400,000 Rape Kits and One Determined Woman—An Interview with Julie Smolyansky of The Hunting Ground

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Swabs for wiping the lips, face, thighs, vagina and anus. A comb to collect fibers and hair. A pick for scraping debris from under fingernails. A blood sampling device and microscope slides. Baggies for underwear. Documentation forms and labels.  These … Continue reading

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Texas Parents Go Mama-and-Papa-Bear on Behalf of Transgender Son

Religious Right politicians hoping to exploit transphobia may be up against one of the most powerful forces in the world: parental love. Jo and Jon Ivester have words for North Carolina Governor McCrory and religious right legislators who called an … Continue reading

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A Tidal Wave of Zika Brain Damage? It Doesn’t Have to Go That Way

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  Delaware’s healthcare upgrade offers a highly effective model for protecting American families. Picture your next child or grandchild, or your neighbor’s child, with a head size “minus five to six standard deviations below the norm.” Cringing? According to experts, … Continue reading

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Tow Truck Driver Abandons Disabled Woman – “I’m a Conservative Christian”

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South Carolina Christian re-enacts Good Samaritan story, plays role of Pharisee. South Carolina tow truck driver and self-proclaimed conservative Christian Ken Shupe followed the example of Jesus yesterday by providing roadside assistance to disabled Sanders supporter Cassandra McWade even though … Continue reading

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Orca Whales, Caribou, Abortion, and You

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What do whales, caribou and humans have in common? Abortion as an adaptive response to ill health and resource scarcity. Spontaneous abortion, also known as miscarriage, is an ordinary but important part of normal reproduction—one of several ways that nature … Continue reading

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The Silly Sexist Conceit of Fetal Personhood

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The notion that life begins at conception is a variation on a very ancient cultural theme: penis worship. I’m slow sometimes, but after years of writing about abortion rights it finally occurred to me that “life begins at conception” is … Continue reading

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Can Religion be an Addiction?

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“I’ve never been happier since I quit my 30-year addiction to Jesus.” – Blogger and Christian Heretic Sandra Kee To a medical researcher, the word addiction has a specific biological meaning. But in common vernacular, it means approximately this: the … Continue reading

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