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How Can the Constitution Protect Threats to Abortion Providers?

A federal judge concluded that Angel Dillard's letter to abortion provider Dr. Mila Means, which warned Means she should check her car for explosives, is protected speech, demonstrating the challenges in keeping clinics, staff, and patients safe.

A federal judge concluded that Angel Dillard’s letter to abortion provider Dr. Mila Means, which warned Means she should check her car for explosives, is protected speech, demonstrating the challenges in keeping clinics, staff, and patients safe.

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The Deeply Disturbing World of Modern Anti-Abortion Activism

Claiming that 10-year-old rape victims are better off being forced to give birth: Welcome to the anti-choice movement of 2013.

Blaming clinics for their own harassment, making violent insinuations, giving a convicted terrorist a leadership position, railroading good doctors out of business, and claiming that 10-year-old rape victims are better off being forced to give birth: Welcome to the anti-choice movement of 2013.

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Repro Wrap: Abortion Clinic Denied New Sign, and Anti-Choice Activist Discusses Clinic Violence

This week, Mark Gietzen, chairman of the Kansas Coalition for Life, said that he thinks South Wind Director Julie Burkhart is "trying to provoke an incident so she can say, 'Look, these pro-lifers did something.'"

This week, Mark Gietzen, chairman of the Kansas Coalition for Life, told the Huffington Post that he thinks South Wind Director Julie Burkhart is “trying to provoke an incident so she can say, ‘Look, these pro-lifers did something.'”

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Anti-Choice Groups Again Petition Wichita City Council to Re-Zone Area Around South Wind Women’s Center

South Wind (above) is a recently opened health center which offers both abortion services and other reproductive health services.

Representatives from the groups argue that the area should be re-zoned to disallow abortions, citing “graphic signs” that children can see if they pass the clinic. Individuals affiliated with some of the groups have been known to protest with graphic signs at the clinic.

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Planned Parenthood and Kansas Attorneys Reach Deal on Challenge to Disclosure Law

Two groups have appealed the dismissal of their challenge to an Arizona anti-choice restriction that they argue unconstitutionally relies on harmful racial stereotypes to discriminate against and shame Black and Asian American and Pacific Islander women who decide to end their pregnancies.

If accepted by the federal court, Planned Parenthood would narrow its legal challenge to a requirement that providers link to state-sponsored anti-abortion materials on their websites.

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A Look Ahead: Reproductive Rights in the 2014 Kansas Gubernatorial Race

In a state known for regressive and harmful social policies and a proliferation of socially conservative Democratic electeds, will the Democrats produce another “me-too Democrat” or a truly progressive candidate who will be the antithesis of Brownback?

In a state known for regressive and harmful social policies and a proliferation of socially conservative Democratic electeds, will the Democrats produce another “me-too Democrat” or a truly progressive candidate who will be the antithesis of Brownback?

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Anti-Choicers Look Toward Special Session to Pass Heartbeat Ban in Kansas

The ban received a hearing during the regular session, but now anti-choice activists would like to see it receive a vote.

The ban received a hearing during the regular session, but now anti-choice activists would like to see it receive a vote.

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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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Stigma on Steroids: On Kansas Banning Abortion Providers From Schools

Topeka High School

I asked several lawyer colleagues if they knew of other instances in which a whole occupational category was banned by law from volunteering in schools. They did not. Indeed, as far as I can tell, only sex offenders as a class are de facto banned from school grounds.

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Legal Wrap: Down to the Wire at SCOTUS, and Time to Take on TRAP

Advocates at the state level are pushing back against TRAP laws.

Last week the Roberts Court gave us mostly bad news, while advocates at the state level are pushing back against TRAP laws.

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