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One of the most persistent issues surrounding abortion—and reproductive rights in general—is that of stigma. Stigma is everywhere you look in the abortion debate; it influences every talking point of the anti-choice movement but also crops up in conversations among people that consider themselves more neutral or even pro-choice when it comes to abortion rights. “Sure, I support abortion, but women shouldn’t use it as birth control.” “Abortion’s fine, but only if a woman just has one.” “Well, as long as you have an abortion in the first trimester, I support it. But after that it’s wrong.” Does the judgment inherent in all three of these statements, and countless others that even ostensibly pro-choice people make, stem from stigma? Or does the stigma about abortion make it easier to pass such judgments?

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, making good on one of President Barack Obama's original campaign promises while setting up a fresh confrontation with Republicans and the energy industry.

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An Oklahoma school district cancelled plans to offer a religious course created by Hobby Lobby President Steve Green following outcry from activists, according to Raw Story.

The Mustang Public Schools district approved the religious elective, "The Book: The Bible’s History, Narrative and Impact," in April after meeting with Green and his curriculum team from the Museum of the Bible.

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Obamacare's second enrollment period hasn't attracted nearly the media attention that the first did -- probably because the federal HealthCare.gov hasn't been the abject disaster it was in the opening days of 2014.

To wit: the Obama administration reported on Wednesday that 462,000 people had signed up for private health insurance through the federal website in the first week of 2015 open enrollment, which started Nov. 15.

That dwarfs the 27,000 people who signed up on HealthCare.gov, which serves 30-plus states, during the entire first month of enrollment last year.

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