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Legal Wrap: Personhood, Statutory Rape, and the Second-Class Legal Status of Women

(Legal Advantage HR Solutions, LLC)

A handful of cases at the state level show how far women still have to go to be considered equal citizens under the law.

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Tennessee Supreme Court Considers Whether Minor Is an Accomplice in Her Own Statutory Rape

(nwidfl.blogspot.com)

The Tennessee Supreme Court has an opportunity to reject a dangerous legal interpretation that holds statutory rape victims can be considered accomplices in the crime committed against them. But will it?

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The Road to Roe: Paved with Bodies of Women of Color and the Legal Activism of African Americans

(Favianna Rodriguez, www.favianna.com)

Every year when the anniversary of Roe v. Wade rolls around, I am troubled by the loud silences in our triumphant tales of struggle. As a history doctoral student who researches African Americans and abortion, the story I tell is quite different.

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State-Level 2012 Retrospective: Second-Highest Number of Abortion Restrictions Ever

Reproductive health and rights were once again the subject of extensive debate in state capitols in 2012. Over the course of the year, 42 states and the District of Columbia enacted 122 provisions related to reproductive health and rights. One-third of these new provisions, 43 in 19 states, sought to restrict access to abortion services.

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Contraception Challenges Dismissed in Nashville, Pittsburgh

photo courtesy of steakpinball via flickr

Two more lawsuits challenging the contraception mandate were dismissed by federal judges with over 30 left on the docket.

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DesJarlais Wins Election But May Be Forced to Step Down

Scott DesJarlais. Photo: Pinterest.

Good thing he kept most of that under wraps prior to election day.

 

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Yet Another Lawsuit Contests the Birth Control Benefit

photo courtesy of steakpinball via flickr

A lawsuit in Tennessee becomes the latest to challenge the contraception mandate in Obamacare.

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In Tennessee, Is Support for Obamacare Worse Than Pressuring Your Mistress Into an Abortion?

Republican Congressman Scott DesJarlais. Photo: Roll Call.

In a battle over who better represents “Tennessee values,” two congressional candidates are dueling it out on some rather uneven ground.

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Anti-Choice Tennessee Rep. Accused of Pressuring Woman For Abortion Now Says She Was Never Pregnant

Self-proclaimed "pro-life" Rep. Scott DesJarlais. Photo: Erik Schelzig/AP via USA Today.

Do anti-choice politicians really want to end abortion? Or just be in charge of deciding case by case when it is allowed?

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Sexual Health Roundup: Study Finds Gardasil is Safe, New Jersey Lawmaker Seeks Ban on Reparative Therapy

A new study has found that the HPV vaccine, Gardasil, is safe. A New Jersey lawmaker wants to ban reparative therapy for minors. And Memphis schools respond to Tennessee’s new sex-ed law.

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