Jennifer Ludden

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U.S. Once Had Universal Child Care, But Rebuilding It Won't Be Easy

Saturday, January 24, 2015

In his State of the Union address, President Obama referenced a little-remembered, WWII-era federal child care program, holding it up as an example he hopes to emulate with expanded federal subsidies.


States Continue Push To Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Although the Republican-led House decided not to vote to ban abortions after 20 weeks, 10 states already have such measures and more states are considering them.


U.S. Court Weighs Texas Law's Burden On Women Seeking Abortions

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

If upheld, the law — which mandates stricter building codes for clinics that perform the procedure — could leave only six clinics open in the entire state of Texas.


Former Virginia Gov. McDonnell Sentenced To Two Years In Prison

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will spend two years in federal prison. McDonnell was sentenced on Tuesday. He and his wife were convicted of using the governor's office for favors to businessman Johnnie Williams in exchange for over $170,000 in loans and gifts.


Big Question For 2015: Will The Supreme Court Rule On Abortion?

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

States have passed more than 200 abortion regulations since 2010, and the number is expected to rise. Abortion rights supporters say that could cause big geographical variations in access to care.

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As More Women Tell Abortion Stories, Both Sides Claim Advantage

Monday, December 29, 2014

Does telling your abortion story help end stigma about the procedure, or does it help opponents make the case against abortion? The answer to that question depends very much on whom you talk to.


When Grandma's House Is Home: The Rise Of Grandfamilies

Monday, December 15, 2014

In a shift driven partly by culture and largely by the economy, the number of grandparents living with their grandchildren is up sharply in the U.S. About 1 in 10 kids is living with a grandparent.

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U.Va. Looks At Ways To Curb Drinking At Its Frat Houses

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The University of Virginia is looking to make changes, even though a report about a gang rape has been discredited. Ideas include banning hard alcohol and having sober volunteers self-police parties.


At University Of Virginia, Efforts Born Of Discredited Story Go On

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

"People within the fraternity life feel wronged," says a University of Virginia fraternity member about a discredited news article. But as educator on sexual assault, he knows the problem is real.


Fallout From 'Rolling Stone' Story Changes Conversation At UVA

Monday, December 08, 2014

Now that the accuracy of the article about sexual assaults at the school is being called into question, the conversation is changing and activists hope the attention will stay on sexual assault.


UVA President Announces More Changes In Wake Of Sexual Assault Coverage

Monday, December 01, 2014

The president of the University of Virginia abruptly canceled a planned appearance Monday at the National Press Club amid controversy surrounding the issue of rape at the elite university. Instead, Teresa Sullivan laid out what she and other university officials plan to do going forward.


Census Bureau May Stop Asking Marital History Questions

Friday, November 28, 2014

Sociologists say it's a terrible idea, and comes just as they're trying to explore and explain a dramatic shift in Americans' marriage patterns.


Drawing Police Lessons From Ferguson May Not Be Clear-Cut

Friday, November 28, 2014

Will Ferguson and this year's other high-profile cases of police use of force, change the way American police are trained? Some see the incidents as an opportunity to update the training and rules.


San Francisco Proposes Predictable Scheduling To Help Hourly Workers

Friday, November 21, 2014

The city is poised to pass legislation to make hourly workers' schedules more predictable. Large retailers will also have to offer more hours to part-time employees before hiring someone else


Two Of Three States Reject Ballot Measures Restricting Abortion

Friday, November 07, 2014

North Dakota and Colorado voters struck down the "personhood" measures, which would give legal rights to fetuses. But Tennessee's Amendment 1 passed with 53 percent of the vote.


D.C.'s Marijuana Vote Faces Congressional Review

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Voters in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday approved the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Some residents say decriminalizing pot will lead to more illegal activity in their neighborhood.


As U.S. Support For Same-Sex Marriage Rises, Activists Go Global

Thursday, October 30, 2014

U.S. groups on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate are increasingly finding new places to advocate, as other countries debate greater rights — or harsher crackdowns — for LGBT people.


For More Millennials, It's Kids First, Marriage Maybe

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Millennials, particularly those with less education, are upending the traditional order of love, marriage, baby carriage. Many say they don't feel financially secure enough to tie the knot.


SCOTUS Rejection Of Gay Marriage Cases Will Create Legal Domino Effect

Monday, October 06, 2014

In a surprise move, the Supreme Court rejected appeals of same-sex marriage cases from five states, making gay and lesbian unions legal in Utah, Indiana, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin.


With Dark Humor, Anger And Empathy, Women Respond To The NFL

Monday, September 22, 2014

Women, who make up 45 percent of the NFL's fan base, are critical of the league's handling of domestic abuse scandals. But some still support their teams and express sympathy for the players.