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Human Rights: North Dakota Legislature Passes Abortion Ban

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The North Dakota legislature has passed a bill that would essentially ban abortions by defining life as starting at conception. The North Dakota House approved the bill Friday on a 57-35 vote. The state Senate approved the bill last month,

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Posted in Human Rights

Special Report: US Supreme Court to Rule on Gay Marriage

Gay Marriage

The issue of same-sex marriage heads to the U.S. Supreme Court March 26 and 27. The high court will hear a challenge to California’s ban on gay marriage and will also consider a federal law that defines marriage solely as

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Court Refuses to Return Seized Domain Name, Claims Shutting Down Speech Doesn’t Cause a Substantial Hardship

Written by Corynne McSherry In a cursory opinion issued today that left us scratching our heads, a federal judge has ruled that the government does not have to return a domain name seized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), because

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Posted in Human Rights, Internet Censorship

Freedom Isn’t Free – And It Turns Ugly At Times

Children’s first exposure to the freedoms that Americans cherish sometimes comes not from kindly parents or wise teachers, but from an obnoxious jerk insulting someone or cursing at something.  Ranting till the veins bulge in his neck. If confronted, the

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Posted in Human Rights, Religious Censorship

Mar 3, 1873: Congress Bans Sending Obscene Materials Through the Mail

Congress enacts the so-called Comstock Law, making it illegal to send any “obscene, lewd, or lascivious” book through the mails. Also unlawful under the law is sending anything “designed or intended for the prevention of conception or procuring of abortion.”

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Feb 1, 1790: First Session of the U.S. Supreme Court

In the Royal Exchange Building on New York City’s Broad Street, the Supreme Court of the United States meets for the first time, with Chief Justice John Jay of New York presiding. The U.S. Supreme Court was established by Article

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Jan 22, 1973: Supreme Court Legalizes Abortion

In a historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rules in Roe v. Wade that women, as part of their constitutional right to privacy, can terminate a pregnancy during its first two trimesters. Only during the last trimester, when the fetus

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Dec 24, 1865: KKK Founded

In Pulaski, Tennessee, a group of Confederate veterans convenes to form a secret society that they christen the “Ku Klux Klan.” The KKK rapidly grew from a secret social fraternity to a paramilitary force bent on reversing the federal government’s

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F.C.C. Indecency Policy Rejected on Appeal

By: Edward Wyatt A federal appeals court struck down a Federal Communications Commission policy on indecency Tuesday, saying that regulations barring the use of “fleeting expletives” on radio and television violated the First Amendment because they were vague and could

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