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The Criminal Justice System Is Failing Black Families

Marissa Alexander’s story resonates with me, not because I am a mother, or even a past victim of domestic violence, but because my life has been greatly affected by the systematic expansion of the prison system and excessive criminalization of my community.

Dr. Dorothy Roberts is right: Incarceration of women “inflicts incalculable damage to communities …. [transferring] racial disadvantage to the next generation.”

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Black Women Are Already Leaning In

To be a Black professional woman in a white-centric corporate space is to be constantly aware of how you fit in—or don’t—and to be constantly battling the preconceptions that your white colleagues have about your character and capabilities due to the pervasive negative stereotypes about Black women.

To be a Black professional woman in a white-centric corporate space is to be constantly aware of how you fit in—or don’t—and to be constantly battling the preconceptions that your white colleagues have about your character and capabilities due to the pervasive negative stereotypes about Black women.

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Brazil’s Criminal Abortion Laws Are Killing Women

Jandira Magdalena dos Santos Cruz's case is exemplary of the dire effects that criminalizing and stigmatizing abortion can have on women's health and safety.

For women in Brazil, seeking an abortion can have extreme legal, social, and physical consequences.

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The Aftermath of ‘Hobby Lobby': Multiple Attacks on Contraception Access

Conservatives are getting aggressive in arguing they have a right to directly interfere with your ability to get contraception, and they may win.

Suing to keep grown daughters from accessing contraception, or to keep employees from having coverage for contraception from somewhere besides the health-care plan you offer? Conservatives are getting aggressive in arguing they have a right to directly interfere with your ability to get contraception, and they may win.

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People With Mental Health Emergencies Deserve So Much More Than What Our Health-Care System Has to Offer

Too often, reaching out for help can mean being handed off to people who have absolutely no training in mental health care and who have deep prejudices against those with mental illnesses.

Too often, reaching out for help can mean being handed off to people who have absolutely no training in mental health care and who have deep prejudices against those with mental illnesses.

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The Obama Administration Must Start Speaking to DREAMers, Not Just for Us

In an interview on MSNBC, Cecilia Muñoz, Obama's immigration advisor and one of the most influential Latinas in the White House, apparently forgot her background as a former immigration reform advocate and sided with her boss’s hesitation in taking action on immigration.

Those of us directly affected by immigration policies are tired of being used as a talking point. When it comes to deciding our future, the administration seems to consult everyone but us.

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With San Francisco’s New Resolution, Asian-American Women Can Reclaim the Conversation

The city's measure condemning sex-selective abortion bans gives Asian-American women ownership and agency over this issue, at which we are at the center.

The city’s measure condemning sex-selective abortion bans gives Asian-American women ownership and agency over this issue, at which we are at the center. It gives us a platform to tell our own story, in our own words.

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Abortion Insurance Coverage Is Imperative for Women’s Safety

When elected officials push policies to deny insurance coverage for abortion care, they make it unaffordable for many women to receive quality treatment. As a physician and as a woman, this concerns me immensely.

When elected officials push policies to deny insurance coverage for abortion care, they make it unaffordable for many women to receive quality treatment. As a physician and as a woman, this concerns me immensely.

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Mindy Kaling’s Sitcom Could Help Disrupt Abortion Provider Stigma (Updated)

Why wouldn't Kaling's character, Dr. Lahiri, discuss abortion in a show about a gynecologist's office? It always comes back to stigma.

Why wouldn’t Kaling’s character, Dr. Lahiri, discuss abortion in a show about a gynecologist’s office? It always comes back to stigma.

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Advocates Call for Full Funding of Research on HIV and Contraception

For women in countries and communities with limited contraceptive choices and high rates of HIV, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, a shortage of funding for the ECHO (Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes) trial is an unacceptable development.

For women in countries and communities with limited contraceptive choices and high rates of HIV, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, a shortage of funding for the ECHO (Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes) trial is an unacceptable development.

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