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6/29/2015 - The Supreme Court Just Saved Texas Abortion Clinics
The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 today to put a temporary hold on a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that would have closed all but 9 of the state's abortion clinics in Texas. The order from the Supreme Court comes in response to an emergency request filed by women's health care providers on the behalf of Texas women earlier this month asking the Court to stay House Bill 2, which would have taken effect as law on Wednesday....

6/22/2015 - The Fifth Circuit Has Put Texas Abortion Clinics in Crisis
The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to suspend a ruling upholding harmful anti-abortion provisions from June 9, despite an emergency request filed by women's health care providers asking the Court to "preserve abortion access for all Texas women." The Texas Appeals Court previously stated that forcing a woman seeking abortion care to leave the state does not pose undue burden....

6/22/2015 - Planned Parenthood Cleared to Apply for License in New Orleans
The Louisiana health department has allowed Planned Parenthood to apply for a license to provide abortion services in New Orleans, backtracking on a previous rule that barred the organization from opening a clinic in the city. In January, under the administration of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) issued a letter to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast refusing to allow its new state of the art clinic in New Orleans to perform abortions on the legal "excuse" that it did not show a need for a new facility to perform abortions in Louisiana....

6/12/2015 - An Appeals Court Just Upheld the Law Closing Abortion Clinics in Texas
Texas' Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld harmful anti-abortion provisions this week stating that forcing a woman seeking abortion care to leave the state does not pose undue burden....

6/11/2015 - UPDATE: Murder Charges Dropped for Georgia Woman Taking Abortion Pills
Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards announced yesterday that murder charges against a Georgia woman who ended her pregnancy using a prescription abortion pill she ordered online have been dropped. According to Dougherty County authorities, Kenlissa Jones was arrested on Saturday after a call from hospital social worker....

6/10/2015 - Georgia Woman Charged with Murder for Taking Abortion Pills
A 23-year-old Georgia woman was arrested yesterday and charged with malice murder and possession of a dangerous drug for attempting an at-home abortion using the drug misoprostol....

6/9/2015 - Virginia's Abortion Clinics Renew Licenses Amidst Regulation Dispute
The Virginia Board of Health announced last week that all 18 abortion clinics in the state have renewed their licenses, despite anti-abortion efforts to place limitations on Virginia clinics. Virginia has issued a number of Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws and regulations over the past few years, causing 13 of the state's 18 abortion clinics to fall under regulating violations....

6/8/2015 - Organizations Urge the President to Reinterpret Helms Amendment and Aid Nigerian Refugees
Catholics for Choice in partnership with the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) launched a campaign last week in response to more than 200 girls raped and impregnated by Boko Haram members, urging President Obama to reinterpret the Helms Amendment to include abortion care. Over 400 women and children who were kidnapped by Boko Haram were returned earlier this year, many of whom are pregnant as the result of rape....

6/5/2015 - Medical Experts Are Challenging an Arizona Law that Forces Doctors to Lie to Women
Arizona health care providers filed a complaint in federal court yesterday challenging a recently passed state law requiring doctors to give patients false information, including that it may be possible to "reverse" a medical abortion. At issue is a provision in SB 1318, which passed 18 to 11 and is scheduled to take effect next month, that requires doctors to provide false information about medical abortions to those seeking abortion care....

6/3/2015 - Groups Hold National Day of Action to Oppose "Fast Tracking" of TPP
Activist groups are hosting a National Call-in Day of Action today, asking individuals across the nation to call their Representatives in the U.S....

6/1/2015 - Kansas House Passes Amendment to Abortion Bill
The Kansas House of Representatives passed a bill this weekend to slightly lessen Kansas women's access to abortion care....

5/29/2015 - Appeals Court Rules Abortion Ban Past 12 Weeks Unconstitutional
The eight circuit Court of Appeals just ruled an Arkansas abortion ban at 12 weeks of pregnancy as unconstitutional, permanently blocking this extreme abortion ban. SB 134, which state legislators attempted to pass as a regulation, would ban all abortions past 12 weeks with very few exceptions for cases of rape, incest, or medical emergencies....

5/27/2015 - California Passes Reproductive FACT Act
The California State Assembly passed the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act yesterday. AB 775, or the FACT Act, passed 48-25 in a vote, and requires that unlicensed facilities in California that provide pregnancy-related services disclose that they are not licensed medical providers....

5/26/2015 - Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
Over the weekend, the people of Ireland voted overwhelmingly to pass a national referendum legalizing same-sex marriage. Ireland became the first country in the world to pass marriage equality through popular vote on Friday....

5/22/2015 - Senate Votes to Advance "Fast Tracking" of Dangerous Trade Agreement
The US Senate voted 62 to 38 yesterday to advance "fast track" trade legislation, just one week after Senate Democrats filibustered the controversial bill that would allow President Obama to force Congress to vote up-or-down on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The TPP is a far-reaching trade agreement that has faced staunch opposition from a broad coalition of labor, environmental, women's rights, and human rights groups....

5/15/2015 - House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban Limiting Access for Rape Survivors
The House passed a 20-week abortion bill yesterday, making it plain that House Republicans feel that denying women access to abortion care is one of their top three priorities. HR 36, is a restrictive 20-week abortion ban that would force rape survivors seeking abortion care to either report the crime to authorities if under 18 years of age, or if over 18 years old, seek medical care or counseling at least 48 hours prior to having an abortion....

5/13/2015 - The House is Voting on a 20-Week Abortion Ban with Burdensome Rape Requirements Today
The House will vote on House Bill 36 today, a restrictive 20-week abortion ban that would force rape survivors seeking abortion care to either report the crime to authorities if under 18 years of age, or if over 18 years old, seek medical care or counseling at least 48 hours prior to having an abortion....

5/8/2015 - It's Been a Month: Purvi Patel is Still in Prison for a Miscarriage
Purvi Patel, a 33-year-old Indian-American who was convicted in Indiana for a miscarriage, has now been in prison for more than 30 days. Indiana claims Patel took illegal abortion-inducing drugs, that her fetus was born alive, and that the fetus subsequently died. The convictions for feticide and child neglect were based on little to no evidence, and on junk science that was literally created in the 17th century and is highly contested by scientists....

5/5/2015 - Sen. Reid Promises to Filibuster "Fast Track" for the TransPacific Partnership
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid has promised to delay efforts to push through the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal until the Senate first deals with two stalled bills that may soon expire. Reid says that the two measures, an infrastructure bill on highway funding, and reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), are "very complicated issues," that require the Senate's attention "before we even deal with [the Trans-Pacific Partnership]." The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive free trade agreement currently being promoted by the Obama Administration, has been heavily criticized by humanitarian groups, environmental groups, and medical groups....

5/1/2015 - House Reverses DC Law Banning Reproductive Health Discrimination by Employers
The US House of Representatives voted Thursday night to overturn a Washington, DC, law that makes it illegal for employers to retaliate against employees who use their insurance to cover procedures like in-vitro fertilization or abortion and contraception like birth control pills and IUDs for themselves, their spouses, or their children. The District's council passed the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act last year....

4/29/2015 - Purvi Patel, Imprisoned for a Miscarriage in Indiana, Has Filed an Appeal
Purvi Patel, who was convicted of feticide and felony neglect last month in Indiana for what she continually asserts was a miscarriage, filed an appeal arguing there is no proof she took drugs to intentionally end her pregnancy. A Stanford law professor, Lawrence Marshall, told WSBT 22 that he's taking Patel's case pro bono....

4/23/2015 - BREAKING: The Senate Just Confirmed Loretta Lynch for Attorney General After a Five-Month Delay
After a five-month battle, the Senate finally confirmed Loretta Lynch US Attorney General today, making her the first Black woman in US history to take on the role....

4/17/2015 - Senate Passes Compromise Bill Increasing Federal Funding for Abstinence-Only Sex Education
The Senate overwhelmingly approved of HR 2 on Tuesday, a $200 billion package that included an enormous increase of federal funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage (AOUM) curricula. The US Senate voted 92-8 to pass HR 2, which has been known as the "doc fix" for Medicaid reimbursement rates, as well as many other health care provisions....

4/8/2015 - Kansas Has Banned the Safest, Most Common Kind of Second-Trimester Abortion
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R), who is openly anti-abortion, just signed into law a bill that makes Kansas the first state to ban most second-trimester abortions. SB95, which was drafted by the National Right to Life Committee, will take effect July 1....

4/2/2015 - An Indiana Woman Was Just Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Having a Miscarriage
Purvi Patel, a 33-year-old woman from Indiana, has been found guilty of feticide and neglect and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Patel was convicted of both terminating her pregnancy on purpose and abandoning a live, delivered fetus....