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NH: Senate and House Divisions Crystalize over Abortion Bills

April 25, 2012

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NHPR, April 25, 2012 by Sam Evans-Brown All eyes were on the State Senate today, where lawmakers voted down a bevy of bills that would regulate abortion and allow employers to opt out of covering contraception. State lawmakers have traditionally rejected such measures, but the issue has become a point of friction between the house […]

Idaho doctor-lawyer fights fetal pain abortion law

April 17, 2012

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Seattle Times, April 17, 2012 by Rebecca Boone The first challenge to the constitutionality of the so-called fetal pain anti-abortion laws enacted in several states has come from an unlikely place. So has the second. BOISE, Idaho — The first challenge to the constitutionality of the so-called fetal pain anti-abortion laws enacted in several states […]

Ohio House Republicans move to cut funding to Planned Parenthood

April 17, 2012

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The Columbus Dispatch, April 17, 2012 by Jim Siegel House Republicans added a provision to the mid-biennium review today that would significantly cut or eliminate federal funding to Planned Parenthood. By implementing a new priority system for federal family planning dollars, similar to what was enacted in Texas, abortion rights opponents say the proposal may […]

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signs new limits on abortion providers

April 16, 2012

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Clarion Ledger, April16, 2012 by The Associated Press Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday signed a bill putting new requirements on doctors who work at the state’s only abortion clinic. It becomes law July 1. It says anyone performing abortions in an abortion facility must be an obstetrician-gynecologist with admitting privileges at a local hospital. […]

Abortion foes ready new Ohio attack

April 16, 2012

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Herald Dispatch, April 16, 2012 by The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Supporters of an Ohio bill that would impose the nation’s strictest abortion limit are preparing stepped-up attacks as lawmakers return to Columbus. National Right to Life founder Jack Willke demands in a full-page newspaper ad expected to appear in the Columbus Dispatch […]

Our Bodies, Their Politics

April 16, 2012

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In These Times, April 16, 2012 by Marilyn Katz The last few months have made abundantly clear what women must do: Rid America’s capitols of misogynists. The first “women’s group” that I was involved in was not born out of feminist theory or organized by intellectual women on campus. Rather it was in 1966 in […]

State Policy Trends: Abortion and Contraception in the Crosshairs

April 13, 2012

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RH Reality Check, April 13, 2012 by Rachel Benson Gold and Elizabeth Nash In the first three months of 2012, legislators introduced 944 provisions related to reproductive health and rights in 45 of the 46 legislatures that have convened this year. Half of these provisions would restrict abortion access. So far, 75 abortion restrictions have […]

Laws Affecting Reproductive Health and Rights: Trends in the First Quarter of 2012

April 11, 2012

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Guttmacher Institute, April 11, 2012  To date, legislators have introduced 944 provisions related to reproductive health and rights in 45 of the 46 legislatures that have convened this year. (Legislatures in Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Texas do not meet in 2012.) Fully half of these provisions would restrict abortion. So far this year, 76 […]

Prenatal care debate divides Nebraska Republicans

April 5, 2012

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CBS News, April 5, 2012 by The Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. — The issues of illegal immigration and abortion have split Nebraska’s Republican-dominated politics, with some conservatives supporting a plan to offer state aid to pregnant women in the country illegally and others arguing that doing so would violate a bedrock GOP belief. The measure […]

How to kill an abortion bill: Step one: Wait for a politician to say something stupid. Repeat

March 29, 2012

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Salon, March 29, 2012 by Irin Carmon Jessica Luther was never much of an activist, until she started reading about antiabortion laws online last year. When the government nearly shut down over the funding of Planned Parenthood, Luther started posting satire on Tumblr from her home in Texas. But as she learned about states proposing, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]