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Ludicrous Anti-Abortion Bills, and the Search for Better Condoms

On this episode of Reality Cast, Slate’s L.V. Anderson explains why we need to build a better condom. Also, host Amanda Marcotte discusses a North Carolina bill that would ban med schools from teaching abortion and other recent anti-abortion regulations.

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North Carolina Republicans: Schools Should Stop Teaching Emergency Contraception

A group of North Carolina legislators want the state’s already restrictive sexuality education rules to leave out information about emergency contraception.

A group of North Carolina legislators want the state’s already restrictive sexuality education rules to leave out information about emergency contraception.

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Supreme Court Won’t Look at Draconian North Carolina Voting Restrictions

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review portions of a controversial North Carolina GOP-backed election law critics claim was designed to limit participation by Black voters.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review portions of a controversial North Carolina GOP-backed election law critics claim was designed to limit participation by Black voters.

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North Carolina GOP Takes Two-Pronged Approach to Restricting Abortion Rights

State lawmakers have in the past week introduced bills that would extend the state's mandatory waiting period before an abortion and require physicians to give detailed reports on later abortions to the state.

State lawmakers have in the past week introduced bills that would extend the state’s mandatory waiting period before an abortion and require physicians to give detailed reports on later abortions to the state.

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Low-Income Communities Are Disproportionately Put at Risk for Health Problems

Exposure to pollution appears to be increasing the risk of acquired and congenital disabilities in low-income neighborhoods, a problem which is then compounded by poor access to health care—yet few are fighting to address it on a policy level.

Exposure to pollution appears to be increasing the risk of acquired and congenital disabilities in low-income neighborhoods, a problem which is then compounded by poor access to health care—yet few are fighting to address it on a policy level.

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It’s Not Helpful to Tell Indiana Residents to ‘Just Move to a Blue State’

There’s certainly a lot to be unhappy with Indiana’s government right now. But the way progressives are reacting displays how comfortable people in blue states are with making counterproductive, harmful assumptions about more conservative regions.

There’s certainly a lot to be unhappy with Indiana’s government right now. But the way progressives are reacting displays how comfortable people in blue states are with making counterproductive, harmful assumptions about more conservative regions.

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North Carolina GOP’s Regressive Tax Changes Could Incite Backlash at Polls

A wide-reaching and regressive overhaul of North Carolina's tax code, which went into effect last year, is being felt this tax season. Its political fallout may extend into 2016.

A wide-reaching and regressive overhaul of North Carolina’s tax code, which went into effect last year, is being felt this tax season. Its political fallout may extend into 2016.

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North Carolina Legislators Consider ‘Fetal Harm’ Bill Criminalizing Pregnancy

North Carolina legislators are moving forward with a proposal to allow charges be brought against pregnant people who engage in behavior deemed risky for the fetus.

North Carolina legislators are moving forward with a proposal to allow charges be brought against pregnant people who engage in behavior deemed risky for the fetus.

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North Carolina Asks Supreme Court to Revive Its Mandatory Ultrasound Law

The legislation is considered by reproductive health advocates to be one of the most extreme ultrasound laws in the country.

Attorneys for the State of North Carolina have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a state law that requires patients to undergo a narrated ultrasound before having an abortion, even if the patient objects.

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Would I Be Mourned in the Same Way as the Chapel Hill Shooting Victims?

Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, the victims of last month's shooting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

There’s no doubt the Chapel Hill victims were admirable individuals. But the response to their tragic deaths reflects a narrative that Muslims in the West like myself have been taught from a young age: We must become role models in our community to have value as humans.

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