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For Immigrants After Obama’s Executive Order, Mix of Joy, Sorrow, Determination

by Emily Crockett

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On Black Fatherhood

Often what is lost in discussions about the so-called crisis of Black fatherhood is the “centuries-old tradition of communal parenting,” explains Colorlines in the latest chapter of its series on Black men, entitled Life Cycles of Inequity.

Learn the Important Facts About Being Intersex

Bailey De Young of MTV’s Faking It and Emily Quinn of Inter/Act list nine things you should know about intersex people. You can read Quinn’s piece about her journey here.

Artist Illustrates Police Reaction to Ferguson Protests

Illustrator Molly Crabapple shows the police response to protests in Ferguson after the fatal shooting of Mike Brown, and the ongoing tension between communities of color and law enforcement. [via Colorlines]

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Abstinence-Only Ideologues, and New Research on the HPV Vaccine

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On this episode of Reality Cast, Jennifer Moss, a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, explains how the HPV vaccine is linked to lower cancer rates even before its protective effects kick in. In another segment, I discuss how the abstinence-only ideology is not completely dead.

‘False Witnesses’ Media Conference

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On Thursday, RH Reality Check hosted a press call to discuss the False Witnesses project: an investigation into 14 individuals who have pushed false information designed to mislead the public, lawmakers, and the courts about abortion.

Post-Election Reproductive Rights Roundup

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On this episode of Reality Cast, I talk to a lawyer from the Center for Reproductive Rights about what’s going on in Oklahoma. I also talk about how anti-choice politicians defeated the “war on women” narrative, and what happened with ballot initiatives dealing with reproductive rights.

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HB 248, which represents at least the second time Ohio has tried to pass a heartbeat ban, was pushed hastily to a vote in the House Health and Aging Committee.

HB 248, which represents at least the second time Ohio has tried to pass a heartbeat ban, was pushed hastily to a vote in the House Health and Aging Committee.

The lawsuit claims the administration abused its authority in delaying the implementation of a key portion of the Affordable Care Act.

The lawsuit claims the administration abused its authority in delaying the implementation of a key portion of the Affordable Care Act.

Cincinnati’s last abortion clinic will remain open for now after state health inspectors granted an exemption to an anti-choice state law that requires all abortion clinics to have a transfer agreement with local hospitals, but also bans public hospitals from entering into those agreements with providers.

The city’s last abortion clinic will remain open for now after state health inspectors granted an exemption to an anti-choice state law that requires all abortion clinics to have a transfer agreement with local hospitals, but also bans public hospitals from entering into those agreements with providers.

Mississippi's admitting privileges law will remain blocked after the full panel of 15 judges on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to hear the case again.

Mississippi’s admitting privileges law will remain blocked after the full panel of 15 judges on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to hear the case again.

The House Appropriations Committee said Thursday that it would be "impossible" to defund the immigration order, as some GOP legislators compared Obama to a murderous tyrant.

The House Appropriations Committee said Thursday that it would be “impossible” to defund the immigration order, as some GOP legislators compared Obama to a murderous tyrant.

Although there are more women in Congress than ever before in history, House Republicans filled every one of their open committee chair spots with men.

Although there are more women in Congress than ever before in history, House Republicans filled every one of their open committee chair spots with men.

When Sen. Warren and Rep. George Miller invited Walmart workers to brief Congress on Tuesday about the retail giant’s abusive practices, the conversation was about more than just Walmart.

When Sen. Warren and Rep. George Miller invited Walmart workers to brief Congress on Tuesday about the retail giant’s abusive practices, the conversation was about more than just Walmart.

children at daycare

The bipartisan reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant program will make overdue improvements to a key child-care subsidy program—but it may not do much to ease the crisis of child care affordability in the United States.

Gordon Klingenschmitt, a state legislator in Colorado who's set to take office in January, sees demonic forces at work in everyone from reproductive health-care providers to President Obama, and his extreme views may hurt Colorado's Republican Party.

Gordon Klingenschmitt, a state legislator in Colorado who’s set to take office in January, sees demonic forces at work in everyone from reproductive health-care providers to President Obama, and his extreme views may hurt Colorado’s Republican Party.

The lawsuits argue race-based admissions policies at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina improperly discriminate against whites and Asian Americans.

The lawsuits argue race-based admissions policies at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina improperly discriminate against whites and Asian Americans.

Tennessee state lawmakers wasted no time taking advantage of a new constitutional amendment, passed on Election Day, that allows the state legislature to pass laws restricting abortion rights.

Tennessee state lawmakers wasted no time taking advantage of a new constitutional amendment, passed on Election Day, that allows the state legislature to pass laws restricting abortion rights.

Anti-choice Missouri legislators are primed to continue their assault on reproductive rights by planning to introduce a bill in January that would require health inspections of abortion clinics. There was, as of January 2014, only one abortion clinic in the state.

Anti-choice Missouri legislators are primed to continue their assault on reproductive rights by planning to introduce a bill in January that would require health inspections of abortion clinics. There was, as of January 2014, only one abortion clinic in the state.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America circulated a memo last week calling on Congress to fund four key women’s health issues, using both an omnibus appropriations bill and the annual defense authorization bill.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America circulated a memo last week calling on Congress to fund four key women’s health issues, using both an omnibus appropriations bill and the annual defense authorization bill.

Though they've has been hailed by some as progress, the recommendations maintain the discriminatory and stigmatizing treatment of gay men by focusing on sexual orientation instead of testing history and status.

Though they’ve has been hailed by some as progress, the recommendations maintain the discriminatory and stigmatizing treatment of gay men by focusing on sexual orientation instead of testing history and status.

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A small town on the Georgia-Tennessee border voted to ban abortion clinics Monday because the city’s mayor wants to avoid anti-choice protesters who gather outside the clinics.

Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and Harry Reid all won re-election to their leadership positions. But Elizabeth Warren's inclusion in Democratic leadership could signal more progressive priorities.

Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and Harry Reid all won re-election to their leadership positions. But Elizabeth Warren’s inclusion in Democratic leadership could signal more progressive priorities.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that it has committed up to $35 million to fund the clearance of rape kit backlogs across the country. The initiative, which was launched in partnership with the Joyful Heart Foundation’s End the Backlog program, is the single largest-ever financial contribution towards ending the rape kit backlog.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that it has committed up to $35 million to fund the clearance of rape kit backlogs across the country, in partnership with the Joyful Heart Foundation’s End the Backlog program.

Rather than respond to the merits of a lawsuit claiming the law is unconstitutional, attorneys for the State of Alabama claim they can't understand the allegations in the complaint.

Rather than respond to the merits of a lawsuit claiming the law is unconstitutional, attorneys for the State of Alabama claim they can’t understand the allegations in the complaint.

Roundups
This week, a presentation in Chicago had parents worried about what their kids might learn in sex ed class, and research shows that women with more male friends have more sex with their committed partners than their peers.

This week, a presentation in Chicago had parents worried about what their kids might learn in sex ed class, and research shows that women with more male friends have more sex with their committed partners than their peers.

This week, scientists determine when humans and Neanderthals swapped genes, anthropologists suggest that King Tut's parents were siblings, and a male bird (apparently) poisons itself to be more attractive to females.

This week, scientists determine when humans and Neanderthals swapped genes, anthropologists suggest that King Tut’s parents were siblings, and a male bird (apparently) poisons itself to be more attractive to females.

This week, six lab-grown penises are almost ready for implantation, and an Italian couple apparently became stuck together after a tryst at the beach went awry.

This week, six lab-grown penises are almost ready for implantation, and an Italian couple apparently became stuck together after a tryst at the beach went awry.

Commentary
This week, we released Saying Abortion Aloud, a report and set of recommendations for those sharing their personal abortion stories publicly and the advocates who support them.

This week, we released Saying Abortion Aloud, a report and set of recommendations for those sharing their personal abortion stories publicly and the advocates who support them.

Thursday's live-streamed "one in three" speak-out made me realize that even as a staunch reproductive rights advocate, a clinic escort, and a feminist, I still have to battle my own internalized abortion stigma.

Thursday’s live-streamed “one in three” speak-out made me realize that even as a staunch reproductive rights advocate, a clinic escort, and a feminist, I still have to battle my own internalized abortion stigma.

The Austin police chief's response to two officers that cracked rape jokes—implying that "their heart[s] were in the right place"—is just the latest demonstration of a department culture that appears to be uninterested in addressing the needs of the city's most marginalized citizens.

The Austin police chief’s response to two officers that cracked rape jokes—implying that “their heart[s] were in the right place”—is just the latest demonstration of a department culture that appears to be uninterested in addressing the needs of the city’s most marginalized citizens.

She's Beautiful When She's Angry, Mary Dore's new film about the birth of contemporary feminism, is an insightful, inspiring look at the struggles and triumphs of our foremothers.

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, Mary Dore’s new film about the birth of contemporary feminism, is an insightful, inspiring look at the struggles and triumphs of our foremothers.

It seems like every week, there's another story in the news about a teacher having sexual contact with a student.

It seems like every week, there’s another story in the news about a teacher having sexual contact with a student. Though the circumstances of each case are different, one thing should be clear to us: The young people involved are never at fault.

What if, instead of leaving families isolated and struggling, we identify ways to build a robustly inclusive and caring society? What if we fight to expand access to support for all parents? We can break these dualistic fallacies apart.

What if, instead of leaving families isolated and struggling, we identify ways to build a robustly inclusive and caring society? What if we fight to expand access to support for all parents? We can break these dualistic fallacies apart.

As a continuing issue, the quiet, day-to-day use of sterilization as a weapon to infringe upon reproductive rights—especially those of disabled people—rarely bubbles up into the public consciousness.

As a continuing issue, the quiet, day-to-day use of sterilization as a weapon to infringe upon reproductive rights—especially those of disabled people—rarely bubbles up into the public consciousness.

On Thursday, November 20, the first ever live-streamed abortion speak-out will feature a diverse group of 100 women who will discuss their personal experiences with abortion and abortion care.

On Thursday, November 20, the first ever live-streamed abortion speak-out will feature a diverse group of 100 women who will discuss their personal experiences with abortion and abortion care.

Andrew Sullivan got completely unbent at the idea that Twitter might crack down on harassment. But the real censorship is coming from anti-feminists who use abusive campaigns in an effort to silence feminists.

Andrew Sullivan got completely unbent at the idea that Twitter might crack down on harassment. But the real censorship is coming from anti-feminists who use abusive campaigns in an effort to silence feminists.

Many women know more about the risks of birth control than about how the right contraceptive might improve their lives.

Many women know more about the risks of birth control than about how the right contraceptive might improve their lives.

The pharmaceutical industry launched a campaign in January of this year to persuade the FDA to approve such medications in the name of equality—which overlooks the fact that most of the drugs being considered simply don’t work.

The pharmaceutical industry launched a campaign in January of this year to persuade the FDA to approve such medications in the name of equality—which overlooks the fact that most of the drugs being considered simply don’t work.

Many self-identified evangelicals have ceremonially promised to stay virgins until marriage. But there are often few narratives available from adults who are now struggling with the purity vows they made as teenagers.

Many self-identified evangelicals have ceremonially promised to stay virgins until marriage. But there are often few narratives available from adults who are now struggling with the purity vows they made as teenagers.

ABLC Blog
Andrew Sullivan's hysterical claim that WAM! is in cahoots with Twitter to stifle the speech of the poor oppressed straight white male is just the latest example of his frequent failure to fact-check.

Andrew Sullivan’s hysterical claim that WAM! is in cahoots with Twitter to stifle the speech of the poor oppressed straight white male is just the latest example of his frequent failure to fact-check.

Last week's announcement that President Obama had nominated Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as the next attorney general sparked some attacks on Lynch from the left that reveal a disheartening myopia among progressives.

Last week’s announcement that President Obama had nominated Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as the next attorney general sparked some attacks on Lynch from the left that reveal a disheartening myopia among progressives.

Wendy Davis

In which I defend from absurd attacks Andrea Grimes’ article about the lack of empathy in the white community.

Analysis
Last week, New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof wrote a great op-ed entitled, “Politics, Teens and Birth Control,” in which he eloquently described teen pregnancy as a problem of irresponsible adults not hormone-addled teens. Unfortunately, the article includes a misleading statistic that suggests people who rely on condoms for pregnancy prevention will eventually, inevitably become pregnant.

Unfortunately, Nicholas Kristof’s great op-ed on teenage pregnancy in the New York Times last week included a misleading statistic that suggests people who rely on condoms for pregnancy prevention will eventually, inevitably become pregnant.

In a key win for the Obama administration, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Nina Pillard authored an opinion that should put to rest any remaining legal threats to the contraception benefit.

In a key win for the Obama administration, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Nina Pillard authored an opinion that should put to rest any remaining legal threats to the contraception benefit.

Thanks to restrictive laws and limited health-care options, halting the spread of HIV and hepatitis C is often a losing battle—one that puts women substance users in particularly high danger.

Thanks to restrictive laws and limited health-care options, halting the spread of HIV and hepatitis C is often a losing battle—one that puts women substance users in particularly high danger.

Investigations
The issues might have changed, but the techniques now widely used by conservatives to distort science and, with it, public policy, remain the same.

The issues might have changed, but the techniques now widely used by conservatives to distort science and, with it, public policy, remain the same.

Once a legislature accepts bogus facts, a larger problem can arise: Courts will frequently defer to the factual findings of state legislatures, which provides a gaping loophole for junk science to wend its way into judicial decisions all the way up to the Supreme Court.

Once a legislature accepts bogus facts, a larger problem can arise: Courts will frequently defer to the factual findings of state legislatures, which provides a gaping loophole for junk science to wend its way into judicial decisions all the way up to the Supreme Court.

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.

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.