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Mississippi Senate Amends 20-Week Abortion Ban, Making It an 18-Week Ban

The Mississippi Senate amended a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks' gestation to move the cutoff two weeks earlier, to 18 weeks. The bill will now return to the state house for consideration.

The Mississippi Senate amended a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation to move the cutoff two weeks earlier, to 18 weeks. The bill will now return to the state house for consideration.

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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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Sex-Selective Abortion Bans Highlight Faultlines in the Reproductive Rights Movement

Sex-selection bans have indeed proliferated throughout the US. They have also merited relative silence from the mainstream reproductive rights movement.

South Dakota could soon become the eighth state in the country to pass a sex-selective abortion ban. Yet these bills have yet to merit a larger conversation, either within the national reproductive rights and feminist movements or in the news more generally.

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In 20-Week Abortion Ban, West Virginia Lawmakers Relied on Discredited Doctor

Dr. Byron Calhoun

As West Virginia’s governor considers whether to sign that state’s new 20-week abortion ban, he might also consider how the work of discredited doctor Byron Calhoun influenced the bill’s passage.

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Colorado Bill That Would Have Banned Nearly All Abortions Defeated in Committee

Scales of justice and gavel on book

As expected, a bill banning most abortions in Colorado was killed in the state legislature Tuesday. The state house majority leader, a Democrat, called the Republican house majority leader’s sponsorship of the anti-choice legislation a move to ”pander to the right wing of their party.”

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Sorry, Men’s Rights Activists, You Don’t Have Abortion ‘Rights’

Central to the political agenda of men’s rights activists is floating the idea that men somehow have a "right" to an abortion, or more accurately a right to interfere with a woman's right to an abortion.

Central to the political agenda of men’s rights activists is floating the idea that men somehow have a “right” to an abortion, or more accurately a right to interfere with a woman’s right to an abortion—an argument that highlights the intersecting bigotries embedded in the men’s rights movement.

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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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The Most Extreme Anti-Choice ‘Abolitionists’ Think the Movement Hasn’t Gone Far Enough

Irin Carmon reports from Norman, Oklahoma, meeting activists who think the anti-abortion movement hasn’t gone far enough. The panel discusses where Americans stand on choice, and whether groups like this are changing the conversation. [via MSNBC]

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New Anti-Choice Candidate Enters Colorado Senate Race

Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) launched his campaign to unseat Colorado Sen. Mark Udall last week, prompting GOP Senate candidate Ken Buck to drop out of the race and run for Gardner's House seat instead.

Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) launched his campaign to unseat Colorado Sen. Mark Udall last week, prompting GOP Senate candidate Ken Buck to drop out of the race and run for Gardner’s House seat instead. Choice issues figure to play prominently in the Udall-Gardner race, as they have in recent Colorado elections.

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CPAC Panelist: Abortion ‘Worse Than the Slave Trade or Jim Crow’

The Conservative Political Action Conference panel on reaching out to more diverse voting populations was sparsely attended.

“Abortion has been worse on the African-American community than the slave trade or Jim Crow,” said Robert Woodson, a panelist at a sparsely attended Conservative Political Action Conference panel on reaching out to more diverse voting populations.

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