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Missouri Advances Bill Allowing Employers to Fire Women for Using Birth Control

A measure winding through the state Legislature uses language of religious freedom while proposing harsh consequences for women who have had abortions or use contraception.

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Scientists Get Political—and It’s About Time

Recent steps toward a more considered political stance are helpful to both the scientific community and society at large.

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Why Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III Is Unfit to Be Attorney General

In the few short weeks since his confirmation, Sessions has come forth with a number of loathsome actions or statements on race, ethnicity or minority rights. And he’s probably just getting started.

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Bernie Sanders Attacks Neil Gorsuch as Supreme Court Standoff Approaches

“We need a Supreme Court justice who will protect workers’ rights, not just corporate profits,” the Vermont senator says.

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Activists Dress in ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Robes to Protest Texas Abortion Legislation

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel inspires a group of women to wear the book’s signature red robes to a Texas Senate meeting.

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What’s the Matter With Iowa? Dark News From Red-State America

A slew of Republican legislation is flowing out of the Capitol in Des Moines during this radical right-wing moment in U.S. history.

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Huge Counterprotests Overwhelm ‘Defund Planned Parenthood’ Rallies

Hundreds of demonstrations in support of the beleaguered reproductive health services provider were held across the country Saturday.

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Leak Reveals Trump Administration OKs Sweeping Discrimination on Religious Grounds

The order would create exemptions for those “who claim religious objections to same-sex marriage, premarital sex, abortion, and trans identity,” The Nation reports.

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How the Hyde Amendment and HR 7 Punish America’s Poor Women (Video)

For 40 years, the crusade against abortion has affected women on Medicaid in particular, and a new bill will extend restrictions to all American women.

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At the March for Life, a Deeper Look Into the Anti-Abortion Movement

Friday’s rally in Washington, D.C., showed that not all opponents of abortion rights think alike.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



The Netherlands Is Starting a Fund to Counter Trump’s Global Anti-Choice Efforts

After a Trump order bans aid to groups that “offer abortion counseling” in developing nations, Dutch Trade and Development Minister Lilianne Ploumen, pictured, announces plans to “fill the gap.”

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Ohio’s ‘Heartbeat Bill’ May Not Be the True Threat to Abortion Rights

While it is unlikely that the outrageous measure would hold up in court, another bill in the Buckeye State that has gone widely unnoticed may represent a more imminent danger to women’s control over their own bodies.

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How the Catholic Church Has Sneaked Between American Women and Their Reproductive Rights (Video)

“Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee discusses the prevalence of hospitals run by the church that refuse to perform certain lifesaving procedures for women.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Mississippi Judge Sides With Planned Parenthood Over ‘Unacceptable’ Funding Law

“While legislators play politics with women’s health, we will continue to stand by Mississippi women and families,” the group’s regional president said.

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Donald Trump Galvanizes ‘Nasty Women’ Voters With Extreme, Incoherent Abortion Stance

The Republican presidential nominee “proved yet again that he’s a woman’s worst nightmare,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, responding to the third and final 2016 presidential debate.

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Tens of Thousands of Women Are on Strike and in the Streets in Poland Over Draconian Abortion Ban

Solidarity protests were held in Paris, Berlin, Brussels, London and elsewhere in Europe and in the United States.

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‘Abortion: Stories Women Tell’ Gives a Seldom-Heard Side of the Story (Audio)

Instead of focusing on the debate, the documentary offers a personal look at the lives of the women impacted at one provider, the Hope Clinic in Granite City, Ill.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



To Fight the Anti-Choice Juggernaut, Documentary Builds a Barricade of Personal Experiences

“Abortion: Stories Women Tell” avoids politics, instead letting women share accounts of how they coped with governmental restrictions on the procedure.

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Trump VP Pick Mike Pence Led Crusade Against Planned Parenthood

A close look at the record of Donald Trump’s running mate tells us a few things about what counts as “establishment” in today’s Republican Party.

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Comments of the Week: Know Your History

The week that included the country’s birthday brought to Truthdig’s comment boards a host of history lessons and discussions that ranged far beyond the material taught in schools.

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Abortion Rights Find Strong Champions Among the Clergy

The news media are not presenting a complete picture. For generations, many ministers have stood with people making difficult choices about their reproductive lives.

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The Supreme Court Makes Herstory

With hundreds of abortion restriction bills in play around the country, this week’s landmark victory in a Texas battle over the issue is cause for celebration, but not rest.

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Game Changer: The Best Analysis of the Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision

After the court handed a sweeping victory to abortion rights advocates, there was a torrent of analysis on what it means and what comes next.

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Supreme Court ‘Stops the Sham’ by Striking Down Texas Abortion Law

Women’s health advocates rejoiced Monday as controversial abortion restrictions were overturned because they pose an unconstitutional burden.

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Sentenced to Motherhood

Dawn Porter’s “Trapped”—which airs June 20 on PBS—explores the effects of restrictive abortion laws in Texas and other parts of the country.

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Attorney in Supreme Court Abortion Battle Outlines Just What’s at Stake

As the Supreme Court considers its stance on the contentious Texas law, Stephanie Toti, senior counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights, weighs in on how it has affected women’s health care.

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Samantha Bee on the Fabrication of the Christian Craze Over Abortion Years After Roe v. Wade (Video)

“Many people think the new religious right arose as a response to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision,” the “Full Frontal” host says. “But that’s not true.”

Posted on May 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


From the Archives: Michael Ratner on American Imperialism

The lawyer and human rights crusader, who died Wednesday, spoke on Truthdig Radio in 2013. To honor Ratner, we are reposting the audio of that interview.

Posted on May 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The GOP Isn’t Just Taking Aim at Reproductive Rights — It’s After Women’s Very Economic Survival

While the phrase has faded in this election year go-round, the war on women has not.

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Amy Schumer’s Pap-Smear Skit Shows Clueless ‘Congressmen’ Meddling in Women’s Health Issues (Video)

As a group of older “congressmen” gather around the comedian’s “vagina-y parts,” Amy Schumer brilliantly illustrates just how absurd, sexist and outdated lawmakers’ rulings on women’s reproductive health are.

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Punish Women Over Abortions, Mr. Trump? They Already Are Being Punished.

The candidate’s comment—which his campaign was quick to disavow—aligns with the right-wing offensive to put the procedure out of reach and expose women to prosecution.

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The U.S. Is Becoming a Terrifying Nation for Women

Self-induced abortions are on the rise as ever more restrictive laws threaten to return the nation to the dark days that existed before Roe v. Wade.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



What the GOP’s Supreme Court Obstruction Means for Women

Senate Republicans are leaving the women of the United States in limbo on several crucial issues with their stance against any high court nominee by President Obama.

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VIDEO: Thousands Rally as Supreme Court Hears Biggest Abortion Case in a Generation

Abortion providers in Texas argued in the Supreme Court on Wednesday against a sweeping law that would force clinics to meet stringent standards for facilities that perform the procedure. “Democracy Now!” spoke with protesters outside the court.

Posted on Mar 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Important Abortion Case That Many Americans Have Never Heard About

How we got to this week’s abortion showdown—and how the views of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could help shape the outcome.

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Antonin Scalia’s Death Bolsters the Hopes of Abortion-Rights Forces

Before the passing of the hard-right justice created the possibility of a dramatic shift in the Supreme Court, there was fear that Roe v. Wade would be undercut in a pending case. Now beleaguered rights proponents are looking to Justice Anthony Kennedy to swing the ideologically divided bench their way.

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VIDEO: Samantha Bee on How Progressives Slept Through the Most Important Election in Recent History

Pundits and politicians like to make each presidential election seem like the end-all of American politics, and yet one of the elections that has had the biggest impact on our everyday lives was the midterm election of 2010, according to the “Full Frontal” host.

Posted on Mar 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Right-Wing Attacks on Abortion Access Driving U.S. Clinic Closures

“At no time since before 1973 ... has a woman’s ability to terminate a pregnancy been more dependent on her zip code or financial resources to travel.”

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VIDEO: John Oliver: ‘Abortion Cannot Just Be Theoretically Legal, It Has to Be Literally Accessible’

Using a combination of humor and baby sloths, the “Last Week Tonight” host explains to viewers why discussing abortion laws is so crucial at a time in which state laws have quite simply “gone too f*****g far.”

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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How the GOP’s Bid to Delay Scalia’s Replacement Could Play to Obama’s Advantage

Obama’s GOP foes may want to rethink their strategy if they think that forming a congressional human wall instead of approving the president’s pick to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is the way to count down Obama’s final year in office.

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Abortion Declared a Human Right by United Nations Committee

A case in which a 17-year-old was denied an abortion 15 years ago has led the United Nations Human Rights Committee to make an important affirmation.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Planned Parenthood Videos

A reading guide to the Planned Parenthood videos and what has happened since their release last summer.

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TRAPping Access to Safe, Legal Abortions

The same week a Houston grand jury found no wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood in an abortion-related case, a documentary came out about states’ increasing use of Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers laws, which result in the closure of women’s health clinics.

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 READ MORE


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