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State-Level 2012 Retrospective: Second-Highest Number of Abortion Restrictions Ever

Reproductive health and rights were once again the subject of extensive debate in state capitols in 2012. Over the course of the year, 42 states and the District of Columbia enacted 122 provisions related to reproductive health and rights. One-third of these new provisions, 43 in 19 states, sought to restrict access to abortion services.

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Minnesota Asks That Lawsuit Over Medicaid Abortions Be Dismissed

Brian and Denise Walker. Photo: Bound4LifeOakland.wordpress.com.

A frivolous lawsuit could never make it to trial if the state has its way.

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Minnesota Anti-Choice Activists File Frivolous Lawsuit Against Medicaid-Funded Abortions

Chuck Shreffler. Photo: Association of Corporate Counsel.

A new suit on behalf of Minnesota “taxpayers,” alleges the state has been misauthorizing funding for poor women seeking pregnancy terminations.

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Giving Thanks For Times the United States Has Fought Back Against Discrimination

For those of us living in the United States, this is a time of year for giving thanks. It is in that spirit that I have gathered a list of some of my favorite pieces of U.S. news on overcoming discrimination over the past couple of months.

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ELECTION 2012: The Under-the-Radar State, County, and City Races That Produced Surprising Results

Justin Pye/Richmond Confidential

On Tuesday, high-profile political coverage in the national media was mainly focused on the US presidential election, some Senate and House races, and a few state ballot measures. Yet there were a seemingly endless number of smaller, less-publicized elections for city- and state-level positions, votes on state initiatives that flew under the radar, and city and county decisions that were only covered in local news.

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“Non-Partisan” National Organization for Marriage and Susan B. Anthony List Know How to Party

On election night, it was steak and cable news stations for the “family values” groups.

 

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ELECTION 2012: With Historic Number of Women, Senate Will Look a Little Bit More Like America

Next year will have an historic number of female senators, and that could be very good for women.

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ELECTION 2012: A People of Color Majority Alters Politics. Movements Change the World

A supporter of President Obama joins the Election Night victory rally in Chicago. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

Much of the discussion this election cycle has been about changing demographics. But demographics alone aren’t going to run a policy agenda through the system. Huge challenges remain in economic justice, immigration, environment, education and housing reform.

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ELECTION 2012: Minnesota Becomes First State to Reject “Traditional Marriage” Amendment

Chris Kluwe. Photo: Competenetwork.

The progressive-leaning state refuses to enshrine bigotry in the state constitution.

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Candidates Who Oppose Rape Exceptions Being Supported By Victims, Those Conceived In Rape In New Ads

Richard Mourdock. Photo: Womenarewatching.org.

In the last day of campaigning, both Akin and Mourdock and looking to spin comments about rape victims into positives.

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