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Midwives request court to stop law that requires licensing to practice

Plaintiffs spoke at a preliminary hearing held on Monday for an injunction of the Midwifery Restriction Law, which went into effect last year, at First Circuit Court of Hawai'i. The lawsuit against the State of Hawai'i was filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation to request a stop of the law’s criminalization of Native Hawaiian midwives and student midwives who traditionally train through apprenticeships.

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Pictured posing for a group photo after the hearing are five of the nine plaintiffs (L-R) Ezinne Dawson, Makalani Franco-Francis, Ki'inaniokalani Kaho'ohanohano, Morea Mendoza, Kiana Rowley.
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Supporters and plaintiffs hold hands for a pule, or prayer, after the preliminary hearing outside of the courthouse.
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Pictured are the plaintiffs, their legal team and supporters posing for a group photo at the courthouse stairs after the preliminary hearing.
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Pictured is Hillary Schneller, Attorney, Center for Reproductive Rights.
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Plaintiffs spoke at a preliminary hearing held on Monday for an injunction of the Midwifery Restriction Law, which went into effect last year, at First Circuit Court of Hawai'i. The lawsuit against the State of Hawai'i was filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation to request a stop of the law’s criminalization of Native Hawaiian midwives and student midwives who traditionally train through apprenticeships.
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Pictured are Pahnelopi McKenzie (L) and plaintiff Morea Mendoza during a group meeting after the hearing.

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