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Legal Wrap: States Start Sessions With Rush of Anti-Abortion Measures

The legislative session kicked off in the states with a bunch of new anti-abortion bills and the first-ever conviction in Indiana of a pregnant woman for feticide for a self-induced abortion.

The legislative session kicked off in the states with a bunch of new anti-abortion bills, along with the conviction of an Indiana woman for feticide and neglect of a dependent.

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Another Court Rules Religious Nonprofit Can Avoid Complying With Birth Control Benefit

The decision from a federal court in Florida comes just before the Roberts Court considers stepping back into the legal fight over the birth control benefit.

The decision from a federal court in Florida comes just before the Roberts Court considers stepping back into the legal fight over the birth control benefit.

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Supreme Court Denies Review of Marriage Equality, Campaign Finance Cases

The Roberts Court on Monday denied review of a Louisiana ban on same-sex marriage, noting the federal appeals court has yet to rule, as well as two campaign finance related challenges.

The Roberts Court on Monday denied review of a Louisiana ban on same-sex marriage, noting the federal appeals court has yet to rule, as well as two campaign finance related challenges.

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Planned Parenthood Drops Legal Challenge to Kansas Misleading Consent Requirement

The health-care provider will now link to state mandated anti-abortion materials on its website home page after dismissing a lawsuit challenging the requirement as unconstitutional.

The health-care provider will now link to state mandated anti-abortion materials on its website home page after dismissing a lawsuit challenging the requirement as unconstitutional.

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Bomb Threats, Rap Lyrics, and Teen Chatrooms: When Is Online Speech a ‘True Threat’?

On Monday the Supreme Court struggled with when, and if, threatening statements made online should be constitutionally protected.

On Monday, the Supreme Court struggled with when, and if, threatening statements made online should be constitutionally protected. But it may not be possible to find a middle ground.

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Federal Judge Rules Obama Administration Didn’t Go Far Enough to Accommodate Opponents of Birth Control Benefit

A federal judge in Florida ruled Ave Maria University did not have to comply with the Obama administration's latest accommodation process for religiously-affiliated nonprofits who object to covering contraception in insurance plans.

A federal judge in Florida ruled Ave Maria University did not have to comply with the Obama administration’s latest accommodation process for religiously affiliated nonprofits that object to coverage of contraception in insurance plans.

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San Francisco Lawmakers Fight Back After Supreme Court’s Buffer Zone Ruling

San Francisco lawmakers this week passed an ordinance creating protections for people entering and leaving the city's abortion clinics. The ordinance, passed unanimously by the city Board of Supervisors, is meant to mitigate the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June buffer zone ruling.

Passed unanimously by the city Board of Supervisors, the ordinance is meant to mitigate the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June buffer zone ruling.

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Legal Scholars, Reproductive Health Advocates Comment on Exemptions to Birth Control Benefit

The administration sought comments on how to define a closely held for-profit company and whether other reporting or enforcement steps might be appropriate to implement an exemption to the birth control benefit.

The administration sought comments on how to define a closely held for-profit company and whether other reporting or enforcement steps might be appropriate to implement an exemption to the birth control benefit.

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Notre Dame Asks Supreme Court to Vacate Lower Court’s Birth Control Ruling

The University of Notre Dame has jumpstarted the efforts of religiously affiliated nonprofits to get the Roberts Court to weigh in on the accommodation to the birth control benefit.

The University of Notre Dame has jumpstarted the efforts of religiously affiliated nonprofits to get the Roberts Court to weigh in on the accommodation to the birth control benefit.

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Ted Cruz Deceives Conservative Crowd on Birth Control Benefit Lawsuits

Sen. Ted Cruz made two patently false statements at the Values Voter Summit on Friday when he said “Right now, the federal government is suing the Little Sisters of the Poor to try to force Catholic nuns to pay for abortion-inducing drugs." (Above, Cruz speaks at the 2011 Values Voter Summit.)

Sen. Ted Cruz made two patently false statements at the Values Voter Summit on Friday when he said “Right now, the federal government is suing the Little Sisters of the Poor to try to force Catholic nuns to pay for abortion-inducing drugs.”

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