· · · · · 

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.

· · · · · 

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.

· · · · · 

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.

· · · · · 

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.

· · · · · 

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.

· · · · · 

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.

· · · · · 

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.

· · · · · 

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.

· · · · · 

Legal Wrap: Buffer Zones at SCOTUS, and a Clinic Bomb Scare

The Roberts Court may be skeptical of buffer zones around abortion clinics, but the rest of the country doesn't seem to be.

The Roberts Court may be skeptical of buffer zones around abortion clinics, but the rest of the country doesn’t seem to be.

· · · · · 

‘Protect Those Kids': Words of Support for Woman Whose Children Were Ordered Into Abusive Home

Audre'y Eby's sons going to a doctor's appointment with their friend, Manape LaMere, on Winnebago Reservation last November.

Over 8,400 of you have joined RH Reality Check in asking Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to investigate Plymouth County Courts for ordering Audre’y Eby’s two special needs children back to an abusive home. Here is a sample of the thoughts people have left for the Eby family and Gov. Branstad.

· · · · ·