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Virginia Bill Allowing Individual Legislators to Contest Changes to Abortion Laws Would Subvert Separation of Powers

Republicans in Virginia want to create "legislative standing" to let lawmakers defend anti-abortion restrictions in case Democrats won't.

Republicans in Virginia want to create “legislative standing” to let lawmakers defend anti-abortion restrictions in case Democrats won’t.

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McAuliffe Reappoints McDonnell’s Secretary of Health

Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe has announced his selection of Dr. Bill Hazel as secretary of health and human resources, calling him an "invaluable asset."

Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe has announced his selection of Dr. Bill Hazel as secretary of health and human resources, calling him an “invaluable asset.” Hazel was selected for that cabinet post in 2010 by Gov. Bob McDonnell, and has supported the outgoing governor in the implementation of several anti-choice policies.

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Just Why Is Terry McAuliffe Thinking of Renominating Bill Hazel?

Dr. Bill Hazel, secretary of Health of Human Resources under Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Dr. Bill Hazel, secretary of health and human resources under Gov. Bob McDonnell, represents the insidious face of an apparatchik advancing, supporting, and rubber stamping a war on women that Terry McAuliffe promised to end.

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Legal Wrap: Michigan Ups the Ante in Statewide Abortion Restrictions

Michigan lawmakers push through an anti-democratic new abortion restriction, while the Senate actually gets some work done.

Michigan lawmakers push through an anti-democratic new abortion restriction, while the Senate actually gets some work done.

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Terry McAuliffe Considers Retaining Bob McDonnell’s Secretary of Health

Virginia Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe.

Dr. Bill Hazel was involved in an effort to salvage McDonnell’s reputation after the governor became the focus of national attention for pushing a bill that, as originally written, would have subjected women to forced vaginal probes prior to receiving an abortion in the state.

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Air Force Colonel Acquitted of Groping Charges

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, in his mug shot taken directly after the groping incident allegedly took place.

The former head of the U.S. Air Force’s sexual assault prevention branch was acquitted Wednesday of assaulting a young woman outside a Virginia bar.

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As Texas Goes, So Goes the Nation

Texas is shutting down abortion clinics, driving privileged women to travel far for abortion, and forcing lower-income women to endure forced pregnancy. This is where the entire country is headed, if the anti-choice movement prevails in the courts.

Texas is shutting down abortion clinics, driving privileged women to travel far for abortion, and forcing lower-income women to endure forced pregnancy. This is where the entire country is headed, if the anti-choice movement prevails in the courts.

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‘Follow the Leader’ Examines Conservatism, White Boys, and Political Entitlement (Oh My!)

In this screenshot from 'Follow the Leader,' Ben (middle) prays with Cuccinelli (right) and other staff over a meal at a restaurant.

While respectful and serious in the treatment of its subjects, Follow the Leader is a rollicking romp through patriarchy. It is entertaining, illuminating, and a springboard for conversations beneficial to those of us who would prefer to see more than only conservative white boys angling for the oval office.

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Magical Thinking and Pregnancy, and Texas’ Health-Care Crisis

On this episode of Reality Cast, I talk with Lori Frohwirth of the Guttmacher Institute about research on magical thinking and pregnancy. In another segment, I discuss the major abortion court decision in Texas, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) makes a weird anti-science, anti-choice speech.

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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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