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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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Advocates Urge Eighth Circuit to Revisit Viability Standard in ‘Roe’

Arkansas is the latest state to see a direct attack on Roe v. Wade as fetal "personhood" advocates ramp up attacks on reproductive autonomy.

Arkansas is the latest state to see a direct attack on Roe v. Wade as fetal “personhood” advocates ramp up attacks on reproductive autonomy.

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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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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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Virginia Moves Forward With Governor’s Directive to Review Abortion Clinic Regulations

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe

The state’s health board held a public meeting addressing the status of the review process Thursday, a process that is expected to take months to complete and possibly years to implement.

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New Hampshire Governor Signs Buffer Zone Bill

Flanked by lawmakers and supporters, Democratic New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill Tuesday that will create a 25-foot buffer zone around the five clinics that provide abortion services in the state.

Flanked by lawmakers and supporters, Democratic New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill Tuesday that will create a 25-foot buffer zone around the five clinics that provide abortion services in the state.

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Pennsylvania Bill Will Make Sexual Assault by Sports Official a Specific Crime

Coaches and sports officials initiate predatory sexual relationships with the teenagers in their care so often that the Pennsylvania General Assembly created a new crime in order to try to address it as specifically as possible.

Coaches and sports officials initiate predatory sexual relationships with the teenagers in their care so often that the Pennsylvania General Assembly created a new crime in order to try to address it as specifically as possible.

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New York Lawmakers Urge Passage of Pregnancy Non-Discrimination Bill

The New York State Assembly Chamber

Sponsored by Assembly member Aileen Gunther (D-Sullivan County), A 1264 would require employers to make “reasonable accommodations” for employees who are pregnant.

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Dallas Abortion Providers Settle Out of Court, Retain Admitting Privileges

A Dallas hospital tried to revoke two doctors' admitting privileges because they provide legal abortion care, but the two parties have now settled out of court.

A Dallas hospital tried to revoke two doctors’ admitting privileges because they provide legal abortion care, but the two parties have now settled out of court.

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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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