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New Jersey Supreme Court: Methadone Treatment While Pregnant Not Child Abuse

The unanimous decision overturns a lower court finding that a mother may be charged with civil child abuse and neglect because her newborn exhibited transitory and treatable side effects of methadone treatment that the woman received during pregnancy.

The unanimous decision overturns a lower court finding that a mother may be charged with civil child abuse and neglect because her newborn exhibited transitory and treatable side effects of methadone treatment that the woman received during pregnancy.

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Legal Wrap: Unexpected Good News From the Roberts Court

The Supreme Court gave equality advocates two rare victories in abortion and immigration battles in Arizona.

The Supreme Court gave equality advocates two rare victories in abortion and immigration battles in Arizona.

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Ohio’s Extreme Heartbeat Abortion Ban Fails in House

A bill that would have made Ohio’s abortion restrictions the most far-reaching in the country failed Wednesday in the state House by a vote of 46-39. The bill needed 50 votes to pass.

A heartbeat ban that would have made Ohio’s abortion restrictions the most far-reaching in the country failed Wednesday in the state house by a vote of 46 to 39. The bill needed 50 votes to pass.

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Catholic Bishops Take Divergent Public Stances on ‘Personhood’ Measures

Catholic bishops in Colorado declared a "neutral stance" on this year's Colorado's personhood amendment, while bishops in North Dakota urged voters to approve a personhood measure its November's ballot. Both were defeated on Election Day.

Catholic bishops in Colorado declared a “neutral stance” on this year’s Colorado’s personhood amendment, while bishops in North Dakota urged voters to approve a “personhood” measure its November’s ballot. Both were defeated on Election Day.

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Anti-Choice Legislative Agenda Laid Out in South Carolina

South Carolina lawmakers, in their first opportunity to pre-file bills ahead of the 2015-2016 legislative session, last week submitted at least eight anti-choice bills to be taken up next year, featuring an array of radical abortion restrictions pushed by anti-choice legislators across the country.

South Carolina lawmakers, in their first opportunity to pre-file bills ahead of the 2015-2016 legislative session, last week submitted at least eight anti-choice bills to be taken up next year, featuring an array of radical abortion restrictions pushed by anti-choice legislators across the country.

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Progressives: Don’t Talk Turkey This Holiday Season

When Grandma They're Taking Our Jobs starts up with you over turkey about all the babies you're killing, refuse to engage. Instead, start a new conversation: one that shifts the conversation to the things you believe in.

When Grandma They’re Taking Our Jobs starts up with you over the sweet potatoes about all the babies you’re killing, refuse to engage. Instead, start a new conversation: one that shifts the conversation to the things you believe in.

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‘Personhood’ Leader: Localize the Fight Against Abortion Rights

A leading "personhood" activist, in the wake of repeated losses, is advocating for his allies to focus on municipal measures instead of statewide initiatives. And a national anti-choice group, launched in October, has announced plans to do  just that.

A leading “personhood” activist, in the wake of repeated losses, is advocating for his allies to focus on municipal measures instead of statewide initiatives. And a national anti-choice group, launched in October, has announced plans to do just that.

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Backlash Continues Against Right-Wing Legislation Mill ALEC

There’s been a sea change in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the right-wing lobbying group that crafted some wide-ranging legislation proposed and enacted by conservative legislatures across the country.

There’s been a sea change in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the right-wing lobbying group that crafted some wide-ranging legislation proposed and enacted by conservative legislatures across the country.

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Lawsuit Challenges Votes for Tennessee’s Anti-Choice Amendment 1

A federal lawsuit claims election officials improperly counted ballots of those who voted in favor of Amendment 1 but abstained from casting a vote in the gubernatorial election.

A federal lawsuit claims election officials improperly counted ballots of those who voted in favor of Amendment 1 but abstained from casting a vote in the gubernatorial election.

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The Senate Flip Could Have Serious Implications for Women of Color

Unfortunately, very few issues that women of color prioritize will probably intersect with a GOP agenda in the near future.

Unfortunately, very few issues that women of color prioritize will probably intersect with a GOP agenda in the near future.

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