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The People of Color Activists Whose Voices Are Too Often Missing From Stories About Texas’ ‘Orange Army’

Activists in Texas' Rio Grande Valley

As we mark the anniversary of Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion bill being signed into law, much of the focus has been on Austin-based reproductive rights organizing and the work of white women in largely white organizations. Here are some of the the stories of activists of color whose voices have been missing from many of these conversations.

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The Fault in Our Media

Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) in The Fault in Our Stars.

Sexual pleasure can be a taboo subject in our society almost everywhere but in our entertainment, where it is arguably overdone. But even in our media, sex seems to be the sole privilege of young, white, single, and non-disabled people. That’s what makes John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars so remarkable.

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Why I’m Skeptical of the Remote-Controlled Birth Control Chip

The device has the potential to remove control from women, since everything that can go wrong with remote-controlled devices could happen with this device.

The device has the potential to remove control from women, since everything that can go wrong with remote-controlled devices could happen with this device.

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You Won’t Believe What Happened When This Texan Decided to Talk About Abortion

Abortion stigma is a problem that is not unique to Texas.

Despite the work I do, I’ve been contributing to abortion stigma by not always speaking plainly about the work that I do. I’ve been afraid of starting arguments, of offending friends and family members, of ostracizing myself as the abortion lady. A few months ago, I decided to change that.

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What Happened to the ‘Affordable’ Part of the Affordable Care Act?

Increasing access to health insurance should not come at the expense of exploiting young and poor Americans. We need additional federal health insurance options that are supported by public officials who care about the health and prosperity of their constituents.

Increasing access to health insurance should not come at the expense of exploiting young and poor Americans. We need additional federal health insurance options that are supported by public officials who care about the health and prosperity of their constituents.

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Five Ways to Ensure Scientifically Accurate Reporting on Reproductive Rights

The BBC was recently told it needs to value scientific accuracy over having "all sides" represented. U.S. media should do the same thing, especially when it comes to debates over reproductive rights.

The BBC was recently told it needs to value scientific accuracy over having “all sides” represented. U.S. media should do the same thing, especially when it comes to debates over reproductive rights.

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Beyond ‘Choice’: Youth-Focused Reproductive Rights and Justice Organization Renames Itself URGE

What does it mean to be pro-choice? For an increasing number of activists, advocates, and advocacy organizations, it includes wanting to be identified with an agenda more comprehensive than supporting a woman's right to choose abortion—as in, dropping the "choice" label entirely.

What does it mean to be pro-choice? For an increasing number of activists, advocates, and advocacy organizations, it includes wanting to be identified with an agenda more comprehensive than supporting a woman’s right to choose abortion—as in, dropping the “choice” label entirely.

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Stoking Fire: What’s Missing From Hillary Clinton’s ‘Hard Choices’

Hillary Rodham Clinton's new memoir, Hard Choices

Women’s empowerment is key to Clinton’s vision of progress, and she is forthright in supporting women’s human rights. As such, it’s curious that the book fails to address, among other things, maternal mortality, abortion, contraception, or the reproductive havoc caused by modern warfare.

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‘Hobby Lobby,’ and a Woman’s Right to Sexual Exploration

Rihanna at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards

Restrictions on access to birth control are at odds with the fact that sexuality, for most of us, takes time to understand and appreciate.

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How Are People Actually Using the ‘Pullout Method’?

New research shows a number of women say they use the withdrawal method as a backup method or in combination with other contraception methods to prevent pregnancy.

New research shows a number of women say they use the withdrawal method as a backup method or in combination with other contraception methods to prevent pregnancy.

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