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When thinking of possible legal challenges to abortion rights, Roe v. Wade is generally the Supreme Court case most cited as under attack. But in the last year conservatives have made it clear they are not just interested in Roe, they’ve got their sights set on Griswold v. Connecticut, the landmark decision that held that personal privacy rights include the right to use contraception and that the state cannot constitutionally compel procreation. Rick Santorum thinks it was wrongly decided. Rep. Steve King agrees. Sen. Rand Paul wants a federal personhood bill. Each of these is an assault on the basic premise that individuals can control procreation beyond just not having sex, a right Griswold fundamentally protects and a premise we can no longer assume will be treated as settled law.
A federal judge may have to decide if terroristic threats that are “divinely inspired” qualify as religious speech worthy of constitutional protection. This is a case to watch because if they are then it’ll be open season on women’s health providers.
The Prop 8 decision is now all but certainly headed to the Roberts Court.
First a Catholic hospital turned away a rape victim because of religious objections to treating her. Now another has denied a gay patient HIV medications. Words fail.
Kristina Chew weighs in on this bit of helpful New York Times reporting the fact that Plan B is not an abortive.
Birth choice is under assault in North Carolina as the state shuts down 7 midwives. This is more evidence of a growing movement to criminalize pregnancy and reproductive health, not simply outlaw abortion.
Appropriately, just before the vote Republicans launched a Women’s Policy Committee, a brand new coalition of the 24 GOP women in the House to help improve the party’s image on women’s rights.
Confirmed: money can buy any election.
When did we buy into the idea that there are “safe” levels of arsenic exposure, let alone for babies?
Let’s end it on a good note with Jeff Fecke, the WNBA and Title IX. For those who still don’t know, dollar for dollar there is no better professional sports experience for a family than the WNBA and yes, we have Title IX to thank for that.
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