Bridgette Dunlap

Bridgette Dunlap

Attorney and legal commentator.

Writing about politics, public understanding of the law, criminal justice, law & religion, reproductive rights, human rights, professional protectionism, and such.

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Three Constitutional Basics Every Abortion Rights Supporter Should ...

Abortion opponents regularly talk as though no restriction is off the table when it comes to stripping away reproductive rights. Pro-choicers need to know why abortion is a constitutional right and what boundaries the U.S. Supreme Court has set out to protect it.

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How Anonymous Does More Harm Than Good for Sexual Assault Victims - Rewire

Women don’t need to be avenged by "white knights." We need the knowledge and the legal resources to vindicate our rights ourselves....

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No, Texas Law Does Not Say You Can Shoot an Escort Who Refuses to Have Sex - Rewire

A misreading of the verdict in an upsetting Texas case has gone viral, since Gawker claimed: “Texas Says It's OK to Shoot an Escort If She Won't Have Sex With You.” Texas law does not say that, and the jury didn’t either.

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For It Before They Were Against It: Catholic Universities and Birth Control - RH Reality Check

Last week was Catholic Schools Week, an ideal moment to review the history of advocacy for contraceptive access at Catholic-affiliated schools....

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Here's What You Need to Know About Your Birth Control Access Post-Supreme Court Ruling - Rewire

Yes, the Zubik v. Burwell case challenged the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage mandate. But that shouldn't stop you from getting your reproductive health needs met—without a co-payment....

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Learn Your Rights: Touching a Pregnant Person's Stomach Is Illegal, and Has Been for Some Time - Rewire

Numerous media outlets are reporting that Pennsylvania has banned the touching of a pregnant person’s belly without permission with a “new” or “renewed” or “expanded” law. However, it is already illegal to touch a person without consent in every state, pregnant or not....

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Off-Campus Catholic Conservatives Meddle With Abortion Coverage for Loyola Marymount Faculty - Rewire

Having to fight your employer for health-care equity is bad; having to fight whoever else has an opinion on it is worse....

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My Short-Lived Hope for a More Compassionate Catholic Church - Rewire

Pope Francis said he objects to “laboratories” where out-of-touch people in power develop solutions to problems they don’t understand. Yet it seems those efforts don't include a willingness to try and understand actual women’s lives....

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Why a Catholic School Teacher Was Fired for an IVF Pregnancy—And Why She Was Awarded $171,000 (UPDATED) - Rewire

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati argued that although Christa Dias was hired to teach computer classes and is not Catholic, she was still considered a minister of the Catholic Church and therefore could be fired for not adhering to Catholic teachings about IVF. But Dias won in court....

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Unethical, Cruel, and Likely Illegal: Anti-Choicers Make Family's Tragedy Public Without Their Consent - Rewire

Anti-choice activist Jill Stanek recently published online the name and photo of a woman who passed away following a late-term abortion at the Maryland clinic of Dr. Leroy Carhart.  Beyond being unethical and unbelievably cruel, making her family’s tragedy public without their consent was likely illegal....

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Self-Certification and the Contraceptive Coverage Rule: What Does it Mean for an Institution to “Hold Itself Out as Religious?" - Rewire

Some religiously-affiliated institutions characterize themselves as "secular" when recruiting or seeking public funding but "church-controlled" when demanding exemptions from the law, such as the birth control benefit. Potential employees, students, and patients—as well as taxpayers generally—deserve to know who they are dealing with....

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Defending the Right to Bodily Integrity: The Reproductive Justice Movement and Force-Feeding at Guantanamo - Rewire

Given our commitment to recognizing and dismantling systems of oppression that deny individuals self-determination and bodily integrity, reproductive justice advocates must demand an end to force-feeding at Guantanamo....

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A Question for Anti-Choicers: How, Exactly, Would Your Rape Exception Work? - Rewire

No politician or pundit should get away with claiming he supports any “exception” without facing the obvious follow-up question: “How, exactly, would it work?”...