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May 2012

Federal Court of Appeals Rules DOMA Unconstitutional
In Boston on May 31, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled unanimously that a central provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional. The case against DOMA was brought forth by the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) who argued agai
Forty-three Catholic Organizations File Suit Against Contraceptive Coverage Legislation
Thirteen of the 195 Catholic dioceses in the United States—including the Archdioceses of New York, St. Louis, and Washington—joined with 30 other Catholic organizations to file lawsuits over President Barack Obama’s decision to require that a religiously affiliated organization’s insurance provider must provide the institution’s employees with contraceptive coverage at ...
Washington, DC, Once Again Becomes a Pawn in the Abortion Debate
Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) and the anti-choice National Right to Life Committee (NLRC) have placed District of Columbia residents squarely in the middle of the abortion debate in the run-up to the 2012 elections. On January 23, 2012, Representative Franks introduced the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act ...
New Orleans Women’s Health Clinic Destroyed by Arson
Women With A Vision (WWAV), a progressive women’s health clinic in New Orleans, was recently the site of a devastating arson attack. At 4am on Friday, May 25, 2012 one or more arsonists set fire specifically to the offices in the clinic, targeting crucial documents and educational materials.[1] While no ...
New Hampshire Senate Votes to Protect Reproductive Rights
Amidst an onslaught of anti-choice legislation in states across the country, the New Hampshire Senate has protected its citizens' reproductive rights by twice rejecting legislation that would impose a 24-hour waiting period on abortion. In addition to the waiting period, under the requirements of the Women's Right to Know Act ...

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