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And now for an exercise in absurdity: a nurse who refuses to prescribe contraception is suing a family planning clinic because it refused to hire her. It refused to hire her for a very simple reason, which probably seems obvious: It’s a family planning clinic, and she refused to perform family planning services. Rather than take that […]

More than 50 legal scholars today strongly urged President Obama to resist calls for an overly broad religious exemption in a proposed executive order prohibiting sexual orientation and/or gender identity discrimination by federal contractors. The effort is being spearheaded by Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, as part of its recently launched […]

Andrea L. Johnson, CLS ’12, Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic student and 2011 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award Recipient, discusses the USA Today article on IVF and immigration law and the Clinic’s work with the ACLU to draft model “parentage” legislation: Earlier this month, USA Today published an article describing the absurd situation in which American […]

Devi Rao, CLS ’10, is a Skadden Fellow for Educational and Employment Opportunities at the National Women’s Law Center, where she focuses on using Title IX to promote safe school environments, including preventing gender-based bullying. Devi is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of […]

Alright – it’s time for an “offensive nomenclature call-out” moment.  Someone has to declare these terms no longer usable by the media, by pundits, or really, by anyone, so here’s the list: Love Child – used by the NY Daily News, the Huffington Post, and the Washington Post, among many others to describe the child […]

As the Mississippi Legislature debates this week whether to impose mandatory sex education in public schools (Mississippi has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the country), new research reinforces the importance of sex education as a public health measure.  A new study released by the Journal of Sex Research entitled One Love: Explicit Monogamy Agreements […]

The Center for Reproductive Rights filed a contempt motion today against the FDA for ignoring a March 2009 court order to end age restrictions on emergency contraception.  The motion is here.  CRR sued the FDA in 2005 (complaint here) for failing to grant over-the-counter status to EC against the advice of its scientific experts and […]

The Center for Reproductive Rights and Vivo Positivo have launched a new fact-finding report about Chilean health facilities discriminating against, and often forcibly sterilizing, HIV-positive women. Through interviews and stories from 27 HIV-positive women in Chile, “Dignity Denied: Violations of the Rights of HIV-Positive Women in Chilean Health Facilities,” reports how Chilean women living with […]

Yesterday at the Women Deliver global conference, Melinda Gates announced that the Gates Foundation will invest $1.5 billion over the next five years in programs promoting maternal and child health, family planning, and nutrition in developing countries.  Fantastic.  Yet, one of Women Deliver’s key goals – safe and legal abortions as one of the tools […]

In March, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli made headlines when out of nowhere he sent a letter to the Commenwealth’s public colleges and universities indicating that they had no legal authority to enact policies prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and that those that had done so must rescind their policies.  The AG […]

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