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Massachusetts Governor Signs Emergency Regulations Prohibiting Shackling of Pregnant Inmates

The regulations will sunset after 90 days, but the governor urged the legislature to take action before then on a pending bill that would ban the practice and offer comprehensive health protections for pregnant inmates.

The regulations will sunset after 90 days, but the governor urged the legislature to take action before then on a pending bill that would ban the practice and offer comprehensive health protections for pregnant inmates.

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State Bills Aim to End Practice of Shackling Pregnant Inmates

The shackling of pregnant women who are incarcerated or detained is a practice that is permitted in most states.

So far this year, lawmakers in at least five states have introduced legislation to prohibit the practice of shackling pregnant inmates.

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GOP Bets on Abortion Issue

John Stanton, Washington, D.C., bureau chief for BuzzFeed, talks with Rachel Maddow about how the GOP is ignoring the gender gap in polling and focusing on abortion. [via MSNBC]

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Battle Over Buffers, and Texas’ New Abortion Desert

On this episode of Reality Cast, Lindsay Beyerstein reports on what she learned spending time in the Rio Grande Valley, where legal abortion has been regulated out of existence. The battle over buffer zones in front of clinics goes to the Supreme Court, and right-wing media is turning every story they can into an opportunity to bash women.

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SCOTUS Debates Buffer Zones, Gun Rights With Women’s Lives on the Line

In Supreme Court arguments over buffer zones and gun restrictions, the Roberts Court cut women victims out of the equation.

In Supreme Court arguments over buffer zones and gun restrictions, the Roberts Court cut women victims out of the equation.

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Buffer Zones Are Critical to the Safety of Women and Health-Care Providers

A state senate committee heard arguments for enacting a 25-foot patient safety zone, while several anti-choice bills have been introduced in the house.

The issue here is safety. Buffer zones reduce the very real threats of violence and intimidation that abortion providers and their patients face every day.

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Legal Wrap: SCOTUS Turns Away a ‘Roe’ Challenge, But Feticide Laws Pose the Real Risk

The Supreme Court won't take a look at Arizona's 20-week abortion ban, but it will consider a bunch of free speech challenges to abortion rights protections.

The Supreme Court won’t take a look at Arizona’s 20-week abortion ban, but it will consider a bunch of free speech challenges to abortion rights protections.

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Will the Roberts Court Respect Abortion Providers’ and Patients’ Right To Be Left Alone?

Judges from York, Monroe, and Lancaster counties have now all written opinions stating that the law fails to take juveniles' greater capacity for reform into account.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the constitutionality of a Massachusetts buffer zone law. Conservatives see it as a chance to pounce on the idea that abortion patients deserve to be left alone as they enter clinics.

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HIV Returns in Two Men Thought ‘Cured’ by Bone Marrow Transplants

The results suggest that HIV reservoirs, latent cells that have the genetic code of the virus, are more persistent and deeper in the body that scientists had thought.

Researchers in Boston announced last week that HIV had once again been detected in two patients who had previously been thought to be rid of the virus. The results suggest that HIV reservoirs, latent cells that have the genetic code of the virus, are more persistent and deeper in the body that scientists had thought.

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‘RH Reality Check’ State of Abortion Database Updated With Responses From Nearly Every State

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Our searchable tool has been updated to include final responses from 48 state attorneys general and 41 state health departments about a wide range of issues involving abortion. The additional responses support our earlier analysis—that abortion in the United States is overwhelmingly safe and highly regulated.

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