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Michigan Legislator Shares Personal Story Opposing Proposed ‘Rape Insurance’ Riders

On Wednesday, state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) shared a deeply personal story as part of her testimony against legislation to force women in Michigan to pre-purchase abortion riders as a part of their health insurance coverage, a proposal that has been dubbed “rape insurance” by some opponents of the bill.

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At Least 73 Abortion Clinics Have Shut Down Since 2011

A Bloomberg report from late November finds that at least 73 U.S. abortion clinics have shut down since 2011, and that roughly half of these closures are due to new legislation passed in a wave of Republican-led efforts to restrict access to abortion.

A Bloomberg report from late November finds that at least 73 U.S. abortion clinics have shut down since 2011, and that roughly half of these closures are due to new legislation passed in a wave of Republican-led efforts to restrict access to abortion.

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Michigan Legislature Uses Rare Measure to Pass Unpopular Ban on Insurance Coverage for Abortion

NARAL Pro-Choice America is challenging the Obama administration's nomination of Michael Boggs, who has a long history of civil rights opposition, to the federal district court in Georgia.

A new law creates a total ban on private insurance coverage of abortion in the state.

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Legal Wrap: The Bishops Get Sued, and SCOTUS Picks a Birth Control Case

A new lawsuit claims Catholic-owned hospitals are negligent in treating pregnant people while the Roberts Court takes up two challenges to the contraception mandate.

A new lawsuit claims Catholic-owned hospitals are negligent in treating pregnant people, while the Roberts Court takes up two challenges to the contraception mandate in the health-care reform law.

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ACLU Sues Catholic Bishops, and Why Contraception Grows Economies

On this episode of Reality Cast, an examination of why birth control is good for long-term economic prosperity. More on the Hobby Lobby case before the Supreme Court, and the ACLU sues the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for preventing miscarrying women from getting help.

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How the Bishops’ Directives Derail Medical Decisions at Catholic Hospitals

The bishops, who claim that Catholic institutions care for the poor and underserved in a fashion that surpasses other nonprofit hospitals, are engaging in a public relations campaign that is more myth than fact.

The bishops are engaging in a public relations campaign that is more myth than fact. Here are several claims you can expect to hear from the bishops—followed by the truth about what health care under the “Ethical and Religious Directives” means for people who need care at a Catholic hospital.

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Michigan Woman Sues Catholic Bishops for Negligence After Miscarriage

Tamesha Means is suing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, claiming the bishops' anti-choice directives are negligently affecting the medical care delivered at Catholic-owned and -sponsored hospitals.

Tamesha Means is suing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, claiming the bishops’ anti-choice directives are negligently affecting the medical care delivered at Catholic-owned and -sponsored hospitals.

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Michigan Ballot Initiative Could Ban Insurance Coverage of Abortion

Right to Life of Michigan’s “Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act” would prevent both private and public health insurance plans from covering "elective" abortions.

Right to Life of Michigan’s “Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act,” which would prevent both private and public health insurance plans from covering “elective” abortions, could pass with a simple legislative majority and no gubernatorial veto, despite a majority of state voters opposing it.

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Detroit Workers Deserve Better Than Bankruptcy

Detroit's argument that the city is insolvent and thus needs to “save” on its pension liabilities is purely an expression of political priorities—priorities that do not include valuing workers.

Detroit’s argument that the city is insolvent and thus needs to “save” on its pension liabilities is purely an expression of political priorities—priorities that do not include valuing workers.

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What the Blogosphere Got Dangerously Wrong About the Renisha McBride Case

We should be outraged about McBride’s death. But many of the people who have commented on the story with their hearts in the right place have gotten two key facts of the case wrong.

We should be outraged about McBride’s death, and many people have been, channeling their anger into blog posts and online petitions. But many of the people who have commented on the story with their hearts in the right place have gotten two key facts of the case wrong—and those misrepresented facts could have dangerous consequences.

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