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‘Protect Those Kids’: Words of Support for Woman Whose Children Were Ordered Into Abusive Home

Audre'y Eby's sons going to a doctor's appointment with their friend, Manape LaMere, on Winnebago Reservation last November.

Over 8,400 of you have joined RH Reality Check in asking Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to investigate Plymouth County Courts for ordering Audre’y Eby’s two special needs children back to an abusive home. Here is a sample of the thoughts people have left for the Eby family and Gov. Branstad.

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Buffer Zones Are Critical to the Safety of Women and Health-Care Providers

A state senate committee heard arguments for enacting a 25-foot patient safety zone, while several anti-choice bills have been introduced in the house.

The issue here is safety. Buffer zones reduce the very real threats of violence and intimidation that abortion providers and their patients face every day.

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Bomb Scare Rattles Staff at Texas Abortion Clinics

Amy Hagstrom Miller (above, at left), the CEO at Whole Woman's Health.

An abortion clinic owner says her staff was sent into a “panic” Wednesday morning after suspicious envelopes were found taped to facility doors. The false alarm came the same day the Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments challenging a buffer zone law designed to protect patients and clinic workers from anti-choice protesters.

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California Bill Would Change Reporting Requirements for College Sexual Assaults

Assembly member Mike Gatto.

As the California legislature reconvened this week, Assembly member Mike Gatto introduced AB 1433, which would amend the state education code to require that colleges report certain violent crimes, including sexual assaults, that occur on or near campus to local law enforcement agencies.

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Military General Criticized for Sexual Assault Prosecutions to Retire

Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin announced Wednesday that he is retiring to avoid being a further “distraction” for the Air Force.

Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin announced Wednesday that he is retiring to avoid being a further “distraction” for the Air Force.

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Obama Calls for One-Year Review of Military’s Response to Sexual Assault

The announcement was greeted with cautious optimism from victims' advocates in Congress, who said that more urgent reform is still needed sooner than a year from now.

The announcement was greeted with cautious optimism from victims’ advocates in Congress, who said that more urgent reform is still needed.

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Military Sexual Assault Case to Be Retried After Controversial General Threw It Out

Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin, whose previous decision to overturn a sexual assault conviction sparked a national debate over the military justice system, has been removed from another sexual assault case after refusing to prosecute it.

Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin, whose previous decision to overturn a sexual assault conviction sparked a national debate over the military justice system, has been removed from another sexual assault case after refusing to prosecute it.

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Gillibrand’s Sexual Assault Measure Slated for Stand-Alone Vote

The senator says she's not going away.

When the Senate votes on the annual defense appropriation, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Military Justice Improvement Act won’t be part of it. But the senator says she’s not going away.

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Michigan Legislator Shares Personal Story Opposing Proposed ‘Rape Insurance’ Riders

On Wednesday, state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) shared a deeply personal story as part of her testimony against legislation to force women in Michigan to pre-purchase abortion riders as a part of their health insurance coverage, a proposal that has been dubbed “rape insurance” by some opponents of the bill.

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How the Sequester Hurts Low-Income Domestic Violence Survivors

If Congress is unable to meet its December 13 deadline to address the sequester, the struggle for low-income domestic violence survivors to access safe housing will intensify.

If Congress is unable to meet its December 13 deadline to address the sequester, the struggle for low-income domestic violence survivors to access safe housing will intensify.

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