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TV’s 10 best abortion moments of 2016

13 women who should think about running for president in 2020

My journey through grief and abortion: why women need all the choice they can get”

There is nothing progressive or winning about a “big tent” on abortion

All Illinois hairdressers will be trained to spot domestic abuse 

9 of the biggest feminist wins of 2016, from Hillary Clinton to Lemonade

Lawyers offer free representation to media facing Trump threats

Watch: first harrowing trailer for Kalief Browder docuseries

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Politicians are ignorant about reproductive freedom, and we need to educate them

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It has certainly not gone unnoticed that women’s reproductive freedom has been at the mercy of mostly male politicians who have never had to grapple with the real impact of access to reproductive healthcare (except perhaps when arranging an abortion for a mistress). Just this past week, we saw two examples of men in power who are aggressively ignorant about the reality women deal with in this country and how abortion and birth control affect our lives.  Continue reading “Politicians are ignorant about reproductive freedom, and we need to educate them”

Weekend reading

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Hundreds of Harvard students walk out of class as dining hall workers’ strike enters third week

The verdict for those armed militants who took over a federal building is white privilege in action

Don’t use girls as props to fight trans rights

A window into Texas’ publicly funded fake abortion clinics

Why doesn’t spending time with women make men less sexist?

My wife’s killer was not an ‘illegal immigrant’

Women will direct every episode of Jessica Jones season 2

The UK will pardon thousands of men convicted under draconian anti-gay laws

Wednesday watch: Samantha Bee on Catholic hospitals

With reproductive rights under attack everywhere you turn, from Congress trying to defund Planned Parenthood to state legislatures mandating fetus funerals, there’s a stealth threat that hasn’t gotten as much attention but also poses a huge danger to women’s health. The ACLU reports that one in six hospitals beds in the US is now in a Catholic hospital that follows the church’s health directives, even when they threaten a woman’s life. Samantha Bee brings her perfect blend of humor and righteous indignation to the issue on this week’s episode of Full Frontal.

Organization of the month: National Network of Abortion Funds

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While the Supreme Court has affirmed that Americans have a constitutional right to abortion, it doesn’t mean getting one is easy. While the ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt finally struck a blow against some of the nation’s most draconian anti-abortion laws, there are still hundreds of laws on the books that make a getting an abortion more difficult, and anti-choice groups are finding new and creative ways to block access. Low income women and women of color suffer the most in the fact of these restrictions.

Whether it’s a law that requires you to go to a faraway clinic twice because there’s a mandatory waiting period, or the Hyde amendment that blocks funding for abortions for low-income women, these restrictions can make accessing reproductive healthcare prohibitively expensive. The National Network of Abortion Funds works to make sure that abortion isn’t just a right on paper. You can donate to them directly, and/or choose from their list of local abortion funds who need support in the ongoing effort to make universal abortion access a reality.

Weekend reading

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A bystander’s guide to standing up against Islamophobic harassment 

4 really disturbing ways jail is much worse for women than men

Why do we doubt and police those seeking permanent contraception?

Watch the first episodes of Atlanta and Queen Sugar, 2 new shows by black creators, for free

The 5 most feminist moments in Netflix’s hit summer show Stranger Things 

Luke Cage: a bulletproof black man in the #BlackLivesMatter era

Weekend reading

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Becoming an abortion provider in red state America

A state-by-state list of the lies abortion doctors are forced to tell women

Study: #BlackLivesMatter hashtag has encouraged racial discourse

Free-range parenting is a privilege for the white and affluent

Immigration is probably the best way to fight crime