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Swarthmore’s New Sexual Assault Policy Not Without Flaws

Three months have passed since Swarthmore College introduced a centralized sexual assault and harassment reporting system.

Three months have passed since Swarthmore College introduced a centralized sexual assault and harassment reporting system, meant to rectify the many issues exposed in two federal complaints alleging the school has mishandled sexual assault cases on campus. But not everyone is happy with the new system.

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This Week in Sex: Testosterone, the Pope, and ‘Happy Endings’

This week, the pope asked Catholics across the world to weigh in on contraception, same-sex marriage, and divorce.

This week, a study says testosterone replacement therapy may increase risk of cardiac issues; the pope asks Catholics across the world to weigh in on contraception, same-sex marriage, and divorce; and San Francisco lawmakers make it very clear that there is to be no sex in massage parlors.

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San Francisco Workers Can Now Request Flexible Work Schedules—But Not Predictable Ones

Of women polled who work in restaurants, 40 percent had unpredictable schedules, and 1 in 5 women restaurant workers had actually lost their child care support due to their work schedules changing.

The philosophy underlying the policy is one that recognizes the importance of parenting and other caregiving roles—which women are still disproportionately saddled with. But even as San Francisco sets trends, the city’s policy could improve, especially with respect to low-wage positions, which also tend to be dominated by women.

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Obesity May Be Linked to Early Puberty, Study Finds

Girls are reaching puberty as young as 8, and new research suggests that rising rates of obesity may be the driving factor behind this trend.

Girls are reaching puberty as young as 8, and new research suggests that rising rates of obesity may be the driving factor behind this trend.

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‘RH Reality Check’ State of Abortion Database Updated With Responses From Nearly Every State

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Our searchable tool has been updated to include final responses from 48 state attorneys general and 41 state health departments about a wide range of issues involving abortion. The additional responses support our earlier analysis—that abortion in the United States is overwhelmingly safe and highly regulated.

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Why Don’t More People Care About Black Maternal Deaths?

In September, 19-year-old Ayaanah Gibson (above) bled to death in her Benedict College dorm room after delivering a stillborn child.

What will it take to get people to recognize not just the racial disparity in death rates but the disparity in concern over U.S. Black women’s health and lives?

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Legal Wrap: Former Kansas AG Loses Law License, Conservatives Won’t Quit With Contraception Challenges

One former attorney general loses his law license for ethics violations when he was in office, while the former mayor of San Diego pleads guilty to charges of sexual harassment.

One former attorney general loses his law license for ethics violations when he was in office, while the former mayor of San Diego pleads guilty to charges of sexual harassment.

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While California Expands Access, Bakersfield City Council Debates Restricting Abortion Access

Following on the heels of Gov. Jerry Brown signing two laws—AB 154 and AB 980—that will expand access to abortion in the state, the Bakersfield City Council debated the “Human Life Amendment” Wednesday.

Following on the heels of Gov. Jerry Brown signing two laws—AB 154 and AB 980—that will expand access to abortion in the state, the Bakersfield City Council debated the “Human Life Amendment” Wednesday.

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How Health-Care Reform Could Improve Employment Prospects for People With Disabilities

In attempting to reverse troubling unemployment trends among persons with disabilities, disability rights advocacy groups are looking to the health-care sector as a solution.

In attempting to reverse troubling unemployment trends among persons with disabilities, disability rights advocacy groups are looking to the health-care sector as a solution.

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Former San Diego Mayor Pleads Guilty to False Imprisonment and Battery

After being accused of sexual harassment by at least 18 women and being forced to resign, former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (above) has pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and battery.

After being accused of sexual harassment by at least 18 women and being forced to resign, former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and battery charges.

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