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West Virginia Becomes Latest State to Ban Dismemberment Abortion Tearing Off Baby’s Limbs

Sunday, May 29, marks the 90th day since final passage in the West Virginia legislature of the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act (SB 10). It will now take effect. On March 10, the West Virginia Senate voted 25-9 and the House of Delegates voted 85-15 to override Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of […]

CDC urges speed on Zika funding as House struggles to reach agreement

WASHINGTON — The U.S. must act more quickly to protect pregnant women from birth defect-causing Zika, a top health official said today. Continue reading ? The post CDC urges speed on Zika funding as House struggles to reach agreement appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Louisiana Cops Get Hate Crime Protections as Violence Against Police Plummets

A New Orleans activist said that the "Blue Lives Matter" bill allows law enforcement to hide “behind uniforms and badges” despite having a “long and egregious history” of committing acts of violence against communities of color. The post Louisiana Cops Get Hate Crime Protections as Violence Against Police Plummets appeared first on Rewire.

California: “New law seeks to protect small businesses from ADA lawsuits”

California’s unique Unruh Act provides automatic bounty entitlements (often $4,000, plus attorney’s fees) to successful discrimination complainants without having to show any actual injury from their treatment. For many years this has...Show More Summary

South Carolina Governor Signs Bill to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks When Babies Feel Pain

South Carolina Govenror Nikki Haley has signed a bill that would protect unborn babies from painful, late-term abortions. On March 8, the South Carolina Senate passed the bill known as Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act by a strong majority, LifeNews reported. The state House, which is controlled by Republicans, approved the bill last week. SUPPORT […]

Hawaii’s endangered hawksbill sea turtles have been protected...

Hawaii’s endangered hawksbill sea turtles have been protected under the Endangered Species Act since 1978. So why are their population numbers still so low?  Catch up on the latest research from Dr. Kyle Van Houtan, Monterey Bay Aquarium’s director of science, and learn how plastic pollution keeps baby hawksbill turtles from thriving.

North Carolina speaker: On LGBT, Charlotte must repeal first

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Chances appear to be dwindling that North Carolina lawmakers will alter a contentious, new state law limiting LGBT nondiscrimination protections, because a legislative leader says they won’t act until Charlotte first throws out its local ordinance increasing those protections. Show More Summary

ObamaCare Isn't Working - These Five Charts Show Why

Submitted by Melissa Quinn via TheDailySignal.com, Six years ago, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. Since then, Americans have seen their premiums increase, a dozen nonprofit insurers...Show More Summary

The Individualist Constitution: New at Reason

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In 2012 Chief Justice John Roberts led the U.S. Supreme Court in upholding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. "It is not our job," Roberts wrote in National Federation of Independent Business v.Show More Summary

We Must Protect the Endangered Species Act

The greater sage-grouse, an iconic bird of the American West, won a fight last year with the help of ranchers and others to stay off the endangered species list. Meanwhile, the golden-cheeked warbler, a flashy little Texas songbird that...Show More Summary

Fight Over LGBT Vote On House Floor A Sign Of The Sad State Of The Union

On May 19, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 that would have protected the rights of LGBT workers on federal jobs. The vote turned into a fight as the House Republicans altered the voting procedure, twisted the arms of legislators and defeated the amendment.... Show More Summary

The Equal Protection in Travel Act: Necessary to Correct Our Mistakes

While many across the world are busy planning summer vacations to visit family and loved ones, thousands of people's ability to do so has been restrained and unfairly burdened at the hands of Congress. Why? The sole explanation is because...Show More Summary

The Positive Impact of New Wage Protections on Home Health Agency Bottom Lines.

By JEFFREY GROSSMAN and SEAN GREER In January 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) officially extended federal wage protections to home care workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act, entitling them to the federal minimum wage, time-and-a-half pay for overtime, and pay for time spent traveling between clients. Predictably, lobbyist groups working on behalf of

House Democrats Introduce the “Do No Harm” Act, Hoping to Correct the Overreach of RFRA

When the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was passed in 1993, there were good intentions all around. Legislation to protect (real) religious freedom in the face of government intervention? Who would oppose that? As Barry Lynn of Americans...Show More Summary

‘Do No Harm Act’ Would Protect LGBT People from Discrimination Based on ‘Religious Freedom’

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With support from the ACLU, two Democratic representatives yesterday introduced the ‘Do No Harm Act’ in Congress to ensure that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is not used in ways that result in discrimination. Sponsored by R… Read The post ‘Do No Harm Act’ Would Protect LGBT People from Discrimination Based on ‘Religious Freedom’ appeared first on Towleroad.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act Is Used to Discriminate. Let's Fix It.

The Do No Harm Act would amend RFRA to ensure federal law protects religious liberty without harming others. This piece originally ran at Religion News Service. When Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 1993, theShow More Summary

The U.S. House Has Passed a Bill Protecting Atheists, Animal Slaughter, and Male Circumcision

A new bill designed to amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 passed the U.S. House unanimously this week, and it will lead to some wonderful and horrendous changes. H.R. 1150 will offer extended protections to atheists,...Show More Summary

For Prince’s name, perpetual posthumous protection?

In the aftermath of Prince’s death, lawyers representing the entertainer’s estate administrator have been pushing a posthumous right of publicity law in Minnesota. The proposed PRINCE Act (“Personal Rights In Names Can Endure”) would...Show More Summary

HRC Commends Representatives Joe Kennedy III and Bobby Scott For Introduction of “Do No Harm Act

Today, HRC applauded Representatives Joe Kennedy III and Bobby Scott for introducing the “Do No Harm Act.” The Act clarifies that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is intended to protect religious freedom without allowingShow More Summary

House Rules Committee Rejects Vote on Amendment Safeguarding LGBT Protections in Federal Contracting

Today, HRC blasted the House Republican Leadership for preventing a debate and vote on an amendment to remove an anti-LGBT provision from the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) offered...Show More Summary

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