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Women, Incarcerated: Investigative Series Shows Systemic Abuses of Women in Prisons and Jails

by Sharona Coutts and Zoe Greenberg

Video

Ohio State Representative Shares Rape and Abortion Story

With the Ohio legislature considering a bill that would ban abortion at the stage when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, state Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) opened up on the floor of the state house earlier this week about her sexual assault and subsequent abortion, and calls the bill “fundamentally inhuman” and  “unconstitutional.” [Via ThinkProgress]

‘The Abortion Diary’ Podcast

Melissa Madera created The Abortion Diary podcast to provide a safe space for women to share their abortion stories. When Madera had her abortion at 17, she didn’t find any open communities to talk about her experience. Now, she travels across the United States to talk to other people about their abortion stories, which “are as different as the people who share them.” [via MSNBC]

The Importance of Using Correct Pronouns

Not everyone identifies with the pronouns “he” or “she.” Referring to someone by their correct pronoun denotes respect, and acknowledges the fact that many people live outside of the gender binary.

Audio

Controversy Over IUD Funding in Colorado, Trafficking Legislation, and ‘Campus Carry’ Bills

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On this episode of Reality Cast, Tara Culp-Ressler talks about the ongoing fight for IUD funding in Colorado. In another segment, host Amanda Marcotte discusses the gridlock over a sex trafficking bill, and gun fondlers try to hijack the campus rape debate.

The Battle Over Contraception for Colorado Teens, and the University of Oregon’s Chilling Legal Maneuver

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On this episode of Reality Cast, Jessica Mason Pieklo explains the Supreme Court’s decision to revive the University of Notre Dame’s challenge to the birth control benefit. Host Amanda Marcotte also delves into Colorado anti-choicers’ snit about the state’s family planning initiative and examines the scary line the University of Oregon just crossed in an alleged rape case.

CPAC 2015, and New Research Reveals Religious Women’s Attitudes Toward Contraception

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On this episode of Reality Cast, Dr. Elizabeth Patton explains the relationship between religious belief and political support for contraception policy. In another segment, host Amanda Marcotte discusses the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and how women’s rights were yet again a punching bag.

News
Arizona state Sen. Sylvia Allen (R) got a little off-topic during a committee debate on gun legislation Tuesday,  telling appropriations committee members that she believes Sunday church attendance should be required by law for every American.

Arizona state Sen. Sylvia Allen (R) got a little off-topic during a committee debate on gun legislation Tuesday, telling appropriations committee members that she believes Sunday church attendance should be required by law for every American.

A wide-reaching and regressive overhaul of North Carolina's tax code, which went into effect last year, is being felt this tax season. Its political fallout may extend into 2016.

A wide-reaching and regressive overhaul of North Carolina’s tax code, which went into effect last year, is being felt this tax season. Its political fallout may extend into 2016.

Kansas lawmakers this week become the first in the country to pass a ban a medical procedure used for second trimester abortions and the management of miscarriage. The radical legislation is part of a coordinated effort by anti-choice activists in states across the country.

Kansas lawmakers this week became the first in the country to pass a ban a medical procedure used for second trimester abortions and the management of miscarriage. The radical legislation is part of a coordinated effort by anti-choice activists in states across the country.

An amendment to the Senate's budget, passed 61-39, would let workers earn up to seven job-protected paid sick days per year.

An amendment to the Senate’s budget, passed 61-39, would let workers earn up to seven job-protected paid sick days per year.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence this week declared a public health emergency for Scott County, a rural part of the state that has seen an alarming number of new HIV cases in the past few months, all of which have been among injection drug users.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence this week declared a public health emergency for Scott County, a rural part of the state that has seen an alarming number of new HIV cases in the past few months, all of which have been among injection drug users.

North Carolina legislators are moving forward with a proposal to allow charges be brought against pregnant people who engage in behavior deemed risky for the fetus.

North Carolina legislators are moving forward with a proposal to allow charges be brought against pregnant people who engage in behavior deemed risky for the fetus.

Reproductive health and justice advocates are objecting that the popular bill still includes Hyde Amendment language to prohibit community health centers from performing abortions except in very limited circumstances.

Reproductive health and justice advocates are objecting that the popular bill still includes Hyde Amendment language to prohibit community health centers from performing abortions except in very limited circumstances.

The Ohio house on Thursday passed a bill to ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, before many people know they are pregnant. A similar six-week ban approved in North Dakota several years ago was found to be unconstitutional.

The Ohio house on Thursday passed a bill to ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, before many people know they are pregnant. A similar six-week ban approved in North Dakota several years ago was found to be unconstitutional.

A Tennessee house committee passed two bills that would restrict access to abortion care in the state. Among the bills considered priories by anti-choice policymakers are those designed to reinstate laws struck down by the state supreme court ruling in 2000.

A Tennessee house committee passed two bills that would restrict access to abortion care in the state. Among the bills considered priories by anti-choice policymakers are those designed to reinstate laws struck down by the state supreme court ruling in 2000.

Two new reports show that hundreds of thousands of Texans lost access to family planning care in the wake of anti-choice lawmakers' crusade against Planned Parenthood in 2011.

Two new reports show that hundreds of thousands of Texans lost access to family planning care in the wake of anti-choice lawmakers’ crusade against Planned Parenthood in 2011.

The legislation included an amendment requiring abortion providers inform patients that a medication abortion can be reversed, despite no substantiated medical evidence to support the claim.

The legislation included an amendment requiring abortion providers inform patients that a medication abortion can be reversed, despite no substantiated medical evidence to support the claim.

The legislation is considered by reproductive health advocates to be one of the most extreme ultrasound laws in the country.

Attorneys for the State of North Carolina have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a state law that requires patients to undergo a narrated ultrasound before having an abortion, even if the patient objects.

Walker wrote in an email to supporters on Monday that the United States should move forward with “bold conservative reforms to improve health care,” in place of the Affordable Care Act.

The ACA, despite concerted efforts by congressional Republicans and GOP-controlled state legislatures to undermine the law, has added 16.4 million people to health insurance rolls since October 2013.

An act of vandalism at Mississippi's last abortion clinic will not intimidate clinic workers from providing reproductive health care to women in need, clinic staff said Tuesday.

An act of vandalism at Mississippi’s last abortion clinic will not intimidate clinic workers from providing reproductive health care to women in need, clinic staff said Tuesday.

It's been two years since the FDA made certain types of emergency contraception available without a prescription to women of all ages, but Indian Health Service has yet to update its policy.

It’s been two years since the FDA made certain types of emergency contraception available without a prescription to women of all ages, but Indian Health Service has yet to update its policy.

Progressive lawmakers are attempting to shift the discussion from budget deficits, which are abstract to many Americans, to something more real.

Progressive lawmakers are attempting to shift the discussion from budget deficits, which are abstract to many Americans, to something more real: the “deficits” in the nation’s education, infrastructure, wages, and social safety net.

Lawmakers in the Arkansas house passed a bill Friday that would further restrict a minor’s ability to receive safe abortion care by tightening the state’s mandatory parental consent law.

Lawmakers in the Arkansas house passed a bill Friday that would further restrict a minor’s ability to receive safe abortion care by tightening the state’s mandatory parental consent law.

An Arkansas lawmaker has introduced a bill that would create a “contraception incentive” for low-income women in the state’s Medicaid program, intending to offer a “breather to think about their life decisions that are affecting us as taxpayers.”

An Arkansas lawmaker has introduced a bill that would create a “contraception incentive” for low-income women in the state’s Medicaid program, intending to offer a “breather to think about their life decisions that are affecting us as taxpayers.”

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
Texas lawmakers turned their attention to public education this week—or perhaps, more specifically, to tearing the very concept apart.

Texas lawmakers turned their attention to public education this week—or perhaps, more specifically, to tearing the very concept apart.

Good dudes of the world, please hear me out: Not actively being a sexist jerk as an individual is not enough.

Good dudes of the world, please hear me out: Not actively being a sexist jerk as an individual is not enough.

Empire executive producer Lee Daniels has some incorrect notions about how homophobia might affect HIV rates, but his show should receive some credit for its exploration of gay identity in the Black community.

The false notion that Black communities are somehow more homophobic than other communities must no longer guide how public health researchers, policy advocates, and practitioners grapple with the impact of HIV in Black communities.

A new Arkansas bill mentions abstinence explicitly while avoiding any direct mention of contraception—suggesting that state lawmakers are kidding themselves about the behavior of college students.

A new Arkansas bill mentions abstinence explicitly while avoiding any direct mention of contraception—suggesting that state lawmakers are kidding themselves about the behavior of college students.

Too often, Muslim women find ourselves left out of conversations about our own bodies and lives.

Thousands of Muslim women who live in the United States wear the hijab and face discrimination because of it—yet non-Muslim women are praised and heralded for donning it for a single day or month.

Even under the rosiest scenario, the trade deal would lead to modest economic gains. Meanwhile, historic precedent portends disastrous economic consequences.

Even under the rosiest scenario, the trade deal would lead to modest economic gains. Meanwhile, historic precedent portends disastrous economic consequences.

Legislators in Arizona are proposing a bill that would require doctors to tell abortion patients that the procedure can be "reversed"—the latest in a series of anti-choice efforts to put official government support behind the harassment of women.

Legislators in Arizona are proposing a bill that would require doctors to tell abortion patients that the procedure can be “reversed”—the latest in a series of anti-choice efforts to put official government support behind the harassment of women.

Some California lawmakers want to make sure that students learn about sexual assault before they graduate high school. At the least, affirmative-consent education can be a good catalyst for making people think about the way rape culture permeates our daily lives.

Some California lawmakers want to make sure that students learn about sexual assault before they graduate high school. At the least, affirmative-consent education can be a good catalyst for making people think about the way rape culture permeates our daily lives.

If the Texas legislature is serious about putting the word of God into action, it's got plenty of places to start before it gets to allowing Texans to be armed to the teeth at Arby's.

If the Texas legislature is serious about putting the word of God into action, it’s got plenty of places to start before it gets to allowing Texans to be armed to the teeth at Arby’s.

ABLC Blog
Of course voting for Ted Cruz is not abortion-inducing. Neither is eating chocolate chip cookies or binge-watching television shows. But one thing is true: Cruz's policies would spell disaster for women.

Of course voting for Ted Cruz is not abortion-inducing. Neither is eating chocolate chip cookies or binge-watching television shows. But one thing is true: Cruz’s policies would spell disaster for women.

What sounds diabolical to the untrained eye—Cleveland is blaming Rice for his own death!—is actually standard language in a case like this, and we shouldn't let it obscure the bigger injustices at play here.

What sounds diabolical to the untrained eye is actually standard language in a case like this, and we shouldn’t let it obscure the bigger injustices at play here.

To put it plainly, white people, including white women, have advantages simply by virtue of their skin color—advantages that I will never have. These advantages are often invisible. These advantages are also unearned. And that’s why talking to someone who has never considered their privilege about the fact that they have privilege can be so jarring for them.

To put it plainly, white people, including white women, have advantages simply by virtue of their skin color—advantages that I will never have. These advantages are often invisible. These advantages are also unearned. And that’s why talking to someone who has never considered their privilege about the fact that they have privilege can be so jarring for them.

Analysis
Some activists say proposed legislation doesn't address all the ways so-called conversion therapy is actually practiced.

Some activists say proposed legislation doesn’t address all the ways so-called conversion therapy is actually practiced.

The decision is an important victory for pregnant workers but doesn't completely answer what duties employers have to accommodate pregnant employees.

The decision is an important victory for pregnant workers but doesn’t completely answer what duties employers have to accommodate pregnant employees.

With November's passage of Amendment 1, Tennessee anti-choicers finally had what they needed to pass the very same restrictive abortion laws the state supreme court had struck down 15 years ago. Or so they thought.

With November’s passage of Amendment 1, Tennessee anti-choicers finally had what they needed to pass the very same restrictive abortion laws the state supreme court had struck down 15 years ago. Or so they thought.

Investigations
In this first part of RH Reality Check's Women, Incarcerated series, we focus on one woman's prison time—which involved a high-risk pregnancy, forced induced labor, and shackling—to illustrate the problems that thousands of women face behind bars.

In this first part of RH Reality Check‘s Women, Incarcerated series, we focus on one woman’s prison time—which involved a high-risk pregnancy, forced induced labor, and shackling—to illustrate the problems that thousands of women face behind bars.

“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.

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.