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Jane Doe, Trans Women, and the Myth of the Perfect Victim

The question that must be asked, in plain language, is: Do imperfect people deserve death for their imperfection?

The question that must be asked, in plain language, is: Do imperfect people deserve death for their imperfection?

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Eugenicists Never Retreat, They Just Regroup: Sterilization and Reproductive Oppression in Prisons

Anti-eugenics protest circa 1971, originally published by the Southern Conference Educational Fund

After winning a settlement that opened the door for thousands of women to initiate malpractice lawsuits against Dalkon Shield, the IUD that caused my sterilization, I naively thought we had seen the end of sterilization atrocities. Unfortunately, that is not so, at least in California.

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Can Prisons Take Care of Pregnant Women?

As the Massachusetts Legislature considers this year’s crop of criminal justice reform bills, one that has not gotten much attention is a measure to ensure proper treatment of pregnant women in jail and prison.

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Roundup: What’s Next for Clinton, Doulas Behind Bars, the Michael Gerson Watch and the APA on Gender Dysphoria

Doris Kearns Goodwin offers ideas on Clinton’s next steps, doulas assist mothers behind bars, Population Action International gives Michael Gerson a reality check, and the APA considers removing gender identity disorder from the DSM-V.

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Courts Rein in Wild West Sheriff

An Arizona state court ruled that a county sheriff’s unwritten policy refusing to provide transportation to female prisoners seeking an abortion violated women’s rights. Last week the U.S. Supreme Court let the decision stand.

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