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Bishops Tap Veteran of Islamophobic, Homophobic Legal Shop as Top Flack

A host of new lawsuits, including a class-action challenge, look to take down the Obama administration's compromise rule for religiously affiliated nonprofits.

In choosing Daniels as his hand-picked spokesperson, Cardinal Dolan has laid bare just how radically the U.S. Catholic Church has turned to the right in the Obama years.

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Hold On to Your Birth Control! ACLU Forecasts Big Year Ahead for Reproductive Rights

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Don’t expect legislators opposed to reproductive rights to tread lightly in 2013 just because voters made it clear extreme approaches to health care aren’t popular, warned the American Civil Liberties Union in a media conference call Tuesday.

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Eighth Circuit Grants Injunction in O’Brien Case Blocking Contraception Mandate

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In a 2-1 ruling the Eighth Circuit agreed to block the contraception mandate from taking effect as it considers whether a secular employer’s legal challenge was properly dismissed.

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Giving Thanks For Times the United States Has Fought Back Against Discrimination

For those of us living in the United States, this is a time of year for giving thanks. It is in that spirit that I have gathered a list of some of my favorite pieces of U.S. news on overcoming discrimination over the past couple of months.

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Hobby Lobby Appeals Contraception Ruling

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Within a day of a district court judge ruling the retail craft giant needed to comply with the health care reform law Hobby Lobby asks the appeallate courts to take a look.

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Bush Appointee Rejects Hobby Lobby Arguments Against Birth Control Benefit

For the first time, a court has held that the religious rights of corporations and persons are not co-extensive. Individuals may avail themselves of constitutional protections of religious freedoms, but secular corporations may not.

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DOJ Makes The Case For Dismissing Hobby Lobby Suit Against Birth Control Benefit

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Can a for-profit secular corporation exercise religious rights? Hobby Lobby thinks so.

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Vajazzling for Jesus: Hobby Lobby Aims a Glue Gun at the Birth Control Benefit

Barbara and David Green, the founders of Hobby Lobby, have filed suit over the Affordable Care Act birth control benefit, claiming it infringes on the religious freedom of a company they say was built on Christian values, though the company’s health insurance policies have to date covered birth control.

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Letter of Inquiry & Petition for Action: Students Take on Notre Dame Over the Birth Control Benefit

We, members of the Notre Dame community, wish to express our disagreement with the university’s decision to file a lawsuit contesting the Health and Human Services mandate that requires employee health insurance plans to provide no-cost birth control coverage to employees. 

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Celebrate, then Advocate Some More: How to Meet the Demand for Contraceptives After August 1st

Now that we’ve had a month to celebrate the triumph of No Copay Day, it is important to look forward and carefully consider what comes next on the advocacy agenda for effective implementation of the ACA’s reproductive health measures.  

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