Reproductive rights

Next year in the Supreme Court: Religious exemptions

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December 15, 2012
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Naturally, everyone is debating the marriage cases, elaborating the arguments for or against standing and worrying (correctly I think) that the Court this term might move the civil rights ball forward on sexual orientation discrimination and backward on race discrimination. It seems likely to be an historic term for Equal Protection law. Next year – […]

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Conservatives launch “religious liberty” state lobbying network

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October 21, 2012
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The Center for Ethics and Public Policy has announced a new project that will establish bipartisan “religious liberty” legislative caucuses in every state by the end of 2013, with the mission of blocking access to contraceptives, abortion and same-sex marriage. The campaign is starting with Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. […]

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Latin American Reproductive Rights Update

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October 6, 2012
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Latin America has long been an area of the world with very weak reproductive rights protections. All too familiarly, strong religious and other socially conservative interests in most Latin American countries (Cuba being the most notable exception) have successfully framed abortion law as being about traditional morality and “family values,” not women’s safety, health, and privacy. A […]

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Virginia’s Anti-Choice Trend Escalates

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September 27, 2012
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Virginia’s government has reached a new low in its campaign against reproductive rights; apparently Governor McDonnell and Attorney General Cuccinelli are not content with the reach of the state’s new mandatory ultrasound law, establishment of a civil cause of action for fetal wrongful death, and police harassment of women’s rights protesters.  Now they have bullied the […]

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What would Romney @ Justice look like?

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September 4, 2012
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Let’s hope we never find out who Mitt Romney would put in charge at the Justice Department or, worse, who he would appoint to the Supreme Court.  But if that came to pass…One sure bet is that a pledge to uphold and defend DoMA would be at the top of the litmus list. “As president, […]

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Oklahoma personhood suit awaits cert

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August 23, 2012
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Anti-choice group Personhood Oklahoma has filed a cert petition asking the high court to overturn the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling from April that blocked Initiative Petition No. 395. This proposed measure, part of the seemingly endless parade of right-wing tactics to curtail reproductive freedom, would have amended the state constitution to grant personhood rights “from the beginning of biological development […]

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