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‘Philomena’ Reminds Us That the ‘Baby Scoop Era’ Affected Millions

Philomena Lee, the namesake character of the Oscar-nominated film Philomena (starring Judi Dench, above).

The Oscar-nominated film Philomena tells the tale of an Irish Catholic mother separated from her son by one of Ireland’s infamous 20th century Magdalene Laundries. But this adoption system wasn’t limited to mid-century Ireland; there are millions of Philomenas out there.

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Fetal Rosaries, Our Lady of Fatima, and the Spanish Inquisition: Welcome to the 2014 March for Life

The March for Life, the yearly protest on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, is a Catholic affair, supported by the bishops and the pope. And Republicans.

The March for Life, the yearly protest on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, is a Catholic affair, supported by the bishops and the pope. And Republicans.

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New Jersey Supreme Court Considers Whether Methadone Use During Pregnancy Is Child Abuse

Despite the fact that the state of New Jersey promotes maternal methadone programs, state officials want to charge women who use methadone while pregnant with child abuse.

Despite the fact that New Jersey promotes maternal methadone programs, state officials want to charge women who use methadone while pregnant with child abuse.

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How Not to Report on Sex Trafficking

We start with bad mothers and we end, in the piece with, an editorial sigh of relief: thank god (literally) for men like Don Brewster who can envision, unlike these women with whom he is juxtaposed narratively, “the transformation” that girls experience when they are “saved.”

Last month’s CNN piece on sex trafficking in Cambodia was notable because it represented a common failure of the media to report effectively on issues like trafficking in ways that do not compound the harm to those most affected.

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‘Roe v. Wade’ Let Me Become a Mother

I have never had an abortion, but I am grateful to the role that Roe has played in helping me have my own healthy, happy family.

I found out that I was pregnant nearly 40 years after Roe, but my pregnancy and that case are inextricably linked, even though on paper they have nothing in common.

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‘Philomena,’ A Must-See Film About the Magdalene Laundries and Forced Adoptions

Philomena is another reminder of the vast inequalities between those who adopt children and birth mothers.

Philomena is another reminder of the vast inequalities between those who adopt children and birth mothers.

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‘16 and Pregnant’ May Work, But We Could Do So Much Better

Stop appropriating my family and my peers for your mission and realize you are not only failing teenage families but you are also failing non parent teens through exploitive methods.

Researchers and the general public may be unable to agree on teen pregnancy shows’ contributions to society, but what we all can agree on is that these MTV shows present tired tropes about teen moms that are harmful for young girls.

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Why the ‘Good Mother’ Myth Has Got to Go: A Q&A With Avital Norman Nathman

The "good mother" myth is an amalgamation of all the supposed good or "right" things a mother should be.

RH Reality Check recently spoke with Avital Norman Nathman, editor of The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality, about toxic ideas of perfection, parenting, and gender.

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Don’t Call Pennsylvania’s Proposed Medicaid Plan an ‘Expansion’

Victories in the realm of trans health care occasion so much celebration because of what health-care access can do; so many of the trans community’s immediate concerns are quite literally matters of life and death.

In short, Healthy PA would extend some coverage to Pennsylvanians in the health-care gap, but it doesn’t expand the Medicaid program, and would reduce benefits of current enrollees.

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Why We Should Fear the Rise of America’s Latest ‘Bro Pastor’

Mark Driscoll is, without a doubt, a major player within white conservative American evangelicalism.

With an empire extending far beyond his churches in Seattle, Mark Driscoll is, without a doubt, a major player within white conservative American evangelicalism. And that should scare people who are dedicated to the rights of women in the United States.

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