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Black Colleges Should Advocate for Breastfeeding Families

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Black Lives Matter Activists: Clinton Encounter Moves National Discussion on Race to Newer, Deeper Level

Black Lives Matter activists Daunasia Yancey and Julius Jones speak with Melissa Harris-Perry about their meeting with Hillary Clinton last week during which they challenged the Democratic presidential candidate on her involvement with the 1994 Violent Crime and Law Enforcement Act, a bill that helped perpetuate mass incarceration within the Black and Latino communities.

‘Truth’ Series Shares Touching Stories From Trans Youth and Their Parents

The Transgender Law Center’s new video series, called TRUTH, documents the love and support trans and gender-nonconforming teens get from their families.

Funny or Die Exposes the Real Truth About Planned Parenthood

In this Funny or Die segment, a response to the deceptively edited Center for Medical Progress videos attacking Planned Parenthood, women describe the not-so-shocking truth about their experiences when seeking care from the reproductive health-care provider.

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Conservatives Try to Dehumanize Immigrant Women, Trans People

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On this episode of Reality Cast, Katherine Cross explains why attacks on trans people’s health-care access are so misguided. Also, anti-choicers use the term “anchor baby” to attack women for having babies, and the Ashley Madison leak has some interesting lessons about the internal politics of the Christian right.

Fighting Rape Culture, and the Rise of Anti-Choice Extremism

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On this episode of Reality Cast, author Kate Harding will explain why rape culture is a real thing, Republican candidates get even more extremist with anti-choice rhetoric, and conservatives try to argue that Planned Parenthood is somehow preying on women.

GOP Candidates’ Views on Women, and Sex Between Straight Men

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On this episode of Reality Cast, author Jane Ward explains the reasons why straight men have sex with each other. Also, Donald Trump causes a misogyny controversy, and Republican candidates express odd opinions about abortion.

News
A complaint filed in New York accuses a franchise's owners of failing to pay minimum wage and overtime to approximately 300 workers.

A complaint filed in New York accuses a franchise’s owners of failing to pay minimum wage and overtime to approximately 300 workers.

A lawsuit filed in federal court targets an ordinance that advocates claim leaves survivors of intimate partner violence forced to chose between calling the police for help or facing eviction.

A lawsuit filed in federal court targets an ordinance that advocates claim leaves survivors of intimate partner violence forced to chose between calling the police for help or facing eviction.

Colorado health officials have secured about half the funds that state Republicans voted down this year to run a program that slashed teen pregnancy rates by 40 percent.

Colorado health officials have secured about half the funds that state Republicans voted down this year to run a program that slashed teen pregnancy rates by 40 percent.

A ruling last week could open the doors for businesses like McDonald's to be held liable for the unlawful employment actions of its individual franchises.

A ruling last week could open the doors for businesses like McDonald’s to be held liable for the unlawful employment actions of its individual franchises.

The financial bind of no paid leave can become a physical nightmare for working women who have just given birth.

The financial bind of no paid leave can become a physical nightmare for working women who have just given birth.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott he will seek to "eliminate and criminalize any sale or transaction of fetal tissue by an abortion clinic for any purpose whatsoever" as part of a his response to widely discredited videos targeting Planned Parenthood.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he will seek to “eliminate and criminalize any sale or transaction of fetal tissue by an abortion clinic for any purpose whatsoever” as part of a his response to widely discredited videos targeting Planned Parenthood.

The lawsuit filed in federal court Friday says efforts to defund the reproductive health-care provider are politically motivated and violate federal law.

The lawsuit filed in federal court Friday says efforts to defund the reproductive health-care provider are politically motivated and violate federal law.

Thursday's decisions guarantees Medicaid funding for abortions for indigent Alaskans.

Thursday’s decisions guarantees Medicaid funding for abortions for indigent Alaskans.

The anti-choice front group behind a series of videos spreading misinformation about Planned Parenthood deceptively edited footage in "undercover" videos to alter the meaning of dialogue and removed portions of footage the organization claimed were “full footage."

The anti-choice front group behind a series of videos spreading misinformation about Planned Parenthood deceptively edited footage in “undercover” videos to alter the meaning of dialogue and removed portions of footage the organization claimed were “full footage.”

On the same day that Colorado's health department and attorney general declined to investigate Planned Parenthood, 30 state lawmakers, all Republicans, called for an investigation of the women's health organization.

On the same day that Colorado’s health department and attorney general declined to investigate Planned Parenthood, 30 state lawmakers, all Republicans, called for an investigation of the women’s health organization.

Target Corp. will pay $2.8 million to more than 3,000 job applicants who vied for upper-level management positions, but were "disproportionately screened out" by an application test.

Target Corp. will pay $2.8 million to more than 3,000 job applicants who vied for upper-level management positions, but were “disproportionately screened out” by an application test.

Respondents to a new poll believe in equality for women, but many have a negative view of the word “feminism,” are divided on whether women of color face more barriers to equality than white women, and have a narrow idea of what “women’s issues” means.

Respondents to a new poll believe in equality for women, but many have a negative view of the word “feminism,” are divided on whether women of color face more barriers to equality than white women, and have a narrow idea of what “women’s issues” means.

A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday seeks to blocks efforts by the Jindal administration to try and cut funding to Planned Parenthood health centers in the state.

A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday seeks to blocks efforts by the Jindal administration to try and cut funding to Planned Parenthood health centers in the state.

The Center for Medical Progress, the anti-choice front group behind a series of videos spreading misinformation about Planned Parenthood, published an eighth video on Tuesday, which included extensive misuse of a common medical term.

The Center for Medical Progress, the anti-choice front group behind a series of videos spreading misinformation about Planned Parenthood, published an eighth video on Tuesday, which included extensive misuse of a common medical term.

Thousands of anti-choice protesters gathered August 22 at Planned Parenthood clinics around the country during a “National Day of Protest,” in response to a series of videos spreading misinformation about Planned Parenthood.

Thousands of anti-choice protesters gathered August 22 at Planned Parenthood clinics around the country during a “National Day of Protest,” in response to a series of videos spreading misinformation about the organization.

A federal appeals court ruled that home health care workers, most of whom are women and people of color, should qualify for minimum wage and overtime benefits.

A federal appeals court ruled that home health-care workers, most of whom are women and people of color, should qualify for minimum wage and overtime benefits.

Yet another federal appeals court ruled that completing paperwork to qualify for a religious accommodation to the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act did not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Yet another federal appeals court ruled that completing paperwork to qualify for a religious accommodation to the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act did not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Illinois joins three other states in banning the practice of trying to change LGBTQ youth's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Illinois joins three other states in banning the practice of trying to change LGBTQ youth’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Roundups
This week, a survey gives us insight into the sex lives of millennials, a study finds women engage in riskier sex on vacation, and advocates try another tactic for mandating condoms in porn.

This week, a survey gives us insight into the sex lives of millennials, a study finds women engage in riskier sex on vacation, and advocates try another tactic for mandating condoms in porn.

Whether we are being charged for cheering at a graduation or treated like delinquents for attending a pool party, this week has been a reminder that Black people are still criminalized for being human.

Whether we are being charged for cheering at a graduation or treated like delinquents for attending a pool party, this week has been a reminder that Black people are still criminalized for being human.

This week, teens get health and sex information on the web, condom demonstrations are allowed in New York City public school health classes, and a British woman serves time for being too loud.

This week, teens get health and sex information on the web, condom demonstrations are allowed in New York City public school health classes, and a British woman serves time for being too loud.

Commentary
Many Republicans have been attacking, undermining, or radically reinterpreting the 14th Amendment, which guarantees equality under the law. There's a lot of reasons for this, but the common theme is undermining women's right to control when and how they give birth.

Many Republicans have been attacking, undermining, or radically reinterpreting the 14th Amendment, which guarantees equality under the law. There’s a lot of reasons for this, but the common theme is undermining women’s right to control when and how they give birth.

A marching band playing at Artscape 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland, held last month.

The plight of the Black community, in Baltimore and elsewhere, should not overshadow the vibrancy and resilience of Black people.

Regardless of whether the freshmen's objections are legitimate, in my own estimation, co-opting this particular controversy at Duke into a discussion of trigger warnings is to compare apples to oranges.

Regardless of whether the freshmen’s objections are legitimate, in my own estimation, co-opting this particular controversy at Duke into a discussion of trigger warnings is to compare apples to oranges.

It comes as no surprise to us when we hear that many trans people suffer from depression even after full medical transition. But for some cisgender people, such as Richard A. Friedman writing for the New York Times, this fact can only be resolved by calling into question our very right to self-determine our genders.

It comes as no surprise to us when we hear that many trans people suffer from depression even after full medical transition. But for some cisgender people, such as Richard A. Friedman writing for the New York Times, this fact can only be resolved by calling into question our very right to self-determine our genders.

Women in city and county jails frequently face barriers to accessing contraception, abortion, prenatal care, and disease screening and treatment. But preventive family planning can be improved in jails around the United States by implementing a few core tenets for those incarcerated there.

Women in city and county jails frequently face barriers to accessing contraception, abortion, prenatal care, and disease screening and treatment. But preventive family planning can be improved in jails around the United States by implementing a few core tenets for those incarcerated there.

Jodi Jacobson

Targeting O’Donnell’s personal life is, unlike, say, Josh Duggar, unlikely to influence public perceptions of the anti-choice movement as a whole. To target her and open her up to harassment based on her sexual preferences was wrong.

Imagine if the next debate among the Republican presidential candidates started with the moderator asking all the participants who are parents to raise their hands if their children received the polio vaccine as infants.

Imagine if the next debate among the Republican presidential candidates started with the moderator asking all the participants who are parents to raise their hands if their children received the polio vaccine as infants.

As a physician who provides abortion care, I did not perceive anything shocking about the language used by the Planned Parenthood medical staff in the attack videos. I attribute this to the context of the conversation: business among colleagues, or at least those pretending to be.

As a physician who provides abortion care, I did not perceive anything shocking about the language used by the Planned Parenthood medical staff in the attack videos. I attribute this to the context of the conversation: business among colleagues, or at least those pretending to be.

Right now I have to consider that this season I may be a rape survivor cheering for a team led by an accused rapist.

Right now I have to consider that this season I may be a rape survivor cheering for a team led by an accused rapist.

ABLC Blog
The parallels between the white moderates whom Dr. Martin Luther King criticized in 1963 and certain white progressives whom many Black activists are criticizing in 2015 couldn't be clearer.

The parallels between the white moderates whom Dr. Martin Luther King criticized in 1963 and certain white progressives whom many Black activists are criticizing in 2015 couldn’t be clearer.

The last few weeks have exposed some real ugliness in the progressive movement, ugliness that has been simmering just below the surface for a long time, but which, due to Black women’s increasing recognition of our political power coupled with leadership in the #BlackLivesMatter movement and unapologetic commitment to dismantling white supremacy, has erupted into a fountain of White Progressive™ racism.

The last few weeks have exposed some real ugliness in the progressive movement, ugliness that has been simmering just below the surface for a long time, but which, due to Black women’s increasing recognition of our political power coupled with leadership in the #BlackLivesMatter movement and unapologetic commitment to dismantling white supremacy, has erupted into a fountain of White Progressive™ racism.

Guest blogger Andrea Grimes GIF-splains efforts by the so-called Center for Medical Progress to goad Planned Parenthood into not doing any of the not-illegal things it has not-illegally not-done.

Guest blogger Andrea Grimes GIF-splains efforts by the so-called Center for Medical Progress to goad Planned Parenthood into not doing any of the not-illegal things it has not-illegally not-done.

Analysis
Last week, 82 boy and girl Grissom High School students, ranging in age from freshmen to seniors, defied the dress code by wearing leggings, jeans with holes along the thigh, and tank tops in a “Stand Against the Dress Code” action.

Last week, 82 boy and girl Grissom High School students, ranging in age from freshmen to seniors, defied the dress code by wearing leggings, jeans with holes along the thigh, and tank tops in a “Stand Against the Dress Code” action.

You may not have heard of Sakuma Brothers, but chances are high that you are familiar with one of its major commercial customers: Driscoll’s Berries. The multinational is square in the crosshairs of a current boycott orchestrated by Sakuma Brothers employees.

You may not have heard of Sakuma Brothers, but chances are high that you are familiar with one of its major commercial customers: Driscoll’s Berries. The multinational is square in the crosshairs of a current boycott orchestrated by Sakuma Brothers employees.

The decision from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals shows that anti-choice activists are intent on prodding the Roberts Court to take up a challenge to abortion rights, and soon.

The decision from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals shows that anti-choice activists are intent on prodding the Roberts Court to take up a challenge to abortion rights, and soon.

Investigations
Sitting in the shadows of CMP’s high-profile video campaign is a lesser-known strategy abortion opponents have employed for decades—to cut off access to abortion directly at the source by trying to shut down existing Planned Parenthood abortion clinics and prevent new ones from opening.

Sitting in the shadows of CMP’s high-profile video campaign is a lesser-known strategy abortion opponents have employed for decades—to cut off access to abortion directly at the source by trying to shut down existing Planned Parenthood abortion clinics and prevent new ones from opening.

A careful review of the Center for Medical Progress' footage and the accompanying transcript makes clear that CMP's central claims were wrong, and also that what the group left out of its edited work was just as important as what it included.

A careful review of the Center for Medical Progress’ footage and the accompanying transcript makes clear that CMP’s central claims were wrong, and also that what the group left out of its edited work was just as important as what it included.

RH Reality Check has identified at least three names that appear to have been used as pseudonyms by Center for Medical Progress operatives. One of these names appears to belong to a childhood acquaintance of the group’s apparent ringleader, David Daleiden.

RH Reality Check has identified at least three names that appear to have been used as pseudonyms by Center for Medical Progress operatives. One of these names appears to belong to a childhood acquaintance of the group’s apparent ringleader, David Daleiden.

Q & A
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.

Yamani Hernandez recently chatted with RH Reality Check about her work to build a broad human rights movement that lives up to its inclusive values, her unconventional professional trajectory, and the people who inspired and stoked her activism.

Yamani Hernandez recently chatted with RH Reality Check about her work to build a broad human rights movement that lives up to its inclusive values, her unconventional professional trajectory, and the people who inspired and stoked her activism.

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.