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New Jersey Supreme Court Unanimously Holds Child Abuse Statute Doesn’t Apply to Fetuses

From Michael Dunn's acquittal in the murder of Jordan Davis to a pending nominee to the federal bench, now more than ever our courts matter.

A unanimous state Supreme Court overturns a finding of child abuse based solely on pre-natal drug exposure and provides a well-reasoned opinion why these kinds of abuse prosecutions hurt vulnerable families.

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The Connection Between Roe v. Wade and “Feminist Pork”

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Some of the most vehement opponents of abortion are also against economic policies that can help struggling families, like paid family leave.

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What Do Crisis Pregnancy Centers and Gay Conversion Therapy Have in Common?

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In the first of its kind lawsuit, the SPLC calls gay conversion therapy a fraud. Meanwhile lawmakers try to protect crisis pregnancy centers from regulation under consumer protection laws. Are we on to something here?

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Let’s Remind Election Winners: Reproductive Coercion is Wrong

We can all agree that forcing women to undergo abortions or sterilizations is wrong — but so is forcing women to gestate and give birth to children they don’t want. It’s time we considered both sides of reproductive coercion.

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ELECTION 2012: Obama and His Coalition: Let the Real Hope and Change Begin

Looking ahead to the next four years, this strengthened “marriage” between Obama, Democrats generally, and non-white and women voters could help carve a path to genuinely progressive economic policy.

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Lessons from Katrina: How Natural Disasters Affect Women’s Safety and Economic Status

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Natural disasters tend to make low income and poor people—the majority of whom are women—even more vulnerable to physical assault as well as to greater economic challenges in the years that follow.

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New Jersey Court Rules No Cause of Action For “Coerced Abortion”

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A New Jersey Court of Appeals decision shows the holes in the anti-choice movement’s “coercion theory.”

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New Jersey Assembly Woman Will Move to Condemn Akin Rape Remark

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Although the politician isn’t from her state, Watson Coleman believes Akin’s comments were harmful enough to deserve official condemnation.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Vetoes $7.5 Million In Family Planning Funding

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The Republican governor and potential vice presidential candidate is continuing his quest to eliminate funding for pregnancy prevention and sexual health.

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Tuesday Night’s Other Elections

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How did “other” candidates fair during elections?

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