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Employee Benefits Might Still Facilitate Abortions and Reproductive Choice in a Post-Roe v. Wade America

On May 2, 2022, the Supreme Court’s draft majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, was leaked to the public and suggested that the Court intends to overturn Roe. Although the Supreme Court’s draft opinion does not have any binding legal authority, some large, multi-state employers have announced steps to support employee access to abortion and related reproductive medical services, specifically for those employees residing in states that do (or will) restrict abortion.

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What is ‘personhood’? The ethics question that needs a closer look in abortion debates

Controversy over abortion reached a fever pitch on May 2, when the leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court majority opinion was published by Politico. If the draft's key points are reflected in the final ruling, this would strike down Roe v. Wade, a landmark decision that nearly 50 years ago established the right to choose an abortion.

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Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings provide many moments for reflection

The emotional kaleidoscope of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearing was nothing short of amazing. It was truly an exercise that allowed many of us to experience a range of emotions through a magnificently beautiful lens, as we witnessed the confirmation of our country’s first African-American female to the United States Supreme Court.

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Free speech fumbles at UW

What to make of the current University of Wisconsin System brouhaha over a free speech survey? It sure doesn’t feel like all the facts are known yet. A handful of details are clear. The system planned to send students a ...

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Removal rules protect public, those in office

This week’s resignation of Curtis Schmitt Jr., the former chairman of the state’s veterans policy board and current defendant in a child pornography case, was welcome. It’s difficult to see how Schmitt could have been effective in that position — or virtually any other — while defending himself against such charges.

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Will courts really enforce proposed financial information exchange rules?

In law, as in many things in life, some ideas are better in theory than in practice. It is not uncommon that the Legislature, which has precious few lawyers (most sessions have ten or fewer lawyers out of 133 state Senators and Representatives, and almost none of them has ever been in the private practice of law), passes legislation which sounds good on its face but has a different practical effect. The phrase which attaches to such legislation is “the law of unintended consequences.”

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Public access isn’t negotiable

National Freedom of Information Day isn’t a holiday. But there can be no doubt today’s reminder of how important government openness and transparency are is something Americans should mark well.

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Biden’s NLRB targeting employee misclassification

The National Labor Relations Act protects employees’ right to unionize (and not unionize) and to engage in other “protected concerted activity.” These are basic rights guaranteed to employees under Section 7 of the act. Critically, the act’s protections only extend ...

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