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Adoption Is Not a Universal Alternative to Abortion, No Matter What Anti-Choicers Say

Anyone who believes that adoption or foster care is a real solution to growing restrictions on reproductive rights is kidding themselves.

Anyone who believes that adoption or foster care is a real solution to growing restrictions on reproductive rights is kidding themselves.

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The Criminal Justice System Is Failing Black Families

Marissa Alexander’s story resonates with me, not because I am a mother, or even a past victim of domestic violence, but because my life has been greatly affected by the systematic expansion of the prison system and excessive criminalization of my community.

Dr. Dorothy Roberts is right: Incarceration of women “inflicts incalculable damage to communities …. [transferring] racial disadvantage to the next generation.”

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Milwaukee Effort to Reduce Infant Mortality Loses Federal Funding

The Milwaukee Healthy Beginnings Project had been funded through a federal grant as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Healthy Start Initiative.

The Milwaukee Healthy Beginnings Project had been funded through a federal grant as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy Start Initiative, which aims to reduce the nation’s infant mortality rate, in part through funding community-based programs.

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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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