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“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”  –Gloria Steinem This quote from Gloria Steinem seemed perfect for July since many of us try to steal some extra time to enjoy the beauty that is summer in Maine – and perhaps spend a […]

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This post was written by Isabel Mullin, the 2014 Linda Smith Dyer Fellow at the Maine Women’s Policy Center.    This June, the Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that instituted zones outside reproductive health care facilities to provide a buffer for patients from harassment, intimidation, and the threat of violence from protesters.  […]

  • Comments Off on Looking at the McCullen v. Coakley Decision

This post was written by Isabel Mullin, the 2014 Linda Smith Dyer Fellow for the Maine Women’s Policy Center.  This June, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that “closely held for-profit corporations” may deny their employees insurance coverage of contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act if it violates their religious beliefs.  In doing […]

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The D.C. Circuit Court, aka the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, is widely seen as second in importance only to the U.S. Supreme Court. Comprised of 11 active judges (when all seats are filled), the D.C. Circuit Court is the immediate and exclusive court of appeals for government agency […]

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With marriage equality being part of everyday discussions and debates all over the country, it was inevitable that the U.S. Supreme Court (also know as SCOTUS) would eventually have its say. Earlier this year the Court heard oral arguments for two cases, the decisions of which will change the marriage equality discussion forever. Both of […]


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