Mass. AG Backs ACLU Over Victims' Services In 1st Circ.

Law360, New York (October 29, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT) -- Massachusetts and several nonprofit groups told the First Circuit on Wednesday that a federal judge properly deemed unconstitutional a $16 million federal contract award tasking a Catholic organization with providing services to human-trafficking victims because its restrictions on reproductive health services undermined government aid efforts.

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said in an amicus brief that funding to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for medical services to women under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act shortchanged victims...
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