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State Courts in Crisis Thanks to Big Money Donors

Among the bills recently introduced are HB 1132 and SB 638, which would raise the cap on total tax credits for contributions to all CPCs in the state from $2 million to $2.5 million.

Two new reports on state court elections show the damaging role outside money plays in local judicial elections.

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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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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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One North Carolina Abortion Clinic Reopens, Another Says It Will Turn Over Its License

While Femcare has reopened less than a month after its license was revoked by the state, the Baker Clinic for Women, which also had its license taken away in July, has announced it will voluntarily turn over its license rather than attempt to meet new ambulatory surgical center requirements and reopen.

While Femcare has reopened less than a month after its license was revoked by the state, the Baker Clinic for Women, which also had its license revoked in July, has announced it will voluntarily turn over its license rather than attempt to meet new ambulatory surgical center requirements and reopen.

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Legal Wrap: Abortion Fights Heat Up in Red States

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Indiana and Kansas show the battle over abortion rights and access is growing in intensity in some parts of the country.

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Federal Court Hears Arguments in Legal Challenge to North Carolina Ultrasound Law

Gov. Pat McCrory said that "costly and drawn out litigation" would not be worth the trouble over the one provision that was struck down, which would have forced all women seeking an abortion to receive and be shown a narrated ultrasound before their procedure.

A federal court will consider whether or not to permanently block the state’s 2011 mandatory ultrasound law.

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Femcare Clinic in North Carolina Could Soon Reopen

While Femcare has reopened less than a month after its license was revoked by the state, the Baker Clinic for Women, which also had its license taken away in July, has announced it will voluntarily turn over its license rather than attempt to meet new ambulatory surgical center requirements and reopen.

Femcare, the only North Carolina abortion provider that could for sure continue offering legal abortion care under the state’s new abortion law, was closed on July 31, but it is now waiting for another inspection to reopen its doors.

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The War on Voting, Past and Present

Rachel Maddow reports on the “war on voting” in North Carolina, after Gov. McCrory signed a wide-ranging voter ID bill that restricts early voting and voter registration—which could affect citizens who have been voting for decades.

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Poll: Majority of North Carolina Voters Disapprove of Gov. McCrory’s Job in Office

New polling by Public Policy Polling shows that Gov. McCrory's total approval rating has dropped 26 percent in five months.

New polling by Public Policy Polling shows that Gov. McCrory’s total approval rating has dropped 26 percent in five months.

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North Carolina’s Shady Anti-Choice Law, and Selective Panic Over Childfree Women

On this episode of Reality Cast, an experienced domestic violence prosecutor explains her ideas for improving the justice system. I have another segment covering how North Carolina’s governor uses shady tactics to restrict abortion access, and the discourse over who gets to be a mother—and who doesn’t—is very telling in this country.

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