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White House Hires First Openly Transgender Staffer

Freedman-Gurspan, a 28-year-old Latina trans woman, is a former National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) policy advisor and will serve as an outreach and recruitment director in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, a 28-year-old Latina trans woman, is a former National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) policy advisor and will serve as an outreach and recruitment director in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.

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Anti-Choice Front Group Now Recycling Footage in Planned Parenthood Smear Videos

The anti-choice Center for Medical Progress used a photo of a premature baby to depict what the group called an aborted fetus.

The anti-choice Center for Medical Progress used a photo of a premature baby to depict what the group called an aborted fetus.

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Report: One in Four Women Return to Work Within Two Weeks of Childbirth

Taking so little time to heal and bond with a new baby can have severe consequences for the whole family, advocates say.

Taking so little time to heal and bond with a new baby can have severe consequences for the whole family, advocates say.

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Missouri’s ‘Committee on the Sanctity of Life’ Threatens a State Official

A Republican lawmaker in Missouri said during a committee hearing last week that the state health department director could be held in contempt if she refuses to name a hospital that grants admitting privileges to abortion providers.

A Republican lawmaker in Missouri said during a committee hearing last week that the state health department director could be held in contempt if she refuses to name a hospital that grants admitting privileges to abortion providers.

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Judge Blocks Tennessee From Enforcing Clinic Shutdown Measure

A ruling issued last week prevents regulators from enforcing a measure that forces some abortion clinics meet the same standards as mini-hospitals.

A ruling issued last week prevents regulators from enforcing a measure that forces some abortion clinics meet the same standards as mini-hospitals.

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Texas Health Department Threatened With Contempt of Court Over Abortion Law

The Texas Department of State Health Services has been ordered to "cease and desist" in its attempt to block the reopening of a legal abortion provider in El Paso, according to federal court documents.

The Texas Department of State Health Services has been ordered to “cease and desist” in its attempt to block the reopening of a legal abortion provider in El Paso, according to federal court documents.

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Obama Administration: No Known Violation of Fetal Tissue Laws

The Department of Health and Human Services says it has found no evidence of wrongdoing among either government researchers who work with fetal tissue or companies that supply it.

The Department of Health and Human Services says it has found no evidence of wrongdoing among either government researchers who work with fetal tissue or companies that supply it.

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Iowa Could Join States Cutting Off Planned Parenthood’s Funding

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) said Monday that he directed state agencies to review the government funding of programs operated by Planned Parenthood in the state.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) said Monday that he had directed state agencies to review the government funding of programs operated by Planned Parenthood in the state.

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Lawsuit: Florida Regulators Take ‘Unprecedented’ Step to Disrupt Abortion Services

Attorneys for three Planned Parenthood facilities targeted by Florida regulators for operating beyond their licensure claim the move is an unprecedented political attack.

Attorneys for three Planned Parenthood facilities targeted by Florida regulators for operating beyond their licensure claim the move is an unprecedented political attack.

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GOP Lawmakers Cut Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid Funds, Despite Federal Warning

Republicans have justified cutting funding to Planned Parenthood by citing a series of videos published by an anti-choice front group, the Center for Medical Progress.

Republicans have justified cutting funding to Planned Parenthood by citing a series of videos published by an anti-choice front group, the Center for Medical Progress.

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