Organization leader discusses a lawsuit filed against public health department in front of monument

Lawyers want to know why Montgomery judge blocked birth center regulations

BY: - October 3, 2023

Birth centers trying to stop the implementation of regulations won a victory Saturday when Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Greg Griffin issued an injunction against them. Now, they want Griffin to explain his reasons. Griffin blocked the rules, scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 15, after a six-hour hearing on Friday. But Griffin order did […]

Doctor discusses a lawsuit filed against public health department in front of monument

Montgomery judge allows lawsuit over Alabama birth center regulations to move forward

BY: - September 29, 2023

A Montgomery judge will allow a lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) over birth center regulations to move forward. Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Greg Griffin denied a motion Thursday from ADPH to dismiss the lawsuit, which alleges that ADPH has effectively made birth centers – facilities that provide an in-between option for […]

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Federal judge sets deadline for briefs in Alabama abortion lawsuit

BY: - September 6, 2023

A federal judge Tuesday set a Sept. 28 deadline for healthcare providers to respond toAlabama Attorney General Steve Marshall’s motion to dismiss their lawsuit seeking to stop Marshall from prosecuting those who help people obtain out-of-state abortion care. The lawsuit, filed on July 31 by former abortion providers in the state, cited comments made by […]

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Report: Maryland AG hiring Alabama attorney getting millions in Alabama corrections contracts

BY: - September 5, 2023

Butler Snow attorney William Lunsford, who has gotten nearly $15 million in legal services contracts with the Alabama Department of Corrections, has been retained by the Maryland attorney general over issues in the Baltimore jail’s health system. The Baltimore Banner reports Lunsford was retained amid accusations from the ACLU that the Maryland attorney general had […]

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall delivers his inaugural speech during inauguration ceremonies at the Alabama State Capitol on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023 in Montgomery, Alabama.

Alabama Attorney General doubles down on threats to prosecute out-of-state abortion care

BY: - August 31, 2023

The Alabama Attorney General Office Wednesday asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to stop the AG from prosecuting those who aid Alabamians seeking to access abortion care in states where it is legal. In the motion to dismiss, state attorneys doubled down on statements Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall made in an […]

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Was that chicken cutlet grown in a lab? These states want you to know

BY: - August 31, 2023

Select U.S. restaurants have begun serving laboratory-grown chicken, spurring long wait times for reservations by diners curious to taste it. In June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture gave final approval for a few California-based companies to begin selling lab-produced chicken across the country. While it may be years before lab-grown meat is available at grocery […]

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Not just Ohio: Biased language is the hot new tactic to thwart ballot measures

BY: - August 30, 2023

Abortion-rights supporters filed a lawsuit Monday against what they call “deceptive” ballot language produced by Ohio officials for the state’s closely-watched upcoming referendum on the issue. But it isn’t just the Buckeye State that’s lately seeing fierce battles over the once-obscure topic of ballot language. In recent weeks, officials in Missouri — where another abortion-rights […]

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Older population in Alabama prisons doubled over decade, according to report

BY: - August 10, 2023

The number of older people in Alabama’s prisons more than doubled in a little over a decade, according to a policy brief published last week by the Prison Policy Initiative, an advocacy group. The Institute, using numbers from the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, reported that 15% of the people under Corrections’ jurisdiction, about 4,300 […]

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Court allows Biden rule limiting asylum at the border to be kept in place for now

BY: - August 4, 2023

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Thursday decided to allow the Biden administration to keep in place a temporary two-year rule that restricts asylum at the U.S. border, while the legal challenges to a lower court’s ruling play out. The decision from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals aids the Biden administration, which […]

Health care providers sue Alabama officials over threats of prosecution in abortion aid

BY: - July 31, 2023

A group of health care providers Monday sued Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall and district attorneys in the state, seeking to stop them from prosecuting those who aid Alabamians seeking to access abortion care in states where it is legal. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Alabama filed the lawsuit on […]

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Federal court temporarily halts Tennessee ban on transgender care for minors

BY: - June 29, 2023

In a partial victory for transgender Tennesseans, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday on portions of new law prohibiting trans minors from obtaining gender affirming care, ruling the law likely violates the First and 14th Amendments of the US Constitution. Judge Eli Richardson granted the injunction to the plaintiffs — parents of two […]

Two piles of books that have been subjected school bans, including Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye;" Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" and Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner." American flags can be seen in the background.

School districts struggle to implement new laws on sexually explicit books

BY: - June 14, 2023

RICHMOND, Va. — Although a new Virginia law requires schools to inform parents when sexually explicit materials are used in the classroom, some districts are using that law as the basis to go further and remove certain books from schools altogether. Book ban requests across the state often have cited the Virginia law, which was signed last year by Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin. […]