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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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Legal Wrap: A Big Win in Louisiana Comes as More States Advance Abortion Restrictions

Reproductive rights activists help defeat a proposed abortion restriction in Louisiana, while a bunch of new restrictions pop up in states across the country.

Reproductive rights activists help defeat a proposed abortion restriction in Louisiana, while a bunch of new restrictions pop up in states across the country.

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Anti-Choice Bills Move Forward in Indiana

A senate bill could target doctors for anti-choice protests, while a house bill would ban private insurance coverage of abortion.

A senate bill could target doctors for anti-choice protests, while a house bill would ban private insurance coverage of abortion.

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Legal Wrap: Important Steps Toward Trans Inclusivity in Maine

A state court issues a landmark decision for transgender rights while ACOG lifts its ban on treating men.

A state court issues a landmark decision for transgender rights, while the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology lifts its ban on treating men.

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Latching On to ‘Little Sisters’ Order, Notre Dame Asks Court to Block Contraceptive Mandate

Although the university was granted a religious accommodation and is exempt from complying with the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate, it wants a federal court to block the mandate anyway.

Although the university was granted a religious accommodation and is exempt from complying with the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate, it wants a federal court to block the mandate anyway.

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Charges Filed Against Indiana Doctor Following Avalanche of Anti-Choice Complaints

Dr. Ulrich Klopfer is being charged with failing to report an abortion on a minor in a timely manner after anti-choice activists filed more than 1,200 complaints against him.

A growing number of states are requiring providers to report abortions on minors as possible cases of rape or incest, even when no evidence of abuse exists—and anti-choice groups are increasingly exploiting these rules to try to discredit doctors or close clinics.

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