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6/27/2012 - Paul's Personhood Amendment Stalls Flood Insurance Bill
A fetal personhood amendment introduced by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has stalled a Flood Insurance Bill intended to increase funding for the National Flood Insurance Program just as the hurricane season begins....

6/22/2012 - Ohio Personhood Amendment Lacks Signatures
A proposed Personhood amendment in Ohio likely will not be on the state ballot this November because the group circulating the petition has received only a small percentage of the necessary signatures....

6/18/2012 - Catholic Health Group Rejects Birth Control Compromise
The Catholic Health Association (CHA) of the United States, the largest network of nonprofit hospitals and health facilities in the United States, announced on Friday that it would not support the Obama Administration's accommodation on insurance coverage of birth control, reversing an earlier decision to support the accommodation....

6/11/2012 - Partnership Provides Contraception Access for High School Students
A high school in Los Angeles with high rates of teenage pregnancy has partnered with Planned Parenthood to offer free birth control and emergency contraception in a clinic on the school's campus....

6/7/2012 - Personhood Initiative Pursued in Montana
Opponents of abortion are working to include a personhood initiative on the state's ballot this November....

2/17/2012 - OK Senate Passes Personhood Bill
On Wednesday, the Oklahoma state Senate voted 34 to 8 in favor of a bill, which states that life begins at conception and would give rights to a fertilized egg....

2/8/2012 - Santorum Revives Campaign, Touts Anti-Contraceptive Position
Yesterday Rick Santorum won the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses, as well as a nonbinding Missouri primary....

2/6/2012 - WA Judge to Rule on Emergency Contraception Law
US District Judge Ronald Leighton heard closing arguments last week in a lawsuit concerning a law requiring that pharmacists sell emergency contraception....

1/19/2012 - Republican Presidential Candidates Attend Personhood USA Forum
Yesterday, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul via webcast spoke at a forum in South Carolina, hosted by Personhood USA, to discuss birth control, abortion, and the personhood amendments, which may appear on many state ballots....

1/18/2012 - Twenty-five KS Members to Sponsor Personhood Amendment
Twenty-five Members of the Kansas House of Representatives announced that they will co-sponsor a personhood amendment in the state....

1/12/2012 - OH Ballot Board Approves Language for Personhood Amendment
The Ohio Ballot Board approved the language purposed by anti-abortion rights groups for a personhood amendment, which proposes to give constitutional rights to a fertilized egg....

12/14/2011 - CRR to Refile Lawsuit Against FDA and HHS Secretary Sebelius
Yesterday US District Judge Edward Korman ruled that he would allow the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) to refile a case against the FDA for "imposing unnecessary age restrictions on emergency contraceptives, and seek immediate relief to allow broader access to available drugs." Judge Korman will also permit CRR to add Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as a defendant after she overruled the FDA's decision to lift the age limit for emergency contraception and permit the over-the-counter sale of the Plan B One-Step last week and instructed the FDA Commissioner to deny the request for over-the-counter sales with a prescription for Plan B One-Step. Nancy Northup, president and CEO of CRR, stated, "We intend to take every legal step necessary to hold the FDA and this administration accountable for its extraordinary actions to block women from safe, effective emergency contraception....

12/14/2011 - Senators Write to Sebelius Asking for Scientific Basis of Plan B Decision
Yesterday Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and 14 other US Senators issued a letter calling on Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to indicate the medical and scientific basis that led her to overrule the FDA's decision to lift the age limit for emergency contraception and her refusal to permit the over-the-counter sale of the Plan B....

12/7/2011 - HHS Secretary Sebelius Overrules FDA on Plan B
Today Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius overruled the FDA's decision to lift the age limit for emergency contraception and permitting the over-the-counter sale of the "morning after pill." Sebelius indicated that she did "not believe enough data were presented to support the application to make Plan B One-Step available over the counter for all girls of reproductive age." Margaret Hamburg, FDA administrator, stated, "there is adequate and reasonable, well-supported, and science-based evidence that Plan B One-Step is safe and effective and should be approved for nonprescription use for all females of child-bearing potential....

11/22/2011 - Virginia Delegate Introduces Personhood Amendment
On Monday, Virginia state Delegate Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County) filed a "personhood" bill, which states that life begins at conception and proposes to give constitutional rights to a fertilized egg....

11/16/2011 - Personhood Amendment Issue in Georgia General Assembly
Georgia State Senator Barry Loudermilk (R) and State Representative Rick Crawford (D) announced plans yesterday to introduce so-called "personhood" amendments to the Georgia State Constitution that would grant full individual rights to fertilized eggs in next year's General Assembly session....

11/15/2011 - Personhood Initiatives May Expand in 2012
Despite the defeat of Initiative 26, the so-called Personhood Amendment, by Mississippi voters last week, the group sponsoring the initiative, Personhood USA, has announced that they will attempt to place similar initiatives on the ballot in at least five states in 2012....

11/9/2011 - Women's Right Advocates Victorious in Defeating Mississippi Personhood Amendment
In an exciting and important victory for women's rights advocates, Mississippi voters defeated the Personhood Amendment....

11/9/2011 - Women's Right Advocates Victorious in Defeating Mississippi Personhood Amendment
In an exciting and important victory for women's rights advocates, Mississippi voters defeated the Personhood Amendment....

11/7/2011 - Personhood Amendment to Appear on MS Ballot Tomorrow
Tomorrow Mississippi voters will have the opportunity to vote on the Personhood Amendment, a ballot initiative that "would amend the Mississippi Constitution to define the word 'person' or 'persons,' as those terms are used in Article III of the state constitution, to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof." According to Politico, a new poll reveals that 44 percent of Mississippi voters oppose the amendment and 45 percent support it....

9/12/2011 - MS Supreme Court Allows Personhood Amendment to Appear on Ballot
On Thursday, the Mississippi Supreme Court voted seven to two to permit Measure 26, the Personhood Amendment, to be listed on the state ballot in November....

8/16/2011 - NJ Sexual Assault Bill Before Governor
In New Jersey, a bill that would prevent sexual assault survivors from receiving invoices for forensic examinations, as well as for medications to prevent sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy tests, and emergency contraception, awaits the signature of Republican Governor Chris Christie....

8/16/2011 - AZ Appeals Court Lift Injunction on Abortion and Family Planning Restrictions
A three judge panel of the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled unanimously to overturn a preliminary injunction issued by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Donald Daughton in 2009, which blocked portions of a restrictive state abortion law....

7/14/2011 - Judge Blocks Effort to Expose Fake Health Clinics
A law designed to expose fake crisis pregnancy clinics has been put on hold in New York City....

5/6/2011 - Emergency Contraception Use Doubles Since 2006
According to a study published in Fertility and Sterility, since emergency contraception (EC) became available to women without a prescription, the number of women using EC has doubled....