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National Right to Life Director Admits Pregnancy Is Riskier Than Abortion

Mary Spaulding Balch, state legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee, speaking at a Roe v. Wade anniversary press conference in 2009.

At last weekend’s National Right to Life Committee’s convention, Mary Spaulding Balch criticized the legislative strategy used by other anti-choice groups to pass 20-week abortion bans by claiming the procedure is dangerous to women. The proper approach, she said, is to base the argument around the unborn.

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The People’s History: The Birth of the New Feminist Army in Texas

Rise Up/Levanta Texas formed in late June 2013

Ultimately, we do not see the passage of HB 2 as a total loss. On the contrary, we recognize that that moment was an opportunity and an opening.

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Senate Candidate Proposes Over-the-Counter Sale of Birth Control Pills

Colorado GOP senatorial candidate Cory Gardner proposed on Thursday that oral contraception be available for over-the-counter purchase. Critics point out that Gardner's position runs counter to his record of votes in favor of restricting access to contraception.

Colorado GOP senatorial candidate Cory Gardner proposed on Thursday that oral contraception be available for over-the-counter purchase. Critics point out that Gardner’s position runs counter to his record of votes in favor of restricting access to contraception.

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New Report Looks at Gains in Federal Judiciary

The report from the Alliance for Justice notes that while there is still much to do to remedy the judicial vacancy crisis in the federal courts, reforms in the Senate have brought signs of change.

The report from the Alliance for Justice notes that while there is still much to do to remedy the judicial vacancy crisis in the federal courts, reforms in the Senate have brought signs of change.

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The NRA Successfully Silences Another Obama Nominee

The Office of the Surgeon General has been vacant for almost a year, and if the NRA gets its way, it will stay vacant.

The Office of the Surgeon General has been vacant for almost a year, and if the NRA gets its way, it will stay vacant.

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Not a ‘Hard Choice’: Why Clinton Needs to Get Out the Vote for Midterm Elections on Her Book Tour

Now is the right time for Clinton, who began a national book tour on Tuesday to promote her new memoir, to test narratives and messaging that can resonate with young people—namely young women—in order to get out the vote this November.

Now is the right time for Clinton, who began a national book tour on Tuesday to promote her new memoir, to test narratives and messaging that can resonate with young people—namely young women—in order to get out the vote this November.

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Texas Republicans’ New Anti-Gay, Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Abortion Platform

The 2014 Texas GOP platform endorses "reparative therapy" for gay and lesbian Texans, removes a call for new pathways to citizenship, and thanks lawmakers for "pro-life" legislation.

The 2014 Texas GOP platform endorses “reparative therapy” for gay and lesbian Texans, removes a call for new pathways to citizenship, and thanks lawmakers for “pro-life” legislation.

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Coalition Urges Pennsylvania Lawmakers to Expand Medicaid to Solve Budget Crisis

While Gov. Tom Corbett insists Pennsylvania can’t afford Medicaid expansion, advocates argue Pennsylvania can’t afford not to expand Medicaid.

While Gov. Tom Corbett insists Pennsylvania can’t afford Medicaid expansion, advocates argue Pennsylvania can’t afford not to expand Medicaid.

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Pennsylvania’s First Openly Gay Republican Politician Says Party Bias Led to Primary Defeat

Rep. Mike Fleck, Pennsylvania's first openly gay GOP lawmaker, was defeated in the Republican primary, but he won the Democratic primary with a write-in campaign by just 15 votes.

Rep. Mike Fleck is navigating uncharted political waters in Pennsylvania. The state’s first openly gay GOP lawmaker was defeated in the Republican primary—his first primary challenge since coming out of the closet in 2012—but he won the Democratic primary with a write-in campaign by just 15 votes.

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Quibbles Over Anti-Choice Purity Reveal GOP Extremism in Montana Primary

Even conservative candidates who support popular anti-choice measures like 20-week abortion bans might fail to satisfy a radically anti-choice Republican party, as U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke is discovering in Montana.

Even conservative candidates who support popular anti-choice measures like 20-week abortion bans might fail to satisfy a radically anti-choice Republican party, as U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke is discovering in Montana.

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