Civil Liberties

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For-Profit Prison In Florida Accused Of Human Rights Abuses Against Juveniles

A for-profit British private security firm whose human rights abuses have been documented around the world, from Israel to South Africa to the United Kingdom, stands accused by a grand jury of operating a horrific juvenile detention center in Florida where conditions are so poor, and hygiene so bad, that the prison “should cease to … Continue reading

By Ruling Against Abortion Clinic ‘Buffer Zones,’ The Supreme Court Just Made It A Lot Harder For Women To Exercise Their Right To Choose

The Supreme Court unanimously struck down Massachusetts’ abortion clinic ‘buffer zone’ law on Thursday, ruling in favor of anti-choice protesters who argued that the law — which required them to stay 35 feet away from clinic entrances — is a violation of their freedom of speech. The decision rolls back a proactive policy intended to safeguard … Continue reading

Congress Is Actually Advancing Legislation That Would Expand Abortion Access

In a small but important victory for reproductive rights Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to the budget for foreign aid and State Department operations that allows for Peace Corps volunteers to get abortion coverage in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment. A Senate committee approved a bill with the same language last week, so now 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

An Independent Autopsy Figures Out What Went So Wrong In That Botched Execution — And It’s Not What State Officials Claimed

At the end of April, an execution in Oklahoma that went horribly wrong — leaving inmate Clayton Lockett writhing in apparent pain before he eventually died of a massive heart attack — sparked a national debate about the ethics of the death penalty. The media attention has largely been focused on the fact that Oklahoma … Continue reading

Michigan Lawmakers Introduce Radical New Bill To Ban Almost All Abortions

Think Progress — A group of 16 male lawmakers in Michigan have introduced a package of bills that would criminalize abortions after a fetal heartbeat can first be detected. So-called “fetal heartbeat” measures, which can outlaw the procedure as early as five or six weeks, represent the most radical type of abortion ban that’s ever been … Continue reading

Beyond “Pro-Choice” And “Pro-Life”: Rewriting The Script On Abortion Politics

Think Progress — Conventional wisdom tells us that abortion is one of the most politically contentious issues of our time. Although politicians are increasingly “evolving” on their stance on LGBT rights, they still refuse to budge on abortion. Polling shows that Americans are more polarized than ever on abortion rights. Public opinion about other controversial issues … Continue reading

New Louisiana Law Could Shut Down Most Abortion Clinics In The State

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) signed into law on Thursday an anti-abortion bill that could shut down four out of the state’s five abortion-providing clinics. The bill, which requires all abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, is similar to a law that has been shutting down clinics in Texas. Only one … Continue reading

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