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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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‘Morning-After Pill Brigade’ Protests for Better Emergency Contraception Access

NWL organizer Lydia Devine holds Plan B One-Step, which is locked in a large plastic case. Standing next to her is organizer Allison Guttu.

A “roving band of feminists” took to the streets, or rather the aisles, in New York City Saturday to protest pharmacies that restrict over-the-counter access to Plan B.

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Child Models in New York State Finally Get Labor Protections

The New York fashion industry, which employs 165,000 people, was until now the only industry in the state excluded from child labor protections under the Department of Labor.

The New York fashion industry, which employs 165,000 people, was until now the only industry in the state excluded from child labor protections under the Department of Labor.

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Teen Found With Dead Fetus in Bag Faces Speculation and Scrutiny

While the teen has not been charged with a crime regarding the dead fetus, she has still faced death threats and public judgment for her actions.

While the teen has not been charged with a crime regarding the dead fetus, she has still faced death threats and public judgment for her actions.

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‘RH Reality Check’ Editor at Large Erin Matson Talks Safe Harbor Law, Government Shutdown

To The Contrary panelists discuss New York’s new anti-trafficking Safe Harbor policy, how the shutdown affects the GOP’s image in the eyes of women, and Barnard President Debora Spar on women not having it all. Panelists include RH Reality Check Editor at Large Erin Matson, the Heritage Foundation’s Genevieve Wood, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and former Bush White House Aide Mercy Viana Schlapp.

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What John Boehner Can Learn From Abortion History About Ending the Shutdown

The pressures are intensifying on John Boehner, the Speaker of the House—the person who does have the power to end the shutdown by bring a no-strings attached budget bill.

House Speaker John Boehner, like New York’s George Michaels during the state’s 1970 abortion vote, has the opportunity to do the right thing, even if it costs him his speakership. But will he do it?

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What Sandy Wrought, Part 1: Health-Care Crises Remain a Year After the Storm

Overhead photo of the damage in the Rockaways after Superstorm Sandy.

The storm ripped the roof off the Rockaways area of New York City, literally and figuratively, and shone a light on how woefully under-resourced the community was, and is.

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Being a Transgender Student in the United States: An Uneven Landscape

The decision marks the first time a state court has ruled that students must be allowed to use restrooms of the gender with which they identify. Federal courts have not yet ruled on the issue.

While there have been recent transgender rights victories for students in California and Colorado, there are also plenty of roadblocks in guaranteeing equal representation and protection.

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New York City Council Candidate Discusses Running for Office While Pregnant

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“Don’t be scared. Just go for it,” said new mother Raquel Batista, who is running to represent the Bronx in the New York City Council. “There is nothing to lose. There is nothing to lose in running for office and starting your family.”

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