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Texas Republicans Fall Short on Abortion Insurance Ban

Anti-choice lawmakers, following days of infighting between mainstream Texas Republican lawmakers and Tea Partiers, missed a key Tuesday night deadline to approve a bill that would have banned abortion care coverage in insurance plans purchased under the Affordable Care Act.

Anti-choice legislators, following days of infighting between mainstream Texas Republican lawmakers and Tea Partiers, missed a key Tuesday night deadline to approve a bill that would have banned abortion care coverage in insurance plans purchased under the Affordable Care Act.

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Federal Court Permanently Blocks Arkansas’ 12-Week Abortion Ban

The law, considered to be among the most radically restrictive in the nation, has been blocked by a federal judge since March 2014.

The law, considered to be among the most radically restrictive in the nation, has been blocked by a federal judge since March 2014.

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Louisiana Lawmakers Clash as GOP Fails to Advance Anti-Choice Measure

A Louisiana senate committee hearing Tuesday on an abortion ban based on the sex of the fetus ended with a tense exchange between a committee member and the bill’s author.

A Louisiana senate committee hearing Tuesday on an abortion ban based on the sex of the fetus ended with a tense exchange between a committee member and the bill’s author.

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Texas Republicans Retake Abortion Vote After Near-Fistfight on House Floor

The debates in the Texas house on Sunday reportedly drove Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) to take to the floor and "almost" fistfight his colleague, Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana).

State conservatives volleyed their constituents’ access to reproductive health care back and forth on Sunday in a series of last-minute deals, ultimately resulting in a late-night vote, taken without Democrats and moderate Republicans, to reopen debate on a bill that would ban insurance coverage for legal abortion.

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Losing My Lege: ‘Jane Doe’ Seeks Abortion Care at the Texas State Capitol

"Jane" could only assume, from the debates held in the state legislature over the past several weeks, that since anti-choice lawmakers apparently believe they're in the best position to tell Texans whether they can, or should, access legal abortion care, "Jane" would just go straight to the source.

“Jane” could only assume, from the debates held in the state legislature over the past several weeks, that since anti-choice lawmakers apparently believe they’re in the best position to tell Texans whether they can, or should, access legal abortion care, “Jane” would just go straight to the source.

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Nevada GOP Revives Forced Parental Notification Bill

A Nevada forced parental notification bill unexpectedly cleared a legislative hurdle Thursday, and appears set for a committee hearing next week.

A Nevada forced parental notification bill unexpectedly cleared a legislative hurdle Thursday and appears set for a committee hearing next week.

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Obamacare’s Birth Control Benefit Notches Another Legal Win

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider an earlier decision that ruled the process for accommodating religious objections to the birth control benefit of the Affordable Care Act did not burden the group's rights.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider an earlier decision that ruled the process for accommodating religious objections to the birth control benefit of the Affordable Care Act did not burden the group’s rights.

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Missouri Fines Aetna for Not Charging Women Enough for Abortions

Aetna, one of the largest insurance companies in Missouri, agreed to pay $4.5 million in fines for violations of state law that include paying for elective abortions and failing to cover certain autism benefits.

Aetna, one of the largest insurance companies in Missouri, agreed to pay $4.5 million in fines for violations of state law that include paying for elective abortions and failing to cover certain autism benefits.

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House Passes Problematic Human Trafficking Bill

The much-ballyhooed bipartisan bill has provisions that alarm civil liberties and victims' advocates.

The much-ballyhooed bipartisan bill has provisions that alarm civil liberties and victims’ advocates.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Legalizes LGBTQ Discrimination

The governor's executive action is in response to the failure of the GOP-majority state legislature to pass the so-called Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act, which would codify discrimination of LGBTQ people by those who oppose marriage equality.

The governor’s executive action is in response to the failure of the GOP-majority state legislature to pass the so-called Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act, which would codify discrimination of LGBTQ people by those who oppose marriage equality.

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