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Missouri Governor Vetoes 72-Hour Waiting Period Bill

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon

Increasing the state’s waiting period from 24 to 72 hours was one of state Republican lawmakers’ top priorities during the legislative session. Only two states, Utah and South Dakota, require a 72-hour waiting period.

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New Anti-Choice Laws Go Into Effect in South Dakota and Indiana

A new law in South Dakota bans the practice of so-called sex-selection abortion, while in Indiana two new laws went into effect, banning private insurance coverage of abortion care and mandating that abortion providers obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

A new law in South Dakota bans the practice of so-called sex-selection abortion, while in Indiana two new laws went into effect, banning private insurance coverage of abortion care and mandating that abortion providers obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

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New Laws Restricting Abortion Take Effect in Mississippi and Florida

New laws that will further restrict access to abortion care later in pregnancy went into effect Tuesday in Mississippi and Florida.

Mississippi’s new law is a 20-week ban, while Florida’s creates additional restrictions on abortions performed in the third trimester, and bans abortion at any point in a pregnancy if a doctor determines the fetus could survive outside the pregnant person’s body.

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Montana Abortion Clinic Vandalism Suspect Requests Bail Be Reduced to Zero

Zachary Klundthas been jailed since he was arrested; he was charged of four felony counts of burglary, criminal mischief, theft, and attempted burglary.

Zachary Klundt is accused of vandalizing All Families Healthcare in March, destroying much of the clinic. The destruction was so complete that the clinic was closed indefinitely.

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Virginia Governor Moves Forward on Medicaid Expansion Without Legislature

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe

During a press conference, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced vetoes of portions of the state budget, and laid out his plan for addressing Medicaid expansion.

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Group Plans to Open First-of-Its-Kind All-Options Pregnancy Center

Backline operates a talkline, available seven days a week, that offers non-biased information concerning pregnancy, parenting, adoption, and abortion.

The All Options Pregnancy Resource Center, which will be located in Bloomington, Indiana, is seen by its supporters as an antidote to the strategy employed at anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers of limiting accurate information about and access to abortion care.

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New York Assembly Passes ‘Boss Bill’

The New York State Assembly Chamber

The New York Assembly passed a bill Wednesday that would prevent employers from discriminating against their employees for their reproductive health-care decisions.

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In Louisiana, a New Law, and a Worsening Reproductive Health-Care Crisis

New Orleans City Council member LaToya Cantrell (left) speaks to a volunteer at the Rosa Keller Library and Community Center health-care fair in May.

Access to reproductive health-care services in Louisiana is limited. There are only five clinics that provide abortion care in the state—and that number is soon expected to fall to two once a new law signed by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal goes into effect.

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Florida Governor Signs Bill Further Restricting Later Abortions

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed HB 1047 into law on Friday.

The law, which will go into effect on July 1, places additional restrictions on abortions performed in the third trimester, and bans abortion at any point in a pregnancy if a doctor determines the fetus could survive outside the pregnant person’s body.

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Louisiana Governor Signs Omnibus Anti-Abortion Bill

Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the bill, HB 388, at First Baptist Church in West Monroe.

Modeled after a Texas law that was signed last summer, HB 388 requires abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic where they perform abortions, imposes a forced 24-hour waiting period on surgical abortions, and reduces the number of abortions a doctor must perform in a given year to be considered an abortion provider.

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