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Is Preventing Surrogacy Feminist? No, It’s Anti-Choice

Criminalizing freely chosen reproductive actions is not part of the feminist project.

The Kansas legislature is considering a bill that would make surrogate parents, gestational carriers, and anyone who assists them liable to up to a $10,000 fine or imprisonment of one year. But despite what some supporters of the legislation may say, criminalizing freely chosen reproductive actions is not part of the feminist project.

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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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Legal Wrap: Corporate Religious Rights Find a Path to SCOTUS

It looks like the Roberts Court may take up the Hobby Lobby contraception challenge, while other federal appellate courts refuse to buy the argument that corporations can exercise religious beliefs.

It looks like the Roberts Court may take up the Hobby Lobby contraception challenge, while other federal appellate courts refuse to buy the argument that corporations can exercise religious beliefs.

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Attorney Argues Death of Fetus in Minnesota Case Was Unlawful Abortion, Not Murder

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.

A Minnesota case highlights the discretion prosecutors have when charging crimes that involve the death of a fetus.

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Being a Transgender Student in the United States: An Uneven Landscape

The decision marks the first time a state court has ruled that students must be allowed to use restrooms of the gender with which they identify. Federal courts have not yet ruled on the issue.

While there have been recent transgender rights victories for students in California and Colorado, there are also plenty of roadblocks in guaranteeing equal representation and protection.

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What’s Next in the Marriage Equality Fight? The States, Then SCOTUS Once More

A month since the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down, the limits of the decision are already being tested in federal courts across the country.

A month since the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down, the limits of the decision are already being tested in federal courts across the country.

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This Week in Sex: Sex Makes You Look Younger, Lube Goes Kosher, and Bachmann Is Mailed a Vibrator

A conservative political group accidentally mailed a vibrator to Michele Bachmann.

This week, a new study found that sex makes you look younger, 10 percent of adults admitted to using their phones during sex, some lubes became certified Kosher, and a conservative political group accidentally mailed a vibrator to Michele Bachmann.

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Legal Wrap: Another EC Win, and State Legal Challenges Add Up

The Obama administration agrees to comply with a court order on emergency contraception, while the legal challenges over state abortion restrictions get expensive.

The Obama administration agrees to comply with a court order on emergency contraception, while the legal challenges over state abortion restrictions get expensive.

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Bachmann Announces Retirement From Congress Amid Ongoing Ethics Scandal

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Tea Party Rep. Michele Bachmann has announced that she will not seek re-election in 2014. She denies that the decision has anything to do with allegations of financial impropriety during her failed presidential bid.

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Legal Wrap: The EC Appeal Is Bad Law and Bad Policy

The Obama administration fights for barriers to emergency contraception for no good reason, while the right pushes for even greater concessions on exemptions to the birth control benefit.

The Obama administration fights for barriers to emergency contraception for no good reason, while the right pushes for even greater concessions on exemptions to the birth control benefit.

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