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Legal Wrap: New Legal Fights Shaping Up Post-’Hobby Lobby’

The legal landscape after the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision is taking shape, and it's a mess.

The legal landscape after the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision is taking shape, and it’s a mess.

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Tennessee Sued for Denying, Delaying Access to Medicaid

The lawsuit makes several allegations, most basically that the state has created a series of bureaucratic hurdles that essentially prohibit access to the state’s Medicaid program.

The lawsuit, brought by three legal advocacy groups, makes several allegations, most basically that the state has created a series of bureaucratic hurdles that essentially prohibit access to the state’s Medicaid program, making it the most difficult state in which to enroll in Medicaid.

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First Woman Charged Under Tennessee’s New Pregnancy Criminalization Law

Chris Hayes reports on the first woman in Tennessee charged under the state’s new law that, advocates say, criminalizes pregnant women struggling with drug dependency. Dorothy Roberts, the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, explains why the law is “bad policy.” [via MSNBC]

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First Woman Arrested Under Tennessee Pregnancy Criminalization Law, for a Drug Not Covered Under the Law

Mallory Loyola was arrested Tuesday under a new Tennessee law that criminalizes mothers whose babies are exposed to certain illegal drugs in utero.

The law specifically criminalizes “the illegal use of a narcotic drug while pregnant, if [a woman's] child is born addicted to or harmed by the narcotic drug.” But Mallory Loyola was arrested Tuesday for exposing her child to amphetamine, which is not a narcotic.

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Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Says Catholic Groups Must Comply With Contraception Benefit

The unanimous ruling is the latest in the line of religious nonprofit challenges to the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act.

The unanimous ruling is the latest in the line of religious nonprofit challenges to the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act.

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Legal Wrap: 49 Years After Griswold, Legal Contraception Still Up for Debate

The 49th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut shows how little progress we've made in the fight for reproductive autonomy.

The 49th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut shows how little progress we’ve made in the fight for reproductive autonomy.

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Legal Wrap: The Conservative Pipeline to Government

Conservatives have found a new way to take over state and federal government, and it looks like Democrats are uniting in opposition to the nomination of Michael Boggs to the federal bench.

Conservatives have found a new way to take over state and federal government, and it looks like Democrats are uniting in opposition to the nomination of Michael Boggs to the federal bench.

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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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Tennessee Governor Signs Bill Criminalizing Pregnant Women

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (above) signed a bill Tuesday that will allow criminal charges against women who struggle with drug dependency during their pregnancy.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill Tuesday that will allow criminal charges against women who struggle with drug dependency during their pregnancy.

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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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