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Biden said 107 words on abortion and LGBTQ+ issues in the State of the Union. Here’s why that matters.
The annual address always covers myriad issues — and how much the president talks about each one signals priorities.
Biden keeps LGBTQ+ remarks brief in State of the Union as queer Americans face hostile legislation
Biden mentions marriage equality but not legislative attacks to LGBTQ+ rights in his annual address.
Biden calls out abortion by name and skewers ‘extreme’ bans in State of the Union address
The president promised to veto a national abortion ban if Congress passed one in his first State of the Union address since the Supreme Court’s June ruling that left the legality of abortion up to the states.
‘They need to see’: RowVaughn Wells on what it means to attend Biden’s State of the Union address
The mother of Tyre Nichols spoke to The 19th before attending the address as a guest of First Lady Jill Biden, becoming among the first family members of Black men killed by police to sit in the House chamber for the speech.
Women lawmakers in Minnesota are in the vanguard of the democracy movement
A new “democracy caucus” aims to expand access to voting, part of a movement in statehouses to counter election deniers.
Rep. Ilhan Omar ties GOP vote on her committee post to her identity as a Muslim woman of color
Omar – one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress – says her expulsion is part of “continued targeting of women of color” by Republicans.
How Dobbs made the Wisconsin Supreme Court race one of the biggest elections of 2023
The state’s women-dominated Supreme Court will have the final say on abortion access in the state — and the race could come down to two women judges.
Changes to AP African American Studies course set a ‘scary precedent,’ advocates say
In response to backlash from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and education officials, the College Board made subjects like queer studies and intersectionality optional but not required.
Rep. Nancy Mace warns her party to adopt a more ‘centrist’ abortion agenda or lose women voters
The anti-abortion South Carolina Republican wants her party to welcome exceptions to abortion bans, back expanding access to contraception and find "common ground" with Democrats. It's not clear if anyone is listening.
Moms Demand Action founder on gun laws, stepping away and why women can force change
Analysis | “I don’t know that this work does end, honestly, in my lifetime,” Shannon Watts, who plans on stepping down from leadership at the end of the year, told The 19th.