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No One Is Paying Attention to the Real Battle for Power

One of the most important—and generally overlooked—results of last week’s midterm election was Republican success in increasing control of state legislatures.

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Two Extreme Anti-Abortion Amendments Bite the Dust

An abortion measure in North Dakota that had raised concern among opponents about in vitro fertilization and end-of-life care failed after being 17 points up in polls.

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‘Abortion Wars’ Continue as Midterm Debate in North Dakota Expands to In Vitro and End-of-Life Care

Money and strategists are shaping a nationally watched campaign amid talk of in vitro fertilization and end-of-life care.

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Pope Francis’ Synod: Change Is in the Air, but Not Yet on the Books

On Sunday, Pope Francis wrapped up the synod, or bishops meeting, he presided over for the last two weeks with a beatification service at the Vatican for Pope Paul VI but without significant progress made on hot-button topics such as homosexuality, divorce and contraception. 

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Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights

What was lost during the endless battles over abortion, Katha Pollitt writes in her new book, was not only the right to abortion, but a larger feminist claim for sexual freedom, economic equality and social independence.

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Why Ayn Rand Is an Unlikely Hero for Conservatives

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” points out the inherent contradictions in writer Ayn Rand being held up by the likes of Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and, of course, her namesake Rand Paul, as a conservative hero.

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Texas Strips Women of Their Health and Rights

In Texas, how far women have come can be measured by how far they have to go.

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Pope Francis to Focus on Changing Times at Bishops’ Summit

This Pope Francis certainly is an ambitious fellow.

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Federal Judge Keeps Texas’ Remaining Abortion Clinics Open

District Judge Lee Yeakel rejected part of Texas’ anti-abortion law Friday, in effect preventing the closure of more than half the state’s remaining clinics.

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Why Lucy Flores’ Candid Discussion of Women’s Reproductive Rights Is Exactly What We Need to Hear

When Lucy Flores, a Nevada State Assembly member running for lieutenant governor, publicly shared the fact that she had had an abortion at 16, she reminded us that talking openly about these issues can pave the way toward passing legislation that will protect women’s choices rather than further restrict them. 

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‘Left, Right & Center’: The Supreme Court Goes… Phonanimous?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Supreme Court’s big end-of-term decisions this week, including striking down President Obama’s recess appointments, ruling against arrest-related searches of cellphones and putting an end to buffer zones around abortion clinics. Also, the U.S. pledges to help Syrian rebels and Ukraine signs a trade accord.

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It’s Time for Ireland to Stop Punishing Pregnant Women

For Ireland’s women, the culture of shame still lingers in the country’s archaic reproductive rights stance.

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Florida Requires Doctors to Evaluate Fetus Survival

Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a bill prohibiting women from getting abortions if the fetus is deemed able to survive outside the womb.

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In Matters of Abortion, the Personal Is Political, Especially for Women of Color

Several years ago I accompanied a close friend who was visiting the U.S. to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Southern California.

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In Health Care Suit Against Catholic Bishops, the Specter of an Early Defeat

The ACLU’s case against the U.S. Bishops Conference—heralded by some as a bold legal stroke—could be thwarted on procedural grounds.

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Top 10 Reasons Rand Paul’s Lewinsky Gambit Can’t Obscure GOP War on Women

Sen. Rand Paul, in preparation for his run at the presidency in 2016, has been attempting to deflect the GOP disadvantage with women by bringing up the Bill Clinton/ Monica Lewinsky scandal.

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Broken Democracy: Republicans Poised to Take Senate, Americans Reject Their Platform

A lot of political analysts think it is entirely possible that the Republicans will take the Senate in November.

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Who’s Behind the Rapid Decline in Abortions in the U.S.?

The abortion rate has hit a 30-year low, but anti-choicers had nothing to do with it.

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House Passes Bill Barring Federal Funds for Abortion

The House of Representatives voted last week to withhold federal financial assistance from Americans signing up for health insurance plans that cover abortion.

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Top Ten Ways GOP Could Avoid ‘War on Women’ Label

Mike Huckabee objects to the charge that the Republican Party is waging a war on women.

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8 Tasteless Stock Photos Related to Abortion

Roe v. Wade turned 41 on Wednesday, and in searching for images to illustrate our posts, we came up with some very weird, gross and even comical results.

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Roe v. Wade Turns 41 and the Internet Has a Lot to Say About It

On the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the legal battles over abortion in the United States still rage.

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Women as Incubators: How a Texas Law Is Keeping a Brain-Dead Patient Alive to ‘Save’ Fetus

A week after Thanksgiving, Marlise Munoz had a suspected pulmonary embolism in Fort Worth, Texas. That would be the end of the tragic story if it weren’t for the fact that at the time her brain waves stopped she was 14 weeks pregnant. In the Lone Star State, that’s enough to keep a person alive against her will.

Posted on Jan 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Amid Abortion Debate, the Pursuit of Science

The federal government won’t fund research into abortion care, including aspects of safety, even though one-third of women will have the procedure.

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 READ MORE



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New Michigan Law Bars Abortion Coverage in Private Health Plans

The law, part of a growing state-level movement, includes rape, which means women must buy a separate “rape insurance” policy in the event they become pregnant from a sexual assault.

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U.S. Catholic Bishops Sued After Hospital Turns Away a Woman Miscarrying

Though Pope Francis has done quite a bit in recent months to better the image of the church, Catholic hospitals are hellbent on destroying it. The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which issued the directives that resulted in a medical facility’s refusal of care to a woman suffering a miscarriage.

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Nearly Half the Country’s Cutting Obamacare Abortion Coverage

While the rest of us were waiting to see whether Obamacare would pass at all, some states had other plans in sight. Thanks to a politician from Michigan who proposed ridding the Affordable Care Act of any provisions for abortion coverage, a loophole was created in the law that allows state legislatures to curb reproductive rights.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE


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New Republican Icon, Same Old Policies

From the moment he was declared the winner in his re-election campaign, Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., has been billed as a new kind of Republican. Is it a fair characterization? Yes and no.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



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What’s the Matter With Motherhood?

If you’re a conservative strongly opposed to abortion, shouldn’t you want to give all the help you can to women who want to bring their children into the world?

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE



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All About Sex: Increased Religious Leanings May Come Down to Reproductive Strategies

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that views on sexual conduct reveal more about a person’s religious beliefs than their ideas about lying or cheating. But what are the implications of these “highly heretical” findings?

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Judge Eliminates One Hurdle From Texas Abortion Obstacle Course

The Texas abortion law filibustered by state Sen. Wendy Davis was diminished in court Monday by a federal judge, although most of the measure will go forward unchanged.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Abortion’s Back on the Supreme Court Docket

Two new cases regarding abortion rights in the U.S. are coming up before the high court. Let’s just hope SCOTUS doesn’t further limit access to reproductive health care as many states are finding ways to do just that.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE


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WikiLeaks Lawyer on American Imperialism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Julian Assange’s attorney, Michael Ratner, has a front seat to history. Also: Is this the golden age of the black quarterback? And a feminist explains why women can love Eminem. Plus: Robert Scheer on the pope.

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WikiLeaks Lawyer on American Imperialism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Julian Assange’s attorney, Michael Ratner, has a front seat to history. Also: Is this the golden age of the black quarterback? And a feminist explains why women can love Eminem. Plus: Robert Scheer on the pope.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Latin America’s Behind on Women’s Reproductive Rights

While other parts of the world were witnessing the growth of feminist movements, many South American countries were fighting dictatorships. For this reason, and thanks to the governments’ strong ties with the Catholic Church, many women are still denied the right to an abortion in Latin America.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Abortion Clinics Shutting Down Thanks to Pointless Politics

The procedure, already rife with stigma because of government restrictions and the anti-choice movement, is becoming increasingly inaccessible to women who choose to exercise their reproductive rights.

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Anti-Abortion Activists Try to Shut Kansas Clinic on Grounds It Draws Protests

In an absurd twist, Wichita anti-abortion activists’ petition to close down South Wind Women’s Center argues that their own protest tactics against the reproductive health facility would be too disruptive to the community.

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Fetuses Cannot Feel Pain

There’s been a recent uptick in the use of phrases such as “fetal pain” or “pain-capable unborn child” in anti-abortion rhetoric. Such discomfort, make no mistake, is scientifically impossible.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Sex, Lies and Crisis Pregnancy Centers

An undercover advocate from NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia recorded a conversation with a counselor at a crisis pregnancy center during which she was told, among other outrageous things, that condoms don’t protect against STDs, birth control pills increase the risk of breast cancer, and—brace yourself—she would encounter her aborted child’s soul in the future.

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 READ MORE


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Obama Defends Summers, Franken Plans NSA Transparency Bill, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Anthony Weiner’s wife is reportedly taking a break from her job as Hillary Clinton’s top aide and North Carolina’s governor makes an insulting offer to protesters demonstrating against the state’s recently signed-into-law abortion bill.

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 READ MORE


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