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Bob Jones University’s Reported Attitude Toward Assault Reflects Fundamentalist Theology

Ingrained in Bob Jones University's very DNA is a belief in shame as an essentially positive thing, which manifests in its reportedly condemnatory attitude toward survivors of sexual abuse and violence.

Ingrained in Bob Jones University’s very DNA is a belief in shame as an essentially positive thing, which manifests in its reportedly condemnatory attitude toward survivors of sexual abuse and violence.

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Abortion Speak-Outs Can Combat Our Own Stigma Too

Thursday's live-streamed "one in three" speak-out made me realize that even as a staunch reproductive rights advocate, a clinic escort, and a feminist, I still have to battle my own internalized abortion stigma.

Thursday’s live-streamed “one in three” speak-out made me realize that even as a staunch reproductive rights advocate, a clinic escort, and a feminist, I still have to battle my own internalized abortion stigma.

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Advancing Reproductive Justice for Black Women and Women of Color in Cleveland

Recent efforts by reproductive justice organizations in Cleveland, including New Voices Cleveland, show that women will not stand idly by and watch their rights be taken away or have others—be it mainstream media outlets, anti-choice organizations, or anti-woman politicians—dictate their health and safety needs through racist billboard campaigns.

Recent efforts by reproductive justice organizations in Cleveland, including New Voices Cleveland, show that women will not stand idly by and watch their rights be taken away or have others—be it mainstream media outlets, anti-choice organizations, or anti-woman politicians—dictate their health and safety needs through racist billboard campaigns.

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Stigma Makes People Reluctant to Tell Loved Ones About Their Abortions, Says Study

Thanks to stigma, a new study shows, people who have had abortions often hesitate to tell more than one or two trusted family members, partners, or friends about the experience. This, in turn, can lead to individual isolation and restrictive government policies.

Thanks to stigma, a new study shows, people who have had abortions often hesitate to tell more than one or two trusted family members, partners, or friends about the experience. This, in turn, can lead to individual isolation and restrictive government policies.

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Abortion Rights Advocates Launch ‘Circus Disco’ Counter-Protest in New York

Supporters of the clinic have wanted to fight back for a long time, but were waiting for a window of opportunity to take a stand.

Supporters of the clinic have wanted to fight back for a long time, but were waiting for a window of opportunity to take a stand.

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Where’s the ’16, Parenting, and OK’ Reality Show?

The media’s bad job of reporting on teenage pregnancy and parenting has real-life consequences and effects on teenage families, including depression and generational poverty. By removing these stereotypes, and changing to more positive story lines and outcomes, people in the media can make it easier on teens to create thriving families.

The media’s bad job of reporting on teenage pregnancy and parenting has real-life consequences and effects on teenage families, including depression and generational poverty. By removing these stereotypes, and changing to more positive story lines and outcomes, people in the media can make it easier on teens to create thriving families.

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Imagining a World Without Abortion Stigma

In order to guide our activist priorities, we must envision what our long-term goal of a world without abortion stigma would ultimately look like.

In order to guide our activist priorities, we must envision what our long-term goal of a world without abortion stigma would ultimately look like.

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People With Mental Health Emergencies Deserve So Much More Than What Our Health-Care System Has to Offer

Too often, reaching out for help can mean being handed off to people who have absolutely no training in mental health care and who have deep prejudices against those with mental illnesses.

Too often, reaching out for help can mean being handed off to people who have absolutely no training in mental health care and who have deep prejudices against those with mental illnesses.

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Dallas Teenager Deserves Compassion, Not Prosecution

The real crime scene in this scenario isn't a high school bathroom stall; it's Texas' rigid and discriminatory reproductive health-care system.

The real crime scene in this scenario isn’t a high school bathroom stall; it’s Texas’ rigid and discriminatory reproductive health-care system.

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Women Who Have Abortions Are ‘Not Alone': A Q&A With Abortion Story Advocate Beth Matusoff Merfish

Founders of Not Alone: (from left to right) Brett, Sherry, and Beth Matusoff Merfish

RH Reality Check recently spoke with Beth Matusoff Merfish, co-founder (with her sister, Brett, and mother, Sherry) of Not Alone about how her organization combats abortion stigma through storytelling. As Merfish explains, these stories have the potential to “open people’s minds” and hearts.

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