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Sharing Abortion Stories Isn’t Just About Changing Policy

by Renee Bracey Sherman

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‘Period Poem’ Celebrates the ‘Holiness’ of Menstruation

Poet Dominique Christina recites her “Period Poem,” which seeks to undermine the notion that menstruation is shameful.

Underpaid Working People Rally in ‘Fight for $15′ Campaign

Fast-food working people across the United States marched in protest Wednesday as part of the “Fight for $15″ campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and for the right to form a union. [via Democracy Now!]

On Intersectionality and Pizza Rights: The World Could Use More Flavor

For those people who may not be familiar with intersectionality, comedian Akilah Hughes gives a brief lesson on intersectionality in feminism, using the delicious metaphor of cheese pizza versus deluxe pizza to talk about the importance of including all pizzas (that is, all women) in discussions around feminist issues.

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Anti-Clinton Sexism, and Second-Trimester Abortion Bans

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On this episode of Reality Cast, Meaghan Winter discusses tactics of crisis pregnancy centers on display at a recent conference. Also, host Amanda Marcotte explains how two states have banned a very common abortion procedure, and that sexist attacks on Hillary Clinton started as soon as she announced her candidacy.

Ludicrous Anti-Abortion Bills, and the Search for Better Condoms

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On this episode of Reality Cast, Slate’s L.V. Anderson explains why we need to build a better condom. Also, host Amanda Marcotte discusses a North Carolina bill that would ban med schools from teaching abortion and other recent anti-abortion regulations.

The Purvi Patel Case, and Conservative Rhetoric on Rape

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On this episode of Reality Cast, Lynn Paltrow explains the Purvi Patel case in Indiana, and host Amanda Marcotte discusses the “religious freedom” debate. In another segment, Marcotte examines how conservative rhetoric on rape is getting uglier.

News
A Republican lawmaker in Indiana stirred controversy last week when he suggested that women can prevent domestic violence with gun ownership, despite national statistics that show quite the opposite.

A Republican lawmaker in Indiana stirred controversy last week when he suggested that women can prevent domestic violence with gun ownership, despite national statistics that show quite the opposite.

A case in which an Ebola survivor appears to have transmitted the virus to his female partner many months after recovery has health experts changing their advice.

A case in which an Ebola survivor appears to have transmitted the virus to his female partner many months after recovery has health experts changing their advice.

AB 405 would require physicians to notify parents or guardians of a minor in writing prior to providing abortion care. The physician would have to wait an additional 48 hours after sending notification before performing the abortion.

AB 405 would require physicians to notify parents or guardians of a minor in writing prior to providing abortion care. The physician would have to wait an additional 48 hours after sending notification before performing the abortion.

The report from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that insurers are not providing consistent coverage for non-pill birth control methods, and it can be fiendishly difficult to find information about which methods are covered.

The report from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that insurers are not providing consistent coverage for non-pill birth control methods, and it can be fiendishly difficult to find information about which methods are covered.

Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill into law Thursday that will severely limit how low-income people can spend state welfare benefits.

Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill into law Thursday that will severely limit how low-income people can spend state welfare benefits.

In an order issued late on April 15, the justice stayed a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Zubik v. Burwell.

In an order issued late on April 15, the justice stayed a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Zubik v. Burwell.

A small human study has found that infusing a person's blood with HIV antibodies can cut the amount of virus in their body even if they are not taking antiretroviral drugs.

A small human study has found that infusing a person’s blood with HIV antibodies can cut the amount of virus in their body even if they are not taking antiretroviral drugs.

Republicans continue to oppose efforts by Democrats to pass the legislation, which would provide $5 million to replace private funding that supported the program during a five-year pilot phase.

Republicans continue to oppose efforts by Democrats to pass the legislation, which would provide $5 million to replace private funding that supported the program during a five-year pilot phase. The private funds run out June 30.

Even in states that allow for private insurance coverage of abortion, figuring out the details of that coverage can include many hurdles.

Even in states that allow for private insurance coverage of abortion, figuring out the details of that coverage can include many hurdles.

Conservative Texas lawmakers have issued more than two dozen new proposals to further limit access to legal abortion care—more than any other state legislature this year.

Conservative Texas lawmakers have issued more than two dozen new proposals to further limit access to legal abortion care—more than any other state legislature this year.

Reproductive rights advocates were disappointed on Tuesday when the U.S. Senate passed a bill reforming Medicare payments that also included Hyde Amendment language.

Reproductive rights advocates were disappointed Tuesday when the U.S. Senate passed a bill reforming Medicare payments that also included Hyde Amendment language.

The bill would require all licensed facilities in the state that “provide family planning and pregnancy-related services to inform patients about available assistance for affordable contraception, abortion, and prenatal care, including how to obtain that assistance."

The bill would require all licensed facilities in the state that “provide family planning and pregnancy-related services to inform patients about available assistance for affordable contraception, abortion, and prenatal care, including how to obtain that assistance.”

HB 3183 would strike a line in the state's advance directives code that bars them from applying in cases where a patient is pregnant. Had such a law been in place in 2013, Marlise Muñoz's family would have been allowed to refuse mechanical support for her corpse.

HB 3183 would strike a line in the state’s advance directives code that bars the code from applying in cases where a patient is pregnant. Had such a law been in place in 2013, Marlise Muñoz’s family would have been allowed to refuse mechanical support for her corpse.

The Department of Health and Human Services, despite pressure from advocates and members of Congress, will not allow uninsured women to enroll in the Affordable Care Act if they become pregnant outside of the three-month window of open enrollment.

The Department of Health and Human Services, despite pressure from advocates and members of Congress, will not allow uninsured women to enroll in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) if they become pregnant outside of the three-month window of open enrollment.

A Texas Republican has proposed a small wording change to a law that allows abused and abandoned teenagers to obtain abortion care in the state without a parent's permission.

A Texas Republican has proposed a small wording change to a law that allows abused and abandoned teenagers to obtain abortion care in the state without a parent’s permission.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has no standing to challenge a law that gives him a benefit he's free to reject, the Seventh Circuit ruled.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has no standing to challenge a law that gives him a benefit he’s free to reject, the Seventh Circuit ruled.

A series of proposed regulations seek to address conflicts of interests in retirement advice the Obama administration says costs middle class and working families billions of dollars each year.

A series of proposed regulations seek to address conflicts of interests in retirement advice the Obama administration says costs middle class and working families billions of dollars each year.

In March, an attacker in Colorado cut a fetus from the womb of a pregnant woman. Now, state Republicans have introduced legislation, labeled a "personhood" bill by Democrats, allowing an "unborn child," from fertilization till birth, to be considered the victim of a crime.

In March, an attacker in Colorado cut a fetus from the womb of a pregnant woman. Now, state Republicans have introduced legislation allowing an “unborn child,” from fertilization until birth, to be considered the victim of a crime.

Roundups
This week, research suggests the keys to more and/or better sex may be different for some men and women.

This week, research suggests the keys to more and/or better sex may be different for some men and women.

According to estimates released last month from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, sex toy injuries have more than doubled in recent years.

This week, we examine a rise in sex toy injuries, the careful marketing sex toy retailers in India must employ to dodge the country’s restrictive laws, and the “wankband,” which harnesses the power of masturbation to create energy.

The legislative session kicked off in the states with a bunch of new anti-abortion bills and the first-ever conviction in Indiana of a pregnant woman for feticide for a self-induced abortion.

The legislative session kicked off in the states with a bunch of new anti-abortion bills, along with the conviction of an Indiana woman for feticide and neglect of a dependent.

Commentary
Too often, news stories about people in prison or jail use dehumanizing language to describe those under government control. While this coverage draws attention to widespread abuses in the criminal justice system, it frequently undercuts the humanity of the people featured with derogatory phrases.

Too often, news stories about people in prison or jail use dehumanizing language to describe those under government control. The term “inmate” is the most pervasive of these words; it is widely used by judges, prison and jail officials and staff, and the media.

I sat around stone-cold sober earlier this week listening to my fellow Texans boast about how their innate Texanness somehow demands that they do no less than vocally support a thing called "Confederate Heroes Day," a state holiday that occasionally falls on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Earlier this week I listened to my fellow Texans boast about how their innate Texanness somehow demands that they vocally support a thing called “Confederate Heroes Day,” a state holiday that occasionally falls on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Though it's hard to change the minds of those opposed to vaccinations, it seems possible that widespread instances of preventable diseases might be enough to sway some individuals.

Though it’s hard to change the minds of those opposed to vaccinations, it seems possible that widespread instances of preventable diseases might be enough to sway some individuals.

Anti-choicers have mastered the art of minimizing the impact of abortion laws to trick the public into shrugging them off. By using this method, they are poised to restrict second-trimester abortion access in many states without a major fuss.

Anti-choicers have mastered the art of minimizing the impact of abortion laws to trick the public into shrugging them off. By using this method, they are poised to restrict second-trimester abortion access in many states without a major fuss.

Will Clinton work to unleash the political power of Black women, or will she follow the same old scripts?

Will Clinton work to unleash the political power of Black women, or will she follow the same old scripts?

Unlike what a recent Elle.com article suggests, I can’t think of anything with a sexier payoff than spending time discussing the logistics of mutual pleasure.

Unlike what a recent Elle.com article suggests, I can’t think of anything with a sexier payoff than spending time discussing the logistics of mutual pleasure.

Beginning last year, advocates launched the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights on April 11 to ensure that combating the mistreatment women around the world face during pregnancy, labor, and childbirth becomes a matter of global importance.

Beginning last year, advocates launched the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights on April 11 to ensure that combating the mistreatment women around the world face during pregnancy, labor, and childbirth becomes a matter of global importance.

Texas could be a place where freedom and personal responsibility take precedence over hatred and fear. But only if moderate conservative lawmakers will start disagreeing publicly with their peers.

Texas could be a place where freedom and personal responsibility take precedence over hatred and fear. But only if moderate conservative lawmakers will start disagreeing publicly with their peers.

My husband and I have been establishing, early on, the need to give and obtain consent when it comes to control of one’s own body.

By respecting our daughter’s wishes when she asks us to stop tickling her, my husband and I are modeling other correct behavior as well: We’re establishing, early on, the need to give and obtain consent when it comes to control of one’s own body.

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ATM, Money, Machine

Gov. Brownback signed a law on Thursday that prohibits people who rely on government assistance to make ends meet from using the money in the way it was intended. It treats poor people like they’re stupid or wasteful, and siphons government funds from them and diverts it into banks’ coffers.

Vijay Chokal-Ingam

In 1998, Mindy Kaling’s brother Vijay Chokal-Ingam posed as a Black man to get into medical school in an attempt to prove that affirmative action in the admissions process is “legalized racism.” In reality, his little “experiment” proves nothing apart from the fact that Chokal-Ingam is full of it.

Despite what conservatives think, liberals and anyone else who believes that gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and trans people are people are not somehow hypocrites for opposing the Indiana RFRA law as it existed before it was amended.

Despite what conservatives think, liberals and anyone else who believes that gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and trans people are people are not somehow hypocrites for opposing the Indiana RFRA law as it existed before it was amended.

Analysis
"I’m not sure what the impact will be or how we would comply because the bill is written with non-medical language, and it’s not written by doctors. It’s written by politicians," Mary Kogut, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, told RH Reality Check.

“I’m not sure what the impact will be or how we would comply because the bill is written with non-medical language, and it’s not written by doctors. It’s written by politicians,” Mary Kogut, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, told RH Reality Check.

So far, the Obama administration has been undefeated in defending the accommodation process to the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act. How long will that streak last?

So far, the Obama administration has been undefeated in defending the accommodation process to the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act. How long will that streak last?

Exposure to pollution appears to be increasing the risk of acquired and congenital disabilities in low-income neighborhoods, a problem which is then compounded by poor access to health care—yet few are fighting to address it on a policy level.

Exposure to pollution appears to be increasing the risk of acquired and congenital disabilities in low-income neighborhoods, a problem which is then compounded by poor access to health care—yet few are fighting to address it on a policy level.

Investigations
Thousands of incarcerated women risk losing parental rights each year due to a combination of state and federal laws that are intended to protect children and speed up the adoption process.

The combination of mass incarceration and inflexible foster laws leads to an extraordinary, disproportionate punishment that overwhelmingly affects poor and minority women, an expert told RH Reality Check.

During a five-month review of more than 200 lawsuits, and interviews with lawyers and public health experts, RH Reality Check found that drug treatment for incarcerated women is inconsistent and inadequate—and in some incidents, it is fatal.

During a five-month review of more than 200 lawsuits, and interviews with lawyers and public health experts, RH Reality Check found that drug treatment for incarcerated women is inconsistent and inadequate—and in some incidents, it is fatal.

RH Reality Check has identified at least a dozen instances of women experiencing miscarriages, stillbirths, and ectopic pregnancies in jails and prisons across the country, in circumstances that show a shocking lack of medical care from the professionals charged with providing it.

RH Reality Check has identified at least a dozen instances of women experiencing miscarriages, stillbirths, and ectopic pregnancies in jails and prisons across the country, in circumstances that show a shocking lack of medical care from the professionals charged with providing it.

Q & A
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.

Gunn, who spoke at a Planned Parenthood South Texas luncheon on Thursday, had equally insightful things to say about bridging the empathy gap, and the top puppy looks for spring.

Gunn, who spoke at a Planned Parenthood South Texas luncheon on Thursday, had equally insightful things to say about bridging the empathy gap, and the top puppy looks for spring.

Rose Rosenblatt,
co-director of Young Lakota, at a strategy session for the REEL Reproductive Justice cohort in 2013.

Chicken & Egg Pictures is the only nonprofit in the United States focused exclusively on funding and promoting women documentary filmmakers. The group’s REEL Reproductive Justice has supported films including After Tiller, No Más Bebés Por Vida, Infanity, Vessel, and Young Lakota.