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Report: South Dakota Ranks Worst in the Nation on Reproductive Rights

Less than half of states got a B or higher, and the highest grade any state got was an A-minus.

Less than half of states got a B or higher, and the highest grade any state got was an A-minus.

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New Arkansas Abortion Policy Could Prove Confusing for Physicians

Absent from the regulations was the requirement included in the original legislation that prohibited a physician from performing an abortion if a fetal heartbeat was detected and if the fetus was at least 12 weeks’ gestation.

The regulations include the requirement to use an “abdominal ultrasound” to detect a fetal heartbeat—a policy that could be unclear to physicians who provide abortion care in Arkansas.

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Colorado Women’s Health Advocates: Republican’s Pro-Choice Claims Shouldn’t Be Trusted

State Sen. Ellen Roberts says there should be no "litmus test" in determining if lawmakers are pro-choice.

Pro-choice advocates say state Sen. Ellen Roberts’ votes in the state legislature this year undermined her claims of supporting abortion rights in Colorado.

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Texas GOP Passes ID Requirement for Abortion Care

The Texas house voted to pass a bill requiring physicians who provide abortion care to assume that every one of their patients is younger than 18 unless those patients can present "valid government record of identification" showing otherwise.

The Texas house voted to pass a bill requiring physicians who provide abortion care to assume that every one of their patients is younger than 18 unless those patients can present “valid government record of identification” showing otherwise.

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In ‘Fixing’ Medication Abortion Ban, Kansas GOP Seeks to Control Who Can Use IVs and When

An anti-choice bill passed Wednesday by a Kansas legislative committee could have broad implications for how all health care—not just reproductive care—is provided.

An anti-choice bill passed Wednesday by a Kansas legislative committee could have broad implications for how all health care—not just reproductive care—is provided.

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House Passes ‘Disgustingly Cruel’ 20-Week Abortion Ban

The Republican-dominated U.S. House voted 242 to 184 Wednesday to pass a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks nationwide, with no exceptions for a woman’s health or fetal anomalies.

The Republican-dominated U.S. House voted 242 to 184 Wednesday to pass a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks nationwide, with no exceptions for a woman’s health or fetal anomalies, and with rape and incest exceptions that advocates call callous and cruel.

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Satanic Temple: Missouri Anti-Choice Restrictions an ‘Affront’ to Religious Freedom

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was central in the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.

The Satanic Temple last week filed a lawsuit against Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, alleging that the state’s abortion restrictions violate temple members’ freedom of religion.

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Federal Court: Challenge to Louisiana Admitting Privileges Law Can Proceed

The ruling dismisses a portion of the challenge to the law but lets the underlying challenge to its constitutionality proceed.

The ruling dismisses a portion of the challenge to the law but lets the underlying challenge to its constitutionality proceed.

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FDA Releases New Guidelines on Blood Donations From Gay Men

Since 1985, potential blood donors have been asked to fill out a questionnaire about their lives and behaviors.

The FDA released draft guidelines Tuesday that would change the rules preventing men who have sex with men from donating blood regardless of their sexual histories.

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House to Vote on 20-Week Abortion Ban With Onerous Rape and Incest Exceptions

The so-called Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was supposed to pass in January to coincide with the March for Life and anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Observers say the GOP bill is likely meant to intimidate physicians out of performing abortions after 20 weeks simply because the legal hoops seem too risky or burdensome.

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