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Sahil Kapur

Sahil Kapur is TPM's senior congressional reporter and Supreme Court correspondent. His articles have been published in the Huffington Post, The Guardian and The New Republic. Email him at sahil@talkingpointsmemo.com and follow him on Twitter at @sahilkapur.

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A group of Senate Democrats introduced legislation on Tuesday which would require federally funded hospitals—under Medicare or Medicaid—to provide emergency contraception to rape victims who request it.

The "Emergency Contraception Access and Education Act of 2014" was co-sponsored by Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ).

It says a contraceptive drug must be provided if it is approved by the FDA and "prevents pregnancy primarily by preventing or delaying ovulation, and does not terminate an established pregnancy."

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A judge in Louisiana on Monday struck down the state's gay marriage ban, declaring that it violates the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection, due process and "full faith and credit" between states.

State Judge Edward D. Rubin ruled Monday in favor of a lesbian couple's petition to both be recognized as their son's parents, holding that "Louisiana cannot define and regulate marriage to the extent that it infringes upon the constitutional rights of its petitioners."

"This court finds that there is no rational connection between Louisiana's laws prohibiting same sex marriage and its goals of linking children to intact families formed by their biological parents," he wrote.

Buddy Caldwell, Louisiana's Republican attorney general, plans to appeal the ruling.

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One month ago, the Obama administration tweaked its birth control mandate to address concerns of religious nonprofits who said filling out a form to opt out of paying for contraceptives would still make them complicit in sin.

Since then, various entities that sued have made clear they aren't satisfied with the new accommodation, and will keep fighting for a complete exemption so that they can block off insurance coverage for contraceptives, which they view as sin, for their women employees.

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A federal appeals court threw out a lawsuit by a group of conservative doctors who sued the Obama administration for violating the Obamacare statute by delaying the employer mandate.

A three-judge panel on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday unanimously affirmed a lower court decision that the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons lacked standing to sue because they failed to prove that the administration's move would harm them.

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