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Legal Wrap: Marlise Munoz and the Right to Die

There's a growing conflict between states that recognize a fundamental right to make end-of-life decisions and those that override those wishes only when a person is pregnant.

There’s a growing conflict between states that recognize a fundamental right to make end-of-life decisions and those that override those wishes only when a person is pregnant.

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New York State Assembly Passes Women’s Equality Act

The New York State Assembly chamber.

The ten-point agenda would codify a woman’s right to choose an abortion, attempt to reduce gender-based pay discrimination, and strengthen protections for survivors of abuse.

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Pro-Choice Congress Members Denounce ‘Extreme’ Anti-Choice Bill

Rep. Louise Slaughter, Sen. Barbara Boxer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the Pro-Choice Caucus press conference opposing HR 7.

“It’s just a fake front issue to talk about abortion,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said of HR 7, the anti-choice bill passed just hours before Tuesday’s State of the Union address. “What they’re really talking about is contraception, family planning, the judgment of women.”

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Anti-Choicers Drop the ‘Life’ Pretense, Increasingly Admit They’re Angry About Sex

Increasingly, anti-choicers are dropping the pretense that they're motivated by "life" and admitting that their efforts are about controlling women's sexuality.

The Family Research Council recently presented a paper positing that the problem with abortion is that women are just having too much sex. It’s part of a trend: Increasingly, anti-choicers are dropping the pretense that they’re motivated by “life” and admitting that their efforts are about controlling women’s sexuality.

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Judge Orders Marlise Munoz Removed From Mechanical Support

Erick, Mateo, and Marlise Munoz

The Friday ruling came after Munoz’s family asked a court to let them bury her.

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Munoz Medical Records Detail ‘Distinctly Abnormal’ Fetus

Marlise Munoz

Attorneys say the sex of the now-22-week-old fetus inside Marlise Munoz’s body cannot be determined due to “deformed” lower extremities, and it also suffers from hydrocephalus and an as yet undetermined heart problem.

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Fetal Rosaries, Our Lady of Fatima, and the Spanish Inquisition: Welcome to the 2014 March for Life

The March for Life, the yearly protest on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, is a Catholic affair, supported by the bishops and the pope. And Republicans.

The March for Life, the yearly protest on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, is a Catholic affair, supported by the bishops and the pope. And Republicans.

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New Jersey Supreme Court Considers Whether Methadone Use During Pregnancy Is Child Abuse

Despite the fact that the state of New Jersey promotes maternal methadone programs, state officials want to charge women who use methadone while pregnant with child abuse.

Despite the fact that New Jersey promotes maternal methadone programs, state officials want to charge women who use methadone while pregnant with child abuse.

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How Not to Report on Sex Trafficking

We start with bad mothers and we end, in the piece with, an editorial sigh of relief: thank god (literally) for men like Don Brewster who can envision, unlike these women with whom he is juxtaposed narratively, “the transformation” that girls experience when they are “saved.”

Last month’s CNN piece on sex trafficking in Cambodia was notable because it represented a common failure of the media to report effectively on issues like trafficking in ways that do not compound the harm to those most affected.

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‘Roe v. Wade’ Let Me Become a Mother

I have never had an abortion, but I am grateful to the role that Roe has played in helping me have my own healthy, happy family.

I found out that I was pregnant nearly 40 years after Roe, but my pregnancy and that case are inextricably linked, even though on paper they have nothing in common.

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