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Florida Governor Signs Bill Further Restricting Later Abortions

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed HB 1047 into law on Friday.

The law, which will go into effect on July 1, places additional restrictions on abortions performed in the third trimester, and bans abortion at any point in a pregnancy if a doctor determines the fetus could survive outside the pregnant person’s body.

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Is Affirmative Consent the Answer to Sexual Assault on College Campuses?

California lawmakers are debating a bill requiring affirmative consent—a verbal or written yes—for sexual activity on state-run college campuses. Is this an unenforceable piece of legislation, or might it usher in the culture shift we need?

California lawmakers are debating a bill requiring affirmative consent—a verbal or written yes—for sexual activity on state-run college campuses. Is this an unenforceable piece of legislation, or might it usher in the culture shift we need?

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Louisiana Governor Signs Omnibus Anti-Abortion Bill

Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the bill, HB 388, at First Baptist Church in West Monroe.

Modeled after a Texas law that was signed last summer, HB 388 requires abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic where they perform abortions, imposes a forced 24-hour waiting period on surgical abortions, and reduces the number of abortions a doctor must perform in a given year to be considered an abortion provider.

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Loving Day, Juneteenth, and the Right to Family

Mildred and Richard Loving on June 12, 1967

The anniversary of the Loving case on June 12 and Juneteenth on the 19th should remind us that, within the African-American freedom struggle and broader movements for equality, there has always been a struggle to determine the right to marry, select an intimate partner of one’s choice, and to form the families that we want.

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Advocates Urge Eighth Circuit to Revisit Viability Standard in ‘Roe’

Arkansas is the latest state to see a direct attack on Roe v. Wade as fetal "personhood" advocates ramp up attacks on reproductive autonomy.

Arkansas is the latest state to see a direct attack on Roe v. Wade as fetal “personhood” advocates ramp up attacks on reproductive autonomy.

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UN Expected to Consider New Resolution on Discrimination Against LGBTI Persons

The United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights declared all “men” equal in dignity and rights already in 1948. Setting the gendered aspect of this wording aside, it is clear also that, more than five decades later, not all human beings in practice enjoy equal rights.

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Racial Injustice: The Case for Prosecuting Buyers as Sex Traffickers

Those of us fighting trafficking as part of a broader human rights movement must recognize that failing to advocate for the use of these laws to punish both buyers and sellers serves to perpetuate very serious racial disparities in who we are deeming culpable and who we are criminalizing for trafficking.

Those of us fighting trafficking as part of a broader human rights movement must recognize that failing to advocate for the use of these laws to punish both buyers and sellers serves to perpetuate very serious racial disparities in who we are deeming culpable and who we are criminalizing for trafficking.

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Virginia Moves Forward With Governor’s Directive to Review Abortion Clinic Regulations

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe

The state’s health board held a public meeting addressing the status of the review process Thursday, a process that is expected to take months to complete and possibly years to implement.

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New Hampshire Governor Signs Buffer Zone Bill

Flanked by lawmakers and supporters, Democratic New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill Tuesday that will create a 25-foot buffer zone around the five clinics that provide abortion services in the state.

Flanked by lawmakers and supporters, Democratic New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill Tuesday that will create a 25-foot buffer zone around the five clinics that provide abortion services in the state.

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Pennsylvania Bill Will Make Sexual Assault by Sports Official a Specific Crime

Coaches and sports officials initiate predatory sexual relationships with the teenagers in their care so often that the Pennsylvania General Assembly created a new crime in order to try to address it as specifically as possible.

Coaches and sports officials initiate predatory sexual relationships with the teenagers in their care so often that the Pennsylvania General Assembly created a new crime in order to try to address it as specifically as possible.

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