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4/18/2014 - Texas Hospitals Revoke Admitting Privileges to Abortion Providers
Reproductive health access in Texas continues to vanish in the wake of HB 2, the omnibus anti-abortion bill that, among other things, requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges in order to keep their clinics open....

4/17/2014 - Federal Court Permanently Blocks North Dakota's Extreme 6-Week Abortion Ban
A federal district court permanently blocked one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the nation yesterday, calling it "invalid and unconstitutional." The North Dakota law, HB 1456, directly challenged Roe v....

4/15/2014 - Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women
Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency." Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor....

4/14/2014 - Advocates Ask Court To Reconsider Texas Admitting Privileges Case
The Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the ACLU of Texas filed a petition last week asking the full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to reexamine the constitutionality of the admitting privileges requirement contained in HB2, Texas' omnibus anti-abortion bill. "We're asking the court to acknowledge what is crystal clear--this law hurts women," said Louise Melling, ACLU deputy legal director....

4/11/2014 - Philippines Supreme Court Upholds Law Promoting Reproductive Health Access
The Philippines Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the country's Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act, also known as the RH Law, is constitutional....

4/11/2014 - Tennessee Legislature Approves Measure Criminalizing Pregnant Women
The Tennessee state legislature passed SB 1391 Wednesday, a bill that allows women who suffer from drug-related pregnancy complications to be charged with assault and potentially imprisoned. The bill would permit women to be charged with assault - theoretically up to the point of aggravated assault, which incurs a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison - if they have pregnancy complications after using illegal drugs or deliver children with "neonatal abstinence syndrome." The original bill allowed women to be charged with homicide if her fetus or baby died, but was later amended....

4/10/2014 - Ninth Circuit Blocks Arizona Restrictions on Medication Abortion
In a victory for Arizona women, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has blocked the state's restrictions on medication abortion. The Ninth Circuit issued a temporary injunction late Tuesday preventing Arizona from enforcing new regulations which would have prevented access to medication abortion after seven weeks and forced doctors to use an outdated protocol for administering the medication. "The appeals court has recognized that Arizona women should not be denied access to critical reproductive care while yet another clearly unconstitutional attack on their health and rights makes it way through the courts," said David Brown, a staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, which is challenging the law with Planned Parenthood Federation of America on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Arizona and the Tucson Women's Center. The two clinics filed their legal challenge after the Arizona Department of Health Services issued regulations implementing the medication abortion restrictions that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law in 2012....

4/7/2014 - Alabama Passes Bill Further Restricting Abortion Access for Minors
Minors will soon find it harder to obtain an abortion in Alabama, after the state legislature passed a bill last week creating more rules around parental consent. A minor's parent is already required to sign a consent form, but HB 494 will now require parents to do so in front of the physician performing the procedure....

4/2/2014 - West Virginia Governor Vetoes 20-Week Abortion Ban
In a victory for women's health, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a bill last week that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, calling the measure unconstitutional and a undue restriction on the physician-patient relationship. "I have vetoed HB 4588 because I am advised, by not only attorneys from the legislature, but through my own legal team that this bill is unconstitutional," Tomblin wrote in a statement. "The bill is also problematic because it unduly restricts the physician-patient relationship," he added....

4/1/2014 - Arizona Restrictions on Medication Abortions Take Effect Today
A federal district judge has refused to temporarily block enforcement of Arizona's restrictions on medication abortion, meaning that as of today, women in Arizona will no longer be able to access non-surgical, medication abortion beyond seven weeks, and doctors will be forced to administer that medication according to an outdated protocol. The decision, by US District Court Judge David Bury, is not the final ruling on the issue....

3/28/2014 - Federal Court Upholds Texas Law Restricting Abortion Access
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals last week upheld a provision of a Texas law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals....

3/18/2014 - Federal Court Strikes Down Arkansas Early Abortion Ban
US District Judge Susan Webber Wright struck down an Arkansas law last week that would have banned abortions at 12 weeks of pregnancy....

3/10/2014 - Anti-Choice Laws Move Through State Legislatures
Across the country, state legislatures are moving to restrict access to abortion to the point of elimination....

3/10/2014 - Feminist Majority Endorses Maura Healey for Attorney General of Massachusetts
The Feminist Majority is proud to announce today its endorsement of Maura Healey for Massachusetts Attorney General....

3/6/2014 - Three More Texas Abortion Clinics Forced To Close
Three more abortion clinics in Texas have been forced to close this week, thanks to extreme restrictions passed last summer....

3/5/2014 - Wisconsin City Council Passes 160-Foot Buffer Zone Ordinance
The Madison, Wisconsin city council unanimously passed a buffer zone ordinance last week to protect people entering or exiting healthcare clinics, including women's reproductive healthcare clinics, in the city....

2/26/2014 - Libya To Compensate Victims of Rape During 2011 Conflict
Libya's cabinet introduced a decree last week that will recognize women raped during the 2011 uprising as war victims and provide them with compensation....

2/24/2014 - Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case to Limit Access to Women's Healthcare Centers
The United States Supreme Court announced today that it will not review a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals protecting the right of Arizona Medicaid recipients to visit healthcare providers who also perform abortions. Planned Parenthood sued to prevent Arizona House Bill 2800 from taking effect....

2/24/2014 - Bolivian Court Relaxes Requirements for Women Seeking Abortion
Bolivia's highest court issued a decision last week to remove the requirement that women must obtain judicial authorization in order to have a legal abortion. Bolivia's constitution guarantees equal treatment to all citizens, including women and indigenous peoples....

2/20/2014 - 25-Foot Buffer Zone Bill Passes New Hampshire Senate
The New Hampshire Senate voted 15-9 Wednesday to pass a bill that would create a 25-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics, with 4 Republicans joining all 11 Democrats in the chamber to vote in its favor. Buffer zones are critical in protecting patients from verbal and physical harassment, violence, and anti-abortion protesters who may block their path into a clinic....

2/19/2014 - Iowa House Votes to Ban Telemedicine Abortions
Last week, the Iowa House passed a ban on telemedical abortion within the state....

2/19/2014 - Texas Closes Abortion Clinic And Suspends Doctor Over Admitting Privileges Law
Officials in Texas have forced a Houston abortion clinic to close and suspended the license of the clinic's medical director and only abortion provider for failing to comply with a new admitting privileges law. The law, which survived a court battle over the past year, requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic....

2/18/2014 - Uganda President To Sign Anti-Gay Legislation
The president of Uganda, Yoweni Museveni, released a statement Saturday saying he planned to sign the sweeping Anti-Homosexuality Bill that passed the nation's parliament in December. The bill was originally introduced in 2009 with a death penalty provision for some "homosexual acts," but it was delayed because of international uproar and the threat of a loss of aid from several nations....

2/13/2014 - Virginia Senate Passes Bill To Repeal Ultrasound Law
The Virginia Senate voted to pass a bill yesterday that would repeal a law mandating medically unnecessary ultrasounds for women seeking an abortion. SB 617 tied with a 20-20 vote based on party lines....

2/10/2014 - Thousands March in North Carolina Against Restrictive GOP Policies
Around 80,000 to 100,000 people from 32 states marched in Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday to protest the state's GOP-led legislature's extremist attacks on human and voting rights and vital public assistance programs. The "Moral March on Raleigh," organized by Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People's Assembly Coalition, was the "largest civil rights rally in the South since tens of thousands of voting rights activists marched from Selma to Montgomery in support of the Voting Rights Act," said Ari Berman, a writer for The Nation who attended the march....