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James S. Cole

James S. Cole graduated from Harvard Law School in 1978 and practices law in St. Louis, Missouri.



ACLU tackles US Catholic bishops over abortion
17 Dec 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, ACLU, contraceptives, USCCB
If the ACLU is really interested in women's health, it should tackle carcinogenic contraceptives.


Tweaking the law works
5 Aug 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, abortion law reform, US
Patient, incremental change in US abortion laws really does save lives. Thousands of them.


Which comes first: changing the culture or changing the law?
29 Jul 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court, US
It is a huge mistake for foes of legalized abortion to retire from the political arena.


US v. Windsor: a pit stop, not the finish line
1 Jul 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: same-sex marriage, US Supreme Court, US v. Windsor
The murky reasoning of the Supreme Court suggests that it is searching for reasons to justify imposing "gay marriage" on states which have not already legalized it.


When a state government refuses to defend its marriage laws
20 Jan 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: California, same-sex marriage, US Supreme Court
A crucial case before the US Supreme Court will determine whether sovereignty lies in the hand of the people or judges.


“Gay marriage”, courts and the executive power
3 Jan 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Defense of Marriage Act, same-sex marriage, US Supreme Court
Two cases before the US Supreme Court could be used to hand more power to the White House.


Moving the goalposts on DOMA
6 Jun 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: jurisprudence, same-sex marriage
A vital case in the debate on same-sex marriage was settled with the help of judicial legerdemain.


The rhetoric of judicial activism
12 Apr 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: Barack Obama, judicial activism, Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court
President Obama's complaint about judicial activism rings hollow in the light of other controversial decisions handed down by the Supreme Court.


Abdicating the rule of law
7 Mar 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: 2012 elections, democracy, US
The Obama Administration and some state officials are ruling by executive decree. Would the Founding Fathers have approved?


Tightening the screws
7 Feb 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: Obama politics, religious freedom
The Obama Adminstration is attacking religious rights by mandating that all health-care plans, even church-run one, must provide cover for abortion and contraception.


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