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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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‘Baby Veronica’ Handed Over to Adoptive Parents

Baby Veronica with her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco.

On Monday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court paved the way for the adoption of a 4-year-old Cherokee girl to a non-Native South Carolina couple.

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Oklahoma Supreme Court Extends ‘Stay’ in Baby Veronica Case

The court's decision keeps the girl in Oklahoma with her biological father (above), for now.

The ruling keeps “Baby Veronica” in Oklahoma with Dusten Brown, her biological father, for now.

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Oklahoma, South Carolina Courts Square Off Over ‘Baby Veronica’ Adoption

Baby Veronica.

In the wake of a disastrous Roberts Court decision undermining the Indian Child Welfare Act, a flurry of court rulings show the pitfalls of a patchwork array of state child custody laws.

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Russia’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Leads to Protests, Pushback, and a Reminder of Our Laws Here at Home

The new law has rightly called attention to the widespread discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in Russia. And as the international community reacts—by dumping vodka and threatening to boycott the Olympic Games in Sochi—it's worth noting that some U.S. states have similar language on the books.

The new law has rightly called attention to the widespread discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in Russia. And as the international community reacts—by dumping vodka and threatening to boycott the Olympic Games in Sochi—it’s worth noting that some U.S. states have similar language on the books.

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Some Seriously Suggested State Alternatives to the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

Some state governments would like to avoid implementing Obama’s Medicaid expansion. These are their alternative plans. [Via Upworthy.]

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To Forgive, Forget, and Re-Elect: The Messages We Send When We Absolve Lawmakers After Sex Scandals

forgiveness one way road sign

Despite their past poor judgement, Weiner, Spitzer, and Sanford are all officially back in politics. If we continue to allow ourselves to kiss and make up every time a politician apologizes for his bad sexual decision making, what messages are we sending young people?

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The Biology of Gender, and When (if Ever) Children Should Be Given Sex Reassignment Surgery

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

The first words uttered after a child is born are often “It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!” But sometimes doctors don’t know exactly what to say. How does this happen, and what should parents and doctors do?

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Historic Lawsuit Claims Doctors Performed Unnecessary Surgery on Intersex Child

According to a complaint filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center and others, doctors and officials from the state of South Carolina performed unnecessary sex assignment surgery on an infant in their care.

According to a complaint filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center and others, doctors and officials from the state of South Carolina performed unnecessary sex assignment surgery on an infant in their care.

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Is a Sanford Win Indicative of 2014 Problems for Democrats?

Republican Mark Sanford.

Sanford’s win isn’t shocking in and of itself, and it may not even be a bellwether of Republican prospects in the 2014 midterms.

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