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Birds, Bees… Abortion? Talking to Kids About Complicated Issues

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When we would discuss abortion—my kids and myself—I wanted us to be well prepared. But I was scared. Scared to open the door about how complicated issues pertaining to reproduction—including abortion—could be. 

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Choosing Jonah: A Family History of Abortion, Choice, and Love

Kristen (middle) with her son, Jonah and wife, Adrienne.

The words “pro life” have been pitted against “pro choice,” as if they are opposites. In my experience it’s a false dichotomy, and while politically difficult and messy, our truths are much more complicated.

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Rachel Maddow Eulogizes Jeanne Manford, a Model for Parental Love

Rachel Maddow eulogizes the life and legacy of Jeanne Manford, founder of PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), who died this week.

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We Love Dads Who Embrace Fatherhood Like This One!

This is one awesome parody of LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It.”

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Supporting Mothers at Any Age: How Media and Society Need to Change

Rather than trying to convince people, especially women, to give birth in the socially-acceptable and medically-sanctioned 15-year window between college and age 35, why not change the way our society support families, so that whenever the moment for parenting arises, people have the support they need to do it successfully?

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Women Making Moves! Interview with Teen Mom NYC’s Gloria Malone

Meet Gloria Malone, the creator of Teen Mom NYC, a blog where she gives a personal account of her life as a former teen mom. Now a college student living in New York City with her 6-year-old daughter, Gloria provides helpful and accurate information for other teen moms while striving to connect them with local resources.

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Martinez Removes “Forcible” From Rape Provisions for Childcare Assistance, But Many Questions Remain

Governor Susana Martinez. Photo: Think Progress.

This evening, we received confirmation from the office of Children, Youth, and Families Department of New Mexico that Governor Martinez requested that the word “forcible” be removed from the proposed guidelines for childcare assistance. But many questions about the proposed policies remain.

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New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez Seeks Proof of “Forcible Rape” in Applications for Childcare Assistance

Forcible rape is back in the news, this time in New Mexico, where the administration of Governor Susana Martinez is seeking a “forcible rape” test for women seeking childcare assistance, proving you don’t have to be male to be a misogynist.

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‘My Teen Is Pregnant And So Am I’ Debuts on TLC

Via TIME: “In some families mother and daughter share everything. For the stars of My Teen Is Pregnant And So Am I, that includes morning sickness.The one-hour TLC special, which premiered last week, follows two mother-daughter duos from pregnancy to childbirth. It’s the latest addition to the teen pregnancy reality genre.”

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Back to School: How Educational Economics is Leading to a Wider Gap Between Rich and Poor

Trends connecting income, education spending, and achievement send troubling signals about how economic class affects the educational achievement of children—and what it means for your child’s life if you simply can’t afford what the Joneses have.

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