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Birthing Chains: Anti-Shackling Rally in New York

Only four states have policies that bar the shackling of pregnant women in prisons, jails, and detention centers.
With nearly unanimous legislative support for the Anti-Shackling Bill,
New York looks like its on the verge of becoming the fifth state to
restrict a practice that is considered torture by the United
Nations–but only if Governor Dave Paterson allows it into law. Urge Governor Paterson to sign the bill at the Anti-Shackling Rally on July 9.

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Giving Birth in Chains: The Shackling of Incarcerated Women During Labor and Delivery

As birthing choices are increasingly part of the public
conversation, pregnant women are increasingly empowered to decide what sort of care is right for their bodies and their child. Except for those pregnant women who are incarcerated.

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NOW: Abortion Providers Under Siege

NOW on PBS aired "Abortion Providers Under Siege," a show that asked if clinic violence is the new face of domestic terrorism. It inspired a boatload of viewer commentary–and pushback from those who don’t support abortion.

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Melissa Harris-Lacewell: A New Era of Opportunity

In an outstanding presentation titled "Embracing Your Promise: A New
Era of Opportunity," Harris-Lacewell honed in on how racial and gender
experiences intersect with our reproductive health. Particularly, she
pointed to the physiological impact of shame and isolation.

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On the Murder of Dr. George Tiller

While
of course everybody has the right to personally oppose abortion, the
killing and harassment of Dr. Tiller is beyond the pale. The hypocrisy of murder being the recourse of someone who is "pro-life" is so evident it barely needs discussing.

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Teens Who Parent Still Need School

The nation with the highest adolescent pregnancy and birth rates in the industrialized world has not figured out how to meet the educational needs of pregnant and parenting teens. In fact, we’re going the other direction – gutting the too-rare programs that have developed to meet the unique needs of teen parents.

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On Asia McGowan: Why We Need Feminism in Community Colleges

Asia McGowan, a 20-year-old student at Henry Ford Community College outside Detroit was murdered on campus by a man who’d stalked her. Why aren’t feminist resources for domestic violence and stalking available at community colleges?

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Getting Past No: What Happens Once Schools Turn Down Ab-Only?

Rejecting abstinence-only funding is only one part of the movement to educate and empower young people; we also need to pro-actively normalize comprehensive, medically-accurate sexuality education in American schools.

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The Adoption Consensus?

When emotions get heated among those who disagree on abortion rights, it can be easy to settle the conversation by calling on adoption as a “compromise.” Is treating adoption as a solution to abortion the best way to craft sensible adoption policy?

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How to Push Abortion Out of Women’s Reach in Four Days or Less

Family Research Council members convinced a New Jersey hotel to stop offering discounted room rates to women coming to the state seeking abortion care. Is cutting off assistance for lodging and travel for women seeking abortion care the best way to help or simply a low-blow to women in vulnerable circumstances?

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