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Ruling protects healthcare conscience rights

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/16/19, 12:00 pm

A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that “sex discrimination” as defined in the Affordable Care Act does not include limits on abortion or gender transition services. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor partially overturned Obama-era regulations mandating that insurers or providers that receive federal money offer those services.

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Supreme Court allows asylum limits for now

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/12/19, 10:43 am

The Trump administration’s third country rule, which affects asylum-seekers from Central America, is back on. The Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday the United States can deny asylum to migrants if they don’t apply for it in the first country they come to after leaving home. Courts have gone back and forth on the policy, but it looks like it will stay in place while litigation against it proceeds.

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Third country asylum rule halted again

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/10/19, 12:36 pm

A federal judge in California again blocked a Trump administration rule that limits the number of people who can seek asylum in the United States. The policy requires migrants who pass through other countries to seek asylum in those places first. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar of San Francisco already tried to stop the policy this summer, but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said his ruling only applied to states in its jurisdiction, meaning Arizona and California.

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