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Texas GOP Lawmakers Divert HIV Funds to Abstinence Education Program

State Rep. Stuart Spitzer said his "goal is for everybody to be abstinent until they’re married." Democrats questioned Spitzer's knowledge about sexual health after he stated that sexual intercourse was the only way to contract STIs.

State Rep. Stuart Spitzer said his “goal is for everybody to be abstinent until they’re married.” Democrats questioned Spitzer’s knowledge about sexual health after he stated that sexual intercourse was the only way to contract STIs.

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‘Marlise’s Law’ Would Give Pregnant Texans Advance Directive Rights

A Texas lawmaker has proposed a bill that would give pregnant Texans and their families the same end-of-life decision-making rights as non-pregnant people, striking a line from a health and safety statute that requires pregnant people be kept on mechanical support against their advance directives.

A Texas lawmaker has proposed a bill that would give pregnant Texans and their families the same end-of-life decision-making rights as non-pregnant people, striking a line from a health and safety statute that requires pregnant people be kept on mechanical support against their advance directives.

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What the Net Neutrality Victory Should Teach Us About Other Progressive Fights

Contrary to the narratives being pushed by some in the activism community, the win in the fight for net neutrality wasn’t because liberals managed to somehow "want" it badly enough. This was not a matter of willpower, but one of enormous force, bluntly applied.

Contrary to the narratives being pushed by some in the activism community, the win in the fight for net neutrality wasn’t because liberals managed to somehow “want” it badly enough. This was not a matter of willpower, but one of enormous force, bluntly applied.

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Rick Scott: 1.6 Million Floridians Losing Health Care Is a ‘Federal Problem’

Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he would take no action if the Affordable Care Act is gutted as the U.S. Supreme Court decision that could cut off access to affordable health care for millions looms.

Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he would take no action if the Affordable Care Act is gutted as the U.S. Supreme Court decision that could cut off access to affordable health care for millions looms.

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Texans Demand ‘Trust. Respect. Access.’ From Lawmakers on Reproductive Health

Dozens of college students and reproductive justice activists met with lawmakers in Austin Thursday morning.

Dozens of college students and reproductive justice activists met with lawmakers in Austin Thursday morning, asking them to support comprehensive sex ed, increase access to legal abortion care, and give doctors more leeway to make medically sound decisions about their patients.

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Losing My Lege: The Unfriendly State

As state lawmakers prepare to take access to cancer screenings and services away from the poorest Texans, a few choice words keep coming to mind—words like "mean," "spiteful," and just plain "indecent."

As state lawmakers prepare to take access to cancer screenings and services away from the poorest Texans, a few choice words keep coming to mind—words like “mean,” “spiteful,” and just plain “indecent.”

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Lesbian Couple Receives First-Ever Same-Sex Marriage License in Texas (Updated)

A judge ordered the Travis County Clerk to issue a marriage license to Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, an Austin couple who have been together for nearly 31 years and who married outside the county clerk's office Thursday in the presence of friends and family.

A judge ordered the Travis County Clerk to issue a marriage license to Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, an Austin couple who have been together for nearly 31 years and who married outside the county clerk’s office Thursday in the presence of friends and family.

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Corporate Health-Care Giant Says Affordable Care Act Benefits Women

Women who are insured on the federal health exchanges are better able to access needed diagnostic care and treatments than uninsured women, according to a brief submitted by the Hospital Corporation of America to the Supreme Court.

The Hospital Corporation of America donates more to Republican candidates and PACs than Democratic ones, but it doesn’t want to see the Supreme Court rule against the Obama administration in King v. Burwell because it finds that the ACA works as intended and benefits its bottom line.

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‘Student Non-Discrimination Act’ Seeks to Curb Bullying of LGBT Youth

Sens. Al Franken (D-MN) and Jared Polis (D-CO) reintroduced legislation this week that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT youth, including bullying and other harassment, in public schools.

Sens. Al Franken (D-MN) and Jared Polis (D-CO) reintroduced legislation this week that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT youth, including bullying and other harassment, in public schools.

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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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