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Judge Rules Oklahoma Ultrasound Requirement Unconstitutional

An Oklahoma law to require women seeking abortion to have an ultrasound and listen to the doctor’s description of the ultrasound was struck down as unconstitutional yesterday, but on technical grounds.

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New York Gov. Paterson Promises to Sign Anti-Shackling Bill

A spirited group of protesters gathered outside New York Gov. David Paterson’s office today elicited the governor’s promise to sign legislation that would prohibit the shackling of incarcerated pregnant women during labor and after delivery.

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Roundup: FBI Monitoring Scott Roeder’s Visitors

FBI is monitoring Scott Roeder’s visitors; “death panel” rumors are false; US Conference of Cathoic Bishops says Capps Amendment is not enough to prevent public funding of abortion through health care reform.

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VIDEO: Anti-Health Care Reformers Turn to Threats of Violence

In a chilling collection of anecdotes, Rachel Maddow last night connected the dots between a handful of instances of threatened and parodied violence against Democratic, pro-health care reform legislators and the known tendency towards violence among the radical right in the United States.

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Roundup: Myth of “Pro-Life Majority” Dispelled in New Gallup Poll

Myth of a “pro-life majority” dispelled by new Gallup poll; Family Research Council ad misleads on abortion coverage; one more time: abortion coverage and health care reform; Clinton visits Congo, announces funding to combat sexual violence in the region.

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On a Visit to the Congo, Clinton Denounces Sexual Violence in War

On a visit to Goma, Congo, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for an end to the rampant sexual violence that has erupted in the country as a result of ongoing war in the region.

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Roundup: Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Touts Pro-Choice Position

Democratic candidate for Virginia governor touts pro-choice position; how a public option really works; religious community supports health care reform.

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Florida Sen. Mel Martinez, Dedicated Anti-Choicer, to Resign

Noted anti-choicer and global gag rule champion Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) will resign his Senate seat.

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Senate Approves Sotomayor for Supreme Court

By a vote of 68 to 31, the Senate has confirmed Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

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Roundup: Debunking Health Care Myths

Read this first: CBS and Salon debunk health care myths; Dr. LeRoy Carhart plans to open Kansas abortion clinic; Esquire profiles Dr. Warren Hern.

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