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Arkansas Tells Federal Appeals Court 12-Week Abortion Ban Is Constitutional

Arkansas is the latest state to claim a law banning abortions after 12 weeks' gestation is not an unconstitutional ban, but simply a "regulation."

Arkansas is the latest state to claim a law banning abortions after 12 weeks’ gestation is not an unconstitutional ban, but simply a “regulation.”

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Beyond the Hashtags: Nigerians Seek Lasting Solution to Boko Haram Insurgency

Spaces for Change, a human rights advocacy group in Nigeria, recently organized a citizens' forum titled #BeyondTheHashtags "to generate a data bank of [citizens'] concerns" about the abduction of hundreds of the nation's girls as well as the "rising insurgency in the northern part of the country."

Spaces for Change, a human rights advocacy group in Nigeria, recently organized a citizens’ forum titled #BeyondTheHashtags “to generate a data bank of [citizens'] concerns” about the abduction of hundreds of the nation’s girls as well as the “rising insurgency in the northern part of the country.”

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Justice Kennedy and the Supreme Court’s Tilted Scale

Justice Anthony Kennedy

In a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, which paved the way for similar state-level legislation, five justices voted in favor of weakening the separation of church and state; but the implications of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s libertarian jurisprudence are the most dangerous and far-reaching.

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Attorneys for North Dakota Argue Viability Begins at Conception

In the appeal of a lower court ruling permanently blocking the state's "heartbeat" ban, attorneys for the state lay out their argument as to why Roe v. Wade should be overturned.

In the appeal of a lower court ruling permanently blocking the state’s “heartbeat” ban, attorneys for the state lay out their argument as to why Roe v. Wade should be overturned.

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Texas Looms Large in Trial Over Alabama Admitting Privileges Law

The decision by the Fifth Circuit to uphold the admitting privileges requirement in Texas' HB 2 shouldn't carry any weight in Alabama. But it does.

The decision by the Fifth Circuit to uphold the admitting privileges requirement in Texas’ HB 2 shouldn’t carry any weight in Alabama. But it does.

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Conservative Judge Tells Ohio Man He Can’t Have More Children Until He Catches Up on Child Support Payments

The willingness of courts to impose the kind of restrictions at issue in this case should raise some serious concerns for reproductive rights activists.

The willingness of courts to impose the kind of restrictions at issue in this case should raise some serious concerns for reproductive rights activists.

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Lawsuit: Staten Island Hospital Forced Patient Into C-Section Against Her Will

The lawsuit is believed to be the first to raise a claim under a New York public health law detailing the rights of patients at hospitals in the state.

A lawsuit filed by a New York woman against a local hospital alleges that she was forced to undergo a c-section against her will. The suit is believed to be the first to raise a claim under a New York public health law detailing the rights of patients at hospitals in the state, but experts worry that such cases could become more common.

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How Marijuana Legalization Leaves Mothers and Pregnant Women Behind

A medical marijuana dispensary in Denver.

The legislative push to punish women for marijuana use during pregnancy is based not on science suggesting harm from which to protect children, but the notion of fetal rights.

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A Look at the Affordable Care Act Enrollment Numbers

In states that didn't expand Medicaid, like Pennsylvania, the number of people left in the coverage gap exceeds the number of newly insured.

In states that didn’t expand Medicaid, like Pennsylvania, the number of people left in the coverage gap exceeds the number of newly insured.

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The Mother’s Day Myth: How We Thank Moms for Their ‘Free’ Labor

Mother's Day gifts from a child or spouse are sweet, but on a broader level, a genuine celebration of mom’s labor would be if our society ensured her economic security.

Mother’s Day gifts from a child or spouse are sweet, but on a broader level, a genuine celebration of mom’s labor would be if our society ensured her economic security.

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