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Tracy Wolf

Recently on the RAC Blog, we highlighted Zubik v. Burwell, a case the Supreme Court will be taking up this term about the ACA contraception rule’s accommodation for religious non-profits and providing contraceptive coverage for their employees. The second case that the Supreme Court will hear related to reproductive rights is Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, which deals with questions about access to abortion.

The Current Landscape: In 1973, the Supreme Court decided in Roe v. Wade that the Constitution protects a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion. However, since then, anti-...

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On December 14, 2012, almost three years ago, a gunman murdered twenty children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. This event of gun violence was the deadliest mass shooting at a primary or secondary school in U.S. history. Nearing the shooting’s third anniversary, we continue to mourn the lives that were lost, and our thoughts and prayers remain with families of those whose lives were taken.  

Although we used to speak and write of the rarity of such a tragic shooting, we now see that far too often, people are killed and injured by guns in...

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There has been a lot of buzz about some of the cases that the Supreme Court will take up this term. Two of these cases are about issues concerning reproductive rights, and could bemajor decisions with significant impact on women’s healthcare in our country. The first of these cases, Zubik v. Burwell, a follow up to Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores (2014), focuses on the accommodation for religious non-profits and providing contraceptive coverage for their employees. Stay tuned next week for a blog on the case from Texas on access to abortion, Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole.  


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There is no denying that women’s health, and particularly abortion, has been under a huge spotlight this year. Contrary to what it may seem, no taxpayer dollars go towards funding abortion services.

In 1973, the Supreme Court handed down the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, recognizing that the Constitution protects a woman’s right to choose whether to have an abortion. Since then, there have been countless attempts to restrict this right, some of them severely diminishing access to abortion. One of the most noteworthy is the Hyde Amendment, which was first passed in 1976 and has...

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This year, from the evening of Sunday, December 6th, until the evening of Monday, December 14th, Jews worldwide gather together around the Hanukkah lights, spin the dreidel, eat latkes and jelly donuts, and celebrate the festival of Hanukkah.

Historically, Hanukkah, like so many Jewish holidays, is the story of a small Jewish army defeating a larger oppressing one. Around 167 B.C.E., Antiochus IV prohibited the practice of Judaism. The Temple was desecrated and many Jews were killed. Two groups rose up against Antiochus IV, and joined forces to defeat him. As the victors sought to...

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