The Dangers of Mansplaining Abortion

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Even mansplaining is bigger in Texas. “Mansplaining” was a New York Times Word of the Year after the publication of Rebecca Solnit’s classic essay “Men Explain Things to Me” back in 2008. Before long, the word had morphed to explain the experience of other groups who are often dismissed: whitesplaining, straightsplaining and, for those who […]

Your Vote Matters: Personhood on the Ballot in North Dakota

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This November, North Dakota voters will decide whether or not to add a personhood amendment to their state’s constitution. Measure 1 on North Dakota’s ballot would amend the constitution to state, The inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected. The stakes are incredibly high for North […]

Your Vote Matters: Say No to “Personhood” in Colorado!

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This election, Colorado voters will decide whether or not to add a proposed personhood amendment to their state constitution. If the amendment passes, women will face the prospect of the toughest restrictions on their reproductive rights anywhere in the country (North Dakota voters are faced with a similar proposed amendment on their ballots). Although personhood […]

Obamacare Is Making a Huge Difference for Women

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A new study from the Guttmacher Institute published this week shows definitive proof that the Affordable Care Act is good for women. According to the report, the percentage of privately insured U.S. women paying zero out-of-pocket dollars for contraceptives grew exponentially between fall 2012 and spring 2014. For its Continuity and Change in Contraceptive Use study, the Guttmacher Institute […]

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 […]