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Conservatives Melt Down Over Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage and Obamacare Decisions

On this episode of Reality Cast, Jacqueline Ayers of Planned Parenthood tells us about Congress’ sneaky attempts to kill family planning funding. And host Amanda Marcotte reviews conservative reactions to the Supreme Court rulings on health care and same-sex marriage.

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Texas’ Omnibus Anti-Abortion Law Is Based on Empirically False Claims, So Why Don’t More Reports Say That?

The anti-choice argument for Texas' omnibus abortion law—that its regulations make abortion safer—is an empirically false claim. Yet media outlets like NPR shy away from providing this basic fact when reporting on the court battles over this law.

The anti-choice argument for Texas’ omnibus law—that its regulations make the procedure safer—is an empirically false claim. Yet media outlets like NPR shy away from providing this basic fact when reporting on the court battles over this law.

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When It Comes to Abortion Rights in Texas, ‘It Could Be Worse’ Isn’t Good Enough

Texas’ anti-choice lawmakers—almost all Republicans, joined by a few Democrats—have spent the last decade and a half or so chipping away abortion access in the state. Yet every session, we're told to be thankful something more restrictive didn't make it to the governor's desk.

Texas’ anti-choice lawmakers—almost all Republicans, joined by a few Democrats—have spent the last decade and a half or so chipping away abortion access in the state. Yet every session, we’re told to be thankful something more restrictive didn’t make it to the governor’s desk.

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How Do You Make a Safe Abortion Any Safer?

Rather than making abortion safer, Texas' omnibus abortion law may actually compromise the health of women in the state if the Fifth Circuit's ruling earlier this month goes into effect.

Rather than making abortion safer, Texas’ omnibus abortion law may actually compromise the health of women in the state if the Fifth Circuit’s ruling earlier this month goes into effect.

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Recent SNAP Restrictions Are Another Reminder That Poverty Is a Reproductive Issue

I know firsthand that for many people, poverty is often related to a lack of access to basic health care, including abortion. This growing burden, carried primarily by poor people, is a blind spot for many legislatures and courts around the country.

I know firsthand that for many people, poverty is often related to a lack of access to basic health care, including abortion. This growing burden, carried primarily by poor people, is a blind spot for many legislatures and courts around the country.

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Roberts Court: Texas Abortion Providers Can Stay Open for Now

HB 2 bans abortion after 20 weeks, limits the prescription of medication abortion, requires abortion-providing doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals and requires facilities that provide abortion care to operate as ambulatory surgical centers.

HB 2 bans abortion after 20 weeks, limits the prescription of medication abortion, requires abortion-providing doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals, and requires facilities that provide abortion care to operate as ambulatory surgical centers.

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What the ‘Abortion Drone’ Will (And Won’t) Mean for Reproductive Rights (Updated)

The Poland "abortion drone" is causing a splash in the media and excited buzz in the reproductive rights community, but it has also become a source of misinformation and anxiety.

The Poland “abortion drone” is causing a splash in the media and excited buzz in the reproductive rights community, but it has also become a source of misinformation and anxiety.

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Justice Kennedy Emerges As Important, Complicated Voice on Race in Fair Housing Case

The Roberts Court surprised many on Thursday by upholding an important provision of the Fair Housing Act, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as an important voice for civil rights jurisprudence.

The Roberts Court surprised many on Thursday by upholding an important provision of the Fair Housing Act, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as an important voice for civil rights jurisprudence.

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The Damaging Effects of This Year’s Texas Legislative Session Must Not Be Underestimated

It would be difficult to imagine a 2015 session that could have rivaled the 2013 special summer session in terms of restrictions. But dangerous bills did get traction this year—and some made their way into law.

It would be difficult to imagine a 2015 session that could have rivaled the 2013 special summer session in terms of restrictions. But dangerous bills did get traction this year—and some made their way into law.

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Fifth Circuit Rules in Favor of Obamacare’s Birth Control Benefit Accommodation

The conservative court of appeals handed the Obama administration an important victory in its defense of the Affordable Care Act's birth control benefit.

The conservative court of appeals handed the Obama administration an important victory in its defense of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit.

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