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New Hampshire Governor Signs Buffer Zone Bill

Flanked by lawmakers and supporters, Democratic New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill Tuesday that will create a 25-foot buffer zone around the five clinics that provide abortion services in the state.

Flanked by lawmakers and supporters, Democratic New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill Tuesday that will create a 25-foot buffer zone around the five clinics that provide abortion services in the state.

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Pennsylvania Bill Will Make Sexual Assault by Sports Official a Specific Crime

Coaches and sports officials initiate predatory sexual relationships with the teenagers in their care so often that the Pennsylvania General Assembly created a new crime in order to try to address it as specifically as possible.

Coaches and sports officials initiate predatory sexual relationships with the teenagers in their care so often that the Pennsylvania General Assembly created a new crime in order to try to address it as specifically as possible.

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New York Lawmakers Urge Passage of Pregnancy Non-Discrimination Bill

The New York State Assembly Chamber

Sponsored by Assembly member Aileen Gunther (D-Sullivan County), A 1264 would require employers to make “reasonable accommodations” for employees who are pregnant.

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Dallas Abortion Providers Settle Out of Court, Retain Admitting Privileges

A Dallas hospital tried to revoke two doctors' admitting privileges because they provide legal abortion care, but the two parties have now settled out of court.

A Dallas hospital tried to revoke two doctors’ admitting privileges because they provide legal abortion care, but the two parties have now settled out of court.

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Sen. Whitehouse Remains Mum on Boggs Nomination, Despite Key Role

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), above, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee whose vote could be crucial to determining whether the nomination of Michael Boggs to a federal judgeship moves forward, hasn’t yet taken a public position on Boggs.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee whose vote could be crucial to determining whether the nomination of Michael Boggs to a federal judgeship moves forward, hasn’t yet taken a public position on Boggs.

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Coalition Urges Pennsylvania Lawmakers to Expand Medicaid to Solve Budget Crisis

While Gov. Tom Corbett insists Pennsylvania can’t afford Medicaid expansion, advocates argue Pennsylvania can’t afford not to expand Medicaid.

While Gov. Tom Corbett insists Pennsylvania can’t afford Medicaid expansion, advocates argue Pennsylvania can’t afford not to expand Medicaid.

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Supreme Court Asked to Review NYC Law Regulating Crisis Pregnancy Centers

A conservative legal advocacy organization has asked the Roberts Court to review a federal appeals court decision reinstating portions of New York City's truth-in-advertising law regulating crisis pregnancy centers.

A conservative legal advocacy organization has asked the Roberts Court to review a federal appeals court decision reinstating portions of New York City’s truth-in-advertising law regulating crisis pregnancy centers.

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Louisiana Resubmits Hospital Privatization Plan to Federal Agency

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration has revised its plan to privatize state-run hospitals with federal dollars and resubmitted it to the agency that just last month rejected the proposal.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration has revised its plan to privatize state-run hospitals with federal dollars and resubmitted it to the agency that just last month rejected the proposal.

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Oklahoma Prosecutors Decline to Charge Teen Who Allegedly Self-Induced Abortion

The District Attorney in Cleveland County, Oklahoma, announced Thursday that prosecutors would decline to file criminal charges against a teenage girl who allegedly self-induced an abortion.

The district attorney’s office in Cleveland County, Oklahoma, announced Thursday that prosecutors declined to file criminal charges against a teenage girl who allegedly self-induced an abortion.

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Rules Under Consideration in Two States Regarding STD Transmission to Children

Herpes is a sexually transmitted infection that causes open sores on the mouth or genitals which can be painful.

An Indiana grandmother is asking lawmakers to criminalize the transmission of STDs from a child molester to his or her victim, while New York’s mayor has declined to comment on whether he’ll support the continued enforcement of regulations to discourage a circumcision ritual that’s been known to spread herpes to infants.

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