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Legal Wrap: Finally Some Justice for Bei Bei Shuai

Bei Bei Shuai's prosecution finally comes to an end.

Bei Bei Shuai’s prosecution finally comes to an end, and more good news from federal courts reviewing state-level abortion restrictions.

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Alabama Legislature Prepared to Spend Up to $80,000 in Expert Fees Defending TRAP Law

If a budget is not adopted by July 1, the government will shut down.

While the fee structure and amount is not unheard of, in a state where over a quarter of children live below the poverty line, spending $80,000 to pay experts to help defend a law designed to take health-care services away from poor people has been interpreted as particularly mean-spirited.

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Judge Temporarily Blocks North Dakota’s Admitting Privileges Law

Two South Dakota bills that would have imposed severe restrictions on abortion procedures as well as penalties on abortion providers, including possible life in prison, will not move forward in the legislature.

A state judge blocked a law imposing criminal penalties on providers who perform abortions without admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

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Some Seriously Suggested State Alternatives to the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

Some state governments would like to avoid implementing Obama’s Medicaid expansion. These are their alternative plans. [Via Upworthy.]

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Legal Wrap: States Ramp Up Anti-Abortion Activity, Again

A flurry of legal activity over state-level abortion restrictions occupied much of the federal court's attention last week.

A flurry of legal activity over state-level abortion restrictions occupied much of the federal court’s attention last week.

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Alabama Admitting Privileges Law Blocked Until Next Year

A bill that would make it a separate crime to kill or injure a fetus in crimes committed against a pregnant woman passed the Florida House Judiciary Committee on Monday, and now heads to a vote on the house floor.

Advocates challenging the law and attorneys for the state agreed to extend a temporary restraining order blocking a portion of HB 57 until March.

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New York Likely to Offer Labor Protections for Child Models

The New York fashion industry, which employs 165,000 people, was until now the only industry in the state excluded from child labor protections under the Department of Labor.

New York has been on the forefront of some of the most cutting-edge labor movements, but when it comes to child models, New York is behind more than 20 states that include child models in their state labor codes. That may soon change.

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Federal Court Temporarily Blocks Alabama TRAP Law

Scales of justice and gavel on book

On Friday a federal judge blocked Alabama’s admitting privileges law from taking effect while a lawsuit on its merits proceeds.

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Legal Wrap: The Battle Over EC Winds Down, Big Pharma Declared Winner

In the battle over emergency contraception access, corporate interests win out over public health.

In the battle over emergency contraception access, corporate interests win out over public health.

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Lawsuit Filed Challenging Alabama TRAP Law

As is often the case with other efforts to make abortion care more difficult to access, the reasons offered in support of specific TRAP requirements—which are usually marketed under the guise of protecting women’s health—do not stand up to close scrutiny.

Legal representatives from the ACLU and Planned Parenthood filed suit to block an Alabama law designed to make abortion nearly impossible to access in the state.

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