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Louisiana Governor Moves Forward With Hospital Privatization Plan Without Federal Agency’s Approval

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration is moving forward with a plan to privatize some of Louisiana’s state-run hospitals, despite the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rejecting the use of federal funds that would have provided a significant source of financing for the plan.

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration is moving forward with a plan to privatize some of Louisiana’s state-run hospitals, despite the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rejecting the use of federal funds that would have provided a significant source of financing for the plan.

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New York Reproductive Health Act Blocked in Senate Committee

The New York State Assembly Chamber

A key piece of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Agenda failed to pass a senate committee vote Tuesday. The Women’s Reproductive Health Act, which would have expanded access to abortion care in the state, was blocked by Republicans and seems unlikely to pass the legislature this session.

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Louisiana Senate Committee Passes Omnibus Anti-Abortion Bill

HB 388 would, among other things, require abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic where they provide abortions.

Reproductive rights advocates at the committee hearing told RH Reality Check that once HB 388 opponents began to testify, most of the committee members left the room.

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Louisiana Plan to Privatize Hospitals With Federal Funds Rejected by Federal Agency

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration had made deals involving the privatization of the state-run hospitals, but the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services informed the state on Friday that the deals do not meet federal Medicaid guidelines.

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration had made deals involving the privatization of the state-run hospitals, but the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services informed the state on Friday that the deals do not meet federal Medicaid guidelines.

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Iowa Legislature Passes Repeal of Laws Criminalizing HIV

The Iowa legislature has become the first in the country to pass legislation that would repeal state law criminalizing people with HIV.

The Iowa legislature has become the first in the country to pass legislation that would repeal state law criminalizing people with HIV.

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Hundreds of Nigerian School Girls Remain Missing, Activists Demand Action

The inability of the Nigerian government to recover the girls has led to growing frustration on the ground.

On April 14, more than 300 school girls, according to the latest reports, were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram from a school in the northeastern Nigerian village of Chibok. The inability of the Nigerian government to recover the girls has led to growing frustration on the ground, and activists have also taken to social media and other platforms to demand action.

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Louisiana Anti-Choice Advocates, Lawmakers Exploit ‘Black Genocide’ Myth

State lawmakers and anti-choice activists alike have been working to restrict access to abortion services in Louisiana.

State lawmakers and anti-choice activists alike have been working to restrict access to abortion services in Louisiana, employing rhetoric and tactics that are seen by some community leaders as exploiting racial fears in Black communities.

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Supreme Court Declines Request to Review Former Kansas AG Phill Kline’s Case

Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline

The high court denied a request to review the suspension of the former Kansas attorney general’s law license.

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Louisiana Committee Passes Bill Preventing Removal of Mechanical Support From Pregnant Women

The state's House Health and Welfare Committee unanimously approved legislation Wednesday that would prohibit a family from directing physicians to remove mechanical support from a brain-dead pregnant woman.

The state’s House Health and Welfare Committee unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would prohibit a family from directing physicians to remove mechanical support from a brain-dead pregnant woman.

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Oklahoma Governor Signs New Bill Restricting Medication Abortion

Oklahoma Gov Mary Fallin signed a bill Tuesday that would place restrictions on medication abortion by mandating that providers must follow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) protocol.

HB 2684, sponsored by Rep. Randy Grau (R-Edmond), would update restrictions on medication abortions that were originally passed in 2011, but found unconstitutional in December.

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