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Mississippi, Virginia Bills Target Teen Sexuality

A bill in Mississippi would restrict teens' access to emergency contraception, while proposed legislation in Virginia forbids teens from having oral or anal sex.

A bill in Mississippi would restrict teens’ access to emergency contraception, while proposed legislation in Virginia forbids teens from having oral or anal sex.

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New Lawsuit Claims Mississippi School District Engaged in Pervasive Anti-LGBT Bullying

According to a new federal complaint, gender non-conforming students in one Mississippi school district faced daily abuse and harassment by fellow students and teachers.

According to a new federal complaint, gender non-conforming students in one Mississippi school district faced daily abuse and harassment by fellow students and teachers.

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11 Pro-Choice Successes of 2013

There were a number of reasons for pro-choice allies around the country to be proud this year.

Though 2013 might have brought an array of new abortion restrictions and other setbacks for reproductive rights, there were also a number of reasons for pro-choice allies around the country to be proud this year. The staff of RH Reality Check notes some of the top pro-choice successes of 2013.

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On Abortion, the People Keep Speaking. Is Anyone Listening?

With the state legislature set to convene in February, the Arkansas Rally for Reproductive Justice is meant to send the message that activists have not forgotten about the legislative attacks on reproductive rights last year.

The defeat of the 20-week abortion ban in Albuquerque underscores a critical but often overlooked point in abortion politics: When given the chance, voters have consistently rejected the anti-choice agenda.

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Anti-Choice Advocates Abuse Statutory Rape Reporting Laws to Target Abortion Providers

Experts questioned whether child-abuse reporting laws have any significant impact on stopping sexual abuse, but they are certainly having an impact on abortion providers.

Public health experts say there is a legitimate purpose to statutory rape and incest laws. However, in the context of abortion, these laws are effectively criminalizing normal teen sex and risk compromising patient-confidentiality agreements, as well as potentially deterring patients from seeking sexual health treatment.

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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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Legal Wrap: Corporate Religious Rights Find a Path to SCOTUS

It looks like the Roberts Court may take up the Hobby Lobby contraception challenge, while other federal appellate courts refuse to buy the argument that corporations can exercise religious beliefs.

It looks like the Roberts Court may take up the Hobby Lobby contraception challenge, while other federal appellate courts refuse to buy the argument that corporations can exercise religious beliefs.

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Legal Wrap: Baby Veronica Case Pits States Against Each Other

The fallout from the Supreme Court's decision in Baby Veronica (above) continues.

The fallout from the Supreme Court’s decision in Baby Veronica continues. Meanwhile, in Montana, justice seems a long way off.

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Last Mississippi Abortion Clinic Faces New Complaint

In the latest attempt to close the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi, several anti-choice groups have asked the state to investigate the reporting practices of the Jackson Women's Health Organization.

In the latest attempt to close the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi, several anti-choice groups have asked the state to investigate the reporting practices of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

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Fannie Lou Hamer and Her Dream for Jobs and Freedom

Fannie Lou Hamer speaks at the Democratic National Convention on August 22, 1964, at the Credentials Committee.

In an era when people across the country are asking, “Where are the Black women leaders?” activists like Fannie Lou Hamer serve as a reminder of how many rural Black women have always been strong leaders.

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