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Texas Planned Parenthood Clinics Rebrand in Hopes of Public Funds

The entity formerly known as Planned Parenthood of Hidalgo County is making a major branding switch: from now on, the provider will be known as Access Esperanza Clinics.

The entity formerly known as Planned Parenthood of Hidalgo County is making a major branding switch: from now on, the provider will be known as Access Esperanza Clinics.

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Arizona GOP Leader Resigns After Calling for Forced Sterilization of Poor Women

Russell Pearce, the vice president of Arizona’s Republican Party, resigned late Sunday night after advocating for the sterilization of poor women.

“You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I’d do is get Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations. … Then we’ll test recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to (reproduce) or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job,” Russell Pearce, the vice president of Arizona’s Republican Party, said on Sunday.

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Attorneys Face Tough Questions in Court Hearing on Texas’ Omnibus Anti-Abortion Law

Federal judges asked tough questions Friday morning during a lengthier-than-expected appeals court hearing concerning the enforcement of Texas' omnibus anti-abortion law, HB 2.

Federal judges asked tough questions Friday morning during a lengthier-than-expected appeals court hearing concerning the enforcement of Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law, HB 2.

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Secularists Fight Arizona’s Tax-Funded ‘Office of Faith’

Proponents of secularism in Arizona on Wednesday sent a letter to Gov. Jan Brewer (R) asking that her Office of Faith and Community Partnerships not use public funds to advocate for religiosity.

Proponents of secularism in Arizona on Wednesday sent a letter to Gov. Jan Brewer (R) asking that her Office of Faith and Community Partnerships not use public funds to advocate for religiosity.

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Members of Congress Push for NFL Accountability on Domestic Violence

With two separate letters sent to National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell and an upcoming hearing in the House, members of Congress are pushing to hold the NFL accountable for its controversial response to former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice assaulting his then fiancée.

With two separate letters sent to National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell and an upcoming hearing in the House, members of Congress are pushing to hold the NFL accountable for its controversial response to former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice assaulting his then fiancée.

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Michigan Lawmakers Look to ‘Deal With The Aftermath’ of the ‘Hobby Lobby’ Decision

The Reproductive Health Coverage Information Act is designed to “deal with the aftermath” of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.

Michigan legislators introduced a bill Wednesday that would require employers to notify all current and prospective employees about whether the company’s insurance plan covers contraceptives.

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Texas’ Radical Anti-Abortion Law Faces Hearing Friday

Activists gathered at the Texas capitol building last summer to protest the imminent passage of HB 2, which continues to wind its way through the legal system.

On Friday, a panel of judges from the Fifth Circuit will consider whether the State of Texas should be allowed to immediately enforce the provision of HB 2 requiring abortion facilities in the state to meet the building requirements of ambulatory surgical centers.

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Missouri Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of Forced 72-Hour Waiting Period

Late Wednesday night the Missouri legislature voted to override a veto by Gov. Jay Nixon (D) of legislation that will force women seeking to terminate a pregnancy to wait 72 hours until they can receive abortion care.

Late Wednesday night the Missouri legislature voted to override a veto by Gov. Jay Nixon (D) of legislation that will force women seeking to terminate a pregnancy to wait 72 hours until they can receive abortion care.

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Paycheck Fairness Act Advances in Senate, But GOP Remains Opposed

“I’d like to say with a straight face that Republicans have done a 180 and now would like to support legislation that gives women and their families a fair shot, but it remains to be seen if they’re truly interested in working with us to get this done," Sen. Patty Murray told RH Reality Check.

Republicans let a bill strengthening protections for women against pay discrimination to move forward to floor debate, but that doesn’t mean they will let it pass.

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NFL Had Copy of Ray Rice’s Elevator Assault in April, NOW Calls on Commissioner to Resign

In an interview Wednesday morning with CBS News, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that it was “a fact” that no one at the NFL had seen the video footage.

A law enforcement official in April sent video footage from inside the elevator to the NFL of former Raven’s running back Ray Rice’s assault on his then fiancée, according to an Associated Press report that ran on ABC News Wednesday afternoon.

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