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The Violence Happening in Ferguson Is More Than Physical

A man holds his hands up after Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson named the officer who shot Michael Brown last month.

Many people assume that the term “violence” only refers to physically painful encounters. But I want to explore what multiple forms of violence—physical, emotional, bureaucratic, and spiritual—do to a group of people when they simultaneously converge on a community.

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Why Are Alameda County Jails Forcing Women to Take Pregnancy Tests?

No one can say for exactly how long Alameda County jails have been forcing arrested women to take pregnancy tests, and no one can really explain why.

For at least several years, Alameda County sheriffs and medical personnel have routinely conducted pregnancy tests on thousands of prisoners, old and young, fertile and sterile, willing or not. It’s a practice that isn’t shared by any other jails in California. No one can say for exactly how long Alameda County jails have been forcing arrested women to take pregnancy tests, and no one can really explain why.

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Abortion Provider Expands to New Mexico in Response to Texas Anti-Abortion Law

The Whole Woman's Health clinic in McAllen, Texas, which recently reopened, bringing legal abortion care back to the Rio Grande Valley.

As a lawsuit challenging Texas’ highly restrictive abortion access law winds its way through the federal court system, one Texas abortion provider announced Wednesday that she would expand services into neighboring New Mexico.

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Fundamentalists Ramp Up Attacks on Human Rights Group in El Salvador

The fundamentalists “want to silence us, but it is not working," said Morena Herrera, president of the group leading the "Freedom for the 17" campaign, which seeks to free from prison 17 women unjustly incarcerated on abortion-related charges, in an interview with RH Reality Check.

The fundamentalists “want to silence us, but it is not working,” said Morena Herrera, president of the group leading the “Freedom for the 17″ campaign, which seeks to free from prison 17 women unjustly incarcerated on abortion-related charges, in an interview with RH Reality Check.

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Riots and Research: What a 1968 Report on Urban Unrest Has to Do With Ferguson

Footage from the 1967 Newark riots.

More than 40 years later, the Kerner Report proves to be prescient in its observations about unchecked police power, problematic in its embrace of notions of Black pathology, and simultaneously hard and soft on white racism.

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Groups Push President Obama for Accountability in Ferguson

Advocates gather in front of the White House with boxes full of petition signatures calling for justice for Michael Brown.

Advocates are calling on President Obama and the Department of Justice for full accountability for the death Michael Brown, the unarmed Black teen shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri, and for systemic changes to discriminatory police practices nationwide.

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Excuses for Anti-Choice and Misogynist Harassment Grow Flimsier

The circle of victims of misogynist harassment is getting bigger, and the Supreme Court is playing a role.

The circle of victims of misogynist harassment is getting bigger, and the Supreme Court is playing a role.

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Judge Temporarily Blocks Enforcement of Louisiana Admitting Privileges Law

The order prevents authorities in Louisiana from enforcing the law while clinics and providers continue to try and secure hospital admitting privileges.

The order prevents authorities in Louisiana from enforcing the law while clinics and providers continue to try and secure hospital admitting privileges.

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Federal Court Blocks Part of Texas Abortion Law Preceding Immediate State Appeal

Without the court's injunction, HB 2 could have reduced the number of Texas abortion providers to eight.

Without the court’s injunction, HB 2 could have reduced the number of Texas abortion providers to eight.

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Another Choice Lost: HB 2 Targets Most of Texas’ Independent Abortion Providers (Updated)

In a matter of days, five of Texas’ eight legal abortion providers will operate under the Planned Parenthood banner, a special irony in light of state lawmakers’ professed hatred for the provider. Above, a poster hangs in the waiting room of Whole Woman's San Antonio, an independent abortion provider in Texas.

In a matter of days, five of Texas’ eight legal abortion providers will operate under the Planned Parenthood banner, a special irony in light of state lawmakers’ professed hatred for the provider.

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