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How Virginia’s ‘Conscience Clause’ for Genetic Counselors Could Set a National Precedent

Genetic counselors in Virginia who object to abortion may now prevent women from learning the results of their genetic tests before their pregnancies progress to a point when legal abortion is impossible to obtain.

Genetic counselors in Virginia who object to abortion may now prevent women from learning the results of their genetic tests before their pregnancies progress to a point when legal abortion is impossible to obtain—and the practice could become legal in other states as well.

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‘You Don’t Always Get To Be at the Table’: Virginia Democrat Champions ‘Conscience Law’

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)

A recently signed law to license genetic counselors in Virginia includes a sweeping “conscience” provision that is the direct result of a partnership between an anti-choice group and a prominent Democrat who just two years ago was held up nationally as a hero and champion for reproductive rights.

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Virginia Assembly Closes Without Passing Medicaid Expansion—Or a Budget

If a budget is not adopted by July 1, the government will shut down.

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has called legislators back for a special session that will begin March 24. If a budget is not adopted by July 1, the state government will shut down.

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Procedural Vote Blocks Gillibrand’s Military Sexual Assault Bill

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) spoke on the floor Thursday in support of Gillibrand's measure, noting that McCaskill's approach fell in line with a long history of proclamations of creating a climate of zero tolerance for sexual assaults within the chain of command.

After a year of focused debate, advocates for changing a culture of rampant sexual assault within the military were rebuked by a 55-45 procedural vote that did not allow the measure to advance to a full vote.

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Terry McAuliffe Considers Tapping Anti-Marriage Equality Mayor to Lead Democratic Party of Virginia

In a move that has left some marriage equality advocates expressing dismay, Gov. Terry McAuliffe is reported to be considering appointing Mayor Dwight Jones, who has stated his opposition to marriage equality, to lead the Democratic Party of Virginia.

In a move that has left some marriage equality advocates expressing dismay, Gov. Terry McAuliffe is reported to be considering appointing Mayor Dwight Jones, who has stated his opposition to marriage equality, to lead the Democratic Party of Virginia.

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Dear CVS: A Real ‘Health-Care Company’ Guarantees In-Store Access to Birth Control

If CVS wishes to keep moving in the direction of providing health care, the women who patronize it need to know they can come in to the store for contraceptives and leave that same store with contraceptives in hand.

If CVS wishes to keep moving in the direction of providing health care, the women who patronize it need to know they can come in to the store for contraceptives and leave that same store with contraceptives in hand.

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Deadline Approaches in Virginia Medicaid Expansion Battle (Updated)

By March 8, we should know the outcome of the budget reconciliation process between Virginia's Democrat-controlled senate and Republican-controlled house, which will determine whether access to health-care coverage will be expanded for 400,000 uninsured, lower-income Virginians.

By March 8, we should know the outcome of the budget reconciliation process between Virginia’s Democrat-controlled senate and Republican-controlled house, which will determine whether access to health-care coverage will be expanded for 400,000 uninsured, lower-income Virginians.

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Sandra Fluke Running for Congress Is a Big Deal for Feminism (Updated)

Sandra Fluke

A Fluke candidacy sends a message that young women will not just serve supporting roles in the political process, but will help make the rules in the primary institutions of power themselves.

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What Was Anti-Choicer Tim Tebow Doing Delivering a Baby in a Super Bowl Ad?

The decision to show Tebow in a maternity ward, wearing a white coat, and coaching a pregnant woman in labor was a bad one.

The decision to show Tebow in a maternity ward, wearing a white coat, and coaching a pregnant woman in labor was a bad one. Depicting famously anti-choice spokespeople as experts, or even ordinary Joes, in the arena of reproductive health is not funny. It’s disrespectful.

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Virginia Republicans Say They’ll Block Medicaid Expansion

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has made it a top priority to remove the commonwealth from the list of 25 states that have declined to expand the number of individuals eligible for Medicaid under Obamacare.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has made it a top priority to remove the commonwealth from the list of 25 states that have declined to expand the number of individuals eligible for Medicaid under Obamacare. On Monday, House Speaker William Howell (R-Stafford) said his majority caucus is not going to play along.

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