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Poorly Defined Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Used to Blame, Criminalize Mothers

The Alaska legislature recently approved a project that will place free pregnancy tests in bar bathrooms as part of a larger campaign to raise awareness about fetal alcohol syndrome. But what is fetal alcohol syndrome, and could this effort possibly help address it?

The Alaska legislature recently approved a project that will place free pregnancy tests in bar bathrooms as part of a larger campaign to raise awareness about fetal alcohol syndrome. But what is fetal alcohol syndrome, and could this effort possibly help address it?

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Study: Number of Uninsured in California Plunges Due to Obamacare

The longitudinal study found that of the California residents who were uninsured prior to open enrollment, 58 percent signed up for insurance.

The longitudinal study found that of the California residents who were uninsured prior to open enrollment, 58 percent signed up for insurance.

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Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Address Campus Sexual Assault

Sen. Claire McCaskill speaks alongside survivor advocates and fellow Senate co-sponsors of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act.

The Campus Accountability and Safety Act would designate confidential advisors to counsel sexual assault survivors on their options, stiffen penalties for universities that don’t do enough to address sexual assault, and require colleges to survey their students about their experiences.

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Alabama Governor’s Rejection of Medicaid Expansion Will Add to Economic Hardships, Opponents Say

Danne Howard of the Alabama Hospital Association said the state’s unwillingness to expand Medicaid is adding to the economic distress of its rural communities and encumbering economic development efforts.

Danne Howard of the Alabama Hospital Association said the state’s unwillingness to expand Medicaid is adding to the economic distress of its rural communities and encumbering economic development efforts.

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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick Signs Clinic Protection Legislation

The bill, known as An Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities, was rushed through the legislature after the state’s buffer zone law was struck down in June.

The bill, known as An Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities, was rushed through the legislature after the state’s buffer zone law was struck down in June.

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Embattled Kansas Abortion Clinic Closes as Provider Retires

The closure leaves the state with just three clinics that provide abortion care.

The closure leaves the state with just three clinics that provide abortion care.

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U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Hears Testimony on Sexual Harassment, First Amendment

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, a bipartisan, independent agency responsible for investigating civil rights issues, held a briefing on Friday to discuss the effects of recent federal guidance on Title IX sexual harassment law in schools, and whether that guidance might come in conflict with the First Amendment.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, a bipartisan, independent agency responsible for investigating civil rights issues, held a briefing on Friday to discuss the effects of recent federal guidance on Title IX sexual harassment law in schools, and whether that guidance might come in conflict with the First Amendment.

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After Hobby Lobby, Democratic Legislators Push Anew for Equal Rights Amendment

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), speaking, with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-CA) at a rally Thursday morning in front of the Supreme Court.

Democratic legislators and women’s rights advocates called out the Supreme Court as they rallied to pass an amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing equal rights to women.

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Study: Nearly Half of Texas’ Legal Abortion Providers Have Closed Post-HB 2

Forty-six percent of Texas' legal abortion providers have closed since May 2013, according to the study.

The study is the first academic evaluation of the impact of HB 2 to be released since the law passed last year.

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Proposed Republican Bill Would Treat Contraception Like a Luxury Good

Republicans are offering a bill that they claim protects a woman's access to contraception. But it's a poison pill that would reframe contraception not as a medical service, but as a luxury good that should only be available to those who can afford the cost of it.

Republicans are offering a bill that they claim protects a woman’s access to contraception. But it’s a poison pill that would reframe contraception not as a medical service, but as a luxury good that should only be available to those who can afford the cost of it.

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