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ACLU Challenges Ohio’s Anti-Abortion Budget Amendments

The ACLU of Colorado has filed a complaint with a state agency alleging that a rural Catholic hospital is in violation of both federal and state law by directing its doctors not to discuss abortion with patients, even when pregnancy threatens the life of the pregnant person.

The lawsuit alleges three provisions attached as part of the state’s 2014 budget violate the “single-subject” rule of the Ohio Constitution.

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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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Oklahoma Attorney General Tells Court Medication Abortion Bans Are Constitutional

Reproductive rights advocates scored a win as the Supreme Court let stand an Oklahoma ruling striking that state's medication abortion ban.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt argues in a brief filed last week that his state’s law regulating medication abortion is not a universal ban on the procedure, but even if it were, such a ban would be constitutional.

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‘Baby Veronica’ Handed Over to Adoptive Parents

Baby Veronica with her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco.

On Monday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court paved the way for the adoption of a 4-year-old Cherokee girl to a non-Native South Carolina couple.

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Report: Taxpayers Responsible for Helping Keep For-Profit Prison Operators Financially Afloat

Correctional corporations make money whether cells are empty or occupied, according to the new report.

A new report on for-profit private prisons shows how correctional corporations make money whether cells are empty or occupied, depending on citizens to pay “low-crime taxes” when occupancy is down in order to cushion corporations’ bottom lines.

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A Second Federal Appeals Court Rules Against For-Profit in Fight Over Contraception Coverage

Lawsuits by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood challenge the contraceptive coverage requirement under the Affordable Care Act, which says that certain preventive health-care services like contraception must be covered without copay or cost sharing.

On Tuesday, the Sixth Circuit rejected claims that the birth control benefit violated religious exercise rights of for-profit businesses.

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Six Supreme Court Cases to Watch This Term

Attorneys for reproductive health-care providers in Texas filed an emergency petition with the Roberts Court Monday morning as a health-care crisis grips the state.

Although the entire docket has not yet been set, the next Supreme Court term is already shaping up to be historic, with decisions on abortion protests, legislative prayer, and state affirmative action, just to name a few.

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Oklahoma Supreme Court Extends ‘Stay’ in Baby Veronica Case

The court's decision keeps the girl in Oklahoma with her biological father (above), for now.

The ruling keeps “Baby Veronica” in Oklahoma with Dusten Brown, her biological father, for now.

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Straight Hair Is Not the Ideal: Justice for Tiana Parker

When I watched 7-year-old Tiana Parker (above) burst into tears on camera, my heart broke at the sight of a child in such pain. Then I became enraged that a school's policy would hurt a young Black girl for wearing her hair naturally, despite it being short and well-kept.

Over 20,000 people joined me in demanding that the Deborah Brown Community School apologize to Tiana Parker, who was sent home for having dreadlocks, and change its racist policy. And our voices were heard.

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Sex Education Is Improving, Causing Right Wing to Panic

On this episode of Reality Cast, I discuss how sex education in some states has improved, and the right wing’s response to those changes. In another segment, I chat with Stephanie Zvan, associate president of Minnesota Atheists, about the fight to end sexual harassment in the atheist/skeptic movement.

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