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Recent SNAP Restrictions Are Another Reminder That Poverty Is a Reproductive Issue

I know firsthand that for many people, poverty is often related to a lack of access to basic health care, including abortion. This growing burden, carried primarily by poor people, is a blind spot for many legislatures and courts around the country.

I know firsthand that for many people, poverty is often related to a lack of access to basic health care, including abortion. This growing burden, carried primarily by poor people, is a blind spot for many legislatures and courts around the country.

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Insurance Coverage of Vasectomies and Condoms, and Blaming Abortion for Everything

On this episode of Reality Cast, Guttmacher’s Adam Sonfield explains why we need Obamacare to cover vasectomies and condoms. Host Amanda Marcotte mixes things up with a segment of good news, and for some reason, a lot of conservatives are saying really weird things about abortion lately.

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Arkansas Appeals Federal Court Block on 12-Week Abortion Ban

Attorneys for the state argue its safe haven laws allow it to ban abortions prior to viability.

Attorneys for the state argue its safe haven laws allow it to ban nearly all abortions prior to viability.

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Arkansas Nurse Criminally Charged With Performing an Abortion

An Arkansas nurse has been criminally charged with performing an unlicensed abortion, a class D felony punishable with up to six years in prison and a fine as much as $10,000.

An Arkansas nurse has been criminally charged with performing an unlicensed abortion, a class D felony punishable with up to six years in prison and a fine as much as $10,000.

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Federal Court Permanently Blocks Arkansas’ 12-Week Abortion Ban

The law, considered to be among the most radically restrictive in the nation, has been blocked by a federal judge since March 2014.

The law, considered to be among the most radically restrictive in the nation, has been blocked by a federal judge since March 2014.

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How the Duggars’ Conservative Christianity Can Enable Abuse and Cover-Ups

It is doubly important that we carefully examine the sociopolitical and theological environment that allowed such abuses—and their apparent cover-up—in the first place. And we must think about the impact that this hyper-conservative Christian theology can have on survivors of this kind of abuse.

It is doubly important that we carefully examine the sociopolitical and theological environment that allowed such abuses—and their apparent cover-up—in the first place. And we must think about the impact that this hyper-conservative Christian theology can have on survivors of this kind of abuse.

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Ban on Common Second-Trimester Abortion Procedure Could Come to Arkansas in 2017

Anti-choice activists are preparing to push a ban on dilation and evacuation (D and E) procedures during the 2017 legislative session, after Arkansas lawmakers passed a series of laws restricting reproductive rights during the 2015 session.

Anti-choice activists are preparing to push a ban on dilation and evacuation (D and E) procedures during the 2017 legislative session, after Arkansas lawmakers passed a series of laws restricting reproductive rights during the 2015 session.

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Josh Duggar Resigns From Family Research Council Amid Charges of Child Molestation

Josh Duggar resigned his position as executive director of the Family Research Council today after reports surfaced that as a young teen he had fondled the breasts and genitals of several girls, including his own sisters, over an unknown period of time beginning in at least 2002.

Josh Duggar resigned from his position as executive director of the Family Research Council on Thursday after reports surfaced that as a young teen he had fondled the breasts and genitals of several girls, including his own sisters, over an unknown period of time beginning in at least 2002.

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Federal and State-Level Assaults on Abortion Rights

On this episode of Reality Cast, Kathryn Joyce explains the fight over Marshallese adoptions in Arkansas. Also, host Amanda Marcotte discusses a proposed federal ban on abortions after 20 weeks and state-level assaults on reproductive rights.

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New Arkansas Abortion Policy Could Prove Confusing for Physicians

Absent from the regulations was the requirement included in the original legislation that prohibited a physician from performing an abortion if a fetal heartbeat was detected and if the fetus was at least 12 weeks’ gestation.

The regulations include the requirement to use an “abdominal ultrasound” to detect a fetal heartbeat—a policy that could be unclear to physicians who provide abortion care in Arkansas.

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