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Is ICE Trying to End Public Oversight of Detention Conditions?

Stakeholder tours, coupled with visitation programs and calls to the Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement hotline for detainees, often help volunteers decide which facilities most need independent oversight. The post Is ICE Trying to End Public Oversight of Detention Conditions? appeared first on Rewire.

Trump Is Paving the Way for Erosion of Immigrants’ Privacy Rights

Under Trump’s January 25 executive order, noncitizens who are not green card holders can be subjected to having their names and personal information released and shared without their knowledge or consent. The post Trump Is Paving the Way for Erosion of Immigrants’ Privacy Rights appeared first on Rewire.

‘Junk Science’ Anti-Choice Bill Hits Roadblock in Indiana

Since 2015, bills requiring pregnant patients be informed about “abortion reversal” have been introduced by Republican lawmakers in California, Colorado, Georgia, and North Carolina. Republican governors in Arizona, Arkansas, South Dakota, and Utah have signed similar bills into law. The post ‘Junk Science’ Anti-Choice Bill Hits Roadblock in Indiana appeared first on Rewire.

Not All Gorsuch Religious Liberty Decisions Are Alike

Although the Senate Judiciary Committee has delayed the vote on his nomination until next week, it's worth taking a closer look at the Supreme Court nominee's record on protecting the faith of people in prison. The post Not All Gorsuch Religious Liberty Decisions Are Alike appeared first on Rewire.

Republicans Ax Worker Protections Against Wage Theft

“By repealing these protections, Mr. Trump and congressional Republicans let contractors with even the worst track records off the hook–a punch in the gut to workers, taxpayers, and law-abiding businesses," said Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project The post Republicans Ax Worker Protections Against Wage Theft appeared first on Rewire.

Salvadoran Woman Becomes First Person to Be Granted Asylum Due to Regressive Abortion Laws

After giving birth in the latrine of her home in 2011, an unconscious Maria Teresa Rivera was taken to a public hospital. There, she was accused of provoking an abortion and sent to jail. The post Salvadoran Woman Becomes First Person to Be Granted Asylum Due to Regressive Abortion Laws appeared first on Rewire.

Obamacare Lives as Republicans Yank Unpopular Health-Care Bill

After a day of “will they, won’t they” negotiations on Capitol Hill and at the White House, GOP leaders couldn’t muster the 215 votes needed for passage. The post Obamacare Lives as Republicans Yank Unpopular Health-Care Bill appeared first on Rewire.

On ACA Anniversary, Health-Care Advocates Say ‘#WeFightBack’

Health-care advocates gathered yesterday at Freedom Plaza to mark the seven-year anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), his signature health-care reform law. Rewire was on the scene as #WeFightBack...Show More Summary

Virginia Governor Puts Kibosh on GOP’s Religious Imposition Bills

The Republican-backed measures would have protected from civil liability those who actively discriminate against same-sex couples. The post Virginia Governor Puts Kibosh on GOP’s Religious Imposition Bills appeared first on Rewire.

Trump Puts Anti-LGBTQ Activist in Charge of Civil Rights Office

Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said the president has “once again put the fox in charge of the hen house,” by appointing someone to a government agency who directly opposes the agency’s mission. The post Trump Puts Anti-LGBTQ Activist in Charge of Civil Rights Office appeared first on Rewire.

Black Women Stand to Lose the Most Under the GOP Health Plan

When Trump and his administration are making plans to “have insurance for everybody,” he needs to mean us too. The post Black Women Stand to Lose the Most Under the GOP Health Plan appeared first on Rewire.

Arkansas’ Sex-Selection Abortion Ban Would Discriminate Against Asian American Women

We refuse to be silent as state legislators use false stereotypes and misleading language to deny Asian American women the same access to safe, confidential, and comprehensive reproductive care as anyone else. The post Arkansas’ Sex-Selection Abortion Ban Would Discriminate Against Asian American Women appeared first on Rewire.

Kentucky Governor Signs Redundant ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Law

“The bill misunderstands the very purpose of hate crimes—to protect communities that have been marginalized within our society and who are at a higher risk of facing violence simply because of an immutable characteristic they share,” the ACLU of Kentucky said in a statement. The post Kentucky Governor Signs Redundant ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Law appeared first on Rewire.

Former Colorado GOP Official Faces Prison Time on Voter Fraud Charge

A former Colorado Republican Party chairman who’s said people should be punished for having abortion care allegedly cast his ex-wife's vote in the 2016 election. The post Former Colorado GOP Official Faces Prison Time on Voter Fraud Charge appeared first on Rewire.

Texas Senate Republicans Go on Anti-Choice Spree

Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, said the Texas GOP has continued to attack reproductive rights and the doctor-patient relationship. The post Texas Senate Republicans Go on Anti-Choice Spree appeared first on Rewire.

Federal Funding for Flint Water Crisis ‘Just a Tiny Start’

The Environmental Protection Agency will immediately release $51.5 million for Michigan to upgrade Flint's water infrastructure. The post Federal Funding for Flint Water Crisis ‘Just a Tiny Start’ appeared first on Rewire.

From Ferguson to SXSW, It’s a Long Way to Erase Implicit Bias and Racism

"Until we close that gap, there will be no such thing as police accountability. Racism and implicit bias will persist unabated," said Harvard Kennedy School professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad. The post From Ferguson to SXSW, It’s a Long Way to Erase Implicit Bias and Racism appeared first on Rewire.

Would Gorsuch Follow Supreme Court Precedent Rejecting Discrimination?

The Court has decided, time and time again, that it is illegal to rely on a stereotype about a group in making a decision about an individual employee. It's not clear whether Gorsuch agrees. The post Would Gorsuch Follow Supreme Court Precedent Rejecting Discrimination? appeared first on Rewire.

What Trump’s Budget May Mean for Violence Against Women Programs

Though the president has only released a blueprint of his plans to fund the government, programs that help abuse survivors are on the cutting block. The post What Trump’s Budget May Mean for Violence Against Women Programs appeared first on Rewire.

‘Issues in Law & Medicine’: A One-Stop Journal for Anti-Vaccine, Anti-Abortion Pseudoscience

“[I]f most of what you publish supports an anti-choice thinking (or anti-vaccine) and hence is not supported by science should you be entitled to be included in the National Library of Medicine?" The post ‘Issues in Law & Medicine’: A One-Stop Journal for Anti-Vaccine, Anti-Abortion Pseudoscience appeared first on Rewire.

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