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Parental Consent and Notification Laws Are Dangerous. You Can’t Legislate Healthy Family Communication

A law forcing notification or consent doesn't help a young person who feels that they cannot turn to their parents out of fear for their safety or parental anger and disappointment. It simply makes it harder for them to access safe and legal care.

A law forcing notification or consent doesn’t help a young person who feels that they cannot turn to their parents out of fear for their safety or parental anger and disappointment. It simply makes it harder for them to access safe and legal care.

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Child—Especially for the Working Poor

Debra Harrell was jailed for "abandoning" her 9-year-old daughter while the young girl played at a park.

Many discussions of Debra Harrell, the South Carolina mother who was jailed for “abandoning” her 9-year-old daughter at a park, fail to mention how limited child-care options are for low-income parents, especially those who are single.

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Do Women Need to Manipulate Men Sexually to Get Them to Behave? No

Anti-choice activists and other social conservatives routinely argue that men are dogs whom women need to bring under control, usually by withholding sex in hopes of extracting a wedding ring. But this strategy is completely unnecessary, and there's no evidence it works.

Anti-choice activists and other social conservatives routinely argue that men are dogs whom women need to bring under control, usually by withholding sex in hopes of extracting a wedding ring. But this strategy is completely unnecessary, and there’s no evidence it works.

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Everyone Should Have the Right To Be a Parent: Love Is Love

Team Angelica and Stonewall put this short film together as preparatory research for their upcoming movie Free, using a series of interviews with children of straight, gay, bi, and otherwise undefinable parents. They found evidence of what most of us already know: parents’ sexual orientation does not have bearing on children’s view of their parents, their happiness, or their family. [via PolicyMic]

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How Marijuana Legalization Leaves Mothers and Pregnant Women Behind

A medical marijuana dispensary in Denver.

The legislative push to punish women for marijuana use during pregnancy is based not on science suggesting harm from which to protect children, but the notion of fetal rights.

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‘Childless’ or ‘Childfree’: The Difference Matters

Language matters. "Childless" and "childfree" are not interchangeable terms.

Mother’s Day is a great time to remind ourselves that language matters, and that the experience of not wanting children in a world where women are defined by their reproductive desire and potential is very different than being a woman who would like to be a parent some day.

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The Mother’s Day Myth: How We Thank Moms for Their ‘Free’ Labor

Mother's Day gifts from a child or spouse are sweet, but on a broader level, a genuine celebration of mom’s labor would be if our society ensured her economic security.

Mother’s Day gifts from a child or spouse are sweet, but on a broader level, a genuine celebration of mom’s labor would be if our society ensured her economic security.

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Honey Maid Gives Beautiful Response to Bigotry

Graham cracker brand Honey Maid released a commercial this March emphasizing all kinds of families, including a gay couple and an interracial couple. The reactions to this commercial were disappointing at best, but Honey Maid’s response to those bigoted reactions is inspiring—and, truly, wholesome. [via Bilerico]

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Successful Home Visit Program for Mothers and Infants Lacks Long-Term Funding

(left to right) Chrystal Towne, RN; her former client, Sheren Sucilla, and Darcy Lowell, MD, testify on the effectiveness of the Maternal, Infant and EArly Childhood Home Visiting Program in the hearing room of the House Ways and Means Committee.

A hearing on the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program revealed impressive results for the low-income families it serves, and the money it saves taxpayers. But its funding runs out in six months.

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Revised Child-Care Block Grant Program Passes Senate

Sponsored by Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski, the bill updates the federal child-care and after-school grant program with requirements for professional development, education guidelines, and criminal background checks.

Sponsored by Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski, the bill updates the federal child-care and after-school grant program with requirements for professional development, education guidelines, and criminal background checks.

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