The Courts Aren’t Falling Into TRAPs

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Two rulings last week in Texas and Louisiana prove that, at least for now, some judges aren’t buying into the deceptive rationale used by right-wing lawmakers who enact TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws. Late Sunday evening, a federal district court issued an injunction against a Louisiana law that would have required abortion-providing doctors to […]

Black Youth in the Crosshairs

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After he was gunned down, left to bake on the hot cement for hours and then autopsied by the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office, the body of 18-year-old Michael Brown was finally returned to his family Wednesday. That body was 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighed 300 pounds. That body, on top of […]

Pro-Choice Activists Stand Up for Abortion Providers in New Orleans

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Abortion providers in Louisiana are getting hit from all sides this summer. First, Louisiana state lawmakers passed restrictive legislation that, if allowed to go into effect, may force the closures of most clinics in the state. Then, the local Catholic Bishop in New Orleans waged an ongoing campaign to stop the construction of a new Planned […]

Finally, Better Protections for Pregnant Workers

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its pregnancy discrimination guidelines this week for the first time in more than 30 years. The new guidelines mirror the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and classify discrimination against pregnant employees as a form of sex discrimination. The EEOC guidelines make it clear that an employer cannot discriminate against a worker […]

NEWSFLASH: Senate to Vote on Bill to Reverse Hobby Lobby

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UPDATE: Minutes ago, the Senate voted 56-43 to reject the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act of 2014, also known as the “Not My Boss’ Business Act.” It fell four votes short of the required 60 needed to pass the legislation. The Senate will vote today on a bill intended to reverse the Supreme Court’s […]

Contraceptive Access Further Weakened by Wheaton Decision

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In the flurry of media coverage surrounding the recent Hobby Lobby decision and its curtailment of women’s rights, the dissent of Ruth Bader Ginsburg—now known throughout the Internet as Notorious R.B.G.—became ubiquitous. Full of blistering one-liners, her assertion that the Court had “ventured into a minefield” were the mots de jour, as many wondered what […]

Will Peace Corps Volunteers Finally Receive Abortion Coverage?

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The Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved a proposal to allow federal health care to cover abortions for Peace Corps volunteers in certain situations. The proposal is included in the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, which next moves to a full-Senate vote. The proposal mirrors the language of the Peace Corps Equity Act, a stand-alone bill […]

Melinda Gates, and Why We MUST Talk About Abortion

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Reprinted from RH Reality Check. Read the original here. While they don’t bother putting her name on the Forbes list, by virtue of marriage Melinda Gates is the richest woman in the world. She proudly considers herself an advocate for family planning and women’s health. “I am focused on one thing,” she wrote in a recent blog […]

Medical Provider Says: Risk of Unsafe Abortion in Texas is Growing

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Often, patients wait five or six hours to see me. I don’t like the situation, but ever since the “privileges” requirement took effect Oct. 31, 2013, I have been the lone abortion provider for our Texas clinic. Lawmakers argued that requiring every provider to have hospital admitting privileges would make abortion safer. But the argument […]

NEWSFLASH: Pro-Choice Legislators Attempt to Repeal Ultrasound Law

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The  Virginia Senate has passed a repeal of its law mandating medically unnecessary ultrasounds before abortions, which went into effect last year. The Democrat-controlled Senate was in a 20-20 tie, until Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam voted for the repeal. It will now be considered by the Republican-dominated state House. Virginia’s then-Republican-controlled Senate had originally attempted […]