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GOP Pushes Bill That Would Allow Employers To Fire Single Women Who Get Pregnant

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, conservatives have been busy trying to come up with new ways to continue discriminating against those who don’t share their religious beliefs. Just as some states passed so-called ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Acts‘ in anticipation of the historic ruling, there’s now a push by … Continue reading

Supreme Court Permanently Blocks North Carolina’s Forced Ultrasound Law

  The Supreme Court today rejected an appeal from North Carolina seeking to revive a controversial law that would have required doctors to perform a narrated ultrasound on a woman before she could have an abortion. The court’s refusal to hear the case thus leaves intact a decision from the lower federal appeals court, finding … Continue reading

Alabama’s Harsh Abortion Clinic Law Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled on Monday that an Alabama law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson said the new law, which evidence shows would have closed three out of Alabama’s five abortion clinics, imposes an “undue burden” on women’s ability to seek an abortion. … Continue reading

New Federal Guidelines On Job Discrimination Could Help Millions Of Pregnant Workers

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission this week issued the first enforcement guidance protecting pregnant workers in more than 30 years. The update update makes it clear that any form of workplace discrimination or harassment against pregnant women by employers is illegal. “Discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions is a prohibited … Continue reading

Tennessee Mother Becomes First Woman Punished By Law Targeting Pregnant Drug Addicts

A 26-year-old Tennessee woman has become the first mother to be charged under a state law that criminalizes all drug use by pregnant women. Mallory Loyola was arrested and charged Tuesday with simple assault after she and the baby girl she gave birth to on July 6 both tested positive for meth, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office confirmed … Continue reading

Reproductive Rights Victory In Missouri As Governor Vetoes ‘Disrespectful, Extreme’ Abortion Bill

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) vetoed a bill on Wednesday that would have tripled the state’s mandatory waiting period before an abortion to 72 hours, even in cases of rape and incest. House Bill 1307 would have required women to wait three days after an initial consultation before being able to have the procedure. The … Continue reading

Democrats Fight To Repeal Offensive New ‘Rape Insurance’ Bill

A group of Michigan lawmakers have introduced legislation to repeal a state law that forces women to buy additional health insurance coverage for abortion, even in cases of rape, incest, or when a women’s health is endangered. The controversial abortion restriction went into effect this past spring despite widespread outrage. “This regressive law hurts women when they are most … Continue reading

‘Unconstitutional Conditions’: Advocacy Groups Sue State Over Inadequate Prison Medical Care

Two advocacy groups filed a lawsuit on Tuesday charging that a pattern of inadequate medical and mental healthcare in Alabama prisons has contributed to inmate deaths and amounts to discrimination against disabled prisoners. The suit, filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program in federal court in Montgomery, Alabama, accuses … Continue reading

The ‘Incremental Strategy’ Anti-Choice Activists Are Using To Shut Down Abortion Clinics Nationwide

Think Progress — This week, Ohio moved closer to shutting down the last abortion clinic in Toledo, the latest installment in a yearlong battle over a harsh new law that’s threatening clinics across the state. If state officials are eventually successful in what anti-choice activists refer to as an “incremental strategy” to end women’s access to … Continue reading

President Obama Takes Big Step To Stop LGBT Workplace Discrimination

President Barack Obama has directed his staff to draft an executive order that would ban workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of federal contractors, the White House announced on Monday. The move is the clearest indication to date that the administration is prepared to take action on LGBT rights where Congress has … Continue reading

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