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Enforcement of Abortion Laws Violates Human Rights

The consequences of criminalizing abortion are severe and reason for alarm.

Ipas’s recent research in Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, Malawi, and Rwanda provides concrete evidence of the human rights violations that result when law enforcement investigates, arrests, and imprisons women who have abortions.

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Activists Campaign Against Philadelphia Judge Who Ruled Rape as Theft

Local activists just launched a campaign urging against the retention of Judge Teresa Carr Deni in Philadelphia municipal court in next week’s general election.

On Tuesday night, Pussy Division, an anonymous collective of Philadelphia-based feminist activists, started tweeting logos and posted a meme urging voters to vote no on retention of Judge Teresa Carr Deni, who six years ago reduced charges of an alleged gang rape of a sex worker to theft of services.

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Blurred Lines, Not So Much: Double Standards at Play for Women in Music Videos

A "Blurred Lines" parody video in which men dance shirtless was briefly removed from YouTube after being flagged as "inappropriate," sending a clear message that the idea of women dominating submissive men is unsuitable.

A “Blurred Lines” parody video in which men dance shirtless was briefly removed from YouTube after being flagged as “inappropriate,” sending a clear message that the idea of women dominating submissive men is unsuitable.

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Etsy Pulls Rape-Promoting T-Shirts From Site Amid Outcry, Activists Push for Further Action

Until Wednesday afternoon, you could buy a t-shirt featuring the phrase “Autumn is perfect for date rape" through a shop on the website Etsy.

Although shirts with slogans including “I’m a sensitive guy. I only rape pregnant women” were pulled from the site, a shop on the online marketplace Etsy still sells t-shirts that use ableist language.

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Purity Culture as Rape Culture: Why the Theological Is Political

Relationship guides and purity pledges are a cottage industry in evangelicalism, but the influence reaches far beyond just evangelicals.

By failing to equip women to understand their own agency and bodily autonomy, the evangelical purity movement creates an environment that is ripe for rape.

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Attorney Argues Death of Fetus in Minnesota Case Was Unlawful Abortion, Not Murder

Two groups have appealed the dismissal of their challenge to an Arizona anti-choice restriction that they argue unconstitutionally relies on harmful racial stereotypes to discriminate against and shame Black and Asian American and Pacific Islander women who decide to end their pregnancies.

A Minnesota case highlights the discretion prosecutors have when charging crimes that involve the death of a fetus.

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We Have a Rape Problem. First Step: We Have to Admit It.

Too many boys think it is OK to have sex with girls who have not consented. They think it is OK to have sex with girls who are so drunk they could not possibly consent. They think it is OK to have sex with girls who are completely unconscious. And we let them do it. It's time to admit we have a problem.

Too many boys think it is OK to have sex with girls who have not consented. They think it is OK to have sex with girls who are so drunk they could not possibly consent. They think it is OK to have sex with girls who are completely unconscious. And we let them do it. It’s time to admit we have a problem.

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Former San Diego Mayor Pleads Guilty to False Imprisonment and Battery

After being accused of sexual harassment by at least 18 women and being forced to resign, former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (above) has pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and battery.

After being accused of sexual harassment by at least 18 women and being forced to resign, former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and battery charges.

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During Shutdown, Pennsylvania Domestic Violence Shelters Weather ‘Perfect Storm’ to Stay Open

The shutdown may force the most vulnerable women and children to remain, or re-enter, into abusive situations as domestic violence shelters are next on the chopping block if the shutdown continues.

While new mothers and babies can rely on two more weeks of formula and support through WIC, the shutdown may force the most vulnerable members of this population to remain in, or reenter into, abusive situations, as domestic violence shelters are next on the chopping block.

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Sexism Is Alive and Well Among ‘Generation Z’

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Generation Z—made up of people who were born between the early 1990s and 2010—is so accustomed to everyday sexism that most of us do not even notice when demeaning language is used, let alone call it out, when we hear it in songs like “Blurred Lines.”

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