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Four Ways to Create Culture Change Around Abortion

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Culture change is distinct from policy change and health-care access, but it’s just as important. It’s difficult to imagine long-term policy gains without doing the hard work to change norms, beliefs, and behavior.

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Kids React to Gay Marriage

This episode of Kids React, by the Fine Brothers, explores gay marriage by asking children what they think about various aspects of oppositional arguments and beliefs. While the reactions show an uplifting amount of gay and lesbian relationship normalization and acceptance, they also display an early exposure and internalization of homophobia.

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Louisiana Legislature Sends Omnibus Anti-Abortion Bill to Gov. Jindal, Reproductive Rights Advocates Call for Boycott

In response to the passage of the legislation, reproductive rights advocates have called for boycotting the state.

Without any debate, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would impose regulations aimed at severely limiting access to abortion. It is expected to be signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

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Campaign for Mississippi ‘Personhood’ Ballot Initiative Fails

The proposed state constitutional amendment declaring that life begins at conception was nearly identical to an initiative that was rejected by 58 percent of Mississippi voters in 2011.

The proposed state constitutional amendment declaring that life begins at conception was nearly identical to an initiative that was rejected by 58 percent of Mississippi voters in 2011.

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New York Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Require Inspections of Abortion Clinics

A bill introduced in the New York legislature would require the state health commissioner to inspect abortion clinics a minimum of once every two years.

The bill is in response to documents released in April that purport to show that clinics that provide abortion services in New York state are not being regularly inspected by the state health department.

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Missouri Governor Signals Possible Veto of 72-Hour Waiting Period Bill

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has indicated that he may veto a bill that would extend the waiting period for a woman seeking an abortion in the state from 24 to 72 hours.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has indicated that he may veto a bill that would extend the waiting period for a woman seeking an abortion in the state from 24 to 72 hours.

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Using Aikido to Change the Abortion Conversation

Aikido is a Japanese martial art that makes use of the attacker’s own momentum as a defensive strategy.

Aikido is a Japanese martial art that makes use of the attacker’s own momentum as a defensive strategy. I suggest pro-choicers take the disgust, found on posters with anti-abortion messages or pictures of fetal remains, and in a non-confrontational, nonviolent way, amplify and redirect it.

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Actress Nicole Stewart’s Powerful Tale of Pregnancy and Pain

At Hamon Hall in the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Texas, Nicole Stewart delivered this powerful story of her first pregnancy that turned tragic around the time when Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) was staging her famous filibuster. Performed as part of Oral Fixation’s “Bun in the Oven” series.

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What Happens When We Share Our Abortion Stories: Hate, Vitriol, But Also Love

No matter how anyone feels about abortion, no one deserves the abhorrent comments that are flung at women who share their stories.

Because of an article I wrote about my abortion story, people I’ve never met requested that I kill myself, get raped, die in childbirth, and be sterilized. But I also received love and support from friends and allies, and I’d love to see a whole movement emerge telling people who share their abortion stories: #YouAreLoved.

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New Hampshire House Passes Clinic Buffer Zone Bill

Introduced by Sen. Donna Soucy (D-Manchester), SB 319 was a response to protests in front of Planned Parenthood in Manchester, where more than than 60 patient complaints have been logged since the beginning of 2013.

Introduced by Sen. Donna Soucy (D-Manchester), SB 319 was a response to protests in front of Planned Parenthood in Manchester, where more than than 60 patient complaints have been logged since the beginning of 2013.

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