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Debt Enforcement Policy Harms Employment Prospects for the Poor

Along with the enactment of welfare reform 17 years ago this August came tougher practices in debt enforcement—which, in many cases, lands the poor behind bars.

Along with the enactment of welfare reform 17 years ago this August came tougher practices in debt enforcement—which, in many cases, lands the poor behind bars, leads to suspensions in drivers’ licenses, and other practices that make finding work much harder.

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Legal Wrap: The EC Appeal Is Bad Law and Bad Policy

The Obama administration fights for barriers to emergency contraception for no good reason, while the right pushes for even greater concessions on exemptions to the birth control benefit.

The Obama administration fights for barriers to emergency contraception for no good reason, while the right pushes for even greater concessions on exemptions to the birth control benefit.

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State Policy Trends 2013: Abortion Bans Move to the Forefront

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Unlike in recent years, when the thrust of legislative activity was on regulating abortion, this year legislators seem to be focusing on banning abortion outright.

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Vagina Is an ‘Inappropriate’ Word, and Other Ridiculous Tales from the World of Sex Ed

An Idaho science teacher has found himself under investigation for using the word vagina in a class on human reproduction. As ridiculous as this sounds, he is not alone.

An Idaho science teacher has found himself under investigation for using the word vagina in a class on human reproduction. As ridiculous as this sounds, he is not alone.

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Washington State Abortion Coverage Bill Dies in the Senate, Again

Just like last year, a bill that would ensure that abortions are covered in all insurance plans that cover prenatal care never made it up for a vote.

Just like last year, a bill that would ensure that abortions are covered in all insurance plans that cover prenatal care never made it up for a vote.

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Paid Sick Leave in San Francisco, Before and After the Fight to Pass It

“I thought the sick day ordinance could become an excuse for my servers or other employees to call in sick at the last minute and leave shifts unstaffed,” said a San Francisco restaurant owner. “Turns out, that hasn’t been a problem at all.”

“I thought the sick day ordinance could become an excuse for my servers or other employees to call in sick at the last minute and leave shifts unstaffed,” said a San Francisco restaurant owner. “Turns out, that hasn’t been a problem at all.”

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Will Washington State Have More Luck Passing the Reproductive Parity Act This Year?

"We should protect it while we still have it and not leave access to basic health care up to an insurance company."

The bill is being lauded as a first-in-the-nation attempt to add abortion coverage to all insurance plans. That’s exactly why it failed in 2012. Will this year be different?

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How Did Emergency Contraception Get Excluded From VAWA?

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By all accounts, the women’s rights advocates who fought to reauthorize VAWA never made EC a priority.

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Parental Notification Bill to be Heard in Washington State

Sen. Mike Padden announces the bill to cheering anti-choice activists. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman Review)

Few expect the bill to ever become law, but rejoice in just having it put up for a vote in the first place.

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Living on the Edge of a Permanent Fiscal Cliff: Minimum Wage Workers See Few Gains

Photo: humanevents.com.

While the “fiscal cliff” dominated the news ad nauseum, ten states quietly increased their minimum wage, effective January 1. A whopping 59 percent of all minimum wage earners are women.

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