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How a Pennsylvania Domestic Violence Bill Became Anti-Worker and Anti-Survivor

The seemingly non-controversial bill got derailed earlier this month when state legislators approved an amendment preventing local governments from passing new work leave policies.

The seemingly non-controversial bill got derailed earlier this month when state legislators approved an amendment preventing local governments from passing new work leave policies, which could threaten the livelihood of survivors of domestic violence, crime, or abuse.

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Fact-Checking a Texas Republican’s Claims on Women’s Health ‘Advances’

Texas state Sen. Jane Nelson

Texas state Sen. Jane Nelson took to the editorial page of the Austin American-Statesman this week to tout “advances” in women’s health care under Republican leadership. But Nelson fudged the facts on her, and her party’s, anti-woman voting record.

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Two Anti-Choice Candidates in Colorado Rescind Support for ‘Personhood’

Days after Rep. Cory Gardner (left), who's hoping to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, dropped his longstanding support of the amendment, Rep. Mike Coffman (right), who also had long supported the measure, backed off it as well.

Days after Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), who’s hoping to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, dropped his longstanding support of the amendment, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), who also had long supported the measure, backed off it as well.

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The Quiet Fight for Same-Sex Divorce

Many couples are finding that they're “wedlocked”—they got married in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, but either live in or moved to a state where the practice is banned, and therefore cannot get a divorce.

Many thousands of same-sex couples have gotten married in the United States; as a simple fact of modern life, a good number of them will get divorced. But many couples are finding that they’re “wedlocked”—they got married in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, but either live in or moved to a state where the practice is banned, and therefore cannot get a divorce.

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Vermont Governor Signs Bill Repealing Unconstitutional Abortion Statutes

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill Monday repealing the unconstitutional provisions of a state law regarding abortion providers.

S. 317 strikes down criminal statutes that subjected doctors who perform or advertise abortions to up 20 years in jail.

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Pennsylvania Governor to Sign Bill Helping Protect Sexual Assault Survivors From Stalking, Harassment

Under current state law, only a small subset of rape survivors qualify for such orders.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is poised to sign a bill into law that will enable more sexual assault survivors and young stalking and harassment victims to obtain protection from abuse orders. Under current state law, only a small subset of rape survivors qualify for such orders.

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Hawaii House Votes to Continue Allowing Police to Have Sex With Prostitutes

Police in Hawaii successfully lobbied house lawmakers to leave in place a decades-old provision that allows officers to have sex with prostitutes, arguing that the measure is necessary for them to catch individuals who are breaking the law. Critics, however, call it an invitation for misconduct.

Police in Hawaii successfully lobbied house lawmakers to leave in place a decades-old provision that allows officers to have sex with prostitutes, arguing that the measure is necessary for them to catch individuals who are breaking the law. Critics, however, call it an invitation for misconduct.

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Georgia Lawmakers Pass Abortion Insurance Coverage Ban, Refuse to Expand Medicaid

The Georgia legislature overwhelmingly passed a ban on insurance coverage of abortion for many health plans in the state last week. Lawmakers also refused to expand Medicaid, fueling outraged protests.

The Georgia legislature overwhelmingly passed a ban on insurance coverage of abortion for many health plans in the state last week. Lawmakers also refused to expand Medicaid, fueling outraged protests.

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South Carolina House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban

The South Carolina State House.

The South Carolina House of Representatives passed a ban on abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation on Wednesday, advancing the bill to the state senate and making South Carolina one of three states that are actively pursuing such a ban this year.

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Anti-Choice Advocates Urge GOP Male Candidates to ‘Speak Humanely’ About Abortion

Among the suggested messaging strategies on how Republican male candidates should engage female voters are: Speak more humanely about abortion and don’t opine on the female body’s abilities if you’re not a doctor.

Among the suggested messaging strategies on how Republican male candidates should engage female voters are: Speak more humanely about abortion and don’t opine on the female body’s abilities if you’re not a doctor.

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