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Religious Right’s Grip on Republican Party Makes Planned Parenthood a Prime Target

by Carole Joffe

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Janet Mock Explains to Jeb Bush Why ‘Black Lives Matter’ Is a Movement, Not a Slogan

In response to Jeb Bush’s comment that “Black Lives Matter” is just a slogan, Janet Mock goes through Black history to explain why declaring “Black Lives Matter” is a radical action meant to dismantle systemic racism. [via MSNBC]

RH Reality Check Editor in Chief Jodi Jacobson on Misleading Planned Parenthood Videos: ‘It’s a Really Elaborate Ruse’

RH Reality Check‘s Jodi Jacobson recently appeared on The Big Picture and explained the “elaborate ruse” used by the Center for Medical Progress in order to mislead the public about services provided by Planned Parenthood.

HuffPost Live: Fetal Tissue Donation Has Legitimate Research Benefits

At HuffPost Live, RH Reality Check Senior Legal Analyst Jessica Mason Pieklo and Case Western Reserve University bioethics professor Insoo Hyun discuss the legal practice and medical benefits of donating fetal tissue for research.

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Will the Planned Parenthood Attack Backfire on Antis?

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On this episode of Reality Cast, host Amanda Marcotte analyzes the Planned Parenthood attack videos, which she thinks may, in the long run, end up hurting anti-choicers more than helping them. Also, ThinkProgress reporter Erica Hellerstein is on the show and talks about how abstinence-only didn’t go away but just got rebranded.

Debunking the Planned Parenthood Video Hoax

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On this episode of Reality Cast, host Amanda Marcotte digs into the furor over the hoax video accusing Planned Parenthood of selling fetal tissue, and is joined by Hannah Groch-Begley of Media Matters, who analyzes how that video lied.

Conservatives Melt Down Over Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage and Obamacare Decisions

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On this episode of Reality Cast, Jacqueline Ayers of Planned Parenthood tells us about Congress’ sneaky attempts to kill family planning funding. And host Amanda Marcotte reviews conservative reactions to the Supreme Court rulings on health care and same-sex marriage.

News
The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour isn’t enough money to keep a single parent working full-time out of poverty, and it's worth less every year due to inflation.

The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour isn’t enough money to keep a single parent working full-time out of poverty, and it’s worth less every year due to inflation.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris will review whether the front group behind the Planned Parenthood attack videos violated any laws in making the deceitful recordings.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris will review whether the front group behind the Planned Parenthood attack videos violated any laws in making the deceitful recordings.

A group of Texas parents say the state has wrongfully denied their children of birth certificates, and therefore discriminated against those kids because of their parents' immigration status.

A group of Texas parents say the state has wrongfully denied their children birth certificates and therefore discriminated against those kids because of their parents’ immigration status.

A new lawsuit claims the former employee of the Harrison County Clerk's office had her First Amendment rights violated when she was fired for refusing to process same-sex marriage licenses.

A new lawsuit claims the former employee of the Harrison County Clerk’s office had her First Amendment rights violated when she was fired for refusing to process same-sex marriage licenses.

The officer confronted a crowd of activists who had begun locking arms and chanting in protest over the way he forcefully detained a 14-year-old. “The crowd was determined that the youth would NOT be harmed or killed and were fierce, as we know it’s a real possibility,” explained one witness, Kimberly Ellis.

The officer confronted a crowd of activists who had begun locking arms and chanting in protest over the way he forcefully detained a 14-year-old. “The crowd was determined that the youth would NOT be harmed or killed and were fierce, as we know it’s a real possibility,” explained one witness, Kimberly Ellis.

Legislation that was intended to prevent discrimination and harassment of LGBTQ students in public schools failed to pass in the Senate last week, despite bipartisan support.

Legislation that was intended to prevent discrimination and harassment of LGBTQ students in public schools failed to pass in the Senate last week, despite bipartisan support.

Republicans nationwide have urged their state attorneys general and governors to look into Planned Parenthood affiliate organizations.

Republicans nationwide have urged their state attorneys general and governors to look into Planned Parenthood affiliate organizations.

Before this year, no Republican has co-sponsored the bill to ensure that employers treat pregnant workers fairly.

Before this year, no Republican has co-sponsored the bill to ensure that employers treat pregnant workers fairly.

Sen. Rand Paul and his anti-choice colleague Sen. Ted Cruz, both 2016 presidential contenders, have pushed to deny federal funding to Planned Parenthood in recent days.

Sen. Rand Paul and his anti-choice colleague Sen. Ted Cruz, both 2016 presidential contenders, have pushed to deny federal funding to Planned Parenthood in recent days.

A federal appeals court unanimously ruled Thursday that Washington State regulations requiring pharmacies to fill all valid prescriptions, including for contraceptives, should take effect.

A federal appeals court unanimously ruled Thursday that Washington State regulations requiring pharmacies to fill all valid prescriptions, including for contraceptives, should take effect.

After voting to defund Planned Parenthood, but still using the organization's logo last year in a campaign ad aimed at gaining women’s votes in his swing district, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) now broadly attacks the women’s health organization.

After voting to defund Planned Parenthood, but still using the organization’s logo last year in a campaign ad aimed at gaining women’s votes in his swing district, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) now broadly attacks the women’s health organization.

Fast-food employees in New York state will see their wages raised to $15 an hour, a major victory for the nationwide campaign to raise the pay of some of the country’s lowest-wage workers.

Fast-food employees in New York state will see their wages raised to $15 an hour, a major victory for the nationwide campaign to raise the pay of some of the country’s lowest-wage workers.

Some progressives are urging pro-choice leaders to more aggressively support Planned Parenthood before anti-choice narratives get too much traction.

Some progressives are urging pro-choice legislative leaders to more aggressively support Planned Parenthood before anti-choice narratives get too much traction.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data Wednesday that shows fewer teens, especially younger teens, are having sex, and the majority of those who become sexually active use contraception the first time they have sex.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data Wednesday that shows fewer teens, especially younger teens, are having sex, and the majority of those who become sexually active use contraception the first time they have sex.

Republican attacks on Planned Parenthood have stalled a bill that would have helped wounded and paralyzed veterans get access to fertility treatments.

Republican attacks on Planned Parenthood have stalled a bill that would have helped wounded and paralyzed veterans get access to fertility treatments.

Jeb Bush has bragged that Florida is “the only state, I believe, to have funded with state monies crisis pregnancy centers.” He’s wrong about that.

Jeb Bush has bragged that Florida is “the only state, I believe, to have funded with state monies crisis pregnancy centers.” He’s wrong about that.

New practice guidelines mean that young women are getting Pap tests later and less often. A new study finds that this has inadvertently lead to fewer chlamydia screenings in the very age group most at risk for this sexually transmitted infection.

New practice guidelines mean that young women are getting Pap tests later and less often. A new study finds that this has inadvertently lead to fewer chlamydia screenings in the very age group most at risk for this sexually transmitted infection.

Four House Democrats are calling for an investigation into the Center for Medical Progress as the group's deceptively edited video attacking Planned Parenthood continues to fall apart under public scrutiny.

Four House Democrats are calling for an investigation into the Center for Medical Progress as the group’s deceptively edited video attacking Planned Parenthood continues to fall apart under public scrutiny.

Roundups
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.

This week, a study finds women are just as willing as men to have sex with a stranger, high school seniors in Arizona face rising rates of sexually transmitted infections, and a few cups of coffee a day may keep erectile dysfunction away.

This week, a study finds women are just as willing as men to have sex with a stranger, seniors in Arizona face rising rates of sexually transmitted infections, and a few cups of coffee a day may keep erectile dysfunction away.

Commentary
After Maine Gov. Paul LePage made national news earlier this month by claiming to have “pocket vetoed” 19 bills that became law without his signature, messages started popping up in my inbox saying things like “An accidental win!” and “Maine—accidentally—outlaws shackling pregnant women?”

After Maine Gov. Paul LePage made national news earlier this month by claiming to have “pocket vetoed” 19 bills that became law without his signature, messages started popping up in my inbox saying things like “An accidental win!” and “Maine—accidentally—outlaws shackling pregnant women?”

Taken at a Stop Mass Incarceration Network rally in New York City early spring."

Doing social change work is scary and will make you uncomfortable; it will change you, for better or for worse. But that’s part of what showing up and taking a stand means. And what choice do we have?

According to Erick Erickson, a regular Fox News contributor, editor of RedState.com, and guest host for Rush Limbaugh, women who seek reproductive health care are "pregnant female animals" with no ability for autonomous thinking.

According to Erick Erickson, a regular Fox News contributor, editor of RedState.com, and guest host for Rush Limbaugh, women who seek reproductive health care are “pregnant female animals” with no ability for autonomous thinking.

True Detective's second season has rolled out a character who thinks she's infertile because of abortions in her youth. Sadly, this is just part of a larger pattern of this supposedly mainstream show regurgitating ugly right-wing myths about women.

True Detective‘s second season has rolled out a character who thinks she’s infertile because of abortions in her youth. Sadly, this is just part of a larger pattern of this supposedly mainstream show regurgitating ugly right-wing myths about women.

Just as much as these videos are part of a highly orchestrated campaign to discredit Planned Parenthood, they were also part of an ongoing campaign to target and harass individual abortion providers and others connected with the safe and legal provision of abortion care.

Just as much as these videos are part of a highly orchestrated campaign to discredit Planned Parenthood, they were also part of an ongoing campaign to target and harass individual abortion providers and others connected with the safe and legal provision of abortion care.

A group hopes to encourage affirmative consent by creating an app that asks partners to record each other saying "yes" before having sex—but it might just cause more problems than it solves.

A group hopes to encourage affirmative consent by creating an app that asks partners to record each other saying “yes” before having sex—but it might just cause more problems than it solves.

The phrases being thrown around by conservative legislators and organizations aren't medical terms. They're intentionally deceptive bits of propaganda, and they create an anti-choice political frame for conversations about abortion care that are not rooted in sound science and medicine.

The phrases being thrown around by conservative legislators and organizations aren’t medical terms. They’re intentionally deceptive bits of propaganda, and they create an anti-choice political frame for conversations about abortion care that are not rooted in sound science and medicine.

Texas Attorney General and noted violator of state securities law Ken Paxton announced Wednesday that his office has launched "an official investigation into Planned Parenthood" after the release of a heavily edited video showing the organization's senior medical director talking about fetal tissue donations for research.

Texas Attorney General and noted violator of state securities law Ken Paxton announced Wednesday that his office has launched “an official investigation into Planned Parenthood” after the release of a heavily edited video showing the organization’s senior medical director talking about fetal tissue donations for research.

I still believe that all people deserve access to the comprehensive reproductive health care that is right for them and their families, regardless of the edited videos being released by anti-choice organizations.

I still believe that all people deserve access to the comprehensive reproductive health care that is right for them and their families, regardless of the edited videos being released by anti-choice organizations.

ABLC Blog
As a white liberal of adult age in the 1960s, you were politically required to support the civil rights movement, right? So why the hell are you tossing that information in Black people’s faces on behalf of Bernie Sanders in order to shut down conversations about structural racism, police brutality, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement?

As a white liberal of adult age in the 1960s, you were politically required to support the civil rights movement, right? So why the hell are you tossing that information in Black people’s faces on behalf of Bernie Sanders in order to shut down conversations about structural racism, police brutality, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement?

However useful Kennedy finds it for expanding constitutional protections for certain rights, dignity is a gendered double-edged sword. It’s great for men and it has turned out to be great for same-sex couples who want to get married. But dignity as a concept is worthless when it comes to reproductive rights.

However useful Kennedy finds it for expanding constitutional protections for certain rights, dignity is a gendered double-edged sword. It’s great for men and it has turned out to be great for same-sex couples who want to get married. But dignity as a concept is worthless when it comes to reproductive rights.

I'm supposed to believe yelling "You did it, baby!" at a high school graduation ceremony necessitates hundreds of dollars in fines and possible jail time? Give me a break. In fact, give all of your breaks to me.

I’m supposed to believe yelling “You did it, baby!” at a high school graduation ceremony necessitates hundreds of dollars in fines and possible jail time? Give me a break. In fact, give all of your breaks to me.

Analysis
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.

The videos released by CMP show quite definitively that Planned Parenthood is not engaged in the illegal sale of fetal tissue. They also show something else, something that CMP likely did not intend—that their own coordinated attack violated a host of laws.

The videos released by CMP show quite definitively that Planned Parenthood is not engaged in the illegal sale of fetal tissue. They also show something else, something that CMP likely did not intend—that their own coordinated attack violated a host of laws.

The Roberts Court surprised many on Thursday by upholding an important provision of the Fair Housing Act, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as an important voice for civil rights jurisprudence.

The Roberts Court surprised many on Thursday by upholding an important provision of the Fair Housing Act, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as an important voice for civil rights jurisprudence.

Investigations
Women in West Virginia are speaking up against Dr. Byron C. Calhoun, the prominent anti-choice OB-GYN who holds senior positions in West Virginia’s public health care and education institutions.

Women in West Virginia are speaking up against Dr. Byron C. Calhoun, the prominent anti-choice OB-GYN who holds senior positions in West Virginia’s public health care and education institutions.

Comments made last year by a senior attorney at the Alliance Defending Freedom could have enormous implications for how Americans now grapple with the development of LGBT rights in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision on same-sex marriage.

Comments made last year by a senior attorney at the Alliance Defending Freedom could have enormous implications for how Americans now grapple with the development of LGBTQ rights in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision on same-sex marriage.

“I honestly understand why a lot of people don’t report rape,” Kiyona Phillips told RH Reality Check in an interview. “Because if you’re not half-dead or beat in the face or it’s not recorded in any kind of way, you really have to prove that this happened to you.”

In cases of rape, the “he said, she said” dilemma has outgrown the realm of legitimate legal query, and has instead come to justify the systemic failure of police and prosecutors nationwide to properly process forensic evidence that could lead to more sexual assault convictions, and also to identifying serial rapists who otherwise remain at large.

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.