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Minnesota Law Protects Incarcerated Pregnant Women From Shackling, Provides Doulas

Among other things, the new law requires that inmates have access to mental health assessments and treatment during pregnancy and postpartum, and mandates that correctional facilities offer pregnancy and STD tests to inmates.

Among other things, the new law requires that inmates have access to mental health assessments and treatment during pregnancy and postpartum, and mandates that correctional facilities offer pregnancy and STD tests to inmates.

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Colorado Program Increases Access to Affordable Contraception, Teen Birth Rates Plummet

In 2009, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment began providing long-acting reversible contraceptives such as IUDs through family planning clinics in the state.

According to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, around 70 percent of pregnancies in the state are unintended.

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Georgia Law Banning Insurance Coverage of Abortion Takes Effect

A new Georgia law that bans insurance coverage of abortion for both state employees and anyone buying coverage via the state exchange that was established as part of the Affordable Care Act took effect last week.

A new Georgia law that bans insurance coverage of abortion for both state employees and anyone buying coverage via the state exchange that was established as part of the Affordable Care Act took effect last week.

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Citing ‘Hobby Lobby,’ Religious Groups Ask Obama for LGBT Exemptions

Fourteen faith leaders, including many who have been allies of the administration, are urging the President to include a religious exemption in his upcoming executive order that will ban federal contractors from employment discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

Fourteen faith leaders, including many who have been allies of the administration, are urging the president to include a religious exemption in his upcoming executive order that will ban federal contractors from employment discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

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Pennsylvania’s ‘Revenge Porn’ Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

The Pennsylvania Women’s Health Caucus is poised to celebrate its first legislative victory: On Wednesday, the state house passed a law criminalizing “revenge porn.”

The Pennsylvania Women’s Health Caucus is poised to celebrate its first legislative victory: On Wednesday, the state house passed a law criminalizing “revenge porn.”

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Report: Failure to Expand Medicaid Is a Missed Opportunity

The report from the White House Counsel of Economic Advisers found that the failure of 24 states to expand Medicaid has serious consequences for their uninsured residents.

The report from the White House Counsel of Economic Advisers found that the failure of 24 states to expand Medicaid has serious consequences for their uninsured residents.

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Missouri Governor Vetoes 72-Hour Waiting Period Bill

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon

Increasing the state’s waiting period from 24 to 72 hours was one of state Republican lawmakers’ top priorities during the legislative session. Only two states, Utah and South Dakota, require a 72-hour waiting period.

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Supreme Court Considering Request to Extend Hobby Lobby Ruling to Nonprofits (Updated)

Wheaton College, a religiously affiliated nonprofit, has asked for an emergency order exempting it from complying with the accommodation to the contraception benefit in the Affordable Care Act.

Wheaton College, a religiously affiliated nonprofit, has asked for an emergency order exempting it from complying with the accommodation to the contraception benefit in the Affordable Care Act.

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New Anti-Choice Laws Go Into Effect in South Dakota and Indiana

A new law in South Dakota bans the practice of so-called sex-selection abortion, while in Indiana two new laws went into effect, banning private insurance coverage of abortion care and mandating that abortion providers obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

A new law in South Dakota bans the practice of so-called sex-selection abortion, while in Indiana two new laws went into effect, banning private insurance coverage of abortion care and mandating that abortion providers obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

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Nearly a Million Medicaid Applications Backlogged in California

The giant system backlog means that many state residents eligible for the program aren’t receiving the care they need.

The giant system backlog means that many state residents eligible for the program aren’t receiving the care they need. Multiple sources report that people hoping to be covered through the program are putting off going to a doctor until their enrollment is confirmed.

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