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A street is flooded during the passing of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

Asthma Rates Rise in Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Maria

Doctors and public health officials say they have never seen anything like this.

Lawsuit Challenges Texas Abortion Laws That Target Women of Color

As state lawmakers continue to pass restrictive measures, a coalition of reproductive rights advocates are working on what they call a “big fix” to Texas’ restrictive abortion laws.

New Reports Confirm How Ill-Prepared Puerto Rico is For Hurricane Season

With ongoing problems with both its electrical and water infrastructure, the island is in a weakened state.

A buried section of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline emerges a few miles north of the Yukon River on July 21, 2002 in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Activists, Attorneys Say Government Ignored Data on Negative Impact of Pipeline on Natives, Blacks

The number of Indigenous people who could be negatively impacted is larger than those living near the Dakota Access pipeline.

A pair of black sneakers are in focus in a detention center and a security guard stands in the background.

SCOTUS Dismisses Lower Court Decision That Allowed Immigrant Teen to Obtain Abortion

A broader challenge to the administrations health care policy for detained, pregnant teens of undocumented status is still winding its way through the courts.

Two protestors holding black signs with white font that say "i am the pro-life generation" attempt to block a blue sign with white font that says "keep abortion legal" at a rally outside the supreme court

Trump's Appointee to Run Family Planning Program is Staunchly Anti-Choice

As deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Diane Foley will oversee the Title X program, which funds reproductive care for lower-incoming earning people.

The La Perla neighborhood the day after Hurricane Maria made landfall on September 21, 2017, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Advocates, Officials Outraged at Puerto Rico's Hurricane Maria Death Count

The government’s count is 64 fatalities, but a new study says the real number is closer to 5,000.

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Michigan Seeks to Enact Nation's Strictest Rules on Water Lead Levels

The changes are a response to the ongoing Flint water crisis.

People take shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center after flood waters from Hurricane Harvey inundated the city on August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

Houston Still Struggling to Rebuild on Eve of Hurricane Season

The 2018 hurricane season begins in just one week, and homeowners and government officials in Houston are still scrambling to recover from the havoc of last year’s Hurricane Harvey.

Yellow and white McDonald's sign on red restaurant roof

Workers File Sexual Harassment Charges Against McDonald's

The women and teenagers say they were afraid to speak out for fear of being fired.

A pro-choice activist  in front of the the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

Trump Administration Cuts Funds to Orgs That Provide Abortions

The new policy targets Planned Parenthood and other organizations that serve lower-income earning women. 

Black boy in orange shirt tries to drink from a water fountain, his tongue is stuck out

EPA, White House Blocked Release of Study on Widespread Water Contamination

Emails released under the Freedom of Information Act show the decision was driven by politics, not health.

 Flint Continues To Struggle With Water Contamination Crisis

ICYMI: Nestlé to Donate Water to Flint

Nestlé reportedly pays just $200 per year to access underground aquifers in the Michigan town of Evart, just two hours from Flint.

Patrisse Cullors speaking at the United State of Women Summit 2018

WATCH: Patrisse Cullors On How Midwifery Can Save Black Women's Lives

A new video and campaign address racial disparities in maternal death rates.

Pipelines in Williston, North Dakota, on June 15, 2011.

Judge's Order Derails Plans to Complete Bayou Bridge Pipeline

The pipeline is slated to run through St. James Parish, an area with a high number of oil refineries—and residents afflicted with cancer. 

A pair of black sneakers are in focus in a detention center and a security guard stands in the background.

Trump Administration Using New Tactics to Block Pregnant Teen Immigrants From Abortion Access

“The government certainly has been relentless in their attempts to find ways to force their anti-abortion beliefs on this population, and I feel like this is just another iteration of what they’ve done in the past.”

A buried section of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline emerges a few miles north of the Yukon River on July 21, 2002 in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Appeals Court to Decide if Bayou Bridge Pipeline Construction Can Continue

It’s owned by same company as the Dakota Access pipeline.

Man stands in front of collapsed building

Houston and Puerto Rico Unprepared for Upcoming Hurricane Season

Amid housing and financial concerns, residents face the possibility of new storms from a disadvantaged position.  

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New Legislation Aims to Prevent the Next Flint Water Crisis

Representatives Keith Ellison and Ro Khanna introduced The WATER Act on the fourth anniversary of the day Flint’s water woes began.

Black and white photo of a woman's pregnant body.

READ: Why Naming 'Race' As The Factor Behind Black Women's High Rates of Maternal Mortality Is Counterproductive

Ob-Gyn Dr. Joia Crear-Perry stresses that calling out racism is the only way to solve this health crisis.