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Obamacare’s Birth Control Benefit Notches Another Legal Win

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider an earlier decision that ruled the process for accommodating religious objections to the birth control benefit of the Affordable Care Act did not burden the group's rights.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider an earlier decision that ruled the process for accommodating religious objections to the birth control benefit of the Affordable Care Act did not burden the group’s rights.

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Missouri Fines Aetna for Not Charging Women Enough for Abortions

Aetna, one of the largest insurance companies in Missouri, agreed to pay $4.5 million in fines for violations of state law that include paying for elective abortions and failing to cover certain autism benefits.

Aetna, one of the largest insurance companies in Missouri, agreed to pay $4.5 million in fines for violations of state law that include paying for elective abortions and failing to cover certain autism benefits.

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Impact of Admitting Privileges Case Before Supreme Court Extends Beyond Mississippi

The Roberts Court will consider stepping into the fight over Mississippi's admitting privileges requirement for abortion providers in a case that could make it harder for abortion rights advocates to combat restrictions based in junk science.

The Roberts Court will consider stepping into the fight over Mississippi’s admitting privileges requirement for abortion providers in a case that could make it harder for pro-choice advocates to combat restrictions based in junk science.

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Notre Dame Once Again Loses Legal Battle Against Birth Control Benefit

The decision released Tuesday is a strong endorsement of the Obama administration's accommodation process for religiously affiliated nonprofits that object to providing contraception in health-care plans.

The decision released Tuesday is a strong endorsement of the Obama administration’s accommodation process for religiously affiliated nonprofits that object to providing contraception in health-care plans.

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Anti-Choice Groups Try ‘Texas Playbook’ in Attempt to Block Health-Care Access in California

The fight to open a Planned Parenthood health-care clinic in El Centro, California, shows that national anti-choice groups are intent on rolling back reproductive health care gains in even the most progressive parts of the country.

The fight to open a Planned Parenthood health-care clinic in El Centro, California, shows that national anti-choice groups are intent on rolling back reproductive health care gains in even the most progressive parts of the country.

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Federal Court: Challenge to Louisiana Admitting Privileges Law Can Proceed

The ruling dismisses a portion of the challenge to the law but lets the underlying challenge to its constitutionality proceed.

The ruling dismisses a portion of the challenge to the law but lets the underlying challenge to its constitutionality proceed.

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Lawsuit: Barnes & Noble Manager Told Transgender Employee to ‘Think of the Children’

Barnes & Noble has for the past seven years received a “perfect score” on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.

When Barnes & Noble employee Victoria Ramirez told her bosses she was transitioning from male to female, the company prohibited her from working as a woman, then fired her when she complained.

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Supreme Court Limits Judicial Campaigning—Sort Of

A decision at the end of April to uphold a Florida ban on judges directly soliciting campaign funds should be a win for progressives. But like almost everything from the Roberts Court, the ruling still favors conservatives.

A decision at the end of April to uphold a Florida ban on judges directly soliciting campaign funds should be win for progressives. But like almost everything from the Roberts Court, the ruling still favors conservatives.

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More Domestic Violence Charges for Man in Supreme Court Facebook Threats Case

Anthony Elonis served time for stalking and threatening women online and then brought a lawsuit claiming his actions were protected free speech. He now faces charges he struck a woman in the head during an argument.

Anthony Elonis served time for stalking and threatening women online and then brought a lawsuit claiming his actions were protected free speech. He now faces charges he struck a woman in the head during an argument.

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Roberts Court Takes Middle Path in Latest Employer-Worker Discrimination Case

Overall, the conservative majority on the Roberts Court has made it clear that business interests are their interests. But when given another chance to hand corporate owners a big win last week, they hedged.

Overall, the conservative majority on the Roberts Court has made it clear that business interests are their interests. But when given another chance to hand corporate owners a big win last week, they hedged.

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