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Legal Wrap: States Start Sessions With Rush of Anti-Abortion Measures

The legislative session kicked off in the states with a bunch of new anti-abortion bills and the first-ever conviction in Indiana of a pregnant woman for feticide for a self-induced abortion.

The legislative session kicked off in the states with a bunch of new anti-abortion bills, along with the conviction of an Indiana woman for feticide and neglect of a dependent.

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A Q&A With Judith Helfand of Chicken & Egg Pictures on Supporting ‘Vessel,’ ‘After Tiller,’ and More

Rose Rosenblatt,
co-director of Young Lakota, at a strategy session for the REEL Reproductive Justice cohort in 2013.

Chicken & Egg Pictures is the only nonprofit in the United States focused exclusively on funding and promoting women documentary filmmakers. The group’s REEL Reproductive Justice has supported films including After Tiller, No Más Bebés Por Vida, Infanity, Vessel, and Young Lakota.

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Losing My Lege: GOP Lawmaker Wants to Appoint Lawyers for Dead Women’s Fetuses

Last winter, the family of Marlise Muñoz had to undergo the terrible ordeal of fighting the state for the ability to take their deceased daughter off mechanical support. Now, a conservative state representative says he plans to make those kinds of heartbreaking decisions even harder—or, perhaps, impossible.

Last winter, the family of Marlise Muñoz had to undergo the terrible ordeal of fighting the state for the ability to take their deceased daughter off mechanical support. Now, a conservative state representative says he plans to make those kinds of heartbreaking decisions even harder—or, perhaps, impossible.

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Report Finds ‘Shockingly Substandard’ Reproductive Health Care in New York Prisons

Members of the Coalition for Women Prisoners attend a rally for New York’s 2009 anti-shackling law.

The report details numerous violations of the state’s anti-shackling law, severely limited access to birth control, lack of trauma-informed clinical care, and a routine denial of basic hygiene items like sanitary napkins and toilet paper.

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Advocates Say the Time Is Now for National Paid Sick Leave Legislation

The Healthy Families Act has been introduced in Congress every year since 2004, and every year it has failed to gain traction. But advocates for the bill think that this is their year, and they have some reason to be optimistic.

The Healthy Families Act has been introduced in Congress every year since 2004, and every year it has failed to gain traction. But advocates for the bill think that this is their year, and they have some reason to be optimistic.

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Access to Paid Sick Leave Is Vital for Those Seeking Reproductive Health Care

The lack of paid sick time available across the country means that if a worker needs time to address reproductive health needs—including prenatal or abortion care—she may have to risk her livelihood or her paycheck to do so.

The lack of paid sick time available across the country means that if a worker needs time to address reproductive health needs—including prenatal or abortion care—she may have to risk her livelihood or her paycheck to do so.

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No, the Supreme Court Didn’t Reject a Breastfeeding Rights Lawsuit Because Men Can Lactate Too

In its recent ruling, the high court did leave in place significant hurdles for employees making claims they were forced off the job.

In its recent ruling, the high court did leave in place significant hurdles for employees making claims they were forced off the job.

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The Anti-Vaccination Movement Has a Lot in Common With Anti-Choice Groups

Despite some facile language about "choice" from anti-vaxxers and individual beliefs held among some of them, the reality is that the anti-vaccination movement has way more in common with those trying to restrict abortion access.

Despite some facile language about “choice” from anti-vaxxers and individual beliefs held among some of them, the reality is that the anti-vaccination movement has way more in common with those trying to restrict abortion access.

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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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Chris Christie’s Infuriating Comments on Vaccines: This Is Not an Issue That Needs Balance

When asked about the measles outbreak, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave a very political answer that suggested vaccinations are an issue that requires balance and fairness to both sides.  He's wrong. This is an issue with one right answer and public officials should understand that.

There are not two equal sides here. There are not a number of compelling arguments that should be carefully considered. There is not room for debate. There is, in fact, a right answer to whether people should vaccinate their children, and that answer is yes. Public officials should understand that.

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