· · · · · 

Fighting for ‘Love and Justice’ in North Carolina: Why We Still Protest When It Seems Like We’re Losing

If our lawmakers can't love us, I’m of the mind that we should love each other.

If our lawmakers can’t love us, I’m of the mind that we should love each other.

· · · · · 

Walmart Pay Raise Falls Short for Working Mothers and Broader Economy

For Walmart workers like Fatmata Jabbie, a refugee from Saudi Arabia with two young children and a third on the way, a slightly higher hourly wage doesn’t do her much good if she can’t get enough hours.

For Walmart workers like Fatmata Jabbie, a refugee from Saudi Arabia with two young children and a third on the way, a slightly higher hourly wage doesn’t do her much good if she can’t get enough hours.

· · · · · 

Michigan Lawmaker Introduces Bills to Restrict Abortion, Fund Anti-Choice Nonprofits

A Republican Michigan lawmaker this month introduced a series of anti-choice bills, among them a restriction on later abortions and a proposal to publicly fund anti-choice organizations.

A Republican Michigan lawmaker this month introduced a series of anti-choice bills, among them a restriction on later abortions and a proposal to publicly fund anti-choice organizations.

· · · · · 

EEOC: Walmart Wrongly Refused to Offer Health Insurance Coverage for Same-Sex Spouse

The probable cause determination orders the retail giant to find a "just resolution" for its discriminatory conduct.

The probable cause determination orders the retail giant to find a “just resolution” for its discriminatory conduct.

· · · · · 

Family Leave Laws Need to Include Teen Student Parents

Conversations about the need for more comprehensive maternity leave policies seem to rarely include solutions to the issues facing pregnant and parenting students, despite the fact that they are less likely to finish high school than their peers and are more likely to stay in poverty as they struggle to support their family.

Conversations about the need for more comprehensive maternity leave policies seem to rarely include solutions to the issues facing pregnant and parenting students, despite the fact that they are less likely to finish high school than their peers and are more likely to stay in poverty as they struggle to support their family.

· · · · · 

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.

· · · · · 

New Attacks on Second-Trimester Abortions, Same Old Playbook (Updated)

In the 1990s, abortion opponents coined the term "partial-birth abortion" to convince lawmakers to ban an uncommon method. Now, they're trying the same strategy—this time, on a procedure used in almost every second-trimester abortion.

In the 1990s, abortion opponents coined the term “partial-birth abortion” to convince lawmakers to ban an uncommon method. Now, they’re trying the same strategy—this time, on a procedure used in almost every second-trimester abortion.

· · · · · 

Mississippi Asks Roberts Court to Help Close Its Only Abortion Clinic

If Mississippi gets its way, the right to an abortion will be meaningless in the face of unrestricted state power to regulate reproduction.

If Mississippi gets its way, the right to an abortion will be meaningless in the face of unrestricted state power to regulate reproduction.

· · · · · 

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.

· · · · · 

South Dakota Republican Introduces ‘Medically Inaccurate,’ ‘Inflammatory’ Anti-Abortion Bill (Updated)

The bill targets dilation and evacuation (D and E) procedures, which may be used in a second-trimester abortion. The D and E procedure is often used when it is the safest means of preserving the life, health, and perhaps the fertility of the pregnant person.

The bill targets dilation and evacuation (D and E) procedures, which may be used in a second-trimester abortion. The D and E procedure is often used when it is the safest means of preserving the life, health, and perhaps the fertility of the pregnant person.

· · · · ·