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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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Feticide Laws Advance ‘Personhood,’ Punish Pregnant Women

When viewed as part of this ”fetus first” landscape, fetal homicide laws quite plainly seek to exploit tragedies like that suffered by Heather Surovik in order to pursue an antichoice agenda which champions personhood and seeks to eliminate safe abortion care access.

When viewed as part of this ”fetus first” landscape, fetal homicide laws quite plainly seek to exploit tragedies like that suffered by Heather Surovik in order to pursue an anti-choice agenda, which champions so-called personhood and seeks to eliminate safe abortion care access.

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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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My Story of Pregnancy and Addiction

Iowa legislators want to pass a law allowing women to sue abortion providers if they regret their abortions. Why not let women sue the people who actually caused the regret—the people who shamed and guilted them about the abortion—instead?

I am a recovering addict and alcoholic. My journey includes a pregnancy in the midst of my addiction, and unnecessary shame and a lack of compassion at my OB-GYN’s office.

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Peace Corps Ends Discriminatory Pregnancy Policy

Pregnant volunteers can now continue serving, regardless of whether a pregnancy is deemed "culturally acceptable."

Pregnant volunteers can now continue serving, regardless of whether a pregnancy is deemed “culturally acceptable.”

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New Report Documents Threat to Women’s Health Posed by Catholic Hospitals

A report released this week by the American Civil Liberties Union and the MergerWatch Project documents the rise in Catholic-sponsored or -affiliated hospitals and the negative impact of that rise on women's access to reproductive health care.

A report released this week by the American Civil Liberties Union and the MergerWatch Project documents the rise in Catholic-sponsored or -affiliated hospitals and the negative impact of that rise on women’s access to reproductive health care.

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How the Bishops’ Directives Derail Medical Decisions at Catholic Hospitals

The bishops, who claim that Catholic institutions care for the poor and underserved in a fashion that surpasses other nonprofit hospitals, are engaging in a public relations campaign that is more myth than fact.

The bishops are engaging in a public relations campaign that is more myth than fact. Here are several claims you can expect to hear from the bishops—followed by the truth about what health care under the “Ethical and Religious Directives” means for people who need care at a Catholic hospital.

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Groups Sue Government of El Salvador Over Treatment of Beatriz, Criminalization of Abortion

On December 2, a group of organizations launched a campaign in support Beatriz that will run through December 10, International Human Rights Day.

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Beatriz with the Inter-American Human Rights Commission against the government of El Salvador for violations of women’s human rights.

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Michigan Woman Sues Catholic Bishops for Negligence After Miscarriage

Tamesha Means is suing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, claiming the bishops' anti-choice directives are negligently affecting the medical care delivered at Catholic-owned and -sponsored hospitals.

Tamesha Means is suing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, claiming the bishops’ anti-choice directives are negligently affecting the medical care delivered at Catholic-owned and -sponsored hospitals.

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Legal Wrap: SCOTUS Stays Out of Texas Abortion Fight, But May Jump Into Contraception Cases

The Roberts Court turns down one reproductive rights case as it considers taking up a host of others.

The Roberts Court turns down one reproductive rights case as it considers taking up a host of others.

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