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We Must Not Keep Telling the Same Stories About Why Young People Deserve Reproductive Agency

We in the reproductive rights community have cultivated this idea that the only stories we can tell about young people are ones that involve the threat of abuse. This makes it seem as if we tacitly approve of the idea that only people in danger are worthy of our understanding.

We in the reproductive rights community have cultivated this idea that the only stories we can tell about young people are ones that involve the threat of abuse. This makes it seem as if we tacitly approve of the idea that only people in danger are worthy of our understanding.

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This Week in Sex: The Over-70 Set Is Still Doing It, and Condoms to Take the Runway

This week, a survey finds that those over 70 are still having sex, a new study links sugary drinks to earlier menstruation, and condoms are set to walk the runway in Washington.

This week, a survey finds that those over 70 are still having sex, a new study links sugary drinks to earlier menstruation, and condoms are set to walk the runway in Washington.

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Demanding Chemical Policy Reform Is a Way to Protect Girls’ Health

A bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act is likely to be introduced in Congress next week. Given some chemicals' effects on causing early puberty in girls, reproductive health advocates should demand strong regulation that removes harmful chemical substances from the market.

A bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act is likely to be introduced in Congress next week. Given some chemicals’ effects on causing early puberty in girls, reproductive health advocates should demand strong regulation that removes harmful chemical substances from the market.

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Will Obama’s Vision of Child Care Overcome Nixon’s Legacy?

As a longtime advocate for quality child care, I was heartened to hear President Obama's forceful words on the matter during his State of the Union address. It occurred to me that it had been more than 40 years since a U.S. president had so visibly addressed the issue—and on that occasion, the message had been very different.

As a longtime advocate for quality child care, I was heartened to hear President Obama’s forceful words on the matter during his State of the Union address. It occurred to me that it had been more than 40 years since a U.S. president had so visibly addressed the issue—and on that occasion, the message had been very different.

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Black Women Push ‘In Our Own Voice’ Reproductive Justice Agenda

Reproductive justice, organizers noted, is the belief that all women have the right to have children, the right not to have children, and the right to parent the children they have in a safe and healthy environment.

The agenda is “a powerful platform for us to really organize ourselves, to speak on our own behalf, and to be at the table when decisions are being made about us,” said La’Tasha Mayes, founder and executive director at New Voices Pittsburgh.

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Obama Expands Paid Family Leave, Urges Congress to Do More

The president signed an executive order to give federal employees up to six weeks of paid family leave after the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a new child.

The president signed an executive order to give federal employees up to six weeks of paid family leave after the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a new child.

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House Republicans Pass Doomed Bill Designed to Undo Years of Immigration Policy

An amendment to a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the year prohibits the department from spending any money to process applications for Obama's deferred deportation programs.

The anti-immigration amendment was sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who is also the co-sponsor of a federal bill banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions for fetal anomalies or for a woman’s health unless her life is in danger.

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Moral Monday Protesters: Low-Income Area Schools on Budgetary ‘Starvation Diet’ Under Cuomo

A Moral Monday rally focused on education equality in New York, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has overseen rising budgetary inequality in state schools.

A Moral Monday rally focused on education equality in New York, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has overseen rising budgetary inequality in state schools.

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Don’t Read the Comments? As Immigration Advocates, We Must

It is important to critically consider how immigrants are discussed in comment sections, as this has implications for their acceptance, health, and well-being.

It is important to critically consider how immigrants are discussed in comment sections, as this has implications for their acceptance, health, and well-being.

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Quality Early Education Requires Quality Pay for Teachers

Federal early child-care and education policies must require states to raise caretaker and teacher salaries, or else qualified workers will continue to struggle, earn less than they deserve for this vital work and leave the field, while the children—at their most critical development stage—will receive lower quality care.

Federal early child-care and education policies must require states to raise caretaker and teacher salaries, or else qualified workers will continue to struggle, earn less than they deserve for this vital work, or leave the field, while the children—at their most critical development stage—will receive lower quality care.

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