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Nina Martin is ProPublica’s first reporter covering gender and sexuality. She joined the staff in September 2013 after spending much of the last decade at San Francisco magazine as articles editor (since 2007) and executive editor (2003-2005).

Martin has been a reporter and editor specializing in women’s, legal and health issues for more than 30 years. Her early career included stints at The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, and the International Herald Tribune. Her work has appeared in many magazines, including Health, Mother Jones, Elle, and The Nation.

Martin is based in Berkeley, Calif.

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A Showdown Year for Reproductive Rights

Two potentially sweeping Supreme Court cases set the stage for a seismic shift in the battle over abortion and contraception.

For Abortion Providers, a Constant Barrage of Personalized Harassment

Shootings like the one at a Colorado clinic are rare. Stalking, hate mail, and intimidating protests are the daily reality.

Alabama Considers a Step Back From Prosecuting Pregnant Drug Users

A task force studying ways to fix the state’s broken health care system takes aim at a law that criminalizes prenatal drug use.

Our Reading List for the Supreme Court’s Texas Abortion Case

The justices reopen the abortion debate by agreeing to decide whether the state’s restrictions on clinics and abortion doctors go too far.

How Some Alabama Hospitals Quietly Drug Test New Mothers — Without Their Consent

As hundreds of Alabama women face child endangerment charges, hospitals are mostly mum on their testing policies – even with the patients.

Take a Valium, Lose Your Kid, Go to Jail

In Alabama, anti-drug fervor and abortion politics have turned a meth-lab law into the country's harshest weapon against pregnant women.

Alabama’s Meth Lab Law, Abortion Rights and the Strange Case of Jane Doe

After a woman is jailed for exposing her fetus to drugs, county officials refuse to release her for an abortion and ask a judge to strip her of parental rights.

Behind Supreme Court’s Obamacare Case, A Secretive Society’s Hidden Hand

For more than 30 years, the Federalist Society has worked behind the scenes to shape Supreme Court outcomes to a conservative agenda. In King v. Burwell, its influence could eliminate health insurance subsidies for millions of people.

7 Reproductive Rights Issues to Watch in 2015

Changes for abortion, contraception and more top the agenda with Republicans in the majority in Congress and many state legislatures.

U.S. Bishops Take Aim at Sterilization

A toughening of Catholic medical directives could include enforcing a ban on tubal ligations.

Pregnancy Discrimination Case Reaches Supreme Court

Here’s some preparatory reading for the latest gender rights fight.

Catholic Bishops Vote to Revise Rules for Health Care Partnerships

With Catholic health systems expanding, stricter rules could have implications for reproductive and maternity care across the country.

North Dakota Abortion Amendment Fails

An abortion measure in North Dakota that had raised concern among opponents about in vitro fertilization and end-of-life care failed after being 17 points up in polls.

As Vote Nears, North Dakota Amendment Stirs Debate About More Than Abortion

Money and strategists are shaping a nationally watched campaign amid talk of in vitro fertilization and end-of-life care.

This Alabama Judge Has Figured Out How to Dismantle Roe v. Wade

Tom Parker’s writings fuel the biggest threat to abortion rights in a generation.

The Personhood Movement

Where the personhood movement came from and where it stands today.

Judge Throws Out Murder Charge in Mississippi Fetal Harm Case

The ruling means that the woman whose drug use had her facing a possible life term can at most be charged with manslaughter in the death of her stillborn daughter.

A Reading List on the Hobby Lobby Cases

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on religious exemption cases. Here’s how to get up to speed.

In Healthcare Suit Against Catholic Bishops, the Specter of an Early Defeat

The ACLU’s case against the U.S. Bishops Conference – heralded by some as a bold legal stroke – could be thwarted on procedural grounds.

A Stillborn Child, A Charge of Murder and the Disputed Case Law on ‘Fetal Harm’

Rennie Gibbs is facing life in prison for taking cocaine during her pregnancy. Hers is among a burgeoning number of cases in which women are prosecuted for allegedly endangering their unborn children.
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