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Washington House Passes Bill Requiring Insurers Who Cover Maternity Care to Cover Abortions

If the Reproductive Parity Act is signed into law, the state would be the first in the nation to mandate that private health insurance plans cover abortion.

If the Reproductive Parity Act is signed into law, the state would be the first in the nation to mandate that private health insurance plans cover abortion.

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Why We Should Fear the Rise of America’s Latest ‘Bro Pastor’

Mark Driscoll is, without a doubt, a major player within white conservative American evangelicalism.

With an empire extending far beyond his churches in Seattle, Mark Driscoll is, without a doubt, a major player within white conservative American evangelicalism. And that should scare people who are dedicated to the rights of women in the United States.

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Legal Wrap: The Bishops Get Sued, and SCOTUS Picks a Birth Control Case

A new lawsuit claims Catholic-owned hospitals are negligent in treating pregnant people while the Roberts Court takes up two challenges to the contraception mandate.

A new lawsuit claims Catholic-owned hospitals are negligent in treating pregnant people, while the Roberts Court takes up two challenges to the contraception mandate in the health-care reform law.

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Washington State Rule Would Require Hospitals to Disclose Reproductive Health-Care Services

A bill that would have banned telemedicine abortions died in the Iowa legislature Friday after failing to meet a legislative deadline.

New rules proposed by the Washington health department would require hospitals to disclose what reproductive health-care and end-of-life services they provide. Behind the push are concerns about the ethical religious directives of religiously affiliated hospitals.

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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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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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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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