Ayana Byrd

Black doctor and patient during an exam

READ: How Doctors Can Better Serve Black Patients

A Black physician on why her colleagues refusal to learn the history of American medical racism harms their patients.

Planned Parenthood Rallies For Pro-Choice Supreme Court Nominee

Support Growing for Restrictive Abortion Bill in Texas

The fetal heartbeat bill would prohibit the procedure for people who are more than six weeks pregnant.

Planned Parenthood to Lose Millions in Funding Under New Federal 'Gag Rule'

The Trump administration will now withhold family planning funding if a clinic provides abortion referrals to patients.

Puerto Rico Marks Holiday Season Amidst Slow Hurricane Recovery

Scientists Hope Hurricane Maria Can Reveal How The Earth Recovers From Increasingly Intense Storms

Caribbean ecosystems devastated by climate-related extreme weather have global implications.

Protesters hold signs. Two blue and white signs say, "Keep abortion legal." One black and white sign says, "Abortion kills a person."

Illinois to Pass Laws to Give Women Better Access to Abortions

Due to restrictive laws in neighboring states, women nearby could also have the procedure there.

NYC new guidelines on hair discrimination

New York City Says Businesses Can't Discriminate Based on Hair

Not only can the city force companies to rehire employers who were let go due to this racial discrimination, but it can also levy penalties up to $250,000.

Warren Washington

Pioneering Black Climate Scientist Honored With Top Prize in the Field

Warren Washington was one of the first physicists to create models for understanding the earths climate. 

A one-level light brick and mint green house sits on a green lawn with a blue sky and green trees around it

People of Color Benefit From New Public Lands Protection Bill

With bipartisan support, the Senate passed a measure that includes provisions aimed at Indigenous and African Americans. 

 Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.

READ: Flint Whistle Blower Says Government Is Still Failing Residents

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha believes the state legislature is taking actions that could cause another water crisis. 

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SCOTUS To Make Landmark Decision on Abortion This Week

The conservative majority Court could effectively overturn Roe v. Wade as it rules on a Louisiana law. 

Puerto Rico Faces Extensive Damage After Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rican Activists Fear Residents Will See Little of $20 Billion Recovery Grant

Human rights attorney Ariadna Godreau-Aubert: “What weve seen so far is that this is a plan for developers, and not for the people.

Rashida Tlaib speaks at Creating Change Conference

WATCH: Rashida Tlaib on Why All Legislation Must Protect LGBTQ Rights

The new member of Congress spoke at the National LGBT Task Force’s Creating Change Conference.

Brown belly of pregnant person being examined by doctor in blue with stethescope

READ: How Texas Contributed to Rise in Pregnant Girls in Foster Care System

One teen mother: “All my friends that I was in placements with—every single one—either has a kid or is pregnant right now.”

The City of Flint Water Plant is illuminated by moonlight on Jan. 23, 2016, in Flint, Michigan. The state approved new funds for the city yesterday.

Flint Launches Program to Help Kids Who Need Special Education Services Because of Water Crisis

Experts say its a step in the right direction, but not enough.

Kamala Harris talking

How Do You Feel About Kamala Harris Running For President?

Reactions online range from enthusiastic to cautiously optimistic to displeased.

U.S. Supreme Court and protest sign supporting abortion

Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus Renews Its Fight For Women's Reproductive Health

Representatives Barbara Lee and Judy Chu introduced legislation that aims to protect the right to choose.

San Francisco Board Of Supervisors Proposes Putting Soda Tax On Nov. Ballot

REPORT: Companies Target Black and Latinx Youth With Junk Food Ads

The candy, soda and fast food industries disproportionately push their products on kids of color.

A Black woman wearing a white shirt rests her hand on her pregnant belly.

Court Thwarts White House Effort to Keep Women From Free Contraception in 13 States

But a new federal rule could stand in the way for millions of other women.

Lucy McBath in Congress

Representative Lucy McBath Co-Sponsors Legislation to Curb Gun Violence

McBath, the mother of slain teen Jordan Davis: For my son, my family and the countless others impacted by gun violence—we will fix this broken system.

NJ Gov Christie Campaigns For CA Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Whitman

Second Black Man Found Dead in Major Democratic Contributor's Home

Ed Buck is not currently under investigation for either death.