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Federal Appeals Court Rules Mississippi Can’t Close Its Only Clinic

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a Mississippi admitting privileges law would create an undue burden on abortion rights if it forced the state's only clinic to close. But the decision isn't all good news for reproductive rights supporters.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a Mississippi admitting privileges law would create an undue burden on abortion rights if it forced the state’s only clinic to close. But the decision isn’t all good news for reproductive rights supporters.

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Ninth Circuit Puts Trial Over Arizona Medication Abortion Restrictions on Hold

The order gives attorneys for the state time to file a request with the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court order blocking limitations on RU-486.

The order gives attorneys for the state time to file a request with the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court order blocking limitations on RU-486.

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U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Hears Testimony on Sexual Harassment, First Amendment

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, a bipartisan, independent agency responsible for investigating civil rights issues, held a briefing on Friday to discuss the effects of recent federal guidance on Title IX sexual harassment law in schools, and whether that guidance might come in conflict with the First Amendment.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, a bipartisan, independent agency responsible for investigating civil rights issues, held a briefing on Friday to discuss the effects of recent federal guidance on Title IX sexual harassment law in schools, and whether that guidance might come in conflict with the First Amendment.

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Legal Wrap: New Legal Fights Shaping Up Post-’Hobby Lobby’

The legal landscape after the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision is taking shape, and it's a mess.

The legal landscape after the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision is taking shape, and it’s a mess.

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Montana Judge Censured for Suggesting Teenage Rape Victim Partly to Blame for Attack

The Montana Supreme Court publicly declared District Judge G. Todd Baugh guilty of misconduct in the case of a Billings teacher who admitted to raping a 14-year-old student.

The Montana Supreme Court publicly declared District Judge G. Todd Baugh guilty of misconduct in the case of a Billings teacher who admitted to raping a 14-year-old student.

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Obama Administration Says It’s Revising Birth Control Benefit Accommodation

The administration has announced it is revising the process for religiously affiliated nonprofits to opt out of providing insurance plans that cover birth control for their employees.

The administration has announced it is revising the process for religiously affiliated nonprofits to opt out of providing insurance plans that cover birth control for their employees.

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Equal Pay Day for African-American Women, By the Numbers

Black women specifically face a larger wage gap than women overall, and their Equal Pay Day comes more than two months later than the day women's groups normally highlight.

Black women specifically face a larger wage gap than women overall, and their Equal Pay Day comes more than two months later than the day women’s groups normally highlight.

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‘Water, Water Everywhere’: Racial Inequality and Reproductive Justice in Detroit

The withdrawal of public services in Detroit is typically framed as an unavoidable response to the city's declining tax base. Alternatively, we frame these violations as an active assault against communities of color and low-income families in the interest of white-controlled financial institutions.

The withdrawal of public services in Detroit is typically framed as an unavoidable response to the city’s declining tax base. Alternatively, we frame these violations as an active assault against communities of color and low-income families in the interest of white-controlled financial institutions.

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Obama Signs Executive Order Banning LGBT Discrimination in Federal Contracts

"America's federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American people," Obama said before signing the order. "I'm going to do what I can with the authority I have to act."

“America’s federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American people,” Obama said before signing the order. “I’m going to do what I can with the authority I have to act.”

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Federal Appeals Court Considers Idaho’s 20-Week Abortion Ban

A panel of judges is considering overturning a lower court's ruling that the state's 20-week abortion ban is unconstitutional.

A panel of judges is considering overturning a lower court’s ruling that the state’s 20-week abortion ban is unconstitutional.

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