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Another Choice Lost: HB 2 Targets Most of Texas’ Independent Abortion Providers (Updated)

by Andrea Grimes

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What It’s Like Inside One of Texas’ Last Abortion Clinics

RH Reality Check tours one of Texas’ last remaining abortion clinics, as providers across the state prepare to close their doors in advance of a new law requiring medically unnecessary build-outs to already safe, legal abortion facilities.

#FergusonLive: Live Reporting on the Ground in Ferguson, Missouri

Watch a livestream of events in Ferguson, Missouri, provided by CREDO and We Act Radio Live, where police in riot gear have used violence and force against protesters following the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager who was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9.

Melissa Harris-Perry Discussion on the Renisha McBride Case and Michael Brown Shooting

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, Jonathan Rosa of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Kai Wright of Colorlines, and Vincent Hutchings of the University of Michigan join Melissa Harris-Perry to talk about the Renisha McBride case and the shooting of Michael Brown in Missouri. [via MSNBC]

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Roxane Gay on ‘Bad Feminism,’ the New Contraception Compromise, and Beyoncé’s ‘Flawless’ Performance

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On this episode of Reality Cast, author Roxane Gay talks to us about being a “bad feminist.” In another segment, I discuss how the Obama administration has updated its policy on the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit. Also, Beyoncé sends heads spinning by publicly embracing feminism at the MTV Video Music Awards.

The Problem With Abortion Polling, and Ireland’s Abortion Law

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On this episode of Reality Cast, Tara Culp-Ressler explains what’s so messed up about most polling data on abortion, and how to fix it. Also, in another segment I discuss Ireland’s new abortion law, which flunked its first major test, and a clash over a strip club.

‘The Silent Sex,’ Parents Against Sex Ed, and Anti-Choice Tactics

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On this episode of Reality Cast, I speak with Chris Karpowitz, co-author of The Silent Sex, on the problem with women not getting heard, even when it really counts. In another segment, I discuss new recordings that show how sleazy anti-choice protesters are, and I report on how even the Bay Area has parents against decent sex education.

News
Advocates gather in front of the White House with boxes full of petition signatures calling for justice for Michael Brown.

Advocates are calling on President Obama and the Department of Justice for full accountability for the death Michael Brown, the unarmed Black teen shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri, and for systemic changes to discriminatory police practices nationwide.

The order prevents authorities in Louisiana from enforcing the law while clinics and providers continue to try and secure hospital admitting privileges.

The order prevents authorities in Louisiana from enforcing the law while clinics and providers continue to try and secure hospital admitting privileges.

Without the court's injunction, HB 2 could have reduced the number of Texas abortion providers to eight.

Without the court’s injunction, HB 2 could have reduced the number of Texas abortion providers to eight.

Though a spokesperson for Complete Healthcare for Women declined to comment, the local paper, the Columbus Dispatch, as well as NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and an anti-abortion group have reported that the clinic has stopped providing surgical abortions.

Though a spokesperson for Complete Healthcare for Women declined to comment, the local paper, the Columbus Dispatch, as well as NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and an anti-abortion group have reported that the clinic has stopped providing surgical abortions.

The California legislature on Thursday passed a first-of-its-kind bill that would change the standards of sexual consent on college campus from “no means no” to the affirmative “yes means yes.”

The California legislature on Thursday passed a first-of-its-kind bill that would change the standards of sexual consent on college campus from “no means no” to the affirmative “yes means yes.”

While pleased that they may no longer have to refer to Pennsylvania as “the island of the uninsured,” advocates still have serious concerns with the Healthy PA plan.

While pleased that they may no longer have to refer to Pennsylvania as “the island of the uninsured,” advocates still have serious concerns with the Healthy PA plan.

During a press conference announcing the new law, Gov. Pat Quinn said that women should not have to choose between being a mother and having a job.

During a press conference announcing the new law, Gov. Pat Quinn said that women should not have to choose between being a mother and having a job.

Effective immediately, league employees, including players, coaches and other staff who commit assault, battery, domestic violence or sexual assault that involve physical force, will be suspended without pay for six games for their first offense, and will be banned for life for a second offense.

Effective immediately, league employees, including players, coaches and other staff who commit assault, battery, domestic violence or sexual assault that involve physical force, will be suspended without pay for six games for their first offense, and will be banned for life for a second offense.

Moral Week of Action demonstrators gather in front of the office of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory.

August 26 was Women’s Equality Day. But true to the spirit of Moral Mondays leader Rev. William Barber’s “moral fusion movement,” the discussion of “women’s issues” wasn’t limited to abortion or birth control.

The new policy in Greece, New York, appears to cut out non-Christians and atheists from opening town meetings with an invocation.

The new policy in Greece, New York, appears to cut out non-Christians and atheists from opening town meetings with an invocation.

Critics of the Ohio governor say his appointment this month of Richard "Rick" Hodges to serve as the new director of the state's health department is politically motivated and potentially illegal.

Critics of the Ohio governor say his appointment this month of Richard “Rick” Hodges to serve as the new director of the state’s health department is politically motivated and potentially illegal.

Rogue abortion provider Steven Brigham during a prior arrest.

If the decision is upheld by the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners, Brigham will no longer have any valid credentials to practice medicine in the United States. This would also force Brigham to close eight abortion clinics that he operates in New Jersey.

The policy changes proposed by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services would, among other things, increase Medicaid funding for health-care providers to provide birth control for women patients as well as vasectomies for men.

The policy changes proposed by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services would, among other things, increase Medicaid funding for health-care providers to provide birth control for women patients as well as vasectomies for men.

As September 1 grows closer, a dozen more Texas abortion clinics prepare to close their doors, leaving just eight legal abortion facilities.

As September 1 grows closer, a dozen more Texas abortion clinics prepare to close their doors, leaving just eight legal abortion facilities.

A Syracuse University student at a Monday #HandsUpWalkOut event on the steps of Hendricks Chapel.

Hundreds of students at around ten colleges walked out of class in solidarity on Monday, expressing their anger at the lack of justice for Brown and the other young people of color killed in police shootings.

Roundups
The Obama administration announced another change to the religious accommodation to the birth control benefit, and predictably conservatives hate it.

The Obama administration announced another change to the religious accommodation to the birth control benefit, and predictably conservatives hate it.

Police in riot gear on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, on Saturday, August 9.

The tragic shooting death of an unarmed Missouri teenager by a police officer is a wake-up call for advocates that police brutality is a reproductive justice issue.

This week, a debate over sexual dysfunction in active duty servicemen, Cosmopolitan.com takes on lesbian sex positions, and the mission continues for those sex geckos in space.

This week, a debate over sexual dysfunction in active duty servicemen, Cosmopolitan.com takes on lesbian sex positions, and the mission continues for those sex geckos in space.

This week, LA County is reviving an at-home STI testing service, a new study shows that male circumcision can reduce rates of HIV among women as well as men, and an Australian company gets approval to produce a microbicide condom.

This week, LA County is reviving an at-home STI testing service, a new study shows that male circumcision can reduce rates of HIV among women as well as men, and an Australian company gets approval to produce a microbicide condom.

The legal landscape after the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision is taking shape, and it's a mess.

The legal landscape after the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision is taking shape, and it’s a mess.

A porn producer with a large presence in San Francisco has threatened to move to Las Vegas if a condom law is passed.

This week, a new study shows that just one in five sexually active high school students has been tested for HIV; a porn producer with a large presence in San Francisco threatens to move to Las Vegas if a condom law is passed; and a vibrator lets you record your vagina during masturbation.

Commentary
The circle of victims of misogynist harassment is getting bigger, and the Supreme Court is playing a role.

The circle of victims of misogynist harassment is getting bigger, and the Supreme Court is playing a role.

Michael Johnson, a college wrestler who's been charged with "recklessly infecting another with HIV," offers us a lens through which to examine how Black gay men are particularly vulnerable to HIV criminalization.

Johnson, a college wrestler who’s been charged with “recklessly infecting another with HIV,” offers us a lens through which to examine how Black gay men are particularly vulnerable to HIV criminalization.

Organizers thought it was important to incorporate Women's Equality Day in the Moral Week of Action since many of the policies at issue, including the state's recent voter identification law, adversely affect women.

Organizers thought it was important to incorporate Women’s Equality Day in the Moral Week of Action since many of the policies at issue, including the state’s recent voter identification law, adversely affect women.

At a rally staged by Peoples Power Assembly in New York, demonstrators seek justice for Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and other Black people killed by police.

There can be no reproductive justice for all until the state-sanctioned murder of Black youth in this country is addressed.

A demonstrator in Ferguson holds a sign after Police Chief Thomas Jackson names the officer who shot Michael Brown.

Among other things, Ferguson shows us that systemic racial injustice persists, often with “states’ rights” or “local rights” as justification.

Until the Irish government repeals the Eighth Amendment and replaces the new unworkable law with policies that facilitate rather than obstruct access to abortion, women will continue to be seen simply as means to an end.

Until the Irish government repeals the Eighth Amendment and replaces the new unworkable law with policies that facilitate rather than obstruct access to abortion, women will continue to be seen simply as means to an end.

Making abortion more difficult to access does not wave a magic wand that converts women with unwanted pregnancies into beaming mothers-to-be.

Making abortion more difficult to access does not wave a magic wand that converts women with unwanted pregnancies into beaming mothers-to-be.

A new study confirms that virginity pledges don't work—that is, unless the young person signing them already has a high level of religious commitment.

A new study confirms that virginity pledges don’t work—that is, unless the young person signing them already has a high level of religious commitment.

Are you up for taking the Taco or Beer Challenge?

Are you up for taking the Taco or Beer Challenge?

Analysis
Democrat Mike Ross (pictured) and his Republican opponent, Asa Hutchinson, both easily won their primary elections without significant opposition.

The Arkansas gubernatorial race features one firmly anti-choice candidate, and one with a vacillating stance on abortion rights.

The lawsuits challenging the contraception benefit in the Affordable Care Act are less about birth control and more about a larger strategy to use the First Amendment to challenge government regulatory power.

The lawsuits challenging the contraception benefit in the Affordable Care Act are less about birth control and more about a larger strategy to use the First Amendment to challenge government regulatory power.

A recent investigation by RH Reality Check demonstrates that Nebraska’s attorney general, like numerous others throughout the country, has particularly close relationships with extreme sections of the anti-choice movement, and that many extreme right-wing and fundamentalist Christian groups enjoy a high degree of access with government officials.

A recent investigation by RH Reality Check demonstrates that Nebraska’s attorney general, like numerous others throughout the country, has particularly close relationships with extreme sections of the anti-choice movement, and that many extreme right-wing and fundamentalist Christian groups enjoy a high degree of access with government officials.

The controversy resurfaced last week when Washingtonian.com reported that Washington, D.C.’s Department of Health had similar trouble with posting condom ads to Twitter.

The controversy resurfaced last week when Washingtonian.com reported that Washington, D.C.’s Department of Health had similar trouble with posting condom ads to Twitter.

As the race for governor heats up ahead of the November election, incumbent Gov. Scott Walker has consistently aligned himself with the Republican Party and against the clear front-runner among Democratic primary candidates, Mary Burke, on issues like Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and the economy.

As the race for governor heats up ahead of the November election, incumbent Gov. Scott Walker has consistently aligned himself with the Republican Party and against the clear front-runner among Democratic primary candidates, Mary Burke, on issues like Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and the economy.

Gov. Rick Snyder (left) and Mark Schauer

This November, Michigan residents will decide whether to cast their vote for Republican incumbent Rick Snyder or long-time Democratic politician Mark Schauer in the gubernatorial election. The candidates have already begun to spar over the economy, education, and public health in the state, which will all be central issues leading up to the November election.

Investigations
A recent investigation by RH Reality Check demonstrates that Nebraska’s attorney general, like numerous others throughout the country, has particularly close relationships with extreme sections of the anti-choice movement, and that many extreme right-wing and fundamentalist Christian groups enjoy a high degree of access with government officials.

A recent investigation by RH Reality Check demonstrates that Nebraska’s attorney general, like numerous others throughout the country, has particularly close relationships with extreme sections of the anti-choice movement, and that many extreme right-wing and fundamentalist Christian groups enjoy a high degree of access with government officials.

Ned Ryun, who appears with his wife and daughter in an ad that targets North Carolina's incumbent senator, Democrat Kay Hagan, has a long history as a Republican operative with close links to the Tea Party and the Koch brothers.

The Susan B. Anthony List is known for misleading ads. So it may come as a small surprise that a recent ad it sponsored featuring the Ryun family doesn’t mention the family patriarch’s long history as a Republican operative with close links to the Tea Party and the Koch brothers.

Though the multibillion-dollar, nearly 600-store chain took its legal claim against the federal government all the way to the Supreme Court when it didn’t want to honor the health insurance requirements of the Affordable Care Act, the company forbids its employees from seeking justice in the court of law.

Though the multibillion-dollar, nearly 600-store chain took its legal claim against the federal government all the way to the Supreme Court when it didn’t want to honor the health insurance requirements of the Affordable Care Act, the company forbids its employees from seeking justice in the court of law.

Q & A
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.

Founders of Not Alone: (from left to right) Brett, Sherry, and Beth Matusoff Merfish

RH Reality Check recently spoke with Beth Matusoff Merfish, co-founder (with her sister, Brett, and mother, Sherry) of Not Alone about how her organization combats abortion stigma through storytelling. As Merfish explains, these stories have the potential to “open people’s minds” and hearts.

Just in time for STD Awareness Month, Dr. Tonia Poteat answers questions about queer sexual health.

Just in time for STD Awareness Month, Dr. Tonia Poteat answers questions about queer sexual health—from the most common sexually transmitted infections among queer women to describing how we can protect ourselves and reduce the risk of transmission.