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Giving Thanks: A Letter to Our Readers, Colleagues, Friends, and Staff

I am thankful for all of you.

I try to remember the things for which I am thankful throughout the calendar year. At this time of year, however, many of us are obviously engaged in a collective effort in reflecting on who we are, what we have, and for what we are thankful. I am thankful for all of you.

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On Abortion, the People Keep Speaking. Is Anyone Listening?

With the state legislature set to convene in February, the Arkansas Rally for Reproductive Justice is meant to send the message that activists have not forgotten about the legislative attacks on reproductive rights last year.

The defeat of the 20-week abortion ban in Albuquerque underscores a critical but often overlooked point in abortion politics: When given the chance, voters have consistently rejected the anti-choice agenda.

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Playing Offense: Advocates Seek Legislation to Protect, Advance Reproductive Rights

All Above All campaigners on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

On Wednesday, after many years spent on the defensive in the “war on women,” advocates took to Capitol Hill in two simultaneous efforts to protect and advance the health and rights of women and girls in the United States.

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Study: No Increased Risks Associated With Second vs. First Trimester Medication Abortions

A Pennsylvania nurse has been accused of “performing an illegal abortion on a 16-year-old girl,” according to a local report out of Montour county.

To be published in the journal Contraception, the research concludes women having second trimester medication abortions face no increased risk of future premature birth, miscarriage, low birth weight, or placental complications when compared to first trimester medication abortions.

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The Texas Earthquake: A Filibuster, a Marred Vote, and a Movement Energized (UPDATED)

No one is sure whether SB 5 passed; confusion stems in part from an apparent date stamp change on the Texas legislature's website. But one thing is sure: Pro-choice Texas advocates turned out in force for state Sen. Wendy Davis' filibuster.

Though there was initial confusion as to whether SB 5 had passed, Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards announced in the Texas capitol early Wednesday morning that the legislation is dead, to huge cheers from the hundreds of pro-choice advocates still gathered in the building.

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Lipstick on a Pig: GOP Tries to ‘Soften’ 20-Week Abortion Ban by Putting Marsha Blackburn in Charge

Rep. Marsha Blackburn.

Rather than examining why its policies are so deeply problematic and disliked, the GOP instead tries to paint over them by selecting radicals who “look like” the people whose rights they are determined to gut.

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Trent Franks, Abortion Bans, and the Fetal Pain Lie

Trent Franks' federal 20-week abortion ban is a dangerous piece of legislation, based on false and completely disproven assertions about "evidence" of fetal pain. Yet many media outlets are assisting in perpetuating these lies.

Trent Franks’ federal 20-week abortion ban is a dangerous piece of legislation, based on false and completely disproven assertions about “evidence” of fetal pain. Yet many media outlets are assisting in perpetuating these lies.

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Judge Approves Administration’s Strategy for EC Over-the-Counter … With Reservations

In the battle over emergency contraception access, corporate interests win out over public health.

Women’s groups applaud a judge’s approval of the administration’s plan to make emergency contraception available over the counter, but remain wary of its commitment to doing so.

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Obama Administration Agrees to Comply With Court Order on Emergency Contraception

A state judge ruled Monday that age and identification requirements on the sale of emergency contraception passed by the Oklahoma legislature should be blocked.

Public health advocates are celebrating Monday night’s announcement that the Obama administration will comply with a court order to make emergency contraception available over-the-counter without age restrictions.

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Human Rights Experts Call on El Salvador to Review Harsh Abortion Laws

Amnesty International marches on behalf of Beatriz's life, May 29 in El Salvador.

In May, the same group of experts urged the government of El Salvador to act swiftly to provide a safe abortion for Beatriz, the 22-year-old woman whose pregnancy was finally terminated via hysterotomy abortion earlier this week.

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