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‘His Adopted Daughter': How the Media Tells Dylan Farrow’s Story

There's a tendency in our society to think of relationships formed by adoption as somehow less real than those rooted in biology. This may explain why so much of the discussion of Farrow's story of abuse has focused on her status as an adopted person.

There’s a tendency in our society to think of relationships formed by adoption as somehow less real than those rooted in biology. This may explain why so much of the discussion of Farrow’s story of abuse has focused on her status as an adopted person.

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New Report Calls Attention to Abortion Policy in Ecuador

It's time to call on the countries leaders to update the country’s penal codes.

Ecuador’s archaic and outdated abortion ban—which criminalizes both women seeking abortion as well as health-care providers who perform them—prevents young women from seeking not only safe abortion services, but also counseling and legal services for sexual violence.

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Forcing Rape Victims to Give Birth? New Mexico Has a Novel Approach

New Mexico State Legislator Cathrynn Brown. (Alamy via Huffington Post)

What if we made fetuses evidence and said abortion would “destroy” it? It’s illogical in every way.

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John Koster and “The Rape Thing:” Right-Wingers Simply Can’t Stop Minimizing Rape [TRIGGER]

It seems they can’t help themselves. One after another, not inconsequentially right-wing, white, male politicians continue to pontificate on the choices women should, and should not, be able to make in the aftermath of a rape. For John Koster, that is in the aftermath of “the rape thing.”

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Local Colorado TV News Stations Fact Check Ads Attacking Romney’s Anti-Choice Positions

Marshall Zelinger. The Denver Channel.com.

Local TV news stations in Colorado, a swing state, are fact checking many of the political ads inundating the airwaves. Two local stations in Denver were mostly right in their recent analyses of ads attacking Mitt Romney’s position on a women’s right to choose.

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An Open Letter to Rachel Maddow: Stop Calling Opposition to Rape and Incest Abortion Exceptions “Extreme”

From a fundamental human rights perspective denying abortion for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest is just as problematic as denying abortions to women who can’t afford another child, are in unstable relationships, do not want to be a parent, or want to pursue other life opportunities.

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Iowa Legislators, Vying for “Most Mean-Spirited”, Seek to Strip Funds for Abortion Care for Rape, Incest, Fetal Anomalies

It was announced last week that Iowa House members are pushing emergency rulemaking for the state Department of Human Services to halt medical coverage for abortion care in cases of rape or incest, or severe physical or mental fetal deformities. It just doesn’t get more mean-spirited, out of touch and just plain awful than that. 

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Women’s Reproductive Rights Under Threat in Colombia

Prenatal care in rural Colombia in 1981. Image: UNICEF/ UN Photo

Despite a landmark ruling five years ago – when Colombia’s Constitutional Court decriminalized abortion in cases of rape, fetal abnormality or to save the mother’s life – less than 0.5 percent of procedures are carried out legally each year. 

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Because I Am a Man, I feel My Sexuality is Dirty, and Worry I’ll Hurt Someone With It

Do you have to worry that simply by virtue of being a male person with a sexuality, you’ll abuse someone?  No. Being a certain sex, having a certain gender or having a sexuality does not mean a person has any kind of innate predilection to abuse.

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What Do You Mean It’s Not Rape?

A New Jersey writer speaks out for the first time about her own rape and her reaction to Congressman Chris Smith’s bill which, she argues, is designed to demolish long-established American freedoms and to undermine the health and rights of poor and middle class women.

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