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Stop Playing Word Games: Debate Moderators Must Ask Honest Questions About Abortion

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Jessica Williams Is Fed Up With Gender Shaming in the Presidential Race

On The Daily Show, senior correspondent and comedian Jessica Williams explains how supporters of both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are dragging sexism into the presidential race. She argues that women deserve the freedom to vote for whoever they want, “regardless of what our husbands, or wives, or friends say about it.”

Alicia Keys Has a Valentine’s Day Message for Paul Ryan on Criminal Justice Reform

As part of her We Are Here campaign, musician Alicia Keys asks viewers to join her in sending U.S. House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) Valentine’s Day cards asking him to help stop excessive incarceration and bring criminal justice reform to a vote before Congress.

 

‘You Do Not Get to Police Bodies That Have Committed No Crime’: Poetry for Reproductive Rights

In “Our Line, This Time: A Poem for Reproductive Rights,” poets and activists Belissa Escobedo and Rhiannon McGavin bring attention to the history of abortion in the United States, and draw the line on allowing politicians to make anti-choice laws that eliminate abortion rights.

 

News
Wednesday’s civil rights lawsuit, filed in the District Court of Eastern Missouri, comes a year and a half after Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed an 18-year-old unarmed Black teenager, Michael Brown.

Wednesday’s civil rights lawsuit, filed in the District Court of Eastern Missouri, comes a year and a half after Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed an 18-year-old unarmed Black teenager, Michael Brown.

Supporters of the anti-choice legislation twice invoked a Doritos Super Bowl ad that depicted an animated fetus.

Supporters of the anti-choice legislation twice invoked a Doritos Super Bowl ad that depicted an animated fetus.

Personhood USA, which has backed three failed "personhood" ballot initiatives in Colorado, is organizing a municipal initiative for Colorado Springs.

Personhood USA, which has backed three failed “personhood” ballot initiatives in Colorado, is organizing a municipal initiative for Colorado Springs.

Todd Flood, a special counsel leading the probe into Flint’s water contamination emergency, told the press that his team is taking the case “very seriously.”

Todd Flood, a special counsel leading the probe into Flint’s water contamination emergency, told the press that his team is taking the case “very seriously.”

Advocates say the law effectively criminalizes an entire population: pregnant people.

Advocates say the law effectively criminalizes an entire population: pregnant people.

The lawsuit is the fourth challenge to the new law that regulates pregnancy-related centers, requiring facilities to post a public notice about access to abortion and birth control.

The lawsuit is the fourth challenge to the new law that regulates pregnancy-related centers, requiring facilities to post a public notice about access to abortion and birth control.

Reproductive rights advocates with the #FightBackTX Truth Tour have traveled around Texas this month to raise awareness about the negative effects anti-choice laws have had on abortion access.

Reproductive rights advocates with the #FightBackTX Truth Tour have traveled around Texas this month to raise awareness about the negative effects anti-choice laws have had on abortion access.

The Trust Black Women Partnership, a collective of Black women-led organizations and advocates, released a solidarity statement with Black Lives Matter on Tuesday, reaffirming the shared roots of struggles for Black self-determination and bodily autonomy.

The Trust Black Women Partnership, a collective of Black women-led organizations and advocates, released a solidarity statement with Black Lives Matter on Tuesday, reaffirming the shared roots of struggles for Black self-determination and bodily autonomy.

Katherine N. Dellis, 24, was charged Friday with unlawful concealment of human remains, a Class 6 felony.

Katherine N. Dellis, 24, was charged Friday with unlawful concealment of human remains, a Class 6 felony.

Cruz has also been a vocal proponent of defunding Planned Parenthood, which provides millions of people with access to contraception.

Cruz has been a vocal proponent of defunding Planned Parenthood, which provides millions of people with access to contraception.

Attorneys challenging the measure argue it unduly burdens abortion rights and serves no legitimate health interest.

Attorneys challenging the measure argue it unduly burdens abortion rights and serves no legitimate health interest.

Planned Parenthood will reopen its Colorado Springs clinic on February 15, about two and a half months after a shooter killed three people at the facility.

Planned Parenthood will reopen its Colorado Springs clinic on February 15, about two and a half months after a shooter killed three people at the facility.

The bill is meant to protect animals from abuse. It also makes sodomy a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

The bill is meant to protect animals from abuse. It also makes sodomy a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

The bill drew heavily on copycat legislation, "The Born Alive Infant Protection Act," authored by Americans United for Life, an anti-choice legislation mill.

The bill drew heavily on copycat legislation, “The Born Alive Infant Protection Act,” authored by Americans United for Life, an anti-choice legislation mill.

Republicans facing off in Saturday night’s presidential debate sparred over whose anti-choice stances were the most draconian.

Republicans facing off in Saturday night’s presidential debate sparred over whose anti-choice stances were the most draconian.

Roundups
A federal judge ruled Friday that nope, David Daleiden was not engaging in "journalism" when he concocted the video smear campaign against Planned Parenthood; plus more legal news.

A federal judge ruled Friday that nope, David Daleiden was not engaging in “journalism” when he concocted the video smear campaign against Planned Parenthood; plus more legal news.

Monday’s Iowa caucus marked the first votes of the primary season, signaling that the race for the White House is truly underway.

Monday’s Iowa caucus marked the first votes of the primary season, signaling that the race for the White House is truly underway.

Welcome to Gavel Drop, our roundup of legal news, headlines, and head-shaking moments in the courts.

Gavel Drop is a roundup of the good, bad, and absurd in the courts.

Commentary
The International Planned Parenthood Federation has published a comprehensive guide providing advice on how to talk about abortion. From the guide, here are five golden rules of talking about abortion.

The International Planned Parenthood Federation has published a comprehensive guide providing advice on how to talk about abortion. From the guide, here are five golden rules of talking about abortion.

There are two public health issues that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was evidently trying to address: the dangers of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and the high number of unplanned pregnancies in this country. By not keeping them separate, the agency effectively reduced all women to nothing more than fetus-vessels-in-waiting.

There are two public health issues that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was evidently trying to address: the dangers of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and the high number of unplanned pregnancies in this country. By not keeping them separate, the agency effectively reduced all women to nothing more than fetus-vessels-in-waiting.

“Protecting the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls in crisis settings is essential and a matter of human rights, but it is also complicated and unsustainable without a change in the way humanitarian assistance is provided and funded,” states a recently published report from the UN Population Fund.

“Protecting the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls in crisis settings is essential and a matter of human rights, but it is also complicated and unsustainable without a change in the way humanitarian assistance is provided and funded,” states a recently published report from the UN Population Fund.

The Zika virus, in addition to being a widespread medical crisis, has effectively drawn attention to elected leaders’ neglect of women’s reproductive rights in many of the affected countries.

The Zika virus, in addition to being a widespread medical crisis, has effectively drawn attention to elected leaders’ neglect of women’s reproductive rights in many of the affected countries.

These anti-government groups, quite a few of whom have deep ideological ties with white supremacist organizations and individuals, should alarm the left. Their philosophies often have foundations of racism, colonialism, and restriction of reproductive rights—and their numbers are growing.

These anti-government groups, quite a few of whom have deep ideological ties with white supremacist organizations and individuals, should alarm the left. Their philosophies often have foundations of racism, colonialism, and restriction of reproductive rights—and their numbers are growing.

As I was reading The Diversity Advantage: Fixing Gender Inequality In the Workplace, I saw my nontraditional life and needs represented by the policies the author advocates for and realized these are fights I need to be more involved in, for reasons beyond rounding out my reproductive justice advocacy.

As I was reading The Diversity Advantage: Fixing Gender Inequality In the Workplace, I saw my nontraditional life and needs represented by the policies the author advocates for and realized these are fights I need to be more involved in, for reasons beyond rounding out my reproductive justice advocacy.

ABLC Blog
Because the last thing you need is the world watching you and your ex knocking boots to "Pony" by Ginuwine, RH Reality Check’s Imani Gandy expounds on temporary restraining orders and injunctions in the first post of a new series focused on explaining key legal terminology and principles.

Because the last thing you need is the world watching you and your ex knocking boots to “Pony” by Ginuwine, RH Reality Check’s Imani Gandy expounds on temporary restraining orders and injunctions in the first post of a new series focused on explaining key legal terminology and principles.

The celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday often brings with it attempts to twist and pervert his legacy to score political points.

The celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday often brings with it attempts to twist and pervert his legacy to score political points.

LePage explained to his constituents that he’s as concerned about heroin abuse in the state as the next person, but he doesn’t want to blame residents of Maine.

LePage explained to his constituents that he’s as concerned about heroin abuse in the state as the next person, but he doesn’t want to blame residents of Maine.

Analysis
United States District Court Judge William Orrick confirmed what reproductive rights advocates have been claiming since July: David Daleiden is no journalist, and his organization, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), is built on fraud.

United States District Court Judge William Orrick confirmed what reproductive rights advocates have been claiming since July: David Daleiden is no journalist, and his organization, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), is built on fraud.

During the Republican debate over the weekend in Manchester, New Hampshire, a commentator posed a question that suggested young people are​​ conservative when it comes to reproductive rights, as they ​"have not moved to the left" on abortion​—but that is not ​necessarily​ what data about millennial opinions on the issue implies.

During the Republican debate over the weekend in Manchester, New Hampshire, a commentator posed a question that suggested young people are​​ conservative when it comes to reproductive rights, as they ​”have not moved to the left” on abortion​—but that is not ​necessarily​ what data about millennial opinions on the issue implies.

Federal guidelines mandating that food assistance recipients find a job or lose their benefits kicked in last month for residents of 21 states, leaving as many as one million at risk of food insecurity—a result that owes no small debt to the welfare reform efforts of former President Bill Clinton's administration and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) in the '90s.

Federal guidelines mandating that food assistance recipients find a job or lose their benefits kicked in last month for residents of 21 states, leaving as many as one million at risk of food insecurity—a result that owes no small debt to the welfare reform efforts of former President Bill Clinton’s administration and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) in the ’90s.

Q & A
The executive directors of the National Network of Abortion Funds and the Abortion Care Network discuss the challenges and opportunities they have faced so far as leaders of abortion access organizations in the context of one of the most hostile cultural and political climates since the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.

The executive directors of the National Network of Abortion Funds and the Abortion Care Network discuss the challenges and opportunities they have faced so far as leaders of abortion access organizations in the context of one of the most hostile cultural and political climates since the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.

I recently chatted with the Ms. Foundation's Teresa Younger, pictured here with Gloria Steinem, about its new "MyFeminismIs" campaign, the importance of lifting up all-inclusive feminism, and the role of foundations in bolstering movement building.

I recently chatted with the Ms. Foundation’s Teresa Younger about its new “MyFeminismIs” campaign, the importance of lifting up all-inclusive feminism, and the role of foundations in bolstering movement building.

Amy Hagstrom Miller and Amanda Williams at ChoiceWorks speak about their vision for their new nonprofit Shift, why they’ve chosen to launch in Texas, and what the end of abortion stigma might look like in red states.

Amy Hagstrom Miller and Amanda Williams at ChoiceWorks speak about their vision for their new nonprofit Shift, why they’ve chosen to launch in Texas, and what the end of abortion stigma might look like in red states.

Investigations
Unlike criminal trials, which require the prosecution to prove the defendant’s guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt,” civil trials have a much lower bar, requiring only that a plaintiff persuade a judge or jury that it is more likely than not that the events occurred.

Unlike criminal trials, which require the prosecution to prove the defendant’s guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt,” civil trials have a much lower bar, requiring only that a plaintiff persuade a judge or jury that it is more likely than not that the events occurred.

Most people would consider it unusual to pick a corrections facility if they were in the market for a breast exam. But that’s exactly what is suggested by a new website launched last month by 17 of the nation’s most prominent anti-choice groups.

Most people would consider it unusual to pick a corrections facility if they were in the market for a breast exam. But that’s exactly what is suggested by a new website launched last month by 17 of the nation’s most prominent anti-choice groups.

As women, the LGBTQ community, and Latinos gain political and consumer power, Coors and its competitors have scrambled to target these groups. But the family behind the company continues to pump millions of dollars into powerful anti-choice, anti-immigrant organizations.

As women, the LGBTQ community, and Latinos gain political and consumer power, Coors and its competitors have scrambled to target these groups. But the family behind the company continues to pump millions of dollars into powerful anti-choice, anti-immigrant organizations.