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‘Religious Liberty’ Bills Fail in States, But What About the Courts?

State laws in Arizona, Kansas, Ohio, and elsewhere that would enshrine discrimination in the name of "religious liberty" have faced political setbacks, but a legal victory isn't certain yet.

State laws in Arizona, Kansas, Ohio, and elsewhere that would enshrine discrimination in the name of “religious liberty” have faced political setbacks, but a legal victory isn’t certain yet.

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Proposed Abortion Coverage Ban Moves Forward in Georgia

A state senate committee in Georgia approved a bill that would ban many health insurance plans from covering abortion care except in a narrowly defined "medical emergency."

A state senate committee in Georgia approved a bill that would ban many health insurance plans from covering abortion care except in a narrowly defined “medical emergency.”

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Where Are the Women in the Contraception Mandate Cases?

Should the University of Notre Dame case make it to the Supreme Court, the Establishment Clause argument will be front and center, thanks to the three women who have stood up to Notre Dame.

Even if it is true that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act permits the religious exemptions sought by companies opposing the contraception mandate, what of the harm imposed on those whom the requirement is intended to benefit? What legal argument centers their concerns? The answer may lie in the Establishment Clause.

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Appeals Court Rejects Notre Dame’s Challenge to Contraception Mandate

The 2-1 decision held the university had not shown that complying with the exemption process for religiously affiliated nonprofits substantially burdened its religious rights.

The 2-1 decision held the university had not shown that complying with the exemption process for religiously affiliated nonprofits substantially burdened its religious rights.

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Texas Lawmakers Who Cut Family Planning Meet to Talk ‘Legislative Achievements’

While the committee heard testimony from state health officials, about one hundred members of Texas' "orange army" convened at the capitol complex and were joined by lawmakers including state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic candidate running for lieutenant governor.

The Texas senate health and human services committee met on Thursday to tout newly expanded funding to family planning services, but critics say they have a long way to go.

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Deadline Approaches in Virginia Medicaid Expansion Battle (Updated)

By March 8, we should know the outcome of the budget reconciliation process between Virginia's Democrat-controlled senate and Republican-controlled house, which will determine whether access to health-care coverage will be expanded for 400,000 uninsured, lower-income Virginians.

By March 8, we should know the outcome of the budget reconciliation process between Virginia’s Democrat-controlled senate and Republican-controlled house, which will determine whether access to health-care coverage will be expanded for 400,000 uninsured, lower-income Virginians.

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Anti-Planned Parenthood Congressman: ‘I Have Been Fixed. My Wife Has Been Fixed’

Rep. Phil Roe, who has supported defunding Planned Parenthood, noted at the Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit Monday that both he and his wife were voluntarily sterilized. He explained that after having three kids, if he’d had to raise another, he’d have thrown himself off the Capitol.

Rep. Phil Roe, who has supported defunding Planned Parenthood, noted at the Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit Monday that both he and his wife were voluntarily sterilized. He explained that after having three kids, if he’d had to raise another, he’d have thrown himself off the Capitol.

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Americans Working Fewer Hours May Not Be a Bad Thing

The Congressional Budget Office's new report found the Affordable Care Act could result in a reduction in workforce participation by approximately two million full-time workers in 2017. Conservative columnists are freaking out, but, even if the right is right, that may not be a bad thing at all.

The Congressional Budget Office’s new report found the Affordable Care Act could result in a reduction in workforce participation by approximately two million full-time workers in 2017. Conservative columnists are freaking out, but, even if the right is right, that may not be a bad thing at all.

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Bills Repealing Virginia Anti-Choice Laws Pass Senate Committee

The reorganization of the Virginia senate's education and health committee under Democratic control has given a boost to pro-choice legislation. Bills repealing mandatory ultrasound and insurance coverage restrictions will now move to the full senate.

The reorganization of the Virginia senate’s education and health committee under Democratic control has given a boost to pro-choice legislation. Bills repealing mandatory ultrasound and insurance coverage restrictions will now move to the full senate.

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Washington House Passes Bill Requiring Insurers Who Cover Maternity Care to Cover Abortions

If the Reproductive Parity Act is signed into law, the state would be the first in the nation to mandate that private health insurance plans cover abortion.

If the Reproductive Parity Act is signed into law, the state would be the first in the nation to mandate that private health insurance plans cover abortion.

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