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Virginia Senate Moves Forward With Campus Mandatory Reporting Bill

The Virginia Senate this week moved forward with a bill that would require nearly all full-time staff at public universities to report sexual assault to the police within 24 hours of notification.

The Virginia Senate this week moved forward with a bill that would require nearly all full-time staff at public universities to report sexual assault to the police within 24 hours of notification.

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Another Republican Governor Agrees to Expand Medicaid

Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that the state will expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, making him the latest Republican governor to support the expansion of benefits under President Obama's signature health-care reform law.

Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that the state will expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, making him the latest Republican governor to support the expansion of benefits under President Obama’s signature health-care reform law.

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Iowa’s Wide-Ranging Anti-Choice Bills Include Telemedicine Abortion Ban

Anti-choice lawmakers in Iowa, after a relatively quiet year in 2014, appear to be preparing for an active 2015 legislative session.

Anti-choice lawmakers in Iowa, after a relatively quiet year in 2014, appear to be preparing for an active 2015 legislative session.

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Mandatory Ultrasound, Other Anti-Choice Bills Introduced in U.S. Congress

Republicans in Congress last week introduced three new anti-abortion bills in the House and one in the Senate, one of which would force a woman to have a medically unnecessary ultrasound before receiving abortion care.

Republicans in Congress last week introduced three new anti-abortion bills in the House and one in the Senate, one of which would force a woman to have a medically unnecessary ultrasound before receiving abortion care.

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Anti-Choice Pennsylvania Lawmakers Push ‘Conscientious Objection’ Bill

Pennsylvania lawmakers on Tuesday introduced two bills that would make it harder for state residents to access abortions as well as a number of other reproductive health-care services.

Pennsylvania lawmakers on Tuesday introduced two bills that would make it harder for state residents to access abortions as well as a number of other reproductive health-care services.

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In Case You Missed It: Three States Have Proposed 20-Week Abortion Bans in First Weeks of 2015

In the midst of the Republican-controlled Congress’ introduction—and then revocation—of a 20-week abortion ban, along with its introduction of a handful of other anti-choice bills, it can be easy to forget that the fight for abortion access is largely taking place in state legislatures.

In the midst of the Republican-controlled Congress’ introduction—and then revocation—of a 20-week abortion ban, along with its introduction of a handful of other anti-choice bills, it can be easy to forget that the fight for abortion access is largely taking place in state legislatures.

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Scott Walker: Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Is a Jobs Measure

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is planning to introduce policy that would require low-income residents pass drug tests before they qualify for a number of welfare programs.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is planning to introduce policy that would require low-income residents pass drug tests before they qualify for a number of welfare programs.

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Legal Wrap: 42 Years After ‘Roe,’ Too Many Still Lack Access

This week marked the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Here's a roundup of some of the best pieces online on the state of abortions access in this country.

This week marked the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Here’s a roundup of some of the best pieces online on the state of abortions access in this country.

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McDonald’s Sued for ‘Rampant’ Racial, Sexual Discrimination Against Employees

The federal civil rights lawsuit could be an important step in holding corporate owners liable for actions of their franchise owners.

The federal civil rights lawsuit could be an important step in holding corporate owners liable for actions of their franchise owners.

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Indiana Prosecutors Start Jury Selection in Feticide Trial on ‘Roe’ Anniversary

The story of Purvi Patel's prosecution, and the others lining up behind her, paint a bleak picture of life under the state's ultra-conservative Republican reign and give a frightening look of what's to come as increasingly draconian abortion restrictions force pregnant people to turn to other, sometimes illegal and often dangerous, means.

The story of Purvi Patel’s prosecution, and the others lining up behind her, paint a bleak picture of life under the state’s ultra-conservative Republican reign and give a frightening look of what’s to come as increasingly draconian abortion restrictions force pregnant people to turn to other, sometimes illegal and often dangerous, means.

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