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Constitutional Law

Oklahoma turns woman’s miscarriage into a miscarriage of justice

Two weeks ago Brittney Poolaw, a 20-year-old Native American woman from Comanche County in Oklahoma, was convicted of manslaughter in the first degree for experiencing a miscarriage at 17 weeks. Her trial lasted one day after which she was sentenced to 4 years in state prison. In January of last year, Ms. Poolaw experienced a miscarriage and […]

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Constitutional Law

In Yet Another 5-4 decision SCOTUS Strikes Down Louisiana’s Restrictive Abortion Law

Its been a heck of a SCOTUS term so far, with key rulings on Gay Rights; DACA and now abortion. This decision today in June Medical Services LLC v. Russo, is a great relief to supporters of women’s reproductive rights. Since the language of this law was nearly identical to the Texas law struck down […]

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Constitutional Law Litigation

Fed Ct.: State Can’t Force Docs to Show Sonograms to Abortion Clients

In a case that will likely head to the Supreme Court, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ( the Federal Appeals Court covering North Carolina) held that  a North Carolina statute that requires physicians to perform an ultrasound, display the sonogram, and describe the fetus to women seeking abortions is unconstitutional as it violates the First Amendment […]

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General

In Support of “Pre-Conjugal Agreements” and “Financial Abortion”

Last week The Root, an online magazine focused on African-American issues reported on a topic raised by Sociology Professor Frances Goldscheder who teaches at Brown University. She put out the idea whether men should be able to seek a “financial abortion” if their unmarried girlfriend has a baby that the man specifically told her he […]