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What’s Next for the Rest of the Salvadoran Women Imprisoned on Abortion-Related Charges?

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Mississippi Teacher Finds Creative Way to Demonstrate Proper Condom Use

Mississippi’s sex education law prevents teachers from showing students how to properly put on a condom, so Sanford Johnson decided to teach teens how to properly put a sock on a foot when engaging in “sock activities” instead.

Comedian Sabrina Jalees at TEDxToronto: Be Proud of What Makes You Different

In her TED Talk, which was filmed in Toronto last fall, Sabrina Jalees shares how embracing her individuality and being proud of what made her different helped her become happier and more successful than she was prior to coming out to her audiences and Muslim family.

The Gender-Neutral Bathroom Debate

MTV Braless host Laci Green discusses the pros and cons of gender-neutral bathrooms, and the problems most trans people face when trying to use public bathrooms.

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March for Life Antics, and Anti-Choice Opposition to Better Family Leave Policies

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On this episode of Reality Cast, Jeff Teague of Planned Parenthood explains the fallout from Tennessee’s new abortion law. In another segment, host Amanda Marcotte discusses how Roe‘s anniversary brings out goofy anti-choicers again, and Obama exposes conservative hypocrisy on the family values question.

HB 2 Is Back in Court, and Conservatives Are Criticizing Female Pop Stars Again

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On this episode of Reality Cast, host Amanda Marcotte talks with Vicki Saporta from the National Abortion Federation about the new slew of bills intended to restrict abortion. In another segment, she discusses how Texas’ abortion law is back in court again, and feminist-friendly pop stars anger conservatives.

The Christian Right’s New Anti-Gay Strategy, and Contraception Myths

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On this episode of Reality Cast, a researcher from Media Matters discusses conservative myths about contraception. In another segment, host Amanda Marcotte looks at the Christian right’s strange new tactic to replace pray-away-the-gay, and rape denialism continues to get its hooks into conservative pundits.

News
Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore's public statements and actions have prompted an ethics complaint against him.

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore’s public statements and actions have prompted an ethics complaint against him.

An Oregon lawmaker this month introduced a bill that would ban abortion at 20 weeks post-fertilization, adding the Democratic-controlled legislature to the list of states across the country introducing similar bans this year.

An Oregon lawmaker this month introduced a bill that would ban abortion at 20 weeks post-fertilization, adding the Democratic-controlled legislature to the list of states across the country introducing similar bans this year.

Ohio Right to Life, the anti-choice group that drafted the legislation, wrote in a press statement that the bill is meant to chip away at Roe v. Wade.

Ohio Right to Life, the anti-choice group that drafted the legislation, wrote in a press statement that the bill is meant to chip away at Roe v. Wade.

When a student at Palm Desert High School was found to have been exposed to measles, school officials announced that 66 classmates who had not been fully vaccinated would be banned from school until the threat had passed.

When a student at Palm Desert High School was found to have been exposed to measles, school officials announced that 66 classmates who had not been fully vaccinated would be banned from school until the threat had passed.

From bizarre hypotheticals about polygamy and speeding limits to a debate about what "civil rights" actually means, Republicans were eager to talk to Lynch about anything but her qualifications.

From bizarre hypotheticals about polygamy and speeding limits to a debate about what “civil rights” actually means, Republicans were eager to talk to Lynch about anything but her qualifications.

State Rep. Randy Boyd (R-Mantachie) has introduced HB 1309, which would redefine "person" in Mississippi state law to include "every human being from the moment of fertilization."

State Rep. Randy Boyd (R-Mantachie) has introduced HB 1309, which would redefine “person” in Mississippi state law to include “every human being from the moment of fertilization.”

Abortion clinics nationwide face significant threats of harassment, intimidation and violence, according to a new report showing that threats of violence against abortion providers have doubled since 2010.

Abortion clinics nationwide face significant threats of harassment, intimidation, and violence, according to a new report showing that threats of violence against abortion providers have doubled since 2010.

Two Connecticut state legislators this month introduced identical bills that would require physicians to notify parents or legal guardians 48 hours in advance of giving a minor child an abortion.

Two Connecticut state legislators this month introduced identical bills that would require physicians to notify parents or legal guardians 48 hours in advance of giving a minor child an abortion.

A new report from the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights calls on state lawmakers to increase access to contraceptives, cancer screenings, and abortion care and strengthen the social safety net, among other things.

A new report from the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights calls on state lawmakers to increase access to contraceptives, cancer screenings, and abortion care and strengthen the social safety net, among other things.

The Virginia Senate this week moved forward with a bill that would require nearly all full-time staff at public universities to report sexual assault to the police within 24 hours of notification.

The Virginia Senate this week moved forward with a bill that would require nearly all full-time staff at public universities to report sexual assault to the police within 24 hours of notification.

The study debunks the logic of anti-choice efforts to force doctors to use the FDA's outdated standards.

The study debunks the logic of anti-choice efforts to force doctors to use the FDA’s outdated standards.

Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that the state will expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, making him the latest Republican governor to support the expansion of benefits under President Obama's signature health-care reform law.

Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that the state will expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, making him the latest Republican governor to support the expansion of benefits under President Obama’s signature health-care reform law.

San Francisco Supervisors David Weiner and Scott Campos last week held a hearing to discuss the efforts of a coalition formed to end HIV in a city that was once seen as a center of the epidemic in this country.

San Francisco Supervisors David Weiner and Scott Campos last week held a hearing to discuss the efforts of a coalition formed to end HIV in a city that was once seen as a center of the epidemic in this country.

Hundreds of thousands of Californians who applied for Medicaid have had their applications illegally delayed, and many have experienced “substantial and irreparable harm” as a result of living without health insurance, an Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled last week.

Hundreds of thousands of Californians who applied for Medicaid have had their applications illegally delayed, and many have experienced “substantial and irreparable harm” as a result of living without health insurance, an Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled last week.

Anti-choice lawmakers in Iowa, after a relatively quiet year in 2014, appear to be preparing for an active 2015 legislative session.

Anti-choice lawmakers in Iowa, after a relatively quiet year in 2014, appear to be preparing for an active 2015 legislative session.

Citing inaccurate science, a leading Colorado lawmaker is signaling he'll oppose providing funds for a state program that, during a five-year privately-supported test phase, reduced teen pregnancies by 40 percent.

Citing inaccurate science, a leading Colorado lawmaker is signaling he’ll oppose providing funds for a state program that, during a five-year privately-supported test phase, reduced teen pregnancies by 40 percent.

Republicans in Congress last week introduced three new anti-abortion bills in the House and one in the Senate, one of which would force a woman to have a medically unnecessary ultrasound before receiving abortion care.

Republicans in Congress last week introduced three new anti-abortion bills in the House and one in the Senate, one of which would force a woman to have a medically unnecessary ultrasound before receiving abortion care.

Pennsylvania lawmakers on Tuesday introduced two bills that would make it harder for state residents to access abortions as well as a number of other reproductive health-care services.

Pennsylvania lawmakers on Tuesday introduced two bills that would make it harder for state residents to access abortions as well as a number of other reproductive health-care services.

Roundups
This week marked the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Here's a roundup of some of the best pieces online on the state of abortions access in this country.

This week marked the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Here’s a roundup of some of the best pieces online on the state of abortions access in this country.

This week, the FDA warns of real Viagra in supposedly all natural supplements, a survey finds less than half of adults in Japan had sex in the last month, and we theorize about what method of contraception was available to the ladies of Downton Abbey.

This week, the FDA warns of real Viagra in supposedly all natural supplements, a survey finds less than half of adults polled in Japan had sex in the last month, and we theorize about what method of contraception was available to the ladies of Downton Abbey.

January started off with conservatives across the country focusing legislative efforts on—what else—curbing abortion rights.

January started off with conservatives across the country focusing legislative efforts on—what else—curbing abortion rights.

Commentary
One of the most popular and prevalent examples of purity culture's racism is the critique of the pop singer Beyoncé’s life and work by conservative white politicians and pundits, who have gone so far as to wonder aloud if Jay Z had not crossed the line from husband to exploiting “pimp,” thus reducing Beyoncé’s talent and ambition to a sexuality that is not under her control.

One of the most popular and prevalent examples of purity culture’s racism is the critique of the pop singer Beyoncé’s life and work by conservative white politicians and pundits, who have gone so far as to wonder aloud if Jay Z had not crossed the line from husband to exploiting “pimp,” thus reducing Beyoncé’s talent and ambition to a sexuality that is not under her control.

In their first weeks of leadership, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee show not much has changed in the GOP's approach to civil rights.

In their first weeks of leadership, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee show not much has changed in the GOP’s approach to civil rights.

A bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act is likely to be introduced in Congress next week. Given some chemicals' effects on causing early puberty in girls, reproductive health advocates should demand strong regulation that removes harmful chemical substances from the market.

A bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act is likely to be introduced in Congress next week. Given some chemicals’ effects on causing early puberty in girls, reproductive health advocates should demand strong regulation that removes harmful chemical substances from the market.

Perhaps the same thing can take place with abortion rights as has happened with the Vagina Monologues: that, at the least, Out of Silence can act as a jumping-off point for activism that may push even further than abortion storytelling itself in the future.

Perhaps the same thing can take place with abortion rights as has happened with the Vagina Monologues: that, at the least, Out of Silence can act as a jumping-off point for activism that may push even further than abortion storytelling itself in the future.

The book opens with 20 first-person narratives by young people who explore the bombardment of conflicting messages about sexuality that continually besiege them. Later in the text, the play mentioned in the anthology's title—also called "SLUT"—provides a case study about the ways slut-shaming impacts those on the receiving end of it.

The book opens with 20 first-person narratives by young people who explore the bombardment of conflicting messages about sexuality that continually besiege them. Later in the text, the play mentioned in the anthology’s title—also called “SLUT”—provides a case study about the ways slut-shaming impacts those on the receiving end of it.

To read news coverage of the anti-insurance bill that Republicans passed instead of a 20-week ban on abortion, you'd think the new bill is no big deal. In reality, though, it's just as bad in most ways.

To read news coverage of the anti-insurance bill that Republicans passed instead of a 20-week ban on abortion, you’d think the new bill is no big deal. In reality, though, it’s just as bad in most ways.

Newly sworn in Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick kicked things off by spending a couple of hours dismantling a decades-old bipartisan legislative tradition beloved by Republicans and Democrats alike.

Newly sworn in Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick kicked things off by spending a couple of hours dismantling a decades-old bipartisan legislative tradition beloved by Republicans and Democrats alike.

I have had two abortions, both when I was married. My decision to terminate for medical reasons was one of the hardest things I have done in my life. It is my personal story, my anguish, my grief. I am tired of politicians using it to try to outlaw others' abortions.

I have had two abortions, both when I was married. My decision to terminate for medical reasons was one of the hardest things I have done in my life. It is my personal story, my anguish, my grief. I am tired of politicians using it to try to outlaw others’ abortions.

As a longtime advocate for quality child care, I was heartened to hear President Obama's forceful words on the matter during his State of the Union address. It occurred to me that it had been more than 40 years since a U.S. president had so visibly addressed the issue—and on that occasion, the message had been very different.

As a longtime advocate for quality child care, I was heartened to hear President Obama’s forceful words on the matter during his State of the Union address. It occurred to me that it had been more than 40 years since a U.S. president had so visibly addressed the issue—and on that occasion, the message had been very different.

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I welcome his change of heart with a full-throttled “Hooray!”—at least for now.

I welcome his change of heart with a full-throttled “Hooray!”—at least for now.

On last night’s episode of The Daily Show, Jessica Williams asked civil rights attorney Julian McPhillips to help her understand the new cottage industry of fetal legal representation. The results were, predictably, hilarious.

On last night’s episode of The Daily Show, Jessica Williams asked civil rights attorney Julian McPhillips to help her understand the new cottage industry of fetal legal representation. The results were, predictably, hilarious.

Of course Obama's plan, which is inspired by the Republican Tennessee governor's initiative, is a good one—but the conservative outrage is still so thick you could choke on it.

Of course Obama’s plan, which is inspired by the Republican Tennessee governor’s initiative, is a good one—but the conservative outrage is still so thick you could choke on it.

Analysis
Military rape survivors are being victimized again—by the very agency tasked with helping them.

Military rape survivors are being victimized again—by the very agency tasked with helping them.

The Pope drew attention to natural family planning methods when he suggested there are ways for Catholic women to limit the number of children they have without violating the Church's teachings on contraception. But just how do these methods work? And how good are they?

The Pope drew attention to natural family planning methods when he suggested there are ways for Catholic women to limit the number of children they have without violating the Church’s teachings on contraception. But just how do these methods work? And how good are they?

The El Salvador national legislature had the opportunity on January 16 to pardon a woman named Guadalupe, who was convicted of aggravated homicide against her newborn when, in fact, she had suffered obstetrical complications. Her petition fell one vote short of approval, but the story isn't over.

The El Salvador national legislature had the opportunity on January 16 to pardon a woman named Guadalupe, who was convicted of aggravated homicide against her newborn when, in fact, she had suffered obstetrical complications. Her petition fell one vote short of approval, but the story isn’t over.

Investigations
“The IWF has never taken a stance on abortion,” executive director Sabrina Schaeffer wrote in an email to RH Reality Check. Certainly, that is IWF’s public position. But RHRC has found that the IWF’s behind-the-scenes relationship with anti-choice groups contradicts what its spokespeople say publicly.

“The IWF has never taken a stance on abortion,” executive director Sabrina Schaeffer wrote in an email to RH Reality Check. Certainly, that is IWF’s public position. But RHRC has found that the IWF’s behind-the-scenes relationship with anti-choice groups contradicts what its spokespeople say.

Anti-choice lawmakers across the country have in recent weeks filed barrages of laws that would restrict access to safe and legal abortion.

As state legislative sessions gear up for what could be one of the worst years on record for reproductive rights, anti-choice lawmakers across the country have in recent weeks filed barrages of laws that would restrict access to safe and legal abortion. Many of these laws are identical, or nearly so, to laws that have repeatedly failed in the same states where they are being reintroduced.

The emails show Texas’s key consultant putting words into the mouths of the state’s so-called expert witnesses, attempting to persuade them to selectively exclude data that did not match his anti-choice bias, and, in one case, walking extremely close to the line of outright ghostwriting what were supposed to be independent reports.

The emails show Texas’ key consultant putting words into the mouths of the state’s so-called expert witnesses, attempting to persuade them to selectively exclude data that did not match his anti-choice bias, and, in one case, walking extremely close to the line of outright ghostwriting what were supposed to be independent reports.

Q & A
These young activists are leading local sexual and reproductive health and rights movements around the world.

From a 21-year-old who first saw the need for sex ed when he was the only out gay man at his Catholic school in Louisiana, to the 27-year-old web editor of one of the most popular love and relationship sites in India, these young activists are leading local sexual and reproductive health and rights movements around the world.

Diane Rosenfeld, lecturer on law and director of the Gender Violence Program at Harvard Law School, first began focusing on Title IX and its applications when a group of Harvard students approached her about sexual violence on campus in 2001.

Pretending that sexual assault only happens on other campuses makes it harder to keep students safe, says Title IX expert Diane Rosenfeld.

The law provides an expansive host of benefits, including requirements that employers provide simple accommodations for pregnant workers. To get a better sense of this law and the strategy that made it win, RH Reality Check spoke with Debra Fitzpatrick of the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

The law provides an expansive host of benefits, including requirements that employers provide basic accommodations for pregnant workers. To get a better sense of this law and the strategy that made it win, RH Reality Check spoke with Debra Fitzpatrick of the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs.