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HB 2 Is Back in Court, and Conservatives Are Criticizing Female Pop Stars Again

On this episode of Reality Cast, host Amanda Marcotte talks with Vicki Saporta from the National Abortion Federation about the new slew of bills intended to restrict abortion. In another segment, she discusses how Texas’ abortion law is back in court again, and feminist-friendly pop stars anger conservatives.

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Kentucky Senate Passes Bill to Strengthen Anti-Choice Forced Counseling Law

Introduced by Sen. Julie Raque Adams (R-Louisville), SB 4 would require women seeking to terminate a pregnancy to complete state-mandate counseling in person at least 24 hours before an abortion can be performed.

Introduced by Sen. Julie Raque Adams (R-Louisville), SB 4 would require women seeking to terminate a pregnancy to complete state-mandate counseling in person at least 24 hours before an abortion can be performed.

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Men’s ‘Abortion Regret’ Stories Are More About Controlling Women

Anti-choice websites now promote male "abortion regret" stories—which are mostly an exercise in encouraging men to try to control women's bodies, even with bullying.

Anti-choice websites now promote male “abortion regret” stories—which are mostly an exercise in encouraging men to try to control women’s bodies, even with bullying.

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Kansas Legislators Expected to Introduce Bill That Would Effectively Ban Abortion at 14 Weeks

The legislation targets a procedure called dilation and evacuation (D and E), which is often used during second-trimester abortions. Depending on the language of the bill, it could ban all surgical abortions in the state past 14 weeks' gestation, or even earlier.

The legislation targets a procedure called dilation and evacuation (D and E), which is often used during second-trimester abortions. Depending on the language of the bill, it could ban all surgical abortions in the state past 14 weeks’ gestation, or even earlier.

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Repeal Ireland’s Eighth Amendment: Getting an Abortion Shouldn’t Be This Hard

Some women, not only in the United States, have to travel hundreds or thousands of miles just to access abortion care. This poem details one woman’s journey from Ireland to England to receive health care. As she explains, “We have to change the laws of this stubborn nation, because our bodies are ours. We are not cowards, unlike those in power who refuse to listen when we say we are no longer willing to pay the price with our bodies. We’re not objects or commodities. Repeal the Eighth [Amendment from the Ireland Constitution], for women’s sake. It shouldn’t be this hard.”

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Combating Abortion Stigma Requires More Than Just Storytelling

Certainly, sharing abortion stories can be a powerful act and may reduce self-stigma. But I fear that it distracts from the structural inequalities of race, poverty, age, and education by placing too much emphasis on the individual. And I worry that it lets our politicians and policymakers off the hook.

Certainly, sharing abortion stories can be a powerful act and may reduce self-stigma. But I fear that it distracts from the structural inequalities of race, poverty, age, and education by placing too much emphasis on the individual. And I worry that it lets our politicians and policymakers off the hook.

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Indiana Lawmaker Introduces New Abortion Ban

The Indiana legislature began its 2015 session on Tuesday, and while state lawmakers have yet to file any bills to revise an anti-choice state law struck down by the courts, at least one bill has been filed to further restrict reproductive rights in the state.

The Indiana legislature began its 2015 session on Tuesday, and while state lawmakers have yet to file any bills to revise an anti-choice state law struck down by the courts, at least one bill has been filed to further restrict reproductive rights in the state.

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Tennessee Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Force Doctors to Provide Misleading Information

A Tennessee lawmaker has filed a bill that would require physicians to provide women seeking an abortion with misleading state-mandated information. The bill is now one of multiple anti-choice bills that have already been filed in preparation for what is expected to be legislative session full of attacks on reproductive rights in Tennessee.

A Tennessee lawmaker has filed a bill that would require physicians to provide women seeking an abortion with misleading state-mandated information. The bill is now one of multiple anti-choice bills that have already been filed in preparation for what is expected to be a legislative session full of attacks on reproductive rights in Tennessee.

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Texas Latinas Protest at Fifth Circuit Court [Video]

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RH Reality Check Senior Political Reporter Andrea Grimes interviews reproductive justice activists from Texas’ Rio Grande Valley who traveled to New Orleans this week to witness the proceedings at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law, HB 2.

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House GOP Kicks Off New Session With 20-Week Abortion Ban Proposal

Anti-choice groups have aggressively lobbied Congress to move this and other bills restricting reproductive freedom, and lawmakers like Trent Franks and Marsha Blackburn have proved happy to oblige.

Anti-choice groups have aggressively lobbied Congress to move this and other bills restricting reproductive freedom, and lawmakers like Trent Franks and Marsha Blackburn have proved happy to oblige.

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