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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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Supreme Court to Consider Gun Bans for Domestic Violence Convictions

The Supreme Court announced Tuesday it would consider the scope of a federal law that prohibits individuals convicted of domestic violence from owning firearms.

The Supreme Court announced Tuesday it would consider the scope of a federal law that prohibits individuals convicted of domestic violence from owning firearms.

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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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Legal Wrap: Are Admitting Privileges the Next Front in Fight Over Religious Liberties?

A legal battle in Wisconsin may be setting up a test case on whether Catholic hospitals can ever deny admitting privileges to abortion providers.

A legal battle in Wisconsin may be setting up a test case on whether Catholic hospitals can ever deny admitting privileges to abortion providers.

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Tennessee Supreme Court Rules Minor Not ‘Accomplice’ in Her Statutory Rape

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In a unanimous decision Monday, the state’s highest court brought Tennessee law in line with the vast majority of the country.

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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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Dissecting the Outrageous, Inaccurate Claims Made at a High School Abstinence-Only Presentation

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A presentation in Tennessee made headlines after a student recorded the inaccurate, misleading, and extremely biased information presented in his high school class. Here’s what was said, and what’s wrong with the presentation.

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Virginia Extremism, Tenneessee Lies, and Women In Film

On this episode of Reality Cast, I’ll be interviewing Melissa Silverstein about her new book on female directors. Anti-choice extremists make a bid to wrest control away from Virginia’s Republican Party, and an abstinence-only propagandist is exposed by a high school student with a smart phone in Tennessee.

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Ohio Lawmakers Work to Prohibit Teaching About ‘Gateway Sexual Activity’

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Touching thighs is, according to Ohio lawmakers, a gateway to other sexual activity and they would like to see anyone who teaches about it in school subject to a $5,000 fine.

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