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Where Are the Women in the Contraception Mandate Cases?

Should the University of Notre Dame case make it to the Supreme Court, the Establishment Clause argument will be front and center, thanks to the three women who have stood up to Notre Dame.

Even if it is true that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act permits the religious exemptions sought by companies opposing the contraception mandate, what of the harm imposed on those whom the requirement is intended to benefit? What legal argument centers their concerns? The answer may lie in the Establishment Clause.

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Appeals Court Rejects Notre Dame’s Challenge to Contraception Mandate

The 2-1 decision held the university had not shown that complying with the exemption process for religiously affiliated nonprofits substantially burdened its religious rights.

The 2-1 decision held the university had not shown that complying with the exemption process for religiously affiliated nonprofits substantially burdened its religious rights.

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Legal Wrap: Two Very Different Reminders of Why Courts Matter

From Michael Dunn's acquittal in the murder of Jordan Davis to a pending nominee to the federal bench, now more than ever our courts matter.

From Michael Dunn’s acquittal in the murder of Jordan Davis to a pending nominee to the federal bench, now more than ever our courts matter.

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Legal Wrap: Important Steps Toward Trans Inclusivity in Maine

A state court issues a landmark decision for transgender rights while ACOG lifts its ban on treating men.

A state court issues a landmark decision for transgender rights, while the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology lifts its ban on treating men.

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Latching On to ‘Little Sisters’ Order, Notre Dame Asks Court to Block Contraceptive Mandate

Although the university was granted a religious accommodation and is exempt from complying with the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate, it wants a federal court to block the mandate anyway.

Although the university was granted a religious accommodation and is exempt from complying with the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate, it wants a federal court to block the mandate anyway.

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University of Notre Dame Students Intervene in Contraception Fight

At least three students are challenging the university's position that making contraception coverage available to students and staff violates the school's religious liberty.

At least three students are challenging the university’s position that making contraception coverage available to students and staff violates the school’s religious liberty.

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Legal Wrap: Privacy Rights and Voting Rights Under Attack In The Courts

A round-up of reproductive justice news.

A round-up of reproductive justice news.

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For It Before They Were Against It: Catholic Universities and Birth Control

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Did you know that from the sixties through the nineties, clergy and faculty at Notre Dame, Georgetown, and other Catholic-affiliated universities lobbied for coverage of birth control? And argued for the moral imperative of providing coverage for contraception… even on campus?

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Notre Dame Lawsuit Challenging Contraception Mandate Dismissed

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The University can’t challenge the contraception mandate because it faces no risk of injury from it, ruled a federal court.

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UPDATE: A Closer Look at the Contraceptive Coverage Lawsuits: The Radical Agenda Behind the Fight Over Religious Exemptions

Thirty lawsuits have been filed by corporations challenging the HHS regulation requiring that most health plans cover contraceptives. A survey of these cases yields some useful information as to what the “religious freedom” debate is all about.

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