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Waiting for High Court After Its Stay of Texas Anti-Abortion Provisions

Posted by Kelli Garcia, Senior Counsel | Posted on: July 07, 2015 at 03:14 pm

This post is cross-posted from ACSLaw's blog

On Monday, the Supreme Court stayed enforcement of key provisions of HB2—Texas’ sweeping anti-abortion law—pending the Court’s decision whether to hear an appeal in the case. Only 9 abortion clinics would have remained open in the state had the law gone into effect leaving over 1.3 million women of reproductive age [PDF] more than 100 miles from the nearest abortion clinic.

The Fifth Circuits Unsound Reasoning

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"Hyde & Sneak:" Congress Will Vote to Expand Hyde Amendment—Again

Posted by Sharon Levin, Director of Federal Reproductive Health Policy | Posted on: July 07, 2015 at 09:59 am

Unbelievably, once again some Members of Congress are trying to pass an abortion restriction that would expand the Hyde Amendment — which is the provision of law that bars abortion from being included in federal programs — like Medicaid or (in this case) NIH research.

Instead of raising the minimum wage, or creating more jobs, or — I don’t know — making sure that women actually have access to reproductive health care, the House of Representatives is focused on spreading this insidious restriction.

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Why We Still Need to Talk About Civil Rights in Education

Posted by Corinna Svarlien, Intern | Posted on: July 06, 2015 at 10:50 am

Last year I had the privilege of working as a Jumpstart Corps Member in a preschool that served low-income families, where almost all of the students were African American or Latina/o. I miss those kids every day, and what is even more painful is knowing that many of these smart, lovable children are going to attend under-resourced schools, where they are less likely to have access to advanced courses and are more likely to be subject to excessive discipline practices. That kind of unequal access to meaningful educational opportunities isn’t fair, and it’s a huge civil rights issue.

ESEA’s Civil Rights Core

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Over Half a Million Public Sector Jobs Lost Since the Start of the Recovery and More Cuts on the Way

Posted by Anne Morrison, Fellow | Posted on: July 02, 2015 at 04:59 pm

Today’s release of June’s jobs data shows another month of solid private sector job growth and declining unemployment. Our analysis finds that two-thirds of the 223,000 jobs added last month went to women. Though we’re moving in the right direction, we’re not out of the woods yet.

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California's New Law is All About Protecting Public Health

Posted by Rachel Easter, Fellow | Posted on: July 02, 2015 at 04:48 pm

Earlier this week, the Governor of California signed SB 277 [PDF], closing a gap in the state’s law which had threatened public health. SB 277 protects public health by eliminating religious and other non-medical exemptions from vaccination requirements, ensuring the only children not vaccinated are those with medical reasons. The law protects public health by ensuring only children with medical reasons are exempt from these important vaccine requirements.

Religious Exemptions for Vaccines Endanger Public Health

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Same Sex Marriage To Do List: Check Health Insurance Options

Posted by Dania Palanker, Senior Counsel | Posted on: July 02, 2015 at 04:40 pm

When you’re planning a wedding, the to do lists just keep growing. You need a location. You need a caterer. A florist. An officiant. A health insurance assistor. A photographer. You need to pick out invitations, trim down the invitation list, pick the best health coverage option, choose a menu.

Wait, what was that about health insurance and health coverage?

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The Real Lives at Risk in the Supreme Court's Health Care Decision

Posted by Thao Nguyen, Director of Outreach | Posted on: July 02, 2015 at 04:28 pm

After all the politics have been debated and the newspapers recycled, the bottom line is that the Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell means that millions of women will be able to keep their affordable health coverage.

And that saves lives.

LaDonna Appelbaum is one of those lives.

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Revenues vs. Spending Cuts: Misplaced Priorities

Posted by Maureen Moody, Intern | Posted on: July 02, 2015 at 10:46 am

Congress has taken an ax to programs that low- and middle-income families rely on. As a result, fewer families have been eligible for housing vouchers, fewer children have enrolled in Head Start, and workers across the country have lost access to valuable job training programs. Since 2010, Congress has slashed many non-defense discretionary programs by an astounding 15 percent [PDF].

Now, the House Appropriations Committee has approved a Labor, Health and Human Services funding bill [PDF] that would cut an additional $3.7 billion from critical health care, workforce training, and education programs. 

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