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Rules Under Consideration in Two States Regarding STD Transmission to Children

Herpes is a sexually transmitted infection that causes open sores on the mouth or genitals which can be painful.

An Indiana grandmother is asking lawmakers to criminalize the transmission of STDs from a child molester to his or her victim, while New York’s mayor has declined to comment on whether he’ll support the continued enforcement of regulations to discourage a circumcision ritual that’s been known to spread herpes to infants.

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Bullets Dodged: The Anti-Choice Bills That Didn’t Pass This Year

For every awful anti-choice bill that passes into law, there are about a dozen others that fail, or indeed never see the light of day. Here's a list of some major bullets dodged so far this year in the state legislatures.

For every odious anti-choice bill that passes into law, there are about a dozen others that fail, or never see the light of day. Here’s a list of some major bullets dodged so far this year in the state legislatures.

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Legal Wrap: Reproductive Rights Groups Continue to Challenge HB 2

Reproductive rights advocates in Texas have filed another challenge to abortion restrictions in the state, while federal courts in Arizona and Alabama consider similar challenges.

Reproductive rights advocates in Texas have filed another challenge to abortion restrictions in the state, while federal courts in Arizona and Alabama consider similar challenges.

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Indiana Governor Signs Abortion Insurance Coverage Ban

Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a ban on private insurance coverage of most abortion care in the state, as well as a watered-down version of a bill that pro-choice advocates earlier feared could lead to harassment of doctors.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a ban on private insurance coverage of most abortion care in the state, as well as a watered-down version of a bill that pro-choice advocates earlier feared could lead to harassment of doctors.

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Anti-Choice Advocates Urge GOP Male Candidates to ‘Speak Humanely’ About Abortion

Among the suggested messaging strategies on how Republican male candidates should engage female voters are: Speak more humanely about abortion and don’t opine on the female body’s abilities if you’re not a doctor.

Among the suggested messaging strategies on how Republican male candidates should engage female voters are: Speak more humanely about abortion and don’t opine on the female body’s abilities if you’re not a doctor.

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Legal Wrap: Progressive Groups Increase Pressure on Judicial Nominations

Will Senate Democrats respond to calls to block the nomination of Michael Boggs (above) to the federal bench?

Will Senate Democrats respond to calls to block the nomination of Michael Boggs to the federal bench?

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Where Are the Women in the Contraception Mandate Cases?

Should the University of Notre Dame case make it to the Supreme Court, the Establishment Clause argument will be front and center, thanks to the three women who have stood up to Notre Dame.

Even if it is true that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act permits the religious exemptions sought by companies opposing the contraception mandate, what of the harm imposed on those whom the requirement is intended to benefit? What legal argument centers their concerns? The answer may lie in the Establishment Clause.

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Appeals Court Rejects Notre Dame’s Challenge to Contraception Mandate

The 2-1 decision held the university had not shown that complying with the exemption process for religiously affiliated nonprofits substantially burdened its religious rights.

The 2-1 decision held the university had not shown that complying with the exemption process for religiously affiliated nonprofits substantially burdened its religious rights.

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RJ Court Watch: Contraception and the First Amendment

Elizabeth Sepper (left) and Greg Lipper.

In the first episode of RH Reality Check‘s new podcast, RJ Court Watch, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo discuss the legal challenges to the contraception mandate, including whether or not corporations can exercise a conscience, and whether or not the First Amendment speaks to or has any role in governing employee health insurance plans.

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Legal Wrap: Two Very Different Reminders of Why Courts Matter

From Michael Dunn's acquittal in the murder of Jordan Davis to a pending nominee to the federal bench, now more than ever our courts matter.

From Michael Dunn’s acquittal in the murder of Jordan Davis to a pending nominee to the federal bench, now more than ever our courts matter.

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