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Legal Wrap: Police Brutality Is a Reproductive Justice Issue

Police in riot gear on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, on Saturday, August 9.

The tragic shooting death of an unarmed Missouri teenager by a police officer is a wake-up call for advocates that police brutality is a reproductive justice issue.

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‘Freedom Riders’ and Evolving Pro-Choice Protests

Clinic escorts outside a Planned Parenthood facility.

The Freedom Rides are a powerful symbol, but we—and Stop Patriarchy, which began an “Abortion Rights Freedom Ride” on July 30—should think deeply about what they mean in conversation with the history of abortion rights.

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Fate of Pennsylvania Buffer Zones Unclear

Currently, Pennsylvania has two enacted buffer zones, in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, and a proposed bill to establish buffer zones across the state. But like the legal fate of buffer zones in the country following the McCullen decision, the bill remains "in limbo."

Currently, Pennsylvania has two enacted buffer zones, in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, and a proposed bill to establish buffer zones across the state. But like the legal fate of buffer zones in the country following the McCullen decision, the bill remains “in limbo.”

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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick Signs Clinic Protection Legislation

The bill, known as An Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities, was rushed through the legislature after the state’s buffer zone law was struck down in June.

The bill, known as An Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities, was rushed through the legislature after the state’s buffer zone law was struck down in June.

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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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Why Did Anti-Choice Activists Harass Unitarians in New Orleans?

Last week activists interrupted a New Orleans Unitarian Universalist service to hector the congregants, demonstrating how the anti-choice movement is seeking to attack the long-standing American tradition of religious tolerance.

Last week activists interrupted a New Orleans Unitarian Universalist service to hector the congregants, demonstrating how the anti-choice movement is seeking to attack the long-standing American tradition of religious tolerance.

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Anti-Choice Group Sues Jackson, Mississippi, Police Department, Claiming Free Speech Violations

An anti-choice protest in Jackson, Mississippi, as depicted in the trailer for the film The Last Clinic.

The complaint cites incidents dating back to 1996 in which the Jackson police detained, threatened arrest, and arrested Pro-Life Mississippi members while protesting what is today the state’s only remaining abortion clinic, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

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Massachusetts Clinic Protection Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has supported SD 2106 from the beginning and is expected to sign it.

The legislation was filed in direct response to the Supreme Court’s McCullen v. Coakley decision, which found Massachusetts’ 35-foot buffer zone law to be unconstitutional. Gov. Deval Patrick has supported the legislation from the beginning and is expected to sign it.

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Massachusetts Senate Introduces Bill Responding to Supreme Court Buffer Zone Ruling

Clinic escorts outside a Planned Parenthood facility.

Called “An Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities,” the bill was proposed in response to a June Supreme Court ruling that dealt a blow to buffer zone advocates.

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Eight Places Where Free Speech Boundaries Are Stricter Than at Many Abortion Clinics

Reading the Supreme Court’s opinion in the Massachusetts buffer zone case, you might get the idea that free speech in the form of protests and handing out literature about social and political issues is practiced without restriction in the United States. But that is not the case.

Reading the Supreme Court’s opinion in the Massachusetts buffer zone case, you might get the idea that free speech in the form of protests and handing out literature about social and political issues is practiced without restriction in the United States. But that is not the case.

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