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Utah Lawmaker Unsure About Closing ‘Loophole’ in Rape Definition (Updated)

A bill to clarify the definition of rape—and close what some saw as a loophole—passed a Utah House Committee yesterday, but not before sparking some disturbing conversations about what does and does not constitute rape.

A bill to clarify the definition of rape—and close what some saw as a loophole—passed a Utah House Committee yesterday, but not before sparking some disturbing conversations about what constitutes rape.

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Purvi Patel Convicted of Feticide and Neglect of Dependent

Jurors deliberated for less than five hours before finding Purvi Patel guilty of both feticide and felony neglect of a dependent.

Jurors deliberated for less than five hours before finding Purvi Patel guilty of both feticide and felony neglect of a dependent.

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Wisconsin GOP Looks to Attack Reproductive Health Clinics Through Audits

Wisconsin's GOP lawmakers wrote in a letter that several “red flags” have arisen regarding government reimbursement of family planning services.

Wisconsin’s GOP lawmakers wrote in a letter that several “red flags” have arisen regarding government reimbursement of family planning services.

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The Fair Housing Act Protects Domestic Abuse Victims, So Naturally the Supreme Court Will Probably Gut It

The Roberts Court takes aim at another key civil rights law, and the prognosis is bad.

The Roberts Court takes aim at another key civil rights law, and the prognosis is bad.

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President Obama’s 2016 Budget Draws Praise, Criticism From Women’s Health Advocates

Including the Hyde Amendment in the president's budget isn't new. But advocates, and even some members of Congress, are working to make it news.

Including the Hyde Amendment in the president’s budget isn’t new. But advocates, and even some members of Congress, are working to make it news.

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Purvi Patel Isn’t the First Woman of Color to Have Her Pregnancy Put on Trial in Indiana (Updated)

Although feticide laws were originally intended to protect pregnant women from violence, such statutes are now being used to punish them, sending the message that women who do not have healthy pregnancies may be investigated for criminal acts.

Although feticide laws were originally intended to protect pregnant women from violence, such statutes are now being used to punish them, sending the message that women who do not have healthy pregnancies may be investigated for criminal acts.

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Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Calls for ‘Confrontation’ With Federal Courts Over Marriage Equality

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore's public statements and actions have prompted an ethics complaint against him.

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore’s public statements and actions have prompted an ethics complaint against him.

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Virginia Senate Moves Forward With Campus Mandatory Reporting Bill

The Virginia Senate this week moved forward with a bill that would require nearly all full-time staff at public universities to report sexual assault to the police within 24 hours of notification.

The Virginia Senate this week moved forward with a bill that would require nearly all full-time staff at public universities to report sexual assault to the police within 24 hours of notification.

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Another Republican Governor Agrees to Expand Medicaid

Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that the state will expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, making him the latest Republican governor to support the expansion of benefits under President Obama's signature health-care reform law.

Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that the state will expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, making him the latest Republican governor to support the expansion of benefits under President Obama’s signature health-care reform law.

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Iowa’s Wide-Ranging Anti-Choice Bills Include Telemedicine Abortion Ban

Anti-choice lawmakers in Iowa, after a relatively quiet year in 2014, appear to be preparing for an active 2015 legislative session.

Anti-choice lawmakers in Iowa, after a relatively quiet year in 2014, appear to be preparing for an active 2015 legislative session.

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