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As Measles Spreads, Some Lawmakers Try to Make it Easier for Parents to Refuse Vaccines

Most legislators—including lawmakers in California, Maine, and Minnesota—are attempting to close loopholes and make it more difficult for people to get around inoculation requirements. Some, however, are actually trying to make it easier for parents to say “no” to vaccines.

Most legislators—including lawmakers in California, Maine, and Minnesota—are attempting to close loopholes and make it more difficult for people to get around inoculation requirements. Some, however, are actually trying to make it easier for parents to say “no” to vaccines.

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Arizona Lawmakers Seek Ban on Insurance Coverage for Abortion Care

While the media was focused on Super Bowl XLIX at Arizona's University of Phoenix Stadium, just a few miles away at the state capitol, Republican lawmakers quietly introduced a bill to restrict reproductive rights.

While the media was focused on Super Bowl XLIX at Arizona’s University of Phoenix Stadium, just a few miles away at the state capitol, Republican lawmakers quietly introduced a bill to restrict reproductive rights.

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Supreme Court Denies Review of Marriage Equality, Campaign Finance Cases

The Roberts Court on Monday denied review of a Louisiana ban on same-sex marriage, noting the federal appeals court has yet to rule, as well as two campaign finance related challenges.

The Roberts Court on Monday denied review of a Louisiana ban on same-sex marriage, noting the federal appeals court has yet to rule, as well as two campaign finance related challenges.

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Anti-Abortion Stigma Is Not the Only Cultural Force Restricting Reproductive Rights

The burden of TRAP regulations in Virginia was lightened in early May, when Attorney General Mark Herring clarified that existing clinics can be grandfathered into the law's architectural component. Still, challenges persist.

Racism and classism often affect the judgments made by individuals and lawmakers: Negative perceptions inspire policies dramatically reducing the ability of people of color or people living in poverty to make their own decisions when it comes to abortion.

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Legal Wrap: Unexpected Good News From the Roberts Court

The Supreme Court gave equality advocates two rare victories in abortion and immigration battles in Arizona.

The Supreme Court gave equality advocates two rare victories in abortion and immigration battles in Arizona.

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A Textbook Case: The Continuing Battle for Control Over What Students Read

A school board in Arizona made headlines last month for voting to cut pages out of a biology textbook in order to make sure that students do not learn about abortion.  While taking x-acto knives to textbooks is extreme and rare—though it has certainly been done before—textbook censorship is not at all rare and the process for getting these books into the classroom is quite often more about politics than education.

While physically taking X-Acto knives to textbooks is extreme and rare, the struggle to mandate what these texts do and do not teach children is not rare in the slightest—and it can manifest in ways that are far more insidious than ripping pages out of a book.

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Supreme Court Lets Stand Decision Blocking Restrictions on Arizona Medication Abortions

The Roberts Court declined to take up a request by attorneys for the State of Arizona to overturn a federal appeals court decision calling the case for medication abortion restrictions "non-existent."

The Roberts Court declined to take up a request by attorneys for the State of Arizona to overturn a federal appeals court decision calling the case for medication abortion restrictions “non-existent.”

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Abstinence-Only Ideologues, and New Research on the HPV Vaccine

On this episode of Reality Cast, Jennifer Moss, a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, explains how the HPV vaccine is linked to lower cancer rates even before its protective effects kick in. In another segment, I discuss how the abstinence-only ideology is not completely dead.

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Arizona Health Department Threatens to Search NARAL Official’s Home

Kat Sabine, the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona, received a letter from the Arizona Department of Health Services on October 15. The letter stated that a complaint had been filed accusing Sabine of providing services that would require her home to be “licensed as a healthcare facility.”

Kat Sabine, the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona, received a letter from the Arizona Department of Health Services on October 15. The letter stated that a complaint had been filed accusing Sabine of providing services that would require her home to be “licensed as a healthcare facility.”

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Voters Face Ballot Measures on Contraception, ‘Personhood,’ Voting Rights, Sharia Law

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Voters across the country will go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to accept or reject 146 ballot measures, many revolving around polarizing issues that have yet to be addressed on the national level, and some representing the political priorities of far-right legislators in deep-red states.

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