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Obama Administration Files Amicus Brief Backing Legislative Prayer

The Obama administration sided with Republican lawmakers in states like Indiana and Texas to back the practice of prayer at government meetings.

The Obama administration sided with Republican lawmakers in states like Indiana and Texas to back the practice of prayer at government meetings.

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Promote the Personhood of Fertilized Eggs! Win $5,000 Cash!

If the fertilized egg as person movement wasn’t already showing signs of jumping the shark, now they are bribing people into supporting them.

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Post-Election, Republicans Vow No More Akins

Photo: Salon.

From now on, they’ll make sure their candidates are much quieter about their plans to ensure women lose their reproductive rights.

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Denying Access to Contraception: What If Interfering With Women’s Lives Is The Point?

A new Guttmacher Institute study shows that women use contraception to achieve economic and life goals, which runs up against conservatives who want to make this all about sex. But what if derailing women’s goals is the entire point?

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Disability, Prenatal Testing and the Case for a Moral, Compassionate Abortion

Having an abortion to prevent a child from being born with Down syndrome or another disability can be a positive moral choice. Okay, now let’s go on (assuming you’re not already plotting my demise).

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Global Roundup: Religious Right Expands Reach in Africa; Pregnant Teen in Dominican Republic Denied Chemotherapy

Weekly global roundup: Reproductive Health Bill still looms as a promise in the Philippines; the UN hears testimony of rape in Syria; US Christian Right camps out in Africa; Abortion ban in the Dominican Republic impedes a teen’s cancer treatment.

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How I Lost My Fear of Universal Health Care

Canada's universal health care system covers and encourages midwifery care.

When I moved to Canada in 2008, I was a die-hard conservative Republican. I believed based on my politics that government mandated health care was a violation of my freedom.

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Taking The Fall: How Eve Covered for Adam

What really happened in the Garden of Eden? Eve was made from the Holy Spirit and God despaired of Adam’s capacity to “grow up.” In the end, Eve takes the fall for Adam.

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Four Ways to Show How the “Religious Liberty” Claim Against Contraceptive Coverage Is Nonsense

Conservatives are now claiming religious liberty gives them the right to dock their employee’s compensation package for having differing beliefs about contraception. Four reasons why that argument won’t fly.

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The Dark Side of Mercy Ministries

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve spoken with two young women who have shared intimate and heart-breaking stories with me about their time in Mercy Ministries, a residential treatment home for girls who face issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol addictions, depression and unplanned pregnancies, where the girls claim to have survived psychological abuse that left them worse off than when they entered the program. 

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