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New Evidence Undermines The Entire Premise Of Anti-Abortion Laws

As the Supreme Court deliberates over one of the most critical abortion rights cases of the last several decades, a newly-published study has revealed findings with profound implications for the abortion debate as a whole: In contrast to what abortion opponents claim, recent reductions in the U.S. abortion rate are attributable almost entirely to a … Continue reading

Poetic Justice: Grand Jury Investigating Planned Parenthood Indicts Anti-Abortion Activists Instead

A Texas grand jury tasked with investigating Planned Parenthood wrapped up on Monday by issuing several indictments — not to the women’s healthcare provider, but to two of the anti-abortion activists who prompted the investigation in the first place. The Harris County District Attorney’s office in Houston, Texas, announced late Monday that Planned Parenthood had … Continue reading

Planned Parenthood Just Filed A Major Lawsuit Over Deceptive Undercover Videos

Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday against the anti-abortion activists that produced a series of heavily edited, deceptive undercover videos of the family planning provider’s staffers talking about fetal tissue donations.  The civil suit accuses the defendants — the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress and a fake fetal tissue procurement company called … Continue reading

U.S. Jury Awards $17 Million To Victimized Female Migrant Workers

A federal jury has awarded a total of $17 million to five women who were fired from a produce packing company in Florida after their bosses raped and sexually harassed them on the job, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Thursday.  According to the EEOC, the five women were repeatedly raped, groped and sexually harassed … Continue reading

Obama Administration’s New Approach To Combat Heroin Epidemic Prioritizes Public Health Over Punishment

The Obama administration announced a new strategy to combat heroin abuse on Monday, pledging $2.5 million in additional funds to target five of the nation’s “high intensity drug trafficking areas.” The plan, which aims to pair law enforcement officials with health experts, marks a major shift in U.S. drug policy, emphasizing treatment and harm-reduction rather … Continue reading

GOP Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee Supports Denying Abortion To Child Rape Victim

GOP presidential candidate and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee on Sunday expressed his support for the decision to deny an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim in Paraguay, saying that while what happened was a “terrible tragedy,” it is best not to “compound the tragedy by taking another life.” In an appearance on CNN’s “State … Continue reading

11-Year-Old Rape Victim Forced To Give Birth After Being Denied Abortion

An 11-year-old girl in Paraguay who became pregnant after being raped by her stepfather — and whose case sparked international outrage after Paraguayan officials rejected her request for an abortion — has given birth to a daughter. International human rights groups say that, while the girl and her newborn are both healthy, the birth highlights … Continue reading

No, Guns Are Not The Answer To Campus Sexual Assault

In recent months, gun lobbying groups have seized the media spotlight surrounding the college sexual assault crisis to renew their push for guns on campus, arguing that arming female college students is a viable solution to sexual assault. Just this week, Marion Hammer, a past president of the National Rifle Association who currently works as … Continue reading

Conservative Witch Hunt Backfires, Ends Up Clearing Planned Parenthood Of Any Wrongdoing

The conservative witch hunt against Planned Parenthood has backfired in spectacular fashion: Instead of finding evidence that the organization was engaged in illegal activity, every single state investigation has come up empty, clearing Planned Parenthood of all wrongdoing. The investigations began after the Center for Medical Progress, an extreme anti-abortion group, released a series of … Continue reading

How Gun Control In The United States Stacks Up Against The Rest Of The World

The recent murders of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, SC, have highlighted once again America’s unique and problematic relationship with guns. President Obama found himself in a familiar, dark place as he addressed the nation the morning after the AME church massacre took place. It was the 14th time during his administration that he had … Continue reading

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