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House GOP Cancels 20-Week Abortion Ban Vote, Introduces Another Anti-Choice Bill

Concerned about a possible female GOP "revolt" over a 20-week abortion ban, Republicans will pinch-hit with another bill from their deep bench of anti-choice legislation—a bill to restrict federal funding for abortion coverage.

Concerned about a possible female GOP “revolt” over a 20-week abortion ban, Republicans will pinch-hit with another bill from their deep bench of anti-choice legislation—a bill to restrict federal funding for abortion coverage.

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Black Women Push ‘In Our Own Voice’ Reproductive Justice Agenda

Reproductive justice, organizers noted, is the belief that all women have the right to have children, the right not to have children, and the right to parent the children they have in a safe and healthy environment.

The agenda is “a powerful platform for us to really organize ourselves, to speak on our own behalf, and to be at the table when decisions are being made about us,” said La’Tasha Mayes, founder and executive director at New Voices Pittsburgh.

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Legal Wrap: New Year, Same Old Anti-Abortion Tricks From the GOP

January started off with conservatives across the country focusing legislative efforts on—what else—curbing abortion rights.

January started off with conservatives across the country focusing legislative efforts on—what else—curbing abortion rights.

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House Republicans Pass Doomed Bill Designed to Undo Years of Immigration Policy

An amendment to a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the year prohibits the department from spending any money to process applications for Obama's deferred deportation programs.

The anti-immigration amendment was sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who is also the co-sponsor of a federal bill banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions for fetal anomalies or for a woman’s health unless her life is in danger.

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Democrats Unveil Ambitious Tax Plan to Help Middle Class

“The tax code today is stacked in favor of people who make money off of money and against those who make money off of hard work,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen said in a speech this week.

“The tax code today is stacked in favor of people who make money off of money and against those who make money off of hard work,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen said in a speech this week.

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The Washington Football Team’s Name Feeds Into Violence Against Native Women

Native American women in the United States experience the highest rates of sexual assault in the country. Some of this is clearly the result of sexualizing and devaluing stereotypes white men are still taught about Native women—including Native mascotry.

Native American women experience the highest rates of sexual assault in the country. Some of this is clearly the result of sexualizing and devaluing stereotypes white men are still taught about Native women—including Native mascotry.

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Four New Anti-Choice Bills Introduced in U.S. Senate

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter introduced bills to defund Planned Parenthood and require admitting privileges, among other anti-choice measures.

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter introduced bills to defund Planned Parenthood and require admitting privileges, among other anti-choice measures.

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House GOP Kicks Off New Session With 20-Week Abortion Ban Proposal

Anti-choice groups have aggressively lobbied Congress to move this and other bills restricting reproductive freedom, and lawmakers like Trent Franks and Marsha Blackburn have proved happy to oblige.

Anti-choice groups have aggressively lobbied Congress to move this and other bills restricting reproductive freedom, and lawmakers like Trent Franks and Marsha Blackburn have proved happy to oblige.

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Report: 113th Congress Put Up Historic Fights for Reproductive Rights

Even though the 113th Congress was the least productive in modern history, it did manage to do some work to proactively fight for reproductive rights.

Even though the 113th Congress was the least productive in modern history, it did manage to do some work to proactively fight for reproductive rights.

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Justice Department: Transgender Rights Are Protected Under Federal Law

Attorney General Eric Holder announced last week that it is the position of the U.S. Department of Justice that discrimination against transgender people is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, representing a reversal of the department’s prior position.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced last week that it is the position of the U.S. Department of Justice that discrimination against transgender people is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, representing a reversal of the department’s prior position.

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