Legal Wrap: The Conservative Pipeline to Government


Legal Wrap is a weekly round-up of key legal reproductive rights and justice news.

Sofia Resnick and Sharona Coutts have this must-read on how fundamentalist Christians are using legal fellowships to infiltrate state and federal government. The deeply researched piece details a troubling connection between conservatives and anti-choice legislation that raises serious questions about the separation of church and state and violations of the Establishment Clause.

Emily Crockett has the latest on the growing Democratic opposition to the nomination of Michael Boggs to a federal district court in Georgia. Boggs, who has a history of advocating against civil and reproductive rights, was nominated as part of a package deal with Georgia Republicans on judicial nominations.

In much better federal courts news, the Senate confirmed the first-ever Native American to a federal appeals court.

Kristen Gwynne has this great piece on how marijuana legalization is leaving mothers and pregnant women behind.

The trial over the constitutionality of an Alabama law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is expected to last about a week.

Attorneys for Planned Parenthood dropped their appeal of a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals from the Tenth Circuit that said Kansas could strip two Planned Parenthood clinics of federal family planning dollars.

A lawsuit filed in New York claims a Staten Island hospital forced a woman to undergo a c-section against her will.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard arguments in the lawsuit challenging an Arizona law that limits the use of abortion-inducing medications.

Attorneys for North Dakota appealed a ruling permanently blocking a state law that bans abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

A Connecticut couple filed a lawsuit challenging the “abortion fee” in the Affordable Care Act, despite the fact that no such fee exists.

A judge will hear arguments on July 8 over whether an Alaska law that severely restricts the definition of “medically necessary” abortions for purposes of Medicaid funding should be blocked pending a trial.

ProPublica reports on the stalled efforts to implement the Prison Rape Elimination Act.

Tennessee is the latest state to face costly judicial elections now that conservatives have targeted three sitting justices on the state’s supreme court.

The New Republic has this piece on why liberals should be paying more attention to Pamela Harris, President Obama’s pick to fill a vacancy on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The disturbing, violent tactics of pro-gun extremists match the disturbing, violent tactics of anti-abortion extremists. Coincidence?

Brown University is taking on its campus sexual assault problem. Again.

A woman is challenging a Sandy Springs, Georgia, law that bans the sale of sex toys without a prescription.

The NYPD finally chucked its policy of allowing officers to seize condoms as evidence of prostitution, but as Martha Kempner explains here, the revised policy leaves a giant loophole advocates fear will continue to discourage condom use.

Good news! Virginia’s governor has ordered a review of anti-choice clinic regulations designed to limit access in the state by closing clinics.

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