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At Swarthmore and Other Colleges, Students Say Sexual Assault Is a Persistent—and Often Mishandled—Problem

Three months have passed since Swarthmore College introduced a centralized sexual assault and harassment reporting system.

Swarthmore is among a number of colleges and universities that are being investigated by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights for violating Title IX by creating a “hostile environment” and discouraging students from reporting or pursuing disciplinary action against sexual misconduct.

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How Domestic Violence Survivors Get Evicted From Their Homes After Calling the Police

An examination of a city ordinance in Norristown, Pennsylvania, reveals a nationwide problem: In dozens of cities, "disorderly conduct" ordinances discourage domestic violence survivors from calling the police, lest they face eviction from their homes.

An examination of a city ordinance in Norristown, Pennsylvania, reveals a nationwide problem: In dozens of cities, “disorderly conduct” ordinances discourage domestic violence survivors from calling the police, lest they face eviction from their homes.

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The Face of Pregnancy Discrimination

Slowly but surely pregnant workers are gaining more workplace protections, but Congress still needs to act.

“What we keep hearing in this country is a lot of ‘family values.’ What could be a truer family value than to make sure the people who want to work, who have children have gainful employment?”

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Philadelphia Becomes Third City to Pass Resolution Supporting Reproductive Health Care

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett.

As of last week, the Philadelphia Board of Health has avowed it will firmly stand behind the right to comprehensive reproductive health and abortion care.

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Opposing Religious Coercion in Health Care: The Defeat of the Abington Hospital Merger in Pennsylvania

Note received by Poley: "Thank you for speaking up on behalf of our rights!"

In Pennsylvania, organizing by community members and medical professionals helped defeat a merger between a Catholic hospital and a secular hospital system, thereby ensuring that women’s reproductive health care services are still offered.

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Is the Blunt Amendment Constitutional?

Senator Roy Blunt

The Obama Administration’s recently-announced accommodation to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate should have put any controversy to rest.

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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio Introduces Legislation to Overturn ACA Birth Control Mandate

It seems that no reproductive justice victory can stand free of assault by the anti-choice set. On Monday, January 30, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla) introduced legislation that would overturn the Department of Health and Human Services mandate requiring religiously-affiliated organizations to provide free birth control with their employee health plan packages.

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Religious Exemptions and Contraceptive Coverage: How Far Can Denial Go and Still Be Constitutional?

The Department of Health and Human Services has included contraceptive coverage as essential preventive care under the Affordable Care Act, while exempting organizations with an explicit religious mission from having to comply. For some, this exemption does not go far enough. But how far can religious right organizations go in denying their employees access to essential preventive care?

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