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Iowa Legislature Passes Repeal of Laws Criminalizing HIV

The Iowa legislature has become the first in the country to pass legislation that would repeal state law criminalizing people with HIV.

The Iowa legislature has become the first in the country to pass legislation that would repeal state law criminalizing people with HIV.

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Lawsuit Challenging Nebraska Ban on Gay Foster Parents Can Proceed

Photo from the 43rd Pride Parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on June 30, 2013 in New York City.

The ruling sets the stage for a later trial challenging the constitutionality of one of three remaining bans in the nation on gay foster parents.

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Republicans Filibuster Minimum Wage Bill in Senate

The federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour hasn't changed since 2009.

A proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016, and adjust it to inflation thereafter, was filibustered by Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.

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Colorado Lawmakers Withdraw Reproductive Health Freedom Act

Supporters say the bill would have been one of the most comprehensive responses by a state government to the growing list of restrictions that states have placed on reproductive health care.

Under pressure from Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila, Democrats have withdrawn legislation in Colorado that would have proactively stopped government entities from blocking women’s reproductive health decisions.

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Complaints Filed Against Pennsylvania Colleges Alleging Discrimination Against Female Athletes

The Women’s Law Project has filed complaints with the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education against nine of 14 members of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, claiming that the colleges have discriminated against female athletes.

The Women’s Law Project has filed complaints with the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education against nine of 14 members of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, claiming that the colleges have discriminated against female athletes.

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Phyllis Schlafly: Still Wrong (and Mean) After All These Years

Phyllis Schlafly, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in 2011.

A recent column by Phyllis Schlafly—arguably nation’s, if not the world’s, most famous hater of the feminist movement—shows just how woefully out of touch she and the conservative spokeswomen who have followed her are today.

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Why Both Republicans and Democrats Are Wrong About the ‘War on Women’

The war on women is not only about access to reproductive health care, it’s a multifaceted and structural perpetuation of second class status for women in all aspects of American life.  Reproductive justice is intertwined with economic justice.

To listen to conservatives tell the story about the “war on women” is to pretend it doesn’t exist at all. To listen to Democrats, though, is to limit the fight for gender equity to the issue of abortion, which, while important, is part of a larger fight for justice on all fronts.

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‘John’ or Child Rapist? On Holding Buyers of Child Sex Accountable

It’s time to collectively demand we hold all exploiters of children accountable, both traffickers and buyers of child sex.

With as much emphasis as there has been on the crisis of human trafficking recently, there is almost complete disregard for the unfettered demand that is fueling this multibillion dollar industry. It’s time to collectively demand we hold all exploiters of children accountable, both traffickers and buyers of child sex.

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Oprah Winfrey Relates Her Experience With Pay Discrimination

In this video clipped by UltraViolet from PBS’ Makers series, Oprah Winfrey discusses her own experience with wage discrimination before she achieved the fame and fortune she holds today.

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Texas Congressman Calls for Export of Anti-Choice Doctrine as Cure for Terrorism

At a hearing on women's education in countries wracked by religious extremism, Rep. Randy K. Weber asked a conflict resolution expert if she was teaching Muslims about "the sanctity of life."

At a hearing on women’s education in countries wracked by religious extremism, Rep. Randy K. Weber asked a conflict resolution expert if she was teaching Muslims about “the sanctity of life.”

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