Anti-Choice Ohio Law Made Abortion Less Safe

In other words, the FDA made its recommendations for mifepristone dosage and usage in 2000, but later evidence led doctors to administer the drug slightly differently. Abortion opponents knew that the way the doctors were administering mifepristone made it easier to obtain (extending the period during which it could be used and requiring fewer doctor visits). They urged states to pass laws requiring doctors to follow the FDA recommendations, and a number of states, including Ohio, did just that.

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Why You Should Pay Zero Attention to the GreatSchools Rating System

What is the GreatSchools rating system based on? I’ll tell you. Test scores. That’s all—test scores. We know that student performance correlates strongly with students’ demographic factors—family income, race, level of parents’ education. What does this mean? It means that the GreatSchools rating system only provides information about the demographics of the students who attend this schools, and literally nothing about the quality of instruction, the school atmosphere, or, well, anything else.

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On Choosing a School in a Segregated World

School segregation did not disappear with the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision. In fact, by some measures American schools have become more segregated over the past few decades. As anyone who has looked at the problem knows, the root of this issue is residential segregation—as long as we have neighborhood schools, and as long as neighborhoods are highly segregated by race (and class, among other things), we will have segregated schools.

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By the Skin on My Teeth

Purity culture threw some absolute shit at me, but in the end, I did turn out okay as an adult. I have a healthy relationship with a wonderful husband, two amazing young children, financial security, and a career that I love. We have a home and we’re putting down roots. We have friends and are building a community for ourselves. We are very, very happy. Oh, and did I mention that I have an amazing sex life?

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Lesbian Duplex 83: An Open Thread

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also.

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Saturday Link Love: Dislodged IUDs, Prejudice, and the Golden Compass

Saturday Link Love is a new feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier. Note: Inclusion does not imply full agreement. Citing Catholic Rules, Doctor Turns Away Bleeding Woman With [Read More…]

Anonymous Tip: The Installment You’ve All Been Waiting For

Stan tells Peter to go back to the hotel separately, saying he’ll handle Gordon. He tells Gwen and June to wait inside the courthouse. The difficult thing here is that while Gordon is absolutely in the wrong—and scary, and dangerous—he’s absolutely right that what Peter has been doing is inappropriate. He also has reason to feel left out—no one even told him when Gwen was taken into foster care. But none of that makes his stalking and harassing at all okay.

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What Christian Opposition to Desegregation Can Tell Us about Christian Opposition to Marriage Equalty

First, “the historical position on sexual ethics” is not what Walker thinks it is. Second, Walker misunderstands comparisons between opposition to LGBT rights and racism, perhaps because he misunderstands racism (one does not have to have “the worst possible motivations” to be racist). And finally, I don’t think either Dreher or Walker understand where the racism comparison leaves us. [Read more…]

The Horrible Hypocrisy of the Burkini Ban

The top picture, which dates from the early twentieth century, depicts a male official measuring women’s swimsuits to make sure they cover enough skin. The bottom picture, from Nice, France, this week, depicts a group of male police officers forcing a woman on a beach to strip, because she’s covering too much skin.

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IBLP Worksheet: 4-Year-Old Abuse Victim “Equally Guilty”

Yes, you read that right. The very first item blames the victim—the four-year-old boy—for not “crying out” when sexually abused by his teenage neighbor. IBLP materials tend to communicate a complete ignorance of the various dynamics involved in such abuse or the reasons victims often remain silent. Also? Note the square quotes around the word “victim” above, and remember that the child is four.

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