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Access Atlas: Mapping Abortion Restrictions in the Time of COVID

As you are all aware, we are living amidst a global pandemic. While we have honed much of our focus on COVID-19, some members of the political sphere have found this pandemic to be the perfect opportunity to quietly restrict access to reproductive healthcare – namely, abortion. This is an ideal situation for those looking to restrict access because they can label abortion services as non-essential, thus preventing people from accessing care on the grounds that doing so will prevent the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 will not stop the need for abortion services, and those seeking them now face additional barriers to care. Three recent Dartmouth graduates – Charlotte Evans, Tara Gallagher, and

How New Narrowed Title IX Regulations Push Survivors Further Into the Dark

​​ Content Warning: This piece uses strong language surrounding sexual assault and self harm. Under the new proposed Title IX regulations, one of the most disturbing changes is the redefinition of sexual harassment. Previously, sexual harassment was defined as unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature (advances, comments, etc) that creates a hostile work or school environment. Now, sexual harassment is "unwelcome conduct on the basis of sex that is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the school’s education program or activity; or Sexual assault." To fully understand how much the definition has changed, let us first focus on the term

 

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