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Losing My Lege: Cupcakes and Open Carry Kick Off 84th Texas Legislature

The 84th Texas Legislature convened this week, with a new batch of lawmakers, lobbyists, and elected officials poised to defend some of Texans' most cherished freedoms: baked goods and the public possession of unlicensed handguns.

The 84th Texas Legislature convened this week, with a new batch of lawmakers, lobbyists, and elected officials poised to defend some of Texans’ most cherished freedoms: baked goods and the public possession of unlicensed handguns.

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The Latest Study on Depo-Provera and HIV: Far More Complex Than Most Headlines Suggest

Because Depo-Provera is an important contraceptive choice and because in many parts of the world, it is the only long-acting, discreet option available to women, it is vital to take the issue of a link between HIV and hormonal contraception quite seriously while adding nuance to the discussion.

Because Depo-Provera is an important contraceptive choice and because in many parts of the world, it is the only long-acting, discreet option available to women, it is vital to take the issue of a link between HIV and hormonal contraception quite seriously while adding nuance to the discussion.

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Colorado Republicans Introduce ‘Personhood’ Bill After Ballot Measure Defeat

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A bill in the Colorado house would define life as beginning at conception. It has almost no chance of passing, observers say.

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Inaccessible Medicaid Providers Are Another Sign of Our Failing Safety Net

According to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than half of surveyed Medicaid providers are, in reality, completely inaccessible. This presents an obvious problem for huge numbers of Americans.

According to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than half of surveyed Medicaid providers are, in reality, completely inaccessible. This presents an obvious problem for huge numbers of Americans.

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Anti-Abortion Stigma Is Not the Only Cultural Force Restricting Reproductive Rights

The burden of TRAP regulations in Virginia was lightened in early May, when Attorney General Mark Herring clarified that existing clinics can be grandfathered into the law's architectural component. Still, challenges persist.

Racism and classism often affect the judgments made by individuals and lawmakers: Negative perceptions inspire policies dramatically reducing the ability of people of color or people living in poverty to make their own decisions when it comes to abortion.

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Legal Wrap: Unexpected Good News From the Roberts Court

The Supreme Court gave equality advocates two rare victories in abortion and immigration battles in Arizona.

The Supreme Court gave equality advocates two rare victories in abortion and immigration battles in Arizona.

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A Textbook Case: The Continuing Battle for Control Over What Students Read

A school board in Arizona made headlines last month for voting to cut pages out of a biology textbook in order to make sure that students do not learn about abortion.  While taking x-acto knives to textbooks is extreme and rare—though it has certainly been done before—textbook censorship is not at all rare and the process for getting these books into the classroom is quite often more about politics than education.

While physically taking X-Acto knives to textbooks is extreme and rare, the struggle to mandate what these texts do and do not teach children is not rare in the slightest—and it can manifest in ways that are far more insidious than ripping pages out of a book.

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It’s Been a Terrible Year for Reproductive Rights

2014 will go down as the year anti-choicers' goal of ending legal abortion came within their grasp. It's also the year they opened up a new front in the "war on women" by starting preliminary legal attacks on contraception access.

2014 will go down as the year anti-choicers’ goal of ending legal abortion came within their grasp. It’s also the year they opened up a new front in the “war on women” by starting preliminary legal attacks on contraception access.

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12 Ways Young People Organized for Human Rights in 2014

Contrary to a narrative that young people are apathetic or lazy or too busy texting to care about human rights, in fact young people are at the helm of the movement for justice for all people. I, for one, can't wait to see what they pull off in 2015.

Contrary to a narrative that young people are apathetic or lazy or too busy texting to care about human rights, in fact young people are at the helm of the movement for justice for all people. I, for one, can’t wait to see what they pull off in 2015.

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D.C. Council Prohibits Employment Discrimination Based on Reproductive Health Choices

Some advocates say the bill could be interpreted to reverse the Hobby Lobby decision in D.C., but the bill's sponsors say it merely protects employees from being unjustly fired.

Some advocates say the bill could be interpreted to reverse the Hobby Lobby decision in D.C., but the bill’s sponsors say it merely protects employees from being unjustly fired.

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