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Legal Wrap: Conservative Judges Setting the Boundaries in Fight for Abortion Rights

From the Alabama Supreme Court to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, conservative anti-abortion judges are setting the legal boundaries in the fight for abortion access.

From the Alabama Supreme Court to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, conservative anti-choice judges are setting the legal boundaries in the fight for abortion access.

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Lawsuit Challenging Nebraska Ban on Gay Foster Parents Can Proceed

Photo from the 43rd Pride Parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on June 30, 2013 in New York City.

The ruling sets the stage for a later trial challenging the constitutionality of one of three remaining bans in the nation on gay foster parents.

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Bullets Dodged: The Anti-Choice Bills That Didn’t Pass This Year

For every awful anti-choice bill that passes into law, there are about a dozen others that fail, or indeed never see the light of day. Here's a list of some major bullets dodged so far this year in the state legislatures.

For every odious anti-choice bill that passes into law, there are about a dozen others that fail, or never see the light of day. Here’s a list of some major bullets dodged so far this year in the state legislatures.

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Generic Emergency Contraception, CPAC, and Abortion in the States

On this episode of Reality Cast, Jessica Arons of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project discusses generic emergency contraception access. In another segment, I discuss how CPAC was, yet again, a wonder of misogyny and sex-phobia, and the pressure intensifies on the state level to end legal access to abortion.

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Nebraska Bill Would Require Abortion Clinics to Post ‘Anti-Coercion’ Signs

LB 1032 would require clinics that provide abortion services to “conspicuously post a sign” that says it is “against the law for anyone to force you to have an abortion.”

LB 1032 would require clinics that provide abortion services to “conspicuously post a sign” that says it is “against the law for anyone to force you to have an abortion.” Opponents of the bill say such signs represent a subtle attempt to dissuade women from seeking abortion services.

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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: State Detains Pregnant Woman, Catholic Bishops Meddle With Health-Care Benefits

A case in Wisconsin further illustrates the recent trend of states policing pregnant women in the name of fetal rights, and it would appear the U.S. Catholic bishops had a role in the federal government shutdown.

A case in Wisconsin further illustrates the recent trend of states policing pregnant women in the name of fetal rights, and it would appear the U.S. Catholic bishops had a role in the federal government shutdown.

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In Denying a 16-Year-Old Judicial Bypass, Nebraska Supreme Court Creates Ban on Abortions for Minors in State Custody

The 2-1 ruling requires crisis pregnancy centers disclose whether they have licensed medical providers at their facilities.

A controversial decision may have just blocked all access to abortion care for minors in state custody.

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Nebraska, New Hampshire Consider More Clinic Regulations Post-Gosnell Trial

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The Gosnell trial is over, but states continue to use it as an excuse to push their anti-choice agenda.

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Anti-Abortion Laws Are Crimes Against Women

We know that reproductive rights are human rights, so clearly abortion laws are crimes against women.

We have come a long way toward declaring certain inalienable human rights, but too often issues that disproportionately affect women are left out.

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