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How Anonymous Does More Harm Than Good for Sexual Assault Victims

Women don’t need to be avenged by "white knights." We need the knowledge and the legal resources to vindicate our rights ourselves.

Women don’t need to be avenged by “white knights.” We need the knowledge and the legal resources to vindicate our rights ourselves.

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What the Blogosphere Got Dangerously Wrong About the Renisha McBride Case

We should be outraged about McBride’s death. But many of the people who have commented on the story with their hearts in the right place have gotten two key facts of the case wrong.

We should be outraged about McBride’s death, and many people have been, channeling their anger into blog posts and online petitions. But many of the people who have commented on the story with their hearts in the right place have gotten two key facts of the case wrong—and those misrepresented facts could have dangerous consequences.

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Learn Your Rights: Touching a Pregnant Person’s Stomach Is Illegal, and Has Been for Some Time

It is already illegal to touch a person without consent in every state, pregnant or not.

Numerous media outlets are reporting that Pennsylvania has banned the touching of a pregnant person’s belly without permission with a “new” or “renewed” or “expanded” law. However, it is already illegal to touch a person without consent in every state, pregnant or not.

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Off-Campus Catholic Conservatives Meddle With Abortion Coverage for Loyola Marymount Faculty

The Loyola Marymount University Sunken Gardens and Sacred Heart Chapel.

Having to fight your employer for health-care equity is bad; having to fight whoever else has an opinion on it is worse.

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My Short-Lived Hope for a More Compassionate Catholic Church

The Roman Catholic Church isn’t just a church, it is a world power.

Pope Francis said he objects to “laboratories” where out-of-touch people in power develop solutions to problems they don’t understand. Yet it seems those efforts don’t include a willingness to try and understand actual women’s lives.

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The Final Contraceptive Coverage Rule: Why You Should Stay Away From Any Organization That ‘Self-Certifies’

The Obama administration once again bends over backwards to accommodate "religious institutions" at the expense of religious freedom and public health, with unknown consequences down the line.

The Obama administration once again bends over backwards to accommodate “religious institutions” at the expense of religious freedom and public health, with unknown consequences down the line.

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Why a Catholic School Teacher Was Fired for an IVF Pregnancy—And Why She Was Awarded $171,000 (UPDATED)

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati argued that although Christa Dias was hired to teach computer classes and is not Catholic, she was still considered a minister of the Catholic Church and therefore could be fired for not adhering to Catholic teachings about IVF. But Dias won in court.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati argued that although Christa Dias was hired to teach computer classes and is not Catholic, she was still considered a minister of the Catholic Church and therefore could be fired for not adhering to Catholic teachings about IVF. But Dias won in court.

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No, Texas Law Does Not Say You Can Shoot an Escort Who Refuses to Have Sex

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A misreading of the verdict in an upsetting Texas case has gone viral, since Gawker claimed: “Texas Says It’s OK to Shoot an Escort If She Won’t Have Sex With You.” Texas law does not say that, and the jury didn’t either. This story looks very different depending on if you are looking at the law or the reporting.

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Defending the Right to Bodily Integrity: The Reproductive Justice Movement and Force-Feeding at Guantanamo

Picture taken at protest in London demanding closure of Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

Given our commitment to recognizing and dismantling systems of oppression that deny individuals self-determination and bodily integrity, reproductive justice advocates must demand an end to force-feeding at Guantanamo.

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The Bishops’ Lawsuit: A Colossal and Purposeful Drain on Public Funds

The government is hemorrhaging money defending a regulation it will never enforce against the New York Archdiocese.

The government is hemorrhaging money defending a regulation it will never enforce against the New York Archdiocese.

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