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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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For Marriage Equality Foes, It’s 1972

For anti-same-sex-marriage leader Brian Brown, 2014 feels like the year before the U.S. Supreme Court recognized abortion as a constitutional right, in its 1973 decision Roe v. Wade.

For anti-same-sex-marriage leader Brian Brown, 2014 feels like the year before the U.S. Supreme Court recognized abortion as a constitutional right, in its 1973 decision Roe v. Wade.

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Utah Yearbook Scandal Shows ‘Modesty’ Is a Racket

A Utah high school made headlines recently by photoshopping some girls' pictures to cover more skin.

A Utah high school made headlines recently by photoshopping some girls’ yearbook photos to cover more skin. This story gives insight into the various ways “modesty” is used to police girls, make them insecure, and pit them against each other.

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The 50th Anniversary of Mississippi’s Freedom Summer: Remembering What Fannie Lou Hamer Taught Us

Fannie Lou Hamer  used the power of storytelling to compel America to recognize the humanity of poor Black people in Mississippi.

Modern Mississippi freedom fighters must remain committed to Hamer’s legacy of bridging voting and reproductive rights into a comprehensive reproductive justice effort to protect Black women and other populations that are vulnerable to violations of both.

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May 28: International Day of Action for Women’s Health

In 1987, women’s rights activists declared May 28 as the International Day of Action for Women’s Health, as a means to speak out on sexual and reproductive health and rights issues faced by women* all over the world. (*While we use the term “woman/women” we do so with a critical reflexivity that recognizes the nuances and right to people’s unique sexual and gender identities and expressions. We also recognize that “women” are not a monolithic group and that they have diverse identities that vary due to their social location and the socio-economic, political, and multicultural contexts in which their lives are embedded.) [via May28.org]

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Louisiana Committee Passes Bill That Would Keep Pregnant Women on Mechanical Support Against Their Wishes

After emotional testimony given by opponents of a bill that would allow the state of Louisiana to invalidate any advance directives when a patient is pregnant, regardless of the viability of the fetus, a committee voted to pass the bill and send it to the full senate.

After emotional testimony given by opponents of a bill that would allow the state of Louisiana to invalidate any advance directives when a patient is pregnant, regardless of the viability of the fetus, a committee voted to pass the bill and send it to the full senate.

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Federal Judge Overturns Pennsylvania’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

Pennsylvania is the only state in the Northeast that doesn’t allow same-sex marriages or civil unions.

Ten years after Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, a federal judge announced a decision on same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.

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