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House Republicans Just Can’t Help Themselves

On this episode of Reality Cast, Andrea Grimes discusses her new column for RH Reality Check. In another segment, host Amanda Marcotte looks at reactions to House Republicans yanking a bill banning abortions at 20 weeks at the last minute.

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March for Life Antics, and Anti-Choice Opposition to Better Family Leave Policies

On this episode of Reality Cast, Jeff Teague of Planned Parenthood explains the fallout from Tennessee’s new abortion law. In another segment, host Amanda Marcotte discusses how Roe‘s anniversary brings out goofy anti-choicers again, and Obama exposes conservative hypocrisy on the family values question.

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HB 2 Is Back in Court, and Conservatives Are Criticizing Female Pop Stars Again

On this episode of Reality Cast, host Amanda Marcotte talks with Vicki Saporta from the National Abortion Federation about the new slew of bills intended to restrict abortion. In another segment, she discusses how Texas’ abortion law is back in court again, and feminist-friendly pop stars anger conservatives.

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The Christian Right’s New Anti-Gay Strategy, and Contraception Myths

On this episode of Reality Cast, a researcher from Media Matters discusses conservative myths about contraception. In another segment, host Amanda Marcotte looks at the Christian right’s strange new tactic to replace pray-away-the-gay, and rape denialism continues to get its hooks into conservative pundits.

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What Is Ahead for Reproductive Rights in 2015?

On this episode of Reality Cast, host Amanda Marcotte looks at the year ahead in reproductive rights and wonders whether NPR is back to drawing false equivalence between pro-choice and anti-choice activism in its abortion coverage. In addition, a representative from Guttmacher explains how the anti-choice movement is selective about when it claims abortion is contraception.

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Cosby Defenders, DIY Fertility, and Overt Conservative Sexism

On this episode of Reality Cast, journalist Allison Yarrow tells us all about the interesting new DIY fertility movement. Also, the Bill Cosby situation continues to get uglier, and conservative media is ramping up hostility toward women working and getting educated.

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Fight Over Rape in New Orleans, Anti-Sex Ed Battle in California

On this episode of Reality Cast, Kat Stoeffel tells a story that shows how hard it still is for people to deal with sexual assault appropriately. In another segment, I discuss how the UVA story is causing the mainstream right to become a bunch of rape truthers, and parents in Northern California throw a fit over sex education.

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UVA Rape Story Goes Viral, and a Virginity Pledger Explains Why She Changed Her Mind

On this episode of Reality Cast, I speak to Andreea Nica about why she left the purity movement. I also discuss the University of Virginia rape story and the incident in which a congressional staffer judged Sasha and Malia Obama.

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Abortion Stories, Bill Cosby, and Defeating ‘Personhood’ in Colorado

On this episode of Reality Cast, Cristina Aguilar of COLOR speaks about the fight against the personhood amendment in Colorado. In another segment, I discuss how the Bill Cosby rape allegations bring the worst out of the usual suspects, and how women’s actual abortion stories differ from myths that anti-choicers churn out about them.

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Abstinence-Only Ideologues, and New Research on the HPV Vaccine

On this episode of Reality Cast, Jennifer Moss, a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, explains how the HPV vaccine is linked to lower cancer rates even before its protective effects kick in. In another segment, I discuss how the abstinence-only ideology is not completely dead.

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