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Kentucky Settlement: Tax-Funded Child-Care Agencies Can’t Discriminate Based on Religion

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Child-care agencies that contract with the state will now have to ensure that children are not pressured into participating in religious worship or instruction.

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Federal Judge: Planned Parenthood of Tennessee Can Continue HIV-Prevention Work

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Another federal court rules that conservatives can’t defund Planned Parenthood because it provides abortion care.

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Sponsors of Tennessee Forced Ultrasound Bill Turn to Constitutional Amendment Instead

Senator Jim Tracy.

Women in the state of Tennessee will not be required to have an ultrasound before an abortion, but they may have more than that to deal with in 2014.

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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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Anti-Choice Activists Claim 72-Hour “No Weekends” Period Needed Because… God

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Why does South Dakota’s new waiting period not include weekends? Because God.

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Tennessee’s Newest “Don’t Say Gay Bill” is Worse Than it Ever Was

(solidrarity.wordpress.com)

Tennessee’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill is back and now this time it might force school officials to “out” any students who they suspect might be gay. In the face of much criticism, the bill’s sponsor has unleashed one homophobic remark after another. 

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Tennessee Lawmaker: If You Don’t Look at Your Ultrasound, You’ll be Forced to Hear About It

State Senator Jim Tracy. (The Tennessean)

The only way to get out of having your ultrasound described to you in excruciating detail is to look at it yourself.

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Trends in Union Membership Indicate Weak Job Prospects for Women

(Politico)

The narrative of the American worker, and by extension women’s economic status, continues to take a troubling turn in the United States, with the decline of stable public-sector positions as well as weakening labor unions.

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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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