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Stop Calling U.S. Christian Lawmakers the ‘Taliban’

The answer to countering right-wing attacks on Americans with uteri isn't to create a turban-wearing bogeyman looming half a world away, but to look at what's happening right here in our own country, in our own statehouses, at our own national capitol.

The answer to countering right-wing attacks on Americans with uteri isn’t to create a turban-wearing bogeyman looming half a world away, but to look at what’s happening right here in our own country, in our own statehouses, at our own national capitol.

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As Susan Cahill Faces a Vandalized Clinic, a Reminder of Her Contribution to Abortion Access

Susan Cahill stands in her recently vandalized clinic, All Families Healthcare in Kalispell, Montana.

By now, many have heard about the horrific vandalism that recently took place at Susan Cahill’s clinic in Montana. But what some people may not know is that Cahill was one of the pioneers in bringing advanced practice clinicians (APCs) into abortion care, thus expanding abortion access in underserved areas.

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While New Orleans Slept, an Arsonist Sent a Message

ELIOT KAMENITZ / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE: Deon Haywood, executive director of WWAV. [img src]

Last Friday morning at 4 AM, when most of New Orleans was sleeping, one or more arsonists torched the offices of Women With A Vision (WWAV), a group run by activist women of color. When an arsonist breaks into the offices of fierce women of color, sets fire to HIV education materials, and torches plastic replicas of vaginas and breasts, we’d say the evidence is clear. It’s a hate crime. 

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Global Roundup: Have We Failed in Promoting Women’s Rights?

Weekly global roundup: A Tibetan Nun Self-Immolates; women’s rights activists are detained in Zimbabwe; gay rights under threat in Peru; and IPPF asks if we have failed at women’s empowerment and development.

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Why I Started a Campaign After the McDonald’s Attack Video

When I first saw the video of a young woman attacked in a McDonald’s restroom, I was brought to tears. And then I turned to action.

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Afternoon Roundup: CBS News Correspondent Sexually Assaulted in Egypt

Maine’s newest anti-choice legislation; Mike Huckabee wants you to forget you don’t have a job or health care and that the value of your house is plummeting – because the most important issue we face is legal abortion for women; CBS News correspondent is sexually assaulted while covering Egyptian protetsts and more.

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Hate Crimes Rise as Homophobia Spreads Across Africa

Hate crimes against homosexuals are connected to the political, social and legal environment in which they live. And in Africa religious groups are talking about morals but simultaneously stirring hatred directly leading to violence against homosexuals.

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Hate Crimes Laws: A Conspiracy to “Eradicate” the Christian Right?

That weak and long-suffering entity known as the Christian Right is claiming that efforts to outlaw targeted hate crimes against homosexual persons through legislation constitute “a guarded effort to ‘eradicate’ their beliefs.”

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International AIDS Society Urges Strong/Swift Opposition to Proposed Anti-Homosexuality Legilsation In Uganda

In a press release today, the International AIDS Society (IAS) urged Uganda’s political and public health leaders to oppose and reject the Anti-Homosexuality Bill presented last week in Uganda’s parliament.

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Stoking Fire: Far Right Opposition to Hate Crimes Laws

Assurances that federal workplace anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people will exempt religious bodies from oversight should mollify conservatives, but they don’t.

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