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Vermont Governor Signs Bill Repealing Unconstitutional Abortion Statutes

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill Monday repealing the unconstitutional provisions of a state law regarding abortion providers.

S. 317 strikes down criminal statutes that subjected doctors who perform or advertise abortions to up 20 years in jail.

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Louisiana House Committee Passes Admitting Privileges Bill

A Louisiana house committee has voted unanimously to pass a bill that would implement regulations on clinics that provide abortions similar to those recently passed by the Oklahoma legislature, and ones implemented in Texas that have had a devastating effect on reproductive health-care access in the state.

A Louisiana house committee has voted unanimously to pass a bill that would implement regulations on clinics that provide abortions similar to those recently passed by the Oklahoma legislature, and ones implemented in Texas that have had a devastating effect on reproductive health-care access in the state.

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Madison City Council Updates Buffer Zone Ordinance

The changes included making the ordinance more consistent with a buffer zone law upheld by the Supreme Court in Hill v. Colorado.

The changes included making the ordinance more consistent with a buffer zone law upheld by the Supreme Court in Hill v. Colorado by changing the reach of the protective zone from 160 feet to 100 feet. Also, a 30-foot zone was added around driveway entrances to health-care facilities to protect those arriving by vehicle.

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Some Clinics See Uptick in Anti-Choice Harassment, Leading to Calls for More Buffer Zone Laws

Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, Missouri

Reproductive rights advocates around the country are calling for additional safety measures, such as buffer zone laws, to protect staff and patients at reproductive health-care clinics.

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Iowa Telemedicine Abortion Ban Dies in Senate

A bill that would have banned telemedicine abortions died in the Iowa legislature Friday after failing to meet a legislative deadline.

A bill that would have banned telemedicine abortions died in the Iowa legislature Friday after failing to meet a legislative deadline. Senate Republicans had called on Democrats, who currently hold the majority in the state senate, to bring legislation to the floor for a vote.

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Oklahoma Legislature Advances Admitting Privileges Bills Inspired by Texas Law

A pair of bills that would require abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinics where they perform abortions are working their way through the Oklahoma legislature.

A pair of bills that would require abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinics where they perform abortions are working their way through the Oklahoma legislature, with lawmakers apparently influenced by a provision of the omnibus anti-abortion bill in neighboring Texas.

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Wisconsin Senate Committee Passes Anti-Choice License Plate Bill

Example of a "Choose Life" license plate, from Mississippi.

A bill that would allow Wisconsin residents to order anti-choice “Choose Life” license plates for their vehicles, with part of the fee from each plate going to an anti-choice organization in the state, was passed by a senate committee on Thursday.

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Nebraska Bill Would Require Abortion Clinics to Post ‘Anti-Coercion’ Signs

LB 1032 would require clinics that provide abortion services to “conspicuously post a sign” that says it is “against the law for anyone to force you to have an abortion.”

LB 1032 would require clinics that provide abortion services to “conspicuously post a sign” that says it is “against the law for anyone to force you to have an abortion.” Opponents of the bill say such signs represent a subtle attempt to dissuade women from seeking abortion services.

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Montana Abortion Provider Severely Vandalized, Is Closed Indefinitely

All Families Healthcare

Susan Cahill, a physician assistant who manages All Families Healthcare, told RH Reality Check that she believes the break-in was part of a coordinated effort to intimidate the facility into no longer providing abortion care.

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South Dakota Crisis Pregnancy Center Bill Passes Senate

HB 1180 would mandate that CPCs that wish to be registered as “pregnancy help centers" in the state cannot "place children for adoption," either directly or indirectly, such as by referring women to outside agencies that handle adoptions.

HB 1180 would mandate that CPCs that wish to be registered as “pregnancy help centers” in the state cannot “place children for adoption,” either directly or indirectly, such as by referring women to outside agencies that handle adoptions.

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