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Enough Is Enough: Repeal Hyde Now

by Jazmine Walker

Video

On Race and Policing: Videos Only a Tool

Melissa Harris-Perry discusses a recent police shooting in South Carolina that was captured via dashcam, in which a former state trooper fired his gun at a Black man for diving “head-first back into [his] car” to grab the license the officer requested. “[W]here some see an aggressive move into a car, others see yet another unarmed Black man shot by a police officer over a minor infraction,” says Harris-Perry. “That divide about what we believe we see, even when we see the same thing, is a reminder that video whether by dashcam or bodycam or by bystander phone is only a tool.” [via MSNBC]

History’s Worst Contraceptives: WTFP?!

During the week of World Contraception Day, which is held on September 26, EngenderHealth, a global women’s health organization, released this video that looks at some of history’s worst contraceptives. The video is part of a new campaign (WTFP?! Where’s the Family Planning?!) aimed at raising awareness among Americans about the need to expand global access to contraception. Indeed, it will make you say, “Ewww.” [via EngenderHealth]

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson on Gender Equality

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson speaks at a UN summit about the launch of the HeForShe campaign, an effort to galvanize men and boys on behalf of gender equality.

Audio

‘Misconception’ About Crisis Pregnancy Centers, and Abortion in El Salvador

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On this episode of Reality Cast, I talk to Allison Yarrow about her exposé of crisis pregnancy centers for Vice, called Misconception. In another segment, I discuss NPR’s in-depth look at abortion in El Salvador.

Over-the-Counter Access to Birth Control, and the Affirmative Consent Controversy in California

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On this episode of Reality Cast, I chat with Gretchen Borchelt of the National Women’s Law Center about the new wave of attacks on contraception post-Hobby Lobby. In another segment, I discuss how anti-choice politicians are championing over-the-counter birth control pills. Also, there’s more controversy over the affirmative consent bill in California.

Reactions to Wendy Davis’ Abortion Stories and Ray Rice’s Violent Video

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On this episode of Reality Cast, I share reactions to Wendy Davis’ abortion stories, and RH Reality Check Senior Political Reporter Andrea Grimes fills us in on what’s happening in Texas. In another segment, I cover the Ray Rice domestic violence video and its fallout.

News
Rep. Gardner produced an advertisement citing the “American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists”—which does not exist—as a backer of his proposal to sell contraception over-the-counter.

Rep. Gardner, who’s challenging Sen. Mark Udall for U.S. Senate, produced an advertisement citing the “American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists” as a backer of his proposal to sell contraception over-the-counter. But this group does not exist, and an organization with a similar name doesn’t support Gardner’s proposal.

Kathleen Kane

The victim “acted in a manner which in whole or in part contributed to” her attack, says a statement attributed to Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Kane says she was unaware of the statement drafted by her office.

Marilyn Musgrave, former Republican Colorado congresswoman, speaking at the 2014 Values Voter Summit on Saturday.

During a panel session at the Values Voter Summit on Saturday, the head of the Susan B. Anthony List’s super PAC said the group will continue targeting incumbent Democratic Sens. Kay Hagan (NC), Mary Landrieu (LA), and Mark Pryor (AR) as extreme in their support of abortion rights.

“Young pretty girls are the greatest communicators” when it comes to reaching out to young men on college campuses about pro-life, conservative values, said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life.

“Young pretty girls are the greatest communicators” when it comes to reaching out to young men on college campuses about “pro-life,” conservative values, said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life.

Republicans are labeling Orman a “stealth Democrat,” and anti-choice organizations are attacking his position on reproductive rights and other issues.

Republicans are labeling Orman a “stealth Democrat,” and anti-choice organizations are attacking his position on reproductive rights and other issues.

California has become the first state to enact a law requiring students at many schools to receive affirmative sexual consent.

California has become the first state to enact a law requiring students at many schools to receive affirmative sexual consent.

The American Civil Liberties Union accuses Scott County, Mississippi, officials of maintaining policies that allow poor defendants to sit in jail without either an attorney or a formal indictment.

The American Civil Liberties Union accuses Scott County, Mississippi, officials of maintaining policies that allow poor defendants to sit in jail without either an attorney or a formal indictment.

Thousands of low-income Tennessee residents are without access to health care because the state’s $35.7 million computer system is unable to process the backlog of applicants.

Thousands of low-income Tennessee residents are without access to health care because the state’s $35.7 million computer system is unable to process the backlog of applicants.

An undercover investigation by NARAL Pro-Choice Texas found that crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) in the state disseminate misinformation, use deceptive tactics, and interfere with clients’ access to reproductive health care.

An undercover investigation by NARAL Pro-Choice Texas found that crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) in the state disseminate misinformation, use deceptive tactics, and interfere with clients’ access to reproductive health care.

Sen. Ted Cruz made two patently false statements at the Values Voter Summit on Friday when he said “Right now, the federal government is suing the Little Sisters of the Poor to try to force Catholic nuns to pay for abortion-inducing drugs." (Above, Cruz speaks at the 2011 Values Voter Summit.)

Sen. Ted Cruz made two patently false statements at the Values Voter Summit on Friday when he said “Right now, the federal government is suing the Little Sisters of the Poor to try to force Catholic nuns to pay for abortion-inducing drugs.”

Nearly two hours into the Friday morning speeches at this year’s Values Voter Summit, Rep. Marlin Stutzman revved up the crowd with his call to ban abortion, using himself as a reason.

Nearly two hours into the Friday morning speeches at this year’s Values Voter Summit, Rep. Marlin Stutzman revved up the crowd with his call to ban abortion, using himself as a reason.

The lawsuits are the first to enforce transgender workers' rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

The lawsuits are the first to enforce transgender workers’ rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

People waiving LGBTQ pride flag at the 26th Annual Pride Parade on the streets of Center City Philadelphia in June 2014.

Philadelphia is poised to pass a new ordinance aimed at toughening the punishment of crimes committed on the basis of someone’s gender identity or sexual orientation.

A Planned Parenthood clinic closed in Wisconsin on Thursday due to state budget cuts that prevent government money from going to the women’s health clinics.

A Planned Parenthood clinic closed in Wisconsin on Thursday due to state budget cuts that prevent government money from going to the women’s health clinics.

New Hampshire U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown worked to distance himself from a hardline “personhood” position this week, putting him at odds with the state’s Republican Party and positions he has taken in his political past.

New Hampshire U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown worked to distance himself from a hardline “personhood” position this week, putting him at odds with the state’s Republican Party and positions he has taken in his political past.

Roundups
This week, there are new recommendations for chlamydia and gonorrhea screening for young women, a secret shopper study found that young men may have a harder time buying EC over the counter, and Kansas seizes sex toys.

This week, there are new recommendations for chlamydia and gonorrhea screening for young women, a secret shopper study found that young men may have a harder time buying EC over the counter, and Kansas seizes sex toys.

Republicans are never going to successfully repeal health-care reform, so instead they hope to use the courts to gut the most popular and important provisions and render the law a political liability for Democrats.

Republicans are never going to successfully repeal health-care reform, so instead they hope to use the courts to gut the most popular and important provisions and render the law a political liability for Democrats.

RHRC Staff

RH Reality Check Campaign Director Natasha Chart shares her experience with intimate partner violence on the #WhyIStayed hashtag on Twitter.

Commentary
On September 22, Georgetown University campus police removed from outside the school's front gates a small group of students who had been peacefully advocating for reproductive rights, women's rights, and equal rights regardless of sexual orientation.

On September 22, Georgetown University campus police removed from outside the school’s front gates a small group of students who had been peacefully advocating for reproductive rights, women’s rights, and equal rights regardless of sexual orientation.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and fellow Senate Democrats introduced a bill on the last day of the most recent congressional session that would require hospitals receiving federal funding to improve education on the availability of emergency contraception and to offer it to sexual assault survivors.

Republicans grouse and whine about the “war on women” narrative, but they are too afraid of the religious right to take common sense measures like abandoning the attacks on contraception access. How long will it take for them to figure out that they’ve gone too far?

In order to guide our activist priorities, we must envision what our long-term goal of a world without abortion stigma would ultimately look like.

In order to guide our activist priorities, we must envision what our long-term goal of a world without abortion stigma would ultimately look like.

In a recent interview with Elle magazine, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is, in many ways, as awesome as we’ve come to expect. But then, it happens: But then, it happens: she shows she’s imperfect after all.

In a recent interview with Elle magazine, the Supreme Court justice shows she’s imperfect after all.

Rick Perry seems to think that Joan Rivers would still be alive if her doctor had hospital admitting privileges, the kind Texas now requires of abortion providers. Oh, wait. He did.

Rick Perry seems to think that Joan Rivers would still be alive if her doctor had hospital admitting privileges, the kind Texas now requires of abortion providers. Oh, wait. He did.

All over the country, billboards recently sprang up implying that babies with disabilities need to be "saved" from abortion.

Until reproductive rights and justice leaders make disability rights an integral issue for the movement, anti-choice advocates will continue to dictate—and skew—the conversation in order to restrict abortion.

What could have been a fascinating insight into strangers' expressions of intimacy is instead a tableau of stereotypical sexual narratives already prevalent in mainstream media.

What could have been a fascinating insight into strangers’ expressions of intimacy is instead a tableau of stereotypical sexual narratives already prevalent in mainstream media.

Anti-choicers' bizarre attacks on the newly crowned Miss America expose how the movement has become a strange conspiracy-theory factory, with its supporters seeing monsters around every corner.

Anti-choicers’ bizarre attacks on the newly crowned Miss America expose how the movement has become a strange conspiracy-theory factory, with its supporters seeing monsters around every corner.

Red State Women's new initiative, "The Female Fact(Her)," relies on a few context-free statistics to try to convince female voters that the GOP is the party for them.

Red State Women’s new initiative, “The Female Fact(Her),” relies on a few context-free statistics to try to convince female voters that the GOP is the party for them.

Marissa Alexander’s story resonates with me, not because I am a mother, or even a past victim of domestic violence, but because my life has been greatly affected by the systematic expansion of the prison system and excessive criminalization of my community.

Dr. Dorothy Roberts is right: Incarceration of women “inflicts incalculable damage to communities …. [transferring] racial disadvantage to the next generation.”

To be a Black professional woman in a white-centric corporate space is to be constantly aware of how you fit in—or don’t—and to be constantly battling the preconceptions that your white colleagues have about your character and capabilities due to the pervasive negative stereotypes about Black women.

To be a Black professional woman in a white-centric corporate space is to be constantly aware of how you fit in—or don’t—and to be constantly battling the preconceptions that your white colleagues have about your character and capabilities due to the pervasive negative stereotypes about Black women.

Jandira Magdalena dos Santos Cruz's case is exemplary of the dire effects that criminalizing and stigmatizing abortion can have on women's health and safety.

For women in Brazil, seeking an abortion can have extreme legal, social, and physical consequences.

ABLC Blog
"My name is Sean Groubert and I'm incompetent and racist." - This Guy, probably

In which a white cop fires wildly at an unarmed Black man, and the Black man apologizes because he knows he had no right to be Black in public.

Don Lemon is saying things again.

In which Don Lemon says some things and I roll my eyes.

You're welcome.

In which I introduce RH Reality Check‘s latest venture: MY BLOG.

Analysis
The justices issued a 5-4 ruling on Monday allowing new early voting restrictions in Ohio to take effect before voting in November's midterm election begins.

The justices issued a 5-4 ruling on Monday allowing new early voting restrictions in Ohio to take effect before voting in November’s midterm election begins.

"We’re working to give women the opportunity to have the birth they want or the abortion they need," said Katharine Morrison, who has owned Buffalo Womenservices since 2005.

“We’re working to give women the opportunity to have the birth they want or the abortion they need,” said Katharine Morrison, who has owned Buffalo Womenservices since 2005.

A Texas court decision ruling "upskirt" pictures constitutional is the latest example of the courts protecting rape culture in the name of the First Amendment.

A Texas court decision ruling “upskirt” pictures constitutional is the latest example of the courts protecting rape culture in the name of the First Amendment.

Investigations
Since 2010, Sean Fieler, a New Jersey-based hedge fund manager and fervent Catholic, has personally contributed nearly $18 million to political candidates and causes that align with his anti-choice, anti-LGBT, and pro-theocracy views, according to an analysis of tax filings and campaign finance records by RH Reality Check.

Since 2010, Sean Fieler, a New Jersey-based hedge fund manager and fervent Catholic, has personally contributed nearly $18 million to political candidates and causes that align with his anti-choice, anti-LGBT, and pro-theocracy views, according to an analysis of tax filings and campaign finance records by RH Reality Check.

Many of the employers suing the federal government over the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive benefit, including Wheaton College in Illinois, fail to offer employees robust parental leave coverage, an analysis by RH Reality Check shows.

Many of the employers suing the federal government over the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive benefit, including Wheaton College in Illinois, fail to offer employees robust parental leave coverage, an analysis by RH Reality Check shows.

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.

Q & A
Diane Rosenfeld, lecturer on law and director of the Gender Violence Program at Harvard Law School, first began focusing on Title IX and its applications when a group of Harvard students approached her about sexual violence on campus in 2001.

Pretending that sexual assault only happens on other campuses makes it harder to keep students safe, says Title IX expert Diane Rosenfeld.

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.