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Cecily McMillan’s ‘Occupy’ Trial, and the Fight Against Sexual Assault at Protests

Cecily McMillan

Cecily McMillan is now on trial for defending herself at an Occupy Wall Street protest after she felt someone grab her breast. McMillan’s decision to fight back—both immediately after she was groped and now, in court—is brave, and sends a powerful message that women should not be blamed for defending themselves.

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New York’s Teen Pregnancy Campaign Quietly Gets Made Over, Still Misses the Mark

The city's original teen pregnancy prevention campaign website is now gone.

When the Bloomberg administration unveiled its teen pregnancy prevention campaign last March, it was met with immediate backlash. Now the city has updated the campaign website, but the site doesn’t abandon all of the problematic language featured in the previous campaign.

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New York Bill Would Outlaw Bosses From Discriminating Based on Employees’ Reproductive Health Decisions

The New York State Assembly chamber.

The “boss bill” is designed to close a loophole that could make room for employer discrimination; it would prohibit an employer from discriminating against an employee on the basis of the employee’s (or a dependent’s) reproductive health decisions, including a decision to use or access a particular drug, device, or medical service.

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It’s Nearly Unanimous: Pregnant Workers Deserve Fair Treatment

In recent months, several cities and states have passed measures to strengthen protections for pregnant workers. But the way in which these laws passed—with overwhelming, bipartisan support—may be almost as notable as what they will do.

In recent months, several cities and states have passed measures to strengthen protections for pregnant workers. But the way in which these laws passed—with overwhelming, bipartisan support—may be almost as notable as what they will do.

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Businesses Must Improve Their Family Policies—For ‘Distressed Babies’ and All Workers

Increasing support for family policy among lawmakers is encouraging—but what about the commitment of the private sector?

Increasing support for family policy among lawmakers is encouraging—but what about the commitment of the private sector?

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Stoking Fire: ‘Laboring,’ A Midwife’s Tale

Cover of Laboring: Stories of a New York City Hospital Midwife.

Laboring: Stories of a New York City Hospital Midwife provides an anecdotal look back at Ellen Cohen’s nearly three-decade-long tenure as a midwife. By turns, the book is heartbreaking and exhilarating.

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This Week in Sex: Celebrating National Condom Week

condoms

As National Condom Week (which started on Valentine’s Day, of course) comes to a close, we focus on news about our prophylactic friend.

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On Darrin Manning, and Reproductive Justice for Young Men of Color

Police in Hawaii successfully lobbied house lawmakers to leave in place a decades-old provision that allows officers to have sex with prostitutes, arguing that the measure is necessary for them to catch individuals who are breaking the law. Critics, however, call it an invitation for misconduct.

While reproductive justice is inclusive of men and families, what would happen if Black males were more consciously integrated into this framework?

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Legal Wrap: Important Steps Toward Trans Inclusivity in Maine

A state court issues a landmark decision for transgender rights while ACOG lifts its ban on treating men.

A state court issues a landmark decision for transgender rights, while the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology lifts its ban on treating men.

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Mike Huckabee’s Slut-Shaming, and the ‘War’ for CPC Disclosure Laws

On this episode of Reality Cast, I talk to Andrea Miller from NARAL Pro-Choice New York about a crisis pregnancy center lawsuit. In other segment, I discuss how Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) denounces contraception at the RNC and share some of the good news in the public discourse over reproductive rights.

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