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Salvadoran Activists Demand Government Response on Pardons for 17 Women Imprisoned for Miscarriage and Stillbirth

On Tuesday, the plaza in front of the Legislative Assembly in El Salvador blazed with sun and the energy of 200 women and men gathered to demand from the state an accounting of progress made on petitions to pardon 17 women unjustly imprisoned for up to 40 years for what amount to miscarriages, stillbirths, and other obstetric complications.

On Tuesday, the plaza in front of the Legislative Assembly in El Salvador blazed with sun and the energy of 200 women and men gathered to demand from the state an accounting of progress made on petitions to pardon 17 women unjustly imprisoned for up to 40 years for what amount to miscarriages, stillbirths, and other obstetric complications.

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How the ‘Hobby Lobby’ Ruling Could Be Used Against Gay or Transgender People

Amid the anguish over the Hobby Lobby ruling Monday was a note of optimism among some liberals, suggesting that the ruling was constructed with a narrowness that specifically prohibits use of its legal reasoning to protect religiously inspired discrimination against LGBT people. If only that was in fact the case.

Amid the anguish over the Hobby Lobby ruling Monday was a note of optimism among some liberals, suggesting that the ruling was constructed with a narrowness that specifically prohibits use of its legal reasoning to protect religiously inspired discrimination against LGBT people. If only that was in fact the case.

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Jane Doe, Trans Women, and the Myth of the Perfect Victim

The question that must be asked, in plain language, is: Do imperfect people deserve death for their imperfection?

The question that must be asked, in plain language, is: Do imperfect people deserve death for their imperfection?

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Obama to Sign Executive Order Prohibiting LGBT Discrimination in Federal Contracts

President Obama has asked his staff to prepare an executive order banning employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity for employers who contract with the government, a White House official confirmed Monday.

President Obama has asked his staff to prepare an executive order banning employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity for employers who contract with the government, a White House official confirmed Monday.

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The Right to Dignity: Prioritizing LGBTQ Human Rights in U.S. Foreign Policy

Sen. Ed Markey and 24 co-sponsors have introduced a bill that aims to ensure that the rights of the international LGBTQ community are at the forefront of U.S. foreign policy—a critical piece of legislation that would help ensure the right to dignity, regardless of where one lives.

Sen. Ed Markey and 24 co-sponsors have introduced a bill that aims to ensure that the rights of the international LGBTQ community are at the forefront of U.S. foreign policy—a critical piece of legislation that would help ensure the right to dignity, regardless of where one lives.

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Woman Dies After Being Sent to Pennsylvania Jail Over Unpaid Children’s Truancy Fines

The exact cause of her death, which, according to the Associated Press, occurred "hours after she surrendered to serve a 48-hour sentence," is unclear.

The exact cause of her death, which, according to the Associated Press, occurred “hours after she surrendered to serve a 48-hour sentence,” is unclear.

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Eugenicists Never Retreat, They Just Regroup: Sterilization and Reproductive Oppression in Prisons

Anti-eugenics protest circa 1971, originally published by the Southern Conference Educational Fund

After winning a settlement that opened the door for thousands of women to initiate malpractice lawsuits against Dalkon Shield, the IUD that caused my sterilization, I naively thought we had seen the end of sterilization atrocities. Unfortunately, that is not so, at least in California.

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UN Expected to Consider New Resolution on Discrimination Against LGBTI Persons

The United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights declared all “men” equal in dignity and rights already in 1948. Setting the gendered aspect of this wording aside, it is clear also that, more than five decades later, not all human beings in practice enjoy equal rights.

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Laci Green Gives Us 51 Reasons To Be a Feminist

What makes life different for women, from birth and throughout their life? In this video, Laci Green sums some of it up. Let it be a testament to how misogynistic our culture still is that feminism is a bad word. [via UpWorthy]

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Louisiana Lawmakers Pass Bill to Keep Pregnant Women on Mechanical Support Against Their Wishes

The Louisiana legislature passed a bill to require physicians to keep brain-dead women on life support if they are pregnant, if the physician determines there is any chance that the fetus is viable.

The Louisiana legislature passed a bill that requires physicians to keep brain-dead women who are pregnant on mechanical support if the physician determines there is a chance the fetus is viable.

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