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Obama Responds to Ferguson Unrest as Advocates Decry Police Violence (Updated)

Obama said that there is no excuse for violence against police or for vandalism and looting, but that there is also no excuse for using excessive force against peaceful protesters who are exercising their First Amendment rights.

Obama said that there is no excuse for violence against police or for vandalism and looting, but that there is also no excuse for using excessive force against peaceful protesters who are exercising their First Amendment rights.

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Judge Hears Closing Arguments in Texas Abortion Law Case

On the last day of arguments in the latest challenge to Texas' omnibus anti-abortion law, Judge Lee Yeakel pushed lawyers both for the plaintiffs and the State of Texas to answer the key question posed in practically every abortion case since Roe v. Wade: "Exactly what is an undue burden?"

On the last day of arguments in the latest challenge to Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law, Judge Lee Yeakel pushed lawyers both for the plaintiffs and the State of Texas to answer the key question posed in practically every abortion case since Roe v. Wade: “Exactly what is an undue burden?”

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Report: Racial Discrimination Severely Undermines Black Women’s Health

The stories of women who participated in focus groups led by SisterSong, included in the report, convey the gross under-education and discriminatory treatment of Black women living in the South, in particular, where sexual and reproductive health education is nonexistent and stigma is rampant.

The stories of women who participated in focus groups led by SisterSong, included in a new report, convey the gross under-education and discriminatory treatment of Black women living in the South, in particular, where sexual and reproductive health education is nonexistent and stigma is rampant.

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El Salvador’s Right-Wing Media Begins Sustained Campaign Against Releasing 17 Women Imprisoned on Abortion-Related Charges

High-profile ultra-conservative Salvadoran right-to-life forces have launched a vicious attack in response to the slow but significant gains achieved by the Salvadoran feminist campaign to secure legal pardons for Las 17, the 17 Salvadoran women unjustly imprisoned on abortion-related charges.

High-profile ultra-conservative Salvadoran right-to-life forces have launched a vicious attack in response to the slow but significant gains achieved by the Salvadoran feminist campaign to secure legal pardons for Las 17, the 17 Salvadoran women unjustly imprisoned on abortion-related charges.

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Detroit Mayor Unveils New Plan to Address Water Shutoffs

The policy changes include a new payment plan option, expanded financial assistance, and measures to inform residents when their water may be turned off.

The policy changes include a new payment plan option, expanded financial assistance, and measures to inform residents when their water may be turned off.

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In Michigan Governor’s Race, Candidates Battle Over Economy, Reproductive Rights

Gov. Rick Snyder (left) and Mark Schauer

This November, Michigan residents will decide whether to cast their vote for Republican incumbent Rick Snyder or long-time Democratic politician Mark Schauer in the gubernatorial election. The candidates have already begun to spar over the economy, education, and public health in the state, which will all be central issues leading up to the November election.

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France Drops Paternalistic Abortion Law, Demolishing Key Conservative Argument

Many have long argued that the "price" women must pay for a strong social safety net is a government that interferes with your reproductive choices. France is proving them wrong, dropping part of its paternalistic abortion laws.

Many have long argued that the “price” women must pay for a strong social safety net is a government that interferes with your reproductive choices. France is proving them wrong, dropping part of its paternalistic abortion laws.

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Renisha McBride’s Killer Convicted of Second-Degree Murder, Manslaughter, Firearm Charges

McBride's parents praised the jury's verdict, saying that justice was served and that McBride's shooting "was no accident."

McBride’s parents praised the jury’s verdict, saying that justice was served and that McBride’s shooting “was no accident.”

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‘Freedom Riders’ and Evolving Pro-Choice Protests

Clinic escorts outside a Planned Parenthood facility.

The Freedom Rides are a powerful symbol, but we—and Stop Patriarchy, which began an “Abortion Rights Freedom Ride” on July 30—should think deeply about what they mean in conversation with the history of abortion rights.

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The FDA Needs an Action Plan for More Inclusive Clinical Trials

If not enough women and people of color are included in clinical trials, it is not possible to determine how they’re affected by the new drug or device. And without this information women, particularly women of color, can’t make informed decisions about the medical products available.

If not enough women and people of color are included in clinical trials, it is not possible to determine how they’re affected by the new drug or device. And without this information women, particularly women of color, can’t make informed decisions about the medical products available.

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