Punished for Addiction: Women Prisoners Dying From Lack of Treatment235 Anti-Choice Bills Proposed in State Legislatures Since JanuaryDeprived of Care, Incarcerated Women Suffer Miscarriages, Stillbirths, Ectopic PregnanciesWomen, Incarcerated: Investigative Series Shows Systemic Abuses of Women in Prisons and Jails

Punished for Addiction: Women Prisoners Dying From Lack of Treatment

by Zoe Greenberg and Sharona Coutts

Video

#WeJustNeedToPee Selfie Campaign Fights Back Against Bathroom Bills

Minnesota activist Michael Hughes speaks with Thomas Roberts of the MSNBC show Out There about his bathroom selfie campaign, which uses the hashtag #WeJustNeedToPee, aimed at fighting back against bills in the United States and Canada that force people to use public bathrooms based on the sex they were assigned at birth.

#VogueEmpower: My Body, My Mind, My Choice

Created as part of Vogue India‘s “Empower” campaign, a social awareness initiative, My Choice stars 99 different women and shares what they see are their rights as women. The short video, a collaboration between director Homi Adajania and Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone, is based on a piece written by Kersi Khambatta.

Ohio State Representative Shares Rape and Abortion Story

With the Ohio legislature considering a bill that would ban abortion at the stage when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, state Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) opened up on the floor of the state house earlier this week about her sexual assault and subsequent abortion, and calls the bill “fundamentally inhuman” and  “unconstitutional.” [Via ThinkProgress]

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‘Your Call’ Podcast: ‘Vessel’ and the Ways Women Counter Anti-Choice Laws

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RH Reality Check Editor in Chief Jodi Jacobson joins Your Call‘s Rose Aguilar and Diana Whitten, director of the feature-length documentary Vessel, to discuss the different ways women’s health activists are combating anti-abortion laws.

Glitter Bombs, and Phil Robertson’s Vile Speech

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On this episode of Reality Cast, host Amanda Marcotte discusses a recent glitter bombing, and a speech from Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson in which he hypothesized about a violent rape and murder of an Atheist family. Also, Shivana Jorawar of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum talks about sex-selection abortion bans.

Controversy Over IUD Funding in Colorado, Trafficking Legislation, and ‘Campus Carry’ Bills

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On this episode of Reality Cast, Tara Culp-Ressler talks about the ongoing fight for IUD funding in Colorado. In another segment, host Amanda Marcotte discusses the gridlock over a sex trafficking bill, and gun fondlers try to hijack the campus rape debate.

News
A Louisiana Republican pre-filed a bill Tuesday that would call for a constitutional amendment to define life as beginning at conception. The bill is the latest of the so-called personhood measures that have failed time and again in legislatures and ballot initiatives.

A Louisiana Republican pre-filed a bill Tuesday that would call for a constitutional amendment to define life as beginning at conception. The bill is the latest of the so-called personhood measures that have failed time and again in legislatures and ballot initiatives.

Anti-choice activists staged a protest Sunday that included large graphic images outside of Jackson, Mississippi, churches during Palm Sunday services.

Anti-choice activists staged a protest Sunday that included large graphic images outside of Jackson, Mississippi, churches during Palm Sunday services.

State Rep. Stuart Spitzer said his "goal is for everybody to be abstinent until they’re married." Democrats questioned Spitzer's knowledge about sexual health after he stated that sexual intercourse was the only way to contract STIs.

State Rep. Stuart Spitzer said his “goal is for everybody to be abstinent until they’re married.” Democrats questioned Spitzer’s knowledge about sexual health after he stated that sexual intercourse was the only way to contract STIs.

New York state lawmakers are moving forward with legislation to codify a person’s right to abortion, moving state law in line with the federal standard outlined in Roe v. Wade.

New York state lawmakers are moving forward with legislation to codify a person’s right to abortion, moving state law in line with the federal standard outlined in Roe v. Wade.

The alternative budget proposal from the Congressional Progressive Caucus has majority support from the House Democratic caucus for the first time in five years.

The alternative budget proposal from the Congressional Progressive Caucus has majority support from the House Democratic caucus for the first time in five years.

Monday marked an important step in a landmark labor case that could bring greater corporate accountability and worker protections, as a federal agency moved to consider whether McDonald's should be held responsible for what employees call poor working conditions.

Monday marked an important step in a landmark labor case that could bring greater corporate accountability and worker protections, as a federal agency moved to consider whether McDonald’s should be held responsible for what employees call poor working conditions.

Patel received a six-year sentence on the feticide charge, but that will be served concurrently with the 20-year sentence. She will spend five years on probation when she is released from prison.

Patel received a six-year sentence on the feticide charge, but that will be served concurrently with the 20-year sentence. She will spend five years on probation when she is released from prison.

Arizona state Sen. Sylvia Allen (R) got a little off-topic during a committee debate on gun legislation Tuesday,  telling appropriations committee members that she believes Sunday church attendance should be required by law for every American.

Arizona state Sen. Sylvia Allen (R) got a little off-topic during a committee debate on gun legislation Tuesday, telling appropriations committee members that she believes Sunday church attendance should be required by law for every American.

A wide-reaching and regressive overhaul of North Carolina's tax code, which went into effect last year, is being felt this tax season. Its political fallout may extend into 2016.

A wide-reaching and regressive overhaul of North Carolina’s tax code, which went into effect last year, is being felt this tax season. Its political fallout may extend into 2016.

Kansas lawmakers this week become the first in the country to pass a ban a medical procedure used for second trimester abortions and the management of miscarriage. The radical legislation is part of a coordinated effort by anti-choice activists in states across the country.

Kansas lawmakers this week became the first in the country to pass a ban a medical procedure used for second trimester abortions and the management of miscarriage. The radical legislation is part of a coordinated effort by anti-choice activists in states across the country.

An amendment to the Senate's budget, passed 61-39, would let workers earn up to seven job-protected paid sick days per year.

An amendment to the Senate’s budget, passed 61-39, would let workers earn up to seven job-protected paid sick days per year.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence this week declared a public health emergency for Scott County, a rural part of the state that has seen an alarming number of new HIV cases in the past few months, all of which have been among injection drug users.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence this week declared a public health emergency for Scott County, a rural part of the state that has seen an alarming number of new HIV cases in the past few months, all of which have been among injection drug users.

North Carolina legislators are moving forward with a proposal to allow charges be brought against pregnant people who engage in behavior deemed risky for the fetus.

North Carolina legislators are moving forward with a proposal to allow charges be brought against pregnant people who engage in behavior deemed risky for the fetus.

Reproductive health and justice advocates are objecting that the popular bill still includes Hyde Amendment language to prohibit community health centers from performing abortions except in very limited circumstances.

Reproductive health and justice advocates are objecting that the popular bill still includes Hyde Amendment language to prohibit community health centers from performing abortions except in very limited circumstances.

The Ohio house on Thursday passed a bill to ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, before many people know they are pregnant. A similar six-week ban approved in North Dakota several years ago was found to be unconstitutional.

The Ohio house on Thursday passed a bill to ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, before many people know they are pregnant. A similar six-week ban approved in North Dakota several years ago was found to be unconstitutional.

A Tennessee house committee passed two bills that would restrict access to abortion care in the state. Among the bills considered priories by anti-choice policymakers are those designed to reinstate laws struck down by the state supreme court ruling in 2000.

A Tennessee house committee passed two bills that would restrict access to abortion care in the state. Among the bills considered priories by anti-choice policymakers are those designed to reinstate laws struck down by the state supreme court ruling in 2000.

Two new reports show that hundreds of thousands of Texans lost access to family planning care in the wake of anti-choice lawmakers' crusade against Planned Parenthood in 2011.

Two new reports show that hundreds of thousands of Texans lost access to family planning care in the wake of anti-choice lawmakers’ crusade against Planned Parenthood in 2011.

The legislation included an amendment requiring abortion providers inform patients that a medication abortion can be reversed, despite no substantiated medical evidence to support the claim.

The legislation included an amendment requiring abortion providers inform patients that a medication abortion can be reversed, despite no substantiated medical evidence to support the claim.

Roundups
This week, research suggests the keys to more and/or better sex may be different for some men and women.

This week, research suggests the keys to more and/or better sex may be different for some men and women.

According to estimates released last month from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, sex toy injuries have more than doubled in recent years.

This week, we examine a rise in sex toy injuries, the careful marketing sex toy retailers in India must employ to dodge the country’s restrictive laws, and the “wankband,” which harnesses the power of masturbation to create energy.

The legislative session kicked off in the states with a bunch of new anti-abortion bills and the first-ever conviction in Indiana of a pregnant woman for feticide for a self-induced abortion.

The legislative session kicked off in the states with a bunch of new anti-abortion bills, along with the conviction of an Indiana woman for feticide and neglect of a dependent.

Commentary
There’s certainly a lot to be unhappy with Indiana’s government right now. But the way progressives are reacting displays how comfortable people in blue states are with making counterproductive, harmful assumptions about more conservative regions.

There’s certainly a lot to be unhappy with Indiana’s government right now. But the way progressives are reacting displays how comfortable people in blue states are with making counterproductive, harmful assumptions about more conservative regions.

Purvi Patel's 41-year sentence for contradictory charges is a glaring reminder of the fact that abortion’s legal status in the United States does not mean prosecutions for pregnancy loss can’t happen here.

Purvi Patel’s 41-year sentence for contradictory charges is a glaring reminder of the fact that abortion’s legal status in the United States does not mean prosecutions for pregnancy loss can’t happen here.

Texas lawmakers turned their attention to public education this week—or perhaps, more specifically, to tearing the very concept apart.

Texas lawmakers turned their attention to public education this week—or perhaps, more specifically, to tearing the very concept apart.

Good dudes of the world, please hear me out: Not actively being a sexist jerk as an individual is not enough.

Good dudes of the world, please hear me out: Not actively being a sexist jerk as an individual is not enough.

Empire executive producer Lee Daniels has some incorrect notions about how homophobia might affect HIV rates, but his show should receive some credit for its exploration of gay identity in the Black community.

The false notion that Black communities are somehow more homophobic than other communities must no longer guide how public health researchers, policy advocates, and practitioners grapple with the impact of HIV in Black communities.

A new Arkansas bill mentions abstinence explicitly while avoiding any direct mention of contraception—suggesting that state lawmakers are kidding themselves about the behavior of college students.

A new Arkansas bill mentions abstinence explicitly while avoiding any direct mention of contraception—suggesting that state lawmakers are kidding themselves about the behavior of college students.

Too often, Muslim women find ourselves left out of conversations about our own bodies and lives.

Thousands of Muslim women who live in the United States wear the hijab and face discrimination because of it—yet non-Muslim women are praised and heralded for donning it for a single day or month.

Even under the rosiest scenario, the trade deal would lead to modest economic gains. Meanwhile, historic precedent portends disastrous economic consequences.

Even under the rosiest scenario, the trade deal would lead to modest economic gains. Meanwhile, historic precedent portends disastrous economic consequences.

Legislators in Arizona are proposing a bill that would require doctors to tell abortion patients that the procedure can be "reversed"—the latest in a series of anti-choice efforts to put official government support behind the harassment of women.

Legislators in Arizona are proposing a bill that would require doctors to tell abortion patients that the procedure can be “reversed”—the latest in a series of anti-choice efforts to put official government support behind the harassment of women.

ABLC Blog
Of course voting for Ted Cruz is not abortion-inducing. Neither is eating chocolate chip cookies or binge-watching television shows. But one thing is true: Cruz's policies would spell disaster for women.

Of course voting for Ted Cruz is not abortion-inducing. Neither is eating chocolate chip cookies or binge-watching television shows. But one thing is true: Cruz’s policies would spell disaster for women.

What sounds diabolical to the untrained eye—Cleveland is blaming Rice for his own death!—is actually standard language in a case like this, and we shouldn't let it obscure the bigger injustices at play here.

What sounds diabolical to the untrained eye is actually standard language in a case like this, and we shouldn’t let it obscure the bigger injustices at play here.

To put it plainly, white people, including white women, have advantages simply by virtue of their skin color—advantages that I will never have. These advantages are often invisible. These advantages are also unearned. And that’s why talking to someone who has never considered their privilege about the fact that they have privilege can be so jarring for them.

To put it plainly, white people, including white women, have advantages simply by virtue of their skin color—advantages that I will never have. These advantages are often invisible. These advantages are also unearned. And that’s why talking to someone who has never considered their privilege about the fact that they have privilege can be so jarring for them.

Analysis
Exposure to pollution appears to be increasing the risk of acquired and congenital disabilities in low-income neighborhoods, a problem which is then compounded by poor access to health care—yet few are fighting to address it on a policy level.

Exposure to pollution appears to be increasing the risk of acquired and congenital disabilities in low-income neighborhoods, a problem which is then compounded by poor access to health care—yet few are fighting to address it on a policy level.

The findings of a new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute suggest advocates have an opportunity to engage millennials—estimated to be the nation’s largest living generation—in working toward unfettered access to reproductive health information and services.

A new survey suggests that advocates have an opportunity to engage millennials in working toward unfettered access to reproductive health information and services.

Some activists say proposed legislation doesn't address all the ways so-called conversion therapy is actually practiced.

Some activists say proposed legislation doesn’t address all the ways so-called conversion therapy is actually practiced.

The decision is an important victory for pregnant workers but doesn't completely answer what duties employers have to accommodate pregnant employees.

The decision is an important victory for pregnant workers but doesn’t completely answer what duties employers have to accommodate pregnant employees.

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.

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.

New York tipped workers will soon see a substantial wage increase, but the increase is not nearly enough to raise more workers out of poverty, to compensate their labor fairly, and to reduce the pressure to tolerate hostile work environments or else lose out on tips.

New York tipped workers will soon see a substantial wage increase, but the increase is not nearly enough to raise more workers out of poverty, to compensate their labor fairly, and to reduce the pressure to tolerate hostile work environments or else lose out on tips.

Investigations
During a five-month review of more than 200 lawsuits, and interviews with lawyers and public health experts, RH Reality Check found that drug treatment for incarcerated women is inconsistent and inadequate—and in some incidents, it is fatal.

During a five-month review of more than 200 lawsuits, and interviews with lawyers and public health experts, RH Reality Check found that drug treatment for incarcerated women is inconsistent and inadequate—and in some incidents, it is fatal.

RH Reality Check has identified at least a dozen instances of women experiencing miscarriages, stillbirths, and ectopic pregnancies in jails and prisons across the country, in circumstances that show a shocking lack of medical care from the professionals charged with providing it.

RH Reality Check has identified at least a dozen instances of women experiencing miscarriages, stillbirths, and ectopic pregnancies in jails and prisons across the country, in circumstances that show a shocking lack of medical care from the professionals charged with providing it.

In this first part of RH Reality Check's Women, Incarcerated series, we focus on one woman's prison time—which involved a high-risk pregnancy, forced induced labor, and shackling—to illustrate the problems that thousands of women face behind bars.

In this first part of RH Reality Check‘s Women, Incarcerated series, we focus on one woman’s prison time—which involved a high-risk pregnancy, forced induced labor, and shackling—to illustrate the problems that thousands of women face behind bars.

Q & A
Dr. Chastine fights back against anti-choice threats and intimidation by providing the best possible care to her patients, who often travel long distances as additional political and economic hurdles are put in their way.

Dr. Chastine fights back against anti-choice threats and intimidation by providing the best possible care to her patients, who often travel long distances as additional political and economic hurdles are put in their way.

Gunn, who spoke at a Planned Parenthood South Texas luncheon on Thursday, had equally insightful things to say about bridging the empathy gap, and the top puppy looks for spring.

Gunn, who spoke at a Planned Parenthood South Texas luncheon on Thursday, had equally insightful things to say about bridging the empathy gap, and the top puppy looks for spring.

Rose Rosenblatt,
co-director of Young Lakota, at a strategy session for the REEL Reproductive Justice cohort in 2013.

Chicken & Egg Pictures is the only nonprofit in the United States focused exclusively on funding and promoting women documentary filmmakers. The group’s REEL Reproductive Justice has supported films including After Tiller, No Más Bebés Por Vida, Infanity, Vessel, and Young Lakota.