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The Abolitionist Law Center (ALC), the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project (PILP), and Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for discrimination against inmates with psychiatric disabilities. In the complaint, the groups allege that the jail lacks a functional mental health care system despite having hundreds [...]

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Speaking Monday in a UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) debate on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said that governments providing healthcare and social protection to all citizens would be able to mitigate the shock of COVID-19, but other countries would need to cease human rights violations [...]

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President Donald Trump Friday granted a full pardon to prison reform advocate Alice Johnson after she spoke on his behalf at the Republican National Convention (RNC). Trump had previously commuted Johnson’s life sentence back in 2018. Convicted in 1996 for eight federal criminal counts relating to involvement in cocaine trafficking organization, Johnson was sentenced to life [...]

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against federal officers for excessive force and unlawful arrests in Portland, Oregon. The suit was filed Wednesday on behalf of multiple veterans and several demonstrators who were protesting against police brutality. The defendants named include the Trump administration, the Department of Homeland Security, [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled on Wednesday that it was unlawful for a Virginia school board to deny a transgender student access to the bathroom that corresponded with his gender identity. The court determined that preventing the student from accessing the bathroom of his choice was a form of sex [...]

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The US Mission to International Organizations in Geneva (US Mission) responded Wednesday to a UN panel that determined certain states “appear to be manipulating the COVID-19 crisis to curb access to essential abortion care.” In its response, the US Mission rejected the idea of an “assumed right to abortion” and denounced the panel’s interference. The [...]

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The Ohio Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that prohibits physicians from using telemedicine in medication abortions. The bill now moves on to the Ohio House, where it is expected to pass. A medication abortion includes two different medicines, mifepristone and misoprostol. The U.S. Food and Drug (FDA) Administration currently prohibits direct-to-patient access to mifepristone, [...]

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The Scottish parliament approved a bill on Tuesday making sanitary products free to all women. The bill passed through the first stage of Scotland’s lawmaking process almost unanimously, with no opposition and only one abstention. Once enacted, the law would make women’s sanitary products freely available at designated public places. The bill, known as The [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that the Trump administration can enforce regulations prohibiting Title X receipts from referring patients to abortion providers. The opinion removed three states’ preliminary injunctions against the rules and rejected a majority of the claims by the plaintiffs. Title X is a federal program that [...]

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