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Pentagon to Lift Ban on Openly Transgender Military Service Members

Calling the current ban on transgender military service members "outdated," Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Monday that the Department of Defense will start the process of lifting the ban and allowing transgender people to serve openly.

Calling the current ban on transgender military service members “outdated,” Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Monday that the Department of Defense will start the process of lifting the ban and allowing transgender people to serve openly.

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House GOP Pulls Breast Cancer Bill Over Unfounded Abortion Concerns (Updated)

House Republicans on Tuesday pulled a popular breast cancer research funding bill over unfounded concerns that it would indirectly fund Planned Parenthood.

House Republicans on Tuesday pulled a popular breast cancer research funding bill over unfounded concerns that it would indirectly fund Planned Parenthood.

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House GOP Sneaks Hyde Restrictions Into Another Unrelated Bill

House Republicans tried to expand the anti-choice Hyde Amendment for the fourth time this year, this time with a last-minute change to a medical research bill.

House Republicans tried to expand the anti-choice Hyde Amendment for the fourth time this year, this time with a last-minute change to a medical research bill.

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Pro-Choice Senators Defend International Family Planning

A group of pro-choice legislators on Thursday helped stop a Senate committee from cutting international family planning funding and reinstating the "global gag rule."

A group of pro-choice legislators on Thursday helped stop a Senate committee from cutting international family planning funding and reinstating the “global gag rule.”

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House Republicans Sneak Sex-Ed Restriction Into ‘No Child Left Behind’ Rewrite

Republicans want to ban funding for sex education programs that "normalize teen sexual activity as an expected behavior."

Republicans want to ban funding for sex education programs that “normalize teen sexual activity as an expected behavior.”

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Pro-Choice Advocates Go on Offense With Congressional Call to End Hyde Amendment

"It's past time to repeal Hyde," said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) at a press conference with pro-choice advocates and cosponsors of the EACH Woman Act.

Heeding calls from pro-choice advocates to end the discriminatory Hyde Amendment, House Democrats introduced comprehensive legislation to ensure every woman has equal access to insurance coverage of abortion.

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Navy Triples Maternity Leave to 18 Weeks for Sailors, Marines

The policy change will make the Navy and Marine Corps the first military services to provide more than six weeks of paid maternity leave.

The policy change will make the Navy and Marine Corps the first military services to provide more than six weeks of paid maternity leave.

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Marriage Equality Could Be Health-Care Access Boon for LGBTQ Couples

Gay couples are less likely to have employer-sponsored health insurance than married heterosexual couples, but that may be about to change.

Gay couples are less likely to have employer-sponsored health insurance than married heterosexual couples, but that may be about to change.

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What the ‘Abortion Drone’ Will (And Won’t) Mean for Reproductive Rights (Updated)

The Poland "abortion drone" is causing a splash in the media and excited buzz in the reproductive rights community, but it has also become a source of misinformation and anxiety.

The Poland “abortion drone” is causing a splash in the media and excited buzz in the reproductive rights community, but it has also become a source of misinformation and anxiety.

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Eleanor Holmes Norton Dares House GOP to Overturn New D.C. Law: ‘Go Ahead’

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) may not be allowed to vote in the House, but she is still threatening to make life difficult for House Republicans if they keep trying to overturn D.C.’s new Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) may not be allowed to vote in the House, but she is still threatening to make life difficult for House Republicans if they keep trying to overturn D.C.’s new Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act.

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