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Most Americans Oppose Cutting Funds for Planned Parenthood

Americans overwhelmingly oppose cutting off federal funds for Planned Parenthood, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds, a debate that is likely to come to a head this week between the Republican-controlled Congress and the Democratic White House.

By 58%-33%, those surveyed Wednesday through Sunday said the group's funding shouldn't be eliminated. The national poll of 1,000 likely voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Wisconsin Abortion Law Ruled Unconstitutional

A Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to get admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday.

The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel's ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services. The groups argue that the 2013 law amounts to an unconstitutional restriction on abortion. The law has been on hold since a federal judge struck it down earlier this year.

Supreme Court's Abortion Decision will Impact All Women

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear a challenge to tough abortion restrictions in Texas raises questions about the legal fate of similar laws in more than a dozen other states.

The court's ruling, due by June, could spell out the extent to which states can impose clinic regulations likely to restrict access to abortion as an outpatient procedure. If the court strikes down the Texas law, similar laws would also fall. But if the court rules in favor of the state, then more states would be able to follow suit.

Statements by US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Obama said the security of Israel is one of his top foreign policy priorities during a meeting at the White House with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Nov. 9.

President Obama:
"Welcome once again Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to the Oval Office. There's no foreign leader who I've met with more frequently and I think that's a testimony to the extraordinary bond between the United States and Israel.

Some Victories For Choice

It's been a surprisingly positive week in reproductive rights. The third GOP presidential debate, which aired last Wednesday, stayed far away from reproductive rights, including every Republican's favorite talking point — Planned Parenthood — sparing us viewers from more gross misinformation and offensive comparisons of abortion to slavery (thanks for that, Ben Carson). Instead, this week brought new victories for Planned Parenthood, the overturning of a potentially dangerous law in Oklahoma, and the repeal of China's most contentious — and sexist — policy.

Supreme Court accepts challenge to health law’s contraceptive mandate

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear another challenge to the Affordable Care Act, this time to decide whether religiously affiliated organizations such as universities, hospitals and charities should be free from playing any role in providing employees with contraceptive coverage.

The case pits questions of religious liberty against a woman’s right to equal health care access, and it is the fourth time in five years the court will consider some aspect of what has come to be known as Obamacare.

Supreme Court Looms Large in 2016 Election

If a Democrat wins the White House, the result could be a liberal court for decades to come, with an impact on issues such as abortion, campaign financing, political redistricting and voting rights.

Wedged between the Republican and Democratic national conventions next July will fall an event of greater long-term significance for the future of the republic: Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's 80th birthday.

Why Don't We Have Common Sense Gun Laws?

For decades, the NRA has fought every effort to get Congress and states to adopt reasonable laws that would make it much less likely for people who should not have guns to own and purchase guns. 

Although 26-year-old Christopher Harper-Mercer pulled the trigger on the gun that killed nine people at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Thursday, Wayne LaPierre, the fanatic executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, also has blood on his hands.