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Young women shifting how they live and love in the post-Roe era

The Generation Lab Report – “Young women will likely change their sexual behavior, their pregnancy prevention protocol and even where they live: “In the era when Roe reigned, a map of abortion access in the United States might have looked like a bird’s eye view of the Atlantic Ocean — some parts dark blue, some… Continue Reading

The Private Suppression of Constitutional Rights

Huq, Aziz Z., The Private Suppression of Constitutional Rights (April 1, 2022). Texas Law Review, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4072800 “On September 1. 2021, Texas’s abortion ban S.B.8 went into effect, not only prohibiting almost all abortions after six weeks but also allowing any private party to sue those who, knowingly or unwittingly, aid or… Continue Reading

What Happens When Americans Don’t Trust Institutions?

FiveThirtyEight: “Americans are feeling uneasy, and it’s hard to blame them. The things they want to change — inflation, COVID-19 case numbers, rising violent crime in some cities — seem more and more intractable. There was one big, abrupt shift in American life at the end of June, when the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional… Continue Reading

Privacy of Health Information After Dobbs

The National Law Review: Privacy of Health Information After Dobbs: OCR Guidance On Disclosures of PHI and the Privacy of Personal Information On Devices – “On 28 June 2022, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary… Continue Reading

What’s Happening With The Vinton Public Library

Iowa Starting Line – “Residents of a small Iowa town criticized their library’s LGBTQ staff and their displaying of LGBTQ-related books until most of the staff quit. Now, the town’s library is closed for the foreseeable future. After having the same library director for 32 years, the Vinton Public Library can’t seem to keep the… Continue Reading

GLAAD’s 2022 Social Media Safety Index

“GLAAD’s 2022 Social Media Safety Index (SMSI) provides recommendations for the industry at large and reports on LGBTQ user safety across the five major social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok. As a follow up to the pioneering 2021 SMSI, the 2022 edition of the report introduces a Platform Scorecard developed by GLAAD… Continue Reading

In a Post-Roe World, the Future of Digital Privacy Looks Even Grimmer

The New York Times – “The sheer amount of tech tools and knowledge required to discreetly seek an abortion underlines how wide open we are to surveillance….In states that have banned abortion, some women seeking out-of-state options to terminate pregnancies may end up following a long list of steps to try to shirk surveillance —… Continue Reading

Family Research Council Is Now a Church in Eyes of the IRS

ProPublica: “The Family Research Council’s multimillion-dollar headquarters sit on G Street in Washington, D.C., just steps from the U.S. Capitol and the White House, a spot ideally situated for its work as a right-wing policy think tank and political pressure group. From its perch at the heart of the nation’s capital, the FRC has pushed… Continue Reading

Biden admin: Docs must offer abortion if mom’s life at risk

AP: “The Biden administration on Monday told hospitals that they “must” provide abortion services if the life of the mother is at risk, saying federal law on emergency treatment guidelines preempts state laws in jurisdictions that now ban the procedure without any exceptions following the Supreme Court’s decision to end a constitutional right to abortion.… Continue Reading

PEN America’s Index of School Book Bans

Center for Data Innovation: “PEN America, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to free expression through literature, has created a dataset tracking books banned or restricted in school classrooms and libraries in the United States from July 2021 to March 2022. The dataset contains the book’s name and author, the school district, the month of challenge… Continue Reading

The New Abortion Battleground

Cohen, David S. and Donley, Greer and Rebouche, Rachel, The New Abortion Battleground (February 23, 2022). 123 Columbia Law Review (2023 Forthcoming), U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2022-09, Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2022-05, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4032931 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4032931: “This Article examines the paradigm shift that will occur if… Continue Reading