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Anti-Choice Republican Thom Tillis Wins North Carolina Senate Primary

Tillis says he would support a "personhood" amendment to the U.S. Constitution and believes states should have the right to ban contraceptives.

Tillis, a staunchly anti-choice politician who says he would support a “personhood” amendment to the U.S. Constitution and believes states should have the right to ban contraceptives, won the Republican nomination for Senate outright on Tuesday night.

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Report: Total Abortion Coverage Ban Hurts Peace Corps Volunteers (Updated)

A new report released Monday, coordinated with a lobbying effort on Capitol Hill, says that returning Peace Corps volunteers see a policy denying them abortion coverage under any circumstances as “punitive and unfair” and think it needs to be changed.

A new report released Monday, coordinated with a lobbying effort on Capitol Hill, says that returning Peace Corps volunteers see a policy denying them abortion coverage under any circumstances as “punitive and unfair” and think it needs to be changed.

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Lawsuit Alleges VA Discrimination Against Military Sexual Assault Survivors

Two veterans advocacy groups filed a lawsuit this week alleging that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is making it harder for military sexual assault survivors to claim disability for PTSD than other veterans.

Two veterans advocacy groups filed a lawsuit this week alleging that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is making it harder for military sexual assault survivors to claim disability for PTSD than other veterans.

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Maine Governor’s Veto of Women’s Health Bill Sustained by Legislature

Gov. Paul LePage (above) vetoed a bill that would have expanded Medicaid coverage of family planning services for nearly 14,000 low-income women, and a vote to override the veto failed.

Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill that would have expanded Medicaid coverage of family planning services for nearly 14,000 low-income women, and a vote to override the veto failed.

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South Carolina 20-Week Abortion Ban Advances to Senate Floor

The ban was amended to address some of the most pressing concerns from critics, but opponents of the bill say it is still an unconstitutional restriction on women's health.

The ban was amended to address some of the most pressing concerns from critics, but opponents of the bill say it is still an unconstitutional restriction on women’s health.

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Republicans Filibuster Minimum Wage Bill in Senate

The federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour hasn't changed since 2009.

A proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016, and adjust it to inflation thereafter, was filibustered by Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.

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Tennessee Governor Signs Bill Criminalizing Pregnant Women

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (above) signed a bill Tuesday that will allow criminal charges against women who struggle with drug dependency during their pregnancy.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill Tuesday that will allow criminal charges against women who struggle with drug dependency during their pregnancy.

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Google Removes Deceptive Crisis Pregnancy Center Ads

NARAL Pro-Choice America announced Monday that it has worked with Google to remove deceptive advertising by crisis pregnancy centers from Google's search engine.

NARAL Pro-Choice America announced Monday that it has worked with Google to remove deceptive advertising by crisis pregnancy centers from Google’s search engine.

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Bullets Dodged: The Anti-Choice Bills That Didn’t Pass This Year

For every awful anti-choice bill that passes into law, there are about a dozen others that fail, or indeed never see the light of day. Here's a list of some major bullets dodged so far this year in the state legislatures.

For every odious anti-choice bill that passes into law, there are about a dozen others that fail, or never see the light of day. Here’s a list of some major bullets dodged so far this year in the state legislatures.

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Florida Legislature Passes ‘Viability’ Abortion Restriction

The Florida legislature gave final approval on Friday to a bill that would further restrict later abortions in the state.

The Florida legislature gave final approval on Friday to a bill that would further restrict later abortions in the state.

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