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‘Water Is a Human Right’: Advocates Call for End to Detroit Water Shutoffs

Despite being surrounded by the largest collection of freshwater lakes in the world, thousands of Detroit residents—most of them low-income people of color—are finding themselves without access to fresh water because of actions by the city's water department that advocates say are in violation of Detroiters' human rights.

Despite being surrounded by the largest collection of freshwater lakes in the world, thousands of Detroit residents—most of them low-income people of color—are finding themselves without access to fresh water because of actions by the city’s water department that advocates say are in violation of Detroiters’ human rights.

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Florida Governor Race Pits Candidates With Notorious Records on Choice

As Democrats struggle to take back the heavily Republican-dominated state legislature, reproductive rights and health-care access are sure to play out as central issues for both Republican Gov. Rick Scott and his likely opponent Charlie Crist.

As Democrats struggle to take back the heavily Republican-dominated state legislature, reproductive rights and health-care access are sure to play out as central issues for both Republican Gov. Rick Scott and his likely opponent Charlie Crist.

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Did the Obama Administration Just Restart the Fight Over Birth Control Coverage?

Look closely at the footnotes, and you'll see that new EEOC guidelines related to workplace pregnancy discrimination say employers who fail to cover birth control could be guilty of employment discrimination.

Look closely at the footnotes, and you’ll see that new EEOC guidelines related to workplace pregnancy discrimination say employers who fail to cover birth control could be guilty of employment discrimination.

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Health-Care Access, Medicaid Expansion Among Key Issues in Oklahoma Gubernatorial Race

On issues of reproductive rights, the candidates do not differ substantively; both incumbent Republican Gov. Mary Fallin and Democratic nominee Rep. Joe Dorman have staunchly anti-choice voting records.

On issues of reproductive rights, the candidates do not differ substantively; both incumbent Republican Gov. Mary Fallin and Democratic nominee Rep. Joe Dorman have staunchly anti-choice voting records.

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As White House Investigates Campus Sexual Assault, Another College Under Fire for Mishandling Rape Case

Sunday's New York Times report on a 2013 incident at Hobart and William Smith Colleges comes at a time when the failure of U.S. higher education to address campus rape is coming under high scrutiny.

Sunday’s New York Times report on a 2013 incident at Hobart and William Smith Colleges comes at a time when the failure of U.S. higher education to address campus rape is coming under high scrutiny.

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States Continue to Enact Abortion Restrictions in First Half of 2014, But at a Lower Level Than in the Previous Three Years

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So far this year, 13 states have adopted 21 new restrictions designed to limit access to abortion, about half the number (41) of similar restrictions that had been enacted by this point last year.

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Roberts Court Takes Up Issue of Accommodating Pregnant Workers

The Roberts Court is poised to clarify what employers must do to accommodate pregnant workers on the job. This could be terrible news.

The Roberts Court is poised to clarify what employers must do to accommodate pregnant workers on the job. This could be terrible news.

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Supreme Court Calls Into Question Nonprofit Accommodation to Birth Control Benefit

Late Thursday, while most of the country was busy prepping for the Fourth of July holiday, the Supreme Court granted Wheaton College's request for an injunction from the birth control benefit

A ruling late Thursday shows that the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case was as much a political decision as a legal one.

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Anti-Choice Ethics Director Strategizes Sting Operations Against Abortion Providers

Burke Balch, director of the National Right to Life Committee's Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics, at the 2009 National Right to Life Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

According to statements made at a recent conference attended by RH Reality Check, the National Right to Life Committee plans to perform stings of abortion clinics, while also pushing for an expansion of the laws that govern abortion to allow third parties to sue the clinics in civil court for alleged violations.

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National Right to Life Director Admits Pregnancy Is Riskier Than Abortion

Mary Spaulding Balch, state legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee, speaking at a Roe v. Wade anniversary press conference in 2009.

At last weekend’s National Right to Life Committee’s convention, Mary Spaulding Balch criticized the legislative strategy used by other anti-choice groups to pass 20-week abortion bans by claiming the procedure is dangerous to women. The proper approach, she said, is to base the argument around the unborn.

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