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Weighing in on the Surgeon General’s Weight

We are so focused on weight as an indicator of health that we ignore the fact that thinness is not equivalent to being physically fit nor is a higher-than-average weight necessarily an indicator of being “unhealthy.”

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Pay It Right

If we’re going to do health care reform we need to do it right — lest we expand the historic failure of government-provided healthcare for Native Americans nationwide.

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Sotomayor, Race and Gender: An Abortion Debate by Proxy

Charges that racism and sexism might influence Judge Sotomayor’s decision-making are a proxy for the far right’s concerns about her positions on choice, discrimination, and immigration rights.

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Missouri Legislature: Coerced Pregnancy, Fine; Voluntary Abortion, No Way

A Missouri bill would make physicians criminals for helping women obtain an abortion “with knowledge” that the woman has been “coerced” and would prohibit the woman from consenting to an abortion as the “victim of a coerced abortion.”

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Looking Beyond the (D): New Anti-Choice Dems Join Congress

Pro-choice initiatives from Prevention First to zeroing out abstinence-only funding will need support from socially conservative Democrats. That’s why we need to understand the aims of anti-choice Dems.

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Holding Out Hopes, Hesitations, for Black Herstory Month

Celebrating the good during Black Herstory Month is as easy as it is tempting, but exploring and addressing the injustices that remain unaddressed is required for the month to be meaningful.

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Who Will Be Obama’s Global AIDS Coordinator?

Will Mark Dybul really stay on as Obama’s Global AIDS Coordinator? And if he does, will his new boss push him to listen to the evidence on prevention?

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Conscience Clauses: Justifying Bigotry On Religious Grounds

The thought of people refusing to serve a person of color due to their personal objection to desegregation is now considered indefensible, but refusal of service due to personal religious objections is not a thing of the past.

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Urge FDA to Approve Female Condom!

This week the FDA will decide whether to recommend approval of the second generation female condom. You can sign on to a letter in support of approval.

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Reproductive Justice Advocates Imagine an Obama Future

As we count down to the end of the Bush presidency and the beginning of the Obama Administration, Pamela samples the views of a few reproductive justice activists to find out what progress they hope to see come out of the next four years.

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