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Loving Day, Juneteenth, and the Right to Family

Mildred and Richard Loving on June 12, 1967

The anniversary of the Loving case on June 12 and Juneteenth on the 19th should remind us that, within the African-American freedom struggle and broader movements for equality, there has always been a struggle to determine the right to marry, select an intimate partner of one’s choice, and to form the families that we want.

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Eugenicists Never Retreat, They Just Regroup: Sterilization and Reproductive Oppression in Prisons

Anti-eugenics protest circa 1971, originally published by the Southern Conference Educational Fund

After winning a settlement that opened the door for thousands of women to initiate malpractice lawsuits against Dalkon Shield, the IUD that caused my sterilization, I naively thought we had seen the end of sterilization atrocities. Unfortunately, that is not so, at least in California.

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UN Expected to Consider New Resolution on Discrimination Against LGBTI Persons

The United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights declared all “men” equal in dignity and rights already in 1948. Setting the gendered aspect of this wording aside, it is clear also that, more than five decades later, not all human beings in practice enjoy equal rights.

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Why We May See Different Outcomes in the Wisconsin and Alabama TRAP Trials

An unusual suggestion by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit could have significant implications for trials over admitting privileges requirements in Alabama and Wisconsin.

An unusual suggestion by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit could have significant implications for trials over admitting privileges requirements in Alabama and Wisconsin—it could be the difference between one court upholding the requirement and the other striking it.

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Racial Injustice: The Case for Prosecuting Buyers as Sex Traffickers

Those of us fighting trafficking as part of a broader human rights movement must recognize that failing to advocate for the use of these laws to punish both buyers and sellers serves to perpetuate very serious racial disparities in who we are deeming culpable and who we are criminalizing for trafficking.

Those of us fighting trafficking as part of a broader human rights movement must recognize that failing to advocate for the use of these laws to punish both buyers and sellers serves to perpetuate very serious racial disparities in who we are deeming culpable and who we are criminalizing for trafficking.

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Coalition Urges Pennsylvania Lawmakers to Expand Medicaid to Solve Budget Crisis

While Gov. Tom Corbett insists Pennsylvania can’t afford Medicaid expansion, advocates argue Pennsylvania can’t afford not to expand Medicaid.

While Gov. Tom Corbett insists Pennsylvania can’t afford Medicaid expansion, advocates argue Pennsylvania can’t afford not to expand Medicaid.

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Legal Wrap: 49 Years After Griswold, Legal Contraception Still Up for Debate

The 49th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut shows how little progress we've made in the fight for reproductive autonomy.

The 49th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut shows how little progress we’ve made in the fight for reproductive autonomy.

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Supreme Court Asked to Review NYC Law Regulating Crisis Pregnancy Centers

A conservative legal advocacy organization has asked the Roberts Court to review a federal appeals court decision reinstating portions of New York City's truth-in-advertising law regulating crisis pregnancy centers.

A conservative legal advocacy organization has asked the Roberts Court to review a federal appeals court decision reinstating portions of New York City’s truth-in-advertising law regulating crisis pregnancy centers.

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49 Years After Griswold: A Splintering Legacy

The Supreme Court's historic Griswold v. Connecticut decision may have legalized contraception use between married couples, but with the Hobby Lobby case, the Roberts Court is poised to take us one giant step backward.

The Supreme Court’s historic Griswold v. Connecticut decision may have legalized contraception use between married couples, but with the Hobby Lobby case, the Roberts Court is poised to take us one giant step backward.

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Montana Supreme Court to Censure Judge Who Blamed Teen Victim for Her Rape

Judge G. Todd Baugh

The Montana Supreme Court said “there is no place in the Montana judiciary” for comments made by Judge G. Todd Baugh about a 14-year-old rape victim, among them that she appeared “older than her chronological age.”

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