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Family Leave Laws Need to Include Teen Student Parents

Conversations about the need for more comprehensive maternity leave policies seem to rarely include solutions to the issues facing pregnant and parenting students, despite the fact that they are less likely to finish high school than their peers and are more likely to stay in poverty as they struggle to support their family.

Conversations about the need for more comprehensive maternity leave policies seem to rarely include solutions to the issues facing pregnant and parenting students, despite the fact that they are less likely to finish high school than their peers and are more likely to stay in poverty as they struggle to support their family.

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The Right to Abortion Care May Be One Step Closer to Reality for African Women

In 2003, the African Union adopted the only human rights treaty in the world to explicitly outline the right to abortion care. However, the majority of African governments have done very little to enact those rights in practice.

In 2003, the African Union adopted the only human rights treaty in the world to explicitly outline the right to abortion care. However, the majority of African governments have done very little to enact that right in practice.

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New Attacks on Second-Trimester Abortions, Same Old Playbook (Updated)

In the 1990s, abortion opponents coined the term "partial-birth abortion" to convince lawmakers to ban an uncommon method. Now, they're trying the same strategy—this time, on a procedure used in almost every second-trimester abortion.

In the 1990s, abortion opponents coined the term “partial-birth abortion” to convince lawmakers to ban an uncommon method. Now, they’re trying the same strategy—this time, on a procedure used in almost every second-trimester abortion.

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Trans Women Are Not Agents of the Patriarchy

At The New Republic, writer Monica Potts recently positioned trans activism at women's colleges as a distraction from feminism. In reality, the misogyny trans women face is similar to, if not worse than, the kind Potts is fighting.

At The New Republic, writer Monica Potts recently positioned trans activism at women’s colleges as a distraction from feminism. In reality, the misogyny trans women face is similar to, if not worse than, the kind Potts is fighting.

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Beyond the Coat Hanger: What’s Next for Abortion Rights Iconography?

For me, and many others born after Roe v. Wade, the fixation on coat hangers as the prevailing imagery  of the reproductive rights movement excludes the possibility of alternatives that are more relevant to current struggles.

For me, and many others born after Roe v. Wade, the fixation on coat hangers as the prevailing imagery of the reproductive rights movement excludes the possibility of alternatives that are more relevant to current struggles.

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Losing My Lege: GOP Lawmaker Wants to Appoint Lawyers for Dead Women’s Fetuses

Last winter, the family of Marlise Muñoz had to undergo the terrible ordeal of fighting the state for the ability to take their deceased daughter off mechanical support. Now, a conservative state representative says he plans to make those kinds of heartbreaking decisions even harder—or, perhaps, impossible.

Last winter, the family of Marlise Muñoz had to undergo the terrible ordeal of fighting the state for the ability to take their deceased daughter off mechanical support. Now, a conservative state representative says he plans to make those kinds of heartbreaking decisions even harder—or, perhaps, impossible.

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Chronic Pain Is Overwhelmingly Experienced by Women—So Why Do They Have Trouble Getting Care for It?

Until the sexism inherent in the social and medical response to chronic pain is addressed, women won’t be able to access the treatments they need.

Until the sexism inherent in the social and medical response to chronic pain is addressed, women won’t be able to access the treatments they need.

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Vulvas and Vaginas Smell Like, Well, Vulvas and Vaginas

Judging by Internet users' Google searches, individuals have a lot of anxiety about the way their genitals smell. But the best thing to do is get used to the scent and learn to love it.

Judging by Internet users’ Google searches, individuals have a lot of anxiety about the way their genitals smell. But the best thing to do is get used to the scent and learn to love it.

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Republicans Dropped That Whole Over-the-Counter Birth Control Thing Really Quickly

Remember how a bunch of Republicans were enthusiastic about over-the-counter birth control before the election? Well, big surprise, all that enthusiasm has disappeared. There's a lesson in this when dealing with politicians making promises about health-care access.

Remember how a bunch of Republicans were enthusiastic about over-the-counter birth control before the election? Well, big surprise, all that enthusiasm has disappeared. There’s a lesson in this when dealing with politicians making promises about health-care access.

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Losing My Lege: A New Unruly Mob Emerges

Sometimes I think about what the words "unruly" and "mob" mean, and then I think about what right-wing Republicans think they mean, and then I think myself right down to the bottom of a bottle of Shiner or ten.

Sometimes I think about what the words “unruly” and “mob” mean, and then I think about what right-wing Republicans think they mean, and then I think myself right down to the bottom of a bottle of Shiner or ten.

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