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Looking Ahead to 2014, and New Objections to the Contraception Mandate

On this episode of Reality Cast, the Center for Reproductive Rights’ Amanda Allen explains what to expect in 2014 in the States. In another segment, I discuss a lawsuit that is exposing the true motivations behind the attacks on the contraception mandate, and it looks like the Texas anti-abortion law is headed to the Supreme Court.

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Texas Health Services Cherry-Picks Its Facts in Codifying State’s Omnibus Anti-Abortion Law

"Protestors sing 'we're not gonna take it' after Governor Perry signed HB 2 into law.

Texas’ Department of State Health Services relied on cherry-picked facts and unsubstantiated rumors when it explained its reasoning behind the codification of the state’s new omnibus anti-abortion law.

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Hospital in Marlise Munoz Case Represented by Anti-Choice Lawyer, Family to Sue (UPDATED)

Marlise Munoz's family has plans to sue for the right to take her off life support, while legal counsel for the hospital includes a local Right to Life chapter's advisory board member.

Marlise Munoz’s family has plans to sue for the right to take her off life support, while legal counsel for the hospital includes a local Right to Life chapter’s advisory board member.

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Marlise Munoz Case Shines Light on Dehumanizing ‘Pregnancy Exclusion’ Laws

Marlise Munoz and her son, Mateo.

It is hard to imagine a more absolute denial of a woman’s personhood than depriving her of the right to decide her own future, and then literally using her body without permission as an object for a fetus to grow in. Yet this is exactly what the pregnancy exclusions envision in the 31 states that have passed them.

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Why I Visit Sites of Slavery

Tryon Palace, a colonial governor’s residence in New Bern, North Carolina.

Erasing plantations from the landscape or simply lambasting them doesn’t get rid of slavery; it just rids us of its most uncomfortable and most visible symbols.

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Legal Wrap: New Year Kicks Off With Contraception Challenges

The year began on a sour note, with an emergency injunction in one of the legal challenges to the contraception mandate in Obamacare.

The year began on a sour note, with an emergency injunction in one of the legal challenges to the contraception mandate in Obamacare.

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2013 Media Review, and a Texas Law Takes Away a Woman’s Right to Die With Dignity

On this episode of Reality Cast, I review the misogyny of 2013. Also, a Texas journalist explains how bad the crisis pregnancy center situation is there, and a Texas man can’t take his pregnant wife off life support, even though that was her express wish.

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Fifth Circuit Judges Hear Arguments on Texas’ Omnibus Anti-Abortion Law

Judges appeared skeptical of abortion providers' claims that HB 2 constitutes an undue burden on tens of thousands of Texans who experts say have lost access to legal abortion.

Judges appeared skeptical of abortion providers’ claims that HB 2 constitutes an undue burden on tens of thousands of Texans who experts say have lost access to legal abortion.

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Texas Omnibus Anti-Abortion Law Gets Fifth Circuit Hearing Monday

Texas' omnibus anti-abortion law goes on trial again Monday morning in New Orleans.

Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law goes on trial again Monday morning in New Orleans.

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Family of Pregnant Texan on Life Support: ‘We Know She’s Gone’

Erick, Mateo, and Marlise Munoz.

The family of a pregnant Texas woman who is on life support against her wishes say they want to educate the public about an advance directives law that has put them through “pure hell.”

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