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Missouri Contraception Law: Legislators Approve Bill Allowing Refusal Of Abortion Care

March 29, 2012

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Huffington Post, March 29, 2012 by John Celock The Republican-controlled Missouri House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday afternoon that would allow the denial of certain medical services to women for religious reasons, following an emotional debate where the majority leader was forced to deny he compared women to farm animals. House Majority Leader […]

Kan. House advances abortion ‘conscience’ bill despite fears of limiting birth control access

March 28, 2012

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The Republic, March 28, 2012 by John Hanna TOPEKA, Kan. — A bill designed to give Kansas health care providers greater legal protections if they refuse any involvement in abortion moved Wednesday toward passage in the state House, despite concerns that it could lessen access to birth control. The House gave the measure first-round approval […]

Arizona state Senate defeats bill on contraception

March 28, 2012

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Associated Press, March 28, 2012 by Paul Davenport PHOENIX (AP) — Majority Republicans were split Wednesday as the Arizona Senate narrowly rejected a bill to allow more employers to drop health insurance coverage for birth control amid concerns that the proposal jeopardized women’s care and privacy. Supporters had changed the bill ahead of the vote […]

Idaho ultrasound bill killed

March 28, 2012

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The Spokesman-Review, March 28, 2012 by Betsy Z. Russell Backers promise to retool and return next year with anti-abortion measure BOISE – Idaho’s forced ultrasound bill was killed for good Tuesday, when a House committee chairman said he won’t allow a hearing on the bill and anti-abortion activists said they’re withdrawing it. “The big problem that’s been […]

Oklahoma’s ‘Personhood’ Bill Advances from House Committee

March 28, 2012

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Tulsa World, March 28, 2012 by Randy Krehbiel OKLAHOMA CITY – An amended version of a controversial “personhood” bill advanced from the House Public Health committee Tuesday over warnings of unintended consequences. Senate Bill 1443 says “the laws of this state shall be interpreted and construed to acknowledge on behalf of the unborn child at […]

Losing my religion for equality

March 28, 2012

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National Times (Australia), July 15, 2009 by Jimmy Carter Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God. I HAVE been a practising Christian all my life and a deacon and Bible teacher for many years. My faith is a source of strength and comfort […]

Oklahoma Court Strikes Down Ultrasound Abortion Law

March 28, 2012

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News 9, March 28, 2012 by Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY -An Oklahoma County judge has permanently blocked a state law that requires women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus prior to the abortion.District Judge Brian Dixon handed down an order Wednesday ruling that the law is […]

New Fertility Clinic Causes a Stir in Naperville

March 28, 2012

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Parenting, March 28, 2012 by Sarah Preston Gorenstein Would you object to a new fertility clinic in your town? Or would you welcome it? A physician specializing in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, Dr. Randy Morris, wants to open a fertility clinic in Naperville, Illinois, to serve the patients in its surrounding western suburbs. Sounds like […]

Vagina enters stage left — or is it right?

March 28, 2012

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CNN, March 28, 2012 by Wayne Drash If anyone is comfortable speaking openly and boldly about women’s bodies, it’s Eve Ensler. The playwright and activist behind “The Vagina Monologues” has been at it for years. So when she watches American politics of late — especially the conversations swirling around women’s reproductive rights — she feels […]

Women should speak out against SB 1433

March 27, 2012

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The Norman Transcript, March 27, 2012 by Nadine Jewell History shows that changing laws are not always an improvement. When Prohibition passed, the law gave rise to bathtub gin, speak-easies, bootleggers and moonshine. When marijuana was banned, hemp for rope was outlawed, but drug dealers became rich as the use of the weed grew in popularity. […]

My turn: Rape survivor opposes SB1387

March 27, 2012

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CDApress.com, March 27, 2012 by Kathleen Peterson I am a wife, mother, grandmother. I am also a woman married to a minister and am a professional designer and artist. Further, I am a survivor of rape, among other hideous indiscretions, by my father when I was in the eighth grade. Recently, I decided to seek […]

Oklahoma House committee passes personhood bill

March 27, 2012

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Muskogee Phoenix, March 27, 2012 by Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — Members of an Oklahoma House panel have approved legislation that would grant “personhood” status to human embryos. The Oklahoma House’s Public Health Committee voted 7-4 for the Senate-passed measure Tuesday and sent it to the full House. The bill provides embryos and fetuses “all […]

Arizona Senate Approves Anti-Abortion Bill

March 27, 2012

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MyFox Phoenix, March 27, 2012 by Michelle L. Price PHOENIX (AP) – The Arizona Senate has approved a sweeping anti-abortion bill that generally bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and institutes new disclosure requirements, including one that requires women to look at a state-run website with images of fetuses at two-week intervals. The 20-week […]

House Advances CIANA, Anti-Abortion Bill, Without Rape Or Incest Exceptions

March 27, 2012

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Huffington Post, March 27, 2012 by Laura Bassett The House Judiciary Committee voted 20-13 on Tuesday to advance a bill that would make it a crime for anyone but a parent to accompany a young woman outside of her home state to have an abortion. The committee rejected several proposed amendments that would have provided […]

Dear Big Brother Government, Stay Out of My Uterus

March 27, 2012

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The Cranky Knitter, March 27, 2012 I recently joined the group Government Free VJJ.  This is a group of people (mostly women, but some men, too!) that are making uteri and vaginas and sending them to male lawmakers with the basic message of “stay out of my uterus!”  This started as a group of knitters […]