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STUDY: Increasing Breastfeeding Could Save More Than 800,000 Lives Annually

A new analysis estimates that approximately 800,000 childhood deaths and 20,000 breast cancer deaths could be averted if nearly all women worldwide breast-fed their infants and young children. That decrease in children’s deaths is equivalent to 13 percent of all deaths in children younger than 2 years of age, the study authors reported in a … Continue reading

ISIS Releases Horrifying Fatwa On How To ‘Properly’ Rape Enslaved Women And Girls

For more than a year, human rights groups and journalists have provided horrific accounts of the rape and sexual enslavement of women and girls by members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist organization, which has made sexual violence a central part of its “theology”.  Now, we’re learning that the group has … Continue reading

Bill Cosby: Race, Gender, And Collective Rape Denial

In October of last year, stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress performed a routine about the various sexual assault allegations that had piled up over the years against famed comedian and actor Bill Cosby. Video of the routine went viral, and, since then, dozens of women have come forward to accuse Cosby of sexual misconduct. To date, … Continue reading

No, Syrian Refugees Aren’t Going To Bring A ‘Flesh-Eating Disease’ Into America

Already ravaged by years of violent conflict and terrorism, the people of Syria are now also battling against an outbreak of leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease that has taken hold across large swaths of the war-torn country. Making this desperate situation even worse, conservative media outlets like Breitbart News have pounced upon the opportunity to stir … Continue reading

STUDY: Up To 240,000 Texas Women Have Resorted To Self-Induced Abortion As Anti-Choice Laws Force Clinic Closures

With the massive increase in state level anti-abortion laws over the past five years, women’s access to safe and legal abortion care has become severely limited across large swaths of the country. This is especially true in Texas, where a series of restrictive anti-abortion measures have forced more than half of the state’s 41 abortion … Continue reading

3 Ways The Right-Wing’s Anti-Refugee Rhetoric Is Helping ISIS

Right-wing lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic have responded to Friday’s terror attacks in Paris by calling to close off their countries to Syrian refugees and embracing the old, divisive “clash of civilizations” argument to frame the actual war against ISIS terrorists — who quickly claimed responsibility for the attacks — as a cultural … Continue reading

Maternal Mortality Rates Drop Worldwide, Except In The United States

While maternal mortality rates across the world have fallen by nearly 50% over the last 25 years, rates in the United States have risen during that same time period, according to a new global survey published Thursday by the United Nations and World Bank. Maternal mortality is defined as the death of a woman during … Continue reading

Birth Control Returns To The High Court: SCOTUS To Hear New Challenge To Obamacare’s Contraceptive Coverage

For the fourth time in three years, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a series of challenges to the Affordable Care Act. And for the second time, the target is birth control coverage. The Justices announced Friday that they would review a group of seven cases, brought by religiously affiliated nonprofits, all of … Continue reading

Too Little, Too Late? SXSW Admits Canceling Online Harassment Panels ‘Was A Mistake’, Plans Daylong Summit Instead

Facing boycott threats from numerous major media outlets, the director of the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, acknowledged Friday that he made a mistake by caving to pressure from Internet trolls and canceling two scheduled panels about online harassment within the gaming community. In place of the canceled panels, he said, SXSW … Continue reading

Startling New Research Shows Racial Disparities In Breast Cancer Are Getting Worse

Racial disparities have a profound impact on breast cancer outcomes in the United States, and a new report by the American Cancer Society shows the problem is only getting worse. For the first time ever, black women are getting breast cancer at the same rate as their white counterparts, the report says. The incidence of … Continue reading

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