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Suntan Lotion, Not ‘Social Issues,’ the Priority on GOP Women2Women Tour

Republicans continue to grapple with ways to attract more women voters, even in reliably conservative states.

Republicans continue to grapple with ways to attract more women voters, even in reliably conservative states.

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Why I Stayed in an Abusive Marriage for Two Years

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I know all too well the shame and sense of shared understanding that Janay Rice has spoken of in recent days. It is why I stayed in an abusive marriage for two years, and why I am speaking up ten years later.

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Forcing Abortion Clinic Closures Is Immoral—the Virginia Board of Health Should Make Changes Now

Making abortion more difficult to access does not wave a magic wand that converts women with unwanted pregnancies into beaming mothers-to-be.

Making abortion more difficult to access does not wave a magic wand that converts women with unwanted pregnancies into beaming mothers-to-be.

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The Next ‘Religious Freedom’ Debate: Using Tax Dollars to Discriminate in Adoption

In what universe is any private institution providing services in a competitive marketplace entitled to public funding? Apparently a universe where children without stable homes are denied the opportunity to join a loving family because of someone else’s bigotry.

In what universe is any private institution providing services in a competitive marketplace entitled to public funding? Apparently a universe where children without stable homes are denied the opportunity to join a loving family because of someone else’s bigotry.

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How Minnesota Passed a Massive Economic Security Law for Women

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.

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Beyond ‘Choice': Youth-Focused Reproductive Rights and Justice Organization Renames Itself URGE

What does it mean to be pro-choice? For an increasing number of activists, advocates, and advocacy organizations, it includes wanting to be identified with an agenda more comprehensive than supporting a woman's right to choose abortion—as in, dropping the "choice" label entirely.

What does it mean to be pro-choice? For an increasing number of activists, advocates, and advocacy organizations, it includes wanting to be identified with an agenda more comprehensive than supporting a woman’s right to choose abortion—as in, dropping the “choice” label entirely.

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Melinda Gates, and Why We Must Talk About Abortion in Feminist and Progressive Circles

Melinda Gates and others have long claimed that conversations about abortion are "toxic" not just to feminism and the equality movement, but political progress in general. To that I say hooey.

Gates and others have long claimed that conversations about abortion are “toxic” not just to feminism and the equality movement, but political progress in general. To that I say hooey.

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On Abortion, Speech, and the Catholic Campus: Vatican Responds to Petition Against Georgetown

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A recent petition by William Peter Blatty—a Georgetown graduate who’s best known for writing The Exorcist—is aimed at forcing the university to conform to a strict and exclusionary vision of Catholic identity, and it’s been yellow-lighted by a Vatican representative.

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At UN, Vatican Continues to Claim Limited Jurisdiction on Sexual Abuse of Children by Priests

Vatican officials appeared Monday before the UN Committee on Torture to discuss the sexual abuse of children by priests, claiming the Holy See lacks juridical power to combat the problem on an international basis.

Vatican officials appeared Monday before the United Nations Committee on Torture to discuss the sexual abuse of children by priests, claiming the Holy See lacks juridical power to combat the problem on an international basis.

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Choice, Surrogacy, and a Troubling Response to My Previous Commentary on Criminalization

If enacted, SB 302 would make surrogate parents, gestational carriers, and anyone who "is involved in, or induces, arranges or otherwise assists in the formation of a surrogate parenting contract" liable to up to a $10,000 fine or imprisonment of up to one year.

Last week, RH Reality Check published a piece in response to an earlier commentary I wrote about what was being billed as a feminist effort to criminalize surrogacy in Kansas. Much as I respect them, it appears the co-authors of that article responded to a straw man.

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