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Legal Wrap: More Changes to Contraception Accommodation Means More Lawsuits

The Obama administration announced another change to the religious accommodation to the birth control benefit, and predictably conservatives hate it.

The Obama administration announced another change to the religious accommodation to the birth control benefit, and predictably conservatives hate it.

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Pregnant Women Are Mere Vessels Under Irish Law

Until the Irish government repeals the Eighth Amendment and replaces the new unworkable law with policies that facilitate rather than obstruct access to abortion, women will continue to be seen simply as means to an end.

Until the Irish government repeals the Eighth Amendment and replaces the new unworkable law with policies that facilitate rather than obstruct access to abortion, women will continue to be seen simply as means to an end.

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‘Moral Mondays’ Movement Expands to 12 States for ‘Moral Week of Action’

Rev. Dr. William Barber speaking at a Moral Monday rally

Starting on Friday, August 22, a broad coalition of faith, labor, and social justice organizations will hold events in 12 mostly Southern states with a different social justice theme every day.

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The Obama Administration Should Stop Bending to the Religious Right’s Will

With the release of yet another set of interim final regulations on Friday, the Obama administration has ostensibly provided another option for eligible organizations to avail themselves of the birth control accommodation. But in reality, what the administration has done is shot itself in the foot—again.

With the release of yet another set of interim final regulations on Friday, the Obama administration has ostensibly provided another option for eligible organizations to avail themselves of the birth control accommodation. But in reality, what the administration has done is shot itself in the foot—again.

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Lawsuit Filed Challenging Louisiana Admitting Privileges Law

Advocates asked a federal court to block the measure before it takes effect next month.

Advocates asked a federal court to block the measure before it takes effect next month.

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Obama Administration Releases New Accommodation Process for Religiously Affiliated Nonprofits

Instead of notifying insurers of their objections, religiously affiliated nonprofits will now file their objection directly with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Instead of notifying insurers of their objections, religiously affiliated nonprofits will now file their objection directly with the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Supreme Court Stays Decision Striking Virginia Marriage Equality Ban

The one-page order almost guarantees the Supreme Court takes up the question of marriage equality next term.

The one-page order almost guarantees the Supreme Court takes up the question of marriage equality next term.

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Planned Parenthood of the Heartland to Appeal Court Decision Banning Telemed Abortions in Iowa

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland announced that it will ask the Iowa Supreme Court to review a decision by a lower court allowing the Iowa Board of Health to ban the use of telemedicine for abortion services.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland announced that it will ask the Iowa Supreme Court to review a decision by a lower court allowing the Iowa Board of Health to ban the use of telemedicine for abortion services.

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Roberts Court Could Act This Week on Marriage Equality Request

A federal appeals court decision is set to take effect this week, unless the Roberts Court grants an emergency request by attorneys for Virginia to stay that decision.

A federal appeals court decision is set to take effect this week, unless the Roberts Court grants an emergency request by attorneys for Virginia to stay that decision striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Two California Universities Move to Drop Insurance Coverage of Abortion

Unless California state officials decide that the move violates state law, starting next year Loyola Marymount University and Santa Clara University, both Catholic-affiliated schools, will deny faculty, staff, and administrators seeking abortions coverage of the procedure.

Unless California state officials decide that the move violates state law, starting next year Loyola Marymount University and Santa Clara University, both Catholic-affiliated schools, will deny faculty, staff, and administrators seeking abortions coverage of the procedure.

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