Weekly round-up and open thread

It’s time for another weekly round-up where we share (what we see as) the most interesting and important articles from the previous seven days. We’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the issues covered in the articles we’ve picked.

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How does stress affect your period? (She Thinx Blog)

Birth control coverage gutted by Trump administration’s new religious exemptions (Susan Buttenweiser, Women’s Media Center)

From the article: “Beginning on January 15, 2019, when the rules go into effect, any [US] employer, health insurance provider, or university will be able to claim a religious or moral objection to providing contraceptive coverage to its employees, students, and insurance beneficiaries.”

Female Afghan barrister ‘sacked in favour of white man’ (Sarah Bell, BBC News)

This professor wants to disrespect trans students so much he’s going to court (Zack Ford, ThinkProgress) [US]

Wales Offers Free Abortions To Northern Ireland Residents, & Here’s What That Means (Morgan Brinlee, Bustle)

The image is used under a creative commons license with thanks to Kali187 on Flickr. It is an image from what appears to be a protest or demonstration. It is a photograph of a person with dark hair which hangs in a plait over their shoulder. They are holding a placard, although the sign itself is not visible in shot. They appear to be surrounded by other people holding placards. The expression on the person’s face is one of quiet defiance.