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Women may need to shop around for a new doctor if the first one refuses to perform an abortion for religious reasons. from www.shutterstock.com

Women may find it tougher to get an abortion if the religious discrimination bill becomes law

Doctors who won't perform abortions on religious grounds may have stronger legal protection and may not be compelled to refer women to an alternative provider. Here's why that's bad news for women.
Nimai Hajong and his wife, August 2018. Hajong was born in Bangladesh and moved to India when he was an infant. The 58-year-old, now considered a “foreigner” in his own state, poses with paperwork supporting his right to citizenship. A. Shamar/AFP

How the National Citizenship Registration in Assam is shaping a new national identity in India

On August 31, the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for the state of Assam, along the India-Bangladesh border will decide upon the future of millions of people in the state.
This now iconic picture shows representatives Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Abdullahi Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. They react at a press conference after Trump’s xenophobic remarks. AFP

These women’s accomplishments tell another story of America

In the US, women politicians from minority communities have become the leading faces of a new generation of politicians – one that will drive the 2020 elections.
Prosecutors should be required to consult forensic linguistic experts on cases involving voice evidence, rather than solely relying on ‘ad hoc’ experts. Shutterstock

Can criminal suspects be identified just by the sound of their voice?

Researchers have warned about the reliability of voice evidence in criminal cases. Yet, there are few legal guidelines on the use of such evidence in court.
Israel Folau is claiming that Rugby Australia unlawfully sacked him because of his religion. The organisation, however, contends the rugby star violated the terms of its code of conduct by discriminating against LGBTQ people. Lukas Coch/AAP

Why the Israel Folau case could set an important precedent for employment law and religious freedom

What makes Folau's case unique is that it sets up a clash between employment contract law and legal protections against discrimination on the basis of religion.
The Lake Tyers football team in the late 1930s. The club was incredibly successful, winning the East Gippsland League in 1934, 1938 and 1939. Colin and Paul Tatz, Black Pearls: The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Hall of Fame

The long and complicated history of Aboriginal involvement in football

With the AFL's indigenous round about to take place, it's important to recognise the full history of Indigenous involvement in the sport, including the many obstacles players faced.
Indian activists hold candles and portraits of 20th century Indian social reformer B. R. Ambedkar as they take part in a protest against a Supreme Court order that allegedly diluted the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in Kolkata on April 4, 2018. AFP

Despite political setbacks in India, Dalit voices grow stronger

Anti-caste and Dalit movements have emerged as a voice to count on as India's 2019 legislative elections unfold.
Science tells us that body weight is not just about lifestyle, and yet health-care providers often assume that people with obesity are lazy and lack willpower, and that fatness is the only relevant health issue. (Rudd Center)

How anti-fat bias in health care endangers lives

One year ago, Ellen Maud Bennett asked women of size to make her death from cancer matter -- by advocating for their own health.
A racial wealth gap is persisting after centuries enslavement and systemic discrimination. Hyejin Kang/Shutterstock.com

The case for African American reparations, explained

Thanks to demographic and political changes, Democratic contenders are addressing this issue for the first time.

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