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The 50th Anniversary of Mississippi’s Freedom Summer: Remembering What Fannie Lou Hamer Taught Us

Fannie Lou Hamer  used the power of storytelling to compel America to recognize the humanity of poor Black people in Mississippi.

Modern Mississippi freedom fighters must remain committed to Hamer’s legacy of bridging voting and reproductive rights into a comprehensive reproductive justice effort to protect Black women and other populations that are vulnerable to violations of both.

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Conservative Judge Tells Ohio Man He Can’t Have More Children Until He Catches Up on Child Support Payments

The willingness of courts to impose the kind of restrictions at issue in this case should raise some serious concerns for reproductive rights activists.

The willingness of courts to impose the kind of restrictions at issue in this case should raise some serious concerns for reproductive rights activists.

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Enough Is Enough: Poor Women Are Not Having Babies for Money

California's Maximum Family Grant rule denies financial support to babies born while their families are receiving grants from the state's welfare program.

California’s Maximum Family Grant rule denies financial support to babies born while their families are receiving grants from the state’s welfare program. An effort is underway to repeal the rule and to deconstruct the narrative that poor women have babies for money.

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Lawsuit: Staten Island Hospital Forced Patient Into C-Section Against Her Will

The lawsuit is believed to be the first to raise a claim under a New York public health law detailing the rights of patients at hospitals in the state.

A lawsuit filed by a New York woman against a local hospital alleges that she was forced to undergo a c-section against her will. The suit is believed to be the first to raise a claim under a New York public health law detailing the rights of patients at hospitals in the state, but experts worry that such cases could become more common.

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Maine Governor’s Veto of Women’s Health Bill Sustained by Legislature

Gov. Paul LePage (above) vetoed a bill that would have expanded Medicaid coverage of family planning services for nearly 14,000 low-income women, and a vote to override the veto failed.

Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill that would have expanded Medicaid coverage of family planning services for nearly 14,000 low-income women, and a vote to override the veto failed.

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Cost, Inequality, and Misinformation: Why Generic Emergency Contraception Is Still Inaccessible for Many

There are still barriers to EC access, especially for women and teens of color who disproportionately live in poor and segregated neighborhoods.

Though the FDA decision to permit generic EC pill manufacturers to sell their products over the counter represents a gain for those with the most access to resources, ultimately the decision reflects pharmaceutical manufacturing companies’ interests, rather than the lives of those most adversely affected by lack of access to EC.

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Republicans Filibuster Minimum Wage Bill in Senate

The federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour hasn't changed since 2009.

A proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016, and adjust it to inflation thereafter, was filibustered by Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.

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Choice, Surrogacy, and a Troubling Response to My Previous Commentary on Criminalization

If enacted, SB 302 would make surrogate parents, gestational carriers, and anyone who "is involved in, or induces, arranges or otherwise assists in the formation of a surrogate parenting contract" liable to up to a $10,000 fine or imprisonment of up to one year.

Last week, RH Reality Check published a piece in response to an earlier commentary I wrote about what was being billed as a feminist effort to criminalize surrogacy in Kansas. Much as I respect them, it appears the co-authors of that article responded to a straw man.

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Invoking ‘Choice’ When Discussing Surrogacy as a Feminist Concern Is a Mistake

A recent RH Reality Check piece treated the vexing question of commercial surrogacy as a litmus test for feminists. For us at Pro-Choice Alliance for Responsible Research, we believe that contract pregnancy can’t be understood in such a simplistic framework.

A recent RH Reality Check piece treated the vexing question of commercial surrogacy as a litmus test for feminists. For us at Pro-Choice Alliance for Responsible Research, we believe that contract pregnancy can’t be understood in such a simplistic framework.

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‘Freeze Your Eggs, Free Your Career’ Is Insulting to Women

The latest cover of Bloomberg Businessweek features a well-dressed white woman standing with her hand on her hip, underneath the words "FREEZE YOUR EGGS, FREE YOUR CAREER."

The latest cover of Bloomberg Businessweek features a well-dressed white woman standing with her hand on her hip, underneath the words “FREEZE YOUR EGGS, FREE YOUR CAREER.” But it’s plain fallacy to believe that an individual woman can outsmart a racist, sexist job market by freezing her eggs.

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