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A Ceasefire in the Assault on Women and their Reproductive Health?

June 4, 2012

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Huffington Post, June 4, 2012 by Robert Walker It was inevitable. Sooner or later, political pundits would be looking for that Etch A Sketch moment when conservative Republicans would quietly retreat from their war on contraception. But are the pundits right? Is that moment really here? Are we witnessing a ceasefire in the assault on […]

Missouri lawmakers approve anti-abortion, contraception bill

May 18, 2012

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STL Today, May 18, 2012 by Elizabeth Crisp JEFFERSON CITY • The Missouri Legislature wants to give employers the right to refuse to provide health care coverage for services that go against their religious or moral beliefs. The legislation, which is aimed primarily at abortion, contraception and sterilization, made it out of the Capitol today and […]

Missouri House Passes A Bill Allowing Medical Professionals To Deny Women’s Access To Contraception

May 16, 2012

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Think Progress, May 16, 2012 by Zachary Bernstein The Missouri House passed a “conscience bill” yesterday to allow health care workers to deny health care to women. Under the law, medical professionals cannot be fired or discriminated against for refusing to provide contraception or perform abortions if it conflicted with their personal views, while employers […]

A State-By-State Guide to 2012’s Anti-Choice Laws (So Far)

May 11, 2012

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Jezebel, May 11, 2012 by Erin Gloria Ryan No matter what you call this golden era in American legislating — the War on Women, the Imaginary War on Caterpillars, Tamponaroo — 2012 is, for better or worse, an exciting/harrowing time to have female anatomy, or to be a guy who enjoys having sexual relations with […]

Taxpayer-Funded Crisis Pregnancy Centers Using Religion To Oppose Abortion

April 24, 2012

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Huffington Post, April 24, 2012 by Sofia Resnick WASHINGTON — If you want to help carry out the anti-abortion mission of the taxpayer-funded Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center, you have to be a Christian. It’s right there on the Rapid City, S.D., center’s volunteer application. “Do you consider yourself a Christian?” “If yes, how long […]

Oklahoma ‘personhood’ bill poses challenge to Roe

April 9, 2012

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Thomson Reuters, April 9, 2012 by Terry Baynes (Reuters) – The next major challenge to the constitutional right to abortion in the United States could be a strategically-worded anti-abortion bill gaining momentum in the Oklahoma legislature. Oklahoma Senate Bill 1433, or the Personhood Act, grants embryos full rights as people from the moment of fertilization. […]

Kansas Abortion Bill: Lawmakers Vote To Allow Medical Professionals To Refuse Information

March 30, 2012

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Huffington Post, March 30, 2012 by John Celock The Republican-controlled Kansas House of Representatives this week passed legislation making it easier for doctors, nurses and pharmacists to deny abortion and sterilization coverage, including refusing to refer patients to a doctor who would treat them. The bill, which could come up for a vote in the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Leader of anti-abortion group joins Republican race for Missouri governor

March 26, 2012

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The Republic, March 26, 2012 by The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The leader of a group that opposes abortion and embryonic stem cell research is running for Missouri governor. Fred Sauer, who heads Missouri Roundtable for Life, filed Monday with the secretary of state’s office to run in the August Republican primary. Sauer, […]

Transvaginal ultrasound bill in Virginia, ‘personhood’ measures nationwide change battle lines on abortion: A Closer Look

February 19, 2012

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Cleveland.com, February 19, 2012 by Cliff Pinckard Last week, the state House and Senate in Virginia passed two anti-abortion bills, one a ‘personhood’ law that “defines personhood at conception and “provides that unborn children at every stage of development enjoy all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of the […]