Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a challenge to a buffer zone law that protects patients and staff at clinics in Massachusetts from anti-choice harassment and violence.

Across the country, extreme, often violent, anti-choice protesters physically block access to clinics and intimidate people exercising their constitutionally protected rights.  Learn more about this issue and the laws that exist to protect patients and their doctors.

SIGN THE PLANNED PARENTHOOD PETITION: Protect access to safe & legal abortion

“The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the most important abortion case in decades. If they allow the Texas abortion law to go into effect, access to safe and legal abortion for millions of women may be in jeopardy not only in Texas but also in other states, where lawmakers will feel they have a blank check to pass even more and worse anti-abortion laws.This is the biggest threat to abortion rights we’ve faced in decades. Tell the world where YOU stand. Add your name to our open letter today.”


Today the Supreme Court hears oral argument in #WholeWomansHealth, the most important reproductive rights case in 20 years. #StoptheSham


Same-Sex Couples At Center Of Supreme Court Case Get Ready For Big Day

As the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, supporters of marriage equality gather to celebrate the progress made up to this point.

Follow our coverage from outside SCOTUS and inside the courtroom.

(Photos by Amanda Terkel/The Huffington Post)

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In a 6-2 decision on Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold Michigan’s ban on Affirmative Action. In essence, this means that Michigan’s public universities no longer have the discretion to decide whether they want to use affirmative action policies to diversify their student bodies; they are banned by state law from considering race in admissions. 

This was Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s response to her colleagues votes. 

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Just one day after the Supreme Court refused to hear appeals against gay marriage, legalizing same-sex unions in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin, a federal appeals court has struck down the ban on same-sex marriage in Idaho and Nevada. The United States now has a majority of states with marriage equality.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco handed down the ruling Tuesday, bringing the number of equal states to 26 of 50. Implementing the new law could take up to a few weeks.

Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina are also set to become states with marriage equality in the coming days. Colorado has already begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples by order of the state’s Attorney General.

While there is still a long way to go, both of these historic decisions have made it clear that marriage equality is imminent, all 50 states will soon have marriage equality.

Congratulations Idaho and Nevada!

Indigenous Peruvians win Amazon pollution payout from US oil giant | The Guardian

Members of the indigenous Achuar tribe from the Peruvian Amazon have won an undisclosed sum from Occidental Petroleum in an out-of-court settlement after a long-running legal battle in the US courts.

They sued the company in 2007, alleging it knowingly caused pollution which caused premature deaths, birth defects and damaged their habitat.

It is the first time a company from the United States has been sued in a US court for pollution it caused in another country, Marco Simons, the legal director ofEarthRights International, which represented the Achuar people in the lawsuit, said. It set a “precedent” which he said will be “significant for future cases and has already been cited by other courts in the United States”.

The case was initially dismissed in 2008 when the federal district court agreed with Occidental Petroleum that the case should be heard in Peru rather than Los Angeles, the plaintiffs successfully appealed to overturn this decision, and the US supreme court refused to hear the company’s arguments in 2013.

The funds provided by the company through a trust will be used for health, education and nutrition projects run by a collective of five Achuar communities (Antioquía, José Olaya, Nueva Jerusalén, Pampa Hermosa and Saukí) that filed the lawsuit. All come from the Corrientes river basin in Peru’s northern Amazon.

One of the plaintiffs, Adolfina Sandi alleges her 11-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter died after drinking water from the contaminated river.

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What stuns me is how my fellow evangelicals can rally behind a man whose words and actions are so at odds with the central teachings of our faith. They overlook, rationalize and even delight in Mr. Trump’s obsessive name-calling and Twitter attacks, his threats and acts of intimidation, his vindictiveness and casual cruelty (including mocking the disabled and P.O.W.s), all of which masquerade as strength and toughness.

The Supreme Court Will Hear An Almost Comically Egregious Case Of Race Discrimination

If a man’s life was not potentially at stake in Foster v. Humphrey, a case the Supreme Court announced that it will hear on Tuesday, and if the case did not involve what appears to be complete and utter disregard of the Constitution’s prohibitions on race discrimination, then the facts of this case would almost be humorous. The prosecution created detailed records suggesting that they engaged in unconstitutional race discrimination. Short of publishing a book entitled “Violating The Supreme Court’s Holding In Batson v. Kentucky Is Our Bag, Baby,” it’s hard to imagine anything more the prosecutors in this case could have done to demonstrate that they disregarded the Constitution.

These facially discriminatory laws impose concrete harms on same-sex couples and send the inescapable message that same-sex couples and their children are second-class families, unworthy of the recognition and benefits that opposite-sex couples take for granted.

Yesterday, the Obama administration urged the Supreme Court to strike down state laws that ban same-sex marriage. In addition, more than 200 members of Congress, nearly 300 businesses, hundreds of mayors, a group of law professors, and a number of women’s groups and other activist organizations filed amicus briefs to the Supreme Court last week asking for an end to marriage bans once and for all. 

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on state marriage bans beginning April 28. Let’s do this. (via BuzzFeed)

On March 2nd, 2016, the United States Supreme Court will hear the most important reproductive rights case in almost 25 years. The decision will determine whether Texas can shut down nearly all abortion care providers in the state and prevent 5.4 million women of reproductive age from accessing the healthcare they need.

Using craft as activism, artist Chi Nguyen — in partnership with the Textile Arts Center and the Center for Reproductive Rights — is holding a series of stitch-ins to make physical the number of women whose right to safe and legal abortion is currently at risk. With each line representing an individual woman, the 5.4 Million and Counting project is only finished when all 5.4 million lines are embroidered.

The public is invited to Draw the Line by joining the embroidery process at the stitch-ins, or by sending in their own 10×10” swatches with as many tally marks (卌) as they would like to embroider. All swatches will be patched onto a larger quilt to be used at the Supreme Court rally on March 2nd, 2016.

Join a Stitch-in:

Textile Arts Center

Location: TAC Brooklyn, 505 Carroll St., Brooklyn, NY 11215
Thursday, February 18: 6-9PM
Monday, February 22: 6-9PM

Location: TAC Manhattan, 26 W. 8th St., New York, NY 10011
Sunday, February 21: 2-7PM
Sunday, February 28: 11AM-6PM

Magnolia Fund 
Location: Hodgepodge Coffee House, 720 Moreland Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30316
Saturday, February 20: 2-6PM

Lauren Leone & Washington Street Art Center

Location: Washington Street Art - 321 Washington Street Somerville, MA 02143
Saturday, February 20, 12-4PM

How to Participate:

  • If you cannot join the public stitch-ins but would like to participate, please follow the directions below. We cannot accomplish this project without you.
  • You can use a 10×10 inch swatch in any material and color. A contrasting thread color is important to ensure that your tallies are visible.
  • Once finished, indicate the number of lines you have embroidered on a notecard. Please write your name on the same card if you would like to be acknowledged by the project.
  • Send all materials to:
    Kelly Valletta, 5.4 Million and Counting Project
    Textile Arts Center
    505 Carroll St.
    Brooklyn, NY 11215

Please contact Chi Nguyen at if you would like to host your own stitch-in!