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Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, June 28, 2012)—Today, in a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and ruled that the individual mandate, which requires most individuals to buy health insurance, is constitutional. The Court upheld the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid eligibility, but also ruled that states that do not comply with the expanded Medicaid provisions cannot be denied existing...


Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, February 1, 2012)—Yesterday, Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced it would no longer financially support Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country to help them provide thousands of breast exams per year. Officials from Planned Parenthood, which offers wide-ranging reproductive health care services, with work focused on pro-choice decision-making and sexual education, say the funding was cut because of pressure...


(San Francisco, CA, December 11, 2008)—Today, the California Senate Committee on Public Safety held an informational meeting to examine issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in California’s prison system. Chaired by Sen. Gloria Romero (D-East Los Angeles), the meeting focused on the problems faced by LGBTQ people who are incarcerated, including harassment and abuse, unequal access to healthcare, and difficulties faced when re-entering into society. “I am...


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