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Dear Mr. Gibson, Abuse is Abuse.

Just last week, a confession was made by Mel Gibson that he did, in fact, slap Oksana but according to Gibson, he slapped her for her own good…I’m not making this up, folks. He really did say that.

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Dear Congress: Women and Children (and Men) are Starving

I worked at the food bank last night. In an hour, we fed 15 percent of the population of the small, rural town in which I live.

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Insurance Industry Agrees to Cover Children with Pre-Existing Conditions

The Associated Press reported last night that “the insurance industry’s top lobbyist said insurers will accept new regulations to dispel uncertainty over a much-publicized guarantee that children with medical problems can get coverage starting this year.”

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Insurers Dispute Health Bill’s Mandate to Cover Children with Pre-Existing Conditions

Kaiser Health News reports today that the insurance industry lobbyists claim the health reform bill signed by President Obama this week lacks a clear mandate for immediate coverage of children with pre-existing conditions, potentially leaving these children vulnerable for four more years.  The Administration says it will fix the loophole.

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UPDATED: Naivete and Best Intentions or Trafficking in Children For Religious Purposes?

The term "trafficking in children" conjures up the worst of all possible scenarios…bad people taking children away from their families for nefarious purposes. But can children be trafficked for religious purposes? 

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New Laws in India Target Mothers’ Workplace Equality, Leave Out Fathers

While being sensitive towards the demands on women with regard to parenting, the new law does little to promote the notion of child-rearing as a shared responsibility.

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No “Safe Haven” in New Nebraska Law

“Safe haven” laws don’t do much to reduce the rates of infanticide, but they do give anti-choicers cover for their argument that forcing women to give birth against their will is no big deal.

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Home Economics: Planning for Parenting

Ready to raise a family? Parents and parents-to-be are facing a brutal economic moment and longstanding workplace and government policies that don’t support them in building their families. What solutions do our presidential candidates offer?

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Adoption Institute Proposes New Parameters for Transracial Adoption

Current federal law mandates a “color blind” approach to white families seeking to adopt African-American children — but new recommendations released Tuesday by the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute suggest a different approach.

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When India’s Resources Mobilize to Save a Girl Child

In India, there are laws to prevent dowry, domestic violence, sexual harassment and child marriage. But in the country’s social context, these laws aren’t very effective.

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