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Twelve-Year-Old Speaks Out Against North Carolina’s Voting ID Law

“We, young people, have a serious leadership problem,” Madison Kimrey of Burlington, North Carolina, argues in her speech at a Moral Monday rally last fall on her state’s voter identification law. Kimrey, 12, founded NC Youth Rocks after the North Carolina legislature passed voting restrictions that effectively target young people, women, minorities, and the poor.

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The People of Color Activists Whose Voices Are Too Often Missing From Stories About Texas’ ‘Orange Army’

Activists in Texas' Rio Grande Valley

As we mark the anniversary of Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion bill being signed into law, much of the focus has been on Austin-based reproductive rights organizing and the work of white women in largely white organizations. Here are some of the the stories of activists of color whose voices have been missing from many of these conversations.

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Planned Parenthood Set to Open Ambulatory Surgical Center in Dallas

The new southeast Dallas facility will be one of eight legal abortion providers left in Texas after September 1.

The new southeast Dallas facility will be one of eight legal abortion providers left in Texas after September 1.

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You Won’t Believe What Happened When This Texan Decided to Talk About Abortion

Abortion stigma is a problem that is not unique to Texas.

Despite the work I do, I’ve been contributing to abortion stigma by not always speaking plainly about the work that I do. I’ve been afraid of starting arguments, of offending friends and family members, of ostracizing myself as the abortion lady. A few months ago, I decided to change that.

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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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States Continue to Enact Abortion Restrictions in First Half of 2014, But at a Lower Level Than in the Previous Three Years

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So far this year, 13 states have adopted 21 new restrictions designed to limit access to abortion, about half the number (41) of similar restrictions that had been enacted by this point last year.

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Anti-Choice Ethics Director Strategizes Sting Operations Against Abortion Providers

Burke Balch, director of the National Right to Life Committee's Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics, at the 2009 National Right to Life Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

According to statements made at a recent conference attended by RH Reality Check, the National Right to Life Committee plans to perform stings of abortion clinics, while also pushing for an expansion of the laws that govern abortion to allow third parties to sue the clinics in civil court for alleged violations.

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Missouri Governor Vetoes 72-Hour Waiting Period Bill

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon

Increasing the state’s waiting period from 24 to 72 hours was one of state Republican lawmakers’ top priorities during the legislative session. Only two states, Utah and South Dakota, require a 72-hour waiting period.

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National Right to Life Director Admits Pregnancy Is Riskier Than Abortion

Mary Spaulding Balch, state legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee, speaking at a Roe v. Wade anniversary press conference in 2009.

At last weekend’s National Right to Life Committee’s convention, Mary Spaulding Balch criticized the legislative strategy used by other anti-choice groups to pass 20-week abortion bans by claiming the procedure is dangerous to women. The proper approach, she said, is to base the argument around the unborn.

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Reproductive Health Care in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, Buffer Zones, and Defining Rape

On this episode of Reality Cast, I talk to Katrina Anderson, a representative from the Center for Reproductive Rights, about a report on access to reproductive health care in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. Also, I cover the Supreme Court’s decision on clinic buffer zones, and the melee over George Will’s column minimizing the problem of campus rape.

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