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California Adopts ‘Yes Means Yes’ Standard of Consent for College Students

California has become the first state to enact a law requiring students at many schools to receive affirmative sexual consent.

California has become the first state to enact a law requiring students at many schools to receive affirmative sexual consent.

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Over-the-Counter Access to Birth Control, and the Affirmative Consent Controversy in California

On this episode of Reality Cast, I chat with Gretchen Borchelt of the National Women’s Law Center about the new wave of attacks on contraception post-Hobby Lobby. In another segment, I discuss how anti-choice politicians are championing over-the-counter birth control pills. Also, there’s more controversy over the affirmative consent bill in California.

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Lawsuit: California Medicaid Backlog Causes Patients to ‘Suffer’

The massive backlog in California Medicaid applications has left low-income patients “suffering” and unable to receive care, according to a lawsuit filed against the state.

The massive backlog in California Medicaid applications has left low-income patients “suffering” and unable to receive care, according to a lawsuit filed against the state.

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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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The Health Costs of Delayed Action on Immigration Reform

There is a human cost of delay, less dramatic than deportations but no less destructive to immigrant communities: lack of access to affordable health care, both for unauthorized immigrants and for some who are in this country legally.

There is a human cost of delay, less dramatic than deportations but no less destructive to immigrant communities: lack of access to affordable health care, both for unauthorized immigrants and for some who are in this country legally.

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San Francisco Lawmakers Could Pass Resolution Against Sex-Selective Abortion Bans

If the resolution passes through the city’s Board of Supervisors, San Francisco might become the first city to explicitly condemn sex-selective abortion bans.

If the resolution passes through the city’s Board of Supervisors, San Francisco might become the first city to explicitly condemn sex-selective abortion bans.

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Why Are Alameda County Jails Forcing Women to Take Pregnancy Tests?

No one can say for exactly how long Alameda County jails have been forcing arrested women to take pregnancy tests, and no one can really explain why.

For at least several years, Alameda County sheriffs and medical personnel have routinely conducted pregnancy tests on thousands of prisoners, old and young, fertile and sterile, willing or not. It’s a practice that isn’t shared by any other jails in California. No one can say for exactly how long Alameda County jails have been forcing arrested women to take pregnancy tests, and no one can really explain why.

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Riots and Research: What a 1968 Report on Urban Unrest Has to Do With Ferguson

Footage from the 1967 Newark riots.

More than 40 years later, the Kerner Report proves to be prescient in its observations about unchecked police power, problematic in its embrace of notions of Black pathology, and simultaneously hard and soft on white racism.

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California Legislature Passes ‘Yes Means Yes’ Bill

The California legislature on Thursday passed a first-of-its-kind bill that would change the standards of sexual consent on college campus from “no means no” to the affirmative “yes means yes.”

The California legislature on Thursday passed a first-of-its-kind bill that would change the standards of sexual consent on college campus from “no means no” to the affirmative “yes means yes.”

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Legal Wrap: More Changes to Contraception Accommodation Means More Lawsuits

The Obama administration announced another change to the religious accommodation to the birth control benefit, and predictably conservatives hate it.

The Obama administration announced another change to the religious accommodation to the birth control benefit, and predictably conservatives hate it.

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