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Texas’ Radical Anti-Abortion Law Faces Hearing Friday

Activists gathered at the Texas capitol building last summer to protest the imminent passage of HB 2, which continues to wind its way through the legal system.

On Friday, a panel of judges from the Fifth Circuit will consider whether the State of Texas should be allowed to immediately enforce the provision of HB 2 requiring abortion facilities in the state to meet the building requirements of ambulatory surgical centers.

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Death by 1,000 Cuts: The Right’s Legal Strategy to Undermine Health-Care Reform

The hundreds of lawsuits challenging the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act fit into a larger picture of health-care reform opponents using the courts to undermine the success of the law.

The hundreds of lawsuits challenging the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act fit into a larger picture of health-care reform opponents using the courts to undermine the success of the law.

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Obama Administration’s Latest Birth Control ‘Fix’ Rejected by Opponents

Challengers claim the administration's latest attempts to accommodate religious objections to covering birth control "change nothing."

Challengers claim the administration’s latest attempts to accommodate religious objections to covering birth control “change nothing.”

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Pennsylvania Woman Goes to Prison for Ordering Abortion Pills Online for Daughter

Jennifer Ann Whalen pleaded guilty to violating a state law that makes it illegal for anyone other than a physician to perform an abortion.

Jennifer Ann Whalen pleaded guilty to violating a state law that makes it illegal for anyone other than a physician to perform an abortion.

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The Parent Gap: Many Challengers of Birth Control Benefit Don’t Offer Parental Leave Either

Many of the employers suing the federal government over the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive benefit, including Wheaton College in Illinois, fail to offer employees robust parental leave coverage, an analysis by RH Reality Check shows.

Many of the employers suing the federal government over the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive benefit, including Wheaton College in Illinois, fail to offer employees robust parental leave coverage, an analysis by RH Reality Check shows.

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Seattle City Council: Remove Bans on Federal Abortion Funding (Updated)

The City of Seattle, Washington, this week introduced a resolution calling for the full repeal of all federal bans on public funding for abortion.

The City of Seattle, Washington, last week introduced a resolution calling for the full repeal of all federal bans on public funding for abortion.

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Wisconsin, Indiana Same-Sex Marriage Bans Struck Down

The decision is the third from a federal appeals court to find state level marriage bans unconstitutional, as Judge Richard Posner calls out marriage equality opponents for using "unsupported conjecture" in legal arguments.

The decision is the third from a federal appeals court to find state level marriage bans unconstitutional, as Judge Richard Posner calls out marriage equality opponents for using “unsupported conjecture” in legal arguments.

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A Bump on the Marriage Equality Road, But How Big?

On Wednesday, a federal court in Louisiana became the first to rule against marriage equality since Windsor. Is the decision an outlier or a sign of trouble ahead at the Supreme Court?

On Wednesday, a federal court in Louisiana became the first to rule against marriage equality since Windsor. Is the decision an outlier or a sign of trouble ahead at the Supreme Court?

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Why Are Alameda County Jails Forcing Women to Take Pregnancy Tests?

No one can say for exactly how long Alameda County jails have been forcing arrested women to take pregnancy tests, and no one can really explain why.

For at least several years, Alameda County sheriffs and medical personnel have routinely conducted pregnancy tests on thousands of prisoners, old and young, fertile and sterile, willing or not. It’s a practice that isn’t shared by any other jails in California. No one can say for exactly how long Alameda County jails have been forcing arrested women to take pregnancy tests, and no one can really explain why.

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Louisiana Federal Court First to Uphold Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Cites ‘Lifestyle Choices’

“The national same-sex marriage struggle animates a clash between convictions regarding the value of state decisions reached by way of the democratic process," U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman wrote, "as contrasted with personal, genuine, and sincere lifestyle choices recognition.”

“The national same-sex marriage struggle animates a clash between convictions regarding the value of state decisions reached by way of the democratic process,” U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman wrote, “as contrasted with personal, genuine, and sincere lifestyle choices recognition.”

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