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Legality of Abortion Up to the States

Legality of Abortion Up to the States

by Robin Roenker In June 2022, through its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that abortion—a medical procedure to intentionally end a pregnancy—is not a right protected by the U.S. Constitution. As a result,...
Does Banning Books Violate the First Amendment?

Does Banning Books Violate the First Amendment?

by Sylvia Mendoza At the start of every school year, there are renewed efforts to ban books in school libraries and public libraries. According to the American Library Association (ALA), the 2021-2022 school year had a record number of book ban requests and the...
Using Rap Lyrics as Evidence in Court

Using Rap Lyrics as Evidence in Court

by Emily Pecot In his song, Folsom Prison Blues, Johnny Cash wrote: “I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.” Should that line be taken literally? Did Johnny Cash really shoot someone? Artistic freedom is a right afforded under the U.S. Constitution’s First...
Athletes Navigate Transgender Sports Bans

Athletes Navigate Transgender Sports Bans

by Emily Pecot Participation in sports—from Little League to high school to the collegiate level—is about more than just winning. Involvement in sports promotes life skills such as discipline, responsibility, self-confidence, and teamwork. According to Inside Higher...
Voter Suppression: No Voice, No Representation

Voter Suppression: No Voice, No Representation

by Sylvia Mendoza The U.S. Constitution established the United States as a democratic republic, meaning that representatives of our government—federal, state, and local—are elected by its citizens. Voting, in fact, is considered a civic duty and the way that citizens...
Coping with the Tragedy of Indian Boarding Schools

Coping with the Tragedy of Indian Boarding Schools

by Daryl E. Lucas Imagine being taken from your family, told you can’t speak the language you’ve always spoken, wear the clothes you’ve always worn, observe the cultural traditions you’ve always held, and you would now be called by a different “American” name. That...