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What’s At Stake in the Court’s Affordable Care Act Decision

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With a new law on the books that says customers cannot be turned down for insurance coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions, the 2012 election could determine the fate of millions of Americans with illnesses and disabilities.

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Looking (Anxiously) Ahead as Health Care Reform Turns Two

I would prefer to celebrate the birthday of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by recalling the enormous gains this legislation has made for women. Instead, I wait with baited breath for oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court this week, fearful that the Court’s majority – five conservative male justices – could dismantle the rights we fought so hard to secure.

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The Problematic Framing of Abortion as an Issue of Privacy

One key reason for the success of state legislatures in restricting women’s right to choose might be that the fight over abortion in the United States historically has been framed as an issue of privacy. And the right to privacy offers poor protection for what is also an issue of life, health, and—above all—discrimination.

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The Christian Medical Association Says: No Plan B for You, Harlot!

Christian Medical Association says that Ralph’s Thriftway Pharmacy is within its rights to refuse to stock Plan B contraception. I’m sorry. Why are you in the pharmacy business again?

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Supreme Court Upholds Texas Ultrasound Injuction

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Does this decision give us any idea of how the court would rule on other abortion restrictions?

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Thomas: Courts Shouldn’t Make Decisions On Abortion

Good to know that one of the votes on the Supreme Court doesn’t believe the court should be involved.

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Wal-Mart Gets a Free Pass For Bias From the Supreme Court

Betty Dukes, March 2011. Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Supreme Court issued its decision in the Dukes v. Wal-Mart sex discrimination case yesterday, a frustrating ruling that doesn’t challenge the existence of bias, but that exempts the company from accountability.

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Supreme Court Blocks Class-Action Lawsuit Against Walmart

The Supreme Court ruled for Wal-Mart on Monday in its fight to block a massive sex discrimination lawsuit on behalf of women who work there, according to the Associated Press.

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Is Justice Kennedy “Ready to Overturn Roe”?

According to one “Right to Life” group, a former clerk of Justice Kennedy said he’s ready to overturn Roe V. Wade.

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Roundup: Montana Governor Vetoes Abortion Insurance Prohibition Bill

Governor Brian Schweitzer vetoed a bill that would have prohibited coverage of abortion in state insurance exchanges; the wife of Kermit Gosnell is released on house arrest; Justice Sotomayor will visit a birthing center/Head Start provider in DC next week; and could HPV contribute to lung cancer?

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