Many young parents may not know this, but many of the experiences and educational hardships they are facing are actually illegal. One major way teens can help empower themselves is by asserting their federal rights. Image: Shutterstock The post Pregnant and Parenting Students Can—and Should—Enforce Their Title IX Rights appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Montana House Passes Telemedicine Abortion Ban

The president of Planned Parenthood of Montana has said the bill would restrict abortion access in a state that has a large rural population. Image: Shutterstock The post Montana House Passes Telemedicine Abortion Ban appeared first on RH Reality Check.

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