Legal Wrap: More Changes to Contraception Accommodation Means More Lawsuits


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

On Friday, the Obama administration offered yet another tweak to the accommodation process for employers objecting to complying with the contraception benefit in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I have the basics of the rule change here, while Imani Gandy has this must-read piece on why the administration needs to stop fiddling with the rule and start defending it.

In addition to the legal challenges filed by the religious right challenging the birth control benefit in the ACA, apparently some insurance companies are trying to dodge covering contraception as well.

In response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Ferguson Police Department finally released its incident report in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9. Naturally the report is incomplete and, according to the ACLU, in violation of the law.

The conversation surrounding the killing of Michael Brown and the events in Ferguson, Missouri, needs to center on the value, or lack thereof, society places on Black lives.

We’re a long ways from justice for Michael Brown. Don’t miss Natasha Chart’s take here.

One of the police officers who was arresting journalists in Ferguson, Missouri, is the defendant in a civil rights lawsuit that accuses the officer of hog-tying and injuring a 12-year-old Black boy who was checking the mail at the end of his driveway.

This piece explains how a Supreme Court case from the 1980s may help shape the federal investigation into Michael Brown’s shooting and the Ferguson Police Department.

An Illinois school district is taking the wrong approach to Ferguson by instructing its teachers not to discuss the events in class.

According to this piece in Reason, a majority of Americans want to criminalize parents who let their children play at the park unsupervised.

Here is Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaking more truth on our country’s race problem, and the Court’s role in exacerbating that problem.

Leave it to conservative legal commentators to take a thoughtful interview answer and try and turn it into a “cat fight” between Justices Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.

A former teacher at a Montana Catholic school who was fired for being unmarried and pregnant has sued the school for pregnancy discrimination.

A court in Colorado dismissed a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, accusing the reproductive health-care provider of providing “taxpayer funding for abortions.”

Reproductive rights advocates in Louisiana filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s newly passed law requiring abortion-providing doctors to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland announced it will appeal an Iowa court decision banning telemedicine abortions in the state. Teddy Wilson explains how politics may have affected the ruling.

A Cincinnati, Ohio, clinic will stop providing abortions after deciding not to appeal a decision revoking its license.

The Roberts Court stepped back into the marriage equality fray and issued a stay to a federal court ruling striking Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriages.

Finally, some good news: California lawmakers voted to ban involuntary sterilization of inmates.

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